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Old 05-06-2012, 09:28 AM
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2009 7 speed dual clutch question

I am about to buy a 2009 Z4 35i with the 7spd transmission. A BMW dealer, not the one with the car for sale, told me the 7spd in the 2009 Z4 is not a true dual clutch like in other models. He said it is more of an automatic with paddle shifters. I am trying to research it, but not haveing much luck coming up with 2009 information in my searches.
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Old 05-06-2012, 12:29 PM
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6 speed automatic = steptronic
7 speed automatic = Dual Clutch Transmission

Both were available with paddle shifters on steering wheel.
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Old 05-06-2012, 01:51 PM
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Thanks can you tell by looking

Thank you, can you tell by just looking at the cars, and if so how?
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Old 05-06-2012, 02:09 PM
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This is the shifter for the 7 speed DCT



This is the shifter for the 6 speed automatic

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Old 05-10-2012, 12:46 AM
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I'm not sure how they would claim it's not a true DCT like in other models. The programming of the DCT is not as good as in an M-DCT as it will do some screwy shifting on you even in manual mode. Particularly, the accelerator kick down can cause a downshift in manual mode and if you load the engine too much at low (but not excessively low) RPM's it will downshift in manual mode. So, I call it "Mostly Manual Mode". Kind of like how I call the 35is "Almost an M".
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Old 05-10-2012, 09:06 PM
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I'm a big fan of the DCT.
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Love my 2011 Z4 DCT!!
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