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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

View Poll Results: How many miles on your transmission before repairs or replacement needed?
50,000 to 100,000...transmission repaired/replaced. 147 7.84%
50,000 to 100,000...no problems!!! 624 33.26%
100,001 to 125,000...transmission repaired/replaced. 110 5.86%
100,001 to 125,000...no problems!!! 330 17.59%
125,001 to 150,000...transmission repaired/replaced. 81 4.32%
125,001 to 150,000...no problems!!! 224 11.94%
150,001 to 175,000 or more...tranny repaired/replaced. 54 2.88%
150,001 to 175,000 or more...no problems!!! 306 16.31%
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Old 05-23-2011, 04:47 PM
calicruisin calicruisin is offline
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What did you do for maintenance during that time? Sorry if you posted it already, I have not looked though the entire thread.
No maintanence has been done on the transmission.

EDIT: Since somebody( Nervous ) got his/hers panties in a bunch and couldnt just pm me. But whatevs.

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Old 05-23-2011, 04:56 PM
Nervous Nervous is offline
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I just do oil changes between every 7.5k miles and 8.5k miles with Mobil1. I have replaced the belts and the filters about 3 times now. Replaced almost all the bushings twice so far. I have replaced the ignition coils I believe they are called. Recently had to replace valve cover gasket since it was leaking a little bit of oil. Other than that nothing else, besides the other usual stuff like tires, brake pads, and disks.
And how is this related to automatic transmission?
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Old 05-23-2011, 04:58 PM
calicruisin calicruisin is offline
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And how is this related to automatic transmission?
Because he asked me on the previous page what maintenance I have done to my car so far. And my car is auto.
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Old 05-23-2011, 04:59 PM
Nervous Nervous is offline
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I think he meant maintenance for transmission, otherwise neither question nor answer makes sense in context of the topic.
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Old 05-23-2011, 10:21 PM
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I think he meant maintenance for transmission, otherwise neither question nor answer makes sense in context of the topic.
True, I was wondering about what maintenance was done to the tranny.
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Old 05-24-2011, 01:15 PM
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Tranny reported done by BMW Dealer

I received the dreaded ! signal. The limp rev in drive. No problem in reverse.
I took my 330 Ci 2003 to the dealer and was told it was a computer problem and that after they re-initialized or whatever.. that it was okay. Drove off and everything seemed fine. 24 hours and 35 miles later the ! signal returns off and on and eventually limp mode returns. I return to dealer and was told the Trans is Kaput and $7K will bring it back like new.

I am in Vienna Virginia and am in need of a second opinion and based on the forum to try a fluid change first before a complete heart replacement.

Any suggestions. Oh bought it used no trans oil changed added 35K to 110K mileage.
Currently odometer is 143K bought it in 2009. No racing.

Replaced steering pump, brakes, tires, that's about it.

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Old 05-31-2011, 10:16 AM
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Would be nice to run a parallel poll comparing these results to those who have manual tranmissions???
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Old 05-31-2011, 10:28 AM
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Lol, some how I told you so just doesnt cut it

Where was this thread a few days ago when the automatic tranny crew was all over me?


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Old 06-03-2011, 09:46 PM
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Automatic....Yuck!!

Depends who's driving. Granny or one of us.
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Old 06-04-2011, 04:37 AM
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so where it he poll? and why cant i see the results?
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Old 06-20-2011, 06:36 PM
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so where it he poll? and why cant i see the results?
Its at the top of this page.

As of today these are the results:

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50,000 to 100,000...transmission repaired/replaced.		93	8.27%
50,000 to 100,000...no problems!!!		454	40.36%
100,001 to 125,000...transmission repaired/replaced.		64	5.69%
100,001 to 125,000...no problems!!!		197	17.51%
125,001 to 150,000...transmission repaired/replaced.		40	3.56%
125,001 to 150,000...no problems!!!		120	10.67%
150,001 to 175,000 or more...tranny repaired/replaced.		24	2.13%
150,001 to 175,000 or more...no problems!!!		133	11.82%
Voters: 1125. You have already voted on this poll
Unless you're referring to a different poll, then ignore this.
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Old 06-21-2011, 02:58 AM
Burning2nd Burning2nd is offline
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that weird... its not showing me that.. perhaps ive not voted

but by the looks of it... everyone is coming out of the closet and admitting that there autotragic's are ticking time bomb's

guess its not that bad for the crew that still has less then 100k on the car

see ya in 200,000 mile
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"Burning 2nd is a lot like vitamin tonic. Overly harsh, tastes like crap, but somewhere in all that there's good intent......just have to learn to read between the lines, actually you have to squint really hard to see the good, but its there somewhere"

