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Old 12-12-2012, 04:56 AM
snowsled7 snowsled7 is offline
The Ornery Old Man
Location: SW Mountains
Join Date: Mar 2012
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Mein Auto: GTI
Your transmission is dying. You have classic symptoms prior to completely losing reverse. Accept it, plan for either a rebuild or a used junkyard trans. This is quite common on auto trans cars of this age.

Overfilling the trans usually only results in the fluid exiting the dipstick tube and making a mess, or leaking from the trans pan seal, making a mess. It is unlikely to harm the trans. I do not know the proper procedure on these cars, mine is a manual. Some models have no dipstick and require you to remove the drain plug while running Point being, just make sure it is correct per the manuals procedure.

I would not bother with mechanic in a bottle. It will not fix the problem. You have an impending trans failure, probably a broken reverse band.
Current ride... '13 GTI Wolfsburg
BMW's from my past...
'92 535i/5 '89 325ix/5
'98 750iL '86 325(e)/5
'95 740iL '84 318i/5
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