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Old 09-17-2007, 10:44 AM   #1
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So I think my tranny died...

The car: 2000 323i, auto. After last driving it Friday night (with no problems), I washed the car, let it sit for about 30 mins..turned on the car, in reverse--stalled.

Started again after a long, hard start, tranny light was on beside the gear selector display on the dash (P R N D lcd display).

..with my heart sinking..I put in reverse, no noticeable problems and just let it roll onto the street to park. By this time the engine light is now on so I killed it.

Checked a few things in the bay, ATF seemed to be at an ok level, although it is a little darker than it looks like it should be in comparison to the new bottle of ATF I have. (mind you I know its lifetime fluid and I THINK hasnt been changed and the previous owner likely didnt either). Intake didnt suck in water, it was dry, engine oil is relatively clean..I'm no expert but I have been worried for a while that when the shifts from 1-2 under hard acceleration were bogging lately it could be a problem.

Is this a problem bigger than it seems, although it was able to start back up (albeit still a hard start)? Anyone heard of this problem?
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Old 09-17-2007, 11:42 AM   #2
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ur car stalled so you think ur tranny died??

you prob got some water into an electrical part... once it dries out... it should be fine!
i pressure wash my engine bay weekly... never no issues
BUT well washing the engine bay, i always have the car running... and let it run for about 5-10 min after to let everyhting dry
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Old 09-17-2007, 01:27 PM   #3
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Losing reverse on the 99 and 00 E46's was a common issue. The tranny died on my 99 323i as well. Good luck, they aren't cheap. When I had mine done, it was around $2800 I think... Go to Charlie, he did mine.

BTW: That was a rebuilt price - new was over $5K.

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Old 09-18-2007, 10:30 AM   #4
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I was thinking it was GOING to die, because lately it's bogging shifting from 1-2 under mid to hard acceleration, and a few times almost stalled on me shifting into reverse.

thanks for responses..

gonna ask around how much work it takes for a manual swap
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Old 09-18-2007, 11:17 AM   #5
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Losing reverse on the 99 and 00 E46's was a common issue. The tranny died on my 99 323i as well. Good luck, they aren't cheap. When I had mine done, it was around $2800 I think... Go to Charlie, he did mine.

BTW: That was a rebuilt price - new was over $5K.

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What he said..... i had the exact same problem with a 00 323i, and the scariest thing about the whole thing was the repair bill!
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Old 09-19-2007, 02:50 PM   #6
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turns out..damaged sensor, likely from my friend's puke i had to clean off the seats. j/k..about the sensor, not the puke.
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