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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 08-01-2007, 10:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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how hard is it?

how hard is it to swap from auto to manual? and can i do it by myself with out having a lift and no real big tools.

also if anyone knows of any sites where they show or tell you that would be great!!

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how hard is it to swap from auto to manual?

and can i do it by myself with out having a lift and no real big tools.

also if anyone knows of any sites where they show or tell you that would be great!!

thanks
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Its not that hard with the right tools and know how and has been done quite a few times. With no lift and a very basic tool set it will not be fun or easy.

To do the swap you need, transmission, complete shifter and shifter mounting parts, clutch master and slave cylinders, 5 speed drive shaft, 5 speed pedal cluster, modified brake resv. or resv for a 5 speed car, flywheel, pressure plate, friction disc, throw-out bearing, pilot bearing, clutch release arm, release arm pivot, release arm clip, and transmission mounts.

Thats all the parts I can think of right now.
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Avoid the dual mass flywheel. You'll need to modify the wiring harness for the back up lights and neutral safety switch. Also the 88 and up DME requires an input for P-N or R-D positions. Even the DME are different (the proms have a different fuel/spark mapping) although I have seen them work in both automatic and manual with a slight wiring mod. If you have an 88 and older you'll need to modify the wiring harness differently because the idle control module is separate from DME.

If you have never pulled a motor or transmission before or don't have a good understanding of how to do so with out a book, I wouldn't advise it.

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thanks guys for all the info! i agree i dont think it would be a very good idea for me to try and do that myself. i have a book but even still i dont think i could do it. thanks again

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