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Old 11-07-2012, 09:27 AM   #21
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change it see if it helps. aways start simple stuff.
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:28 AM   #22
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sell the car as is and allow no test drives
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:42 AM   #23
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sell the car as is and allow no test drives
Stop it! Now I know you're taking the p***!

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=954635

Read and absorb!

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Old 11-07-2012, 10:22 AM   #24
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try a flush it may help, if you get it looked at and it is on its way out do a manual swap. even if you pay to do it you are looking at 3000-4000 dollars. seems like alot but a rebuilt auto is 3500 anyways and repairing yours will be 3000 and you are still stuck with a tranny that has 209000kms on it. Someone on here is selling a manual swap kit for like 1000 dollars. (add 1000 for new clutch and random parts and you are golden). seems like a big job but i did it and i couldnt be happier.
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Old 11-07-2012, 10:43 AM   #25
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I'm gonna do the fluid change but swapping the tranny is just way out of my price range, i got maybe a 1000 in available cash right now. After fluids even less, so if i need a new tranny then looks like the car will be parked for a while. Currently i have practically no expendable income cause its gone to university. Hopefully the fluid and filter works, or else ill be taking the bus.
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:03 AM   #26
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Where are you located in Canada?
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:15 AM   #27
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Derek keep me updated..

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Old 11-07-2012, 11:47 AM   #28
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Currently i have practically no expendable income cause its gone to university.
You goofy Canadians.

Almost sounds to me like it might be low on fluid.. Do you know of any leaks? Puddles in the driveway at all?

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Old 11-07-2012, 12:02 PM   #29
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Please read in detail. This job MUST be done correctly.
If you indeed have the ZF 5HP19,
-Fluid: ESSO LT 71141
-Oem Gasket, Filter
-Job Cannot be done properly without measuring temperature. Period. (Small secret: while you generally need to plug into onboard diagnostics to read trans temp, you can use one of those temperature laser pointers to the pan and you will be very close)
-Verify shop knows what they are doing

Fill procedure: (there is NO alternative to this)
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/att...1&d=1257110016 page 4 and 5. This document will tell you absolutely everything about the transmission and how to service it. After reading it, you will probably know more than the shop.
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:02 PM   #30
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Also this thread is quite valuable
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=409201
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Old 11-07-2012, 01:54 PM   #31
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Shop has all that you talked of he said that he does the fluid changes all the time. Thinks that the fluid might fix it. I made sure he's using the proper fluid and everything plus pretty honest guy.

Also I live in London Ontario during the school year at my apartment and I'm in markham (north gta) the rest I the time.
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Old 11-07-2012, 02:15 PM   #32
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Please come back and tell us what that fluid change accomplishes.
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Old 11-07-2012, 10:02 PM   #33
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If the fluid doesn't fix the issue. Here are a few auto auctions near you.

http://www.adesapublicauctions.ca/
http://www.mckenzieauction.com/
http://www.barrieautoauction.com/
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Old 11-07-2012, 10:09 PM   #34
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If the fluid doesn't fix the issue. Here are a few auto auctions near you.

http://www.adesapublicauctions.ca/
http://www.mckenzieauction.com/
http://www.barrieautoauction.com/
No need for all that trouble dude.
Get a can of plasti-dip and dip the wheels, black out all corners and tail light, put a nice used $50 subwoofer in the trunk.

Unload the car at a high school nearest you!
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:53 AM   #35
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hey! i was thinking of plasti dipping my snow rims
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:18 AM   #36
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So just got the car back last night from my local shop. They adjusted my transmission linkage ? If that's the term, I know it's just the parts that connect the shifter to the tranny, anyway adjusted them so it goes into gear better now. Fluid flush and fill, new filter and gasket. Tranny shifts as it should now. Back to normal, so I'm pleased. Don't know how it will hold up in the future, but my first impressions are that the fluid fixed it. They guy also said I should be good to go for a while, he thinks there's quite a bit of life still in that old tranny.
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Old 11-24-2012, 08:27 AM   #37
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Good work. They are about 3000 to rebuild so im assuming you spent a few hundred?
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Old 11-24-2012, 10:40 AM   #38
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Spent 400, a little more then I should have but I'm satisfied that it was done by someone who knew what they were doing. Cause I wasn't comfortable DIYing anything with my transmission.
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Old 12-01-2012, 02:50 PM   #39
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Good job, hey 400 beats 4000
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Old 12-01-2012, 04:36 PM   #40
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I've had this SAME EXACT thing happen to me. Get the transmission Range Sensor checked, it fixed my problem. as well as your ATF, you never know if it leaks out or something.
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