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Old 04-17-2012, 10:25 AM
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Got a 2011 328i, 7000 miles on the car. Excited about the new vehicle. Its a 6sp manual with premium package, and bluetooth. I did not expect a sedan to drive like this, and handle so well. Completely in love with this vehicle.

I am coming from a 2005 Mini Cooper S again a manual trans. I am a bit disappointed with the clutch and gear shift compared with Mini. I read about the CDV from Zeckhausen and is already on its way.
My question to you guys, and specifically to guys/gals from Akron/Canton area OH is should I go to my BMW dealer to get this installed (would they do it without taking away warranty) or should I find a local shop who works on Bimmers. If I should go the second route do you have any suggestions as to good mechanics in town who can do this job. I am skeptical of doing it myself as I believe it needs bleeding the clutch with install.

Thanks for help.

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Old 04-20-2012, 10:11 AM
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CDV change

Searched on here and over internet and decided to do it myself. Went to work this morning and was done changing it and bleeding the clutch in less than an hour.
It really is a night and day difference with the opened up valve. Clutch engagement and disengagement is very linear and clutch is buttery smooth. Now I can really whip this vehicle around.
Thanks for all the posters for the info and instruction to newbies like me.
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Old 04-20-2012, 10:36 AM
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Old 04-20-2012, 02:27 PM
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Thank you. Well, I need to show my ride. I am having trouble attaching pictures. Yes, they are less than 250KB in size. I will try from a different computer.
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Old 04-20-2012, 02:32 PM
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Old 04-20-2012, 05:07 PM
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Hi

Got a 2011 328i, 7000 miles on the car. Excited about the new vehicle. Its a 6sp manual with premium package, and bluetooth. I did not expect a sedan to drive like this, and handle so well. Completely in love with this vehicle.

I am coming from a 2005 Mini Cooper S again a manual trans. I am a bit disappointed with the clutch and gear shift compared with Mini. I read about the CDV from Zeckhausen and is already on its way.
My question to you guys, and specifically to guys/gals from Akron/Canton area OH is should I go to my BMW dealer to get this installed (would they do it without taking away warranty) or should I find a local shop who works on Bimmers. If I should go the second route do you have any suggestions as to good mechanics in town who can do this job. I am skeptical of doing it myself as I believe it needs bleeding the clutch with install.

Thanks for help.
Welcome to the forum! I don't like you now because I was not able to get a manual '11 328i. I will never speak to you again.
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Old 04-20-2012, 09:34 PM
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Welcome to the club! Second best 328 mod after CDV delete is a shorter knob for a better throw. Happy driving!
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Welcome to the forum! I don't like you now because I was not able to get a manual '11 328i. I will never speak to you again.
Are you attempting to build up your "You are dead to me" list? If so, good job!

@VK12 - You can sue Pointandgo for putting you on his "dead to me" list.
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Old 04-21-2012, 09:53 PM
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Thanks everyone for the warm welcome.
Pointandgo, I think you need not envy me as I see you had your share of fun with manuals before. In any case I don't think you are missing out much with steptronic auto as you can choose ur shifts manually and you have more time to talk to family
furby076, its not a bad idea. I can may be buy an M3 after suing pointandgo, just kidding.
thrush40, a short shifter would be a great mod and something I like. But the car is under warranty and the stock shifter is much much better after CDV change. I will ride out this shifter and when out of warranty will change to short shifter.
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Old 04-22-2012, 07:44 AM
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I actually just meant put a shorter knob on. No warranty issues with that. The stock knob pulls right off and can be put back on. I got a weighted round metal knob made by UCC. Big returns for such a simple and inexpensive investment.
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Old 04-22-2012, 08:53 AM
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Welcome! Sweet ride. (You'd think I'd get tired of E90 photos after all these years.)
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Old 04-22-2012, 01:18 PM
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trush40, my bad. I thought you were talking about short shifter kit.
Definitely agree, shifter knob has no feel and is a joke. It feels like plastic and it is indeed plastic as I found out today to my horror. Underneath chrome paint is plastic ........ :-O
Anyway, what would be the best option, UUC RK6A or RK7A
http://www.nexternal.com/shared/Stor...t=products.asp
http://www.nexternal.com/shared/Stor...t=products.asp

or should I stick with ZHP weighted knob
http://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-18...r-6-speed.aspx

Are there any other options. Any disadvantages with round shift knob, all metal.

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Old 04-22-2012, 02:20 PM
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I think as far as knobs, it's what you like. Otherwise, you wouldn't see people choosing one over another. Here is an interesting comparo between the ZHP and Performance knobs.
http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=363268

I got the ZHP without M logo from leatherZ.
http://www.leatherz.com/Merchant5/me...=E90ShiftKnobs

I checked out the Performance knob in person at the dealership, and I really was not a fan. Neither was the dealer who pointed me towards the display knob. But then, there are others who prefer it.

Obviously a round metal shift knob can get hot, but these look nice:
http://www.whalenshiftmachine.com/in...=index&cPath=2
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Hi

Got a 2011 328i, 7000 miles on the car. Excited about the new vehicle. Its a 6sp manual with premium package, and bluetooth. I did not expect a sedan to drive like this, and handle so well. Completely in love with this vehicle.

I am coming from a 2005 Mini Cooper S again a manual trans. I am a bit disappointed with the clutch and gear shift compared with Mini. I read about the CDV from Zeckhausen and is already on its way.
My question to you guys, and specifically to guys/gals from Akron/Canton area OH is should I go to my BMW dealer to get this installed (would they do it without taking away warranty) or should I find a local shop who works on Bimmers. If I should go the second route do you have any suggestions as to good mechanics in town who can do this job. I am skeptical of doing it myself as I believe it needs bleeding the clutch with install.

Thanks for help.

Con grads on your new 3 I'm hoping to get my first 3 in Aug. Would you mind sharing your price and options.
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Old 04-22-2012, 03:54 PM
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I've got this and like it very much:

http://www.trademotion.com/partlocat...catalogid=4462
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Old 04-22-2012, 04:52 PM
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Con grads on your new 3 I'm hoping to get my first 3 in Aug. Would you mind sharing your price and options.
Tomjh, I got mine for 32800 with tax, and title + windshield protection. I didn't get tire and rim protection.
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I've got this and like it very much:

http://www.trademotion.com/partlocat...catalogid=4462
Can you tell how this is different than ZHP knob. From the looks of it only difference is M strip on ZHP knob, but double the price.
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I think as far as knobs, it's what you like. Otherwise, you wouldn't see people choosing one over another. Here is an interesting comparo between the ZHP and Performance knobs.
http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=363268

I got the ZHP without M logo from leatherZ.
http://www.leatherz.com/Merchant5/me...=E90ShiftKnobs

I checked out the Performance knob in person at the dealership, and I really was not a fan. Neither was the dealer who pointed me towards the display knob. But then, there are others who prefer it.

Obviously a round metal shift knob can get hot, but these look nice:
http://www.whalenshiftmachine.com/in...=index&cPath=2
Thanks for the input. From reading online I get the idea that UUC knobs feel better with SSK otherwise may fell too unpredictable with shifts. I am liking the ZHP knob too. Would prefer not to have M strip though, but not a deal breaker.
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