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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 11-13-2012, 07:11 PM
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Steptronic Question

My 528i sedan has no hesitation and much better response when in manual mode. It has a hesitation and signicantly less responsive when in automatic transmission mode.

Will it hurt my car to drive it manual and let the computer change gears all the time?

Should it be less responsive in auto mode?
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Old 11-13-2012, 10:18 PM
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Have you tried the "tranny reset procedure"? (Fob in, no foot on brake, press start button, then press gas pedal to the floor and hold it there for 30 sec.). Let go of gas pedal, take fob out and then start the car again and go and enjoy. This will reset the tranny's "auto-learn" and if you are a sedate daily driver, you will notice increased reponsiveness - at least for a while.
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Old 11-17-2012, 07:22 PM
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Have you tried the "tranny reset procedure"? (Fob in, no foot on brake, press start button, then press gas pedal to the floor and hold it there for 30 sec.). Let go of gas pedal, take fob out and then start the car again and go and enjoy. This will reset the tranny's "auto-learn" and if you are a sedate daily driver, you will notice increased reponsiveness - at least for a while.
Your suggestion worked great. Why will it only last for a while?

Will it hurt my car if I drive it in manual and let the computer shift gears for me?
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Old 11-17-2012, 07:52 PM
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Your suggestion worked great. Why will it only last for a while?

Will it hurt my car if I drive it in manual and let the computer shift gears for me?
The tranny will "re-learn" your sedate driving habits again and after a couple of weeks the car may feel a bit sluggish again. Just do the tranny reset again and you will be good for a while.

Not quite sure what you mean in your last paragraph. In manual mode you have to shift the gears, no?
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Old 11-18-2012, 07:41 AM
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you'll be fine in manual mode, although personally I'd still change down to 2 for accelerating from a dead stop. The computer will only go down to 3 automatically
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