E46 BMW Social Directory E46 FAQ 3-Series Discussion Forums BMW Photo Gallery BMW 3-Series Technical Information E46 Fanatics - The Ultimate BMW Resource BMW Vendors General E46 Forum The Tire Rack's Tire Wheel Forum Forced Induction Forum The Off-Topic The E46 BMW Showroom For Sale, For Trade or Wanting to Buy

Welcome to the E46Fanatics forums. E46Fanatics is the premiere website for BMW 3 series owners around the world with interactive forums, a geographical enthusiast directory, photo galleries, and technical information for BMW enthusiasts.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.

Go Back   E46Fanatics > E46 BMW > General E46 Forum

General E46 Forum
This is the place to get answers, opinions and everything you need related to your E46 (sedan, coupe, convertible and wagon) BMW!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rating: Thread Rating: 41 votes, 3.90 average. Display Modes
Old 03-20-2013, 11:07 AM   #341
BMWCaptain
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: TEXAS - Where I give Real World advice and don't just criticize others. People here need to RESPECT other's opinions!
Posts: 1,586
My Ride: 03 325iT SportWagon
Cool

Quote:
Originally Posted by lszlszx View Post
Did GM correct the problem, or is the GM transmission not used in the 02' and later cars?
I have a 2003 325iT Sport Wagon and it has the GM 5L40e transmission.
__________________
Founding Member of the Club of Dangerous Fanatics

Engine swap, HG, tranny swap, GM & ZF tranny rebuilds, shocks, struts, brakes, WPs, Thermostats, belts, tensioners, fuel pumps, radiators, window regs, hoses, PS pump, Spark Plugs, VCGs, coils, fuel filters, CVVs, VANOS seals, rack, LCABs, Exp. Tanks, OFHGs, RCABs, OP, boots, ABS, GUIDOs, starter, A/C, DISA, Diff, SAP

Ultra Premium Grand 10 Star+ Super Duper BMW-pedic Sport Plus +++

Last edited by BMWCaptain; 03-20-2013 at 11:32 AM.
BMWCaptain is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2013, 04:18 PM   #342
lszlszx
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Venice, CA
Posts: 3,818
My Ride: 328i, XC70
Quote:
Originally Posted by BMWCaptain View Post
I have a 2003 325iT Sport Wagon and it has the GM 5L40e transmission.
By 2002 BMW might have realized that there was a problem and made them better.
lszlszx is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2013, 10:05 AM   #343
jrcarter_2000
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: usa
Posts: 117
My Ride: 323i
i have the GM tranny with 120K miles
jrcarter_2000 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2013, 05:09 PM   #344
lszlszx
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Venice, CA
Posts: 3,818
My Ride: 328i, XC70
Quote:
Originally Posted by jrcarter_2000 View Post
i have the GM tranny with 120K miles
Reason why I asked because, it wouldn't make sense to put a
new valve body in a high mileage tranny, but 120K is reasonably low.
lszlszx is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2013, 05:22 AM   #345
Juan-kirk
Banned User
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 5
Nice information but it can be complexed.
Juan-kirk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2013, 10:10 AM   #346
lszlszx
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Venice, CA
Posts: 3,818
My Ride: 328i, XC70
Quote:
Originally Posted by Juan-kirk View Post
Nice information but it can be complexed.
Yes, it's a lot of information. I've read the entire thread and what I walked away with is that while there is a limited chance of fixing the no-reverse condition by replacing the TCC solenoid, if you are mechanically inclined, there is a lot you can do by DIY.

