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post #1 of 7 Old Sep 30th, 2006, 6:56 pm Thread Starter
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Broken Shift Linkage on 05

Am I the first to break a shift linkage on an 05. It happened today about 30 miles from home, stopped at an intersection, took off, went for second, no shift. Because I read about it hear, I new what to do. Pulled over, removed the cover, put the tranny in 3rd & hammered down for home. Threads broke off in the metal bracket between the 2 linkages.

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post #2 of 7 Old Sep 30th, 2006, 7:14 pm
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Nope.. my 05 hasn't broken them... yet. sorry you had trouble.. might be worth getting the "kit...

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I think it may be a different break. The break wasn't actually in the linkage, but the ball the linkage connect to. Having a spare linkage would not have helped. I would have needed the ball mount, drill, easy out, & tap

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It is normally the ball joint that breaks. It loosens up and unthreads some, then the force from shifting is concentrated on the shaft of the ball, rather than getting distrubuted over the whole base. Eventually, the shaft breaks just above the threaded section where it is thinnest.

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Don't think it worked loose, still had about 4 threads sticking out the other end. It was broken in the treads. Even though it was sticking out the other end far enough to grab with vise grips, I still couldn't unscrew it, had to drill it out. It's going to the dealer this week, I just hope I shortened the stay there by removing the broken part. They shouldn't have to wait to investigate before they order the part if I hand them the broken part.

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The only "improved" item here on the 05 is the ball stud on the shift lever. Every other part in the linkage is exactly the same as the pre-05s.

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Broken Shifter Linkage

Mine snapped off in 3rd gear, called Bob's BMW and was told it's a fairly common thing.
Don't know if the parts guy was pulling my leg, but I asked if there mabe was a harder grade bolt/ball joint, which he said there was so I ordered the parts.
I lucked out and the broke piece came right out after drilling and using a ease out, Didnt even drill any threads out. Back on the road and so far so good.
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