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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 09-15-2013, 11:13 PM   #1
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Help me diagnose my SMG Problems

Hey Guys, New to the forum but not new to bmw's. I just picked up my first E46 M3. I've got a 98 M3 and and 88 M3. This car has smg problems maybe you guys can help.


- When I fire it up it will go into 1st, Neutral and reverse fine

- I'll pull out of the driveway and it will shift only into 1st and second. It won't go into third or anything else. I have to manually shift it with the paddles or the gear shifter, automatic mode doesn't seem to work.

-When I stop the car to put it into reverse after about 2-5 minutes of driving it will not go in reverse at all. It will flash "1", "N' or "R" and will stay in first gear even though the cluster shows its in reverse or neutral. This is when the smg light comes on.

-I turn the car off for a minute and all is good again. I can shift into 1st,reverse and neutral. But not second. It seems to only go into second when its cold. The cycle repeats itself.

The plan is to plug it into my gt1 next couple days flush and bleed the smg fluid and reset the modules to see what happens.

Any Ideas on what this could be?
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:38 AM   #2
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try replacing the salmon colored relay?
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