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BMW Z3, Convertible
Mar 28, 2010 (6:42 pm)
Hi just bought my first BMW it's a 2000 Z3 with 36,722 miles, It's automatic with a A/M button next to the shifter does anyone know what the M feature is for the book is very vague on the subject,Also CHECK ENGINE light doesn't know weather it wants to stay on or off???
any help would be greatly appreciated.Thanks
#56 of 104 Re: 2000 Z3 [jose5010]
Mar 29, 2010 (5:57 pm)
The seat movement is due to deteriorated rubber bushings in the seat rails. I replaced mine using plastic discs I made from my recycling bin. There is a you-tube vdeo that explains exactly how to replace them. Go to youtube .com and plug in BMW seat repair.
#57 of 104 Re: 2000 Z3 [sessman1]
Mar 29, 2010 (8:34 pm)
Hey Thanks alot the vid really makes it look managable !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
#59 of 104 Re: 2000 Z3 [bornleader]
Mar 29, 2010 (9:04 pm)
Hi thanks Dave.On the shifter question I'm still a little confused.I'm in D for drive and to the left is a button labeled A/M now if I put it M mode and bump the shifter up I'm going to end up in neutral ????????? My Manual says that the M puts the car in 4th gear and keeps it there, so when leaving a stop you need a heavy foot to get up speed,so I'm guessing this is meant to be used on the highway??
#60 of 104 Re: 2000 Z3 [jose5010]
Mar 29, 2010 (9:21 pm)
Hmmm, my Z is a 2001 and is automatic. But I can manually shift it through the gears as I described. My transmission is Steptronic and if yours is not then that might explain the difference.
This is from my manual
Automatic transmission with Steptronic*
You can drive as with a normal automatic
transmission. In addition, you can
also shift manually.
When you move the selector lever from
the "D" position to the left into the M/S
range, the performance-oriented shift
programs of the automatic transmission
are engaged. As soon as you briefly
touch the selector lever in the "+" or "–"
direction, Steptronic changes the gear.
The manual mode is engaged. When
you wish to use the automatic transmission
mode again, move the selector
lever to the right into the "D" position.
The automatic transmission of your
BMW is equipped with Adaptive Transmission
Control (ATC), a system which
reacts with precision to your individual
driving style and the driving conditions.
To achieve this, different shift programs
are automatically engaged.
For additional details concerning the
ATC, please refer to the chapter
"Advanced technology" on page 166.
Selector lever positions
P R N D M/S + –
#61 of 104 Re: 2000 Z3 [bornleader]
Mar 29, 2010 (9:58 pm)
I see,Yea mine doesn't have that feature it's D-drive 3-sports mode,2&1 are for towing
and to left on console there is a button with an A or M which does what I stated earlier according to the book buy it's very vague and you when you visit your local dealer service dept and they think like me it's used for highway then it makes you wander then who made the doggone car DUH????Their not for sure they think????????
#63 of 104 Re: 2000 Z3 [jose5010]
Mar 30, 2010 (10:53 am)
Jose, the moderation has recommended to me that I do not provide references to information on other websites - so my last message was blocked. I am not familiar with the transmission in the 2000 Z3 and if no one provides you an answer in this forum I suggest you Google for other website forums or contact your dealer again for a more detailed explanation of the shifter positions. I wish I could provide more help, but the rules of this forum do not allow it.
#64 of 104 Re: 2000 Z3 [bornleader]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Mar 30, 2010 (11:18 am)
If you wish to link to one post in one website (don't post the actual content here as it might be copyrighted), that's FINE. Of course, if you need to register in that website, that won't work as the link won't work.
I often link to a specific post in other enthusiasts' sites if they permit it. What Edmunds frowns upon is active solicitation of members to other sites for recruitment purposes. This is all spelled out in the Member Agreement which we all see when we register here.
So feel free to help Jose if you can find a post that directly addresses his issue.