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Old 05-10-2012, 02:02 AM   #41
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As this article proves, Yahoo News is an oxymoron. It is nothing more than some idiot Journalism School Graduate that:
- Did not have the foresight 4 to 6 years ago to see that a career in Journalisim, working at a newspaper or a magazine, was about as useful as getting a degree in Typewriter Repair.
- Is a person that has no knowledge of the subject they are writing about
- Is also a person who is not actually not writing anything, but is just collecting snippets of articles written by people who also don't have a lot of knowledge of the particular subject they are writing about.

Seriously, Yahoo News just collects pieces of other websites articles, and strings them together into something that looks like it could be a news story. They don't interview people, they take a piece of an interview of a person, and then post a link to the actual interview. I particularly liked the advice that leaving a car idling while running into a store or coffee shop was bad for the environment. It is also bad for the car, if you want it to be there when you get back. This applies to about 2% of Americans who actually live in a town where there is not a single meth head that would jump into a running car and sell it for $50, which is like one Amish town in Ohio. Hell, even they have the sense to tie up their horses and buggies.
I agree that yahoo articles are what they are, but I wish people would post articles as to the claims they make. LOL on the horses and buggies
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:36 AM   #42
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Same problem revving to 4k in d and reverse and moving at 2-3 mph once warmed up running fine ,,,, help
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Old 11-10-2012, 07:07 PM   #43
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@Kirky ... my problem was not enough transmission oil,,,even after I changed it, I had was low 1 quart,,, filled it again on a level surface and problem resolved
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Old 11-11-2012, 12:38 AM   #44
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I had this same issue about a month back with my 325 @ 200k miles. Try to drive it to shop, and get the transmission range sensor checked. Should cost you like 100+ the price for the part. Don't worry, try throwing it into neutral, and just ramming the gas as well, just to warm it up, and once the car is a little warmer, shut it off, and start again, and the problem should be temporarily gone. But get that range sensor checked.
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Old 11-11-2012, 03:53 AM   #45
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-_- guys there is a sticky about this very issue and a very cool and crazy DIY fix for this... It has something to do with one of the Solenoids not building enough pressure to engage. The software fix BMW issued raises initial pressure and in theory should fix it... And no i am not talking about the TCC no reverse solenoid you will have to do a quick forum search but I promise it's there there is even an official BMW issued statement about this
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:10 PM   #46
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I had this issue myself the past two weeks. I'd previously done a transmission fluid drain/fill with filter swap back at 70,000 miles using Redline D4 ATF. Worked great for 25,000 miles. Then had a cold snap (several nights in the 30s), and each morning the car would sit there (in D) for about 15 seconds before it felt like the transmission actually took hold. After warming up, everything was fine.

Reading up, looks like a software change could fix it (increase fluid pressure to the C1 clutch or something?). But since I was planning on doing a fluid refresh in the spring anyway, I did the drain/fill this past Friday. $51 for the filter/gasket, $32 for 7 quarts of SuperTech Dexron VI fluid. Since low fluid was likely an issue and the fill plug is toward the rear of the tranny pan, I raised the rear of the car up slightly higher than the front (about 2") when filling. Used about 6.25 quarts total, making sure to go through P-R-N-D-N-R-P several times (slowly) while everything was warming up.

I've had no issues in the mornings since. Transmission picks right up at the turn of the key. If it becomes an issue again during the winter, I'll drop the $100 or whatever to get the dealer to reprogram the tranny, but (fingers crossed) it looks like the fluid change did the trick.
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Old 03-26-2013, 05:40 PM   #47
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, I raised the rear of the car up slightly higher than the front (about 2") when filling.
This is an important point, use a level to be sure the transmission is level when filling it. You must put the level on the lip of the pan where the bolts squeeze down on the gasket to measure it level, the belly of the pan itself is misshapen and slanted for fluid purposes.

This is probably the biggest reason people have them underfull. I did mine for this same reason lately and I noticed this about leveling.
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Old 03-26-2013, 05:44 PM   #48
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car is at 70,000 miles, kinda nervous about doing a transmission fluid change at this point. How can I check if Im leaking or low on fluid?
70K is a good time to change the fluid. Now if your car had more like 130K then I would understand your hesitation.
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Old 03-27-2013, 02:42 AM   #49
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70K is a good time to change the fluid. Now if your car had more like 130K then I would understand your hesitation.
believe it or not, I did my first transmission fluid change at 175K, cars runs great,,,i didn't listen to the myths, didn't hesitate,,,car now just hit 200K and going strong, running better than before the change, i am glad i did it
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Old 03-27-2013, 05:28 PM   #50
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I did my first change at 120K and so far smooth as silk too.
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