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Old 07-10-2014, 11:15 PM   #1
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bmw 323ci limp home mode.. struggling

My car starts fine and everything electrical wise works. But its choking when I take off in1st gear.. instead feels like its starting off the line in 3rd gear.

How do I configurate this or repair this in melb.. is it expensive.. is it a major major issue that isnt worth fixing and throwing the car away.. is it electrical problems
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Old 07-10-2014, 11:51 PM   #2
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Try posting in the Australia sub-forum. You'll get more help there.
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Old 07-11-2014, 04:56 AM   #3
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are you getting a picture of a cog in the gear selector window on the cluster? i don't see how posting in the aussie subsection will help any...have you been there? anyways to the OP ive seen the gearboxes for sale from 400AUD with warranty. Id get the codes read and find out what it is. I get the same issue if i leave the car idling for a long time which leads me to believe its electrical but i haven't ruled out overheating of the transmission fluid. My fluid is in good condition and was serviced recently
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Old 07-11-2014, 07:54 AM   #4
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Low voltage, or MAF sensor can also be an issue.
Measure battery voltage and try to drive with the MAF disconnected to see if it makes a difference.

Mileage? Has transmission fluid ever been replaced?
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Old 07-11-2014, 08:44 AM   #5
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The transmission computer is quite sensitive to battery condition. Often when people have a failing battery, the first symptom is a crashing transmission computer.

I would start by pulling the battery cables overnight to cold-boot all the computers, and clean the clamps and terminals with steel wool to get a clean connection and see if that makes any difference.
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Old 07-11-2014, 04:30 PM   #6
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It has abt 180 xxx on the mileage.. not sure if its the batt.. ill take these steps and see if it makes a diff..

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Old 07-11-2014, 05:17 PM   #7
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Ok.. so I had into a shop.. they scanned it and computee says everything is fine.. besides the ecu not reading gears 1 and 2
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Old 07-11-2014, 05:59 PM   #8
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180K?

Time to source a used tranny.
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Old 07-11-2014, 06:32 PM   #9
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Man r u serious.. its expensive... dont have the money.. I might as well strip it for parts.. I put the car in gear 1 it takes off.. but feels like its in 3rd.. so its gone u think??

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Old 07-11-2014, 06:40 PM   #10
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OK, try this. Take off the transmission pan.
If the fluid is really bad, fresh fluid and filter may help.

These transmissions use synthetic oil, which isn't cheap.
Replacing the fluid and filter (I hear parts cost a lot down under) itself could run you a few hundred.

Lynel said he had seen used trannies from $400, so financially it makes more sense to get a used one.

If you do pull the pan, first break the fill plug loose!
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Old 07-11-2014, 10:05 PM   #11
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OP you are in melboure you have plenty of options for used parts at good prices. Im in QLD and thee prices suck. easily double for most parts up here IF they can source them at all. A simple check of ebay shows 55oooparts for e46s in Australia but only 3ooo in QLD
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Old 07-12-2014, 07:22 AM   #12
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Hey lynel.. do u know neone up ur way that has a 323.. 325.. 328 2door shell for sale??
Not many in melb
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