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Old 01-02-2011, 06:43 PM
e36m31993 e36m31993 is offline
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Question 1st Gear

I'm curious as to whether 1st gear is 'notchy' for all manual cars.

I have an e36 m3, and 1st gear is a little tough to get into when the car is both moving (5-10 mph) or at a stand-still. If I blip the throttle or double-clutch, the shifter usually slides right into gear with no problem. Sometimes, however, the shifter feels as though it's being blocked. My previous car (a Subaru Impreza) was just like this, but I figured it was the build quality.

I just wanted to clarify this issue so as to make sure nothing is wrong with the trans (synchros, any of the gears, etc.).

Thanks for any input!

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Old 01-02-2011, 07:31 PM
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mine is doing the same thing so I would assume it is the car. If you have that problem just go into 2nd and then back into 1st with the clutch still engaged it usually works.
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Old 02-02-2011, 12:46 PM
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I sometimes get that problem also. Don't think anything is wrong with the car itself, but it is annoying. In addition to going 2nd-1st with the clutch in, you can also move the car backwards or forwards slightly with the clutch in. Seems to work for me.

Funny thing, I too thought I was the only one with this problem until reading this. Haha.
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Nope, I have heard this complaint from just about every ///m owner. Mine does it, along with the other 4 that I have driven in the past
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Wrong. They do not all do that. It's either worn 1st gear synchros or a worn clutch, or the shifter mechinism bushings are worn. I've owned my car almost 17 years and it doesn't.
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Old 02-08-2011, 10:57 PM
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Yep, notchy when coming to a stop
I think its a safety feature so you dont downshift into first on accident or something
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It is not a safety feature... See my post above.
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Wrong. They do not all do that. It's either worn 1st gear synchros or a worn clutch, or the shifter mechinism bushings are worn. I've owned my car almost 17 years and it doesn't.
You're right, both my e36's are notchy from the clutch stops. When I remove the clutch stops, there is no problem getting into first. I meant to say that its a really common problem, all the e36's I have driven have been that way (only about 7 cars though)
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You're right, both my e36's are notchy from the clutch stops. When I remove the clutch stops, there is no problem getting into first. I meant to say that its a really common problem, all the e36's I have driven have been that way (only about 7 cars though)
So do you think I should remove the clutch stop? I mean it's not that much trouble getting into first but if it's not good for the car I'd take it out.
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Old 02-24-2011, 06:11 AM
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Well, I put aftermarket adjustable clutch stops in my cars (great mod btw), so I can get rid of the problem by just lowering the stop. If you have the stock clutch stop in there, it will already be adjusted all the way to the floor. In that case, I would do a fluid change before going into the trans.
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