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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 12-08-2003, 05:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hey i shift my car into first, after starting it of course, let go of the clutch and nothing, car doesnt move at all. i know i broke something, she was making a noise and thump thump when i would get moving, then after like 30 mph she would be ok. the other week i got cut off and bounced off of my back tire and i think that has something to do with it. anyone know wut i broke or wut it sounds like. i miss my baby, she needs to be driving. thx
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Old 12-09-2003, 08:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Can you start off in 2nd? Or any other gear?
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Old 12-10-2003, 01:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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is your shifter limp?
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Old 12-10-2003, 05:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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it starts with out being in gear u know in nuetral and no clutch, its always done that. my prob is when its running i go into first, start to release the clutch and the car doesnt move. i had a shop say something bout a drive axle, but i dunno. i want everyones opinion. i can fully release the clutch and have the car still running. best part of that is i dont go anywhere. any ideas. keep in mind that if i do need to pull the differential i wanna put an m3 4.10 closed one back in. lemme know about anything u guys know. thanks much
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Old 12-11-2003, 07:18 AM   #5 (permalink)
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.. but the other gears work? used obvious question is, how's your trannie & clutch?
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It does sound similar to a drive axle failure. If you were hit in the rear tire it could have damaged the CV joint on that axel. I assume that you have a non-limited slip differential by the way you describe the power transfer, all power will go to the side with the broken axle as it is the path of least resistance. Look under the rear of the car and see if the axle is visibly broken. If you lift the rear of the car off the ground and spin one tire the other should spin the other way. You can also take the wheels off to do a through inspection of the rear hub assembly. I hope you get it going again soon.
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when you say the car doesnt move, is the clutch still fully engaging?
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Its very hard to fully break a CV joint. It takes a lot of abuse to break both sides of the U. They will click a long time before they will break. Kinda sounds like the clutch itself is horribly gone.
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Old 12-12-2003, 02:47 PM   #9 (permalink)
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im releasing the clutch as if i was driving down as normal. b4 it would make a thump thump thump sound, not when the clutch or the gears where moved or anything. but when i enguage the clutch and start moving thats when it would make the noise. after 20 mph or so it would go away.
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