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Old Fri, Oct-08-2010, 07:58:17 PM   #1
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Hello,ive had a V8 M3 for two years now,(from new) and have never been happy with the gearbox,it has always been notchy into second gear,either up or down the box and now the layshaft in the gearbox has now started rattling,(i think its that anyway) with the clutch engaged when in neutral. has naybody else encountered these problems?
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Old Wed, Oct-13-2010, 06:11:59 PM   #2
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It's been an "issue" for some. I usually shift to third from first when it's cold. The current motor trend magazine article which has the mustang 5.0 versus the m3 also says that this is something you can do.

I have noticed that the gear slips out of second occassionally if the car isn't completely warm. The notchy second gear can be adjusted, at least in the short term, by shifting gears quickly when standing still, such as at a light. Shift it from first to second a few times to get the gear placed right. Then you can usually be fine for awhile.

It's not the e46 which you could just throw into second at any rpm and have it "chirp" in second, unless you do it right. If you high rev first, all that torque might cause issues when you are shifting into second. Let the rpms come down a bit then shift it. You might also want to check your fluids. This has been the only issue I've had with the e92, that and the 14.5 mpg..

Do I miss my e46, sometimes..the rattling is something I notice too, but I think that's "normal". Take it to the dealer definitely.
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