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New member, Philadelphia - bought first standard trans car.

Post by Charles421 » Fri Apr 08, 2011 6:39 pm

Hey guys

I really like the community here and had to join up. I learned about Standardshift on E90post, a BMW owner's forum.

I just bought my first standard transmission car, a new 2011 BMW 335i coupe. Here's some pics on E90 post:
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=513225

6 speed short-throw shifter, 300HP twin-scroll turbo inline 6 (300lb/ft @ 1200-5000RPM). Its a beast.

Ratios:
I: 4.11
II: 2.32
III: 1.54
IV: 1.18
V: 1.00
VI: 0.87
R: 3.70

Been driving stick for 2 weeks and I love it. My shifts are fluid and it feels natural to drive around now. I found the shifting and clutch control weren't the hard part - it was getting used to the throttle. It feels natural now. I've learned to blip the throttle on downshifts and can do it with minimal shift shock (5>4, 5>3, 4>3, 4>2, 3>2, shifting down so that I pick up the next gear down at 3k). EXTREMELY gratifying to get a perfect downshift.

I learned on an old S-10 5 speed and a Jeep Liberty 6MT. I've been lurking here for a week and reading a lot - glad to see I wasn't doing anything bad like riding the clutch, etc.

So, hello!
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Re: New member, Philadelphia - bought first standard trans c

Post by RITmusic2k » Fri Apr 08, 2011 7:16 pm

Welcome, Charles! Gorgeous 335. Sounds like you're a natural, man... enjoy the hell out of your new ride :)

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Re: New member, Philadelphia - bought first standard trans c

Post by Charles421 » Fri Apr 08, 2011 8:29 pm

Thanks!

Is that an E46 I see in your sig? :wink:
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Re: New member, Philadelphia - bought first standard trans c

Post by AHTOXA » Sat Apr 09, 2011 10:42 am

Charles - welcome to the forum and congrats on the new car. I love it.

Enjoy it!
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Re: New member, Philadelphia - bought first standard trans c

Post by 94Corolla5Speed » Sun Apr 10, 2011 4:43 pm

Welcome! Your car looks amazing, you should copy some of the image links here so we can all enjoy it. The E90 3 series is truly a beautiful car.

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Re: New member, Philadelphia - bought first standard trans c

Post by padauk_dust » Thu May 19, 2011 3:03 am

A late welcome; what a nice ride!
I've wanted an E46 330i ever since driving one in England a few years ago. I was blown away by it. And the E90s are probably bounds above the E46!

Your car is a dream come true I'm sure, congrats!
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Re: New member, Philadelphia - bought first standard trans c

Post by Shadow » Thu May 19, 2011 10:44 am

Wow, how did I miss this thread? Did you post another "new car" thread? I'm sure I saw one somewhere on the forum...

BTW, what's the general consensus on the Bimmer forums of the new single-turbo engine replacing the twin-turbo (was it twin or sequential?) engine? I know the new engine makes the same power & torque as the old engine, but the torque comes on at an even lower RPM. So I'd guess that most guys don't mind losing a turbo unless it somehow hurts performance at the top end.
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Re: New member, Philadelphia - bought first standard trans c

Post by RITmusic2k » Thu May 19, 2011 2:14 pm

Charles421 wrote:Thanks!

Is that an E46 I see in your sig? :wink:
Yes indeed - 330i ZHP - my first of inevitably many Bimmers, I suspect :P

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Re: New member, Philadelphia - bought first standard trans c

Post by Charles421 » Thu Jun 02, 2011 11:31 pm

Shadow wrote:Wow, how did I miss this thread? Did you post another "new car" thread? I'm sure I saw one somewhere on the forum...

BTW, what's the general consensus on the Bimmer forums of the new single-turbo engine replacing the twin-turbo (was it twin or sequential?) engine? I know the new engine makes the same power & torque as the old engine, but the torque comes on at an even lower RPM. So I'd guess that most guys don't mind losing a turbo unless it somehow hurts performance at the top end.
Looks like I missed the replies by a few days too. ;)

People seem to be indifferent about the change unless you talk to the hard-core modders. You can get a lot more out of the N54 twin turbo at current (one of the reasons being, it has been around much longer) w/ ECU tunes/meth/upgraded turbos/etc. Couple of guys on E90post are pushing 425-450HP and getting 11s on the drag.
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Charles421 wrote:Thanks!

Is that an E46 I see in your sig? :wink:
Yes indeed - 330i ZHP - my first of inevitably many Bimmers, I suspect :P
Same here. Since I've been driving the Bimmer for almost three months now ... there is no going back.

I've done a number of mods since I got the car, mostly cosmetic except for the latest one. I purchased a BMW Performance exhaust and will be getting it installed in the coming weeks. I'll get a vid and pics when it's done. Can't wait. :)
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Re: New member, Philadelphia - bought first standard trans c

Post by Progressive Shifter » Sat Jun 04, 2011 12:31 am

Welcome! :D

I am really loving your new BMW! Looks just like a fine Bavarian gem!

Also, you just happen to live nearby; I live in Chester, which is basically next to Philly!

Respect, man!
MANUALS ARE SO UNDERRATED!! xD

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Re: New member, Philadelphia - bought first standard trans c

Post by LHOswald » Sat Jun 04, 2011 8:26 am

paul34 wrote:I never welcomed you

Welcome.
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Re: New member, Philadelphia - bought first standard trans c

Post by wannabe » Wed Jun 22, 2011 5:49 pm

HELLO!!!! welcome to SS
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Re: New member, Philadelphia - bought first standard trans c

Post by scientist » Wed Jun 22, 2011 8:48 pm

Hello to you too! Nice car!!! I am with you on how satisfying a perfect downshift is. I've improved so much since I started, it's great. I'm glad you're enjoying it too.
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