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Old 08-18-2013, 01:09 PM   #361
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Man **** just got this problem no reverse my car is a 2001 bmw 325i with the sports pkg wtf should I do? Do I have to get a new tranny that's what the mechanics telling me ;(. Any suggestions would be helpful I might convert to stick let me know some good shops in the DMV area if anyone lives around here
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Old 08-18-2013, 01:20 PM   #362
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How do I find out what kind of tranny I have? My car just won't go in reverse anymore it happened when I was in drive and then tried to reverse quick nd it wouldn't move. What should I do man any suggestions are extremely helpful in this trying time for me. It's a 2001 bmw 325i sports pkg so it might be the gm. This is really stressing me the **** out man
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Old 08-18-2013, 01:28 PM   #363
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Did you start from the beginning of this thread?/ Its all there..

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Old 08-30-2013, 09:11 AM   #364
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How do I find out what kind of tranny I have? My car just won't go in reverse anymore it happened when I was in drive and then tried to reverse quick nd it wouldn't move. What should I do man any suggestions are extremely helpful in this trying time for me. It's a 2001 bmw 325i sports pkg so it might be the gm. This is really stressing me the **** out man
You probably have a ZF tranny. Just take a quick look under the car and look at the tranny pan. If it has ribs in it, it is the ZF.

You need to remove the tranny and replace the reverse drum to fix it.

Look at post here describing that procedure:

DIY- How to replace reverse drum, ZF5HP19
(http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=750714)
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Old 09-12-2013, 11:26 AM   #365
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I bought a used 2000 328i in July. We've owned it 58 days and it's been in the shop for 43. I've about had it! Right now I don't know if it's the car or mechanic and would like to get some educated opinions. It's been a list of problems, but now it's the tranny. I talked to the previous owner and I know this: About 100,000 miles the car lost reverse and he had a pressured fluid change (with filter) that was supposed to flush valves, etc. Said the car never had another issue. He traded it with 128,000 miles and after three months on the lot, we bought it. During this time I just found out (after the sale) it once failed to go in reverse for the owner of the car lot, but started working again. We get the car and guess what? With no rhyme or reason, reverse works, then it doesn't. Turn the ignition off, restart, guess what? Reverse is working again. Works for a couple weeks and same thing, this is with the car warm and at the end of a 30-mile trip, no reverse. The mechanic drives it and says he drops it into reverse 10 or more times, no problem. Takes it home, gets in it coming to work, no reverse. Little while later, its working again. Here's my confusion - I mention to him if it's a GM tranny and he says it isn't. Of course I don't have the car to check myself either. In most post I've read it seems if it's NOT a GM tranny and the other kind, no one talks of it coming and going like this car, that it's always the reverse drum and reverse is gone. Get this too, they called to tell me they can't promise it will fix the trouble, but they're going to replace the reverse solenoid in the valve body. Can anyone weigh in here on what's going on? Does the FZ tranny loose reverse for good or can it be intermittent like this? Can it also be repaired with solenoid replacement? Did my mechanic miss quote and it can only be a GM tranny? Is my mechanic a dork and needs to find another occupation? Please tell me what going on!
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Old 09-12-2013, 12:16 PM   #366
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I'm just the gofer when it comes to trannys, but MOST mech's are dorks, and with cars going electronic, it's game over. Parts replacers will eventually solve the prob... But at a sig waste of time and money.

What's the answer in your case? Troll all the BMW forums, and there will be someone that works/worked at a tranny shop/dealer, and help you with your prob. You could try call a tranny parts wholesaler, like Rich at Winners Choice Tranny supply in Pa, he walked me thru all the probs with my "freshy" rebuilt 4L80E in my Silverado diesel pickup as I lined the burned up parts on a card table. Maybe he can recommend a shop??

http://www.winnerschoicetransmission...ign/Categories
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Old 09-12-2013, 12:16 PM   #367
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I'm just the gofer when it comes to trannys, but MOST mech's are dorks, and with cars going electronic, it's game over. Pars replacers will eventually solve the prob... But at a sig waste of time and money.

