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Old 04-21-2016, 01:03 PM   #1
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Help, Out of town visitor in Zephyrhills, FL. No reverse 325XI GM tranny...

Can someone steer me toward a good repair shop around Zephyrhills/Tampa FL. area.?
MY 02 325xi, w/235K won't go into reverse. The GM tranny was working great yestereday, today no reverse.$%#@!!!
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Old 04-21-2016, 02:10 PM   #2
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May as well get a new civic or something. Even if you did fix that tranny ($2500+), you still have a 235k mile BMW. worth it?
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Old 04-21-2016, 03:16 PM   #3
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There is no danger of this getting worse. The car is not going to go belly up on you. All you need do is use some strategy when you park, find a spot where you can pull through so that you do not have to back out. You can drive like this for years, not convenient, but also not a danger of being stranded more than being somewhere where you cannot go in Reverse.

The most common problem by far is that there is a solenoid in the trans that has failed. It's called the TCC solenoid. It can be replaced for about $80 in parts. Put the car on a lift, or raise it up on jack stands and crawl under it, and drop the transmission pan. Locate the 6 or 7 screws (torx head, as I recall) that hold the valve body in place and drop it. The Reverse Solenoid is mounted to the rear facing edge of the valve body. Put the car back together. What you really need is a gasket/screen kit for the trans, about $79 or so, transmission fluid, and the solenoid. You want a transmission shop, or BMW shop, that will do a fluid change that generally runs to about $179 for the gasket/screen kit and the fluid. Take a solenoid with you and ask that they install it while the pan is already off. Replacing the solenoid adds about 15 minutes to the job of putting the car on the lift, taking the pan off and changing the fluid.

Again, you are in no danger of this getting any worse, the car is not having a fatal condition that will leave you riding the bus to get home. It is inconvenient to be sure, but with some planning and fore thought, you can struggle with this for years. You want a shop that will take the transmission pan off to change the fluid and screens and do the general routine service that transmissions once received on a regular basis. While the shop is already doing the routine service, they can add a half hour to the bill and put the solenoid in for you.

You have the GM5L360R or the GM5L390R. The 360 has the issue of the solenoid failing, the 390 is more robust but otherwise pretty much the same unit.
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Old 04-21-2016, 08:01 PM   #4
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I would look into the solenoid first.

I would also look at a used tranny as an option.

Park where you can drive out or coast backwards.

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