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Old 11-17-2006, 12:43 PM   #1
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E36/M3 hard to shift?



I drove a 97 M3 that I'm thinking of buying.
It's hard to put it into the gears.
Is this normal?
Only 90K on it.
Similar to my 318, but much harder.
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Old 11-17-2006, 12:53 PM   #2
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^^ need more info...such as it is mashing the gears when you put the clutch in? Or just the lever is hard to put into the 1-2-3-4-5-R.

If its mashing with the gears, your clutch may be worn.
If its the lever that is hard to put into the slots. it may be the bushing linkages.
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Old 11-17-2006, 01:45 PM   #3
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It could also be that a short shifter is installed.
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Old 11-17-2006, 02:55 PM   #4
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It's just hard to push it into all of the gears.
Lots of resistance. Feels almost notchy.
Clutch is pushed in all the way.
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Old 11-17-2006, 03:19 PM   #5
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It could also be that a short shifter is installed.
Would this not just change the throw and not the gears?
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Old 11-17-2006, 05:08 PM   #6
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Would this not just change the throw and not the gears?
it shortens the throw - thus making it stiffer / notchier.
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Old 11-17-2006, 05:48 PM   #7
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^^ especially if the selector rod isn't weighted.
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Old 11-17-2006, 07:27 PM   #8
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So you guys figure there might not be anything wrong with it.
The guy says it's always been like that.
It's his wife's car.
I doubt it's ever been driven hard. I was suprised he didn't tell me to tone it down during the test drive.
I would have smacked someone for driving my car that way.
Overly I wasn't impressed with the 1st M3 I ever drove.
I got out of my 86 911 into the M3 and it didn't compare in anyway.
Seems to be exacly like my E36 318is with more power and tighter suspension.
Is it worth 20 g's more?
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Old 11-17-2006, 10:06 PM   #9
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20 grand more than a 318?
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**** NO!
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Old 11-18-2006, 12:33 AM   #10
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Seems to be exacly like my E36 318is with more power and tighter suspension.
Well, of course that's what it seems like, because that's exactly what it is Were you expecting miracles? The differences start to add up when you do stuff though ... cams, etc. really make the car shine!
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Old 11-18-2006, 01:41 PM   #11
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Well, of course that's what it seems like, because that's exactly what it is Were you expecting miracles? The differences start to add up when you do stuff though ... cams, etc. really make the car shine!
Maybe I was expecting miracles.
The M3 is suppose to be the flagship.
The 318 (has sport suspension) is suppose to be entry level wanna be.
I don't know if I'd want to start swapping parts as it's a street car.
Maybe an exhaust. But not some obnoxious can. The motor is louder than the tail pipe.
I love the way my 911 scares people and sets of alarms with the dual exhaust.
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