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Old 04-25-2013, 09:18 AM   #1
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Question 2001 bmw 325ci faulty sports mode

Hi everyone, I've been reading problems on your site for quite a while and decided to join you ! I was wondering, i'm trying to find out why the sports mode does not engage anymore. When i move the shifter left it usually engages in to sports mode but for an unknown reason it pops back in to automatic mode. Has this ever happened to someone ?
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Old 04-25-2013, 10:13 AM   #2
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I remember a thread on this about the automatic shift linkage springs... let me search...
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Old 04-25-2013, 10:16 AM   #3
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2001 bmw 325ci faulty sports mode

Wouldn't this be called Steptronic rather than 'sports mode'?


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Old 04-25-2013, 10:36 AM   #4
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yes it is, they refer to the sports mode on a steptronic transmission
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Old 04-25-2013, 10:47 AM   #5
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Did a bunch of searches but could not find the steptronic spring thread

If it POPs back into the automatic side, it's the spring in the shifter mechanism. (by shifter mechanism, I mean the one in the interior)
If it does not go electronically into sport mode, it's the micro switch in or the wiring to the shifter mechanism.

Basically, the shifter mechanisms connections to the transmission are electronic, and mechanical.
PRND are controlled by the mechanical cable.
The steptonic/sport functions are electronic (while the mechanical portion keeps the transmission in drive).

There is no mechanical feedback from the transmission or electronics designed to push the shifter mechanism out of sport mode.
There is no mechanical connection to the transmission that will inadvertently push/pull the shifter mechanism out of sport mode that would not affect the transmissions basic PRND functionality as the cable only slides in/out (no twist connection to the mechanism)
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Old 04-25-2013, 11:47 AM   #6
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lol at automatic transmissions. sport mode.

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Old 04-25-2013, 01:13 PM   #7
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lol at automatic transmissions. sport mode.
It actually works well. It basically makes the tranny shift at higher RPMs. Great for merging onto a crowded freeway. All you have to do is push the shifter over to the left, hit the gas and off you go. If you are into the gas enough sports mode holds it in gear till redline.
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Old 04-25-2013, 01:47 PM   #8
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It actually works well. It basically makes the tranny shift at higher RPMs. Great for merging onto a crowded freeway. All you have to do is push the shifter over to the left, hit the gas and off you go. If you are into the gas enough sports mode holds it in gear till redline.
Get a real transmission, instead of a mock "sports" mode.
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Old 04-25-2013, 02:16 PM   #9
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Thanks, I'll take a look at the spring because if I hold it into place it works ?
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Old 04-25-2013, 02:18 PM   #10
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OP- let us know if it was the spring or not.

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Old 04-25-2013, 03:06 PM   #11
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Get a real transmission, instead of a mock "sports" mode.
Let's not get this thread locked.
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