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post #11 of 34 Old 12th December 2015, 05:55 AM Thread Starter
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Now , I kind of have a newbie question..when I drive the car in auto it seems like a long delay to switch gears..is this normal? Seems slow..unless i punch it.
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Now , I kind of have a newbie question..when I drive the car in auto it seems like a long delay to switch gears..is this normal? Seems slow..unless i punch it.

Yes. In D mode it's almost painful waiting for it to shift. I only use the auto or D mode in bumper to bumper traffic where it's not noticeable. I think most guys are driving the SMG in manual mode. The car is really built to be manually shifted and it really comes alive at high RPM's with your foot in the gas.


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Now , I kind of have a newbie question..when I drive the car in auto it seems like a long delay to switch gears..is this normal? Seems slow..unless i punch it.
Pay attention to your shift settings (button below the shifter) as it applies in D too. 1 is slowest and 5 or 6 (only available without traction control) is the fastest. The problem with D is that for faster shifts you need to be on D5 or D6 but then the shifts happen at a much higher rpm. There doesn't seem to be much balance for cruising normally with faster shifts. Remember too it's going to feel exaggerated because your pulling power from the wheels while the clutch engages so if you're even sightly accelerating it is very noticeable making shifts feel like an eternity.

Personally I don't use D. It's a good crutch for someone that doesn't know how to drive a manual though. (I.e. My wife!)
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Welcome! As mentioned by another member, make sure your car is FULLY warmed up before you start driving.
This seems... excessive. Surely you don't mean that people should let their M5s idle for 10-15 minutes before driving them?!

I take a minute or two to get situated after firing up my M5, and then I drive gently (very light throttle and shift at under 3000rpm) until the oil temp is close to the 210 mark and the tach redline is all the way up. Then I drive it as I see fit.

So far I only have about a thousand miles on my M5 since getting it home and doing its first oil change, but the oil level indicator still shows at the full mark. I assume it'll drop somewhat before I get to the 5K mile oil change interval, but probably not enough to need the spare quart in the trunk. Of course, that might not be indicative of the level of consumption of other S85s.

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Welcome and congrats on your new beast. I definitely echo the comments mentioned previously. Stay on top on all of your maintenance. Find a trusted INDY shop. Every few oil changes, I would suggest getting a Blackstone report done on your oil. It's like a blood test for your engine. It's not the tell all on everything but can be a very good indicator on the health of your engine. Take your time to get to you know your beast. It's a powerful, powerful animal and can get you in a lot of trouble real fast in terms of the law or an accident. Try to get enrolled in some HPDE driving events at a track or the 2 day BMW ///M school.

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This seems... excessive. Surely you don't mean that people should let their M5s idle for 10-15 minutes before driving them?!

I take a minute or two to get situated after firing up my M5, and then I drive gently (very light throttle and shift at under 3000rpm) until the oil temp is close to the 210 mark and the tach redline is all the way up. Then I drive it as I see fit.

So far I only have about a thousand miles on my M5 since getting it home and doing its first oil change, but the oil level indicator still shows at the full mark. I assume it'll drop somewhat before I get to the 5K mile oil change interval, but probably not enough to need the spare quart in the trunk. Of course, that might not be indicative of the level of consumption of other S85s.
My oil indicator would start to drop once I got to around 1300 miles, I would get around 2400 miles before it needed a quart added.

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This seems... excessive. Surely you don't mean that people should let their M5s idle for 10-15 minutes before driving them?!

I take a minute or two to get situated after firing up my M5, and then I drive gently (very light throttle and shift at under 3000rpm) until the oil temp is close to the 210 mark and the tach redline is all the way up. Then I drive it as I see fit.

So far I only have about a thousand miles on my M5 since getting it home and doing its first oil change, but the oil level indicator still shows at the full mark. I assume it'll drop somewhat before I get to the 5K mile oil change interval, but probably not enough to need the spare quart in the trunk. Of course, that might not be indicative of the level of consumption of other S85s.
I do just what you described on warm up. Just don't push her till she's warm. As for oil, every car is different... I don't add any oil between 6,000 mile or so oil changes.
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Thanks guys..and lately I've notice that I have to reset my clock and date almost every time I get in the car..can someone help or send a link to this thread..
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First indications of a weak battery or a failing regulator. Observe batter voltage...... Make sure it charges when runs (~14V) and is just above 12V when sitting. Make sure it does not dip excessivly.
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