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Bmwstylz 08-23-2007 12:45 PM

Sometimes Hard to get into 1st Gear???
 
Test drove a 2000 325i the other day.

The car drove well, but sometimes when at a complete stop it was a little tricky to get into first gear. I had to double clutch it, or go 2nd gear then into first.

Is this a sign of major $$$$ ? or somewhat normal?
*th-up*

DoubleApexCa 08-23-2007 05:57 PM

I have a similar problem on my E46 M3 when cold.
 
I have a similar problem on my E46 M3 when cold. Seems to be a quirk of the transmission. However, once warmed up, shifts are smooth.

How long did you drive it for? Did it get better over time or did the problem remain after the car was warmed up?

I'd say that if you were driving the car for any longer than 15-20 minutes, the problem should have gone away, otherwise there may be tranny issues. Then again, when was the last time the tranny fluid was changed? That could also be a culprit.

Hope this helps
Glenn

skru_fase 08-23-2007 08:54 PM

having a short shift kit in my car seemed to exacerbate the problem too... as was said before tho, it's better once the car warms up.

Karim@Corner73 08-24-2007 06:26 PM

It could be a problem with the shifter (worn bushings, short shift kit,...). It could also be a problem related to the clutch (slave cylinder) or even clutch pedal. But it could also be a bigger problem.

I would thoroughly inspect it before buying.

Bmwstylz 08-26-2007 12:31 PM

car has higher mileage - 220k... No the problem happened once warmed up. There is a bit of play in shifter, so maybe new bushings? the clutch seems fine... maybe slave though hmmm

If i downshift to first just as I was coming to a stop , it went in fine.

Karim@Corner73 08-26-2007 01:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bmwstylz
car has higher mileage - 220k... No the problem happened once warmed up. There is a bit of play in shifter, so maybe new bushings? the clutch seems fine... maybe slave though hmmm

If i downshift to first just as I was coming to a stop , it went in fine.


Look at the slave cylinder, check for leaks. Check if your clutch pedal comes back all the way up. Also check the brake fluid level.

Is there a lot of left-right play in the shifter when you are in a gear?


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