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Re: Answer... (archive)

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Posted by johnW on September 15, 2001 at 20:44:29:

In Reply to: Answer... posted by justin on September 15, 2001 at 00:24:03:

My '99 M3 did it three to four times in 30Kmiles. Finally I realized that one has to develop a feel for getting the gear exactly in 2nd gear in M3s that have this problem. This problem has happened to me mainly when I shift slowly, and I could feel maybe there was something wrong. When it shifts correctly, the driver can tell by feel. Each time it happened I was always lazy and may not have gotten it into 2nd. You've got to get the feel or it will happen more often, and with my '99, when it jumped out of gear and my hand was on the gear lever, it happened with so much force that it felt like my wrist was broken. My new M3 doesn't have the problem nor did my '95. For some reason some of these M3s have problems with slow movement of syncrhromesh. It is worth correcting your shifting. Getting a tranny fixed is very expensive and BMW could blame the broken tranny on you.

it onto the synchro? Sometimes even when shifting slowly the synchro will hit the gear, but not line up at all (i.e. difficult to shift into first at a standstill) Rare, but possible.

Hope this helps

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