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Old 08-17-2004, 04:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, i'm a complete BMW newbie as I drove my first BMW ever, a 330i. Previoysly, I've driven Hondas my entire life. I loved it, except I had no clue on how to shift it into reverse. I tried pushing down the shifter, etc., but I'm an idiot, I had no clue. How do you get the shifter into reverse. Thank you so much and I look forward to becoming a BMW enthusiast.
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Old 08-17-2004, 05:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Recent models have Reverse in the upper left.
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Old 08-17-2004, 05:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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what kind of transmisson are you talking about, that is critical info
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Old 08-17-2004, 05:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Haha -- sounds like me when I was test-driving a 330Ci (which I bought) to the salesman.

I am sure you mean the manual 6 speed.

You have to give it a quick slap or push to the left, then move it up.
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Haha -- sounds like me when I was test-driving a 330Ci (which I bought) to the salesman.

I am sure you mean the manual 6 speed.

You have to give it a quick slap or push to the left, then move it up.
yup, a nice slap to the left....that will get you into the reverse gate, then you just push forward once you pass the reverse gate
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Old 08-18-2004, 08:39 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Yeah a good push will do the trick. Every time one of my friends go to drive mine they go a foot forward 2 or 3 times before they back up
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Old 08-18-2004, 10:21 PM   #7 (permalink)
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yeah - my firend did that too... day 2 after I got my 330...

friend: "can I drive it?"
me: "sure, I guess...."
friend: " where is reverse"
me: "same as your VW - upper left"
friend: "ok"

so he puts it in first, punches it and almost slams right into his Scirocco....
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Old 08-19-2004, 12:45 AM   #8 (permalink)
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hah sounds like my experience test driving my 325i.... the salesperson must have been new or something, I asked him how to get into reverse gear? (I kept going into 1st) He says he isn't sure and steps out of the vehicle to consult his manager, well after a minute or two I figure out it takes quite a bit of pull to get it far left, then up. I wait another 2 minutes but the guy isn't back yet...so I take off and go on my little test drive lol.
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This is a general trick I have learned from driving different cars including a Lotus Sprit....

Here it goes, step on the clutch, shift into first, without removing your foot from the clutch set it into reverse and should engage easly.... Please remember, this only applies when you're having difficulty getting into reverse.

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This is a general trick I have learned from driving different cars including a Lotus Sprit....

Here it goes, step on the clutch, shift into first, without removing your foot from the clutch set it into reverse and should engage easly.... Please remember, this only applies when you're having difficulty getting into reverse.

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you can do this in any gear, i believe by doing that you are realigning the syncros; but the stiffness of bmw reverse gates are unique. it is just made stiff
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Good info AC, I learned something new today....
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