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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 11-10-2009, 02:51 PM
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Shifter Linkage Repair DIY

This morning my gear shift was stuck in the neutral position when I went to start my 1989 325i. I tried to start the car, but it lurched when I did so, which suggested to me it was still in gear. I did manage to get it started, but when I let out the clutch (so no problem with the clutch), the car started to go backwards! So, I think its stuck in reverse and there's a problem with the shift linkage.

I looked underneath, but its really hard to see where the shifter connects with the linkage. Now, I've looked in the forums for a couple of hours already, and know this seems to be a common problem on the older models. Yet, I havent seen a DIY or any good pictures of some shift linkage problems.

I was curious if anyone has any links to DIY's for this or pictures? I am also wondering if I have to remove the exhaust and heat shield to get at the linkage from below?

Thanks to any help you can provide!
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Old 11-10-2009, 03:06 PM
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there is an arm that comes off the gear box which has the "socket" on it, and the shifter has the "ball" on it, under this is the pivot which moves the arm around to select the correct gear. you will have the 260 gearbox + M20 engine so may be a bit different, but i have M20 + 240 gearbox and you dont need to remove the shielding or exhaust to get to the shifter
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Old 11-11-2009, 02:34 PM
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Unfortunately, I couldnt see the linkage underneath... so I took it to a shop (in reverse) just down the street. After a couple of hours, the technicians told me the problem wasnt with the linkage, but was instead inside the transmission.

Now, beause there are a lot of similar problems like the one I've had with older e30's, I dont know if I believe them or not. Has anyone had similar symptoms like I've/we've described, then have it be a more serious problem with the transmission?
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Old 01-11-2010, 04:04 PM
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I have a 1988 325 I and was in the middle of the intersection and put it in reverse so a guy in a wheelchair could cross in front of me and my car would not come out of gear. Cars piled up behind me etc etc etc. My brother gave me a new rebuilt tranny and we dropped it in, but now it is doing something new and different. It will stick in 1st gear and 3rd gear and reverse. I can manhandle it or finess it and get it out of gear but Im sure this will all just end badly. Im hoping this isnt the same problem you are having because trannys aint cheap. I am hoping that I wont have to replace the tranny again. Its super hard to get into reverse and always has been. Im thinking the linkage might be worn?

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Old 11-25-2012, 03:25 AM
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I own an '85 323i, and i can't find a shift rebuild kit anywhere online, will any other model's rebuild kit fit?

Like this http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-e30-325e...-/350563186992

Only hoping i don't pay quite that much.
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:28 AM
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"The 316 and 318i also had the option of a common 5-speed manual (Getrag 240), while the 323i and 325i had a stronger 5-speed manual gearbox (Getrag 260). "

Is this the information i am looking for? i'm just cautious, because i know the linkage changed around '87?
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:11 AM
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i've never in my life heard of an e30 trans(g240 or g260) stuck in a gear.
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Old 11-25-2012, 01:13 PM
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I own an '85 323i, and i can't find a shift rebuild kit anywhere online, will any other model's rebuild kit fit?

Like this http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-e30-325e...-/350563186992

Only hoping i don't pay quite that much.
$194 US is too much for those parts.

I don't know if anyone sells a kit for your application. I would check realoem.com to identify which parts are required (use diagram in the eBay add as a guide, perhaps?) and order them from a bimmerfest.com sponsor.
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:19 PM
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i've never in my life heard of an e30 trans(g240 or g260) stuck in a gear.
It's not stuck, it's just an extremely loose shifter, that sometimes from neutral is really difficult to engage certain gears.

So no-one here knows if the 325e 325i or 318i have a clone shift linkage setup?
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:32 AM
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Bite the bullet - tranny out and fix it properly. You may only need a local machine shop to turn you up a couple of bushes. At least you know then it is fixed once and for all. Isn't that what leave from work is for?
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:43 AM
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Not the easiest fix, but cheap

I had a similar thing happen on my 325 manual Tranny. It was very difficult to get it in gear and then after shifter forcefully a number of times it stopped shifting and remained in gear.
The problem was with the the support bracket. See the schematic and find parts 1-4.

http://realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?...93&hg=25&fg=05

The bolts came loose over time and finally broke the metal around the hole for bolt #4. I swapped out the bracket and reassembled. Oh, you do have to drop the exhaust and lower the tranny to make work easier. I have the Bentley manual which is a must if you haven't bought it already.
My local BMW shop said this is a common problem and just gave me the an old bracket.
Hope this helps anyone since this was an old thread.
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:32 PM
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Close to the bottom of this link
http://garagistic.com/index.php?page...arrier-bushing
There are pictures of the transmission and where the linkage should connect. Hope this helps.
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