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Old 04-23-2014, 02:59 PM
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Help, my transmission wont go into gear!

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Been lurking for a while and needed to join to get some feedback.
Today on the way home from work, my manual transmission on my 2010 335i started malfunctioning.

From stop, in first, took off, then pushed clutch in, went to second "grind" ??
From that point, the car would not engage gears 2 4 6
It will engage gears 1 3 5 but to disengage, you must move the stick much lower than before, and once you do it more 'pops' out of gear.
Once stopped, I moved the shifter through the gears. It seems to engage 2 4 6 only after moving the shifter waaaay down almost inaccessible area.
When the shifter was in 1 3 5 it had a ton of free play.

The clutch pedal still has good feel, it seems. Never had other issues.

Because of the displacement of the gear engagement relative to the shifter, could this be linkage? Am I screwed?
I tried calling a local shop but they just said bring it in of course.

Any help is appreciated.

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Old 04-23-2014, 04:06 PM
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Ooo my god. And some one on here said you never have issues with a manual transmission
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Old 04-23-2014, 04:08 PM
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How about you crawl under the car and just look at it. Take some pics and post them. We are not genies
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Old 04-23-2014, 05:39 PM
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How about you crawl under the car and just look at it. Take some pics and post them. We are not genies
I do not fit under the car, nor do I have a jack or ramps at this time.
You clearly have nothing to add, move along.
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Old 04-23-2014, 08:21 PM
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Ooo my god. And some one on here said you never have issues with a manual transmission
Puh-Leeze! Where did ANYONE say that manual transmissions "never have issues"?
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Old 04-23-2014, 08:29 PM
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Hi All,

Been lurking for a while and needed to join to get some feedback.
Today on the way home from work, my manual transmission on my 2010 335i started malfunctioning.

From stop, in first, took off, then pushed clutch in, went to second "grind" ??
From that point, the car would not engage gears 2 4 6
It will engage gears 1 3 5 but to disengage, you must move the stick much lower than before, and once you do it more 'pops' out of gear.
Once stopped, I moved the shifter through the gears. It seems to engage 2 4 6 only after moving the shifter waaaay down almost inaccessible area.
When the shifter was in 1 3 5 it had a ton of free play.

The clutch pedal still has good feel, it seems. Never had other issues.

Because of the displacement of the gear engagement relative to the shifter, could this be linkage? Am I screwed?
I tried calling a local shop but they just said bring it in of course.

Any help is appreciated.
The fact that gears 1,3, & 5 engage makes it sounds like a shifter or shifter linkage issue.
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Old 04-26-2014, 06:28 AM
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I got under the car, and pulled the covers off to take a look. I could barely see the bottom of the shifter, let alone the linkage. I also pulled the shifter boot off to look from the top side.
At this point it must be the connection at the transmission or something inside..

I am having it looked at Monday, hoping it is just a linkage deal. Still disappointed that this happened on a car with only 60k.
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Old 04-26-2014, 06:56 AM
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Ooo my god. And some one on here said you never have issues with a manual transmission

Quite true - OP's issue clearly driver error.
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Old 04-26-2014, 07:00 AM
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I got under the car, and pulled the covers off to take a look. I could barely see the bottom of the shifter, let alone the linkage. I also pulled the shifter boot off to look from the top side.
At this point it must be the connection at the transmission or something inside..

I am having it looked at Monday, hoping it is just a linkage deal. Still disappointed that this happened on a car with only 60k.

Whoa! Back up the truck - "only" 60k??

Sir, you drive a BMW. BMW. 60k is a time for reflection, appreciation, and major maintenance. Walnut shells?
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Old 04-26-2014, 07:29 AM
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Puh-Leeze! Where did ANYONE say that manual transmissions "never have issues"?
LOL, you're too funny Bashed! Look at post 16 in the following thread.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=765874

I will say it does not sound like the transmission but more likely, as others have said, some sort of linkage issue.
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Old 04-26-2014, 07:52 AM
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I do not fit under the car, nor do I have a jack or ramps at this time.

You clearly have nothing to add, move along.

I second that. Stop being an ass to the guy. He just wants help. Best of luck buddy, I have nothing to add here unfortunately


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Old 04-27-2014, 12:37 PM
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To me it sounds like a shift linkage issue or trans mount issue


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Old 04-27-2014, 12:51 PM
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LOL, you're too funny Bashed! Look at post 16 in the following thread.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=765874

I will say it does not sound like the transmission but more likely, as others have said, some sort of linkage issue.
I looked at that post and here is what I said,

"I have never had a manual transmission that worked perfectly one day and then wouldn't even move the next day. I have seen many automatics suddenly fail with no warning."


