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Old 08-04-2005, 12:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, I'm new to the fourm and I'm not to experienced with engines and parts so bare with me. When I first bought my 96' 328i I relized that it was pretty tough to get it in reverse but once I got used to it I can do it everytime... Has that came up before when anyone. Also, I relized that latly shifting has gotten a little bit tougher and not as smooth as when I first bought it. I don't know if latly I just started thinking about it more or there accualy is something wrong. Let me know what you think.

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Old 08-04-2005, 02:27 AM   #2 (permalink)
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hi welcome to bimmerwerkz, as for getting into reverse no ive never heard that before hehe , but once you understand how it works youll be ok, as for the stiffness in the shifting , maybe get your tranny fluid changed, its quite possible that when they fixed up your car they could have put in the wrong tranny fluid (it should be ATF)
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I had the same issue with reverse the first time I tried. Turns out you just have to push against the lever like you mean it in order to go past the detain. No biggie. My shifter has the same issue with smoothness when shifting. The problem is that the shifter bushings are all worn. You can get a kit from pelicanparts.com for about $100. They have a DIY. Several members have experienced great improvements after doing this fix. I am probably going to do mine within the next month or so, after I make my next tuition installment.
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