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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 05-27-2004, 11:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was driving my bimmer one day when something went wrong while shifting from 1st to 2nd. It made a some kind of stripping noise like it wont go into gear. When driving normally it doesnt do it much, but when redlining 1st gear, it happens during shifting into 2nd gear.
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Old 05-28-2004, 01:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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hmmm, well I think I know what you mean. Sorry I don't know the answer, but when I was shifting from first into second I think my bimmer made that noise you're talking about. But this only happened a couple of times (I think it happens ***for me *** because I shifted into second too fast).

Also, my shifter kinda vibrated it was like VVVRRRRR kinda noise.

btw i have 1984 325e. Sorry, not much help i guess....
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make sureyou are pressing the clutch in ALL THE WAY
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Old 05-28-2004, 10:56 AM   #4 (permalink)
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it sounds to me like your syncros may not be good. I'm not a good mechanic or anything, but I know that the grinding you hear when you mess up a shift alot of the time is the "dog teeth" trying to mesh the gear with the well whatever the gear meshes up to. haha, another wheel of some sort. hmmm, you can tell I'm not good at this. I estimate it being your bad syncros, I had to drive a car with bad syncros between second and third for a while. Third had a pop-out-issue or something, when you shift into gears that it grinds like that, hold the shift in gear really firm with your hand and see if it happens smoothly like that, thats what i had to do in the fox. haha. Hope this helps, or gets you on the right track.
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Cisco kid, i'm not some kind of stupid driver okay. I do press the clutch all the way down, thanks for the tips guys
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Damn I just thought of something else it could be, but it slipped out of my head... Oh, check your car. Turn it on, and then when you start it, turn off all your radio and fan, ac, all that shit. Press the clutch in, if you can hear a high pitched sort of a whine, it may be a bad clutch assembly. The whine from what I have heard is the sound of a throw out bearing going bad. So you may try that, I know thats one of the things I hear when I do it. So I am planning to replace my clutch. Also, does anyone know if the 1985 318i had solid lifters? I'm beginning to wonder, because if not, it sounds like I may have a bad valve or something. I'm trying to figure that out before it becomes bad. But if we have solid lifters then that might explain some of the noise. I may just be paranoid. Oh well. Thanks.
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I second the syncro theory. It's likely your engine is spinning to fast to go into second without the rpms dropping a little.

Has the car always done this? Does it do it during downshifts?

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It shifts well in every other gear except from 1st to 2nd. And it only does it once in a while
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Sounds like a syncro to me.

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