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View Poll Results: Which mode do you use the most?
Steptronic 31 44.93%
Sport Mode 18 26.09%
Normal Automatic Mode 20 28.99%
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Old 05-07-2002, 12:09 PM   #21
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Steptronic most the time! Especially after I retrofitted the Switchtronic system...

hey vince,

how did you retrofitted that???you have a DIY? Parts#? looks really cool and interesting...
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Old 05-07-2002, 12:37 PM   #22
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Steptronic most the time! Especially after I retrofitted the Switchtronic system...



Hi VinnyTopaz,

I am very interested in M3 steering wheel with -/+ pads you have done. Could you provide me with more information? For example, did you need to route extra wires and connections so that the -/+ pads can work?

Thanks!
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Old 05-07-2002, 12:47 PM   #23
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I use Sport Mode except on the twisties, then I shift.

I've had manuals for like 20 years. I'm tired of clutching. Wish I had Vince's setup. SWEET!
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Old 05-07-2002, 01:16 PM   #24
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How do you switch between steptronic and normal automatic mode? I got sports mode figured out but I though steptronic was normal mode?
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Old 05-07-2002, 01:17 PM   #25
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Basically there are gear ratio profiles.

With normal mode you get well normal gear ratio's. With sport, more aggressive and manual falls somewhere in between. Also gear management differs. Like manual mode allows you to change the gear and if you don't change within a specified RPM range, the computer will change is for you. Basically, yes there is a difference. That's why Dinan sells a transmission chip upgrade. It doesn't give you HP or Torque but gives back more of the aggressive gear ratio's that the drive by wire takes away allowing you car to always perform at its best and not when the car decides based on driving habit. I want power when I want it not after I needed it. I've found that pressing the gas in and out of kickdown raises the gear ratio faster. Try it, floor the car to kickdown, let off just enough till it notches out of kick down and floor it again. I found that three times is sufficient. no don't wait one second in between pressing in and out of kick-down, do this very fast and hold peddle to the floor until the speed you want is reached. The difference is about .3 seconds in 0-60. Basically when you accelerate into kick down, it goes at a normal gear ratio as the RPM climbs, by pressing in and out of kick down, you tell the car's computer that tells the transmission control that you need more power which means more aggressive gear ratios.

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Is there a difference between Sport mode and fully auto mode??

I thought it was one and the same....is there faster shifts with the sport mode......sorry for being stupid
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Old 05-07-2002, 01:21 PM   #26
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Nope its a GM tranny in the 3 series

Here's the link. I recall that its for the 323/328 and a modified version was used for the 325/330. Unless they did a switcheroo, but my last infor for the 325/330 is that the tranny didnt change just the control module.

http://www.gm.com/automotive/gmpower...m#applications

here's specs on the current tranny:

Maximum Engine Torque:
280 lb (380 Nm)

Maximum Gearbox Torque:
494 lb (670 Nm)


The new valvetronic apparently will use a new tranny that is lighter weight but 70 lbs! I think thats what they have in the new 3 series compact.


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Gm tranny web?? Isn't the steptronic transmission in the 330, the 5 speed auto gearbox from ZF?
ZF transmission

I'm pretty sure the URL points to the right transmission.
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Old 05-07-2002, 01:24 PM   #27
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When I get a chance to drive a step tranny, I use it all the times.
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Old 05-07-2002, 01:27 PM   #28
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Originally posted by VinceTopazBlau325i
Steptronic most the time! Especially after I retrofitted the Switchtronic system...



Vince,

Not to call you out or anything but do you really have this conversion in your car? I noticed that your car is tobaz where as the pic showing the Step with M3 steering wheels and paddles is in a silver maybe white car and the interiors are different. If you did get this done could you please provide how it was done? If not direct myself and others to whom has it done, the car that you have a picture of it with it.

Thanks!!!!
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Old 05-07-2002, 01:49 PM   #29
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I use step all the time except when I'm on the phone. Step allows me to shift a bit higher in the RPM than S mode or Auto mode. I don't have to worry about the computer shifiting for me in step except when I'm decreasing speed, but even then I'm controlling the downshifts. It's more refined than a manul stick but it does lack that feel and the performance. That's why I'd love SMG. That is truly the best of both worlds. equal performance with the convenience and efficiency of steptronic.
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Old 05-07-2002, 04:25 PM   #30
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Vince,

Not to call you out or anything but do you really have this conversion in your car? I noticed that your car is tobaz where as the pic showing the Step with M3 steering wheels and paddles is in a silver maybe white car and the interiors are different. If you did get this done could you please provide how it was done? If not direct myself and others to whom has it done, the car that you have a picture of it with it.

Thanks!!!!
Plus, the shadows cast on the padels don't look realistic. ...and you haven't responded to anyones inquiries yet. I suspect a fake!
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Old 05-07-2002, 09:45 PM   #31
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yeah what's up vince...Is that for real or what...And if it isn't you better stop playin' around....

But if its for real, that **** is CRAZY!!!!!

C'mon let the board know the deal......

I mean I could of done that in photoshop or something....

hey whats up edwars...I see your post
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Old 05-07-2002, 10:18 PM   #32
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After 6 months of having Steptronic (in manual mode), I have gotten use to the timing. I went from manual to Step because of traffic, cell phone, clients in my car, etc. There certainly is a delay with auto/step when shifting, but if you time shifting properly, it is not all that bad. I have the ECIS intake and UUC TSE and I just love the slight hiss/whistle when shifting gears! You can never replace a manual gear box/tranny, but step is definetly a good alternative...but not as good as SMG.
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Old 05-07-2002, 10:54 PM   #33
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Hi VinnyTopaz,

I am very interested in M3 steering wheel with -/+ pads you have done. Could you provide me with more information? For example, did you need to route extra wires and connections so that the -/+ pads can work?

Thanks!
Vince does exist, and he did do the retrofit on his steering wheel. He normally posts over at bimmerfest.com, but when I last spoke with him (last week), he was out of the country, and didn't get to check the boards as often as he'd like.

He did do the retrofit on his car (topaz blue 325i), as well as someone else's car (hence the silver color). Look for him over at bimmerfest, and he'll probably respond to you.
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Old 05-07-2002, 10:56 PM   #34
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yeah what's up vince...Is that for real or what...And if it isn't you better stop playin' around....

But if its for real, that **** is CRAZY!!!!!

C'mon let the board know the deal......

I mean I could of done that in photoshop or something....

hey whats up edwars...I see your post
I know Vince. He's an honest guy (not to mention a serious Alpina-Nut) and he really did do this. I saw his Alpina wheel myself at Bimmerfest. He tested the M3 wheel first before putting on the Alpina wheel. Vince drives a Topaz Blue 325 and to my knowledge, he has done this retrofit to 2 other Bimmers. I personally don't know what is involved, but I think its really cool how he had the ingenuity to do this. As for the details, I think he decided against posting the specific details, but you might want to try sending him a private message or email.

Oh, and on the subject of Steptronic. I use it 99% of the time. I am however re-learning how to drive a manual and will upgrade to a 6-speed ///M3 (manual, not SMG) sometime in the future.
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