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Is it normal for the automatic transmission on a 1996 Z3 to need to warm up before it shifts smoothly?

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  • buschaz Jul 13, 2009

    We called the local BMW dealership and they assured us that it is normal for the transmission to do that. He said with the lifetime fluid it needs to warm up.

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No, this is a situation that involves one or more of the shift solenoids that are inside the pan. These shift solenoids are malfunctioning at this time and, i recommend inspecting the transmission asap for faulty solenoids.

Posted on Jun 22, 2009

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    Michael Masters Jun 22, 2009

    Inspect the PCM or TCM as well. it controls the transmission shift points.

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Why does your 1996 have an automatic tranny? The automatics weren't introduced in the z3's until 1998 or 1999. Somebody probably changed out your transmission with a sub-par used one. Go back to a manual!

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