1981 E21 323i Loose Gear Shift - BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com
BMW Forum BMW Forum

Auto Insurance

» Featured Product
Wheel & Tire Center

Go Back   BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com > BMW Model Specific Forums > 3-Series (E21, E30)
Register Home Forum Active Topics Gallery / Showroom Auto Loans Garage Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Auto EscrowInsurance

3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

BimmerWerkz.com is the premier BMW Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-25-2010, 06:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
Join Date: Nov 2010
Car: 1981 E21 323i
Posts: 2
chestnut_323OZ is on a distinguished road
1981 E21 323i Loose Gear Shift

Hi There,

Firslty am new to this so if the answer to this problem has already been posted, forgive my ignorance.

I have just purcahsed an 1981 E21 323i as a project. What an awesome car. However:

Whilst the gear box is "sweet" can access all gears with ease and mesh works fine, when in gear the gear stick can be moved about 4cm in all directions. My question: does the gear box have to come out or is there a simpler solution?

BTW I am handy with tools but not up to a gearbox reconstruction!

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks All.
chestnut_323OZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old 11-29-2010, 08:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 28
Markdas is on a distinguished road

Although its much easier to re-furbish all the bushes and links with the gearbox off, you can get to most of them if you remove the exhaust and prop shaft.

Likely culprits are the rubber bush ontop of the gearbox in front of the gear lever and the larger mount that bolts to the underside of the tunnel, behind the gear lever. You should also check the white nylon shifter bush as they can get pretty sloppy. Also, consider a short shift conversion, its an easy mod and makes life much better when changing gear!

Markdas is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links

  BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com > BMW Model Specific Forums > 3-Series (E21, E30)

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
E21 1981 318i Bmw n1smo413 Cars For Sale 2 04-13-2007 03:15 PM
1981 320is E21...2500 made total? Black Knight 3-Series (E21, E30) 8 06-22-2006 09:38 AM
FS: e21 323i 1980 BMW 323is 3-Series (E21, E30) 0 12-26-2005 05:04 PM
E21 323i 1980 roy323i 3-Series (E21, E30) 3 11-18-2004 09:03 PM
Shift knob loose mikester328 3-Series (E36) 6 07-13-2004 09:17 PM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:16 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2
Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.