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View Poll Results: Manual 325i or auto ZHP?
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Old 05-10-2017, 01:09 PM   #21
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My 325 auto was a DOG. I think you always want the manual.....then again I have a 330i manual now so the best of both worlds!!!


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Old 05-10-2017, 01:14 PM   #22
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My 325 auto was a DOG. I think you always want the manual.....then again I have a 330i manual now so the best of both worlds!!!


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Maybe something was wrong with your 325.
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Old 05-10-2017, 01:18 PM   #23
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Maybe something was wrong with your 325.
There was...

It had a slushbox.
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Old 05-10-2017, 01:27 PM   #24
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There was...

It had a slushbox.





More even in here than I thought it would be... I thought there would be a stronger pro-manual bias. Intredasting.
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Old 05-10-2017, 01:28 PM   #25
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It had a slushbox.
That's funny, but I wasn't kidding.
I've owned both manual and auto, and the 325i auto never felt like a dog.

And it takes a lot more work to get a manual to go quick from a dead stop, without abusing it.
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Old 05-10-2017, 01:35 PM   #26
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My e30 325is started all my BMW madness. I wish it had been manual though.
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Old 05-10-2017, 01:44 PM   #27
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That's funny, but I wasn't kidding.

I've owned both manual and auto, and the 325i auto never felt like a dog.



And it takes a lot more work to get a manual to go quick from a dead stop, without abusing it.


Car ran perfectly, only had 80k on it when I bought it and I did a full service.

It may take work until you know how to drive 5spd....


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Old 05-10-2017, 01:45 PM   #28
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Old 05-10-2017, 02:09 PM   #29
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Car ran perfectly, only had 80k on it when I bought it and I did a full service.

It may take work until you know how to drive 5spd....


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Powershifting = abuse in my viewpoint.

Unless you have a lightweight flywheel, there is a good amount of time you need to "wait" between gear changes, for the RPMs to come down for a smooth transition into the next gear.
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Old 05-10-2017, 02:47 PM   #31
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The auto in my parents' E46 is wonderful......the gears shifts right at redline (unlike almost all other autos I've driven).
Mine will sometimes shift at 6800rpm or even 7000rpm. I'm sure my auto wants to commit suicide. I know I would if I was the transmission. I'm always begging to be above 4000. Sometimes if I get too much tire squeal around a corner, it will auto upshift. Then I just force it to downshift. I'll be honest though, my auto takes a beating.

Because of where I live, I can't imagine having a manual without having another car with an auto. Too much traffic. I don't trust you manual guys that say it's not that bad. I don't know, if you leave more than 3 feet in front of you, another car will come in. You have to constantly crawl, and I don't trust you manual guys saying "it's not that bad." I don't think you understand how intense California urban traffic is lol
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I don't think you understand how intense California urban traffic is lol
...move? I dunno; for a car enthusiast, not being able to stretch my car's legs would come close to a dealbreaker with respect to places to live. YMMV.

Makes me glad I don't live closer to Atlanta, Nashville or Charlotte. Chattanooga traffic is bad from time to time but eminently manageable if you know the times and places to avoid.
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Old 05-10-2017, 02:59 PM   #33
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I have always had three pedals with the exception of a '78 Lincoln Town car with th0CI manual is a classic and fun to dive car.
e 7.0 liter cop motor. I would just keep my search going in real life.

A manual e46 330Ci is timeless and fun car. An M3 manual wouldn't be kicked out of the garage.
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Old 05-10-2017, 03:16 PM   #34
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...move? I dunno; for a car enthusiast, not being able to stretch my car's legs would come close to a dealbreaker with respect to places to live. YMMV.

Makes me glad I don't live closer to Atlanta, Nashville or Charlotte. Chattanooga traffic is bad from time to time but eminently manageable if you know the times and places to avoid.
I mean, at the same time, it's California. There are some FANTASTIC roads with few to no cops or cyclists. But on a day to day as a student, I'm going to places at the same time everyone else does. It takes me 30-45 minutes to get home from my Tue. Thur. client. He lives 8 miles away. I would want an auto for those days - the days I need to get to school on time (2 miles away from home) and the days I know I'd sit in traffic. Any other day - manual would be my choice
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Old 05-10-2017, 04:08 PM   #35
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Agreed that the auto gets way too much hate around here - manuals are great and all, but autos have their place. And the ZF isn't even much of a "slushbox" - I'm not at all disappointed in my auto - especially now after I've driven a friend's 330i with a rebuilt transmission, so I know what they feel like with new fluid and whatnot. Time to cross that off the preventative maintenance checklist this summer!
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does the 325i have ZSP or standard?

would you be able to mod the cars or is this scenario one where they're untouched?
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does the 325i have ZSP or standard?

would you be able to mod the cars or is this scenario one where they're untouched?
For the purposes of this exercise, I would say no ZSP and no mods.
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Old 05-10-2017, 08:01 PM   #38
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Old 05-10-2017, 08:08 PM   #39
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Auto... it's smooth, and, most importantly when you have to drive LA traffic, manuals suck.
Exactly why I bought the automatic. Living in Orange County and traveling out to Willow Springs Raceway every week. Driving through LA traffic at the end of a day still gives me nightmares. And the 4 door, well that's just call it... er, um... children...
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Old 05-10-2017, 08:42 PM   #40
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I've only been E46 for a bit over a month and I'm hooked. I'd really love to have a 330, I do want one. If someone offered a trade for my 325 for his 330 auto, even in better shape, I'd turn it down.
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