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E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 01-04-2013, 06:24 PM
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Unhappy Manual transmission issue

i bought my beemer from a guy. Recently had trouble shifting into 3rd gear. Drained oil out of tranny and almost nothing came out but just a little charcoal colored sludge. and refilled gear oil. and now i am having trouble shifting into 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Not sure if i should rebuild transmission or change out clutch first. Help pleaseeee
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:39 PM
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Take it to your nearest dealer to see what they can diagnose the problem as? If not, then I dunno man!
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:57 PM
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Have you tried to rebleed the slave cylinder? If not try that first before you go tearing into a clutch job.
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:52 PM
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assuming your car is a manual right?

manual transmissions are pretty well bullet proof, you can do a lot too them and they wont give. the BMW autos arent half that robust.
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Old 01-05-2013, 04:19 PM
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syncros are shot. rebuild is needed. anytime you have manual tranny fluid that color it is always a sign to get it rebuilt.
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Old 01-09-2013, 04:10 AM
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The problem only appeared once you replaced the fluid ?
I would be prepared to bet on you putting in unsuitable fluid
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Old 01-09-2013, 11:03 AM
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I would say your synchro's are done. I had the same problem.. I found one on craigslist for a hundred bucks. 25k on a craigslist transmission and still shifts great no grinds. Sometimes you get lucky.
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:38 AM
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The problem only appeared once you replaced the fluid ?
I would be prepared to bet on you putting in unsuitable fluid

This is possible but I have seen reports of some owners filling their manual transmissions with ATF fluid and claiming it gives them smoother changes.

I stick to the recommended gearbox oil...75W-80 I believe.
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:33 PM
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This is possible but I have seen reports of some owners filling their manual transmissions with ATF fluid and claiming it gives them smoother changes.

I stick to the recommended gearbox oil...75W-80 I believe.
some of the bmw 5spd trannies take atf fluid.
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Old 01-11-2013, 01:06 PM
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I just dont see any other logical way around this problem.
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Old 01-11-2013, 01:06 PM
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I would go with getting a new trans before rebuild
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