This is really embarassing and I dont know how else to put it, so i'll get straight to the point. How do you put a manual BMW in reverse, like how do I access the reverse gear?
My grandfather owns a 1997 BMW 318is which he loved and drove when he had somewhere important to go. Unfortunately he suffered a stroke that completely changed him, he will never be able to drive again. Well seeing how I am the oldest of the grandkids, he gave me the car. This is my first BMW and the first standard I'll be driving since I graduated high school. I learned to drive stick on a Saab 9000 which had a lockout switch so your dumb ass wouldnt accidentally put the car in reverse. The switch on the Saab was actually visible, you just had to lift the bottom part of the shift knob. I can only assume that the BMW has the same sort of lockout switch, unfortunately I dont know where or what it is. There is no visible button or switch or anything on the shift knob. I know where reverse is located, its before 1 gear, but like I said I dont know how to get to it.
Its a beautiful, low milage car and I'd really love to drive the hell out of it. I dont have the manual so I am left to ask around on the net. I'd really appreciate any help anyone here can offer. Thanks for your time and again I appologize for the stupid question.
You just have to push hard enough. I don't know where Ivan comes up with the idea of pulling the shifter up (maybe it works in his car). There is a small detain that prevents you from going into reverse by mistake. Like I said, just push hard; you'll feel the shifter go over to the other side of the detain.
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