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Old 08-10-2004, 03:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I recently picked up a 2003 M3 Convertible with SMG. When I change gears on the steering wheel or shifter while I have my foot on the gas it appears as though it your foot pops off the gas a little. Anyone experince this? I assume you can leave your foot on the gas when you want to shift. Of course I have not had a minute worth of time to read the manual. Too busy with work. ghead Please tell me about your experience. Over all the SMG is the coolest thing ever and am very happy to have it.

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If I remember right it does put some pressure against ur foot when you shift, but god, when your gassing that thing it shifts soooooo fast!
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Come to think of it, I don't feel much of anything when I shift. Could it just be psycho-somatic? If my pedal does put pressure on my foot, it hasn't been noticeable for me. Looks like I'll try to see if it does on my way home tonight.
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Have not noticed any change in pedal preasue with my 04. It does blip the throttle on everyshift, maybe that is what you are perceiving.
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Yeah, after paying close attention, I can't seem to notice any upward pressure at all. If you're on the 5 or 6 shift mode, the sudden jerk and quick shift has moved my right foot around...maybe this is what's happening for you?
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I felt the same thing
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I recently picked up a 2003 M3 Convertible with SMG. When I change gears on the steering wheel or shifter while I have my foot on the gas it appears as though it your foot pops off the gas a little. Anyone experince this? I assume you can leave your foot on the gas when you want to shift. Of course I have not had a minute worth of time to read the manual. Too busy with work. ghead Please tell me about your experience. Over all the SMG is the coolest thing ever and am very happy to have it.

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my father's M3 is a MT, so i am sorry, i can't tell u anything.
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the BMW M3 is better at the straight but the AUDI S4 is better at the coner.
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my father's M3 is a MT, so i am sorry, i can't tell u anything.
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so why did you say anyhing
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IMHO, I don't notice any pedal travel on shifting, but as stated previously, the throttle blip IS noticeable. If you back off the gas just as you shift, (at least for 'leisurely highway driving'), the jerky motion on accelerating hard through the gears is less jerky, and the shift is just as fast, minus the lurch forward.

But that's probably more information than you wanted
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An SMG related topic I thought was useful was THIS LINK (to another link) that demonstrates the differences in the 2 modes (YES, THERE ARE TWO MODES) of Launch Control for the SMGs.
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Thanks for all your info and I think I understand the SMG more. When changing gears the peddle does not push up. You do really feel the gears turning. I am now curious of testing the two ways of using the SMG. Once you have SMG you will never want to go back. It is really that much fun.
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When I took the new 530i SMG for a test drive, I was briefed on how to use the SMG. I was told many people do not realize that SMG should shift just like a manual, you release your foot off the pedal as you shift.

I got to go for the test drive alone, so of course I experimented both ways!
It was smooth shifting when I ease up on the pedal for a quick fraction of a second as I shift. When I kept the pedal down and shift, it was abrupt and jerked.
I'm pretty sure in the long run, it's gonna do some harm to the transmission or gearbox.
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