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I recently had a new clutch installed in my five speed 76, 2002. Before the installation the shifting was smooth. With the new clutch, it takes a few gear shifts at the start before it functions smoothly. Once I go thru the gears all is good. I also noticed that if I just go out and sit in the car and not start it up, the gears seem to shift fine. Any ideas?

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Well the first two things come to mind, one is the wrong throw out bearing was used for the 215 clutch, and the second is if they replaced the slave cyl it was installed with the bleeder facing up as would be normal for most slaves but not the 320i 5 speed.


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Did you install new bushings?


Also, check if the shifter assembly was installed correctly.  I have not experienced what you are going through, but I'm just following what is recommended by the e21 repair manual shown below.




Following is the installation of my clutch slave assembly:



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You might check the trans fluid level also while you're there. Low fluid level will cause the same symptoms. 

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