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Old 03-26-2004, 05:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i love my 3 gear tansmission but i want a few more gears anything out there
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Old 03-26-2004, 05:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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just get a manual swap , get 5 gears. and shift them when you want. haha

seriously i dunno of any company that does so. however you can get a chip to maximize your auto tranny
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Old 03-26-2004, 05:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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what would the chip do for me
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Old 03-26-2004, 05:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I know a lot of places for american cars sell replacement torque convertor plates (turbine plates?) that make the tranny feel much more stiff and add power up top. Basically its like having a slipping clutch and replacing it with a new one. But thats american car companies that like automatic transmissions in the first place.
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those indy cars have electronic transmission etc. no clutch....of course they like $100,000+ etc. hehehehheheh
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You can look for used units of the ZF 5speed auto gearboxes if you want more gears that is..

I still recommend u to a manual tranny swap..that's way much better..
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Might as well buy a new car. Tranny swap is a bitch. Expensive as hell, and even done right destroys the resale of the car. PS. Three gears? don't the e36 has 4 sp auto. I know mine does.
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the BMW auto in the e36 is a 4spd.

D is considered 4th gear in M mode.
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yeah but when i put it in d afetr 3 it doenst shift
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depends how high of an rpm u r running. to do an easy check, go driving adn start in 1. drive till about 5000 rpms, then push up ur knob to 2, aagain 5 000 rpms, then shift to 3, 5500 rpms, adn then put it in D, if it doesnt shift then u got a serious problem on ur hands.
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depends how high of an rpm u r running. to do an easy check, go driving adn start in 1. drive till about 5000 rpms, then push up ur knob to 2, aagain 5 000 rpms, then shift to 3, 5500 rpms, adn then put it in D, if it doesnt shift then u got a serious problem on ur hands.
I agree. If you can't shift in 4th you have heave of trouble on your hand.
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