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E46 M3 (2001-2006)

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Old 09-19-2013, 06:04 PM
mpwr92 mpwr92 is offline
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E46 m3 downshift

Hey guys just got a 2004 e46 m3 smg just trying to get my head around this smg gearbox I was going down a little hill the other day and I down shifted from 4 to 2 gear it sounded like it hit rev limiter but felt like the clutch was disengaged is this normal for smg im thinking its a safety thing as the revs went back down and the clutch engaged again is this how they work I was driving it in S2 mode if that helps?
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Old 10-26-2013, 09:57 AM
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Not sure exactly what you are describing here but the SMG will not allow you to engage a gear that will over rev the engine. In daily driving I rarely downshift into 2nd or 1st, just slow and allow the car to do the work. Also I think the best explanation of how this transmission works is that 1st gear is just to get the car rolling. Shifting into and out of 1st is never smooth and is often quite unsettling. I have never needed to downshift to 1st on the track and these are not drag racing cars. The more seat time you get the better you will understand the quirks of this really amazing transmission.
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