Last edited by lszlszx; 04-15-2013 at 09:32 PM.
lszlszx is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2013, 10:29 AM   #347
bumere46
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Dunk City, FL
Posts: 1,221
My Ride: E92
yeah, very few 02's had this problem.
never seen trans failure in 03's and up
bumere46 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2013, 08:28 PM   #348
lszlszx
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Venice, CA
Posts: 3,818
My Ride: 328i, XC70
So here is my story, it might help someone. A month after I bought my car, the reverse went out.
I was hopeful that changing the fluid and the TCC solenoid would fix the problem, but it didn't. What I noticed that the inlet filter was missing on the old solenoid. See on the right:




I figured those broken pieces were wreaking havoc inside the transmission, so I removed and disassembled the valve body. Sure enough, I found them - at least most of them - inside the bore, see below:





Here you can see them better. These broken pieces could have prevented the plunger from moving, or reduced fuel pressure by restricting flow.



If you do this, be careful when handling the valve body, there are these plastic balls placed at strategic places that control the fluid flow. No matter how careful I was, the balls moved. Luckily with the help of this photo that I took after separating the valve body,I was able to replace them.
At this point, I was not even worried about the reverse, I just didn't want to
lose the forward gears.



Other than that, the valve body isn't that complicated.



Well, I put it back together and it all worked including the reverse.
This was at the beginning of february and at this time, Edit: October still works.


Last edited by lszlszx; 10-03-2013 at 06:19 PM.
lszlszx is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2013, 08:52 PM   #349
BMWCaptain
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: TEXAS - Where I give Real World advice and don't just criticize others. People here need to RESPECT other's opinions!
Posts: 1,586
My Ride: 03 325iT SportWagon
That is great work! Glad to see you found your reverse issue and fixed it yourself. This is the kind of repairs I like.

I am sure this will help others who have a reverse issue.
__________________
Founding Member of the Club of Dangerous Fanatics

Engine swap, HG, tranny swap, GM & ZF tranny rebuilds, shocks, struts, brakes, WPs, Thermostats, belts, tensioners, fuel pumps, radiators, window regs, hoses, PS pump, Spark Plugs, VCGs, coils, fuel filters, CVVs, VANOS seals, rack, LCABs, Exp. Tanks, OFHGs, RCABs, OP, boots, ABS, GUIDOs, starter, A/C, DISA, Diff, SAP

Ultra Premium Grand 10 Star+ Super Duper BMW-pedic Sport Plus +++
BMWCaptain is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2013, 08:57 PM   #350
lszlszx
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Venice, CA
Posts: 3,818
My Ride: 328i, XC70
Thanks a lot BMWCaptain!
lszlszx is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2013, 09:46 AM   #351
danfey
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: canada
Posts: 4
My Ride: BMW 2000 328 ci
hi! my 00 328ci A/T is hard to shift during cold weather but when the engine warm up going back to normal again? what is the prob of my tranny?tnx! i have no reverse issue ..

Last edited by danfey; 04-24-2013 at 09:50 AM.
danfey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2013, 02:07 AM   #352
fishb0n3
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 62
My Ride: 323ci convertible
yea i just had the no reverse on my car 10 days ago ! but its a ZF transmission ! so i had to rebuild it !! my car have only 108k miles on it !
__________________
2002 Viper GTS "2k original miles"
2003 e39 m5
1969 pontiac GTO the judge
1990 corvette ( C4 ) ZR1
2002 325ci vert " project car "
2000 323ci vert -totaled-
2003 z4 3.0i -sold-
fishb0n3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2013, 08:44 AM   #353
BMWCaptain
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: TEXAS - Where I give Real World advice and don't just criticize others. People here need to RESPECT other's opinions!
Posts: 1,586
My Ride: 03 325iT SportWagon
Quote:
Originally Posted by danfey View Post
hi! my 00 328ci A/T is hard to shift during cold weather but when the engine warm up going back to normal again? what is the prob of my tranny?tnx! i have no reverse issue ..
This is a common problem, more noticeable in colder climates.

You need to change fluid and filter first to make sure it is not a result of low fluid level.

