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Old 07-19-2005, 04:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a new 2004 leased 325i, at first i totally didnt even think about getting manual because i didnt no how to drive one at the time and i just thought an automatic would be fine, but after six months i regrett it and wish to change it but i hear its not practical.

So would converting my bimmer be even possible even though it would cost alot of money
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I have a new 2004 leased 325i, at first i totally didnt even think about getting manual because i didnt no how to drive one at the time and i just thought an automatic would be fine, but after six months i regrett it and wish to change it but i hear its not practical.

So would converting my bimmer be even possible even though it would cost alot of money
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Why would you want to do a major change on a leased vehicle? Get a new lease
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Old 07-19-2005, 07:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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But if i got a new lease, wouldnt i have to pay more by getting another new car?
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Old 07-19-2005, 09:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yes, it is going to cost you, but only once. If you modify a leased vehicle and cannot return it to stock at lease return you will be charged for a dealer to perform the work. And this is not cheap (I got hit with a $500 charge to replace the winshield on a MkIV Jetta). The cost to convert and then return to stock will more than exceed the cost to turn in and re-lease a different vehicle. Also a major modification like this will definately void all warranties and most likely your lease agreement. But if you still want to do it good luck! I know that I would not.
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I witnessed an auto-to-manual swap on a mustang, which is relatively simple car, but still involved a lot of work and a significant amount of cutting as well as some welding. I can't imagine why you'd want to do this, especially to a leased car. How long is the lease anyways, I'd just suck it up and enjoy the car. Good luck.
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When people want to to the swap on cars they OWN, we still recommend that they sell teh car and get one with the manual transmission. I say get a new lease. It will cost you less than the swap.
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Old 07-20-2005, 01:39 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Well my lease is 15,000 miles per year for 3 years and im about 3/4 into my first year, so how much would it cost to start a new lease?
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