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2003 mr2 won't shift into 1st or 2nd gear and grinds

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If this is a manual transmission, you may have a problem with the synchronizer. You will need to take it to a transmission shop to evaluate the problem correctly.

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SOURCE: It's an automatic but it won't shift from 2nd to 3rd.

You're a *******

Posted on Apr 27, 2009

SOURCE: transmission won't shift to 2nd and 3rd gears goes from 1st to 4th.

Doesn't sound like a simple fix. I would suggest having it serviced.

Posted on May 05, 2009

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SOURCE: Trouble shifting gears. Gears grinding while

YOU NEED TO TAKE YOUR TRANS OUT AND HAVE IT REBUILT, THE SYNCHROS ARE WORN OUT!!
THAT IS WHY YOU HAVE TROUBLE SHIFTING GEARS!!

Posted on Jul 01, 2009

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SOURCE: 1994 325 BMW shifting from 1st - 2nd gear is hard

unfortunately yes it does.its sounds like your 2nd gear synchro is out.unfortunately your tranny needs to come out to fix it.does it only between 1-2? or other gears? if all gears your cutch is goin but just between 2 specific gears a synchro times the gear teeth so they lock in and its off and teeth on the gears are the grinding you are hearing.sorry to have to tell yah that one.i always loved my old 325 is model always fun to drive.

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SOURCE: clunk in transmission shifting from 1st gear to 2nd gear

sounds like broken trans mount

Posted on Dec 05, 2009

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