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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 09-20-2012, 03:26 PM
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I have a 1998 328i with automatic transmission..basically wont shift out of 1st, but sometimes in 2nd with encourgement, no 3rd. tried in auto and manual...no codes.....any ideals I could try...fluid is fine...

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I dont know much with the auto trans but I think yours may be shot.

How many miles on it?
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Old 09-20-2012, 03:38 PM
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150,000..wouldnt it show some codes
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Old 09-20-2012, 03:48 PM
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Not necessarily, You said the fluid was fine, Was it changed at all?
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Old 09-20-2012, 04:00 PM
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There are only a few faults in the auto tranny that will generate the transmission failure light on your dash. There are more codes however that are stored in the transmission computer that will not show up on the OBDII data port connector. The dealer and some indie shops have the code reader for the transmission. By the way, the transmission is supposed to not shift when you select the M position. That position tells the tranny to stay in the gear you have selected.
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Old 09-20-2012, 04:26 PM
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you are correct on the manual part, ok in first in manual and 2nd also with some encourgement and no 3rd in manual just like when in auto..anything else you could suggest...

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Old 09-20-2012, 04:32 PM
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Try driving without manual at all
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'Fluid is fine'. How fine? Is it bright red? Are you checking it hot with the engine running?

Could be a blockage in the valve body. Chances are that the tranny is gone.
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Dude, that transmission is knackered.

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clutch packs are shot!!!!!
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