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View Poll Results: Which one do you use more often?
Drive"D" 99 69.23%
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      02-04-2013, 03:09 AM   #23
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DS is great for having fun.. but I like being in control.

I use the paddles in both D and manual mode. In manual mode, I use them on canyon-type roads with many curves, and in regular Drive, I use them when I feel like the transmission is in the wrong gear (for example, going up the 1.5 mile hill to my house, the car stays in 5th -- and causes me to SPEED --so I upshift)
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      02-04-2013, 03:17 AM   #24
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Routinely, D.
DS for moments when D is unable to cope with necessary manoeuvers, like morons in the fast lane, ricers who need a lesson, or just complicated multi-lane merges.
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      02-04-2013, 03:20 AM   #25
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      02-04-2013, 09:08 AM   #26
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I keep it in D and go easy on it until the oil temp gets up to about 200, then it goes into DS and I don't baby it anymore.
How do you see your oil temp?
335s have an oil temp gauge instead of a water temp gauge. Much better indication of the engine's operating temp.
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      02-04-2013, 09:19 AM   #27
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Drive when I'm just trying to get down the road, and I stick it in DS when I want to have a little fun, but I don't like how long it holds onto gears when you're not accelerating with a lot of throttle input so I use whatever mode lets you select the shift points yourself. Not sure what its called
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      02-04-2013, 09:52 AM   #28
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I like DS but anyone else notice a clunky shift from first gear?
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      02-04-2013, 10:03 AM   #29
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like other said 99.9% of the time i use manual mode
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      02-04-2013, 10:14 AM   #30
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95% D
4% DS
1% manual mode.

If I wanted to shift my own gears all the time I would have bought a manual 335. But got sick of driving manuals over the years.
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      02-04-2013, 11:12 AM   #31
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I use DS when I need to accelerate fast.

Manual is just a joke compared to a real 6MT. I regret not buying the 6MT.
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      02-04-2013, 11:39 AM   #32
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Dang your goal is over 200/tank... I usually get like 280-300 with daily driving in city crap and some fun driving mixed in. What is your overall mpg?
Right now it's between 20-22 with pretty much all city driving and a smidge of spirited driving somewhere in between. The reason I say that my goal is over 200/tank is because the first tank I put in my car when I got it (in december) went that fast.

Needless to say, there was some interesting driving going on. It's all back to normal now though. I get 280-300 like you, at which point I usually have like less than 40 miles remaining and the gas light comes on.
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      02-04-2013, 12:16 PM   #33
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I started doing this recently when I modified my exhaust
+1, every time I down shift to 2nd going 45ish I shed a tear of joy
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      02-04-2013, 12:21 PM   #34
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mostly D unless having some fun out on the road or ripping around with friends.
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      02-04-2013, 12:30 PM   #35
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D... Mainly because I do a lot of city driving and it's not worth wasting the extra gas when I'm not going anywhere quickly in the first place. However, I will throw into DS when I want to do some spirited driving.
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      02-04-2013, 12:35 PM   #36
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D for regular driving
DS when i merge into highway or change lane or when i feel like having fun
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DS mode: 40%
D mode: 50%
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Love the feel of the DS mode when I want to have fun but when I need to save gas I put in D mode
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      02-04-2013, 01:08 PM   #38
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Where's the manual mode? I never drive in D or DS. Just M1-M6
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I use DS mode most of the time because my commute from home to work to home is mostly freeway. I don't know how but I found it more efficient to use DS on freeways. Using D will only get me 200 miles per tank while DS gets me 250 miles per tank.
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      02-04-2013, 01:33 PM   #40
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D most of the time

DS could be fun on empty roads but is overkill around town. I do pay for my own gas and other expense you know…

Manual mode almost never because I don't pretend to shift a slush box. Ultimately it's the computer who decides the shifting.
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      02-04-2013, 01:40 PM   #41
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I use M mode, just about always, regardless of whether I want to drive spiritedly, or casually.

I have a DCT tho, so M mode is probably more efficient for the 335is than for the other 3 series.
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D most of the time

DS could be fun on empty roads but is overkill around town. I do pay for my own gas and other expense you know…

Manual mode almost never because I don't pretend to shift a slush box. Ultimately it's the computer who decides the shifting.
I wouldn't drive in any other mode but D if I drove a 328i too and the computer only shifts by itself at 7k rpm.

No offense to other 328 drivers, I just don't like this guys comment. Sounds like a grump and I'm glad you pay for your own gas now, growing up!
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...hell I forget there is even a DS option 99% of the time.
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      02-04-2013, 03:17 PM   #44
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almost always D, my car is an auto and i'm not going to pretend it's dct/smg so i never use manual mode, ds mode VERY rarely only if i need to pass a prius, i mean another car
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