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#1 (permalink) Old 09-03-2012, 11:11 PM
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328 auto trans situation

hey everyone,

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203K on my 98 328 coupe and the auto tranny is is its final death throes.

I figure I'm going to replace with a used/rebuilt auto trans, so I have a few questions if anyone has the time to respond...

1. anyone have a decent/low mileage auto tranny for sale left over from their manual swap?

2. I see some used ones on ebay by recyclers- think I can trust what they claim for mileage and condition? Some claim zero miles, does this mean it's rebuilt or mileage unknown?

3. What do you think is a fair price in pricey CA for a shop to charge me to swap out the trannies? (How much does the shop get for the old tranny to reuse or scrap?)

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What makes you say its on its final death throes?

If they claim zero miles you better ask them. Their is NO "new" transmissions. None. You cant even buy them from BMW. They could mean it has had a rebuild and has yet to be installed, but get proof its had a rebuild.

Average transmission swaps run about $1000-2000 depending on shop. The labour is the killer. Takes about 8-10 hours.


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hello lord vader, thanks for the reply

well, it was obvious transmission making loud metal chunky sounds.

ended up getting tranny rebuild (in process). paying more than swapping out for used tranny, but not that much more, hoping engine and rest of car holds up for another 100K at least...

so much for lifetime tranny fluid, live and learn!
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It's not lifetime. All fluids break down over time.

The automatic transmission in a 328i is the GM 4L30E. This is the same transmission found in the Isuzu Rodeo. GM has never said that their transmissions have a lifetime fluid. BMW did this because they make more money replacing your transmission then they do changing your fluid. Many many mechanics have bought into this a well and will state that BMW transmissions are lifetime fills as well. Any real BMW specialised will tell you the truth. Recommended service interval is every 50,000 miles. Without abuse and proper fluid changes you can exponentially prolong te life of your transmission. The same with the rest of your car. I run Mobil 1 0w-40 as recommended by BMW in the LL-01 bulletin.


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