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Old 08-30-2009, 09:14 AM   #1
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e30 trannie issue. slips

88 automatic, started to act up. trannie issue.
won't go past 3gear/45kms. just revs.
when fully warm. sometimes stays in nautral. or 1st gear.
turning it off and on again helps a little for a short period.
up hills are troublesome.
any suggestions.
oil change....??
dextrrall 3. or red line.
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Old 08-30-2009, 10:35 AM   #2
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check trans oil level. you may be due for a rebuild. not uncommon.
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Old 08-31-2009, 01:55 PM   #3
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Get ready to get a new trans installed... or swap to manual. My original e30 did that years ago. After forward burned out... I was stuck driving in reverse for 40km... lol
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Old 08-31-2009, 02:03 PM   #4
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your a few months too late, i threw away a working auto a few months ago.
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Old 08-31-2009, 02:17 PM   #5
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Murphy's law...40km in reverse!!!!!??? sounds like fun!!!!!!!!!!
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2 325i 4 dr - sold
4 318is all white - sold and parts
1 87 325is red - parts
1 89 325i vert grey - parts
1 90 325is white - keepin
1 87 325i vert -red - keepin
latest addition 1 88-325is red - parts
latest addition 1 89-325i vert - white -fixin/sold
latest addition 1 92-318i vert - blue - parts
latest addition 1 87 325is blk - parts.

latest addition as of 2013-Gold 87-325is auto! it's a keeper!
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Old 08-31-2009, 05:02 PM   #6
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hey, ive been looking at auto tranny stuff all day. it sounds like either your fluid is low, filter clogged, valves need cleaning, or you have clutch issues.
There is lots of info here:
http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/422325
I found a manual from 88 that explains rebuilding it too, but I can't remember the link. It would only help you if you plan on replacing clutches yourself, otherwise, look for a used tranny somewhere. Like I am.
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