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Old 11-21-2012, 08:03 PM
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2000, 323I Tranny Problem - limp mode

So I tried searching and reading to see if anyone here has had the same problem I am having and while I found a lot of things kinda close nothing spot on.
Got a E46 from a used dealer recently, drove it an hour and a half home and it drove perfectly (with the exception of finding out the gas gauge is not accurate and running out on the side of the road).
Drove around a few days with no problems, all the sudden after I drive about 15 minutes the transmission light (gear with a !) comes on and I am stuck in 4th gear.
Once I stop and let it cool off for a minute it goes away but comes back on pretty quickly.
I popped the hood after driving it home the day I got it and all seemed well but now if I pop the hood after driving everything feels to hot (but the car is not overheating at all, steady at 12 o'clock on the gauge)
I really don't know where to start. Please Help!!! http://s1.bimmerfest.com/forums/imag...lies/mecry.gif_a_

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Old 12-20-2013, 01:53 PM
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just thought I would take a minute and post that after driving the car in this condition for a long time i finally did enough research to decide to rebuild my transmission myself, It went pretty well and It almost completely solved my problems but after a little bit also discovered that the transmission cooler thermostat was busted to hell, if I had learned that earlier my transmission would probably not have failed. Although I was not overheating it was causing my transmission to run hot which is what was causing my problems.

I just wanted to post that because I have seen very few people actually solve their transmission light problems and just thought I would share.
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Old 01-23-2014, 03:19 AM
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Check this post.

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Old 01-23-2014, 09:55 PM
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Good post OP, may help someone out.
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