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    Auto Shift Knob

    Has any one replaced their shifter knob on their B5 auto for a different one from a B6 or a VW or something?

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    No one has done this?
    Everyone has stuck with the black leather chunky knob?

    Time to see if there is any thing I like and see if it fits.

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    no-one drives autos

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    Quote Originally Posted by aragorn View Post
    no-one drives autos
    There was that thinking as well.
    But its so comfey and chilled out with CC set and AC on.

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    If CC's on your unlikely to be changing speed anyway, so you can just leave your proper transmission in 5th and chill just the same :P

    PS: I absolutely, completely and utterly HATE Automatic transmissions :P So much that even the noise of one driving past and changing gear gives me rage!

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    Quote Originally Posted by aragorn View Post
    If CC's on your unlikely to be changing speed anyway, so you can just leave your proper transmission in 5th and chill just the same :P

    PS: I absolutely, completely and utterly HATE Automatic transmissions :P So much that even the noise of one driving past and changing gear gives me rage!
    Jealousy?

    it still freaks me out a bit when it changes gear when using CC.

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    Lol no, they just have no redeeming features, cost you money due to both added weight and reduced efficiency, sound horrible, ALWAYS change at inopportune moments, provide little engine braking meaning you use the brakes up quicker, far more complicated than a manual meaning more to fail/break/go wrong, give a horrible driving dynamic as theres a bucket of slush between the engine and the wheels, encourage lazy drivers to be even lazier etc etc.

    Why would it change gear while on CC? Unless you've hit resume at a low speed or perhaps held + for a while?

    Theres another negative, in our car i click the CC up 10mph and the car just smoothly applies throttle and accellerates, in an auto it'll apply throttle, decide that instead of just accellerating in 5th you actually/maybe/probably want 3rd, downshift, send the revs up to 5k for 2 seconds while it accellerates the 10mph, then shifts back into 5th again, turning it into a horrible jerky noisey fuel wasting experience.

    They're hateful things!

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    You do have alot of hate them.
    Quote Originally Posted by aragorn View Post
    Lol no, they just have no redeeming features, cost you money due to both added weight and reduced efficiency, sound horrible, ALWAYS change at inopportune moments, provide little engine braking meaning you use the brakes up quicker, far more complicated than a manual meaning more to fail/break/go wrong, give a horrible driving dynamic as theres a bucket of slush between the engine and the wheels, encourage lazy drivers to be even lazier etc etc.
    I agree with almost all of that............well all of it. lol


    Quote Originally Posted by aragorn View Post
    Why would it change gear while on CC? Unless you've hit resume at a low speed or perhaps held + for a while?
    going up and down hill is when it happens mainly.
    It changed gear when going down hill, so I speed up. I bloody hate that.

    Quote Originally Posted by aragorn View Post
    Theres another negative, in our car i click the CC up 10mph and the car just smoothly applies throttle and accellerates, in an auto it'll apply throttle, decide that instead of just accellerating in 5th you actually/maybe/probably want 3rd, downshift, send the revs up to 5k for 2 seconds while it accellerates the 10mph, then shifts back into 5th again, turning it into a horrible jerky noisey fuel wasting experience.
    It does that a little bit but not that bad. revs to 4k no 5k.
    And I only got 4 gears not 5.

    If this box ever breaks I'd be tempted to go for a Manual or fit a 5 speed trip-tronic unit.

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    Never been in a B5 auto, but was in an E90 BMW recently, which had a superfancy tiptronic thing. In full tip mode it wasnt toooo bad (but then if your going to spend all your time changing gear anyway, you may as well have fitted a standard manual box), but in auto it liked to change gear all the bloody time. Every time the guy reached for the cruise stalk and leaned on + it would drop about 3 gears and wind the engine round to the red line as though it felt it imperative that it use every single available horsepower to get the car to increase speed by 5mph. It did have a REALLY cool feature whereby if you leaned on - it would apply the brakes to slow the car down, by itself!

    Park it outside mine for 20mins and i'll break it for you, so you can then fit a proper transmission and an extra pedal :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by aragorn View Post
    Never been in a B5 auto, but was in an E90 BMW recently, which had a superfancy tiptronic thing. In full tip mode it wasnt toooo bad (but then if your going to spend all your time changing gear anyway, you may as well have fitted a standard manual box), but in auto it liked to change gear all the bloody time. Every time the guy reached for the cruise stalk and leaned on + it would drop about 3 gears and wind the engine round to the red line as though it felt it imperative that it use every single available horsepower to get the car to increase speed by 5mph. It did have a REALLY cool feature whereby if you leaned on - it would apply the brakes to slow the car down, by itself!
    BMWs do have a very good auto box. They tilt sensors, if your going down hill it will hold it in gear.
    The Audi box is not to bad at changing gear, it does not do it willy nilly or droping it down loads of gears to rev the tits off the engine.
    The main thing that pisses me off is the fact that it changes gear when going down hill and causes you to free wheel (like you said before) but I've not learnt to lock it in to 2nd and then free wheel.


    Quote Originally Posted by aragorn View Post
    Park it outside mine for 20mins and i'll break it for you, so you can then fit a proper transmission and an extra pedal :P
    You willing to source the new parts and fit them to my OCD standards?

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    Maybe it was in "sport" mode or something which made it act so stupid, but still it was rubbish, and my journey home would have been much smoother in a manual :P

    I didnt say i was going to fit the manual box, just break the Auto one so you have to replace it :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by aragorn View Post
    Maybe it was in "sport" mode or something which made it act so stupid, but still it was rubbish, and my journey home would have been much smoother in a manual :P
    Sports mode would do that.
    Have a go in a M3 Auto with every set to max. That will snap your neck when changing gear.

    Quote Originally Posted by aragorn View Post
    I didnt say i was going to fit the manual box, just break the Auto one so you have to replace it :P
    Bahh, Half a job bob.

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    If you order an M3 Auto, it should be supplied from the factory with a kilo of C4 under the drivers seat, set to go off as soon as you engage "D".

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    Well I love auto boxes and the way they change gear ! Beats rowing the car along with the gear lever any day ! That's why my B5 is auto. Having said that I don't suppose Aragorn will reply to my PM now !

    ScottB5 - I want to change my knob (!) too, but can't see how to get it off (no innuendo intended :-).

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    Quote Originally Posted by a4b5tdi110 View Post
    Well I love auto boxes and the way they change gear ! Beats rowing the car along with the gear lever any day ! That's why my B5 is auto. Having said that I don't suppose Aragorn will reply to my PM now !

    ScottB5 - I want to change my knob (!) too, but can't see how to get it off (no innuendo intended :-).
    He might if you don't mention his Pink car.

    Put it in to D, push down on the silver collar and you should feel/hear a click as it drops down a couple of mm.
    Then pull the selector out and lift the knob up and it should release.
    You will want to put something between the selector and the main handle to stop it from going in. Cable tie will be good.

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