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Old 07-16-2013, 05:27 AM
Goldeneye007 Goldeneye007 is offline
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Talking Z3 M Shifting problems solved

Well here is the ending to the shifting saga that recently came to haunt me and my 2000 M Roadster. After a long journey and reading many posts here on the forum, I finally found the answer to my problem. It was the clutch line pure and simple. I went through the whole chase like putting on slave cylinders, leaking tail shaft bushings, etc. and still no luck. When it got hot, and I should say warm, not really hot, it simply would not shift but worked great when cold. I took my car to Lake Wylie Euro and lo and behold in less than 45 minutes Nick, the owner, had me rolling and a huge smile on my face. It shifts like a brand new car. He installed the Stainless Steel line and WOW, what a difference. I have finally found a home to take my car as his work was quick, professional, and I should also add, very modest. To get this type of service is one thing, but on a BMW it is unheard of. I highly recommend him to anyone within driving distance because he will save you time, money and a lot of headaches. Well there it is, it was the clutch line. If you have this problem, I suggest you take a close look at replacing this often overlooked item. Who would have thought it was that simple. Not me!! Thanks again forum, you guys came through again. PS, while there a member of the local BMWCCA came in and invited me to join their club which I am getting ready to do. :thumbup
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Old 07-21-2013, 02:40 PM
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There is an orifice in the clutch line. That is designed to slow the speed of the fluid when you take your foot off the clutch so that the car will not stall when take off or spin the tires Over time I believe something happens that And causes the clutch issue
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