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E46General discussion and technical help for 1999-2004 3 series cars.
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Your Ride: 2003 330Ci
Hey guys, a little new to this place, I was hoping I could find a little technical advice. I really wanted a sports car with 6 gears, so after owning my '03 330Ci (5 speed) for a year I decided to buy a 6 speed. Got it for a decent price from Bavarian Auto Recyclers in CA. The problem is, I jumped into this project without doin any research and I can't find anybody who's swapped a manual for a manual. Anybody know what I need to change out a 5 speed manual in an E46 with a 6 speed manual from an E46? I have no idea if the shift linkages are a different length, the drive shaft is shorter, or anything. Any help would be appreciated.
Your Ride: 1991 318is (e30 m42), 2007 Mazdaspeed 3
I'm not sure on specifics but I'm guessing it will bolt up and you will have little modification to do, I can't say about the drive shaft but I'm guessing that the parts from the later 6 speed e46 would make everything work if the existing hardware doesn't do it. Its also probably easy to pull the engine with the trans then swap them and drop it back in.