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Old 16th February 2002, 15:39   #1
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Limiter of 2002 M5

A dealer told me last week that on the latest 2002 M5s that BMW had removed the Speed Limiter. Anybody know anything about this or was he just talking the normal Dealer Jibberish
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Old 16th February 2002, 16:51   #2
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I had not heard that. If it is true I will need to really think about going with the Dinan software update.



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I have wondered about this too. My 2002 model was delivered on October 31, 2001. I have run the car at speeds of up to 170mph on the autobahn for sustained periods (3-4 minutes) without any hint of a limiter kicking in. This happened in both 5th and 6th gears and the car felt like she could go much faster.

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Old 16th February 2002, 17:56   #4
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I would love it if this was true. Then I could save a few dollars and skip the dinan software.
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Old 16th February 2002, 20:56   #5
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OK guys, we need volunteers

I have a 2002 but the roads arround here are just not condusive to 160mph plus speeds. Plus they seem to have increased police patrols and even with a V1 radar detector, slowing from 160 takes a lot of time and distance.

Maybe I could try it one day at Lowes Motor Speedway but they don't let the public go too fast there either. I drove on the banked oval there at a charity event but they limited us to 70mph!!!! That was barely fast enough to stay up on the bank. Heh, I drove faster on the interstates just to get there.
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I really see no reason why the limiter on the 02 would be taken off...if it is that would be cool though..

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... they limited us to 70mph!!!! ... Heh, I drove faster on the interstates just to get there.
Hahah! Speed Limiter removed? Sounds cool.. but doesnt all cars that get imported to the states have that ~155 speed gov speed limiter? I heard it was so we cant out run cops or their choppers, if we ever get into a pursuit. So if thats true why would they remove the speed limiter?

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Speed Limiter

The 155 mph (250 kph) limiter is a voluntary limit placed on BMW, M-B and Audi cars by the German manufacturers. Porsche, being a low-volume, sport car only producer, did not join the group. The purpose of the voluntary limit is to counter the Green Party and others attempt to legislate speed limits on the full length of the Autobahn.

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Angel aka Harry is this true May be you could try getting top speed
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I doubt the limiter will be removed, but there have been lots of reports over the last year that the limiter kicked in way above 155mph. I have never heard a satisfactory explanation for why the speed at which the limiter comes on seems to vary from car to car.
The Dinan software gives you 200-300 extra rpms before the rev limiter kicks in. This is invaluable for anyone anytime they punch the gas in 1st or 2nd gear (and in certain situations in 3rd). I dont understand why anyone would not want this. Also its about the cheapest mod there is. I think it should be part of the 1200mi. service, I know it was part of mine. It really should be done free by BMW at that time.
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