I just acquired a BMW 318i. I am sure that the clutch is working well.
When I first drove the car, I had no problems shifting. Then, after a
few days, I began having problems shifting into 1st gear. Not every
time, but on a regular basis, the stick will not go smoothly into the
first gear position. It will go partially into that position. When
the stick is partially in the first gear position, and I let out the
clutch to put the car into gear, if I take my hand off the stick, the
stick will be thrown automatically out of gear into neutral, but if I
continue pushing the stick into position while letting out the clutch,
depending on how skillful I am with it, it will either pop hard into
first gear or grind into it. Other times, without letting out the
clutch, I can put the stick into what appears to be the first gear
position and then push it very forcefully against some added resistance
to get into the actual first gear position, but this doesn't always
work. There are also other times when it shifts completely normally.
The other gears appear to shift completely normally although I think
that second might have been jammed a few times. What are the possible
problems that I am having. Is this expensive to repair?