What's the answer in your case? Troll all the BMW forums, and there will be someone that works/worked at a tranny shop/dealer, and help you with your prob. You could try call a tranny parts wholesaler, like Rich at Winners Choice Tranny supply in Pa, he walked me thru all the probs with my "freshy" rebuilt 4L80E in my Silverado diesel pickup as I lined the burned up parts on a card table. Maybe he can recommend a shop??

http://www.winnerschoicetransmission...ign/Categories
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Old 09-12-2013, 05:14 PM   #368
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solenoid will not fix it, need to replace the valve body......had the exact same issue as you, mine is a GM tranny, pretty sure yours is too or your reverse gear is trashed and you don't get reverse intermittently......better to replace the valve body and be done with it. Even if it is just the solenoid it is not going to cost that much more labor wise.
I replaced the solenoid first and paid for the part/labor and the reverse went out again 3 weeks later.
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Old 09-12-2013, 05:43 PM   #369
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I mention to him if it's a GM tranny and he says it isn't. Of course I don't have the car to check myself either.

Here is a link to help determine what transmission you have.

2000 328i has a GM Transmission.

2001 325i has a ZF Transmission.


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Old 09-12-2013, 06:37 PM   #370
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More info:
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Old 09-12-2013, 08:48 PM   #371
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Should I consider changing the valve body on my '03 325xi? 158k and seems to shift very well in my limited driving. Just got the tags, but no time to play with the "new" toy I bot in May, and Mrs drove home w "borrowed" tags
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Old 09-12-2013, 10:53 PM   #372
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Valve body ex doesn't have much info, just trans model number, no prices or year/application
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once you click on distributors and find one in your area they can give you price and other info
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Old 09-13-2013, 07:13 AM   #374
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I was just curious... I have 3 vehicles to sell b4 I can tinker with this one, and it needs a water pump, so may do the whole cooling system $$$... OT, but isn't the heater core plastic? I guess if the rad is fatigued, so would the HC? How hard is that to change? '03 325xi
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Old 09-13-2013, 10:04 AM   #375
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I think all the AWD xi's have the ZF
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I was just curious... I have 3 vehicles to sell b4 I can tinker with this one, and it needs a water pump, so may do the whole cooling system $$$... OT, but isn't the heater core plastic? I guess if the rad is fatigued, so would the HC? How hard is that to change? '03 325xi
HC is not plastic. Radiator sides are though.

Rarely hear of HC going bad.
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Old 09-15-2013, 08:28 PM   #377
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Old 09-17-2013, 10:27 AM   #378
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It's a long story, but the dealership I bought my 2000 328i from is paying to have the reverse solenoid replaced for me. They admitted the tranny hadn't gone in reverse with them a couple times too and didn't tell me about it when I was buying it. I still don't have the car back so I have no way of determining which tranny I have for sure. I noticed once of the replies said the solenoid will NOT fix the problem and I should replace the valve body. Just wondering if someone could give me an idea of what a new or rebuilt valve body for either the GM or ZF tranny would cost me? Thanks!
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Old 09-20-2013, 08:47 PM   #379
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It's a long story, but the dealership I bought my 2000 328i from is paying to have the reverse solenoid replaced for me. They admitted the tranny hadn't gone in reverse with them a couple times too and didn't tell me about it when I was buying it. I still don't have the car back so I have no way of determining which tranny I have for sure. I noticed once of the replies said the solenoid will NOT fix the problem and I should replace the valve body. Just wondering if someone could give me an idea of what a new or rebuilt valve body for either the GM or ZF tranny would cost me? Thanks!
I got mine done for 800 for a friend.
It didn't work at first. He couldn't even back out of the shop after replacing the solenoids. Then next morning and days and weeks after it worked but only on occasion. Over time it engaged more and more often.
Now 6 months later it works all the time.

I got a 2000 323ci with GM.
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Old 09-21-2013, 08:25 AM   #380
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