First time driving a BMW stick?ABCraig said:Hey everyone! Long time listener, first time caller here. I've read a lot of good material here and never really had a need to have a question answered before, but now I do!
I drove a friend's new 330ci last night and thought the transition between gears was pretty rough. I didn't have any problems with engaging the clutch in any of the gears, but actually moving the shift knob into and out of each gear was pretty clunky. The best way to describe it is almost as if the spindles are off by just a bit and there's a point where you have to almost force it into the gear. I couldn't get a smooth transition at all. It didn't matter whether we were moving or just sitting in the parking lot. When I asked my friend about it he said he just thought the car needed to be broken in a bit and it would probably go away. What do you guys think? I would have expected a very smooth travel between gears. The car has about 500 miles on it.
By the way, once it was in gear the car was very smoooooth! Man, I need to get one of these!
The other stick shifts I've driven they've always been very "vague" (except for Honda's) and "soft" when the gear selector slip into each "gate". BMWs has ALWASY been like this, the E46es (my 323Ci) are actually softer than the Z3 that I used to drive.
That's my take. OUT!