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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 7.80%
50,000 to 100,000...no problems!!! 617 33.64%
100,001 to 125,000...transmission repaired/replaced. 109 5.94%
100,001 to 125,000...no problems!!! 324 17.67%
125,001 to 150,000...transmission repaired/replaced. 79 4.31%
125,001 to 150,000...no problems!!! 220 12.00%
150,001 to 175,000 or more...tranny repaired/replaced. 51 2.78%
150,001 to 175,000 or more...no problems!!! 291 15.87%
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Old 04-15-2009, 10:43 AM
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It's true. My Acura didn't have problem with trans, I knew people had. The problem was in TL model, the torque was breaking this transmissions, and Acura have replaced them if the car is not over 100K.
Unfortunately, BMW doesn't do same.
same thing also happens to older model accords with the 4 banger. it's just that it takes a little longer for the 4 bangers auto tranny to die vs the 6 cylinder models.
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Old 04-23-2009, 04:32 PM
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First post on the forum. Anyways my 325 is on 108k miles and still no prolems on the tranny *knock on wood*. I put about 500 miles on the car every week.
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Old 05-13-2009, 06:57 PM
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i voted wrongly should be 50k -100k replacement
instead of..... no problems
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Old 05-16-2009, 02:48 PM
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I am wondering too.

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131K still driving like new. I told my mechanic to change the Tran. fluid but he insisted I shouldn't. Like you all said, he gave me the same analogy of changing it may cause a problem. At 131K I am debating within whether I should force him to do it or not. Any suggestion? Thanks,
I am also wondering if I should replace the Tranny oil? 2002 325I. ?????
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Old 05-23-2009, 04:51 PM
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no problems as of yet. Although i have some issues when i am riding along at 70mph and then it goes from 2.5 rpm to 3.5 rpms and seems as though the engine or car is working harder and then there are days when it does not happen, the car does not idle rough or anything.... not sure what those are, i am do to change my plugs and hope that solves the rough idling but the rpm issue maybe out of my league... anyone game to take a try on it.... go for it.
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Old 06-16-2009, 03:42 PM
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2001 cic with 55K miles on it: At 54K miles, parked in the garage and wouldn't go in reverse; transmission had to be replaced. Also at 54K miles had to replace air sensor, air pump , leaking oil filter housing seal and intake boot. At 53K miles had to replace the lower control arms. Now at 55K miles the power steering pump has to be replaced. And these are marketed as the "ultimate driving machines?"
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Old 06-17-2009, 08:44 AM
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whats up guys, i have an 06 325i with 57,000 miles and it seems to kick back when going from second to third anyone have any ideas? Its been bothering me because I dont remember it doing that before.
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Old 06-17-2009, 08:45 AM
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2001 cic with 55K miles on it: At 54K miles, parked in the garage and wouldn't go in reverse; transmission had to be replaced. Also at 54K miles had to replace air sensor, air pump , leaking oil filter housing seal and intake boot. At 53K miles had to replace the lower control arms. Now at 55K miles the power steering pump has to be replaced. And these are marketed as the "ultimate driving machines?"
Hey gene did you buy your car new?
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Old 06-30-2009, 04:01 PM
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165k miles and still going strong. Wondering how many years I have with this one.
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Old 06-30-2009, 09:02 PM
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110k 328ci and a ok! Heard from mechanic w/ several yrs experience that when people service it(change oil) klunk!!!! so dont do it unless absolutely necessary. i.e. tranni slipping or so forth
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Old 07-03-2009, 02:49 PM
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I have 165,000 and the first to second shift is bad. Guess mine is on the way out!
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Old 07-03-2009, 11:54 PM
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I have 20 miles before 40k and i havent had any problems yet!
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Old 07-07-2009, 06:56 PM
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Old 07-07-2009, 08:27 PM
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79000 and Going strong

GM makes a good transmission.
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Old 07-10-2009, 11:32 AM
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Officially in the 150-175k category of NO transmission problems.

I'll check back when I pass 175k

yes, my dash is dusty.
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Old 07-10-2009, 03:20 PM
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Officially in the 150-175k category of NO transmission problems.

