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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 11-05-2012, 12:33 PM
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What is this? (newowner)

Well i was in reverse until i figured out it could go into a another gear, lol i know im stupid. But it can go into S, Then M1 , M2, M3, M4, M5? Im guessing thats manual, but whats the S for? thanks



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Old 11-05-2012, 12:40 PM
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:42 PM
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It would be a lot more helpful if someone just told me.
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:53 PM
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This took me literally 45 seconds to do.

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Originally Posted by BMW E46 Owner's Manual for 325i
M/S Manual operation and Sport Program

Shifting from D into M/S activates the Sport Program. This is indicated by "SD" in the gear selection display. This position is recommended for a performance-oriented driving style. With the first brief ouch, the automatic transmission shifts from the Sport Program to the manual mode. When you move the selector lever forward in the "+" direction, the transmission shifts up. When the lever is moved back in the "–" direction, the transmission shifts down. M1 to M5 appear in the gear indicator.

Upshifts or downshifts will only be carried out by the ATC at appropriate engine speeds and road speeds. If the engine speed is too high, for instance, a downshift will not be executed. The gear selected will appear briefly in the instrument cluster followed by the current gear.

To accelerate quickly in the manual mode (to pass another vehicle, for instance), shift down manually or employ the kickdown mode.

Shifting from M/S to the selector lever positions P, R and N is possible only by going through D.
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:55 PM
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S is for sport mode. It is still automatic. The car will shift less frequently (i.e., get closer to redline) and, when the kick pedal is pressed, will lower the gear to increase acceleration of possible.

That's the gist of it anyway. Use for fun!

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Old 11-05-2012, 01:53 PM
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:33 PM
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Basically, S mode gives you about 500 more rpm before shifting.
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Old 11-05-2012, 05:41 PM
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Translation, "I'm much too important to actually do it myself".
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