Originally Posted by Dackelone
I think that car gets the GM tranny... so it starts off normally in 2nd gear. When you use manual control it starts off in first.
But both auto and manual for that vintage BMW's are 5speed units.
IF you plan on keeping that car I would (highly) recommend changing the AT fluid and
the pan filter out. It is not hard, just a bit messy. I just did it on my e39 535iA and the trans shifts like a new car now. Also be sure to use the correct ATF (trans fluid). Seems like every model uses a different fluid. And a lot of times a low fluid level will cause the trans to shift really weird. I'm so glad I changed mine.
Thanks for your response I will take you suggestions seriously. Believe it or not the car only has 30K miles on it. It still smells new.