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Old 01-02-2014, 04:22 PM   #1
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Hey guys,

Recently I had a check engine light on and the car was having a hard time starting. My mechanic said it was an ignition coil problem so they were replaced. The car seemed fine afterwards.

Then a couple of weeks later, I started the car to warm it up. I come back to the car and the engine stopped. Check engine light on again. I turn the ignition again and it started okay. Check engine light gone. It seemed fine after.

A week later with no apparent problems I noticed that when I put the car in reverse from a parked position, I had to hit the gas pretty hard to move. I heard a loud thump as if something needed to release to get the car going. The car started to reverse. However, when I went to drive the car, it wasn't accelerating very much despite me hitting the gas hard and the rpms skyrocketing. It also seemed like alot of smoke was coming out of the exhaust. I then decided to park the car on the driveway and waited for the car to "warm-up". After several minutes, I tried reversing the car again and it seemed fine. I drove the car to a restaurant and back to the house. It did make the thumping noise again when I backed out of the restaurant.

I have no idea what this may be. Is the cold weather we've been getting in the GTA an issue for my '03 320i? Transmission problem? I'm not too mechanical savvy so I hope this isn't an obvious answer. I don't know either if this new problem is related to my earlier ignition coil issue.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 01-02-2014, 04:33 PM   #2
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Valve body in the transmission is starting to go from my experience.
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Valve body in the transmission is starting to go from my experience.
Is this a costly repair? thanks for reply btw.
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Is this a costly repair? thanks for reply btw.
I had a wagon briefly that had the same issue, transmission would be fine when warm weather, or when car warmed up, and then it would hardly move no matter how much I pressed the gas pedal when dead cold (especially during the winter).

I was quoted about 15-2000$. It is recommended you replace some other stuff while in there to avoid future issues which obviously raised the bill.

What is your mileage? Probably closer to 200k or a lot of city driving.
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I had a wagon briefly that had the same issue, transmission would be fine when warm weather, or when car warmed up, and then it would hardly move no matter how much I pressed the gas pedal when dead cold (especially during the winter).

I was quoted about 15-2000$. It is recommended you replace some other stuff while in there to avoid future issues which obviously raised the bill.

What is your mileage? Probably closer to 200k or a lot of city driving.
Mileage is over 193k. I drive it 5km to work and back for lunch and then back again to work again. when you say "replace some other stuff", what specifically do you mean? sorry again I am so not mechanically inclined.
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Mileage is over 193k. I drive it 5km to work and back for lunch and then back again to work again. when you say "replace some other stuff", what specifically do you mean? sorry again I am so not mechanically inclined.
Ya, those tranny are not very good at that mileage and with such short distance driving I am not surprised you are having issues.
It will need to be rebuilt. There are other internal components that need(should) to be replaced when the tranny is out of the car, otherwise you risk other components failing shortly after. I am not a trans mechanic so I don't know all the terminology for the parts, but there are many other components inside a transmission (especially BMW crappy ones) that fail.
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Ya, those tranny are not very good at that mileage and with such short distance driving I am not surprised you are having issues.
It will need to be rebuilt. There are other internal components that need(should) to be replaced when the tranny is out of the car, otherwise you risk other components failing shortly after. I am not a trans mechanic so I don't know all the terminology for the parts, but there are many other components inside a transmission (especially BMW crappy ones) that fail.
Oh man. This does not sound good. I'll take it to my mechanic and see what the damage may be......Thanks for your help.
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I had a Mazda with a sticky parking brake, especially after sitting for a while. It would take some revs to "break loose", with an associated loud noise, and then sometimes drag for a bit. Rebuilt rear calipers fixed it.

This kind of matches what you're experiencing, maybe not quite. Are you setting the parking brake when you put it in park? Either way it might be worth asking your mechanic to check the brakes before spending the $$$ on a trans rebuild.
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I had a Mazda with a sticky parking brake, especially after sitting for a while. It would take some revs to "break loose", with an associated loud noise, and then sometimes drag for a bit. Rebuilt rear calipers fixed it.

This kind of matches what you're experiencing, maybe not quite. Are you setting the parking brake when you put it in park? Either way it might be worth asking your mechanic to check the brakes before spending the $$$ on a trans rebuild.
My driveway is on a slope so I usually put the handbrake up. Interesting. Would the handbrake affect it? I will definitely have my mechanic check the brakes out for sure. I so don't want to be paying for a trans rebuild.
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Old 01-02-2014, 11:53 PM   #10
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The handbrake can be the problem, but at 190k km you can expect the 320i transmission to fail if fluid was never changed! VERY common problem. No easy fix, must get a rebuild, or low milage used one (very hard to find). In any case, get it checked by a GOOD reputable shop.
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