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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 03-23-2004, 10:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, I have an 87 325 V6

The car has a manual trans and is stuck in reverse. The shifter moves freely and will not shift the car out of reverse. I can drive only in reverse and if I take my foot off of the clutch the car moves in reverse. Any idea what may be wrong?

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Old 03-23-2004, 12:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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if the shifter moves freely but the transmision does not shift, there is most likely a problem with the linkage between the shift lever and the tranny. I would check that first.
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Old 03-23-2004, 01:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hello I recently bought a 1988 320 and I appear to be having the same problem with the gearbox, reverse gear is a no go area, but it seems to be the cradle wihich sits on top of the gear box, which has cracked from dropping the clutch to often, this info I got from a friend, so dont shoot as I to am not a pro at these things.
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Both problems I belive are related to the shift linkage. For motorway I would say that the rod between the stub on the transmision and the shift lever has become unhooked or has broken. (Time for a short shift kit?)

For daemon the plate that bolts to the transmission has most likely worked its way loose or it could have cracked.

In both cases you have to get under the car and do a little research.
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Do you have to drop the transmission to see the linkage?
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No. The linkage is accessable with out removing the tranny. It is close working quarters though.
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Thanks for the help I'll look into the linkage and see if that was the problem.
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Will I need to drop the transmission to get to the plate you are refering to Ben...and thanks!
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Will I need to drop the transmission to get to the plate you are refering to Ben...and thanks!
No you do not hve to remove the tranny. I have replaced the bushing mounts from the tranny to the plate on a 84' 318i without removing the driveshaft or the tranny.
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Hi, I have an 87 325 V6


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Yeah, I noticed that, oops.
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