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Old 05-02-2012, 02:52 PM
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Transmission Interchange

Well long story short i did a transmission fluid flush on my 95 525i since it started leaking from the pan gasket. I replaced it with the recommend fluid it said on the pan( stuff anit cheap) and did the full refill process. Go figure after the gasket and fluid swap was done i pretty much now lost 1st gear and can use 2nd gear on flat ground at low throttle with out slipping. 3rd and 4th work perfect and same with reverse. They shifted fine before the swap. So im guessing my tranny needs swapped out.

So my big question is what transmissions can i swap into it. I have the factory GM automatic tranny in it now. So does anyone know what year ranges would work in my car or other vehicles that have the same tranny. Not too worried about a different gear ratio or swapping a bell housing.

Or if someone know of another cause for my current tranny problem and know what i need to get it working right again im open to fixing this one.

I do have a spare tranny for my 85 524td that looks like it would bolt up to my 95. What are the odds it would work on my 95?
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Old 05-02-2012, 06:35 PM
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Have it checked out by a BMW trany specialist beore deciding it needs a new trany. Fulid might be low. This trany just uses Dexron III or equilivant. Nothing exotic. Do you have the transprogram error on the dash cluster display. If so it may be locked into limp mode which is 3rd gear.
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Old 05-02-2012, 06:42 PM
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This should help :o)))

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Old 05-02-2012, 09:17 PM
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Fluid level is good. I had it level while running in neutral with the a/c on and when i pulled the plug it had a small stream of fluid dripping out. This is after driving it to town and back so it was driven for a good hour and a half. so the fluid was pretty hot. The fluid i had used was the type the big green sticker on the pan said to use if serviced.

The tranny has 210k on it. Its starting to look more cost effective to just replace the tranny instead of throwing more money at it. A used tranny is 90 bucks at the junk yard. Did some calling around and all the places around here charge 90 to 130 to diagnosis a transmission issue and based on they say is wrong over the phone they are all thinking tranny rebuild except one said my torque converter maybe at the end of its life. So it just seem worth it to take the money i would pay to them and just put a tranny in myself over the weekend.
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Old 05-02-2012, 10:12 PM
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That sounds like a plan. Some times it is that old muckity-muck fluid that is holding it together.
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Old 05-02-2012, 10:20 PM
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Does anyone know what the year range of transmissions i can use or what car i can take the tranny out of other than a 525i? IF its worth it are there any bmw transmissions that i can use that GM didnt touch?
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Old 05-03-2012, 04:55 AM
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Fluid level is good. I had it level while running in neutral with the a/c on and when i pulled the plug it had a small stream of fluid dripping out. This is after driving it to town and back so it was driven for a good hour and a half. so the fluid was pretty hot. The fluid i had used was the type the big green sticker on the pan said to use if serviced.

The tranny has 210k on it. Its starting to look more cost effective to just replace the tranny instead of throwing more money at it. A used tranny is 90 bucks at the junk yard. Did some calling around and all the places around here charge 90 to 130 to diagnosis a transmission issue and based on they say is wrong over the phone they are all thinking tranny rebuild except one said my torque converter maybe at the end of its life. So it just seem worth it to take the money i would pay to them and just put a tranny in myself over the weekend.
Does seem like a plan. If you can do all the labor and you can find a good known compatible trany give it a shot. However, $90 seems too low. I e34 tranys on e-bay for $600 plus shipping and similar pices from junk yards when I search on-line.

This was not an option for me. I put in a reman unit with a 36 month unlimited mileage warrenty. Mine died at about 208k dispite regular fluid/filter changes by an indy bmw shop.

It seems I saw somewhere that at least the 93-95 e34 525i tranys were compatible as they had the same gear ratios. No knowledge if a 325i trany might work. I would have questions about the Transmission control module (TCM) compatibility with any non-stock trany switch. Good luck.
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