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Old 09-23-2009, 05:29 PM   #21
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intermittent reverse

Thanks for this thread, can I have some clarification. I have an '05 325iT steptronic transmission. 115000km it is still under warranty until 120000
last week I experienced a similar no reverse as neil1138, like a second neutral. restarted the car and no problem. I took it to the dealer and they couldn't find anything. Does the 325 of this year have a similar issue?
Should I mention the solenoid possibility?

I'd like to get this resolved prior to the warranty disappearing naturally.
THanks for your input
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Old 09-23-2009, 05:31 PM   #22
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Thanks for this thread, can I have some clarification. I have an '05 325iT steptronic transmission. 115000km it is still under warranty until 120000
last week I experienced a similar no reverse as neil1138, like a second neutral. restarted the car and no problem. I took it to the dealer and they couldn't find anything. Does the 325 of this year have a similar issue?
Should I mention the solenoid possibility?

I'd like to get this resolved prior to the warranty disappearing naturally.
THanks for your input
If you are experiencing the same issues, then I would naturally assume it's the same problem. Tell your dealer about this and don't let them push you around. Even if they don't replace it under warranty, it's a relatively cheap fix, labor aside.
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Old 09-23-2009, 05:54 PM   #23
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Old 09-24-2009, 09:04 PM   #24
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Should i assume from the symptoms that i have a gm transmission rather than a zf?
Would i be better with the solenoid fix or a new transmission, considering that its still under warranty?
Is a 2005 commonly affected?
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Old 09-24-2009, 09:24 PM   #25
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Should i assume from the symptoms that i have a gm transmission rather than a zf?
Would i be better with the solenoid fix or a new transmission, considering that its still under warranty?
Is a 2005 commonly affected?
Of course you have a GM tranny if your reverse problem is an on and off occurrence. You don't need a new transmission, the solenoid fix is a cheap, easy fix. Unless you just want to buy a new transmission for $5000 there is no point. Happen to have the last 7 of your VIN on you?
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Old 10-03-2009, 11:21 AM   #26
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Wow, this is great info. Thanks for sharing! You've put a lot of work into the research and clarified things better for all members.
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Old 10-03-2009, 07:39 PM   #27
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Unhappy What about ZF???

so is there a cheap fix if you have ZF trans other then rebuild???
has anyone in Chicago area done rebuild? if so where adn how much did it cost you???

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Old 10-03-2009, 08:13 PM   #28
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Wow, this is great info. Thanks for sharing! You've put a lot of work into the research and clarified things better for all members.
Thank you! If it can help the members of this site and other E46 owners, I'm humbled to have done my part.

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so is there a cheap fix if you have ZF trans other then rebuild???
has anyone in Chicago area done rebuild? if so where adn how much did it cost you???

thanks
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What problems are you having? What kind of car do you have? Maybe explain the problem a little and I can try to help you a little bit more

As ZF transmissions generally dont have a cheaper fix than to just replace the broken reverse drum

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Old 10-04-2009, 05:20 PM   #29
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Very useful info Neil.

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Old 10-07-2009, 11:49 AM   #30
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Old 10-07-2009, 09:28 PM   #31
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I have a 2005 330ci automatic/steptronic. What transmission fluid do I need for a filter & fluid change. Is it Texaco or Esso. My 2001 740i steptronic (ZF tranny) uses the BMW Esso "liquid Gold"

The 2005 330ci has a GM steptronic.

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Old 10-07-2009, 09:42 PM   #32
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Very useful info Neil.

Thanks!
Glad to help!

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I have a 2005 330ci automatic/steptronic. What transmission fluid do I need for a filter & fluid change. Is it Texaco or Esso. My 2001 740i steptronic (ZF tranny) uses the BMW Esso "liquid Gold"

The 2005 330ci has a GM steptronic.

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That question is not pertinent to this thread at all

If you need help, pm me, don't post random questions, haha.

(I think GM transmissions take the Texaco fluid though)
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Old 10-14-2009, 03:50 PM   #33
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my reverse went out at like 104k, given it was 10 years old. Its at 109 now.
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now, when my car is on a lift the reverse is fine. when its on the ground and reverse just revs the engine, and does slightly push it back if im on a flat surface. what does this mean?
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Old 10-14-2009, 04:32 PM   #35
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my reverse went out at like 104k, given it was 10 years old. Its at 109 now.
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now, when my car is on a lift the reverse is fine. when its on the ground and reverse just revs the engine, and does slightly push it back if im on a flat surface. what does this mean?


I dunno really, looks like you have the GM tranny according to your build date. Never heard of that happening ever.
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Old 10-14-2009, 06:12 PM   #36
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Old 10-14-2009, 06:16 PM   #37
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Jeff, I read that you are going back to Cali soon . I need to give you that keyhole cover before you leave!
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Old 10-14-2009, 06:25 PM   #38
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Jeff, I read that you are going back to Cali soon . I need to give you that keyhole cover before you leave!
Ahaha nahh man. I'll be stationed here in OK for at least 1 more year. I wont leave and go back home until my next deployment which will either be starting this Jan or Jul. Either way after that deployment thats when i'll be out. Im sending my E46 back to Cali thats all
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Old 10-19-2009, 03:31 PM   #39
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The solenoid/pressure regulator part Neil quotes is only for the 360/390 tranny. Here are the solenoids/regulators for the A5S325Z tranny: Anyone know which one is the reverse solenoid?
http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...94&hg=24&fg=15



No. Description Supplement Qty From Up To Part Number Price Notes
01 Solenoid valve (SOLV) 3 03/2003 24341423368 $63.85 +core
02 PRESSURE REGULATOR 3 03/2003 24341423369 $159.49 +core
03 Bracket 2 03/2003 24341423370 $1.22
04 Torx bolt M5X12 4 03/2003 24341219933 $1.12
05 PRESSURE REGULATOR 1 03/2003 24341423461 $126.71 +core
06 Bracket 1 03/2003 24341423374 $1.22
07 Torx bolt M5X12 1 03/2003 24341219933 $1.12

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Old 10-19-2009, 03:36 PM   #40
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The solenoid/pressure regulator part Neil quotes is only for the 360/390 tranny. Here are the solenoids/regulators for the A5S325Z tranny: Anyone know which one is the reverse solenoid?
^ The ZF transmission is a different ordeal. It isn't the solenoid that goes bad, it's the entire reverse drum gear. This thread is for the GM transmission, that's why I only listed the parts for that one.
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