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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 11-04-2012, 11:51 PM   #1
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Transmission warning light on a manual?

2003 325xi manual here.

This warning light showed up a bout a month ago, and I'm not too sure why.

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The car doesn't feel any different, my transmission is smooth, my clutch doesn't slip, nothing feels off. I checked the owner's manual and it only mentions this light showing up on the automatic transmission - nothing about manual. My CEL is also on, but I believe that's because of my missing ambient temp sensor (I read that somewhere else).

Note that despite my transmission not feeling a little off, I do sometimes smell a "hot" smell if I push the car a little harder than usual (quick acceleration, high top speed, etc).

Any insight is much appreciated - sorry if wrong forum.

Edit: Not my picture. The only warning lights present on the dash are the gear symbol and the CEL. Also, the car has 175000 km's on it.

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Old 11-04-2012, 11:58 PM   #2
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WTH - that doesnt seem possible

get us the codes

the computer doesnt monitor the manual transmission at all
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:05 AM   #3
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I don't have an OBD yet, unfortunately...
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Old 11-05-2012, 10:40 AM   #4
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either it had a replacement cluster or your car was converted to a manual.
factory manual does not have that screen in the cluster.
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:27 PM   #5
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So generally speaking, I shouldn't be worried? It may be a replacement cluster, because the car was marked as salvage by a previous owner on the Carfax.
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:35 PM   #6
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So generally speaking, I shouldn't be worried? It may be a replacement cluster, because the car was marked as salvage by a previous owner on the Carfax.
Is there a little dot on the cluster by the trip meter?
It's called a tamper dot, which indicates it's been changed.

If not probably a manual swap.

Has the light been on since you've had the car?
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:09 PM   #7
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Yeah, the tamper dot is there. Here's my dash (still not used to the speedo in mph, haha):

http://i.imgur.com/zT4JK.jpg

The car was marked as salvaged/rebuilt at around the 3rd owner on the Carfax. Could it be that the dash was replaced due to an accident, or should I be really worried about this? Carfax mileage checks out.
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:26 PM   #8
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Do you own that car or are thinking about buying it? I hope you didn't spend your hard earned money on that piece of crap.
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:32 PM   #9
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Yeah, I bought it for 7k a few months ago. It was sorta of a learners/project car. I have plans to make it beautiful again.
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Yeah, I bought it for 7k a few months ago. It was sorta of a learners/project car. I have plans to make it beautiful again.
Now to find out how many miles are on your car.
Take it to a dealer, and have them scan your key.
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