1989 bmw 325i - there's a dial near the handbrake that reads s-e-321. What does this do

Ryan Bates

Asked by Dec 14, 2013 at 04:17 PM about the 1989 BMW 3 Series 325i

Question type: General

6 Answers

freakin' dude....your avatar is frightening....turn the knob and see what happens.....perhaps a PM to Robert Charlson, Matt Mankinen, or Michael Brannan could sus this one out fer ye~


I don't ever remember seeing a dial near the handbrake on these cars, but the lettering suggests "SPORT - ECONOMY - 3rd Gear 2nd Gear 1st Gear."


I have a very stock 1989 325i convertible with an auto trans. I don't have a dial. That sounds like a custom aftermarket deal. Maybe you can take it by a dealer and someone can help you identify it.


Coy325i, you stated your car is very stock. This knob was an upgrade for 3 series and standard on 6 and 7 series with automatic transmissions.


Cool. What's it do?


E= economy, your car will shift normally S= sport your car will shift up later and down sooner, it'll also hold gears longer so when you ease off the accelerator it won't immediately up shift. 321= it eliminates the 4th gear

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