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Hi guys, well I'm probably one of the few people who got their 420i Sport with a manual gearbox. Everything is good, but I notice that 1st to 2nd is a bit notchy, takes some concentration to make it, 2nd to 3rd and all other changes seem smooth and natural. I noticed it when I had a test drive, so I'm presuming its the same for everybody. Comments?
Other than that, loving my car.

 

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I have a manual 420d and can't say I've noticed this! It's definitely a lot smoother than my old 118d and I've never had any trouble with 1st to 2nd!

Love the snow foam by the way! Did you do it yourself??
 

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Thanks. Maybe just something to get used to so. Snow foam done by a professional. Wouldn't trust myself with those lances they use.

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Yeah it'll probably loosen up as well when you start putting the miles on it!

What colour is it under all that foam?
 

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I remember from the e90 cars that they preferred 2nd anyways, the ones ive driven you could do most of it without first, including dead stops
 

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Colour is Mineral Grey. Will post some proper photos soon.

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Still to take some proper photos. Sad to say I had a drive train error message appear and the car wouldn't start. Turned out to be a faulty fuel pump. Replaced under warranty, but not a good start.

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Still to take some proper photos. Sad to say I had a drive train error message appear and the car wouldn't start. Turned out to be a faulty fuel pump. Replaced under warranty, but not a good start.

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Definitely not good. But that's why we buy new cars isn't it? Mines had some computer issues but I just drove it straight back to the dealer and threw my keys on the desk haha
 

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That's my thinking. Keeping the good folks employed!

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Same on my 428i. 1st and 2nd can be slightly notchy from cold. Something I have noticed on all BMW's I have driven.
For 1st and 2nd its easier if you fully depress the clutch or sometimes it doesn't engage properly, the other gears are much easier. Also the gearbox doesn't like to be rushed.
My problem is I been used to driving a 5 speed for so long, I forget I have the 6th gear.
 

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My problem was my previous car was a Honda. It doesn't seem to make a difference if the engine is hot or cold.

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Are you in a manual?

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Yes Sir!

I have a habit that pulling the shift level to the very left everytime when shifting from 1st to 2nd, so I have never felt any notchy behaviour. Maybe try that?

This car is way easier to drive compare to my last manual car, which was a mazdaspeed 3, so I am all good with it :D
 

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I haven't had any shifting problems in my manual 428i. I have driven numerous manual transmission (this one replacing a hyundai gen coupe 3.8 track and before that an acura CL) and find this one as crisp and clean as any other. It is much cleaner than the acura. It is a joy to drive.
 

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I have an 428i and I find that the car jerks the most shifting from 1st to 2nd. The way around is either ride the clutch, let the rpms drop, or shift earlier (2.5k). All of these lead to a slow take off. any other suggestions?
 

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I also had a fuel pump issue at about 3,500 miles on my 428i xdrive convertible. Car stalled while stopped at a light (auto transmission), couldn't get it to start and had to be towed to the local dealer. They replaced the fuel pump under warranty but I wasn't a happy camper!
 
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