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Old 12-30-2016, 09:18 AM   #1
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Time to Look for an Autocross Whip But What's That in My Garage?

Having sold the fun-as-balls-to-autox Mazda 3 2.5/6 last year to make room for the '02 330i Msport project, I find myself without a candidate to resume autoxing with in 2017.

One reason I haven't considered the 330i seriously for autox is that it is an auto trans model per wife's insistence even though (1) Our other 2 cars are auto (2) she never drives the 330i, doesn't like the 'heavy' steering. Women, go figure.

Should I leave my man card at home and try autox in the autobox 330i? It does handle and run very well. Koni yellows, new front suspension, M3 RTAB's, Redline D4 ATF in the ZF auto.

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Old 12-30-2016, 12:37 PM   #2
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I autocross my auto 330ci with no problems so I don't see why not?
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Old 12-30-2016, 01:56 PM   #3
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Is your wife going to autocross too? Cause if not, why does she care if it's not auto

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Old 12-30-2016, 08:12 PM   #4
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I autocross my auto 330ci with no problems so I don't see why not?
Cool. Will have a go at it when the season starts up here.
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Old 01-01-2017, 12:45 PM   #5
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I made the mistake of buying an automatic as well. I still took it to the track. There is a slight detent in the throttle. Just learn how that effects the shifting in manual mode and you should be fine.


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Old 01-02-2017, 09:03 AM   #6
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I made the mistake of buying an automatic as well. I still took it to the track. There is a slight detent in the throttle. Just learn how that effects the shifting in manual mode and you should be fine.


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Not sure about a detent, can you explain more? I did some manual shifting yesterday and find that pressing the accelerator down a bit while down shifting provides pretty good rev-match.
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Old 01-02-2017, 07:00 PM   #7
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On my 2004 330i there is a point near throttle to the floor where I can feel a bit of resistance. That is actually full throttle. In manual mode, if I push through that, it activates the "kick down" and shifts to a lower gear even though I did not push on the gear selector.

Let's say you are taking a corner in third gear. You want full throttle but you do not want the car to downshift to second gear because it's not worth the time. Just push to that detent pressure but not past it.


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Old 01-04-2017, 11:27 AM   #8
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You can autocross just about anything and have fun. If your local autocross does classes like mine and you'd like to be competitive you may want to look outside the E46 (or at least want an M). My local does it mostly by displacement so my 330 was the only car in my class without LSD, and down about 100 hp. The PSS tires weren't much help either obviously but I hadn't picked up track tires yet.
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Old 01-06-2017, 07:22 PM   #9
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On my 2004 330i there is a point near throttle to the floor where I can feel a bit of resistance. That is actually full throttle. In manual mode, if I push through that, it activates the "kick down" and shifts to a lower gear even though I did not push on the gear selector.

Let's say you are taking a corner in third gear. You want full throttle but you do not want the car to downshift to second gear because it's not worth the time. Just push to that detent pressure but not past it.


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Oh, I didn't realize the kick down still worked in manual mode. I will keep this in mind and try it out soon. Thanks
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