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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 06-17-2009, 05:42 PM
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E36 Manual to Auto Tranny Swap

So, for reasons I won't get into (don't want to suffer the abuse of my fellow forum members), I need to know if an automatic can be swapped for the stock 5 speed manual in a '98 318ti. (Yes, you read right. Go from a manual to automatic. Go figure.) If so, which automatic would be appropriate for this model/year? Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old 06-17-2009, 07:32 PM
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I would recommend just selling it and buying an auto. or if you are lucky enough, maybe you can find someone who has an auto and wants a manual.
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Old 06-17-2009, 10:26 PM
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^ +1. Its foolish to do that (partly cuz of the fact people are doing the exact opposite ) because then you'd have to get the tranny cooling lines, then all the other crap (gear shifter, Drive Shaft, pedals (not really, but still), torque converter, tranny, sensors, and just that big old headache). If I were you, id just either A) keep it the way it is, or B) sell it and rebuy. Good luck, and BTW im doing the manny Swap


Oh, what part of Cali are you at?
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Old 06-18-2009, 09:23 AM
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^ +1. Its foolish to do that (partly cuz of the fact people are doing the exact opposite ) because then you'd have to get the tranny cooling lines, then all the other crap (gear shifter, Drive Shaft, pedals (not really, but still), torque converter, tranny, sensors, and just that big old headache). If I were you, id just either A) keep it the way it is, or B) sell it and rebuy. Good luck, and BTW im doing the manny Swap


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Thanks. Great advice. The path is now clear.

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Old 06-19-2009, 09:15 AM
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Glad I can help . It would be a shame to see a 5-speed swapped out for a gaymatic tranny .
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