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Old 17th November 2005
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Default Dead Tranny?

Hi everyone. This is my first post.

First, let me give the vehicle's history with me. I bought this 1987 Saab 9000 Turbo 5 speed for $500 (I obviously overpaid upon further examination). The family I purchased it treated it like utter crap. The vehicle has approx 197,000 miles. I've had the car for roughly a month and a half. I'm slowly but surely returning it to normal. But as an 18 year old living on his own, money isnt all to abundant. So progress has been slow.

So I was pulling into traffic today and I go to shift into 3rd gear. It felt as if it simply slipped out of 3rd. So I tried to enter 3rd again but I couldnt. Tried going into 2nd and I couldnt. So I pulled into a lot and tried moving the shifter. I cant find any gear at all. And I'm not even able to move over to the 5th and Reverse gears. The engine starts and runs like normal. I tried stalling but it is stuck in neutral.

Is this trans just totally shot? Anyone else ever have this problem?

Thanks in advance for the help.
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Your best hope is only the shift linkage broke. But from your description it seems unlikrly. Still shine a flash light from right behind the throttle body down to look at the condition of a piece of rubber connecting the shift rod to the transmission input rod. See if it is in good shape. If it is your prognosis is probably correct.Yes. You overpaid, even without the transmission trouble.
'94 cs, '94cde, '95cse, all turbo and 5 speed all gone,
4 bimmers now '95 525i, '94 540it/6, '01 540it, '03 325i
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