Hardly the same thing as saying " And some one on here said you never have issues with a manual transmission."

Still hate automatics.
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Old 04-27-2014, 01:33 PM
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Been lurking for a while and needed to join to get some Feedback. Today on the way home from work, my manual transmission on my 2010 335i started malfunctioning.

Dude it's been 4 days. What's the haps?

Oh, and you do have a hydraulic clutch, don't you? Yup, sayin'
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Old 05-15-2014, 09:42 PM
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Dude it's been 4 days. What's the haps?

Oh, and you do have a hydraulic clutch, don't you? Yup, sayin'
Sorry for the delay,
I towed it personally to a shop and they called back the first day.

Apparently, a couple clips that hold a pin in place in the shift linkage were not in place. The shop that found the issue claim that those clips should not fall off, possibly the last shop sabotaged me!
The clips were lying on the transmission still, after they figured out the problem and re-installed the clips, the car drove perfectly fine.

This re-instills my confidence in the car, I was worried at first, but by no means do I have the view like other people "its a bmw, it will break at 60k miles blah blah"
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Old 05-16-2014, 10:26 AM
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Ooo my god. And some one on here said you never have issues with a manual transmission
That was me Quite a few posts popping up lately but I'm sure in the very small percentile range.

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Old 05-16-2014, 12:00 PM
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Sorry for the delay,
I towed it personally to a shop and they called back the first day.

Apparently, a couple clips that hold a pin in place in the shift linkage were not in place. The shop that found the issue claim that those clips should not fall off, possibly the last shop sabotaged me!
The clips were lying on the transmission still, after they figured out the problem and re-installed the clips, the car drove perfectly fine.

This re-instills my confidence in the car, I was worried at first, but by no means do I have the view like other people "its a bmw, it will break at 60k miles blah blah"

Thanks for reporting back.

Glad to hear it was nothing serious.
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Old 05-16-2014, 12:03 PM
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That was me Quite a few posts popping up lately but I'm sure in the very small percentile range.
I thought he was mocking something I had said. I still stand by the statement that manual transmissions have less problems, and when they do occur they are usually of a less serious and costly nature than an automatic transmission (as demonstrated in this case.)
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Old 05-16-2014, 06:29 PM
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Sorry for the delay,
I towed it personally to a shop and they called back the first day.

Apparently, a couple clips that hold a pin in place in the shift linkage were not in place. The shop that found the issue claim that those clips should not fall off, possibly the last shop sabotaged me!
The clips were lying on the transmission still, after they figured out the problem and re-installed the clips, the car drove perfectly fine.

This re-instills my confidence in the car, I was worried at first, but by no means do I have the view like other people "its a bmw, it will break at 60k miles blah blah"
You see why so many of us try our hardest to never take our cars to a shop.
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Old 05-16-2014, 06:34 PM
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Puh-Leeze! Where did ANYONE say that manual transmissions "never have issues"?
as they say, do a search and see the post on OMG my Manual never has issues like the AT have
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Old 05-16-2014, 06:41 PM
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How about you crawl under the car and just look at it. Take some pics and post them. We are not genies

My bad I should have said, get to the linkage, either under the car or under the console

which ever, I meant check the linkage to the selectors and by your reply maybe you would have noticed those missing pins, anyway to ALL get a Bentley Manual if you want to know How to fix your car, IF you are just going to take it to a shop to have it repaired , why the heck are you asking us what is wrong with it???????
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Old 05-16-2014, 06:51 PM
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if you're grinding - sounds like the clutch is toast (as in it is not disengaging). Pressure plate? Hydraulics?
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if you're grinding - sounds like the clutch is toast (as in it is not disengaging). Pressure plate? Hydraulics?
he got it fixed got to read the total thread
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Old 05-16-2014, 08:39 PM
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Sorry for the delay,
I towed it personally to a shop and they called back the first day.

Apparently, a couple clips that hold a pin in place in the shift linkage were not in place. The shop that found the issue claim that those clips should not fall off, possibly the last shop sabotaged me!
The clips were lying on the transmission still, after they figured out the problem and re-installed the clips, the car drove perfectly fine.

This re-instills my confidence in the car, I was worried at first, but by no means do I have the view like other people "its a bmw, it will break at 60k miles blah blah"

Well, you should do a pre-emptive valve blast at your mileage. At least look at them, but be prepared to shell out some bucks.
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Old 05-17-2014, 03:21 PM
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he got it fixed got to read the total thread
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