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E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 04-12-2017, 02:45 PM
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E30 hard to shift

I have owned my car for 6months and since i got it has always been really hard to shift, i have to wait for the revs to drop to put it in the next gear, sometimes i have to pump the clutch a lot to get it to even go in gear. It was so bad i snapped the shift linkage/selection rod because of how much pressure i was putting on it. even when the car is off i can't even fully slide it thru all the gears. i replaced the slave cylinder and it still occurred any ideas on what's wrong?


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Old 04-12-2017, 08:16 PM
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Not enough information yet. However, does your clutch engage all the way on the floor, meaning do you have to push the clutch to the floor to get the transmission in the first gear?
If yes there m be air in your system or misalignment.
If your clutch engages in the middle or towards the top than is not the clutch.
Its hard to say from here I would have to drive it.
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Old 04-12-2017, 08:22 PM
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Not enough information yet. However, does your clutch engage all the way on the floor, meaning do you have to push the clutch to the floor to get the transmission in the first gear?

If yes there m be air in your system or misalignment.

If your clutch engages in the middle or towards the top than is not the clutch.

Its hard to say from here I would have to drive it.


even when the car is off it is hard for me to go thru all the gears completely. i think it could be the synchros in the trans because reverse, 1st and 2nd are harder to get into gear than 3rd 4th and 5th. i have to pump the clutch multiple times sometimes just to get it to go into gear but the clutch does engage all the way to the floor.


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Old 04-15-2017, 09:23 PM
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E30 is known for wore out linkage. Synchronous gears grind and if that is not the case i would be suspicious of the linkage. If 3 4 5 shift great, then dont worry about the clutch. I had a e30 years back and the linkage was terrible, also rear transmission mounts were broke off.
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Old 04-15-2017, 09:26 PM
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Another ting why I think it is the shift linkage is because first second and the reverse are all the way to the left. Is the shifter loose?
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Old 04-15-2017, 09:29 PM
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Another ting why I think it is the shift linkage is because first second and the reverse are all the way to the left. Is the shifter loose?


yes it has a lot of play in it


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Old 04-16-2017, 12:15 AM
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If you have to pump the clutch to engage or shift, you most likely have slave cylinder bleeding problems.They are a real pain to get all the air out after replacing the slave cylinder.

Agree on the linkage being bad since it has the classic "all the way left to get it in reverse or first/second" symptom, but that wouldn't make it grind going into gear.
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Old 04-19-2017, 08:57 AM
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You never mentioned grinding in to the gear. If it shifts smooth to other gears I would fix the linkage.
Clutch with air in the system can be diagnosed easily, The pedal does not start engaging until the floor, or it gets better by pumping.
To get the air out there are many ways, but pressure bleeding the system by locking the piston with the prybar works for sure.( it like pressure bleeding the brakes)
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