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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.

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Old 02-24-2009, 11:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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2nd gear problem

When the car is cold, I have a hard time getting it into 2nd gear. either it won't go at all, or it grinds like I don't have the clutch depressed. 1st and 3rd also go in 'rough'. Once the car warms up, 10-15 miles, it gets better, but still rough. Do I need a rebuild? and if so, to what extent.
It's a '90 325i, 5 speed.
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I would say that you probably could do with a refurb, you could try doing a fluid change that may improve it, also it may cure it as it sounds like the fluid is very thick until it warms up.
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When's the last time you changed the fluid?

Switching to synthetic will help this out alot because it can withstand lower tempuratures without changing viscosity.
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When's the last time you changed the fluid?
The guy I bought it from said he changed the fluid late last year.
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May have put the wrong fluid in or even he may have put normal oil in!!!!
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May have put the wrong fluid in or even he may have put normal oil in!!!!
Should be ATF, right?
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May have put the wrong fluid in or even he may have put normal oil in!!!!
Engine oil is a proper lubricant for transmissions.

Check your owners manual or search google for the proper oil.

Probably going to be 5w-30 or syncomesh.(it won't say this in your manual but it's good stuff.)
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