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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 11-09-2014, 08:58 PM   #1
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Exclamation Automatic Transmission Shifts Between Gears Hard???

Hello everyone! My name is David. I recently purchased my first car and my first BMW, a 2001 325xi with 119k miles for only 2200$ !!!. It was love at first sight considering all of my friends are JDM fanboys I replaced all my filters and spark plugs and now I have a proble . When I shift the car from park to reverse, to drive, and everywhere in between (except veutral) , I get a hard kick back from the car. When I shift to reverse, the car sinks like an inch or two and when I shift to drive, it rises an inch or two. Is that normal? Some times the kickback is really hard and kind of scar . Should I be concerned?

If there's anyone with this situation or has overcome it please share some advice!

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Old 11-09-2014, 09:23 PM   #2
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have you replaced your transmission fluid and filter yet?
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Old 11-09-2014, 09:26 PM   #3
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have you replaced your transmission fluid and filter yet?
no i haven't. i was under the impression that the fluid is lifetime and changing it is opening a pandora's box of problems. should i even worry about this problem ?
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Old 11-09-2014, 10:47 PM   #4
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One of the biggest myths regarding maintaining these cars. its lifetime of the BMW warranty. You could search "lifetime" on this forum and open up a whole new world in regards to fluid life in these cars.

Power flushing the fluid could cause issues (some opinions), but if you drain it, change the filter, fill it back up, run it, and top it off, all correctly, I can almost guarantee you'll save yourself a lot of time and trouble. Do your own research on here, or just skip right to it and do a search for how to change it. Not a bad do it yourself project.
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Old 11-13-2014, 11:02 AM   #5
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Automatic Transmission Shifts Between Gears Hard???

I believe this can also be that flex guibo thing. It's a rubber piece that I think is on the driveshaft search up guibo on here, I'm sure you find it. If yours is all mashed up it can be that. Rather than your tranny itself.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showpost.php?p=16374612
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Old 11-13-2014, 11:24 AM   #6
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Engine and trans mounts, guibo, center support bearing are all very possible problems.

Remember the engine mounts hold a lot of weight on these xi.

Change you transmission fluid at some point, this is not likely your problem.

As for transmission flushing this is not a problem. Best way is to drop the trans pan, clean out any debris, change filter, clean magnets. There WILL be metal in the trans, but the magnets should not look like Chia pets.

Better trans flush machines connect to the filter on while the pan is off. No additives are used, the machine just pumps new fluid in which forces the oil fluid out. This will not cause problems, everyone that cries about this has never really worked on cars.

If you no not flush, drain and refill again in about 2500 miles.

Doubt the problem is with the transmission as I said, but you need to rule out other obvious sources of driveline slop and also make sure the engine idle is not too high.
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