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1600 vs 2002?

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I just got my first BMW 3 days ago (68 1600 w/ an early 70's 2002 2.0 engine) and I love it. I have read posts regarding sloppy shifting as that is my problem - tough to find 1st and wants to fall out of 2nd gear. I'm sorry for being naive but is there much difference between the 1600 & 2002 shifter parts? As far as I can determine, it is the original tranny so are the shifter bushing the same as a 2002? Do you recommend I replace more than just the bushings? Is there a place that I can get an actual print catalogue for 1600 parts? I prefer to do my own work and would appreciate any information/education you can give me. I like to keep great old cars from being scrapped. Thanks!

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parts listing per esty's suggestion, you'll see that the shift linkage on the early 2002s and 1600s are identical--as are the trannys themselves, except that the 1600 had a mechanical clutch linkage, while the 2002 has hydraulic. If yours is hydraulic, there's a good chance that the PO who replaced the engine also replaced the tranny and pedal box.

You can use 2002 shift linkage parts on your 1600 regardless, as up to early January, 1974, the parts are identical. Balkiness going into first is usually a loose shift tower and/or the rubber/metal mounts. Fix by tightening the mounting bolts and replacing the worn mounts.

General sloppiness in the linkage in all gears is worn bushings in the linkage itself--at the base of the shift lever and the horizontal link that goes into the tranny. Not difficult to replace, just a little time consuming and greasy. You also get to crawl under the car.

Several folks make metal bushings to replace the factory plastic ones; they last longer at the expense of being a little noisier. Take your pick.

And welcome to '02 ownership...

cheers from OhiO

mike

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Guest Anonymous

Thanks for all the info! I appreciate it and so too will my car :)

Joanne

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