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      03-03-2020, 08:35 AM   #1
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Question Paddle shifters: basic questions

I’m a recent owner of a (new to me) 2016 F30 328i. I learned to drive with manual transmission, went to automatic transmission (not my choice) and then to DSG. This is my first car with paddle shifters.

I tried to use the paddle shifters as in a manual transmission car, and they work great, but after I’m done shifting gears, how do I get back to “automatic shifting mode”?

Here’s what I do:

1. I’m on D shifter mode
2. I use the paddle shifters and have fun with the BMW
3. I observe at the speedometer how the “Sport mode D” changed to, say, “Sport mode M4”
4. After I’m done manually shifting with the paddles, I only know to get back to “Sport mode D” by moving the shifter from “D” to “M” and then back to “D”.

Is there a faster way to get back into “Sport mode D”?

(I know, I’m dumb)
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      03-03-2020, 08:41 AM   #2
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i believe if i'm understanding your situation correctly, after a few seconds it should shift back to "d" on its own as long as you havent pulled the stalk to the "m" position.
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      03-03-2020, 09:54 AM   #3
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VWs you can hold the up shift paddle to switch back to D. I think BMW finally started doing this in new cars. The only way to force the car back into D is to switch the trans into sport mode then back into regular mode.
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      03-03-2020, 10:41 AM   #4
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Nothing you can do about it. It's the way BMW implemented the manual mode so your stuck with it

Only way is wait it out for a while it will switch itself...while cruising or going for a stop

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VWs you can hold the up shift paddle to switch back to D. I think BMW finally started doing this in new cars. The only way to force the car back into D is to switch the trans into sport mode then back into regular mode.
Not true.
At least in Europe it changed back to D after a few seconds.
That is if you leave the shifter in d and not change it to m/s.
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what is not true?

The quickest way to switch your BMW back to D is to move the gear selector to sport (push to the left) and push back to the right into D
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What I do is if I ever go to manual on D position is go shift the left to M mode (left) right after I touch my paddles. So I know I'm on manual mode. Then if I want to go back to D , I just pop it back to the right.
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what is not true?

The quickest way to switch your BMW back to D is to move the gear selector to sport (push to the left) and push back to the right into D
Sorry didn't see it was "the fastest way" way to shift to D.
Then it's true
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You can just use the paddles in normal "D" mode. After a short while it will revert to "D" mode.

Personally, I use M mode 100% of the time. If you used to drive stick, you will most likely prefer this anyways. You pull the shifter left, then it's always "manual" until you go back to the right.
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I find this annoying too. If I use engine breaking to stop, then half of the time when I get to a stop or rolling stop, the car will revert back to D. The other half, it stays in S mode longer than I want it to and I have to do the exercise of flicking to M and then back to D like you explained. You get use to it...

But if you're using manual for an extended period of time, definitely just flick it to the left to M mode and keep it there until you're done, then go back to D

EDIT: my M and S are all mixed up. Shift to the left is S mode (sporty transmission) until you manually shift, then it will stays manual (M) until moving shifter back to the right.
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my 340- selector in D position I can paddle shift as I like and it will go back to full auto if I'm not on the throttle or at full stop.. To force full auto I hold right paddle and within a second it'll revert to D in cluster. Hope it works the same in your car
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my 340- selector in D position I can paddle shift as I like and it will go back to full auto if I'm not on the throttle or at full stop.. To force full auto I hold right paddle and within a second it'll revert to D in cluster. Hope it works the same in your car
I HAVE to try this tomorrow morning.

2015 428i, I doubt it will work on my model. Will update
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Didn’t in my 2015, tried it last week. Also tried the double pull that was suggested as well.
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I haven't tried the hold but generally if I have manually shifted, I leave it and after a few seconds it reverts to "D" on it's own, mine is a 2019 so will try the hold this morning on my commute
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I have a 2017 4 series, the manual says two ways to shift back to "D"

1. pull and hold the "+" paddle for a few second
2. pull the "+" paddle and "-" paddle at the same time

In practice, 2 is the fastest way to go back to D. You first pull and hold the "+" paddle and then quickly pull the "-" paddle, takes only 1 second.
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Tried the holding + paddle in 2915 428i....nothing

It would reaaaaally make downshifting a whole lot more fun if I was able to do this
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If you have a pre LCI the up shift hold won't work
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I’m a recent owner of a (new to me) 2016 F30 328i. I learned to drive with manual transmission, went to automatic transmission (not my choice) and then to DSG. This is my first car with paddle shifters.

I tried to use the paddle shifters as in a manual transmission car, and they work great, but after I’m done shifting gears, how do I get back to “automatic shifting mode”?

Here’s what I do:

1. I’m on D shifter mode
2. I use the paddle shifters and Showbox jiofi.local.html tplinklogin have fun with the BMW
3. I observe at the speedometer how the “Sport mode D” changed to, say, “Sport mode M4”
4. After I’m done manually shifting with the paddles, I only know to get back to “Sport mode D” by moving the shifter from “D” to “M” and then back to “D”.

Is there a faster way to get back into “Sport mode D”?

(I know, I’m dumb)
The quickest way to switch your BMW back to D is to move the gear selector to sport (push to the left) and push back to the right into D
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      03-08-2020, 05:38 AM   #19
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It should shift back to D (auto) after some time if you stopped using the paddle shifting. If you want to do it faster then use the joystick by pulling it back to D.
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      03-09-2020, 09:24 AM   #20
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A flick of the lever left then right is pretty quick, imo. My car is pre-LCI, so the paddle pull method is not an option. I wonder if this can be coded. Though I really wish it was like some DCTs where pulling both paddles puts it in neutral.
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2017 340i and mine reverts back to D if you hold the "up" shift paddle. Quick handy
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If you have a pre LCI the up shift hold won't work
My 2017 440i is pre LCI and the holding upshift works, 4 series didn't go LCI until 2018 model year.
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