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Rampage330xi 02-24-2013 02:24 PM

01 330xi 5spd
 
Ok I bought this car Friday from a private party seller everything seems to be in pretty good condition except for a few cosmetic issues. I just have a could questions that I can't find anyone to answer.

1. The clutch was replaced about 250 miles ago but it still seemed hard to shift anywhere above 2.5k rpm so I took the clutch valve out. It's a little better but doesn't feel quite right yet. Any suggestions?

2. What are some good online websites to order parts from?

thecos 02-24-2013 03:04 PM

Hard to shift meaning to get into gear? Clutch delay valve wouldn't do anything to fix that. I'd check the trans fluid, shifter, bushings, and selector rod to make sure they are all in good condition.

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SamDoe1 02-24-2013 09:12 PM

You need to be a lot less vague... Define hard to shift.

Without knowing anything else I would start by draining the old fluid, putting ATF in, drive for ~1k mikes, drain again, and fill with MTL. I'm betting that the previous owner never changed the fluid. ATF will help clean up the insides, and MTL helps to make shifts a little easier.

Rampage330xi 02-28-2013 05:45 AM

It does seem like it's low on fluid. It doesn't grind or anything as if my mechanical parts are worn it's just a little too difficult. I pretty much have to force it into gear almost everytime I shift whether I'm shifting up or down. Extremely difficult to downshift.most of the time it won't let me downshift at all! Ill try cleaning it out real good I just didn't know if this was just a normally stiff car or not. The guy told me the power band on this car was between 2k and 2.5k which threw me completely off guard.

SamDoe1 02-28-2013 09:16 AM

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Originally Posted by Rampage330xi (Post 15205347)
It does seem like it's low on fluid. It doesn't grind or anything as if my mechanical parts are worn it's just a little too difficult. I pretty much have to force it into gear almost everytime I shift whether I'm shifting up or down. Extremely difficult to downshift.most of the time it won't let me downshift at all! Ill try cleaning it out real good I just didn't know if this was just a normally stiff car or not. The guy told me the power band on this car was between 2k and 2.5k which threw me completely off guard.

That guy was an idiot, the power is at the higher end.

No, the transmission should be like butter. The only shift that's notoriously hard is the 1-2 and 2-1 shift, but the rest should be like butter. I can shift mine with my pinky.


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