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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 08-24-2011, 09:32 PM
tbirdkatz tbirdkatz is offline
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Mein Auto: 2014 Nissan Maxima
Auto Trans price

Just curious about how much it will cost when it finally dies. I have previously owned 2 American cars and an Nissan, so I have no idea what such a repair on a BMW will cost. Hopefully it will go another 100,000 mi, but yall on here don't seem to have high hopes for the auto trans.
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Old 08-24-2011, 10:11 PM
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hornhospital hornhospital is offline
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Mein Auto: E24x2,E36x2,E30x1, F150
If you don't drive it like John Force, and service it every couple of years (ignore what BMW says about "lifetime" trans fluid...it's a lie) it will probably last at least another 50k. The one in my '95 318 has almost 231K miles, but the little four-banger doesn't beat on a transmission like a six does. If/when it goes out, buy a used one for a few hundred and keep going, or do a 5 speed swap and enjoy the car even more.
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Old 08-24-2011, 10:38 PM
scott1026 scott1026 is offline
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Mein Auto: e46 M3, e36 328i sedan
shouldn't cost more than a grand with labor, if you're lucky enough to find a used one
e46 M3

e36 328i sedan
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Old 08-25-2011, 12:32 AM
Eight Thirty Eight Thirty is offline
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Or do it yourself..... if your doing straight auto to auto it cant be THAT hard can it?

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