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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 08-11-2007, 07:24 AM
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acceleration and changing gear problem when cold

I don't know how to describe this problem but its been happening for past 2 weeks now and seems like its getting worse. When the car is cold usually in the morning it hesitate to drive and just first 2 gears have problem changing. It SEEMS like that I have my foot hard on the gas so the rpm go way up but i'm just driving normal and i'm not accelerating the car hard or anything it does it by it self...... Its so weird please help me!!! THANKS!
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Old 08-11-2007, 07:34 AM
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Is possible your auto choke is not functioning properly buddy

Is also possible a sensor is playing up i guess, have you tried doing the pedal trick to see if any codes are being logged? Doesn't work for all cars but is worth a try as yours is 1994

To run through the 4-digit code data on your car, put the key in the ignition and turn to the 2nd position, where all the cluster lights come on. Within a second, tap the accelerator pedal (fully) 5 times in rapid succession (total time about 3 seconds). The check-engine light will flash once and then turn off. It will then flash a certain number of times, turn off, flash another number of times and then do it twice more. If there are other codes it will then flash these. For example.... "flash... flashflash... flash... flashflashflash" would be a code of 1213 (whatever that is). If your car is telling you certain codes, you can crossreference these codes online and see if they mean anything's wrong. You will need to know the exact year and engine in your car when you search for a code list, as they differ by engine.
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Old 08-11-2007, 07:48 AM
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The pedal trick !!! I have to try that !!!
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Old 08-11-2007, 07:59 AM
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Wont work on your car buddy

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Old 08-11-2007, 08:07 AM
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Ofcourse not. Imagine it did, I would do it ever morning man!!! Honda's also have a similar way of pulling the codes, but the cluster goes haywire !!! As in all the gauges will turn fully a couple of times or turn and stay at maximum till youre donw pulling hte codes. Also uses the check engine light aswell.
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Old 08-11-2007, 08:32 AM
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You can do the needle check

1. Engine off, Key off (position 0)
2. Press and hold the mileage reset button
3. Turn Key to Position 1
4. Release the button

Just makes all the gauges go right round and back

Off thread i know but your post jogged my memory
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Old 08-11-2007, 09:57 AM
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Nice! Our top mechanic knows it all, so I'll just call him for anything!

For some reason I think you even know how to hotwire Pete !!
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Old 08-11-2007, 10:03 AM
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You can do the needle check

1. Engine off, Key off (position 0)
2. Press and hold the mileage reset button
3. Turn Key to Position 1
4. Release the button

Just makes all the gauges go right round and back

Off thread i know but your post jogged my memory
Wow, I may do that just for the hell of it!
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Hope it doesn't endu as a habbit !!
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Old 08-11-2007, 01:51 PM
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So would that little pedal trick work for anything hooked up the computer? Like say...an srs light?
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Old 08-11-2007, 02:20 PM
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It only shows you error codes held in the OBC buddy
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You can do the needle check

1. Engine off, Key off (position 0)
2. Press and hold the mileage reset button
3. Turn Key to Position 1
4. Release the button

Just makes all the gauges go right round and back

Off thread i know but your post jogged my memory
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Wow, I may do that just for the hell of it!
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Old 08-12-2007, 01:44 AM
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Time for a new clutch. Your clutch is probably slipping. Happened to my dad as he was going uphill, almost couldnt go all the way up.
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Old 08-12-2007, 02:54 AM
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Time for a new clutch. Your clutch is probably slipping. Happened to my dad as he was going uphill, almost couldnt go all the way up.
Now that you mention it, it sounds EXACTLY like the clutch is the problem! I suppose because 1st and 2nd have more engine breaking and resistance that it loads the clutch more for the same RPM as in the higher gears? So they would be the first to slip?
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Possible!

Maybe the clutch cylinder though when the fluid is cold
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Old 08-12-2007, 03:49 PM
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This is good: things I'll need to know --DON'T LAUGH-- haha --- I have never owned a 5-spd. I know, I know, I'm missing out.

No one ever showed me how, and every time i got a new car, I didn't want to screw it up because I didn't know how to drive it I know you can screw cars up if you don't.

But I am gonna get a 5-spd BMW, I don't know when, but soon!
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We all have to learn at some point buddy, we are not born with this knowledge..unfortunately
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Yes, but, Pirate, what do you think about Steptronic-- that is, a manual without a clutch?
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Love steptronic mate our E39 had one
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You know, the -push-a-button-change-the-gears- -- I would think that besides taking away some fun and challenge, it actually improves the primary purpose of a manual: to decrease the reaction time and increase the car's ability to reach its fullest potential. Since it takes less thought -and time- to push the button than it does to press in the clutch, change the gear, and gradually decrease the pressure on the clutch while maintaining a direct parallel opposite constant on the acceleration-- saving time improves the sole purpose of a manual, to manually shift in a faster and more efficient way, and without many of the risks of a manual with a clutch. What do you think?
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What is the earliest make/model BMW with a Steptronic? Is it possible to get a 3-series, maybe even E36 (probably not the E36) with a Steptronic?
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and, how much would it cost to PUT a Steptronic in a car that had an automatic?
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What is the earliest make/model BMW with a Steptronic? Is it possible to get a 3-series, maybe even E36 (probably not the E36) with a Steptronic?
am sure the later ones do
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