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      11-28-2006, 05:09 PM   #1
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Manual transmission pops out of 1st gear

I have been having a problem with my '06 325i where the transmission pops out of first gear when taking off from a standstill. Basically, as soon as I release the clutch and apply the gas, the shifter pops out of first gear. The problem occurs intermittently but at least once a day now.

I figure the problem is either I am not full engaging the shifter into 1st or there is a problem with the transmission. I have been driving manual transmissions for 20 years and have never had this problem before; however this shifter is much more 'notchy' than the smooth shifting Japanese cars I've driven in the past.

I've taken the car to the dealer and they say that they can not duplicate the problem.

I have read the thread about having the difficulty getting into 1st and I have that general problem as well.

Have others seen this problem? Any suggestions?

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      11-28-2006, 05:13 PM   #2
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its happened to me several times since i bought this car a year ago......but it was from not fully pushing it in THRU the gate AND OR not pushing the cluth in all the way..
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      11-28-2006, 05:15 PM   #3
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Yeah agreed, I've had it happen when I didn't put it fully into 1st but now I can tell when it isn't all the way in and I fix it before it pops out.
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      11-28-2006, 05:16 PM   #4
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I had the problem on my e46 convertible, but it was 3rd gear. On my car it was a broken motor mount that was allowing a lot of driveline shift. But check e46fanatics. Do a search and see what else comes up.

There's definately something broken, it should never pop out of gear under load unless something is.
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      11-28-2006, 05:27 PM   #5
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"There's definately something broken, it should never pop out of gear under load unless something is."


+1

... Never had this happen on my 325i.
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i believe it's a gearbox problem.. not transmission...

When i broke the shifting fork (bent it), it would pop out of reverse all the time and grind -- i had to physically HOLD IT IN to engage reverse...

let me find the thread w/ my rx8 problem... maybe that'll help...
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      12-04-2006, 11:15 PM   #8
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that does not sound like a good thing. I never had this problem. I have driven manual for almost 2 years now. When I first got my car, I had a hard time going from 1-2. But I think the gear is broken in now and I am really enjoying manual car (lol, even in rush hours). I say just keep working with the dealer on this.
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well, the popping out is usually due to some abuse... note i say usually.

If not, it is a manufacturer defect... regardless, it should and will be covered by warranty, so no worries
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well, the popping out is usually due to some abuse... note i say usually.

If not, it is a manufacturer defect... regardless, it should and will be covered by warranty, so no worries
no worries....except the dealer can't reproduce it....

i've never had this happen on my 330.
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its happened to me a few times, but sometimes mine also wont let me put it into first gear. i have to pump the clutch a few times and then it opens the 1st gear gate. weird
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      12-05-2006, 12:46 AM   #12
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well my problem occurs wen i release the clutch my whole car begins to shake like an earthquake i mean i do give it some gas.. but it seems like its having a really hard time..
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well my problem occurs wen i release the clutch my whole car begins to shake like an earthquake i mean i do give it some gas.. but it seems like its having a really hard time..
are you serious? If you are being serious, I think you can easily demonstrate this to the dealer and they will be able to assist you resolve it (by giving you a new clutch).
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The leaver may not pop out of any gear you have selected on a BMW gearbox when engaged properly. If you haven't engaged the gear properly it will pop out as soon as you release the clutch.

Ask for a reassembly of your gearbox or in the worst case (for the dealer) a whole new one under warranty.
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      12-05-2006, 11:47 AM   #15
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You know I thought this was just me. I have trouble sometimes getting into 1st also. And expectially downshifting into 1st is almost impossible. I talked to someone else on this fourm and when he brought he car in for service and had reported the problem they did they same thing just push it off to the side. Then after like the 3 time they actually replaced the transmission.

I have learned from experience if your dealer is giving you the run around that call BMW NA. I did when my car was in the shop for a couple of weeks and they couldn't figure out the problem. Then all of a sudden I called and a week later my car was fixed.
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      02-13-2007, 01:03 PM   #16
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UPDATE: Manual transmission pops out of 1st gear

I took the car to another dealer. They quickly diagnosed the problem as a defective transmission. They replaced the entire transmission and the problem is completely gone now. Thanks to everyone for their advice.
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      02-13-2007, 01:24 PM   #17
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very nice, good for you man, I hate when they say " can not reproduce ", how about TRY HARDER , as if we're compaining for the fun of it!!!!
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i have never have this happen on my e90 but my 94 toyota pick up truck all the time, except its the 4th gear. i think my clutch is worn.
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I took the car to another dealer. They quickly diagnosed the problem as a defective transmission. They replaced the entire transmission and the problem is completely gone now. Thanks to everyone for their advice.
Go show the reciept to the first dealer, and mention you'll never buy/service a car there again.
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I have the same issue on my 328i. I think its tranny mounts. Fixed it on my old Si but putting in a stiffer mount (frgt what company).

Im going to put Rogues in and see what happens.

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