View Full Version : Automatic M3 slower than the manual version?

John blaze
07-28-2005, 04:57 PM
I'm getting an 95 auto M3 and want to know if you guys thinks it is slower than a manual? Is there a chip set I can get for the tranny to make shifting smoother at Higher speeds? Any feedback is appreciated.

07-29-2005, 01:15 AM
An auto is always slower than a manual. In an auto there is a troque converter, that allows slippage and reduces the power delivered to the rear wheels.

There is software for some auto trannies, but while it makes them better, it will not make it as good as a manual.

07-30-2005, 12:54 AM
Don't buy an auto, you will regret it.

07-30-2005, 09:58 AM
I'm getting an 95 auto M3 and want to know if you guys thinks it is slower than a manual?

I assume by "slower" you mean acceleration.

The '95 M3 brochure says that the manual accelerates to 60 mph in 6.1 sec and the automatic in 6.9 seconds.

07-30-2005, 11:23 AM
I htink you mean the AUTOMATIC in 6.9 seconds. :)

07-30-2005, 12:20 PM
dont do it!!!! :mad:

07-30-2005, 06:57 PM
I htink you mean the AUTOMATIC in 6.9 seconds. :)

Yes. Sorry. Edited it. :)

08-02-2005, 07:51 PM
dont do it!!!! :mad:
Why do you say that?

08-05-2005, 10:02 AM
Where could I get this software for autos?

08-05-2005, 10:30 AM
BMW made an auto M3 in 95?? I didn't know that.

Dinan has software for the trans.

08-05-2005, 02:49 PM
Thanks Woody :cool:

09-15-2005, 08:25 PM

09-16-2005, 04:13 AM

Not in all cases. My commute in/out dc traffic everyday got to me so bad I jumped ship. Shifting felt like a mini workout and the stiffened thigh and kneecap had me walking like i was pimp!! So I finally got an automatic I felt relieved not to be shifting going from 5mph to 20mph to a dead stop then having that cycle repeat itself for an hour an half I didnt miss shifting at all when I sold my car. But 2 years ago I changed jobs and left the metro area. I finally did go back to driving a manual and notice I tend to drive a HELLUVA lot faster compared to when I had an automatic.

09-16-2005, 07:05 AM
I dont recall there being an auto trans option for the 95 M3. :dunno:
I also believe that Conforti has trans chips available through Turner Motorsports.

10-03-2005, 05:15 AM
I also don't remember an AT option for '95. An auto is heavier, so that alone will cause it to be slower and BMW autos that have some miles on 'em arent the best units... even the manual on my '98 has issues, 2nd gear pop out, and other evil things when it's cold... Just get a ZF 6 speed, just do it. 3 grand.

10-03-2005, 03:12 PM
Autos available in:
95 coupes
97 and 98 sedans
97 thru 99 cabrios

John blaze
11-04-2005, 04:25 PM
Thanks for all the feedback guys. I ended up flying from Cali to San Antonio and picked up an Avus Blue 95 with dove grey Vaders, 104k miles for $12k I couldn't be happier with my purchase, and I'm glad I took the chance I did. Now I know pretty much all you guys "hate" on Autos but my l have my reasons: My left knee is pretty much overdue for a replacement and my 1986 944 (185 hp) is a stick with a soft clutch that I can manage, so splitting time between the two works out great, Until my knee is back to normal, then I'm sure I will be kicking myself for not getting a stick. But I'm happy for now. I will post some pics as soon as I can. thanks again. :thumbup:

11-05-2005, 04:14 AM
E46 M3 Smg II. :)

But you will enjoy your car, I am sure.