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01-07-2003, 06:00 PM
hey guys when i have my car in neutral their is about 3cm of side to side free play in the shifter....its 3cm of side to side play where their is Zero in not the normal neutral side to side movement

any one else have this?

also in the mornings when the car is cold it has gotten much harder to shift into 1st...before i would just shift into 3rd and then into 1st but not its even hard to shift into 3rd??

im thinking of taking it in to get that checked, my brakes are squealing a lil (really dont care but if i have to leave it overnight...might as well get them to spray paint the back of the pad) the diff is making that noise when i probably get the new diff fluid...what do you guys think?

-Andres Escobar

Finally got my baby......loving it !!!!
Miami FL

01-07-2003, 06:11 PM
shifting problems with 6-speeds. can't believe it. aside from the engine issue, there is this issue and the grinding diff issue. somebody just reported some occurrences of a faulty starter issue in the '03 models as well ... when does it end?

01-07-2003, 06:14 PM
They aren't going to be perfect no matter what we spend.. Others have no problems with their cars(myself included) but they aren't a consistant beast as long as people have to build them and drive them..

Sorry you're having trouble, hope they clear up for you so you can get back to havin' fun.<br>

Silverton, Oregon

2003 M3 Cab Platinumvisions
Alpine W/Cinnamon Painted reflectors
Aluminum trim

01-07-2003, 06:20 PM
i also have a short shifter so it might decrease the perceived play...

my car is also hard to shift when cold (especially compared to when i first got it). even 3rd and 4th are hard to shift into before going into 1st...

i don't imagine it will get much worse though. seems like the gearbox is done breaking in.<br>
<B>CBsaksiri</B> Sunnyvale, CA
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01-07-2003, 06:30 PM
I've had 14,000 trouble free miles with my standard transmission car.
Los Angeles, CA
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01-07-2003, 06:34 PM

01-07-2003, 07:28 PM

-Andres Escobar

Finally got my baby......loving it !!!!
Miami FL

01-07-2003, 07:41 PM
...then it's not really the high end." - quote from John Atkinson referring to audio gear.

You can paraphrase it and change the numbers, and it would apply as well to any high performance machinery. Things have gotten better over the years, but only by a matter of degrees. High performance machinery still exacts it's toll.


Tim C.
01-07-2003, 08:48 PM

My 6spd is fine after a year... Eagle M3
01-07-2003, 09:37 PM
People only post with problems. It would be a pretty boring (and overloaded) board otherwise.

The stiff shifting when cold is simply a quirk of this car and another reason a proper warm up is important. Most performance cars have quirks of one kind or another...

A proper warm up has little or nothing to do with the bearing failures however. That's called a defect.

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