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Well, I am not exactly a fan of digging into transmissions (it is about the only thing that I would have professionally worked on) but replacing a tranny in our rear wheel drive cars should be fairly easy!
I have not done so to my Bimmer mind you, so take this advice with a grain of salt, but having collected RX7's for a few years, I did a LOT of transmisison swapping. Replacing a manual tranny will be fairly simple. You will have bolts on the bell housing of the tranny that bolt into the engine block. There will be a crossmember that supports the mid/tail section of the transmission, and then the driveshaft. Actually, the only REAL challenge might be the bolt location of a couple of the bell housing bolts... well, that... and getting the car high enough on your driveway to take the transmission out and supporting it as you remove the last couple bolts.
If you have a tranny jack (or a spare floor jack with a secured wood block or similar, to support the length of the transmission) it can be done single handedly in the driveway, but I would recommend having your most highly skilled mechanically minded friend there just in case, if for nothing else, at least to help jack the tranny down and such. and some fairly tall Jack Stands would be handy as well.
If you have some good tools, and are moderatly mechanically skilled, this can be done in well under 3 hours. I used to swap out transmissions in my RX7's in under 2 hours, but they were EXCEEDINGLY SIMPLE to work on!
Hope this at least gives you the information to decide weather to do it yourself, or have it done professionaly!
Not currently on the Bimmer kick. Drivin' a 2003 Silver Civic at the moment, but I am STILL the Founding Member of the "325eXTATIC You're my hero" club.
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