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Old 06-24-2012, 11:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My E36 Automatic to 5 Spd Swap DIY!



After 4 years of mods, upgrades, & meets...kinda of ran out of things to do, also got tired of hearing that my car was perfect except for 1 thing...yeah you guessed it...It's Automatic!
This past winter my wife's cousin & his girlfriend from Germany visited. His 24 year old platinum blonde, blue eyed girlfriend told me... driving an Automatic is like drinking Corona Light!

I have been wanting to do this for the last 3 years anyway, but was too afraid to attempt it,
especially with the worries of the check engine light, cruise control & fund-age!
I did my homework & researched it the last 2 years, with help of the Bimmerforums (The Official Auto-to-Manual Transmission Swap Thread) & various links, I purchased a donor car, then dove right in!

So, after I successfully completed the swap in the Spring of 2012, I decided to share my experience & help some fellow BMW enthusiast if they ever decide to do this.

Here is the link to my website:

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Hope it helps all you fellow E36 owner's!

good luck,

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Old 06-24-2012, 06:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Great writeup! Ive always been a fan of your car. How many hours did it take to complete?
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Great writeup! Ive always been a fan of your car. How many hours did it take to complete?

Thanks...5 days, about 6 hours a day!


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Finally! I can remember a few years back you saying you were going to do this, fantastic job.
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Finally! I can remember a few years back you saying you were going to do this, fantastic job.
Thanks Brian, too attached to my E36, so I had to do it! lol...


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Haha I can tell. When is the S54 swap?
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