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X3 F25 (2011 - current)
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Old 08-03-2012, 11:31 AM
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Difference between DS/comfort and D/sport mode?

For driving around downtown Seattle, I typically leave it in D/comfort mode. Only on hills to I switch into manual mode. However, because there is more than one sport mode, I'm wondering what the real difference is between DS/comfort and D/sport mode?

Remember, my last car was a 2003 325xi where DS mainly meant a sportier shift selection (no modification to throttle response that I recall). Maybe I just answered my one question.

D/comfort: normal shifting, normal throttle
DS/comfort: sportier shift points, normal throttle
D/sport: sportier shifting, sportier throttle
DS/sport: same as above?

It's all of these subtle differences I have yet to figure out. Being in the city limits my play time a bit. I've got to get out more into the mountains with my X3.
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Old 08-03-2012, 02:09 PM
Vortec4800 Vortec4800 is offline
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I've always wondered the same thing. For example, what's the difference between D/sport and DS/sport? Are they essentially the same? Does anything actually change when switching from D to DS when it's already in sport? Other than the manual mode, I can't see a difference.

Makes me wonder if I should set sport mode to not adjust the drivetrain and only do the chassis, so D/sport will be chassis, DS/comfort will be drivetrain, and DS/sport will be both. But then it makes me wonder if I would be missing something?

I have just enough OCD that these questions drive me crazy haha.
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:00 AM
perlman007 perlman007 is offline
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I have no clue. I was wondering the same thing about DS/Sport v. D/Sport. I did notice that when I am in Sport and go from D to DS it downshifts.
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:14 AM
Clivem2 Clivem2 is offline
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And weirdly in DS you can't select reverse but when you press the Sport button you can. Why?
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Old 01-28-2013, 01:59 PM
Vortec4800 Vortec4800 is offline
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That one's actually less weird, when you're in DS the shifter is moved over so moving it up is used for shifting instead of selecting N or R.
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:20 PM
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Sport mode button have a more aggressive throttle map than the DS mode, and the sport button also tighen up the steering as well. DS mode will shut off the auto start stop, ASS, while the sport button does not.
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