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Old 12-05-2002, 07:15 PM
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manual transmission ?'s

Hello Group,
I've only had my Z3 for about 4 weeks. I LOVE IT! I'm a bit nervous about driving a manual again.
In the last week I've notice that 1st is quite sticky on cold mornings. Is this normal?
Also, any advice on speed/rpm shift recommendations?
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Old 12-05-2002, 07:53 PM
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If you are just driving "normally", 3000-4000 RPM is a reasonable speed.
If you are "really driving", that's what the redline is there for.
It is worse (in my opinion) to lug the engine than to use the rev range.

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Old 12-06-2002, 07:25 AM
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Re: manual transmission ?'s

Originally posted by frogi
In the last week I've notice that 1st is quite sticky on cold mornings.
I think this is a known e36 "feature" (my old e36 M3 begrudgingly went into first gear when cold). It was helped quite a bit by pushing the clutch pedal all the way in.
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Old 12-07-2002, 04:51 PM
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Also changing the transmission fluid to Redline D4ATF or MTL will help. But it is normal.

On our SMG M3 it even makes slower shifts when the tranny is cold.
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