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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 09-11-2010, 03:38 PM
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Ok guys I have 1998 328i auto and was wondering if i am doing any damage to my engine or any other part of my car by putting it in manual mode and 1st gear and doing donuts and taking the car to the red line in 1st gear for a couple of seconds?

Any info would be great i am trying to learn as much as possibly about my car.
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Old 09-11-2010, 03:41 PM
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This question is awesome! You won't hurt the motor, the trans is another thing though.
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Old 09-11-2010, 03:52 PM
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This question is awesome! You won't hurt the motor, the trans is another thing though.
Ok yeah my trans is at about 110,000 should i completely not do this or just occasionally lol cuz this is the most fun i have with my auto haha
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Old 09-11-2010, 04:03 PM
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Just do it till it dies, then swap a 5 speed ZF! Those gm trans are kinda a ticking time bomb, so its probably not a good idea to thrash it.
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Old 09-11-2010, 04:09 PM
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Redlining a motor is never a "good" idea, but many people do it anyways while goofing around. I would be hesitant to let it near the redline for very long though, once the tires are spinning you don't need to be redlined to keep em spinning anyway,,
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IF you keep it in first, it's no big deal.. the "manual" mode was designed for a hill climb, and to be kept in one gear.
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IF you keep it in first, it's no big deal.. the "manual" mode was designed for a hill climb, and to be kept in one gear.
yeah i just lock it in first sweet thanks for the info
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