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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 02-14-2005, 11:56 AM
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Try the following link.... Hopefully this will answer all of your questions about
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http://www.bmwm5.com/greg/school/
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Old 02-14-2005, 12:33 PM
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If you're that worried about driving right, just join the CCA and attend a class or two. The next 2 driving schools are in March and April, the first at Lime Rock Park in CT and the other at NHIS in NH. I'm planning on attending the NHIS event myself. Here's the link: http://www.boston-bmwcca.org/
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I have never put this much thought into shifting.

My advise is to do what "feels" right.
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Old 02-14-2005, 03:54 PM
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Try the following link.... Hopefully this will answer all of your questions about
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http://www.bmwm5.com/greg/school/

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...77588#poststop
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Old 02-14-2005, 04:02 PM
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Double clutching is completely unnecessary in today's cars.

Just rev match with the clutch pedal in.
That doesn't offload the synchros.
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Old 02-14-2005, 05:38 PM
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Old 02-14-2005, 05:41 PM
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That doesn't offload the synchros.
Correctomundo, Speedy....think of the double-clutch as "Synchro-Assist"....IMHO, all performance-minded drivers should take the time to learn this time-honored technique....one of the more satisfying moments in a good car is executing the perfect downshift, where the shifter slips *effortlessly* into the proper gear, and you accelerate out of that turn with a smile on your face....

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Old 02-14-2005, 05:56 PM
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It's probably just me but I have a hard time heel-toeing in this car.. My foot is pretty narrow so it's hard to do it the "cheaters'" way. And the proper heel-toe with the ankle twisting motion is hard UNLESS the car is under heavy braking. Again, it's probably just me.
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One thing that is not often considered is the design/gearing of the trans itself, and the inherent difficulties it may present in your quest for "the smooth shift". Take for example the six-speed manual in the 330 series....first gear has a ratio of 4.35....second has a ratio of 2.50....which means that the RPMs are gonna drop 42% from first to second....this is a HUGE gap....does`nt matter how good or smooth your technique is, there`s *no way* to overcome this drop, which is the main stumbling block (especially for first-time stick drivers) that makes a good one-to-two shift so damn evasive. You are probably aware by now that subsequent upshifts get easier & smoother as you run up thru the gears....that`s because the ratios are spaced tighter together, and the RPMs don`t fall off as much. The best advice I can give is to get on a good back road, with your cell phone and the stereo switched off, and just listen to the machine....the more intimate your relationship, the better things will get....

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Correctomundo, Speedy....think of the double-clutch as "Synchro-Assist"....IMHO, all performance-minded drivers should take the time to learn this time-honored technique....one of the more satisfying moments in a good car is executing the perfect downshift, where the shifter slips *effortlessly* into the proper gear, and you accelerate out of that turn with a smile on your face....
Double-clutching isn't necessary, but you can certainly feel a difference. For a large shift difference (say 6th to 3rd, or 4th to 2nd), if you double-clutch, the gear shifter will sort of suck itself into the gate with no resistance, like Fast Bob is describing.
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