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Old 11-04-2013, 08:42 AM   #1
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My Ride: 2005 325i
Auto 325i Won't Move

Hey All,

Just picked up my first E46 (2005 325i with GM Auto Trans) a few months ago and I've come across an unusual (to me) issue:

The car will start totally normally, but when I put it in Reverse or Drive, absolutely nothing happens. I will hit the gas and the engine will rev, but it's as if I'm in a manual transmission car in neutral. The engine revs increase but the car will not move at all. I'll put it back in park and wait maybe 10 minutes or so, and after the car has warmed up pretty well, everything works totally normally as if there's no issue at all.

I've already checked the transmission fluid and the level and condition are fine.

As mentioned, this is the GM trans, and the car just cracked 100k miles. I've gotten no error codes of any kind so I don't have any hints from that.

I'm totally stumped as to what else I can eliminate before I have to start considering a serious transmission repair. A lengthy search revealed a few threads citing similar issues, but I've yet to see any real resolution. Anything else I can check?

Thanks in advance!

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