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E46 (1999 - 2006)
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 04-29-2005, 11:38 PM
NeWbiMMerOwnEr NeWbiMMerOwnEr is offline
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Talking 04'325i Automatic Transmission Issues

I wonder if this has happened to anyone else? When I go to start up my car for the first time in the morning and back out of my driveway, when I shift from "reverse" to "drive" it seems like the transmission is slipping and not actually in it's lowest gear. The rpm's increase but the vehicle takes a little while to get going. If anyone has had the same problem occur a reply would be great.
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Old 04-30-2005, 06:48 AM
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I wonder if this has happened to anyone else? When I go to start up my car for the first time in the morning and back out of my driveway, when I shift from "reverse" to "drive" it seems like the transmission is slipping and not actually in it's lowest gear. The rpm's increase but the vehicle takes a little while to get going. If anyone has had the same problem occur a reply would be great.
My tranny does this if I don't give it a second to shift. I won't say that it is slipping I would say that it is in a neutral state momentarily going from reverse to first. I don't see it as a problem.
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Old 04-30-2005, 11:45 AM
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Happens all the time on mine and there are numerous posts. Search around and you can fin a lot of unhappines about that.

Any one know of a TSB out on it?
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Old 04-30-2005, 03:36 PM
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Mine does that but I don't mind as much as when you're slowing to a stop and the tranny kinda "clunks" from disengaging from second gear (or is it third?). Anyway I had my Inspection I two weeks ago and they(stealership) finally corrected it It's like buttah now. Funny I've told them about that problem on several visits prior and they always said they didn't find anything so I was pleasantly surprised when they finally fixed the problem. I believe there is a TSB regarding this issue IIRC. Someone had posted about it on fanatics.
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Old 04-30-2005, 09:05 PM
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Mine did that too, when I first got the my 04. It would pause for like 3-6 seconds before engaging in drive. I took it to the dealer and they replaced the transmission. Haven't had a problem since then.
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Old 05-01-2005, 07:38 PM
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My 2004 330 CI does it also, and seems like it is getting worse over time. The dealership said they could not find any problem. However, I find this problem disconcerting, as occasionally I ended up raising the rpm too much to get the car going and, suddenly, the car jumps forward unexpectedly. Does anyone know what is the root cause?
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Old 05-01-2005, 08:40 PM
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Did they keep it overnight? That's what the Service Advisor did with mine. Kinda hard to recreate the problem with mine unless it had sat overnight or for a good 11 hours of no use.
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Old 05-01-2005, 08:48 PM
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Tranny Problem

This slippage problem cropped up around late 03' My 330xi had the same problem, Our driveway is about 50 feet long and we back out daily, the cold weather seemed to make it worse, any way, BMW knows about this problem and will replace the tranny, Im surprised that you have an 04' and still got one of the "bad trannys"

Most who've had this tranny problem believe there should have been a recall BTW
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Old 05-02-2005, 10:47 AM
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I haven't noticed this problem. There is a tiny delay when shifting from R and D, but that delay is very reasonable, acceptable and not noticable to me. I hope this delay won't grow over time.
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Old 05-03-2005, 06:21 PM
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I did get my 2004 330 CI early on (actually was August 2003). The dealership tried a couple of times to keep the car overnight and could not duplicate the problem.
I don't think they are doing a really good effort, as it is very noticeable to me.
They never admitted to any known issue. Next service vist (due soon) I will be more foreceful about it. Is there really a technical bulletin or someting similar? Someone mentioned a site where this issue had been widely discussed (fanatics ??) and I'd like to try it.
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Old 05-03-2005, 09:10 PM
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Originally Posted by NeWbiMMerOwnEr
I wonder if this has happened to anyone else? When I go to start up my car for the first time in the morning and back out of my driveway, when I shift from "reverse" to "drive" it seems like the transmission is slipping and not actually in it's lowest gear. The rpm's increase but the vehicle takes a little while to get going. If anyone has had the same problem occur a reply would be great.
hey wait a sec, after reverse, do you wait until the car stop completely before you shift to N and D? Maybe that's why I don't feel this problem. Do you basically spend no time on N when you shift from R to D?

What I usually do is R to reverse, when the car gets enough reverse momentum I shift to N, then brake it to a stop, then D. I suppose this is not what you do?
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Old 05-04-2005, 06:29 PM
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You are right. I normally leave the car in reverse until I brake it, then go all the way from reverse to forward. This is the way I have always done with any other automatic cars I ever had.
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Old 05-04-2005, 09:52 PM
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You are right. I normally leave the car in reverse until I brake it, then go all the way from reverse to forward. This is the way I have always done with any other automatic cars I ever had.
i will have to try your way to see if i feel your problem the next time I drive.

I do it my way because I try to avoid the engine fighting with the brake.
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Old 06-13-2005, 03:23 PM
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My 1999 528i started doing this, having about 54,000 miles on it. Bought it new, and shortly after reaching 54,000 miles, car began lurching when starting from a stop in drive. Had to have a new transmission put in at my expense. The transmission is sealed, dealer never can change the fluid or filter..but they know how to change the transmission! Watch out!
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Old 06-13-2005, 07:02 PM
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There was lots of discussion of this about a year and half ago. Exactly the problem all of you are describing. Sluggish cold start R --> D. Most got new transmissions under warranty (I did at 2200 on a '04 330Xi) and it fixed the problem. Some trannys were "reprogrammed". I don't know whether that's successful or not. For your own sake insist that the dealer fix it. The sluggish shifts will continue to worsen, particularly in cold weather, and one day you'll find yourself unable to move out with traffic approaching.

Here's a link to the service bulletin that was posted when I needed it.
http://www.bmwboard.com/forum/showth...&threadid=7604

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Old 06-14-2005, 11:17 AM
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Yes, this is a well known issue, and was discussed a lot on this forum at the time. Somebody even posted the TSB. I had it, and I went to fix it but they didn't have the parts; by the time they got around to actually fixing it, there was a new TSB - they were not replacing trannies anymore, just reprogramming them. Mine was re-programmed last May - needless to say I couldn't test it, since the problem only occurs on a cold start at low temperatures (winter). By November I realized the problem was not entirely fixed, so I brought the car in again. They did another re-programming, and I must say this time they got it right - the car's been Ok ever since
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