Shifting into 1st and 2nd difficult (2001 e46 330ci)
I have a 2001 e46 330ci with just over 100K on it. I love this car, but Iíve had a problem since I bought it second hand and it seems to be getting worse.
Bottom line is that shifting into first can be quite difficult, second easier but still hard and the rest are fine. Especially when cold, you have to sometimes slam it first into second and put it into first. Itís not like it is stiff. It almost feels like something (or multiple things) are in the way, and moving it into second clears it. Once the car heats up, it usually improves quite a bit. The car shifts fine otherwise, runs great, no lag, clutch feels fine, etc. I donít want to bring it to a shop if itís something as simple as putting some lube on the linkage under the shift gate, but thought I would ask for help first.
p.s. I am not a mechanical idiot, willing to try things out on my own, but I am no gear head either. So be gentle and explain things slooowly please. My only guide is that that I do have the official BMW repair CD I bought online, so I can look the parts up that people may describe.