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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. 143 7.79%
50,000 to 100,000...no problems!!! 617 33.61%
100,001 to 125,000...transmission repaired/replaced. 109 5.94%
100,001 to 125,000...no problems!!! 325 17.70%
125,001 to 150,000...transmission repaired/replaced. 79 4.30%
125,001 to 150,000...no problems!!! 220 11.98%
150,001 to 175,000 or more...tranny repaired/replaced. 51 2.78%
150,001 to 175,000 or more...no problems!!! 292 15.90%
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Old 06-14-2012, 10:07 AM
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My E46 325Ci 2005 Steptronic failed at 107XXX miles... but i drove the balls off the car for a majority of its life
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Old 06-19-2012, 02:36 PM
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so i've seen a lot of people talk about doing the a drop-pan-and-refill every 60k miles, unless the car is already past the point of no return. is there a consensus on when that point is? looking at a 330 with about 90k miles and a gm transmission...is it too late to start? thanks!
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:16 PM
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90k? Your fine, change it.
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Old 06-24-2012, 11:20 PM
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Yep Id definitely change it if its under 100k still, after that its iffy. Though mines still going strong after I changed it with a ton of miles on it.
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Old 06-26-2012, 09:41 AM
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No wonder these auto transmission sounds similar to the 04 Cts's lol
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Old 07-10-2012, 07:01 AM
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Transmission failed around 145,000 miles.

No service was performed until 127,000 miles when the transmission started acting up and going into failsafe mode. I changed the fluid and filter which seemed to fix the problem and got another 20,000 miles out of it. But at by 145,000 it was beginning to slip badly, so it was time for a replacement.
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Old 08-07-2012, 09:48 AM
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mine has just failed at 223k miles reverse went out...sad day, but i knew it was coming.
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Old 08-10-2012, 12:53 AM
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my 325xi is still going strong at 134500
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Old 08-12-2012, 05:49 PM
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Just bought a 2003 325xi pretty sure its original tranny... i noticed after start up i reverse out of my driveway/parking spot and it takes a second for it to engage when i shift to Drive. is this normal??
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Old 08-12-2012, 08:16 PM
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Delays going into reverse or drive are normal for the most part. Main thing is to give it plenty of time to fully engage. Greatly increases trans life.

Fluid change is a good idea too if you havent done one since bmw used to tell people it was lifetime fluid so no one changed the fluid.
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Old 08-15-2012, 10:28 PM
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I am at 138000 and it works so nicely!
I did a drain and refill with filter and it really made a difference in smoothness. The manual selector is always spot on. Under hard acceleration it shifts in 1.5 seconds from the time I push the selector-I have timed it/counted it many times. When just driving around in D many times the shifts are unnoticeable. It is an 06. It is a Spanish GM tranny and uses Dexron VI - I used Castrol. Click image for larger version

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Old 08-21-2012, 07:42 AM
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my reverse went out on my gm5 at 223k so i had the TCC solenoid replaced and did a fluid change with new filter and gasket....mechanic said the old fluid was like mud and the old filter was clogged there was also a broken valve body bolt...after he completed the job and bled the trans it never felt smoother it feels like a brand new car! also i bought the texaco 7045-e trans fluid from the dealership always put the oem fluid back in.

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Old 08-22-2012, 07:04 AM
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I feel like an ounce of prevention is better then a hundreds of dollar is better. I have a 08 335i and have 50k on it now, but reading some of the stories of a tranny going bad after change fluid and fillter has me baffled. HELP
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Old 08-22-2012, 11:17 AM
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157k still beastin 01 330i

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Old 08-23-2012, 10:46 AM
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I feel like an ounce of prevention is better then a hundreds of dollar is better. I have a 08 335i and have 50k on it now, but reading some of the stories of a tranny going bad after change fluid and fillter has me baffled. HELP
Use the search function as there are tons of inputs on this. This is where I learned about and gained the confidence to do it myself.
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:50 AM
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my reverse went out on my gm5 at 223k so i had the TCC solenoid replaced and did a fluid change with new filter and gasket....mechanic said the old fluid was like mud and the old filter was clogged there was also a broken valve body bolt...after he completed the job and bled the trans it never felt smoother it feels like a brand new car! also i bought the texaco 7045-e trans fluid from the dealership always put the oem fluid back in.
Totally agree to use oem. I used Castrol bc on my tranny BMW specifies Dexron VI and the dealership would have used Advance Auto brand. I was very fortunate not to have to use the more expensive oil!
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Old 08-26-2012, 07:49 PM
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170,000 and still good
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Old 08-27-2012, 02:21 PM
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On my Year 2000 323, I got the infamous "No Reverse" at 74,000. BMW did not stand behind the bum transhttp://s1.bimmerfest.com/forums/images/smilies/sad.gif. In fact, they refused to repair it, they only offered a fully new transmission. I took it to a transmission specialist who repaired it. I now have 105,000 and it still runs OK.http://s1.bimmerfest.com/forums/imag...lies/thumb.gif
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Old 08-28-2012, 03:56 PM
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Ok. The great spark plug debate...
I have and run oem spark plugs on my 2000 323ci. Some people i have talked to say upgrade to four prong platinum plugs, some swear by the plain old stock oem ones. What are your suggestions, and preferences and why? Does anyone have definitive data to prove upgrading has any benefits other than opinion?
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Old 08-28-2012, 10:55 PM
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Spark plugs

I can't say much, I never tried the upgrade - still use OEMers.
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Old 08-29-2012, 04:09 AM
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I bough upgraded spark plugs for my 2001 325i and saw no difference at all. Going back to OEM.
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Old 09-02-2012, 10:17 AM
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A relative's 1999 320i has 153000km and his 5 speed steptronic has never been serviced. Runs like new, but what is he supposed to do at that mileage? I mean drainiing the old fluid and changing the filter and then refilling cant be a bad thing...
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Old 09-05-2012, 03:54 PM
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OK - Thanks I'm at 212K miles on a 2001 330i and wanted to get an idea on if i could get to 300k before any major expenses
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Old 09-09-2012, 11:51 AM
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A relative's 1999 320i has 153000km and his 5 speed steptronic has never been serviced. Runs like new, but what is he supposed to do at that mileage? I mean drainiing the old fluid and changing the filter and then refilling cant be a bad thing...
I'm wondering this too. Mine has 127k miles on it, and I'd like to have mine changed, but not if it will cause a problem.. anybody know?
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Old 09-11-2012, 01:31 PM
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for those who have not changed or do not know if it has been changed, it's best to change the fluid. Most of the problems that come up after the change are associated with incorrect fluid used. In my opinion its best to stay with a fluid of the same type (dino, semi, full-synthetic) to maintain viscosity regardless of whether it is approved by BMW. A new generation of fluid my not be best for an old transmission. The new fluid may dislodge crude built up over years.

Most importantly, do not ever flush a transmission that hasn't been maintained, just drain and fill 3+ times with new fluid, driven in between.

160K no issues. Fluid changed for first time at 135K.
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