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      03-25-2009, 03:02 PM   #1
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2nd gear grind

I read another post somewhere regarding this issue but it didn't seem to resolve the question. I recently picked up my new 2009 black 335 coupe x-drive, 6 speed manual. I'll also preface by saying that I've driven a manual for 15+ years and recognize that the BMW may require more precise shifting (longer throws, crunchy gears, etc.)

However, on at least two occasions, I was not able to shift into 2nd gear during full throttle acceleration. I'm certain the clutch was depressed fully and I applied firm/precise shift into 2nd gear. I was met with an extended high pitch grind. I've heard the theory about warming up a car but I don't accept this.

Anyone else experience this? Your input would be helpful before I bring this up to the dealership.
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      03-25-2009, 06:30 PM   #2
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Happens all the time...especially if the car is cold. I grew to accept it cause its under warranty...oh boy is it annoying tho.

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1 --> 2 gear just sucks on these cars.
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I've done it a couple of times in this car. It happened a few times in my X5 too. I feel like it's a timing issue and not an issue with the trans or clutch. I'm probably letting out the clutch before the shifter is fully into second gear.
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It happened again this morning. Argh. I was a stop light and needed to get over to the other lane quickly. It was about 3/4 throttle and I had just driven the car about 10 miles on the freeway (not a lot of shifting). This is unacceptable. I'm calling the service dept. today.
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Mine 335i (rwd) has never done it, my old Porsche (with worn synchros) did but never the 335i. I'd bring it in and see what the SA says
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Mine did it all the time. I installed the SSK for the 335i, and it hasnt happend since.
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Mine did it all the time. I installed the SSK for the 335i, and it hasnt happend since.
Even when its cold outside???
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It's all in the synchros...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manual_...d_transmission

I find that in extreme cold it is harder to shift until the tranny warms up.
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It's all in the synchros...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manual_...d_transmission

I find that in extreme cold it is harder to shift until the tranny warms up.
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