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Old 11-25-2009, 10:37 AM
mixxalot mixxalot is offline
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Need tips for SMG programs

Hi all,

I just picked up a new 2006 BMW M3 with SMG and need some tips and help on how to use the different programs for both automatic and manual modes. I understand much of it is affected by the tensioner button that has 5-6 bar setting. So in following scenarios, what would be the optimal setting?

1. Cruising around town or in traffic
2. Freeway driving or open streets with high speed limits (50mph)
3. Track days and racing

Thanks!
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Old 11-25-2009, 01:57 PM
ebloom ebloom is offline
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Drive the car some more and you'll find what works for you. Throttle position impacts the shift speed a lot -- at least as much as the Drivelogic program setting.

There's lots of information (and opinions) out there, start by searching this forum.

And keep driving!
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Old 12-12-2009, 09:38 AM
M3jonesrr M3jonesrr is offline
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you cant get the number 5 fastest position on the SMG setting unless you turn off DTC. I like 3 for all regular driving and 4 in sport mode DTC on for moderate sport and 5 sport no DCS for serious partying. congrats! enjoy!
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Old 01-08-2010, 01:24 PM
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you cant get the number 5 fastest position on the SMG setting unless you turn off DTC. I like 3 for all regular driving and 4 in sport mode DTC on for moderate sport and 5 sport no DCS for serious partying. congrats! enjoy!
This sounds about like what I do to. The reason....S4 and S5 cause hard shifts in anything but the lightest throttle positions. S3 is smooth and still gives quick shifts if you are using a lot of throttle.
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