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Old 12-08-2011, 07:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Helluva time getting into passing gear

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97 528i, automatic, 189,000 miles

I cleaned MAF and replaced boot from sensor assembly to throttle (it was split).
That fixed MOST performance. (it WAS feeling like driving a brick- just felt sluggish)

When heading up an on-ramp or trying to pass- it takes 2 or 3 good stomps (literally) on the gas pedal to kick it into passing gear. and then it's high RPM- more than I would have expected, anyhow (5500-6000)...

suggestions/assessments?

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Old 12-08-2011, 10:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Kickdown cable too slack?
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If you shift into manual and kic it down manually does it perform any better / differently?
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Hmmm Good reply Brett... Oil level/condition?
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Has the oil and filter in the transmission ever been changed/checked since rolling off the production line?
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new problem, too...

I can say it hasn't been serviced/changed in the 18 mos we've had it...


Now it seems that it only shows gear indication on dash when in P or N...all others have no indication on dash. below 40mph it keeps changing gears back and forth like it's on the fence...improves with temp to a degree.

Weird thing...speedo is fine- but once you hit 70-75...the needle gets bouncy and flops tween 70 and 80 long as you are at that speed...over 80 or under 70 and it is rock solid...
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Would recommend an oil service on the tranny mate ;-)
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Thanks!

Will do...hopefully this is the last repair for a while...it's starting to nickel and dime me to death ;-)
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Will do...hopefully this is the last repair for a while...it's starting to nickel and dime me to death ;-)
Umm ... that's called maintenance. They all do that. A lot of American cars seem to need less; then again they don't seem to last past 100k miles, either.
There are those folk here that follow the Type 1 and Type II maintenance schedules. And those folk don't seem to break down.
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Umm...a ridiculous amount, it seems...

ended up being a neutral safety switch... Thanks for all the help, everyone.

as for maintenance- I have no issue with that, BUT...
for $300 a month I could have had a much newer car with less hassles instead of paying that much for "maintenance" every month. (I didn't need a monthly bill like that or I WOULD have bought a late model.)

Maintenance should be in the realm of a couple hundred dollars A YEAR, NOT a month :-)
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But how would the Inhibitor switch not let it change gear whilst it's already running? This switch only prevents engine starting in gear !!
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Accd to Bavarian Auto Sports...

that switch also allows the computer to tell the transmission what the engine is doing and vice-versa... not just keeping it from starting and controlling the selector lights. The lack of communication left both "guessing" what the other was doing, I guess... works fine since replacing it...
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