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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Fri, Jul-27-2007, 03:59:12 AM   #11
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Another quick tip: Leave the sport button OFF. It doesn't add any power, it just just changes the mapping so less pedal is required to open the throttle more. Turning it on makes it very easy to get the car bucking in first gear. With sport on or off, pushing the pedal to the floor gets you 100% throttle, so max output is the same either way.

Oh, thought of one other thing. There is a way to do an SMG reset to get it to start over with learning your driving habits/tires. Driving more than 20 mph, put in neutral and pull back on both paddles for approx 2 seconds.
(from page 22 of the ownerhandbook.pdf)


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sounds good.

Also, I seem to recall reading somewhere there is a way to "reset" your car, so that it un learns everything it supposedly learned about your driving style?
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Old Fri, Jul-27-2007, 04:16:18 AM   #13
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I edited my post above and then read your reply... Is that the reset you were talking about?
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that would be it, thanks again. You guys are a wealth of knowledge.
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Another fun thing I experienced with my SMG (I've had it for almost two months and 6.000 km's now) is to rev it a little while it's downshifting. It does it itself as well but you can also trigger it yourself by moving your right foot just a little while the car is downshifting!

However: I don't know if it hurts the car!! Anyone have some more knowledge then me on this?

BTW: Very good choice, it's an incredible car!! I have (I think) exactly the same one:

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Very nice tips.
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Another fun thing I experienced with my SMG (I've had it for almost two months and 6.000 km's now) is to rev it a little while it's downshifting. It does it itself as well but you can also trigger it yourself by moving your right foot just a little while the car is downshifting!

However: I don't know if it hurts the car!! Anyone have some more knowledge then me on this?
It's better for the clutch and drivetrain if you blip the throttle on downshifts. Without blipping the throttle, SMG just slowly releases the clutch, which puts wear on the clutch disc, and a bit harder on the drivetrain.
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Old Sat, Jul-28-2007, 01:53:49 AM   #18
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Don't worry too much about launch mode until you get use to driving this beautiful machine. Heck, i've own mine for 2 yrs now and still not test out the launch mode .
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Another fun thing I experienced with my SMG (I've had it for almost two months and 6.000 km's now) is to rev it a little while it's downshifting. It does it itself as well but you can also trigger it yourself by moving your right foot just a little while the car is downshifting!

However: I don't know if it hurts the car!! Anyone have some more knowledge then me on this?

BTW: Very good choice, it's an incredible car!! I have (I think) exactly the same one:
The one Im picking up tomorrow is the darker gray, beautiful car though.

Thanks again guys. How about braking for a stop light or something? Should I just bump it into neutral at some point and brake? or attempt to down shift into first? or will the car just do all the work when I apply the brakes and it notices it getting too slow for said gear?
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medium grey = Silver Grey
dark gray = Steel Grey

Open the hood and look on the paint code plate on the shock tower.
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