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Old 01-31-2012, 10:34 PM   #1
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E46 No reverse

So I joined the no reverse club a couple of months ago. Since then my pristine 323 w/ ZF trans has been parked like the scrap metal that it is. Does anyone have any experience driving these transmissions WITHOUT fixing them? Does it do further damage? I need temporary transportation. Does anyone have any actual experience doing this? Thanks!
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Old 01-31-2012, 10:43 PM   #2
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you need to replace reverse drum. or push out parking spot.
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Old 01-31-2012, 11:55 PM   #3
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You can still drive it. Just won't have a reverse. There's a DIY on replacing the reverse drum. When mine went out I drove it for a month without reverse then tackled the DIY. I now have reverse, that was 3 months ago and so far shes still reversing strong! Look through my profile and read some of my threads. I have the parts needed listed and where to get them, along with some pics.

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Old 02-01-2012, 09:37 AM   #4
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the no reverse transmission problem is "common" around here. You can drive the car around without any issues but like everyone said you won't have the reverse function when you really need it. the good news for you is that the repair is not that expensive. you don't have to take your car to a bmw shop. Just take your car to any transmission shop and they can rebuilt your tranny for you (almost every transmission shop knows how to work on ZF and GM trannies).

I hope this helps/. good luck
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Old 02-01-2012, 10:23 AM   #5
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"the good news for you is that the repair is not that expensive."

This isn't true...sorry. The repair is expensive. The cheapest I was quoted to just fix the drum was $2500 and I was supplying the parts. Another shop wanted $3500 for the whole rebuild.



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Old 02-01-2012, 10:56 AM   #6
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"the good news for you is that the repair is not that expensive."

This isn't true...sorry. The repair is expensive. The cheapest I was quoted to just fix the drum was $2500 and I was supplying the parts. Another shop wanted $3500 for the whole rebuild.



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It isn't expensive if you fix it at home, and $2500 to fix a car isn't nearly as expensive as replacing it. The fix is permanent, as far as anybody knows.
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Old 02-01-2012, 11:46 AM   #7
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Bought my reverse drum from here http://www.latransparts.com/store.php?crn=59

If you are somewhat mechanically inclined and have a few days you can do the job yourself. Theres DIY's and step by step guides all on the forums if you search. Good Luck!
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Old 02-01-2012, 12:33 PM   #8
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Just park far away from everyone, pull through spots, and stay away from anywhere downtown.
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Old 02-02-2012, 02:53 PM   #9
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Same happened to me I drove it for 3yrs 3yrs with no reverse no problems just changed it with a used one n am having other gear issues now but it'll b fine
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Old 02-02-2012, 03:27 PM   #10
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It's not the reverse drum, you may experience that your car goes into reverse sometimes ** it's something totally different but I'm not sure..
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Old 02-02-2012, 03:28 PM   #11
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It's not the reverse drum, you may experience that your car goes into reverse sometimes ** it's something totally different but I'm not sure..
if its ZF transmission, its the drum.
if its GM transmission, its the solenoid.
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Old 02-02-2012, 03:42 PM   #12
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Oh yeah your right nevermind! Sorry lol
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Old 11-13-2013, 12:55 AM   #13
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Smile Hey

This is my first time ever posting on a forum and I thank everyone that ever provided their knowledge in helping me and others. I have a 2000 e46 that I bought at an auction. The first night I drove I was going to a friends birthday party in dt Los Angeles and I was trying to make a u turn and fell short so I tried to reverse. That was the first time I ran into the no reverse issue. I had to be towed out 20 feet and was charged 70 bucks!!! Anyway I'm a smoker and when I tried to use the cigarette lighter in the ash tray it didn't work. Upon further inspection I realized a fuse was missing, so I replaced it. A few days later the car caught on fire and firefighters came to put it out. I had a friend of mine who was an ex bmw tech come and check it out and it turned out I had to replace the interior wiring harness. It took me two months to replace the harness after i got out of work. After I replaced the wiring harness the car has never given me the no reverse issue so I'm lead to believe the issue is electrical and not mechanical by nature. I hope this information will bring someone insight in the correction of this issue. Thanks everyone for all your past help
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Old 11-13-2013, 01:06 AM   #14
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I have the GM tranny here. It will go in reverse every now and then but have gotten so used to it that idc really. I pull forward in most spots and check if it will go in reverse before I pull into a place where I can't pull forward or find a place with an incline so the car will just roll backwards.

lol, I just put up with it. The ZF on the other hand won't go into reverse at all from that point on until it is rebuilt or replaced.
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