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Old 10-16-2005, 06:06 PM
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"Manual" on an auto Z3: what's the point?

What is the point of the "Manual" button on the automatic Z3s? How do you use it? Are there instructions posted anywhere? I read the owner's manual once, and don't remember reading anything on that subject.

Any thoughts?

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Old 10-16-2005, 09:19 PM
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I have that "steptronic" feature on my Z3. I've only had the car for just over a month, and I haven't used it aside from just experimenting with it. My wife likes a manual transmission, but I've never learned how to drive a stick (please, no flames!!!). I figured this was a nice compromise.

If you shift the knob from "D" over to the left, you will be in sport mode. This mode allows the engine to rev higher before shifting to the next gear. From sport mode you can bump the knob forward to shift up, and backward to shift down, to simulate a manual, or let the computer shift for you by leaving the knob alone. There is no clutch.
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Old 10-17-2005, 09:06 AM
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If you shift the knob from "D" over to the left, you will be in sport mode.
His Z uses a previous generation of automatic. If it has the "Manual" button, I believe it is actually two generations prior to the steptronic.

My wife's Mom has a 328i with a manual button. I asked the sales staff how it was used when we bought the car for her, but I'm having trouble remembering exactly how you were supposed to use it. The shred of memory I have left on it tells me that it was redundant. That.. you could still shift the lever manually through the gears regardless of whether the button was pressed.

Sorry I can't be of more help.
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Old 04-02-2014, 07:39 PM
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My Z3 2001 2.5i Roadster has the Steptronic transmission. At first, I was skeptical, having always driven 5-speeds. Anyhow, I downshift for red lights, downshift going up a hill when I feel the engine is running too slowly and lugging, shift to second for great acceleration, etc. Turns out to be a pretty good tranny.
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Old 04-03-2014, 04:39 AM
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What is the point of the "Manual" button on the automatic Z3s? How do you use it? Are there instructions posted anywhere? I read the owner's manual once, and don't remember reading anything on that subject....
It's on page 64 of the manual:
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M – Manual program
This program is for driving conditions
under which the selected gear is to be
retained. The transmission then remains
in this gear both when starting off
and during acceleration. With this program,
you drive only in 4th gear when in
position "D."
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Old 04-03-2014, 05:59 AM
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"3" is the position for sport mode in the 4L30E transmission (unless you have the Euro version and then you have an "S" switch position).
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Old 04-03-2014, 09:48 AM
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"3" is the position for sport mode...
For which the manual says:
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3 – Sport Program
This program is designed for performance-
oriented driving. It employs delayed
shift points for full utilization of
the vehicle power reserves.
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Old 04-03-2014, 12:04 PM
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Are you really responding to an thread inquiry made in 2005 and thinking the OP is reading your post???
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