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      09-11-2006, 04:13 PM   #1
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E46 Paddle Shifters

i dont know if its been talked about before, but i was in my friends newer (05 i think) 330i convertible, and she had the paddle shifters!

they were the same ones that are in the new E92 335i (same look and everything)

this is the first time i have ever seen an E46 with them! i even tried doing a google search for pics, but couldent find a thing.

her car isnt a Preformance Package either, its just a regular 330CiC with sport.

Someone advise... was it an option/std. what?
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      09-11-2006, 04:22 PM   #2
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I know some guys on E46 Fanatics have done an SMG paddle retrofit from the M3. It's about a $1,500 conversion as the paddles, steering wheel and airbag are needed in order to do the retrofit. That having been said, the paddles in the M3 are quite a bit different than the ones found in the 335i and Z4.

I don't know where your friend had hers done but AFAIK this was not an option from the factory. Fleet might be able to offer a little more insight on this one.
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      09-11-2006, 04:24 PM   #3
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she didnt have it done, trust me. the car had to have them stock when she bought it, i know that for a fact.
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SMG was available in the E46 for the 2004 model year. That's probably what she has. It won't take her long to start hating it
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NOPE! no SMG. regular steptronic.
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did she buy it used? then I'm sure it's a retrofit.
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NOPE! no SMG. regular steptronic.
Need to show us some pics if you are so sure about this.
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did she buy it used? then I'm sure it's a retrofit.
nope she bought it new. i was just talking to my friend at audi, who says he has seen it in a 330Ci as well 05/06.

let me see if i can find any pics.
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Here is a pic of my 335i's paddle shifters for review.
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they are the exact same as those.
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When I was involved on the X5 board, some guys had done this with their step trans. It was a retrofit, basically they just installed the wheel with the paddles. Never got to try it since I didn't have any need for it
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It has to be a retrofit somewhere down the line. The only non-M E46 tranny to offer paddle shifters was the SSG (the non-M SMG) tranny.

There is a retrofit kit to install paddle shifters with the steptronic in the E46, and has to be the only way she could get it without the SSG.
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      09-11-2006, 08:13 PM   #13
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I believe that SSG was available for e46s for a short time (2004-2005), but it wasn't very popular. I saw someone at a recent Autox event that had SSG in his e46 sedan and he had these same paddles.

These SSG Paddles are retrofitted on the sport-steering wheel of my 01 330Ci. I've had them on for a few years now. I only use them maybe 10-15% of the time though. I'm always in Manual mode, but I generally use the shifter instead. Great for the Track and canyon runs though! And yea, that Z8 Start Button actually works.

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THOSE ARE THEM!!! so she has SSG? i never heard of such a thing. here shifter looks just like a regular step though?
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I believe that SSG was available for e46s for a short time (2004-2005), but it wasn't very popular. I saw someone at a recent Autox event that had SSG in his e46 sedan and he had these same paddles.

These SSG Paddles are retrofitted on the sport-steering wheel of my 01 330Ci. I've had them on for a few years now. I only use them maybe 10-15% of the time though. I'm always in Manual mode, but I generally use the shifter instead. Great for the Track and canyon runs though! And yea, that Z8 Start Button actually works.

I'm assuming you have the 6-disc changer seeing as how you have a tape deck as opposed to the in dash cd?
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his step is regular too, just changed teh shift knob
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THOSE ARE THEM!!! so she has SSG? i never heard of such a thing. here shifter looks just like a regular step though?
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Here is a pic of my 335i's paddle shifters for review.
or did they look more like that:



Edit: Sorry, same as Shinobi's, but I have SMG II.
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