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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 01-02-2012, 08:34 PM
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Throttle Delay

When I press down on the gas pedal while in neutral there is a delay of about a second before the engine starts to rev, yet while in gear the response is immediate. What is going on? Is this normal for BMWs?

This is my first BMW and it is a 2001 330i 5 speed manual transmission. Please help. Thanks.
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:17 PM
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Electronic throttle. There's a device that adjusts throttle response but it's received mixed reviews and the gist of it (to me) was that it made the last 1/4 of throttle travel useless
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:34 PM
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Try resetting throttle adaptation. Turn key to "on" (but dont start it) for 10 seconds, then off for 10 seconds and then start the car. Some people swear by it.
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Old 01-02-2012, 10:39 PM
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A full second? That doesn't seem quite right. Not really sure what make such an excessive delay in neutral while everything is fine in gear either.

When you say you're in neutral, is that with the clutch depressed?
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Old 01-07-2012, 08:37 AM
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Maybe not a full second but close to it. Anywhere between a half second to full. I can press the pedal all the way to the floor and take my foot off before the engine revs. This happens in all neutral states, idle and with the clutch.

It's anoying, but I have learned to accomidate. The only thing is though, if I drive another persons car I tend to over rev and makes me look like a noob at standard. :s

I'll try the ten seconds thing and see if that work.
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Old 01-07-2012, 10:26 AM
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And by the way

It's def not normal.
You will be able to find a fix for this.
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Old 01-07-2012, 02:22 PM
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i heard the reset was only for automatic trannies?

mine (5 speed manual) also has about a sec. delay
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mine (5 speed manual) also has about a sec. delay
+1 and it is irritating
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Old 01-07-2012, 09:29 PM
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Just curious, off a dead stop or transitional lag when applying the throttle?
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