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All cars are different, especially when it comes to clutches. Some have, as you say, a high engagement point on the clutch, where you can almost let the clutch out all of the way before it starts to engage. Others do it much lower in the clutch pedal arch (further pushed towards the firewall). It's just something you have to get used to. I cannot tell you ...
It's hard to say for sure without being there, but it sure sounds like something isn't right with the clutch, especially the whining noise. I highly recommend having a mechanic you trust give it a pre-sale inspection before considering handing over your hard-earned money for this BMW.
I agree with MT_Head's and Donovan's answers, but I'd like to add that the downshift itself can be quite heavy on your synchromeshes if you don't do it right. When you up-shift, the input shaft drops in speed by ordinary friction, and the synchromeshes don't need to work much in order to match it to the speed of the output gear. However, when you ...
Most cars can be "reset" by disconnecting the battery for 20 to 30 minutes. I would caution that this is going to reset your car's clock and make the OEM radio unit ask you for a PIN code before you can use it again. Make sure you have this info before you do this. You're also going to trigger an alarm if you take too long before disconnecting the battery ...
Check the transmission fluid level
Ok, personally to me the best thing you can do is find out what your car idles at, downshift at the lowest rpm possible to maintain traction and engine quality. Brake when needed but try and predict when you need to have already let off the accelerator.
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