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Old 01-26-2013, 01:04 PM
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Throttle Hesitation at take-off in 1st causing stalling

Hi all,

I've been recently experiencing a hesitation in the throttle only at take-off (in 1st gear, not that I ever take off in 2nd). I'm very experienced at driving a manual (double clutch at every downshift sort of experience - lets hopefully not get into a discussion of why, I just do it because it feels right!).

Having said that, I'm 100% sure its not my driving style or lack of skill in take-off. I've noticed that once in a while, I'll go to take-off and the revs drop too far and the car stalls. I almost always take-off at 600-800 rpm. I never have to get the revs above 1k in order to go. In these seemingly rare but rising frequency occurrences the revs just drop way too far. I'll usually let it stall and take off as normal. Once in a while, I can give it lots of throttle (2.5k) and it will "catch."

Quick relevant vehicle summary: 2004 325i M54 5sp. DISA replaced 5k ago. Needs fuel filter change - Long overdue. AFE lifetime panel filter installed. I did notice while changing tranny fluid that my giubo is toast - threads showing. I'm wondering if there is too much "play" in the drive-train that is "absorbing" all of the twist while taking-off not allowing the wheels to reach an engine matched speed.

Has anyone experienced anything similar?
- Will

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