Welcome to Bimmerfest -- The #1 Online Community for BMW related information! Please enjoy the discussion forums below and share your experiences with the 200,000 current, new and past BMW owners. The forums are broken out by car model and into other special interest sections such as BMW European Delivery and a special forum to voice your questions to the many BMW dealers on the site to assist our members!

Please follow the links below to help get you started!

Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > M Series > E36 M3 (1995-1999)

E36 M3 (1995-1999)

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 10-18-2010, 11:32 AM
mshift2 mshift2 is offline
Registered User
Location: Brentwood, TN
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 4
Mein Auto: 1999 M3 convertible
Unhappy 1999 e36 3.2L automatic transmission problems

PLEASE HELP!

my car will downshift one or 2 gears randomly while driving, shooting the RMPS up. the when i come to a stop it will idle rough ranging from 400-600 rpm until it stalls. this can only be cured by bringing the car up to 6,000 rpm. happens in the fall and spring, maybe 20 times in the 4 years i've owned it. i also HAD a CEL on for my torque converter, related? i hope its just fluid or tranny mounts

im at a loss any help would be awesome!!!!

Last edited by mshift2; 12-06-2010 at 05:29 PM.
Reply With Quote
Ads by Google
  #2  
Old 10-22-2010, 07:29 PM
fun2drive's Avatar
fun2drive fun2drive is offline
BMWCCA 149159
Location: Panhandle of Florida
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 2,612
Mein Auto: 335 vert//M3/4/ 13Outback
CEL states that you have a torque converter problem? I wonder if this is caused by the TC locking up and not unlocking as it should which would surely stall the engine.
This is an electronically controlled transmission so I do think pulling all codes is in order first and foremost. Post what you find once all codes are read...
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 12-06-2010, 05:28 PM
mshift2 mshift2 is offline
Registered User
Location: Brentwood, TN
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 4
Mein Auto: 1999 M3 convertible
I cleared the codes a few months ago and they have yet to come back on. The transmission did however, downshift again 2 times in the past week. i'm thinking its somehow related to a part contracting due to the rapid cooling @ night from a warm temp in the day time????
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 12-07-2010, 02:54 PM
DAVIDZM DAVIDZM is offline
Registered User
Location: BAY AREA
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 8
Mein Auto: E36 M3, E46 M3
That's why you should always avoid buying any M in auto! GLW the repair
__________________
1989 BMW M3 ALPINE WHITE II/SRD MTECH CLOTH
1995 BMW M3 DAYTONA/DOVE SOLD
1995 BMW M3 AVUS/BLACK
1998 BMW M3 ESTORIL/DOVE SEDAN SOLD
1999 BMW M3 TITANIUM/DOVE CONV. SOLD
1999 BMW M3 COSMOS/SAND BEIGE SOLD
2003 BMW M5 ALPINE WHITE/BLACK SOLD
2004 BMW M3 SILVERGRAY/IMOLA
2007 BMW M5 SAPPHIRE/INDY
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 12-08-2010, 04:52 PM
fun2drive's Avatar
fun2drive fun2drive is offline
BMWCCA 149159
Location: Panhandle of Florida
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 2,612
Mein Auto: 335 vert//M3/4/ 13Outback
M3 autos go well over 200K miles if maintained so there is nothing wrong with them. For many of us who cannot have a manual for reason of having a wife who cannot drive one an auto makes sense. Fluid changes at 60K initially and 30K there after provide a long life. This is a ZF 5 spd and used in many BMWs with long life.
BMW's idiotic advice to never change the transmission fluid makes about as much sense as the 20K oil changes and results in premature transmission death...
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
transmission problems


Forum Navigation
Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > M Series > E36 M3 (1995-1999)
Today's Posts Search
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On



Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 11:31 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
© 2001-2011 performanceIX, Inc. All Rights Reserved .: guidelines .:. privacy .:. terms