If fluid and filter change does not fix it, then it is probably aging of seals and pistons. Just need to warm fluid up a little before taking off.
__________________
Founding Member of the Club of Dangerous Fanatics

Engine swap, HG, tranny swap, GM & ZF tranny rebuilds, shocks, struts, brakes, WPs, Thermostats, belts, tensioners, fuel pumps, radiators, window regs, hoses, PS pump, Spark Plugs, VCGs, coils, fuel filters, CVVs, VANOS seals, rack, LCABs, Exp. Tanks, OFHGs, RCABs, OP, boots, ABS, GUIDOs, starter, A/C, DISA, Diff, SAP

Ultra Premium Grand 10 Star+ Super Duper BMW-pedic Sport Plus +++
BMWCaptain is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2013, 11:02 AM   #354
rickcarpenter
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: wisconsin
Posts: 2
My Ride: 2002 325x1
I have read all I can possibly find on BMW Reverse and tranny issues. I can NOT find any that are similar to mine though. I will start from the beginning... I have a 2003 325xi wagon with 130K. Bought used 2 years ago. The first thing I noticed was that I would start it cold (like winter cold in Wisconsin) and it would surge forward (in park) just an inch or so until park gear stopped it. So the trans wasn't 100% disengaged as you'd think in park. Then #2 minor symptom was that I would back out of driveway, switch to drive and get a pause (like in neutral) before it engages.
So that brings me to the real issue: When backing up I noticed a few weeks ago that it felt like I hit several intermittent patches of ice (jerking) kinda like traction control was doing something weird or the trans was just engaging and disengaging rapidly. Looking at where I was there was no icy spots. Now it does it almost every time i back up for 20 feet or more and is much worse if im backing up with more "spirit" or load.
Is this what preceded the "no-reverse" folks that I am reading about, or do i have a totally different issue? Is it even the trans? Could transfer case or diffs be doing this? Sensors?
rickcarpenter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2013, 05:23 PM   #355
riverjamie
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: CA
Posts: 35
My Ride: 528i
Problems with GM trany on Breather leaking oil at times

Hello, I know I don't have an E46 but I'm hoping someone my have had the same problem with a GM Trany, my Green label has GM 1-423-875 VO on it. So it seems it the same one used in the e46 series. My problem is that at times. When the car is cold and I put the car in reverse, start to back out I see oil spots on ground, sometimes as big as 4" in diameter. After many attempts to find the problem, today I finally saw that it was coming out of the top of the BREATHER on top of the GM Trany. It does seem to do it only when it goes in reverse? But I can be 100% positive? The trans was serviced about 3k ago for this problem, but the shop never saw the leak from the breather so they just went ahead and serviced the transmission. So far the car shifts good and has no reverse problem, at least not yet. So any thoughts on the AFT coming out of the Breather? I don't think that the trany is overfilled? Because it was doing the same thing before it was serviced.

Thanks
riverjamie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2013, 06:34 PM   #356
jrcarter_2000
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: usa
Posts: 117
My Ride: 323i
Exclamation valve body

replaced the valve body after the solenoid fix didn't work, shifts from 10-30mph range are a bit harder and not as smooth as the old valve body but hopefully this fixed the intermittent reverse issue
jrcarter_2000 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2013, 07:48 PM   #357
CORVAIRWILD
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Uppa U S
Posts: 205
My Ride: Diesel Subrban 325xi
I read page 1 and page 18... Interesting... I'm a former ASE mechanic, and when I ran a little shop 20+ years ago, we would rebuild the occasional tranny. I just helped my very good friend & former mechanic rebuild a 4L80E from my '93 Silverado 3/4 ton diesel. That tranny is a giant sized TH400 w overdrive and some parts even interchange. In fact the reverse drum on mine was bad, so we used one from a '72 Delta 88.
Anyhow, as I read p. 1, I have a ZF tranny in my '03 325xi wagon, and from my wife driving it 325 miles home, and me testing it 1 mile on a side street, it seems to work very well! When I get the papers needed to register the car, I will change the trans oil and filter.

Are there solenoids like in the GM tranny to flush?

