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Old 01-03-2013, 11:25 AM
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Auto tranny swap

After recently getting my 1991 525 running awesome, with help from here, my wife was hit and spun into a cable barrier by a hit-n-run driver and totaled the car.

I found another with a bad transmission that I could swap. How extensive are the BMW's to swap tranny's? I've done dozens on Chevy trans, but never a Bimmer.

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Old 01-03-2013, 02:59 PM
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I've never done it, but I can't imagine that it would be anymore difficult than the other ones you have done. Many have swapped the transmission from auto to manual without too much difficulty, so I wouldn't think a straight swap would be too difficult.

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Old 01-03-2013, 06:59 PM
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Actually... many of these BMW's came with GM (Chevy) transmissions. Nothing complicated at all about the swap. You will have to drop the exhaust system on both cars, which can be a major hassle if badly rusted. Download the Bentley manual and have at it
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+1 on easy nut and bolt job. PROVIDING you are swapping identical transmissions. While stuff is out an ideal chance to get the engine bay and surrounds really clean!
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