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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 08-11-2013, 11:35 PM
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My 97 328is is acting up. I cant go fast in 1st gear?

Okay, so I have a 1997 328is, everytime i try to step on the gas and give it, my car goes into what almost seems like the anti-slip and my car lunges and revs up and down. But if i just ease into 1st and gradually speed up it works perfectly fine, and none of my other gears have a problem. I personally think it may just be a sensor or something but I just dont know exactly what it is ? Does anybody know and could give me some imput please ? Thanks
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Old 08-12-2013, 02:21 AM
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Old 08-12-2013, 05:59 AM
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Tires are fine, no snow, 5speed manual tranny, and i dont think the traction control is the problem i tried with it both on and off
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Old 08-12-2013, 06:04 AM
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Hehe, I had a similar issue, but let me ask... do you hear hesitation from the engine or any popping sounds (like a backfire) when you punch the throttle in first gear?
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Old 08-12-2013, 06:25 AM
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No backfire no, just the car revs up and down
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Old 08-12-2013, 06:50 AM
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No backfire no, just the car revs up and down
Sounds like your traction control may be getting ready to go poopoo. Do you hear any engine hesitation?
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Old 08-12-2013, 11:13 AM
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If the engine revs up but the tires aren't spinning and the car isn't moving faster, this sounds to me like a slipping clutch. If the traction control was kicking in, you'd see the flashing light on the instrument cluster, and it would cut throttle and apply brakes.
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Old 08-12-2013, 05:44 PM
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Re: My 97 328is is acting up. I cant go fast in 1st gear?

Just first gear? Does it feel fine if you go over 3000rpm?

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Old 08-12-2013, 06:16 PM
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The clutch is definately not slipping its a year and a half old and it seems to grab perfectly fine, and Yes it feels fine after 3000rpm
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Old 08-12-2013, 06:18 PM
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Re: My 97 328is is acting up. I cant go fast in 1st gea

I think it s the vanos seal..
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Old 08-12-2013, 06:22 PM
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Re: My 97 328is is acting up. I cant go fast in 1st gear?

I wud Check the tps throttle position sensor and the mass air flow sensor and vacuum leaks first...because if it s the vanos .it takes time and special tools to replace...

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Old 08-12-2013, 10:09 PM
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Alright well thanks for all the imput im definately going to be checking all this things out and hopefully i can figure it out or ill take it to a shop pr something
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Old 08-13-2013, 05:57 AM
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Yeah, might be the VANOS seal or VANOS itself getting ready to go to Kansas. Or even the spring plates on the cam gears. Who knows!
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