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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 09-09-2012, 05:14 PM
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First Bimmer and standard car. 1997 328i. Noob questions

Alright, got my first car (and a standard one too). I've never drove standard before. After ordering a mechanical inspection and it was all good I bought it, sat down in it, and drove it away. I don't have any friends who drive standard so I was on my own.

I stalled 7 times at first wondering why, and turns out I forgot to put the e-brake down and I was mistaking 3rd gear for 1st. I drove Toyotas for the last 2 years and I'm used to the much larger e-brake and didn't even see this one. Then I smelt a burning smell and heard a screeching sound for just a couple seconds. Should I be worried about this?
I was driving it in Richmond, BC in the later afternoon where there was lots of traffic, people walking about, and lights so I wasn't thinking straight at the time.

Now I can drive it around perfectly fine now and I've only stalled once ever since at this very steep hill at a light when I was turning left in rush hour, except sometimes I let out the clutch too quickly and the car jerks. I seem to be getting used to first gear now, but sometimes I occasionally still make the car jerk. Is this jerking very bad for the car?

Also, is stalling very harmful for the engine? I'm putting aside some money already just in case I kill the clutch, lol. The previous owner has left all her service records and it's been very well taken care of. It has 1779xx km. Yes yes I know these cars may be more expensive than the Toyota to look after, and I am putting aside 100-150/month just in case.

The gear shifter seems to be stiff- at least compared to the Japanese ones. I find I have to be rougher with it to shift. I'm fine with this, but my hands are rather rough. Does the gear shifter take abuse well?

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Old 09-10-2012, 02:52 PM
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Don't stress it. I don't think anyone ever destroyed a car by learning to drive a stick. You'll figure it all out quickly.
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Old 09-10-2012, 03:15 PM
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Well, quite a few clutches have been prematurely killed due to people learning on them. But, it's not impossible, nor hard. Stalling the engine isn't really bad for it, anyway.
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Old 09-10-2012, 03:38 PM
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As long as you don't dump it at 6000 rpm or ride the pedal you should be good.
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:43 PM
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Thanks for the replies!

I have this occasional bad habit of giving it too much gas (from 0rpm to 3000 - 4000 rpm instantly, sometimes about 4500rpm) when I go into first gear and I hear a loud screeching sound and I make people turn heads. I usually end up doing it whenever I'm getting off the steep hill I live on or if I'm on lonely roads with little traffic. It's taking me some time to get used to the increased sensitivity of the accelerator pedal when in first gear and especially with the power/acceleration of this car versus the last ones I drove (Toyota RAV4, Camry, Sienna) and I'm assuming the screeching sound is the rear tires. If I continue with this bad habit will this wreck my tires rather quickly and will it be very hard on the engine? The previous owner just changed them before she traded in the vehicle.

Lastly, I noticed that if I'm in 3rd gear and I slow down to around 45km/h at approx. 1100 rpm, I can feel the car make a slight humming sound and the gear shifter seems to vibrate a bit. Is this normal, and should I avoid this?

So far, this is the third hour in my life I've drove a standard. I seem to be getting it around everywhere no problem and I enjoy it very much, except when I stall in the parking lots when I get distracted by all the people walking around and forget to put in my clutch when I'm supposed to, and the guilty feeling whenever I accidentally accelerate too much from a stop and hear that loud screech of tires >.<

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Old 09-10-2012, 09:45 PM
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Yeah, you're burning rubber! Take it easy with the throttle. The key is to feather in the throttle just as you're letting out the clutch.
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