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Only shifts into second gear, and the shift linkage seems way too far foreward theirs no room for first.

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Hi Zack, If we're talking about a manual transmission you may have to make modifications to the shift rod on your box. If memory serves correctly I believe there is an extension bracket on top of the box, with the lever fitted through it. The actual selector rod is below it and operated by the lever using the mounting as the fulcrum. The top mount will need to be removed and extended backwards, which will bring the selector lever back too. Make sure that you can select the rearward range of gears. Regards John

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SOURCE: Car not shifting into second gear

If the car is grinding when going into reverse, you need to have the clutch bled or repaired.

If it goes into reverse with out grinding, I am sorry to tell you your problem is internal to the gearbox. Bad or damaged Syncro

Good luck



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SOURCE: This is a 1987 325i convertible, with a manual 5

Generally when you have a problem with your car 'popping' out of a gear, it the shifter linkage. Shift linkage has a lot to do with the transmission. I recommend going to a shop you trust and asking them to check the shift linkage and adjust if needed. If that doesn't fix it, its your tranny and that will be expensive.

Posted on Sep 15, 2009

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SOURCE: shifting to second and fourth hard to find gear

The BMW uses automatic transmissions produced by GM, as do many other manufacturers around the world. From Honda and Suzuki to Rolls Royce and Sterling, GM transmissions are used. The problem is all the cutesy programming and add-ons that the manufacturers upload into the onboard computers, programs intended to convey or impart feelings or performance, luxury, status or power.
At the end of the day, an automatic transmission is really only responsible for changing from one gear to the next to move the car in the desired direction, and internally, the transmissions in use in several brands world are still just GM automatics, and when they are abused, they fail.
If your car has over 75,000 miles on it, what you have described is a dead 1-2 and 3-4 clutch pack, a damaged sun gear reaction shell, and soon the transmission will suffer hard part damage internally, and then you will go only at the end of a tow truck. Before that happens, quit driving the car and have the transmission rebuilt. Tell the buiilder you want it built much stronger than stock. This will cost you about 500-800 bucks more than a stock rebuild, but it is worth it, trust me. Do that, and you can drive it like you stole it.
I have been building engines and transmissions for thirty-five years, and I know what is wrong with your car. No fluid and filter change, or fluid additive will fix this one. Sorry; I know that is not what you wanted to hear.

Posted on Feb 22, 2010

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SOURCE: 1995 325ic A4S-270R Transmission Trans would bang

transmission shifter module. could also be the final shifter solenoid.

Posted on Aug 10, 2010

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