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    Don't make the same mistake I did: Make sure your gear selector button works properly.

    On Friday I was headed home from work. I was just pulling out of the driveway, going maybe 10 mph. The car was in D and I was going to shift to S3, when my hand slipped and pushed the gear selector lever forward. I think it only went into N, but may have gone into R. When I heard the engine rev I immediately slammed the lever back, probably into 2.

    I didn't hear any loud noise, maybe a pop. The engine was still running and the computer didn't throw any codes, but the transmission wouldn't engage.

    I called AAA and we towed the car to BT Fields, A BMW specialist in Signal Hill (Blocks from my apartment). He noticed that when you put the car in N, it would put a load on the engine?

    Anyway, it's been a long weekend waiting for what he finds on Monday. New transmission or maybe the linkage is not aligned up. Say a pryer for my 93 E34.

    Ralph Mendoza Jr. - Long Beach, CA

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    You'd know if you hit reverse. A momentary free rev and worst case something of a "neutral drop". Even a full throttle dump into gear would likely be tolerated once.
    I suspect you may have managed to break the shift linkage but doubt the tranny died.
    "The gas pedal wouldn't go to the floor if it weren't meant to be there"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ross View Post
    You'd know if you hit reverse. A momentary free rev and worst case something of a "neutral drop". Even a full throttle dump into gear would likely be tolerated once.
    I suspect you may have managed to break the shift linkage but doubt the tranny died.
    Thanks for the reply. Just waiting on the answer has been killing me.

    I went by the shop yesterday and fixed the gear selector button.

    Ralph Mendoza Jr. - Long Beach, CA

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