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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 04-14-2005, 11:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So, after getting ready to take the car into Victoria BMW for a timing belt change, I discover something else.

The rear end is worn. I initially thought that the quiet clank from the rear enaging/disengaging of the throttle would be a limited slip diff, but lo and behold, not on my car. ghead Now I'm lookin at a new rear end.

While that's out, I'm thinkin may as well go for the whole job here, and replace the transmission with the 5spd unit. I suppose my question is, with some relative knowledge and an air lift, how difficult are these jobs? I'm going to have to do some scrounging for the parts for the tranny, arn't I? (Clutch pedal assembly, etc, hopefully bolts right in if you replace the brake pedal with the smaller version?)

Do it myself, or take it to the shop?
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Old 04-14-2005, 10:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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before blaming the diff check the rear upper shock mounts, the submframe bushings, and the diff bushing.

if you are in need of a diff and a tranny, why not sell the car and look for a 5 speed?
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I'm already in debt 4 large for the car. I'd have to sell it for at least that.
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the 5-speed conversion isnt that hard. the whole pedal cluster will come out and a 5-speed pedal cluster will bolt right in.

there is a hole in the firewall with a rubber cap in it for the brake line on the 5-speed pedals.
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