View Full Version : 1999 323i wont go into reverse

10-04-2011, 10:26 AM
When I shift into reverse its very stiff or feels like neutral as though I did not put it into reverse.
I googled it and saw alot of similar issues with others over the years.

Any advice on where I can get it fixed for a decent price?


10-04-2011, 12:01 PM
sounds like your shifter cable is seizing. Shoot me a pm if you want i work at elite bmw can get you a deal on parts and work out cheap labor for ya on the side*th-up*

Deep 3.2TL
10-05-2011, 02:10 AM
Happened to my Auto '99 323i.

Auto transmission?

10-05-2011, 09:19 AM
Yes, Its an automatic transmission....how did you fix yours??

Deep 3.2TL
10-05-2011, 09:22 AM
Yes, Its an automatic transmission....how did you fix yours??

Real easy...

Replace the transmission *shiner*

What you are experiencing is a known problem with the auto tranny's. Call any reputable tranny shop and they'll know exactly the problem as they've fixed/rebuilt them before.

Charlie at Bimmersport did mine.

Bascially, from what I was told - it's only a matter of time now before your tranny goes. I did mine MANY years ago (2005) and it was $2800 back then for a rebuilt.

10-05-2011, 09:40 AM
OK, I am hoping it is something as simple as a cable or a solenoid switch...not the tranny not now...

Deep 3.2TL
10-05-2011, 09:43 AM
I think you may be outta luck. When I was calling around to get it fixed, I mentioned the car and 2 out of the 3 shops immediately said to me "No reverse, huh?" before I described the problem.

10-05-2011, 10:00 AM
if the selector engages in reverse and you feel it go into place and still no reverse then i would say ur right about needing a tranny, but if it is very stiff to shift and feels like is not going all the way into reverse than its likely the cable is seizing which is a very common issue with these cars so it really depends if the shifters is allo0wing it to shift into reverse or not

10-05-2011, 02:47 PM
^ if you need a new tranny, I can hook you up with a good-condition used one for cheap. PM me for more details :)

10-10-2011, 12:47 AM
DIY- How to fix your no reverse issue on a ZF5HP19