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#1 (permalink) Old 10-20-2005, 09:58 AM
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Clutch Issue?

I drive a 2001 540i with 48K miles.

I have a question concerning my clutch. My clutch "grinds" when I shift from 3rd to 4th if I shift hard and fast used: . If I shift slowly and hold the clutch pedal down longer, it doesn't grind. It is an audible sound if you have the radio turned low and you can feel it also. Any ideas? I just recently noticed this issue.

I am crossing my fingers that I don't need clutch. I am the 3rd owner of the car and it has had 2 clutches previously. I have only driven it for 11K miles and would say that I don't drive my car hard. I live in Seattle and commute to the city with plenty of stop and go traffic.

All help is much appreciated.


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BMW Seattle diagnosis, my car needs a new transmission. Have you ever heard of a car with 48K miles needing a new transmission? The worse part, $6000. Holy Sheet
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thats doesnt seem right to me at all.....do they still use salt on the roads in the winter time to get the ice off?
u can probobly get a used transmission from the junk yard for a lot cheaper, but if u have the money, its always best to get a new one.
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They don't use salt on the roads in Seattle, it barely snows in the city. As for the used transmission, I will look into that lead. The grinding from 3-4th is not that noticeable yet, but I am sure it will get worse.
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well it kinda sounds like the people that owened the car before you is the problem. if the car has already had 2 cltuches then that kinda indicates that they drove it hard. and they could have damaged the transmission. you can find good stuff in a junk yard sometimes. but just rmember that you could run into the smae problem with a jaunkyard tranny too. you never know how the tranny was treated in it's previous car.
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well it kinda sounds like the people that owened the car before you is the problem. if the car has already had 2 cltuches then that kinda indicates that they drove it hard. and they could have damaged the transmission. you can find good stuff in a junk yard sometimes. but just rmember that you could run into the smae problem with a jaunkyard tranny too. you never know how the tranny was treated in it's previous car.

Bryan,

Any good leads for the junkyard? Do I just start calling local yards first? I have a 2001 E39, is there a particular year tranny that I should look for? Is the M5 E39 tranny better?


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yeah i'd say just get the yellow pages out and start going through the junkyard numbers. and just call them and ask for a tranny for ur car. quite honestly i'd just get a new one and not take the chance with the junkyard parts. i've seen really nice stuff from a junkyard and i've also seen just junk that the people at the junkyard said would be good. i've had guys say that a tranny was rebuilt then when we went to put it in the car it would go through all forward gears just fine but there was no reverse!!
iono if an M5 tranny would be all that much better. i mean sure it will be more than willing to handle the power of a 540 but to get the M5 tranny to work just right you'd have to get the same diff gear ratio as an M5. which can definatly be done. but it would be just something else that could cost money.
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Just found out that my car previously had 3 clutch replacements, 3100, 26,000 and 32000 miles.

I wonder if the tranny has been faulty and caused premature failure of the clutches and now the tranny needs to be replaced. Any thoughts?
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bad repair men? Your transmission sounds like its a lemon. I have 160000 miles on my 85 e28. It has only had to have the clutch replaced once as far as i know and i drive the hell out of it. With the exception of the clutch and the synchros, most manual transmissions last between 350 and 400,000 miles.

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The third opinion agrees a new tranny, but I do have some life left in the car. As I am getting married next summer, I will save some pennies each month and then spring for a new tranny, maybe an M5 tranny if it is compatible.
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