I had a slite downshift flare in Mrs Acura, and was suggested to flush the solenoids w carb cleaner. I did so, and the condition diminished appreciably.

Here's the video from the Acura a few years back. I recently saw the car around, I wonder if the tranny is still working. It was a 1 owner 125k car.

__________________
In a junkyard, under a Teeruk!
CORVAIRWILD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2013, 09:10 AM   #358
riverjamie
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: CA
Posts: 35
My Ride: 528i
Corvairwild, yes the GM has solenoids, but my 5L40e (2000 528i) are all inside. I liked your video, just curious after you fixed the Acura did it still leak to the outside? I pull out my solenoids when I do my ATF change after running this varnish cleaner I have in my Trany from SeaFoam Trans Tune. Not sure how hard it is to remove the solenoids? Well good luck.

Here's where I'm at with my 5L40E so far.

Well today added the SeaFoam Trans Tune 8oz. at 117302. I did notice that the Pentosin ATF1 looked very dark only after 4K. I don't know what it looked like when it was change at 113K? So can only take the mechanic's word thar it was changed? I called Pentosin they said that the ATF1 should be Amber and translucent. Well it look like neither. So going to run the SeaFoam then do a purge, install new fluid (Valvoline MaxLife and filter. I watched a good Youtube video by some German guys on how to purge the system by disconnecting the return cooler line and pumping the fluid out through it, then refilling the trany, after about three times the fluid looked pretty good. So hope that will work for me? Also has anyone used the Pentosin ATF1 product? Do you know if it turns to a dark brown in a short time, like 4K?

Also as I said above I might try to remove all the solenoids and make sure the screens are clean.
riverjamie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2013, 09:29 AM   #359
CORVAIRWILD
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Uppa U S
Posts: 205
My Ride: Diesel Subrban 325xi
The Acura was a few years ago, and I don't recall any leaks, but the shifting flare was greatly diminished. Any external leak could have been simply adressed w a new O-ring. I keep 2 different (made in China) O-ring kits on the shelf

Transmission oil will carry any deteriorating clutch material in it. If the oil is dark, it's an indication of lots of wear, or overheated oil. Smell it? If it has a toasted smell, the clutches may be toast... (Get it? Burned toast?). Deposit a drop on a piece of white tissue paper. Redder is better... Magnefine offers a transmission filter. I installed one a the Silverado after the tranny was rebuilt. I think it was from Ebay, made in Australia, I think. A quality filter.

https://www.google.com/search?q=magn...ient=firefox-a

Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	CIMG9315.JPG
Views:	138
Size:	231.4 KB
ID:	509911   Click image for larger version

Name:	CIMG9316.JPG
Views:	143
Size:	255.5 KB
ID:	509912   Click image for larger version

Name:	CIMG9317.JPG
Views:	140
Size:	232.9 KB
ID:	509913   Click image for larger version

Name:	CIMG9318.jpg
Views:	126
Size:	128.6 KB
ID:	509914  

Click image for larger version

Name:	CIMG1074.JPG
Views:	118
Size:	273.1 KB
ID:	509915   Click image for larger version

Name:	CIMG1079.JPG
Views:	124
Size:	288.8 KB
ID:	509916   Click image for larger version

Name:	CIMG1087.jpg
Views:	117
Size:	111.5 KB
ID:	509917  
__________________
In a junkyard, under a Teeruk!
CORVAIRWILD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2013, 02:03 AM   #360
Seth9976
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Texas
Posts: 2
My Ride: 2000 BMW328i
Send a message via Skype™ to Seth9976
Help

2000 bmw 328i no reverse, I replaced the solenoid in the tranny filled with new fluid and filter still won't go in R any ideas what I should do? Any input will be helpful thanx
Seth9976 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
neilgotastickiedthread!, no reverse, reverse, tranny, transmission

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Censor is ON





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:16 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
(c) 1999 - 2011 performanceIX Inc - privacy policy - terms of use