BMW 1 Series Coupe Forum / 1 Series Convertible Forum (1M / tii / 135i / 128i / Coupe / Cabrio / Hatchback) (BMW E82 E88 128i 130i 135i)
 





 

Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      11-28-2011, 09:26 AM   #1
Canefan
Private
0

 
Drives: 2008 Monaco Blue 135i
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Atlanta GA


Posts: 94
iTrader: (0)

Steptronic manual mode question

New member here - bought my 08 135i about a week ago after driving an E46 M3 for several years. Love the car so far.

I've noticed when in manual shift mode the car will downshift to 2nd gear at a full stop. Any reason it doesn't go all the way to 1st? Do most of you downshifts to 1st before taking off or just leave it in 2nd? I'm not talking about a hard launch, just normal everyday driving.
Appreciate 0
      11-28-2011, 10:05 AM   #2
audimotion
Second Lieutenant
United_States
2

 
audimotion's Avatar
 
Drives: 08 135i/12 F250 CC PS/06 ML500
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: MN


Posts: 216
iTrader: (0)

I leave it in the selected gear (2nd). First is so low that the upshift to second come on very quick...and a launch in first will roast the tires...when DTC is off.
__________________
08 135i |Alpine White w/ Terra Boston Leather|Sport Pkg| Premium Pkg| Shadowline| Gloss Black Trim| Nav| Comfort Access| Active Steering| Steptronic| Htd Seats| Prem. Sound/Sirius| Park Distance| PPK 1|BMS 4LED|M3 Sway Bar
Appreciate 0
      11-28-2011, 10:28 AM   #3
Canefan
Private
0

 
Drives: 2008 Monaco Blue 135i
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Atlanta GA


Posts: 94
iTrader: (0)

I just find it interesting that DS mode starts out in 1st but manual mode starts in 2nd. Wondering why they did that. The SMG in my M3 would downshift to 1st at a complete stop. Not a huge deal, just curious is all.
Appreciate 0
      11-28-2011, 10:46 AM   #4
DriveHard
Lieutenant Colonel
Colombia
26

 
DriveHard's Avatar
 
Drives: 128i M-Sport
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Long Island


Posts: 1,970
iTrader: (0)

128'S Do the same..

It's in the softwear to start off in 2nd.. its more efficient than the high ramp up in RPM if you constantly start off in 1st.. 1st is rather short, and you end up shifting pretty quickly anyway..

I drive probably 70% of the time in DS mode.. and of that i paddle shift most of it as long as i am not on the hwy cruising at a nice clip for a while.
__________________
'11 128i M-Sport Pkg, Sport Susp., 6AT w/paddles, BMW Perf CAI,Charcoal Filter Delete, BMW Perf. Big Brake Kit, BMW Perf. Exhaust, Ferodo 2500's, Titanium shims,135 trunk lip, BMS-PBX Box-Map 3, Castrol RBF600 ,e93 FSB, , f30 Backing Plates,GC Camber Plates, Hankook RS-3's (Track setup)
Appreciate 0
      11-28-2011, 12:09 PM   #5
///N54
Lieutenant
Canada
8

 
///N54's Avatar
 
Drives: 2009 135i
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Edmonton


Posts: 455
iTrader: (0)

There is no point to shift down to first when your not looking for quick acceleration.

I find it pretty good cause it helps me save some fuel, since it starts on a higher gear.
But when I see that Evo or STi beside me, I slap it into DS and select first lol. AND RACE to the speed limit of course
__________________
Add1cted
Appreciate 0
      11-28-2011, 01:02 PM   #6
e34m5
Major
14

 
Drives: 135i
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Atlanta


Posts: 1,027
iTrader: (0)

1st in this tranny is geared real low. So from a stand still it simply does not gain you much. I never shift all the way to 1st in DS manual.
Appreciate 0
      11-28-2011, 02:01 PM   #7
abirmaher
Major
United_States
24

 
abirmaher's Avatar
 
Drives: 2014 M235i Coupé (BSM/CR)
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Orlando, Florida


Posts: 1,004
iTrader: (7)

Garage List
2014 BMW M235i  [0.00]
My DCT in manual mode will downshift to first when I slow down.
__________________
Appreciate 0
      11-28-2011, 02:06 PM   #8
ken1137
Brigadier General
United_States
41

 
ken1137's Avatar
 
Drives: a slow 2009 e90 335i
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Chicago


Posts: 3,698
iTrader: (7)

Garage List
2009 e90 335i  [3.20]
Quote:
Originally Posted by audimotion View Post
I leave it in the selected gear (2nd). First is so low that the upshift to second come on very quick...and a launch in first will roast the tires...when DTC is off.
Yep, I do the same unless I feel like burning the tires
__________________

BMWCCA member
Appreciate 0
      11-28-2011, 02:06 PM   #9
DriveHard
Lieutenant Colonel
Colombia
26

 
DriveHard's Avatar
 
Drives: 128i M-Sport
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Long Island


