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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 11-28-2012, 11:35 AM
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Keep Smelling Clutch

Hi, I recently bought an 03 325i with a 5 speed, it has 100k on it and the clutch has never been done. I have been driving it for about a month and sometimes after driving I can smell a slight burning smell if i stick my nose to the vent on the hood in front of the wipers. It is my first car with a manual so I probably doing something wrong. I take off at about 1500 rpms and ride the clutch slightly while taking off. I also shift around 2700 rpms and come straight off the clutch after shifting. Any tips, am I doing something wrong? Thanks
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:37 AM
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Most probably ur clutch is on its way out. Experiencing rough shifting or is it simply smelling?
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:40 AM
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When i shift the car bucks slightly
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:12 PM
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With open road in front of you, stand on the throttle in 2nd gear, foot off the clutch. If the tach jumps and your speed doesnt increase, your clutch is on borrowed time. You'll smell if you have a problem.

Takeoff at 1500 is too high IMO, feather the pedal just enough to grab and keep your foot off the clutch at stoplights (shift to neutral).
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:15 PM
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99% Clutch going south, time for a new one...
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:18 PM
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thanks guys ill take it into consideration
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:30 PM
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I need a new clutch myself. And probably a flywheel (I think it's what I hear lopping around under the cabin of the car). $412 for a Stage 1 kit and a lightweight flywheel, sacrificing some driving comfort and risk my oil pump nut falling off? Or should I just drop $815 for an OEM setup?
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:42 PM
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I need a new clutch myself. And probably a flywheel (I think it's what I hear lopping around under the cabin of the car). $412 for a Stage 1 kit and a lightweight flywheel, sacrificing some driving comfort and risk my oil pump nut falling off? Or should I just drop $815 for an OEM setup?
The Stage 1 will serve you well. Not sure about your nuts falling off (or your kielbasa hitting the linoleum)
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