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Old 11-21-2012, 12:17 PM   #2
jdstrickland
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Read this, http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=706809


Me thinks you have a solenoid problem. The part is $90-ish, and takes about 15 minutes to replace after you have the bottom pan off of the transmission.

The DIFFERENCE in the drum failure and the solenoid failure is that the drum is a fatal condition, the car will never ever go backwards again. If the solenoid is stuck, then the car will go backward again, but you never know when it will or will not do it. With a bad solenoid, the car will randomly go into reverse when you select R. You never know if it will work or not. Obviously, it will usually work when it doesn't matter if it works, and it will always fail when it really really needs to work, but this is just part of the randomness of it all.
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