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View Poll Results: Which one do you use more often?
Drive"D" 99 69.23%
Drive"DS" 44 30.77%
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      02-04-2013, 03:22 PM   #45
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I drive it in "Manual" like I should have bought a 6 speed
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      02-04-2013, 03:36 PM   #46
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Is it just me, or does DS never grab 6th gear, even when cruising on the highway?

This is probably the main reason I don't use it often. I like the more aggressive shifting and higher revs, but it should eventually take the highest gear after the speed has been consistent. Otherwise you need to shift back to D or manually shift to 6th to achieve cruising economy.
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      02-04-2013, 03:56 PM   #47
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Mostly DS.....I just need to remind myself to manually shift up to 6th gear when I get on the highway........its easy to forget and on several occasions my highway commute home was in 5th gear.

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      02-04-2013, 04:04 PM   #48
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So much D in this thread
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      02-04-2013, 04:07 PM   #49
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So much D in this thread

i see what you did there
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      02-04-2013, 04:14 PM   #50
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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!
Aww… did I offend you by pointing out what an auto slush box really does?

But seriously, take it easy. Why would a stranger's (me) driving habit upset you. Cherish the fact that you drive a 335 and I don't.
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      02-04-2013, 04:44 PM   #51
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Mostly Drive simply in "D". I usually run "DS" when Im in a good mood. Or when Im chasing someone down. LOL. Too much gas consumption for my liking to drive all day in "DS".
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      02-04-2013, 04:56 PM   #52
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Im allways in D untill I feel the need for speed and using my gas then I slap into DS.
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      02-04-2013, 05:03 PM   #53
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98% in manual mode.
1.8% in DS.
0.2% in D mode.
this.

Other than hating the Auto mode, I have the euro M3 cluster in my 335i so whenever Im in D or Ds mode, it shows the yellow sprocket sign in the middle of my cluster as if there was a gearbox problem, because SMG M3's dont have D or DS but perfectly shows the number of the gear your running in manual mode without a problem, as if you're driving an SMG M3. Thats one more reason as why I stay in manual mode.
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      02-04-2013, 05:03 PM   #54
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80% M
20% D (bad weather, boring city driving, etc).

No point in DS, its not fun, its not fuel efficient, its useless.
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      02-04-2013, 05:07 PM   #55
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I drive it in "Manual" like I should have bought a 6 speed
I'm like that lol, and I'm waiting for someone with a manual e92 to ask for a swap at my mechanic so I get rid of my auto. not only that, I get 700$ too lol.
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To be honest I only found out last year that DS existed LOL. But its usually 50/50 D or Manual. Manual for when I want to look COOL haha! I wish I had a manual though
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      02-04-2013, 05:17 PM   #57
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Almost always D, when I need to have that extra response, DS. When making a pass on a two lane road, Manual

~90% D
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2% M
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Any difference between DS and Manual modes?
Does DS do up/down shifting automatically? I know Manual mode will only do downshifting.
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DS is like D, except the shift points are different.
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      02-04-2013, 06:34 PM   #60
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DS is like D, except the shift points are different.
……..but manually shifting is not the same as manually D/S shifting….if you want the best sporting drive and response slide the shifter over to D/S and then manually shift.

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Any difference between DS and Manual modes?
Does DS do up/down shifting automatically? I know Manual mode will only do downshifting.
rpm revs higher before shifting (by itself) gears so you essentially get the car to be more torqy
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60% D
20% DS
20% DS with paddles

Do any of you downshift while slowing the car down or do you allow the car to downshift itself when it hits minimum revs?
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60% D
20% DS
20% DS with paddles

Do any of you downshift while slowing the car down or do you allow the car to downshift itself when it hits minimum revs?
i do that in my m3 cuz it makes a cool downshift sound LOL and rev matches, but i have no idea how to make the auto tranny rev match or else i would SO do that
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Do any of you downshift while slowing the car down or do you allow the car to downshift itself when it hits minimum revs?
You need to downshift to stay in the power band. The auto downshift is very conservative, and gets you in under-rev when you are hitting the gas mid-corner.

Now for stopping at a redlight I just let it do its stuff. I used to downshift it like a manual, but its pointless.
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      02-04-2013, 08:24 PM   #65
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probably about 60% D mode and 40% manual mode, hardly ever keep it in DS
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      02-04-2013, 08:27 PM   #66
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M should have been a choice in the poll! I go 100% M all the time. Better throttle response and I like the engine braking. D is too sluggish and in DS the shift points are too high for general driving around. My wife drives the car occasionally so a manual was not an option.
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