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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 06-24-2013, 07:41 AM
ericwest ericwest is offline
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99 323I with gm trans. did a weird thing. stopped working for 10 minutes...why???...

I was driving and everything was fine...this car is a 99 323i with gm auto trans...came to a stop sign and then the car didnt want to go again...car accelerated very SLOW...barely going forward....I pulled over...tried to get back on the road...but the same thing...so pulled over and turned it off...called AAA...then about 15 minutes later while waiting I started it again and tried it again and it ran perfect!..put 50 miles on it with out a problem.... any ideas what might have caused this????....I just found out that you have to get under the car to check and add trans fluid and I have not done this yet... would low or burned or lousy fluid cause an intermittent issue like this? or would it be a trans fault? maybe the trans control box behind the glove box??..your help would BE GREATLY appreciated!!...
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Old 06-28-2013, 07:28 PM
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When you pulled over and shut it off, you reset the transmission. It was in failsafe mode when you left the stop sign, which is third gear. Get it scanned and post up the codes.
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