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Old 04-09-2014, 09:52 AM
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hey there,

my shifter assembly went out (can't go from "D" to "DS" on my 2008 328xi). The local supplier has a 2 week wait period so I'm thinking of importing from the US.

Any recommendations to a supplier on the east coast so that i can have the part brought up speedily to Toronto, Canada?

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Old 04-09-2014, 04:20 PM
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I think most people use getbmwparts.com, they are in MD
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Old 04-10-2014, 06:08 AM
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Old 04-10-2014, 06:54 AM
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It's a pretty simple fix to re-solder the wires yourself.

This is a common problem on the Auto trans.

I've fixed this issue many times without replacing the gear shift assembly. The wires are then rerouted to prevent the stress cracks in the insulation from happening again.
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Old 04-10-2014, 05:06 PM
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It's a pretty simple fix to re-solder the wires yourself.

This is a common problem on the Auto trans.

I've fixed this issue many times without replacing the gear shift assembly. The wires are then rerouted to prevent the stress cracks in the insulation from happening again.
Let me understand this better because there's a huge amount of cost to the parts involved - the shift assembly is $535 plus another couple of hundred in labor.

If the part doesn't have to replaced and even with getting an indy to do the work, it's a significant difference in expense.

SO: this problem is a wire problem or physical wear and tear of something mechanical on the assembly itself? Wires are easy to replace and fix. And way cheaper.

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Old 04-11-2014, 08:07 AM
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Let me understand this better because there's a huge amount of cost to the parts involved - the shift assembly is $535 plus another couple of hundred in labor.

If the part doesn't have to replaced and even with getting an indy to do the work, it's a significant difference in expense.

SO: this problem is a wire problem or physical wear and tear of something mechanical on the assembly itself? Wires are easy to replace and fix. And way cheaper.
This is a very common problem on early build E9x.

The wiring insulation in the gear shift assembly cracks and shorts along other wires.

Some wires are even stressed enough to break all the way through.

The repeated heat cycles/vibrations of the transmission cause this issue.

It's about 8 wires you need to repair. Not all will be broken but I always cut the harness in half and solder them all back together. After repairing the wiring, I recommend that you route them in a way that puts less stress on the wires and also keeps it away from the assembly to minimize heat exposure.

DIY guide can be found here: http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=511799

There is a small microswitch that needs to be removed. Take note of the orientation and how it is installed when you take it out.
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Old 04-11-2014, 06:30 PM
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This is a very common problem on early build E9x.

The wiring insulation in the gear shift assembly cracks and shorts along other wires.

Some wires are even stressed enough to break all the way through.

The repeated heat cycles/vibrations of the transmission cause this issue.

It's about 8 wires you need to repair. Not all will be broken but I always cut the harness in half and solder them all back together. After repairing the wiring, I recommend that you route them in a way that puts less stress on the wires and also keeps it away from the assembly to minimize heat exposure.

DIY guide can be found here: http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=511799

There is a small microswitch that needs to be removed. Take note of the orientation and how it is installed when you take it out.
Thank you, sir!!! This is awesome that I don't need to shell out $600 for the part now!
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