Click to go to Forum Home Click to go to maXbimmer Home

Go Back   maXbimmer Forums > maXimum Tech > 3 Series > E46 (1998 - 2005)
User Name
Password


Welcome to Maxbimmer.com!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 08-23-2007, 12:45 PM   #1
Bmwstylz
6th Gear Member
 
Bmwstylz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Nurburgring
Posts: 1,367
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?
__________________
"Get rich or die tryin!"
Bmwstylz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2007, 05:57 PM   #2
DoubleApexCa
1st Gear Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Ontario
Posts: 18
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
DoubleApexCa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2007, 08:54 PM   #3
skru_fase
Lurker
 
skru_fase's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Toronto
Posts: 387
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.
skru_fase is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2007, 06:26 PM   #4
Karim@Corner73
5th Gear Member
 
Karim@Corner73's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Montreal
Posts: 913
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.
Karim@Corner73 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2007, 12:31 PM   #5
Bmwstylz
6th Gear Member
 
Bmwstylz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Nurburgring
Posts: 1,367
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.
__________________
"Get rich or die tryin!"
Bmwstylz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2007, 01:08 PM   #6
Karim@Corner73
5th Gear Member
 
Karim@Corner73's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Montreal
Posts: 913
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?
Karim@Corner73 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:41 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.