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      05-01-2011, 07:19 PM   #1
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Cant get 1st gear

Every once in a while, I'll be getting ready to pull away from a green light and the car won't go into first... This has happened with reverse as well. After trying for a little while it will work, but with traffic behind me this can get embarrassing.

The car has 20K on it, it's a 2009 128i.

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      05-01-2011, 10:12 PM   #2
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ya i have the same problem! im not sure what happens!
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      05-11-2011, 10:20 AM   #3
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took it to the dealer to have a look. They asked if I take the car to the track, or drive it hard...saying that the symptoms i described could be the outcome of that. I don't drive my car that hard, nor to I track it...but it was hard for them to diagnose anything without the problem occurring while on the test drive.

They just told me to monitor it to see when it happens again and under what conditions.
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      05-11-2011, 10:26 AM   #4
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At below freezing temps, my E46 5 speed was sometimes recalcitrant to engage first. Shifting initially into 2nd and then to 1st helped, as did a switch to RedLine transmission fluid.

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      05-11-2011, 03:41 PM   #5
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At below freezing temps, my E46 5 speed was sometimes recalcitrant to engage first. Shifting initially into 2nd and then to 1st helped, as did a switch to RedLine transmission fluid.

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dude i used to do this for my olllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll lllllllllllllllllllllllllllllld turbo charged E230 go for second then first
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At below freezing temps, my E46 5 speed was sometimes recalcitrant to engage first. Shifting initially into 2nd and then to 1st helped, as did a switch to RedLine transmission fluid.

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dude i used to do this for my olllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll lllllllllllllllllllllllllllllld turbo charged E230 go for second then first
Use to do the exact same thing on my c230k mercedes in the cold
Second and to fist gear
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