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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 02-05-2011, 02:19 PM   #1
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Stick Shift to the right?

I have a question to see if anyone has this problem as well. Has anyone's stick shift gotten stuck to the right before? Right beneath #5 instead of being in the middle #3? It happened to me twice, and both occurred when it was extremely cold out. Let me know if anyone ever experienced this.
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Old 02-05-2011, 02:52 PM   #2
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no but mine has this weird notchiness to the right. I was going to take everything apart and replace that white ring the shifter sits in, but it seems we cant do that in an XI without dropping the tranny.
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Old 02-05-2011, 03:02 PM   #3
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it's a spring in your tranny that get stuck in a bushing especially in cold weather.
i've seen a diy somewhere but it involves dropping the transmission.
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Old 02-05-2011, 04:41 PM   #4
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It only does it when cold, it doesn't cause any mechanical drive issues, the fix is too intensive to worry about, and it goes away after 10 minutes of driving...
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Old 02-05-2011, 10:07 PM   #5
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I havnt had this problem after changing the tranny fluid to redline d4 ATF.

If that doesn't work just live with it.
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Old 02-05-2011, 11:17 PM   #6
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I have had this problem as well but it will do it at running temp or at first start. My shifter will also pop up out of the white ring from time to time. But I plan on replacing it when i put a short shifter in.
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Old 02-12-2011, 11:44 AM   #7
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Old 02-12-2011, 05:32 PM   #8
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I just live with it
Have you changed the fluid recently?

I'm serious when I say that cured it for me.
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Old 02-12-2011, 05:39 PM   #9
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I used oem fluid tho.
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Old 02-13-2011, 12:58 AM   #10
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The spring housing and tranny case are made out of different metals and they shrink at different rates especially when cold. It is only when the tranny case is warm where the temperature is the same and end up with the same tolerances.
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