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X1 E84 (2011 - current)
The new to the US BMW X1 will arrive at BMW dealers in the fall of 2012 as a 2013 model year. Get your X1 28i with either sDrive (RWD) or xDrive (AWD) or get the US exclusive I6 N55 powered X1 35i dDrive.

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Old 12-18-2012, 05:33 AM
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Paddle shifter use

I have never used paddle shifters on an automatic before. Can anyone respond with how they are using them? I could imagine down shifting to pass when in ECO mode. Downshifting when braking or cornering?

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Old 12-18-2012, 06:54 AM
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I have never used paddle shifters on an automatic before. Can anyone respond with how they are using them? I could imagine down shifting to pass when in ECO mode. Downshifting when braking or cornering?
Downshifting to hold speed on hills (up or down).

Not really necessary if you press the accelerator pedal all the way to the "kickdown detent", I wouldn't think.
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:57 AM
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I rarely use them. But my D also has gobs and gobs of low-end torque.
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Old 12-18-2012, 08:03 AM
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When going down hill I up shift to maintain speed. When coasting I use them to slow down to save breaks. Some people don't do this since they don't want to put extra wear on the engine but if you are only keeping the car for 3 years its not a problem.
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Old 12-26-2012, 12:12 PM
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I've been using the paddles to vary rpms on the highway since I'm still in break-in stage. I'd imagine using them most often on curvy roads to optimize the powerband. I definitely wanted the paddles as I'm trying to figure out whether I want a DCT or manual when I get in an //M3 in a few yrs.
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