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      05-26-2007, 04:09 PM   #1
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Steptronic owners-improve shifts

I forgot if I posted this or not but read it on a different forum and works really really well for you steptronic owners out there. WOrked wonders for me. Basicaly as you know your tranny "learns" and changes itself according to your driving style. Depending on how you have driven you may notice really jerky or rough shifts between gears if you have driven aggressivly or really slow passive shifts from driving like a grandma

Simple steps

1. Turn cars electronics on-push start button once or twice without turning the actual engine on.

2.Hold the gas pedal to the floor for 25 seconds
3. Most times you will hear the gearbox resetting itself and hear some "noise" coming from your car but not always noticable so dont worry if you dont
4 Now start your car and enjoy the gearbox reset to its factor settings and open for all new learning. The shifts are silky smooth again and shift points shift faster-basically it totally makes your tranny perform better.

It is a verified thing by BMW and definetly works
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      05-26-2007, 05:17 PM   #2
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interesting!

Matt, can you chime in to see if this is true?
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      05-26-2007, 05:27 PM   #3
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hmmmmm....interesting
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      05-26-2007, 06:58 PM   #4
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Dude its true-I recently confirmed this with my local bimmer tech. I got this from the 7 series board initially which led me to the 5 series board all of which like a 100 people did this and so did I and it works like a charm.

Go out a try it.

There are lots of things bmw doesnt want you to know-you find all the hidden menus by holding down your odo reset? Like digital speed and tach read outs, engine temp read out and lots of other goodies? I bet now-thats cause they dont tell us any of the cool stuff!!
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      05-26-2007, 07:59 PM   #5
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I'm defenitly gonna try this out, i would also like that digital speed thing, ahhh why is bmw hiding this stuff from us?!?!
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read through a roadfly thread, a bmw tech says it doesn't work
http://bimmer.roadfly.com/bmw/forums/e65/8375679-1.html
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reading the e46fanatics board, it seems it works, so right now, my mind's 50/50 made up

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...t=54763&page=2
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Canuclion, on how many different forums do you always search for threads
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Quicks questions, when u say turn on the car twice and then do the accelerator thing, is the electrical system supposed to be on when you are holding down the accelerator and will this work on a x5?
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There are lots of things bmw doesnt want you to know-you find all the hidden menus by holding down your odo reset? Like digital speed and tach read outs, engine temp read out and lots of other goodies? I bet now-thats cause they dont tell us any of the cool stuff!!
can u be more specific cuz that interests me ALOT
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wow i am really gonna try this!! i think my e46 may need that too... i'm getting 18.6 mpg....yikes..

hold on why does the title say "Steptronic" or is that another way of saying "auto" ha ha
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      05-26-2007, 09:36 PM   #12
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hold on why does the title say "Steptronic" or is that another way of saying "auto" ha ha
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sounds interesting......

ill try it out...
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I'll try this in the morning....
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      05-27-2007, 03:13 AM   #16
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lol mine HAS been a little jerky, and during my break in i was careful not to exceed much and stuff. iono. I'll do it tomorrow when I take my friends out to the movies... they'll probably think i'm psycho if i explain this to them. haha
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i've tried. it seem doesn't work for my car
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Hey guys-that tech simply doesnt know what he is talking about. It definetly works on current 7 and 5 series cars as well as the 3s.

To answer a question-you turn the cars electronics on-I dont know if that requires 1 or 2 pushes-I believe 2. Just dont put your foot on the brake and instead just hit the start button to get all the guages lit up. Then you hold the accelerator down to the floor as far as it goes.

I will post the sheet with instructions on how to get into all the secret menus-about 40 of them all displayed where your temperature, mileage etc is displayed-in that orange digital readout.

The only ones I find useful are the digital speedo, tach so I can compare it to the needle (even though its not a true analog guage-the needle simple reads the digital speedo and provides a look-a-like analog but the reading is still taken digitally so the most accurate speed and more imporantly tach-if you want to figure out the best shift points for your car-I find it easier to use the digital ones.

I also like to keep an eye on engine temp sometimes too.

I do not know it off the topc of my heads..You start out my holding down the Trip button reset/milage reset fort 15 seconds-you can do this just to see the menu options light up. You than have to add up the last 5 digits of your VIN to get a total and this will unlock the menu. THe specific instructions I will have to find the sheet I have it on but try it out-and by the way restarting your car puts everything back to normal-ie-gets rid of the menus that are displayed.

And if you do not notice a difference doing the tranny reset-than you probably do not have jerky shifts or any problems therefore resetting makes a minimal diff. But for me it was huge since my shifts were insanly jerky, especially downshifting from 3 to 2 and 2 to 1
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the hidden menu you're talking about has been discussed before, for those of you that haven't tried it, here's a how-to guide:
http://e90.wetpaint.com/page/BC+hidden+menus?t=anon
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is it confirmed this reset works?
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I tried it...I couldn't tell a difference
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