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Re: Serious Clutch Slippage (archive)

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Posted by YLO///M3 on September 12, 2000 at 23:09:53:

In Reply to: Serious Clutch Slippage posted by Bran Kelly on September 12, 2000 at 19:33:53:

I have a 97 M3/4 with the same problem. This usually happens to me in higher gears (3rd through 5th) if I shift too hard with the rpms too high. I know the clutch is still good because I can spin the wheels off the line no problem. I think at higher speeds where it is near impossible to spin the wheels (i.e. 2nd to 3rd or 3rd to 4th shifts) the clutch just can't hold back all the horsepower the engine has to offer. I'm pretty sure a higher perfomance clutch would solve this problem.

With past cars I've owned I knew the clutch was bad when I would experience slippage while in gear going up hill. Don't know if this is the case with an M3.

Has anyone else experienced severe clutch slippage with their M3?
I have been to the dealer and they assure me that this is normal behavior, but many times if I take the engine up to 4-5000rpm and engage the clutch it doesn't fully engage on the engine side - I could be red-lining and going 15mph to begin with until the clutch slowly kicks in and finally matches the speed with the RPM's.
This just feels completely wrong to me - I should be able to spin the tires at will, should I not?
By the way, this is with ASC turned OFF.


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