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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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| Originally posted by offabroadway@Jun 15 2005, 07:21 PM |
Dude, I love the poster for the BMW convertible. Can you imagine the hell that child went through with a name like that?
Anyways, back to topic. You know what I think? Don't go back. If the transmission was fine before hand, and after replacing the seal, the thing is dying out on you, they definitely do not know what they're doing, or they're trying to screw you. And at $900 a pop to remove/install the tranny, you're getting raped, not screwed. Is that American? It costs me $500 in labour to get mine pulled/reinstalled, judging by past receipts (last time was in 2001), and thats up here in Canada.
You know your way around the car. Drain the transmission, install a new filter, and refill it. See what happens. And by the way, what does a front transmission seal have to do with an erratic idle? Something is askew here, I think.
I know what this is like. I have a mechanic that my family trusts, and he's been fairly reliable overall. My first car, however, was sabotaged. My '89 Reliant had fine brakes when it was handed over, and came out with nice thick gouges in the front discs, prompting replacement of the discs, and while they were at it, they wanted to do tie rods, wheel bearings, etc, etc. Not to mention I told them the headgasket had to go, and they told me I was wrong, and replaced my temp sensor. 10kms later, the car was overheating and blowing white steam again.
I take my BMW to this fellow because he sold the car to me, and did all the improvement work himself, so I figure he's not gonna screw with it. I also learned a good lesson: watch the whole procedure, start to finish. Even oil changes. Don't trust anybody with your baby.
I wish you luck.
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| Originally posted by offabroadway@Jun 16 2005, 07:21 AM |
Haha, hey, I hadn't thought of it that way. BMW vs. Microsoft. I hope Bill Gates doesn't drive one. Can you say pro-Linux (or Mac for that matter)?
It depends on where the transmission leaky was coming from. The torque converter is a fluid coupling with lockup mechanism, so it needs tranny fluid to survive. Replacing your seals was likely a good thing, but its hard to say. Guido disc = guide disc? Are you sure you didnt bend/stress the part that the transmission was standing on, and did you put wood underneath it so it didn't destroy itself on a cement floor? Its possible you skewed the shaft that it was leant on, but I still don't understand the popping out of gear, unless you were losing transmission fluid. Did you check when you came to a stop?
I would redo the fluid and filter and see what she does. Does the shop have any guarantee on their work? Because if they were the last ones to touch the tranny, they should be at least partly liable for it's failure in such a short distance.
| Originally posted by htp.bmw@Jun 16 2005, 03:37 PM |
talked to the shop today and they said that a pump inside the transmission may not be working because transmission fluid isnt flowing... any ideas on what they are talking about
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