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BMW sluggish transmission problem, help.!

I have a 1992 325i automatic, that over the past 2 months the tranny has gone all sluggish. The car was lost a lot of it's speed and the kick down acellerator wasn;t up to much anymore.

I had a tranny oil change, new gasket and filter. The car is now almost as fast as I used to be and shifts like a champeon when the tranny is hot.

But, the tranny when cold takes time to change gear. Sometimes the engine passes it's rpm range when the tranny should change then slams into gear, also when I brake hard it goes into nuetral and if the engine is reving slightly more then idle speed it slams into first with a lurch. If I stop suddenly I have to stop all together and wait for it to change back into first so it doesn't slam back into gear. Very annoying.!

Any ideas guys?

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At that age its a rebuild or re manufactured unit. I'll be expensive. Probably more cost effective to replace car.

Posted on Apr 02, 2017

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have you checked fluid? it sounds like a low fluid issue

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the idle air control solenoid or a vacuum leak on backside of intake the hose that goes to pcv valve.they are both common problems on this car.check for vacuum leak firstthanks for your question....

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you may find the valves in the gearbox are sticking

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Check the transmission fluid level, see if there is any foaming in the fluid which is bad, and condition, If the fluid is low the transmission fluid pressure could be low and if the transmission fluid filter is dirty, that could also be restricted the fluid flow.
The transmission fluid should be bright red like strawberry in colour, if it's dark like burgundy then it's time to change the transmission oil and filter. The hard down shifting could be a servo that is sticking caused by dirt in the fluid, have a Transmission shop service the transmission and scan the car's ECM for any codes that may be causing your shifting problem.
Good luck and hope this helps.

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SOURCE: Hard shift from 1st to 2nd. Engine rpm goes to 3000.

the tranny is slipping ,,in other words its starting to go.

Posted on Jun 27, 2009

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