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Old 03-09-2006, 12:19 AM   #1
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Exclamation Need Auto Tranny Recommendations

I have a 93' 325 with a "dying" auto tranny. I took my car to a transmission shop today for an tranny oil/filter/gasket change and they stated it had an inch thick of metal particles on the pan. They recommended rebuilding it between $1800-$2000 and I said yeah right! They said I need to rebuilt it and do not recommend just replacing with a used tranny.

My questions to you: Should I just buy a used auto tranny ($700)and hope it won't have the same problem? Should I consider another type of tranny, if so what kind? (Not sure what model types of tranny works with a 93') Maybe an auto to manual swap? (What's the cost?)

Any recommendations and suggestions from experience is greatly appreciated in advance! Thanks!
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Old 03-09-2006, 12:27 AM   #2
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if you want an auto tranny, I would sell you mine in the summer, has just under 130k on it right now. If your getting quoted around 2 grand I would just get a manual in it.
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Do you have any problems with your tranny? Are you planning to swap it with a manual?
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Well, with a used tranny, you're taking a chance. These cars are up in age, no telling what might be wrong. I have heard quotes of $3000 to $4000, so the price for rebuilding doesn't sound so bad. I believe swapping a manual can be cheaper. There are people who have done this swap, they can give more info. There's not a lot of choices in trannys. Two 4 speeds and one 5 speed. And I don't believe they will interchange. Are you planning on keeping it for a while? If you are, rebuild the auto or swap in a manual. If not, used tranny and a "for sale" sign.
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Old 03-09-2006, 12:35 AM   #5
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Do you have any problems with your tranny? Are you planning to swap it with a manual?
No problems whatsoever, I just hate auto, since my previous car was manual, I miss it a lot. My truck im working on right now is manual also.
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I'd recommend the manual swap. I have an auto and a manual bimmer, and needless to say, the manual is much more fun.

You can pick up all the parts needed for the swap for around $1,250 to $1,500, and the labor is anywhere from $400 to $900, depending on where you get it done.

Rob on UB just thump his auto->manual swap a few days ago, so he could answer any questions you have about that.
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