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Im looking at the specs for 1993 BMW 3-Series on msn autos msn autos and it shows the 325ic as having a manual transmition with overdrive. Can someone tell me what this is? :confused
 

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overdrive is 5th gear for automatics .... supposed to be activated at highway or cruising speeds to improve gas mileage ....
 

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i thought it was when you mash it down the car will downshift...but then that doesn't make sense for a manual now does it
 

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Originally posted by alanh@Dec 14 2003, 04:04 PM
i thought it was when you mash it down the car will downshift...but then that doesn't make sense for a manual now does it
that's the passing gear ... it doesn't make sense for a manual tranny to have overdrive ... could be a typo ... maybe it meant manual overdrive as opposed to manual transmission with overdrive?
 

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overdrive is used on automatics and reduces the RPM to conserve gas and put less wear on the engine.
 
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