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Old 21-07-2020, 02:09 PM
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Cheers Dave, hoping to ride it out
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Old 28-07-2020, 03:09 PM
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That’s quite a dilemma.

I have been looking at e46s but I’m not sure I want to give up the coupe just yet. I had a bad experience with an e46 a few years ago on account of the SMG- I feel like the manual is a good itch to scratch.
This is now my 6th E46 and only 2nd manuals. One of the 4 SMG'S had a gear position sensor fail, but other than that on SMG 2 I was lucky.

ON SMG 1 not so much, I had issues with both I owned, and one was converted back manual.

Having driven a fair bit around int he Z, it prepared me for life back in an E46 Manul, a gearbox I have never been a fan off, and I still would go SMG even with all the risks, as I like the mechanical feel of how it gets its job done.
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Old 28-07-2020, 03:27 PM
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Does the 5 Speeder in the Z3M feel better than the 6 speeder in the E46?

I've heard the E46 is ok, but now I have removed the CDV in my Coupe I really find the 5 speeder pretty good in combination with the S50's cable throttle, putty in my hands etc.

There are a couple of manual conversion CSL's that whetted my appetite.
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Old 30-07-2020, 06:51 PM
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Looks like a good job well done!

My External temp gauge doesn’t light up anymore - is it a bulb as well?
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Old 31-07-2020, 08:36 AM
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Looks like a good job well done!

My External temp gauge doesn’t light up anymore - is it a bulb as well?
Each of the supplementary gauges has its own bulb that fits from behind - so yes likely just to need a new bulb.
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Old 31-07-2020, 10:08 AM
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Thats correct they have their own bulbs, pain in the ass to get too, and if the bulb that's gone is an old one, sometimes popping new ones in or moving the wires causes the other old ones to suffer the same fate, so best to aa few on had, and they use 2 types, as per when I changed them in my posy/
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Old 31-07-2020, 10:13 AM
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Does the 5 Speeder in the Z3M feel better than the 6 speeder in the E46?

I've heard the E46 is ok, but now I have removed the CDV in my Coupe I really find the 5 speeder pretty good in combination with the S50's cable throttle, putty in my hands etc.

There are a couple of manual conversion CSL's that whetted my appetite.
They are very similar in feel, 2nd gear has the same notchy feel as you grab it, but the 6 speed is just nicer for motorway cruising and going up and down the gears, in the Z I find I use 4th mostly as once the cars moving it does everything you need, and 5th never seems to tone done the car, as still pulls like a train.

On the CSL side, if you want a CSL its cause it's a CSL, so you kinda have to take it as it is, like converting E30s to right-hand drive, it kinda defeats the point.

I enjoyed both my SMGs and they were great on race and track, and if not cost-prohibitive, I would have another one. Though still not sure they are worth the special car tax uplift lol.
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Each of the supplementary gauges has its own bulb that fits from behind - so yes likely just to need a new bulb.
Cheers! Hopefully that’s it
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