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  1. smolck
    07-10-2010 02:13 PM
    Sorry, I assumed it was an auto. Well, same goes then, the weaker gearbox probably couldn't handle the fun. Also, Getrag units are known to have 2nd gear problems with a lot of power and/or spirited driving. Good news is that manual gearboxes are all over the place for around $500-$700
  2. beQa330
    07-09-2010 02:22 PM
    thanks for the reply

    there's no light tho & its a 5 speed manual . i guess i have to look inside it to be sure but will be searching for a new one
  3. smolck
    07-08-2010 06:11 PM
    Congrats on the swap to the better motor! Unfortunately the gearbox you have isn't rated for it and you likely have hosed your trans. If you got the (!) light with the gear around it, you can have the code read to confirm what is wrong. But you have to have a special scanner for it, an OBD2 reader isn't gonna do it. If I were you I would start looking for a 330 manual gear box cause it sounds like yours is toast. No reason to go back auto IMO. Cheaper to convert to manual anyways. I had $1100 in parts when I did mine. A rebuilt auto is $2500, a used one (bad idea) is $1000. So it just makes sense
  4. beQa330
    07-08-2010 01:24 PM
    Hi there

    i guess u know allot about bmw's and im pretty sure u can help me with my problem i'd be very thankful .

    i've got a e46 325 with a swapped engine ( 330 now ) it had a problem engaging into 2nd gear at high revs , i had to pull it into !
    as i was racing today i switched to second and what a surprise no second gear at all ... had to drive home without it (

    is it repairable or should i consider buying a used gearbox

    thanks in advance )
  5. smolck
    05-16-2010 07:23 AM
    I have replaced the FSR on a few 5 series, not my E46. However it is the same part and same process. Tight space, but pretty easy. Plenty of DIY's on E46fanatics.
  6. 323iBimmer
    05-15-2010 08:53 PM
    Have you replaced your FSR? I see we have the same model, and was wondering if you have replaced yours.

  7. spazmataz
    04-13-2010 03:55 PM
    Well I'll keep you informed! Tomorrow after work, I'm finishiing it and I'm doing both sides too because both of mine failed so we'll see...
  8. smolck
    04-12-2010 08:04 AM
    Yes. I found it to be very easy. However, the condition of the bearings have a lot to do with it. I have a trailing arm at my house that the axle is stuck in, probably for good because the owner let the bearing get so bad it failed in such a way that it will never come out. It is RARE though. My only concern for you is that you have road salt and winter roads, I do not. No corrosion or rust was involved in my DIY, and that probably made it easier to get out. BUT, I still don't think it is that bad all. I will finish this afternoon and I am making my own "press" to install the hub because I can't pound it in like I did the bearing or I might damage the bearing.
  9. spazmataz
    04-12-2010 07:37 AM
    Hey did you think that the DIY seems a lot easier than everyone made it out to be? Granted I'm not done yet but so far it doesnt seem so bad!!
  10. spazmataz
    04-06-2010 04:15 PM
    lol!! i like that!! I'm looking too!! at this point, I have a feeling if i drive it long enough, when i open it up, it'll just be too worn and fall out. But then again, I'm not sure I want that because that'll mean the hub is gone too!! Have you thought of sourcing a used hub and putting the new bearing in even before you take your car apart? For the right price for the hub, that might be worth doing and saving sometime. Some one mentioned they're for sale somewhere but I havent been able to find one yet and cant find that thread.

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  • About smolck
    Work in sales, been a car guy for many years. Used to drag race fox body mustaangs (79-93 5.o's) and absolutely love my new (to me) BMW!! Way better than those old, loud, rusty mustangs!
    Birmingham, AL
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