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    heavy clutch, but "they all do that"

    I finally got the 8 out today, after several weeks of ice and snow.
    I had been driving a GM car with a very light clutch...
    Wow! I forgot about that BMW clutch! It took me a while to get it wrestled down to the floor.
    Is it a BMW thing, or a German thing?
    Going back and forth between these two cars is going to be a problem for my left leg.

    Sorry, nothing of tech interest to contribute - just happy to be driving the E31 again. :)
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    You weak, snivelling American pussies

    I drove a Maserati Khamsin once with Citroen's amazing hydraulic system. Even the clutch was hydraulically assisted:

    A descripton of Systeme Hydraulique Citroen

    Smooth as silk - you wondered why nobody else offered it.

    The braking system offered zero mechanical lash - it just measured pressure applied by your foot and pushed back a like amount. Zero movement of the brake pedal.

    The DIRAVI steering was clinically insane by American standards. Two turns lock-to-lock, with a powered return to center. No mechanical linkage between steering wheel and road wheels (well, actually, there's an emergency link with a several degrees of slop).

    The French take a lot of heat from us Yanks, but their hydraulic systems technology is world-class and licensed by Rolls Royce and Mercedes-Benz for their cars.

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    I used to rent a Citroen XM turbo diesel any

    time I could get one over there. Amazing ride, and singular technology, as you point out. But I also know plenty of Pierres who spent fortunes fixing their cars at around the end of the warranty period.

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    You need a new one.

    With the hydraulic clutch on the E31, if there is high pedal pressure, you need a new clutch........before you need a new flywheel AND clutch.

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    very possibe...

    I suspect I am heading for a new one - as far as I know it still has the original clutch at 124K miles!
    But also as far as I know, the pedal pressure is normal. I really can't tell anymore after driving the Cadillac for a month. Every BMW I have ever owned had a very heavy clutch compared to American or Japanese cars.
    No slippage that I can detect - yet.

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