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Kittepunch 11-04-2012 11:51 PM

Transmission warning light on a manual?
 
2003 325xi manual here.

This warning light showed up a bout a month ago, and I'm not too sure why.

http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/8...703transmi.jpg

The car doesn't feel any different, my transmission is smooth, my clutch doesn't slip, nothing feels off. I checked the owner's manual and it only mentions this light showing up on the automatic transmission - nothing about manual. My CEL is also on, but I believe that's because of my missing ambient temp sensor (I read that somewhere else).

Note that despite my transmission not feeling a little off, I do sometimes smell a "hot" smell if I push the car a little harder than usual (quick acceleration, high top speed, etc).

Any insight is much appreciated - sorry if wrong forum.

Edit: Not my picture. The only warning lights present on the dash are the gear symbol and the CEL. Also, the car has 175000 km's on it.

330i ZHP 11-04-2012 11:58 PM

WTH - that doesnt seem possible

get us the codes

the computer doesnt monitor the manual transmission at all

Kittepunch 11-05-2012 12:05 AM

I don't have an OBD yet, unfortunately...

jasonbimmer 11-05-2012 10:40 AM

either it had a replacement cluster or your car was converted to a manual.
factory manual does not have that screen in the cluster.

Kittepunch 11-05-2012 12:27 PM

So generally speaking, I shouldn't be worried? It may be a replacement cluster, because the car was marked as salvage by a previous owner on the Carfax.

///MPR77 11-05-2012 12:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kittepunch (Post 14873149)
So generally speaking, I shouldn't be worried? It may be a replacement cluster, because the car was marked as salvage by a previous owner on the Carfax.

Is there a little dot on the cluster by the trip meter?
It's called a tamper dot, which indicates it's been changed.

If not probably a manual swap.

Has the light been on since you've had the car?

Kittepunch 11-05-2012 04:09 PM

Yeah, the tamper dot is there. Here's my dash (still not used to the speedo in mph, haha):

http://i.imgur.com/zT4JK.jpg

The car was marked as salvaged/rebuilt at around the 3rd owner on the Carfax. Could it be that the dash was replaced due to an accident, or should I be really worried about this? Carfax mileage checks out.

e46alfonso 11-05-2012 04:26 PM

Do you own that car or are thinking about buying it? I hope you didn't spend your hard earned money on that piece of crap.

Kittepunch 11-05-2012 04:32 PM

Yeah, I bought it for 7k a few months ago. It was sorta of a learners/project car. I have plans to make it beautiful again.

///MPR77 11-05-2012 04:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kittepunch (Post 14873885)
Yeah, I bought it for 7k a few months ago. It was sorta of a learners/project car. I have plans to make it beautiful again.

Now to find out how many miles are on your car.
Take it to a dealer, and have them scan your key.


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