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  • Writer's pictureJustin Schaub


Updated: Feb 21, 2023

If you own an E36 328i, M3, or E39 528i with a manual transmission you have a ZF320Z. This transmission has been known to be more robust than the Getrag counterpart in the 325i and 318i models. But everything isn't perfect in life and the ZF transmission started to develop a couple issues over the years, so much that BMW actually put out two service bulletins for the dealerships to perform.

The issues that were found were some transmission were hard get into gear or they developed the famous 5th gear lean. This is where the stick shift in neutral would lean towards 5th gear and not auto center. Although this did not prevent you from driving it, it sure did cut down on the driving experience. This is after all, the ultimate driving machine correct?

Well now most of these transmissions have well over 100k miles, and if the detents weren't replaced previously, yours is probably well over due. Luckily, we are here to help. We have been providing the ZF detent repair kit on our website for years, but many customers still did not feel comfortable performing the task. So we decided to make a detailed how to video that shows step by step instructions to accomplish the job. Don't worry, it's not as scary as you think. Check out the video below! Thanks

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