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Old 01-13-2013, 02:19 AM
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DS Mode and Sport Mode combined at the same time?

Hi guys, just a quick question:

So I understand that DS Mode that you activate by turning the gear lever left, and Sport Mode on the DDC settings are slightly different, but what happens if you turn both on at the same time? Does it harm the car in any way? other than destroying mpg of course.

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Old 01-13-2013, 11:16 AM
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No it doesn't harm the car. This actually is the way to fully disable Auto Start Stop without using the button. In fact on my ActiveHybrid there is no ASS disable button and this is the only way to defeat it (though there's less of a reason to want to on the AH)

The shift program feels identical to me.
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Old 01-15-2013, 06:40 PM
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I have a question. When you press the lever to left do you press the small button on left and can you press it while driving
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Old 01-15-2013, 06:48 PM
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Hi guys, just a quick question:

So I understand that DS Mode that you activate by turning the gear lever left, and Sport Mode on the DDC settings are slightly different, but what happens if you turn both on at the same time? Does it harm the car in any way? other than destroying mpg of course.

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Old 01-16-2013, 06:38 AM
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I have a question. When you press the lever to left do you press the small button on left and can you press it while driving
No need to push the button on the left and yes, you can goes to DS mode while in motion.
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:18 AM
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The shift program feels identical to me.
It is not. Sport mode will hold a gear to higher RPMs before upshifting under part throttle, downshifts earlier under braking, allows fairly aggressive engine braking and will generally be at least one gear lower than Drive at any given speed. DS also will not use top gear so leaving it there all day on a long highway run will hurt fuel economy a bit. The differences are most apparent when you start to push the car; in relaxed driving you may not notice anything unless you look at the tach.
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:32 AM
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No it doesn't harm the car. This actually is the way to fully disable Auto Start Stop without using the button. In fact on my ActiveHybrid there is no ASS disable button and this is the only way to defeat it (though there's less of a reason to want to on the AH)

The shift program feels identical to me.
It is VERY different. If your car doesnt show S1-S8 in the dash and SPORT for mode then it isnt in the correct mode. There is a SUBSTANTIAL difference between the sport shift mode and regular.

Just a note if you are accelerating and take your foot of the gas as you click the lever over to S you may confuse the transmission. There has been a few time now where the car will downshift while accelerating and stick in a gear at redline for 3-4 seconds before it realizes what is going on and then corrects itself. I now try to make sure I am either switching to S when I am stopped, going slowly or continuously accelerating.
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:07 PM
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DS also will not use top gear so leaving it there all day on a long highway run will hurt fuel economy a bit.
DS will shift into eighth at approximately 100 MPH.

DS is obviously not for cruising.
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:32 PM
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I was saying that the SPORT mode + D and SPORT mode + DS shift programs feel almost identical. Both keep engine revs high and hold onto the gear after spirited runs. Of course that's very different from COMFORT + D.

Are you guys seeing a different behavior out of D vs DS with the experience switch set to SPORT mode? (other than ASS defeat)
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:41 PM
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DS will shift into eighth at approximately 100 MPH.
Well that certainly explains why I never saw it happen in the loaners.
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:22 AM
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I actually talked to my ca about this on delivery, in Germany. He told me that the ds mode on the gear selector just puts the transmission into sport mode, higher shifting rpms etc. Putting the drive experience button puts the whole car into sports mode, tightens suspension, steering, makes pedals more responsive, and puts the transmission into sport mode. So no benefit to putting car into sports mode and ds mode. He said the ds mode was mostly there in case you needed a little extra engine power for passing or going up a hill. Full sport mode when you wanted to driver more aggressively overall, like curvy mountain roads. My driving experiences have confirmed his statements, I can't tell any difference in transmission function between sport and sport plus ds.
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:25 AM
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I actually talked to my ca about this on delivery, in Germany. He told me that the ds mode on the gear selector just puts the transmission into sport mode, higher shifting rpms etc. Putting the drive experience button puts the whole car into sports mode, tightens suspension, steering, makes pedals more responsive, and puts the transmission into sport mode. So no benefit to putting car into sports mode and ds mode. He said the ds mode was mostly there in case you needed a little extra engine power for passing or going up a hill. Full sport mode when you wanted to driver more aggressively overall, like curvy mountain roads. My driving experiences have confirmed his statements, I can't tell any difference in transmission function between sport and sport plus ds.
That is not true. If it were when you change the car mode to sport the transmission would show s1-s8 instead of D. It does not change and the shift changes are VERY different in sports mode than in D.
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:48 AM
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That is not true. If it were when you change the car mode to sport the transmission would show s1-s8 instead of D. It does not change and the shift changes are VERY different in sports mode than in D.
I have to disagree. Transmission in ds and sport act the same in my car, only difference is in sport other things change as well like gas pedal gets more responsive, steering tightens up, and suspension tightens.
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Old 04-15-2013, 04:20 PM
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Well, M Sport line with sport AT has only S1-S7 when you shift to the left. And I noticed, when I am in sport mode (D) at around 80mph and shift lever to the left, it down shifts and shows S7 and RPM slightly jumps. I drove loaner Luxury line with regular AT and yes DS mode has S8 and no difference when you shift to the left while in sport mode.
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:15 PM
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Interesting, hadn't considered that the sport at would behave differently than the regular at.
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:24 PM
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The user manual states that if the sport transmission is in M/S mode and the car is in Sport+ mode, the transmission will not shift except through the paddles. No kickdown, no shift at redline. If that's true, it's the first automatic transmission I've seen with that behavior.
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:51 AM
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Very interesting. I'll have to check out any differences tomorrow morning. BTW, when I'm in manual shift M/S mode, my gears are indicated M1-M8. Due to my 'regular' A/T, maybe.
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:06 AM
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I find this gives me the best of all options: I have the Sport mode (button selection) set only to change the chassis settings to sport (with the Dynamic Chassis and Variable steering this tightens the car up and if feels like my 2010 328i) but the transmission shifts stay as in Comfort. If I want the Sport shift points I just push the lever over to DS. As I have an AH3 this lets me push it to the left to keep the engine running (in stop and go traffic, driving through malls over speed bumps the constant on/off of the engine gets annoying) and keep the suspension soft, if I want full sport mode I push the lever to DS and hit the button to put the chassis into Sport mode.
There are times I want the suspension and steering tighter but less aggressive shift points, times I want the engine always on and ready for a quick acceleration but still have the chassis in comfort mode, and times I want everything in comfort or everything in sport mode: this allows me to to this.
Also, in D/S mode the transmission is in full Automatic with higher RPM shift points, until you use it to manually change gears: after that it will automatically downshift at stop lights or slowing down, but you need to manually upshift. It can be re-set to full Auto mode by pushing the lever back to D and leave it in standard D, or then push it back to D/S for fully automatic shift points. There is still Sport+ for the most aggressive auto shift and sport chassis settings.
I really like it, I tend to drive quite a bit in D/S but manually upshifting when in heavy traffic or neighborhood with a lot of stop and go, then put it back into D once on the open road.
I don't have the paddles as having had manuals in my early cars I like using the shift lever.
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