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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 7.81%
50,000 to 100,000...no problems!!! 616 33.66%
100,001 to 125,000...transmission repaired/replaced. 107 5.85%
100,001 to 125,000...no problems!!! 323 17.65%
125,001 to 150,000...transmission repaired/replaced. 79 4.32%
125,001 to 150,000...no problems!!! 220 12.02%
150,001 to 175,000 or more...tranny repaired/replaced. 51 2.79%
150,001 to 175,000 or more...no problems!!! 291 15.90%
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Old 03-12-2014, 07:42 PM
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Wow bro how many years of experience do you have rebuilding trannies.
I worked for this cat that opened his business while learning along the way if you know what I mean
Good knowledge skills.
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Old 03-12-2014, 09:17 PM
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I built my first transmission 29 or 30 years ago.

The automatics to me are easier than the manuals to build. Well rear wheel drive ones. I do NOT like front wheel drive automatics. The front wheel drive ones are not different as much as awkward to fool with because of the housings. Not to mention r&r'ing them.
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Old 03-13-2014, 06:18 AM
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Did ZF ever update/fix its d-clutch drum no reverse problem ?

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I've been reading up on the GM vs ZF tranny and their problems of "no reverse" but with two very different causes, of which i understand.

My question is did ZF ever correct this fault (the d-clutch drum breaking) in any of its later A5S325z transmissions ?

Example - ZF knew about the problem in 2000, and made improvements to this part, hence a trans from say sept 2004 build date would have the improved design, assuming ZF did update / fix the problem.

I know updated replacement clutch drums are available on internet etc, for anyone rebuilding a trans etc but i guess im asking if later model e46 cars eg a 9/2004 325i may have a ZF trans with the problem d clutch drum fixed during its manufacture.

I looked at a tidy 325i 09/2004 but it had the ZF tranny (checked under car. realoem also had it with a zf tranny)

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Old 03-13-2014, 10:03 AM
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No clue. Ive never looked to see if they updated anything to fix the problem in later models. I know the kits fix the problem but Im not sure if they ever really upgraded the ones produced or not.
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Old 03-13-2014, 04:53 PM
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i have a 04 325i, after 4300 rpms car shifts outa gear then have no throttle control, shut it off and start it, runs fine again? any help?

Had similar symptoms with a Nissan Armada. The transmission ended up being replaced at dealership.


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Old 03-15-2014, 01:21 PM
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Lots of rebuild trannies include a clutch disk And clutch packs along with snap rings a clutch disk package. Although if you rebuild a tranny it does not repair a fuel injection problem or a valve body job.
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Old 03-16-2014, 08:56 PM
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177k and running fine. transmission went into fail safe mode (cog with exclamation point inside), but fortunately i found out it was due to me not reconnecting the Mass airflow sensor when I replaced the engine filter
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Old 03-18-2014, 02:17 PM
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Always try to verify that your air flow sensor works properly otherwise you may have your car stall from time to time.
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Old 04-15-2014, 02:33 PM
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I have a question, my torque converter is slipping. I have 154k miles on my car. How many more miles can I go?
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Old 04-15-2014, 02:44 PM
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If you are trying to adjust your TC you should make sure it snaps or pops everytime you adjust it. It usually takes a bit of patience cause it can get really tricky at times.
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Old 04-15-2014, 04:22 PM
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I don't know how to work on cars so I can't fix it. I was asking will it interfere with the life of my transmission? I'm hoping to get to 200k miles without any major miles.
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Old 05-02-2014, 04:07 PM
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If you donīt adjust your torque converter to specifications you will lose transmission fluid as you drive it is important to adjust it any transmission specialist can probably fix it quick.
Then again it can also be another problem!
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Old 05-02-2014, 04:10 PM
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I'm at 203000 mile runing strong jut replace. Fluid and the tran filter Click image for larger version

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Old 05-11-2014, 10:55 AM
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I have 2 e46s, an '01 w/ 206k and an '03 with 265k, both (unfortunately) 5AT. Each of them tight though.

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Old 05-16-2014, 11:42 AM
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2004 325i at 140k and recently the shifts have seemed very delayed and rigid never replaced fluid. Starting to think that'd be a good idea

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Old 05-16-2014, 03:20 PM
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When checking your shifting gears first thing to check it's your tc.
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Old 05-29-2014, 03:46 PM
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It's my girlfriend's e46, not mine, but it just quasi-failed at a little over 240,000 miles. We're having it rebuilt today.
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Old 05-29-2014, 07:47 PM
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How much does it cost to rebuilt your engine after 200,000 miles.
Does it feel good to do the job yourself?, or you rather pay to do it.
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Old 06-04-2014, 07:30 AM
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202k original trans, changed fluid before tho
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Old 06-04-2014, 12:38 PM
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How much does it cost to rebuilt your engine after 200,000 miles.
Does it feel good to do the job yourself?, or you rather pay to do it.
This thread is about transmissions, not engines....(but for the record, BMW engines will often go 300K miles without a rebuild...)
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Old 06-04-2014, 09:20 PM
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Yeah I made a mistake transmission rebuilds last 300k. Wow
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Old 06-09-2014, 02:34 AM
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Automatic Transmission Fluid service Independent VS Dealership prices

Independent shop prices: Parts Included Automatic Transmission Filter Kit10 Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) Quarts
Estimate includes:
Labor
$193
Parts (excludes tax & fees)
$156

Total Independent BMW shop price $349


BMW Dealership Prices

Estimate includes:
Labor $247 Parts (excludes tax & fees)
Parts $362 (excludes tax & fees)

Total BMW Dealership price: $609

Best Practices

Your repair shop may recommend a transmission fluid flush, which will require up to 16 quarts of transmission fluid. This will increase the parts and labor price when compared to a normal drain and fill of the transmission.

Common Symptoms

We recommend changing the transmission fluid every 30,000 miles under normal conditions. If the transmission has a filter, that should be replaced as well. If you operate your vehicle under severe conditions (e.g. extreme weather, towing, or a lot of stop-and-go traffic), the transmission should be serviced every 20,000–30,000 miles.
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Old 06-09-2014, 10:31 AM
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Just having issues now with my ZF.Replaced valve body and pressure solenoid because 4th/5th were slipping now 1st/2nd slip.

175k miles on tranny,85k on 3rd engine.Dont ask...
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Old 06-09-2014, 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Eurobahn Motorsports View Post
Independent shop prices: Parts Included Automatic Transmission Filter Kit10 Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) Quarts
Estimate includes:
Labor
$193
Parts (excludes tax & fees)
$156

Total Independent BMW shop price $349


BMW Dealership Prices

Estimate includes:
Labor $247 Parts (excludes tax & fees)
Parts $362 (excludes tax & fees)

Total BMW Dealership price: $609

Best Practices

Your repair shop may recommend a transmission fluid flush, which will require up to 16 quarts of transmission fluid. This will increase the parts and labor price when compared to a normal drain and fill of the transmission.

Common Symptoms

We recommend changing the transmission fluid every 30,000 miles under normal conditions. If the transmission has a filter, that should be replaced as well. If you operate your vehicle under severe conditions (e.g. extreme weather, towing, or a lot of stop-and-go traffic), the transmission should be serviced every 20,000–30,000 miles.
Every 30,000 miles?????????????????????

Thats way to often.
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Old 06-09-2014, 05:08 PM
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300,000 miles itīs okay considering a lot of people donīt look after their tune up intervals.
I like how you guys keep looking after your cars after many years of service.
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