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I have a 95 540i. The transmission has been clunking when downshifting (automatic) at about 35mph. Has anyone heard of this happening before? Feels like it's coming from the back of the car. I had BMW look at it and they found metal shavings inside the tranny case and said I need a new tranny. About $6,000. Ouch. If I do need a new tranny, does it make sense to try to find one from a wrecked 540 or go for new? Please help. Thanks.
I did take a chance by getting a complete engine from an auto wrecker; I cann't say it is less than perfect saved so much $$ over new/rebuilt....so I would consider a used tranny especially if it comes out of a newer model (low miles) and fits yours
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