Posts: 1,970
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by abirmaher View Post
My DCT in manual mode will downshift to first when I slow down.
It may, but OP questioned Steptronic...
__________________
'11 128i M-Sport Pkg, Sport Susp., 6AT w/paddles, BMW Perf CAI,Charcoal Filter Delete, BMW Perf. Big Brake Kit, BMW Perf. Exhaust, Ferodo 2500's, Titanium shims,135 trunk lip, BMS-PBX Box-Map 3, Castrol RBF600 ,e93 FSB, , f30 Backing Plates,GC Camber Plates, Hankook RS-3's (Track setup)
Appreciate 0
      11-28-2011, 02:12 PM   #10
Canefan
Private
0

 
Drives: 2008 Monaco Blue 135i
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Atlanta GA


Posts: 94
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by e34m5 View Post
1st in this tranny is geared real low. So from a stand still it simply does not gain you much. I never shift all the way to 1st in DS manual.
I get it. I've played around with it both ways. Just seems odd that DS Auto mode will shift to 1st at a stop, but manual mode doesn't. Thanks for all the responses.
Appreciate 0
      11-28-2011, 04:53 PM   #11
abirmaher
Major
United_States
24

 
abirmaher's Avatar
 
Drives: 2014 M235i Coupé (BSM/CR)
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Orlando, Florida


Posts: 1,004
iTrader: (7)

Garage List
2014 BMW M235i  [0.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by DriveHard View Post
It may, but OP questioned Steptronic...
I know... Just saying.
__________________
Appreciate 0
      11-29-2011, 12:37 AM   #12
Gray67
Noob to the Bimmers but loving the ride
0

 
Drives: 2009 128i Vert
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Northern CA


Posts: 50
iTrader: (0)

Building onto the original "stupid" question, I too have the Steptronic shifting and was wondering -

* when I'm in DS mode and shifting manually, how do I switch back to DS auto mode?
* I am supposed to be able to shift manually while in D mode yes? Or did I screw something up?

Typically, I love the response of the car in DS auto mode so I rarely use my shifters. Plus the location of the downshift levers is kinda awkward for me.
__________________
2009 128i Convertible, Jet Black, M-Sport, Active AutoWerke tune, LUX Angel Eyes
Appreciate 0
      11-29-2011, 11:34 AM   #13
///N54
Lieutenant
Canada
8

 
///N54's Avatar
 
Drives: 2009 135i
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Edmonton


Posts: 455
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gray67 View Post
Building onto the original "stupid" question, I too have the Steptronic shifting and was wondering -

* when I'm in DS mode and shifting manually, how do I switch back to DS auto mode?
* I am supposed to be able to shift manually while in D mode yes? Or did I screw something up?

Typically, I love the response of the car in DS auto mode so I rarely use my shifters. Plus the location of the downshift levers is kinda awkward for me.
when I'm in DS mode and shifting manually, how do I switch back to DS auto mode?
Switch back into "D" then go back into "DS"

* I am supposed to be able to shift manually while in D mode yes? Or did I screw something up?

Yes you can, but it goes back to normal "D" after like 10 seconds ? <-- I am not sure but it switches back
__________________
Add1cted
Appreciate 0
      11-29-2011, 11:42 AM   #14
amancuso
Captain
8

 
amancuso's Avatar
 
Drives: 00 Z3 2.3,12 R56, 12 128i
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Burlington, New Jersey


Posts: 736
iTrader: (1)

Garage List
2008 128i  [2.75]
Quote:
Originally Posted by nolim1t View Post

* I am supposed to be able to shift manually while in D mode yes? Or did I screw something up?

Yes you can, but it goes back to normal "D" after like 10 seconds ? <-- I am not sure but it switches back
*** only if you have sport package with steering wheel paddle shifters.
__________________
2012 Mini Cooper Hatchback
Appreciate 0
      11-29-2011, 12:10 PM   #15
///N54
Lieutenant
Canada
8

 
///N54's Avatar
 
Drives: 2009 135i
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Edmonton


Posts: 455
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by amancuso View Post
*** only if you have sport package with steering wheel paddle shifters.
Lol, well....I thought that was kinda self explanatory
__________________
Add1cted
Appreciate 0
      11-29-2011, 01:28 PM   #16
amancuso
Captain
8

 
amancuso's Avatar
 
Drives: 00 Z3 2.3,12 R56, 12 128i
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Burlington, New Jersey


Posts: 736
iTrader: (1)

Garage List
2008 128i  [2.75]
Quote:
Originally Posted by nolim1t View Post
Lol, well....I thought that was kinda self explanatory
we wouldn't want someone breaking their shifter cause of not being overly explanatory... I've seen it happen.
__________________
2012 Mini Cooper Hatchback
Appreciate 0
      11-29-2011, 01:43 PM   #17
AW128i
Major
United_States
18

 
AW128i's Avatar
 
Drives: E82 N51
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Southeastern, PA


Posts: 1,004
iTrader: (1)

Send a message via AIM to AW128i
The 2nd gear starts in Steptronic mode are nice for slippery conditions (i.e., snow).
Appreciate 0
Post Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:07 AM.




1addicts
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST