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Re: Problems with E30 M3 Gearbox. (archive)

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Posted by Sandeep Sethi on November 11, 1999 at 09:54:01:

In Reply to: Re: Problems with E30 M3 Gearbox. posted by Carlos on November 11, 1999 at 08:00:00:

: : Hi, I hope someone can offer some advice.

: : The gearbox on my M3 has recently got pretty difficult to use. Especially when cold.

: : I also have real problems shifting from 1st to 2nd and also 3rd to 2nd.

: : There is a slight crunching as I try and to avoid it I have to change gear very slowly at lower revs. (Which I know do!) Someone indicated a synchromesh but I am not clear what that means.

: : A BMW garage in Belgium simply said I need a new gearbox which is crazy as the car drives fine when in gear - any advice and help would be much appreciated!


: Your synchros are probably on their way out. Put some Red Line MTL in there and see if that helps. It did with mine.

: It used to grind in 1st & 2nd on cold mornings and now it's much, much better.

Thanks Carlos, but as I intend to continue doing some high mileage across Europe is there a more permanent repair solution too? Can 'Synchros' be replaced if so do you know the approx cost? - any useful web links? TIA!


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