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      09-22-2011, 06:52 PM   #1
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Drives: 335d
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: San Francisco

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Steptronic as a Manual

I'm loving my new d! The only thing is getting used to an auto transmission. Its a first for me. I even keep stepping where the clutch would be out of habit!

1.) I'm driving it in sport mode only. Shifting manually with the "stick" and/or paddle shifters. Just as I would my MT. I'm also downshifting as I would in an MT. Is this an issue? It shifts so much in auto mode anyway. But only up.
I read a few comments about this putting too much wear and tear on the transmission vs brakes. Is an auto designed for downshifting for slowing down?

2.) The car automatically goes to M2 when stopped. Why not M1? In Auto Mode, I assume it goes to M2 at a stop? So, should I just be launching in M2? Unless on a hill?

3.) Where do you normally shift and cruise at a constant speed? In sport auto mode it seems happy at 1900 rpm. I'll put it in auto to see, then back to sport to see the gear. Im always surprised how low the RPM is and how high the gear is.

I'm such an auto noob!

2011' 335d M Sport Space Gray/Chestnut/Glacier Everything but Washers
2008' 335i MT Monaco Blue/Black/Dark Burl Sport/Prem/Cold
2004' x3 3.0 MT Gray/Blk/Alum
2000' 328ci MT TIAG/Blk/Alum | 1986' 325es MT | 1981' 528i MT