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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Sat, Oct-09-2004, 01:28:27 AM   #1
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Question Driving Tips For a Noob M3

I learned how to drive stick on a 2001 Passat 5spd. Im pretty good now and Im about to buy a M3 and I was just wondering if the M3 5spd is a Pain in the ass to drive for noob drivers. Will it be any diff from the Vw???except for more power Any information will help. Thanks in advance.
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I am not an experienced driver with a manual either, but the M3 I drove's clutch was no harder than the 1.8t Jetta I learned on.
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Old Sat, Oct-09-2004, 01:33:43 AM   #3
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I learned on a 1982 320i. I got sick of waiting for my dad to teach me... so I just took the car one day and said I wouldn't be back until I quit stalling. Took about 20 minutes haha.

The M3's clutch is nice. Not hard to get used to at all.
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yea its not bad at all
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You might want to enroll in a competitive driving class if you can afford it. The power of the M3 is quite a bit more than the Passat. You will most probably end up jerking the car a lot in first until you get used to it. I think that happens because you bounce off both ends of the clutch plate travel by hitting the gass and then taking your foot off abruptly. This is pretty embarassing and I'm ashamed to say I did it while test driving a brand new 911. The guy who let me test drive it was really cool though and just told me to give it more gas. Make sure your rump is all the way back and that your feet are close enough to positively engage the clutch. I know this is coming from a SMG driver but that is how I learned to drive stick.
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Nahhhh, just come through the sweet-spot slowly...It's easy to get used to.
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I went from my 320 to the M3... but I cheated.. I had 2 1/2 years of driving all sorts of BMW's to practice on, including plenty of M's.
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<< 1982 320i to M3 and no cars in-between >> it was a srtr8 change lol took me 10 min to get use to the M3 but at first I spun the M's wheels because I didnít know how hard to press the gas, and I let the clutch go to high... but man did it blast off!! But it was fun (my mom was also in the car when I did it, she freaked out LOL).
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The ZF 5-spd is pretty smooth too
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Need to pull out the matel play set the one with the steering wheel and shifter...

Drifter, I just had to raz on you man...


You will notice a difference, it is trully lunlike any car I have driven before, and unfortunatley, I doubt I'll ever have a better one in my life.
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