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      08-29-2011, 12:30 AM   #1079
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Hey i don't have an m3 but i have a mtech 328i 6mt, can i join?
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Driving is like having sex.
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      08-30-2011, 06:44 PM   #1080
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I'm in guys, picked it up Monday. All I can say is, can't believe I ever drove an auto!!
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Use the stick like u would a manual. If that doesn't work, put it in D mode and put both hands at 10 and 2. If that doesn't work, just sit on your right hand.
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      09-07-2011, 10:20 AM   #1081
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      09-12-2011, 08:57 PM   #1082
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      09-12-2011, 11:46 PM   #1083
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      09-13-2011, 04:46 PM   #1084
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Guess I should be part of this club E90 over here.
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      09-13-2011, 06:11 PM   #1085
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2008 E90 M3 with a 6-speed here

One question: What can be done about the notchy 1st to 2nd gear shift? I bought my car about two months ago (CPO with 27,000 miles on it) and it's been getting worse the more I drive. It's due for the 30,000 mile service soon so I am going to see if the trans oil helps it. I've taken my car to the dealer once, they followed the procedure as the bulletin stated (didn't tell me what they did) and then said it was "normal." Has BMW ever bought back a car because of this? Changed the synchro? Replaced the transmission?

I might be dreaming... I guess the only reason is because I can't find anything else wrong with the M3
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      09-13-2011, 06:57 PM   #1086
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Just came across this. I am in this club also. 2011 E92 BW.
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      09-15-2011, 10:01 AM   #1087
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      09-15-2011, 08:18 PM   #1088
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Woot No edc! when i bought my m3 it didnt have it either and i thought i would regret it but i do not!
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      09-25-2011, 04:56 PM   #1089
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      09-26-2011, 04:07 PM   #1090
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2008 E90 M3 with a 6-speed here

One question: What can be done about the notchy 1st to 2nd gear shift? I bought my car about two months ago (CPO with 27,000 miles on it) and it's been getting worse the more I drive. It's due for the 30,000 mile service soon so I am going to see if the trans oil helps it. I've taken my car to the dealer once, they followed the procedure as the bulletin stated (didn't tell me what they did) and then said it was "normal." Has BMW ever bought back a car because of this? Changed the synchro? Replaced the transmission?

I might be dreaming... I guess the only reason is because I can't find anything else wrong with the M3
Put a short shifter kit on it. That should do the job. Active Autowerke make a nice one!
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      09-27-2011, 02:09 AM   #1091
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Same here. Second gear is ok on the track with high revs and h/t but anoying after cold startup in the morning, low speed and low revs. But I can deal with it. The second gear needs everytime just a little bit more attention then the other ones...

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Put a short shifter kit on it. That should do the job. Active Autowerke make a nice one!
Does this really help? Has anyone real experience with it?
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      09-27-2011, 07:15 PM   #1092
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Same here. Second gear is ok on the track with high revs and h/t but anoying after cold startup in the morning, low speed and low revs. But I can deal with it. The second gear needs everytime just a little bit more attention then the other ones...


Does this really help? Has anyone real experience with it?
I can speak for myself! I used to have the same problem. Last week I had Active's S1 short shifter kit plus their AA/UUC DSSR installed. Shifting is now a dream!

The stock shifter is just not made to be thrown around and abused! The new one is crisp and feels much sturdier. You can read more about it on Active's website. www.ActiveAutowerke.com
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      09-28-2011, 11:03 AM   #1093
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Ok, thank you for the info.
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      09-28-2011, 11:40 AM   #1094
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Ok, thank you for the info.
Your welcome!
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      09-28-2011, 09:20 PM   #1095
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I can speak for myself! I used to have the same problem. Last week I had Active's S1 short shifter kit plus their AA/UUC DSSR installed. Shifting is now a dream!

The stock shifter is just not made to be thrown around and abused! The new one is crisp and feels much sturdier. You can read more about it on Active's website. www.ActiveAutowerke.com
Thanks for the help. My brother's 135i comes standard with the BMW Performance Short Shifter and I love how short those throws are but I feel detached from the transmission when I drive that.

Glad to see a SSK on the M3 helps out and feels more sturdy (exactly what I'm looking for)
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      09-29-2011, 08:48 AM   #1096
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Glad to see a SSK on the M3 helps out and feels more sturdy (exactly what I'm looking for)
Read the reviews before jumping.

I love my UUC, but plastics and rubbers are replaced with metals, so more precision is required of the user and you might hear a metal vs. metal vibration occasionally. You can't have your cake and eat it too (gain precision without noise). Also, the install can be very tight, such that it's a tough DIY project for many. My BMW tech installed mine and complained about how tight it was to get in there and get everything set up nice.

Highly recommended for those that value precision over absolute quietness.

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      09-30-2011, 12:30 AM   #1097
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Read the reviews before jumping.

I love my UUC, but plastics and rubbers are replaced with metals, so more precision is required of the user and you might hear a metal vs. metal vibration occasionally. You can't have your cake and eat it too (gain precision without noise). Also, the install can be very tight, such that it's a tough DIY project for many. My BMW tech installed mine and complained about how tight it was to get in there and get everything set up nice.

Highly recommended for those that value precision over absolute quietness.

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Two questions: what's the 1-2 shift like compared to stock? Can you elaborate on the sound, is it all the time or only when shifting?

I would get my installed by a BMW tech or dealership.
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      09-30-2011, 08:25 AM   #1098
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Two questions: what's the 1-2 shift like compared to stock? Can you elaborate on the sound, is it all the time or only when shifting?

I would get my installed by a BMW tech or dealership.
I never had ANY trouble with the 1-2 shift on my 2009 E92 M3 and I installed my UUC SSK within the first 3-mos of owning the car. The 1-2 shift is more precise with the UUC and, duh, the throw is slightly shorter.

You'd probably consider me "expert" since I'm an autocross instructor and have driven competitively for decades. I usually double-clutch on the downshift and am constantly aware and trying for "perfect" shifts with no resistance from the synchros. If your car is pre-owned, then it has probably not been treated as well as mine and there's a good chance that the synchros have been abused, which the best shifter in the world cannot overcome.

The noise I refer to is two-fold. First, when shifting at high rpm in the lower gears, up near the redline, there's a high speed buzz or rattle during the middle of the shift. Second, when cruising, I'll occasionally get a buzz or rattle that'll go away if I simply twist the lever.

Hope that helps.

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I never had ANY trouble with the 1-2 shift on my 2009 E92 M3 and I installed my UUC SSK within the first 3-mos of owning the car. The 1-2 shift is more precise with the UUC and, duh, the throw is slightly shorter.

You'd probably consider me "expert" since I'm an autocross instructor and have driven competitively for decades. I usually double-clutch on the downshift and am constantly aware and trying for "perfect" shifts with no resistance from the synchros. If your car is pre-owned, then it has probably not been treated as well as mine and there's a good chance that the synchros have been abused, which the best shifter in the world cannot overcome.

The noise I refer to is two-fold. First, when shifting at high rpm in the lower gears, up near the redline, there's a high speed buzz or rattle during the middle of the shift. Second, when cruising, I'll occasionally get a buzz or rattle that'll go away if I simply twist the lever.

Hope that helps.

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Thanks for the review, it means a lot. Enjoy your 6MT. I just picked my car up from service and it feels much better now. Apparently something in my shift knob was loose so they gave me a new knob and boot. I still get the slight 'crunching' sound from 1st to 2nd no matter how slow or fast I go.

I have noticed that after I take the car to redline a few times, the transmission oil seems to warm up and go into every gear easier.
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