In Reply to: Re: Serious Clutch Slippage posted by G3 on September 13, 2000 at 11:52:36:
It's a '98 with ~33K miles.
I think there is a certain type of slippage which is normal for the M3. The mechanic at the dealer explained to me the design of the clutch and I think he said that there is some type of flywheel which prevents the clutch from engaging at certain times (I'm not sure if this is a result of ASC or not). I was testing this again today and I can certainly get the tires to spin at >3K rpms, but if I rev the engine to somewhere at or above 4Krpms and modulate the clutch to get a fast start without squealing the tires, many times the engine will rev up to red line and stay there until the clutch gradually engages over time and the vehicle speed matches the rpms.
This problem is much more noticable with if it is under load (i.e. more people in the car, etc.).
I don't know if this is 1) the normal behavior of a clutch which is modulated the way that I am doing it, 2) A natural result of the ASC feature in the car, or 3) simply a bad clutch.
This is my first M3, so I have no point of reference much like yourself. I do know that I haven't experienced this sort of thing before with any other car that I've owned.