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      08-20-2008, 08:05 AM   #1
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Help driving manual

So I picked up my E92 335xi and am new to driving manual. I've read a lot of stuff online and practiced some but am really nervous about inclines. Is anyone willing to help me out a bit by showing me some tips, etc? I am willing to pay for your time.

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I can definitely help you out...im just busy with work today and tomro. Let me know if you need my help!!
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The way I learned was OFF THE ROADS. This is where you could be a danger to yourself and others. Practice in your neighborhood if they are quiet back-roads, or find parking lots with slight inclines, etc. Good luck, and dont forget the friction point! Good luck. What specific questions do you have?
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I actually took a bunch of lessons a long time ago but never owned/drove a manual transmission car before. On flat ground I can do ok but shifts aren't smooth yet. The problem is there are a lot of inclines near me (Waltham) so I don't feel comfortable driving the car. I've read a bunch of theory online but would like some help with hill starts using the hand brake.
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So I picked up my E92 335xi and am new to driving manual. I've read a lot of stuff online and practiced some but am really nervous about inclines. Is anyone willing to help me out a bit by showing me some tips, etc? I am willing to pay for your time.

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so are you talking about when you are at a stop light on a hill and you fear of rolling back when the light goes green?
the cool thing about your car is it has an anti role back feature.....when you move your foot off the brake and onto the gas pedal, the system keeps the brakes on until gas is applied for about 1 second.....enough time to get your car moving forward.
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I actually took a bunch of lessons a long time ago but never owned/drove a manual transmission car before. On flat ground I can do ok but shifts aren't smooth yet. The problem is there are a lot of inclines near me (Waltham) so I don't feel comfortable driving the car. I've read a bunch of theory online but would like some help with hill starts using the hand brake.
I'm in the Waltham area. Send me a PM, I'll be more than willing to help you learn!
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so are you talking about when you are at a stop light on a hill and you fear of rolling back when the light goes green?
the cool thing about your car is it has an anti role back feature.....when you move your foot off the brake and onto the gas pedal, the system keeps the brakes on until gas is applied for about 1 second.....enough time to get your car moving forward.
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Yeah, rolling back and stalling. I know I have hill assist and it actually is kind of hindering me right now because it sort of makes it harder to figure out the friction point when I'm on an incline. The main problem I seem to have when I practiced on hills is throttle control - I don't give enough gas so as I engage the clutch more, I stall.
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not hard, just practice.
i learned on an E36 with no e-brake.
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I don't recall having so many responses when i asked with driving stick couple months ago.BMWFanboy you are one lucky guy and i am sure you will be " Driving Spiritually" in no time.
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I don't recall having so many responses when i asked with driving stick couple months ago.BMWFanboy you are one lucky guy and i am sure you will be " Driving Spiritually" in no time.
1) You probabably didnt get as warm of a response because: your screen name is: "XXX_big" -

2) I think you meant "driving spiritedly" - but I agree, fanboy will be ripping around town soon enough..
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I don't recall having so many responses when i asked with driving stick couple months ago.BMWFanboy you are one lucky guy and i am sure you will be " Driving Spiritually" in no time.
Yup, you're right, I am lucky. I've been involved with many forums and I have to say so far I am liking this the most . A member here actually came by last night and we practiced a bunch of hill launches without using the e-brake. On moderate inclines I can now do ok, but on very steep grades I still need to practice.

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Yup, you're right, I am lucky. I've been involved with many forums and I have to say so far I am liking this the most . A member here actually came by last night and we practiced a bunch of hill launches without using the e-brake. On moderate inclines I can now do ok, but on very steep grades I still need to practice.

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Just read your post and maybe our alternative meeting place may be better since it has steeper hills.
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I don't recall having so many responses when i asked with driving stick couple months ago.BMWFanboy you are one lucky guy and i am sure you will be " Driving Spiritually" in no time.

hey pornstar, you ever been out to the meets? I dont think I've ran into you yet...
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Thats a cool anti roll-back feature! My A4 diddnt have that.

Dont be afraid to give it too much gas from a stopped incline. This is the only way you will learn. (Obviously you have to give it more rather than less or you will stall) So get up around 4500 RPM and ease that clutch pedal out. Practice on flat using just the gas so you can feel what 4500 is like. Also practice finding the exact friction point on flat too, this will give you a good feel for exactly where it is. Then move to a slight incline and give it a shot! Going up beyond 4500 RPM in a brand new bimmer before end of break-in period is not advised.

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hey pornstar, you ever been out to the meets? I dont think I've ran into you yet...
Lol, nop i have not been able to attend any of the meets yet. But i will definitely do so once i give my baby a little nip and tuck. I would not want to scare ppl away with my precious "Scar Face".
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Yup, you're right, I am lucky. I've been involved with many forums and I have to say so far I am liking this the most . A member here actually came by last night and we practiced a bunch of hill launches without using the e-brake. On moderate inclines I can now do ok, but on very steep grades I still need to practice.

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Well, launching on a steeper hill will be the same as launching on a flatter hill. Except you need to give it more gas. I think the most important thing in launching is to be able to recognize the engaging point of your clutch.
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Rasheed, glad to see you are getting some help!

You'll get it man, don't worry.

And BTW our afternoon of practice helped push me to get an E90... Haha... Picked on up yesterday and got rid of the little red car...

Anyways, don't be afraid to give it some gas man! Throttle is key!

You have the mechanics down (must be the engineer in you) now just get the practice out of the way!
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NHSkibm, nice to see you on here! I'll have to check out your E90 sometime.
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