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Old 08-18-2005, 10:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

I recently bought a 2000 BMW 328I. It has 104K on it and has a 5 speed manual.

Now, I am having a problem when I shift . The problem is when I put in the clutch to shift, I hear a thud (pretty loud one), and when I let out the clutch after I shift, I hear another thud (about the same volume -- sound wise). I don't really notice any weirdness in regards to the actual shifting of gears. It does this all the way from 1 - 5, not just on select gears. This is making me believe it is a clutch isolated problem...

Any ideas of advice? I'm contemplating taking it back to the dealership if it turns out to be something very costly to fix.

Thanks for your help.

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Old 08-19-2005, 11:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Update:

It seems the noise, upon further inspection, is coming from the REAR of the vehicle when I put the clutch in and out. This is a bit more troubling to me. Could it possibly be the driveshaft, differential?

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Check the rear mount for the rear differential. Seen quite a few of those go bad. Check the rubber in it for cracking or tearing.

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Check the rear mount for the rear differential. Seen quite a few of those go bad. Check the rubber in it for cracking or tearing.

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Are there diagrams available online that can show me what the rear differential looks like?

Thank you for your time.

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Your welcome...... try this site

online ETK


#9 in this diagram is what im thinkingHERE

If you look in this diagram HERE at the rear of the diff where the bolt is shown is where that mount is.


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Your welcome...... try this site

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#9 in this diagram is what im thinkingHERE

If you look in this diagram HERE at the rear of the diff where the bolt is shown is where that mount is.


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Thanks again!

I definately know what to be looking for tomorrow.

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did u check?

it can also be a flex disk, they can crack around the bolts...
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I actually took it to a person I know that works on BMWs exclusively.

Took him about 30 seconds to find out what was wrong, turns out it was my rear differential cover bushing.

He also said I need to fix the following:

o) Rear Diff Cover Bushing
o) Front Right Control Arm (loose, cracked)
o) Both Control Arm Bushings (loose/woren)
o) Intake camshaft sensor (computer said it was faulty; has failed 67 times)
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