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318max 01-09-2013 08:20 PM

manual gear changing problems
Hi guys having a lot of problems from my 330ci basically since I've had it on the way home from picking it up, I went up to 4.5k/5k revs and it got stuck in gear, its happened about 4-5times now and it isn't a good feeling! Also the gear stick doesn't sit in the middle it sits to the right and gear changes arnt smooth.

Also when going from 2nd / 4th to 3rd / 5th its very difficult to get the correct gear, I mostly hit the wrong gears which is annoying

What the garage recommended was changing the gear linkage bushes.. It drove like a new car for 30mins, now its doing the same again :(

I went back to the garage and the head mechanic said that if it isn't fixed, then it will be something inside the transmission itself... now I am very worried that they are wrong and I will end up paying for a transmission rebuild only to find out its not the problem?

Also cause the gear stick/shifter is sitting off-centre it leads me to think its still related to gear linkage or something simple-ish !

I have made a little video before the linkages were done, since then there is less freeplay however its made no improvement but I hope you understand my accent :)


Any help would be so so so much appreciated, Thankyou!

nuk1ear 01-09-2013 08:31 PM

i dont know a great deal about 330CI, but typical things you check before going into the gearbox include:
-gear linkage bushings and assembly (sounds like you have done that)
-clutch master and slave cylinders, rebleed the system
-clutch adjustment for pedal play/throw, make sure that its actually full disengaging and fully engaging the clutch.
-make sure the car actually has the correct shifter arm? sounds like it could also be some homebrand short shifter from a different car?

the type of issue (cannot select the correct gears?) does not sound like an internal gearbox problem at all. Many shops when they see a euro car just see $$$ and wanna do as much work as possible to milk u dry

318max 01-09-2013 08:42 PM

Hi thanks for your help, the main problems are getting stuck in gears, and the gearstick isn't sitting in the middle, which means its very difficult to select the correct gear, and sometimes shifting isn't very smooth at all..

How would I check if the clutch is fully disengaging and engaging?

Im pretty sure everything is standard. the mechanic who did the bushes is quite knowledgeable when it comes to bmw's but I cant take his word when it comes to the problem being inside the transmission, he's adamant its not the gear linkage as he said all bushes are fine But I just have a feeling its not internal transmission problem..

Johal E32 01-09-2013 08:58 PM

Detent springs inside the transmission.



318max 01-09-2013 09:05 PM


Originally Posted by Johal E32 (Post 15046672)

wow that does seem like a very possible option the only thing it that doesn't add up is that it gets stuck ingear?

nuk1ear 01-10-2013 04:35 AM

yeh only just saw the video. Looks like the springs are completely stuffed.

318max 01-10-2013 09:21 AM


Originally Posted by nuk1ear (Post 15047472)
yeh only just saw the video. Looks like the springs are completely stuffed.

what do you think could be causing it to stick in gear at high rpm? thanks

nuk1ear 01-10-2013 10:46 PM

How old is the clutch? With my evo there are lots of issues with high RPM lockout

318max 01-11-2013 06:11 AM


Originally Posted by nuk1ear (Post 15050470)
How old is the clutch? With my evo there are lots of issues with high RPM lockout

car is on 90k but no paperwork for a clutch at all, seems to be fine not slipping or anything at the moment, guess ill find out when the Detent springs get done, transmission box will be removed for that so I guess the garage will let me know if the clutch needs doing too

im hoping that getting stuck in gear issue will be fixed by new detent springs and some fresh gearbox oil

//MPOSTER 10-27-2013 04:12 PM

manual gear changing problems
Hey sorry to reopen this thread but what was the final thing that you did to fix this issue? I am having something similar that the shifter doesn't stay in the middle in neutral position ?

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