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Old 08-23-2008, 03:18 PM
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*DON'T FLAME PLEASES!* Z3 Auto to Manual Swap

Ok I know the first thing most people say is either why did you get and auto or sell and get a manual.

Well I bought the car at a really good price and I don't feel like selling and looking for a manual and I just really don't car about cost or problems ect...

So here goes I really need help know exact parts I need to do this. I know tranny, slave, cmc, and pedal assembly anything else?
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Old 08-23-2008, 03:20 PM
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driveshaft, radiator, perhaps a control module as well.
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Old 08-24-2008, 12:03 PM
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So, if you got it at a really good price, then logic follows that you could sell it, perhaps at a profit, and put that money towards a 5 speed car.

Otherwise, with all the cash you're going to be spending on the conversion, you will no longer have such a bargain.
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Old 08-24-2008, 12:31 PM
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Is the engine for a 6sp and an auto the same????
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Old 08-24-2008, 03:03 PM
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Is the engine for a 6sp and an auto the same????
Yes.
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Old 08-25-2008, 01:04 PM
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Mechanically it should be a snap to install, but I wonder what kind of nightmares you will run into when it wonders where the automatic tranny computer went.
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Old 08-28-2008, 09:53 PM
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I applaud your efforts!! I can't fault KraigG's argument...... but cars aren't really about being sensible are they? Not for people like us. Treat it with emotion and you get an emotional response. Money can't buy that. Money can't be trusted in motivating anything.... I'd go with my heart everytime. Although a little head never hurt anyone.

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Old 09-01-2008, 09:18 PM
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A friend of mine once converted an E34 525i wagon to manual transmission, then swapped to a 3.0L M3 engine, then supercharged it. (At the time, he was a tech at the local BMW dealership.)

I was driving an auto trans 318ti and asked him about converting it to 5 speed. His response was that if the car was ever offered with a manual from the factory, it would always be better to sell the car you have and buy one that came from the factory with a manual.

His second suggestion was to find a wrecked car of the same model year and engine with the manual transmission, then buy the entire car to make sure you get all of the parts you need.
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Old 10-15-2008, 09:41 AM
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Sorry for the late response...I tried to follow the advice given and sell my car and its still not sold. I dont know if Im willing to go with the more expiensive option of doing a motor tranny swwap if the tranny can just be swapped. I saw where some one wrote that swaping might cause the computer to freak and wonder where the auto went which is why I would get a computer from a manual 3.0. Oh well live and learn and if Anyone is interested car is for sale 12500(02, 3.0i, 90k miles, Fully Loaded)
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Old 10-15-2008, 02:00 PM
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Just a thought.... and I've never tried this myself.

Shop the used car dealer market for what you'd like and offer the dealer a swap (plus ask for some cash for the benefit of giving him an automatic to sell rather than the manual with its more restricted group of buyers)
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Old 10-15-2008, 02:40 PM
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+1 on this idea.
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Just a thought.... and I've never tried this myself.

Shop the used car dealer market for what you'd like and offer the dealer a swap (plus ask for some cash for the benefit of giving him an automatic to sell rather than the manual with its more restricted group of buyers)
If that doesn't pan out these guys offer "kits" to do the swap: http://www.bmrparts.com/sportmod.htm
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Old 10-16-2008, 09:32 AM
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Old 10-17-2008, 01:56 AM
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I'm in the middle of a swap myself...be sure to add a rear end to your swap as well. The entire swap is gonna cost me right at 1750 bucks plus the lightweight flywheel and clutch. I'm going with an M3 trans, M3 lightweight flywheel, m3 clutch, 2.93 rear, and z3 short shifter. I am in Iraq right now planning on coming home for vacation in a week or so and Matthews Auto in houston should be finished up with the car then. Hopefully my Ireland Engineering radiator and RF Supercharger will be waiting on me when I get home as well :op.
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Old 10-17-2008, 12:19 PM
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According to CarMax, you could get a manual and $1000 for your auto Z3 3.0. Or $2000 and a 1998 M at 60,000 miles. With a little negotiating, of course.

http://www.carmax.com/enUS/search-re...1-8e336de9ea80
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Old 07-17-2013, 05:00 AM
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Omg. I thought i was the only one who made this mistake. I want to do the same conversion.
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:39 PM
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This thread is almost 5 years old, I wonder how the OP made out??
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Old 07-17-2013, 02:33 PM
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This current poster says he's had his car for 5 years, and his sig shows the swap. Maybe it's the same person.
http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...tart-yet-again
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:38 AM
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This current poster says he's had his car for 5 years, and his sig shows the swap. Maybe it's the same person.
http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...tart-yet-again
This thread is so dead even the vultures don't want whats left. LOL 2 different people. One has a 3.0 and the other a 1.9 and they are in 2 different states.
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