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Old 05-15-2010, 03:49 PM   #21
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My car has 70,000 miles on it and the clutch is perfect. Although I do not chirp 2nd
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Old 05-16-2010, 10:43 AM   #22
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My father passed down his 1999 328i to me recently and hes in search for a new car. He bought the 328i with around 70,000 miles and now it has close to 130,000 miles. Since driving the car ive noticed that sometimes its hard to put it into gear (any gear). For example, i shift from 2nd to 3rd and its hard to put it in 3rd. Also, sometimes ill shift and it wont stay in gear but instead will come back to neutral. One last thing, sometimes in 1st gear ill slowly let out the clutch and it will suddenly rev high (clutch slipping?). Seems pretty obvious, but do i need a new clutch?
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Old 05-16-2010, 11:01 AM   #23
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My father passed down his 1999 328i to me recently and hes in search for a new car. He bought the 328i with around 70,000 miles and now it has close to 130,000 miles. Since driving the car ive noticed that sometimes its hard to put it into gear (any gear). For example, i shift from 2nd to 3rd and its hard to put it in 3rd. Also, sometimes ill shift and it wont stay in gear but instead will come back to neutral. One last thing, sometimes in 1st gear ill slowly let out the clutch and it will suddenly rev high (clutch slipping?). Seems pretty obvious, but do i need a new clutch?
perhaps try changing the gearbox fluid first, that may help with the sticky gears..... but of course there are all the caveats of changing the fluid if its never been done before at that mileage.
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Old 05-16-2010, 11:44 AM   #24
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perhaps try changing the gearbox fluid first, that may help with the sticky gears..... but of course there are all the caveats of changing the fluid if its never been done before at that mileage.
i wouldn't be doing this myself, so how much should changing the gearbox fluid cost at the shop?
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Old 05-16-2010, 01:39 PM   #25
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i brought my own fluid (i got RP, works great) to my indy and he charged me 15 bucks. Its easier than an oil change. Literally drain and fill.
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Old 05-16-2010, 02:27 PM   #26
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i brought my own fluid (i got RP, works great) to my indy and he charged me 15 bucks. Its easier than an oil change. Literally drain and fill.
+1 it really is dead easy, but i did do it at a local friendly garage who let me use their car ramp. Just remember to open the fill bolt first. The bolts can be difficult to get off, so a long breaker bar (if thats what you guys state side call them) gets them off easy as it gives you better leverage. And while your there you could do the diff oil as well.

2 quarts of Redline D4 ATF for manual transmission, and 2 quarts Redline 75W-90 NS for the diff is what i used for a 330. Royal purple also good, or you could just head down to the dealer and pick up the fluids from them.
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Old 05-16-2010, 04:29 PM   #27
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+1 it really is dead easy, but i did do it at a local friendly garage who let me use their car ramp. Just remember to open the fill bolt first. The bolts can be difficult to get off, so a long breaker bar (if thats what you guys state side call them) gets them off easy as it gives you better leverage. And while your there you could do the diff oil as well.

2 quarts of Redline D4 ATF for manual transmission, and 2 quarts Redline 75W-90 NS for the diff is what i used for a 330. Royal purple also good, or you could just head down to the dealer and pick up the fluids from them.
alright thanks for the information. ill go to the dealer and pick up the transmission/gearbox fluid and the differential fluid and have it done by the end of the week.

i'll let you guys know how it feels afterward
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Old 06-08-2010, 03:31 PM   #28
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Bumping this thread.
My clutch is feeling really weird lately.

I posted a thread here:
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...023&highlight=
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Old 06-08-2010, 04:04 PM   #29
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259,457 on the original clutch still!!
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Old 06-08-2010, 04:22 PM   #30
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Sooooo . . . .my throwout bearing makes screeching noises towards the end of the day when i take it to the track.

I'm assuming this is casued by excess heat, as it always disapperas on the ride home.

Thoughts?
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Old 06-08-2010, 05:49 PM   #31
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160k on mine, but i think the dmf pos is gettin about shot. kinda clunky at low speeds like backing up and such. i hate dmf. at least thats what i hope it is and not the trans lol. course i have never changed the fluid since i got it w/ 123k but its next on the to-do list.
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Old 06-08-2010, 06:31 PM   #32
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This is what happened to me at 77k. no warning, wouldnt go into gear on starting one morning, clutch felt very light. got it into 1st by putting it in to gear then starting her up. Funny thing was about 2 weeks earlier i felt the clutch go a little "funny", it felt as though the engagement point changed slightly as i went into 3rd gear while some spirited driving, but it felt fine after.
It sounds to me like a Master cylinder rather then a clutch. If you havent looked at it in a while or at all, I recommend you do.
Master cylinders go out way more frequently then clutches do.
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Old 06-08-2010, 06:33 PM   #33
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259,457 on the original clutch still!!
Are you driving miss daisy?!!

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It sounds to me like a Master cylinder rather then a clutch. If you havent looked at it in a while or at all, I recommend you do.
Master cylinders go out way more frequently then clutches do.
But i had the clutch changed and all has been fine since.
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Old 06-08-2010, 09:21 PM   #34
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177000 on original clutch and fine
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Old 06-08-2010, 09:26 PM   #35
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Just make sure that if u r replacing clutch u replace flywheel @ d same time.
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Old 06-09-2010, 12:05 AM   #36
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259,457 on the original clutch still!!
is that in kilometers??
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Old 06-09-2010, 12:08 AM   #37
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Mine chatters like a mofo! But mine is a heavy duty twin disc clutch so its normal. Kinda embarassing at times but oh wells
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is that in kilometers??
Nope Miles. I don't abuse my car and know how to drive!

No oil leaks either cold AC no need to recharge every year. The car is Mechanically mint.

I happen to know a good mechanic
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Old 06-09-2010, 11:18 AM   #39
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It really depends how you drive it. Previous owner of my car (his daughter actually) burned the clutch within 40K. First thing I had to do after buying the car was to replace the clutch. Since I know how to drive I expect the new clutch to last at least 150K(miles)
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Old 06-10-2010, 10:06 PM   #40
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Mine chatters like a mofo! But mine is a heavy duty twin disc clutch so its normal. Kinda embarassing at times but oh wells
awesome. i call them chatter plates instead of floater plates lol.
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