I'll check back when I pass 175k

yes, my dash is dusty.
What is your secret?
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Old 07-11-2009, 12:16 AM
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94 thousand miles and still running great. Going to do transmission flush soon with this auto tranny machine that sucks the fluid out. we'll see after that
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Old 07-15-2009, 08:49 PM
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145,000 and I lost reverse on my 323. Global transmission rebuilt 15,000 miles ago and stated rebuild kit is much heavier duty drum than the original. Never performed any maintenance on it. Shop recommends to come in at 100,000 and they'll flush it and change the fluid. This transimission shop is walking distance from the BMW dealer and he sees a lot of them. cost $2,800, dealer wanted $5400..2 year 24 month guranttee and a5 months into it so far so good.
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Old 07-20-2009, 05:31 PM
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I've got 120k...newly aquired. Had a harsh shift from 2 to 1, but it turned out to be just a software update. Mechanic said tranny fluid looked good, per his 'loosen and tighten fast' technique.

My buddy has a '02 325xi with 250k with no problems, and his dad has a '01 330xi with 280k with no problems...I remain hopeful.
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Old 07-21-2009, 09:26 PM
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What is your secret?
I dunno.

I can say that I rarely to never step on the accelerator when reversing. If I'm in a area that requires me to accelerate backwards, I don't park there. I just let the car go on its own when I put it in reverse. Don't know if that has any factor in it...
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Old 07-29-2009, 07:24 AM
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i hab a 2003 330ci auto. hab 57000 miles and my reverse gear gets alittle sticky (clunk sound) sometimes, and when i go up hill it makes a slight click noise from bottom. will it help to change tranny fluid and filter to prevent premature auto gearbox failure? Will it help? which make and type should i use for fluid? or am i already done, and i would need to look into new or rebuild tranny in the near future? PLEASE HELPPPPPP....
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Old 07-29-2009, 07:30 AM
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i hab a 2003 330ci auto. hab 57000 miles and my reverse gear gets alittle sticky (clunk sound) sometimes, and when i go up hill it makes a slight click noise from bottom. will it help to change tranny fluid and filter to prevent premature auto gearbox failure? Will it help? which make and type should i use for fluid? or am i already done, and i would need to look into new or rebuild tranny in the near future? PLEASE HELPPPPPP....
Changing the fluid will probably help, information on how to do it and what fluid to use can be found in the wiki.
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Old 07-29-2009, 06:13 PM
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same thing also happens to older model accords with the 4 banger. it's just that it takes a little longer for the 4 bangers auto tranny to die vs the 6 cylinder models.
I know exactly what you mean..... The tranny in my wife's 2000 Accord started acting up last October when it had 106,000 miles on it and then it completely died in February when it hit 113,000 miles. I'm good at keeping up with my maintenance and I changed the fluid at 40,000 and again at 80,000 and then 33,000 miles later it was toast. After getting a $3100 quote repair the tranny I said screw that and parking the car.

Instead of dumping the money into the Honda I bought my buddy's loaded up 2001 330CI with 51,000 miles on it. The car's from Cleveland, OH and it's always been stored in the winter (Nov-May) and before I got my hands on the car it almost never saw rain. It was a sunny day, weekend driven car that's been very well maintained. Most people don't believe the car is 9 yrs old. I had to replace the original battery about a month after I bought the car and then a month the alternator died. I think the alternator died as a result of the dead battery because it was constantly trying charging the battery. Both items were replaced by me and both cost me approx $230.00.

As of today the car has 56,000 miles and the tranny feels like new. My wife loves the car and I doubt she'll ever drive anything but a BMW again....... .

Gerry

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Old 08-12-2009, 12:47 PM
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just passed 50k on my '04 325i and ok so far. i thought i noticed some slippage going in and out of reverse way back around 20k miles, but it's never consistent. i still feel a tiny hesitation to engage reverse at times but barely noticeable, don't think it's anything. car otherwise drives perfectly... hit up some nice twisties in the Catskills the other week and had a blast. it's never going to be as trouble-free as a toyota corolla but the driving pleasure is totally worth it.
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Old 08-16-2009, 04:39 AM
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Just aquired the 320d auto and no history of ATF change so as it is now at 104000 miles I will add that to the extensive list of things to do. No problems with the box at the moment, wish me luck! The poll looks quite healthy at the moment for the 'no problem' cars.
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