In Reply to: I agree to a certain extent, but...(more) posted by James N. on February 07, 2000 at 23:22:00:
: ...there are many people who drive much more agressively than you or me who never over-rev their cars. Sure, they could have the upgraded tranny and motor mounts, and added a short shift, but if they really wanted to get it into the wrong gear, they could. My point is, anyone on this board will tell you that the dreaded mis-shift over-rev is a result of driver error. You simply are too pumped up either on the track or on the street to make clean shifts into the correct gear. We've all had our close calls where we're about the let out the clutch and realize we're doing 95mph in second gear, but you can catch it if you're careful. In my first car, a '92 prelude si, I could throw the car into second gear at 125 and nothing would happen, just the nasty sound of the rev-limiter. It would be nice to have a car which allows the same thing if it should happen, but that's not the case. If it really bothers you that much, maybe you should look into either a holinger six-speed sequential gearbox, a steptronic, or some other car which allows for careless shifting. I don't want to start a flame war here, but it all depends on the driver, not the car. If you over-rev your car, it's your own fault, not BMW's. If I happen to over-rev my car the only person to blame is myself and the money is coming out of my pocket and not from my warranty. Good luck, and may our lives be filled with clean, crisp shifts.
: James N.
: 99 m3/2
You're missing the point, all the US-cars have fine standard transmissions and the driver can't get the lever into 1st or 2nd at high road speeds without alot of force. The same with many European race cars, because of the extreme expense with a past history of shredded engines. My reasoning is why does BMW allow this problem in the 1st place??? Imagine driving the new M5 in a traffic-panic situation....one very small shift-error at high speed, and boom you've destroyed a real fine engine...there is no reason for this nonsense crap. It's like having less than average brakes on the car, and BMW fixed that by making the best brakes on the M3, they can do the same thing with the forbidden tranny high- road-speed downshift.