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The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 03-11-2005, 12:51 AM
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Help: sluggish shifting

In the past couple weeks I have been having hard time shifting. Shifting into all gears feel very sluggish. It feels like it gets stuck but doesn't produce noise. A lot of time I can't shift all the way and I need to pull back to neutral, release and re-engage clutch and reshift again in order to get it into gear. It seems to getting worse.

Could this cause by my clutch? The thing is the clutch doesn't slip at all. My car is a '01 with 50k miles, original clutch, out of warranty. And I don't abuse my car.
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Old 03-11-2005, 07:16 AM
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In the past couple weeks I have been having hard time shifting. Shifting into all gears feel very sluggish. It feels like it gets stuck but doesn't produce noise. A lot of time I can't shift all the way and I need to pull back to neutral, release and re-engage clutch and reshift again in order to get it into gear. It seems to getting worse.

Could this cause by my clutch? The thing is the clutch doesn't slip at all. My car is a '01 with 50k miles, original clutch, out of warranty. And I don't abuse my car.
needs new transmission fluid?
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Old 03-11-2005, 07:56 AM
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needs new transmission fluid?
New transmission fluid may help, but I'm suspicious that the problem crept up over such a short period of time.

Try replacing the "lifetime" tranny fluid with two bottles of Royal Purple Synchromax. You'll need just slightly less than two bottles. Use a 17mm 6-point socket and a long breaker bar to get the drain and fill plugs off. (Not in that order, of course!) And you'll need a small fluid transfer pump such as the kind you can pick up at Pep Boys or NAPA for $6. Fill the tranny until fluid overflows and starts to run down the side of the case.

While you're under the car, inspect the linkage between the bottom of your shift lever and the top of the tranny.

Hopefully, the new fluid will cure what ails your car. If not, then you may have some clutch issues cropping up. Keep your fingers crossed!
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