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Old 06-23-2011, 07:47 AM
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around 125+ and i havent faced any problem yet.
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Old 06-23-2011, 07:50 AM
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Oh yea let's get,a manual,trans problem poll !!!
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Old 06-27-2011, 04:24 AM
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Just ticked over 90000km and due for a service in the next week or two. Auto trans is running fine (2000 BMW 323i)
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Old 06-27-2011, 08:34 PM
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2002 330i. 75k,no problems, gonna change fluid soon.
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Old 06-27-2011, 09:06 PM
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I'm at 185000 on a 2002 325i. No maintenance or repairs of any kind to the tranny. (Can you hear me knocking on wood?) I think it's bad karma to replace the transmission fluid.
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Old 07-09-2011, 10:30 AM
enzo_the_baker enzo_the_baker is offline
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220,000 miles on original GM tranny and fluid, with no repairs or problems.
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:54 AM
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I need to change mine, I now have 135k and still no problems, tranny oil change at 123k....still say it was a good decision!!
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Old 07-18-2011, 01:50 PM
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@majorpeace:

Did you get your issue resolved? If not, please let me know as I have code read-out and reset capabilities. This way you should know exactly what is going on with your car.

Car & Key Memory and some recoding can be done with me, as well. Just PM me.
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Old 07-19-2011, 02:29 AM
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Thanks for the reply, and yes I got it sorted, the fault light was up due to a perished hoser that was sucking air into the Engine.
I replaced the sump oil level sender woith one I brought from Pelican parts in your country, even with the exchange rate in Kiwi dollars and postage, it was only half the price, of buying the same thihg in NZ, Mc Millan BMW wanted 375.00kiwi do0llars for the sender, I brought mine for 180Am , not bad eh.
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Old 07-19-2011, 07:17 AM
mschbrem mschbrem is offline
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About 123k km with no repairs. At around 60k km, I got the "!" and the Dealer "reset" the tranny control module. No more issues after that (KNOCK ON WOOD!!!).

I will do a fluid change with all associated work soon.

Interestingly enough, Bav Auto has the repair parts for the M56 SULEV engined E46's ONLY, which happens to be my car.
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Old 07-25-2011, 09:41 PM
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I get my tranny ligth on i drop the pan drain and put back 6 qts of syntetic oil replace the gasket and filter clean the pan and the magnets now after 3000 mile like a champ again. I DID THAT IN A 135000 MILES AND I WILL RE DO IT IN ABOUT 10,000 MORE MILES

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Old 07-29-2011, 10:30 AM
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Auto transmission replacement

My transmission started failing with thankfully a rather gracefull degradation of performance. Here is a short timeline of the issues.
~135K slipping and hesitation to shift from 1st - 2nd especially on hard acceleration.
~140K started noticing 4th-5th "uncertainty" again when pushing hard.
~150K first episode of missing reverse, came back after a few miles
~155K missing reverse becoming more frequent (now once every two weeks)
~160K missing reverse a complete lottery (changed parking habits, always backed into spots - test to see if I HAD reverse. Avoided using valet parking even if it was free).

Reading the posts and threads on transmission issues (especially no reverse) was very helpful. - Thanks
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Old 08-31-2011, 09:09 PM
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I Need help I am new to the BMW community and recently bought a used 2000 323i with a triptronic automatic trans w/ 145,000 mile for $3900. Now I know these cars car high maintenance and so far have put a few hundred fixing several issues. My car struggles to hit gears and im not sure if I should rebuild the trans or get a new one. I do know I have bad coils ,boots, and possibly spark plugs which contributes to the struggle and extremly sluggish acceleration. What should I do????
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