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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 04-26-2010, 01:52 PM
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Five Speed Reverse Gear

Does anyone here know if a 328's manual transmission should require additional force (an aggressive tapping or smacking instead of gently gliding to the left) to shift into reverse.

I'm looking at a used 1997 328is with a manual transmission that seems to only have that one issue.

I brought a relative of mine with who ran it through all of its gears and said everything else checked out.

I thought I should play it safe and find out if that is standard operation.
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It takes some force to get it into reverse, but you shouldn't need to smack it.
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You shouldn't need to smack your stick...just push it hard...
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The trick is to put the trans into any forward gear *before* engaging reverse....if that doesn`t help, then the reverse idler gear is probably very worn.
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The trick is to put the trans into any forward gear *before* engaging reverse....if that doesn`t help, then the reverse idler gear is probably very worn.
+1 If i don't end up doing as bob has stated it sounds like all my gears are grinding! horrrible, Unless it is warm and i have been running it most the day. Need a bit of force but shouldn't need to put your shoulders into it ;P
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