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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 12-03-2012, 06:29 PM   #61
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You can get it programmed to have shift lights but only SMG from the factory has them
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:08 PM   #62
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what are "shift lights"?
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:54 PM   #63
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what are "shift lights"?
As you reach higher into the RPM range there are a series of lights that climb counterclockwise on the cluster, from orange to red, red being the highest RPM and telling you to shift
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:42 AM   #64
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As you reach higher into the RPM range there are a series of lights that climb counterclockwise on the cluster, from orange to red, red being the highest RPM and telling you to shift
Oh yeah got those. I was confused about something else
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:29 AM   #65
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That last statement is funny. DCT is amazing and far better than SMG. It is far faster and smoother.
DCT and any other dual clutch system like PDK is way smoother as you say. However that's the problem I dislike with them- it doesn't feel as connected when you are shifting. SMG is so idiosyncratic in nature- closer to a manual in feel- it has a personality to it. It feels more raw and I can take that over any performance benefits.
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:09 AM   #66
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DCT and any other dual clutch system like PDK is way smoother as you say. However that's the problem I dislike with them- it doesn't feel as connected when you are shifting. SMG is so idiosyncratic in nature- closer to a manual in feel- it has a personality to it. It feels more raw and I can take that over any performance benefits.
I agree with all of this.
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:36 AM   #67
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So how hard to you mash the gas pedal? do you have sports mode on? i never try to go all out on mine. Just afraid of breaking the car if i go all out. lol
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:06 AM   #68
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DCT and any other dual clutch system like PDK is way smoother as you say. However that's the problem I dislike with them- it doesn't feel as connected when you are shifting. SMG is so idiosyncratic in nature- closer to a manual in feel- it has a personality to it. It feels more raw and I can take that over any performance benefits.
This is part of the reason why Toyota used a single clutch system for their Lexus supercar, the dual-clutch was seen as just too refine, less mechanical than they wanted it to feel.
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:58 AM   #69
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So how hard to you mash the gas pedal? do you have sports mode on? i never try to go all out on mine. Just afraid of breaking the car if i go all out. lol
I never mash from a dig, maybe about 75% throttle and that's where the wheels start to slip. Once you're moving, 100% is fine, you can even feel the vanos system working. It's not as prominent as a turbo, but you'll be all like, "V-Tech just kicked in bro!"
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:07 AM   #70
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This is part of the reason why Toyota used a single clutch system for their Lexus supercar, the dual-clutch was seen as just too refine, less mechanical than they wanted it to feel.
False, the LFA use the single clutch system because the car was 10 years in the making and the dual clutch system was still not complete and ready, they "settled" for the single clutch. If I can find the article I will post it, if they had to do over and the dual clutch system was ready it would be in the LFA.
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False, the LFA use the single clutch system because the car was 10 years in the making and the dual clutch system was still not complete and ready, they "settled" for the single clutch. If I can find the article I will post it, if they had to do over and the dual clutch system was ready it would be in the LFA.
You could be right, but the several articles I've read, including ones directly from Toyota PR, and several well known publications only mention that they did it on purpose as I mentioned earlier. Please link that article, curious to see it.

For me personally, I would have thought that there wasn't a dual-clutch system that could handle the power at the time?
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Stop with the Toyota talk in my thread. Please and thank you.
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:23 PM   #73
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:15 PM   #74
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I like how it encourages spirited driving, since it's a dog at low RPMs and an animal when in the powerband.
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:17 PM   #75
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Def. one feature I will miss once my M is gone.
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Old 12-10-2012, 04:00 PM   #76
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dct and any other dual clutch system like pdk is way smoother as you say. However that's the problem i dislike with them- it doesn't feel as connected when you are shifting. Smg is so idiosyncratic in nature- closer to a manual in feel- it has a personality to it. It feels more raw and i can take that over any performance benefits.

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Old 12-15-2012, 11:36 AM   #77
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I love all these posts guys - - I just brought home a 2006 M3 with SMG and Perf Package - - This is my first experience ever with this tranny - - where can I go to learn about all of the different settings for SMG. My manual leaves a bit to be desired - - Thanks
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Old 12-15-2012, 11:56 AM   #78
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I love all these posts guys - - I just brought home a 2006 M3 with SMG and Perf Package - - This is my first experience ever with this tranny - - where can I go to learn about all of the different settings for SMG. My manual leaves a bit to be desired - - Thanks
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=941508
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Old 12-16-2012, 04:42 AM   #79
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Thank you . . . any other tips are very welcome
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:33 AM   #80
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Yeah, check out my troubleshooting guide. It's on here someplace. Read it and learn it, that way IF something ever happens you don't have to freak out about it being a $4000 repair. Most fixes are cheap. PM me if you ever have an issue and I'll try to help you out.
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