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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 07-21-2014, 09:09 AM
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Transmission stuck in 5th gear

Hi everyone....New Bimmer owner. I have an 02 325i. It has high miles at 205,000. I noticed the tranny fluid dark brown and smelled burnt. So, I decided to change the fluid and filter. Everything went well I thought....until I dropped it on the ground and went for a test drive. Now I only have one gear 5th. What did I do wrong and how do I get my quick 325i back?

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Old 07-21-2014, 09:22 AM
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How do you know your in 5th?
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Old 07-21-2014, 11:03 AM
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I get up to 80 mph on the free way. It starts off so slow. Doesn't shift gears and I have the cog with question mark on dashboard.

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Old 07-21-2014, 11:05 AM
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with 205k miles and an automatic. I think it's safe to say you need another transmission. You can buy used autos all over the net for really cheap. Or if your in Socal I can get you a rebuild to factory new plus various mounts etc for under $1,600 or so.
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Old 07-21-2014, 11:27 AM
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What fluid did you put in it? Brand name etc of the fluid.
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Old 07-21-2014, 11:50 AM
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I'm pretty sure that I have to get a new tranny. I was just hoping that it was minor and easy...lol

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Old 07-21-2014, 12:29 PM
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IF you put the wrong fluid in it thats exactly what it does.
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Old 07-21-2014, 03:36 PM
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Yes it does....I'm learning this out the only way I know. The hard way....it's all good. I put valvoline Dex/merc ATF. The wrong fluid. Wow I feel really dumb.

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Yes it does....I'm learning this out the only way I know. The hard way....it's all good. I put valvoline Dex/merc ATF. The wrong fluid. Wow I feel really dumb.

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wait seriously?
The good thing is, at least you put fluid in it that won't entirely damage it anymore than it already is probably.
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Has nothing to do with that fluid. Did you do the proper procedure, temperature, etc wise? My bet the problem is the level of fluid. Dex 3 which you put would not harm anything immediately...


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Old 07-21-2014, 08:37 PM
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If he filled it without running it, temp proper etc that wouldnt cause it to go to limp mode right off the bat. Put dex 3 in a zf and bam pissed off trans.

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I didnt bother getting him to read the tag etc since he seemed to of determined he needed different fluid.
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