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Old 03-01-2004, 12:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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hey guys how much would a used manual transmission cost for a1994 bmw 318is... say even from a salvaged bmw! Then about how much do you guys think for instal, and a clutch kit and to get that installed? is it a lot of money or not? I know my friend just got a new tranny for his probe for 230$ from a salavged one!.... so what do you guys say thanks!

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I would say around $1500 w/ a new clutch kit and everyhting else installed.

Make sure to get the old trannys computer. While you're in there, it would also be a good idea to swap the flywheel for a lighter one.
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I just got mine transplanted about 3weeks ago. The gearbox was from a E36 318is halfcut. Getrag manual gearbox, came with properler shafts, clutches, pedals, and rear differential (3.45). Cost me aprox USD1400.00 including labour, and a new set of clutch kit, gearknob and rubber pedals.

Oh, by the way, i'm from malaysia, so maybe the price might vary.

bigred318i, are you driving a 318IS or 318I? auto transmission?
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Old 03-01-2004, 10:56 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I just got mine transplanted about 3weeks ago. The gearbox was from a E36 318is halfcut. Getrag manual gearbox, came with properler shafts, clutches, pedals, and rear differential (3.45). Cost me aprox USD1400.00 including labour, and a new set of clutch kit, gearknob and rubber pedals.

Oh, by the way, i'm from malaysia, so maybe the price might vary.

bigred318i, are you driving a 318IS or 318I? auto transmission?
wait so with everything you just listed there does that make an auto transmission car manual? OR are there other parts that i need also? And thats with labor too! Thats tight! and yes i drive a 318is auto, not the funniest thing in the world! but hey it works i guess! great on gas and inusrance! Im doing this transmission swap and some other crap before i buy a new bmw (while keeping this one though!0 But i really want this one to be manual! So any help is appreciated!

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what model is yours? and di you just switch a manaul in for auto or what?

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wait so with everything you just listed there does that make an auto transmission car manual? OR are there other parts that i need also? And thats with labor too! Thats tight! and yes i drive a 318is auto, not the funniest thing in the world! but hey it works i guess! great on gas and inusrance! Im doing this transmission swap and some other crap before i buy a new bmw (while keeping this one though!0 But i really want this one to be manual! So any help is appreciated!

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what model is yours? and di you just switch a manaul in for auto or what?

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Bigred318,

you driving a 318is is not the funniest thing in the world man! the IS are fast enough to move.. ah, i'm driving a 318i, M40B18 8valves 115bhp E36! Now this is even worse right? hahahaha, well it was on auto trasmission before this, and my auto box was giving problems and needs major fixing.. so decided to opt for a manual transmission instead. So now my car is running on a 318IS getrag gearbox with my 318I engine.

Well, thats the stuffs u need to have in order for you to convert your car to a manual. The gearbox, Pedals, Rear Differential, Properler shaft.. hmm.. clutch kits are all included when i got the gearbox.
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by the way, i think they dont have my model in the US? am i right? the lowest specs for E36s are the 318IS ya?
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hey can you put up where you found your tranny and all those parts for your car.... like to be able to convert it over! OR did you get it off some salvaged bmw in your town or something thanks!

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bigred,
over here in malaysia, there are many shops, (commonly called as Half-cut shop here in Malaysia). These shops carry salvaged parts including complete car half-cuts, front or back. The parts usually come from various countries, so i dont know where did my gearbox come from. my mechanic over here found me the gearbox from one of these shops. It was a 318IS halfcut (dont know where it originated from), so i just bought the gearbox from that halfcut seperately.. didnt buy the engine hahaha..

Yes, depending on what parts you get from a salvaged bimmer, this is what i think you should need to have :
1) gearbox - the transmission box, should come with everything intact inside such as clutches, flywheel, etc..
2) Properler shaft - a must, because ur auto shaft is different from the manual one
3) Rear Differential - also a must, if you dont change this, and remain your auto differential, (which i assume dat the final drive to be 4.45), you will have helluva extreme pick-up/torque but it will wear/tear ur engien faster as you will be revving to much. Imagine, the top speed of only 90mph on 5th gear!! So u must get this as well, the correct final drive should be around 3.45. (if u can get an LSD, that'll be better!)
4) Clutch Pedal, BRake Pedal and gearknob. (You wil be able to continue using your acclerator pedal) - but make sure they remove the kick-down switch and check that your car is own full throttle when pedal is fully pressed. (after the swap of course)

well, i guess thats what u need for a swap!..
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hey i found this site http://www.zionsvilleautosport.com/store/s...Code=3.03.T5SCE what does it mean when it says rear differental not included i thought it said everything that ineed to covert my car over to a manual? So does that inuclude all gearbox and crap too! DOes it seem like a good deal>

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hey breakpopin welcome to the family this is a fellow 115bhp 8 valve bmw owner , your not alone
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hahah ///stealth///, u drivin an M40 as well? where ya from dude?


bigred,

I dont see any 318 parts under the E36 section?.. r u sure they have gearboxes for the 318i?.. and oh,

yes indeed you can convert your car from autobox to manual without changing your rear differential. What they mean is, you can still drive your car normally and added with a manual gearbox. BUT as i say, if you stick to an auto rear diff, which has much closer/shorter final drive, you'll kill your engine in no time (because u're red lining too easily).. a top speed of 80mph is not a very nice drive for you issnt it?.. so you must get a proper manual rear diff together with it..

well, as for the price, i cant tell you if its cheap or not because i dont know the prices in the US..
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Hey Breakpopin im from Ireland , not exactly the m40 family im an m43 its the same except i have a timing chain instead of a timing belt , so tell me do you have those drum brakes in the back of yours, its good to meet a person with the same type of car
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okay how much does a rear differental cost? cuz top speed of 80mph dont sound too good! Most places (say i bought a tranny around here) would come with a rear diff to right? or is that just another thinik you have to buy?

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//stealth///,

ic so yours the newer 8valve engine ya... M43.. yep timing chain, mine's still on the timing belt.. the M43 has higher torque.. well over here in malaysia, there are no 318IS (unless imported), so the M40 and M43 is very common over here..

i had my rear drums replaced with discs.. .

slowly building the car up.. the M40 is too sluggish.. hahaha. thats why i opt for a manual transmission..
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This is pure luck , im want to change my one to discs i just never knew where to start could you to tell how u did it
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