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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: Has your auto tranny failed or not? If it has please specify type of failure
Has not failed….(at least not yet, knock wood) 117 81.82%
Has - ‘99 323 2 1.40%
Has - ‘99 328 2 1.40%
Has - ‘00 323 2 1.40%
Has - ‘00 328 1 0.70%
Has - ‘01 325 2 1.40%
Has - ‘01 330 6 4.20%
Has - ‘02 325 2 1.40%
Has - ‘02 330 2 1.40%
Has - ‘03 325 3 2.10%
Has - ‘03 330 4 2.80%
Has - ‘04, ’05 325 or 330, if this is your vote please specify 5 3.50%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 143. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-11-2008, 09:28 PM
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Lightbulb E46 auto tranny reliability by model & model year....

Because of the poll limitations I'm gonna lump all the non-failures together and only separate the failures by model and model year.

If you've had a tranny failure, please specify the type of failure.
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Old 12-11-2008, 09:34 PM
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Have a 99 323 05/99 build date. I have not experienced any troubles with it yet. I have not owned it that long and don't believe that previous owners touched the thing either. Thinking about changing the fluid when I get home from Iraq tour, but iffy on the subject reading others experiences with it. We'll see though. I'll post for sure when it blows though.

12/16/08 Trans pan gasket leak, still no failure.
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I have manual .... may I vote?
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I voted no failure. But I should note that it is possible that my car has been messed with before I got it. Some of the trans lines are not in the factory clips in the trans tunnel. So, from 113k miles to 163k miles, I have had no problems (well, that isn't true either, I had to do a fluid change to eliminate a constant (!) trans error and limp mode).
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Old 12-20-2008, 12:12 PM
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In BAV Auto's catalog, they said the transmission issues were fixed as of 3/2002. It will be interesting to see if the poll results follow this.
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Old 12-20-2008, 12:16 PM
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In BAV Auto's catalog, they said the transmission issues were fixed as of 3/2002. It will be interesting to see if the poll results follow this.
Yea, right. And they also fixed the window regulators....
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Yea, right. And they also fixed the window regulators....
Would be nice if they did ..... Do you know if E90 has similar problem with window regulators?
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Would be nice if they did ..... Do you know if E90 has similar problem with window regulators?
I haven't read of any failures in the E9x.
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Old 12-30-2008, 06:22 AM
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In BAV Auto's catalog, they said the transmission issues were fixed as of 3/2002. It will be interesting to see if the poll results follow this.
Well I have a friend who just had a failure on a 2002 330i built 06/2002. He had CPO, but this was just after that ran out at 6 years. The trans fluid has never been changed. Here is his info (he has an aftermarket warranty with $200 deductable):

...looking the bill over it looks like it was 6,100 for the tranny, window regulator, a temp sensor (water), and lower control arm bushings. Hard to read so I am not sure. All I know is I paid 230 for all that, plus a radiator hose.
The fault code was for excessive slippage. The car had 72,500 miles on it. They don't dig into them so it was a remove and replace deal. The tranny is a rebuild from BMW and comes with a 2 year, unlimited mileage warranty.

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Old 12-30-2008, 07:24 AM
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i have an 02 325i with 135k no tranny fail. or and slipping. I make sure i come in to a complete stop before i put it on gear.
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I voted no failure as well. I believe that my car has had it's tranny serviced possibly bc some of the trans lines are not in the factory clips as well. Good from 80k to currently 150k. Knock on wood it continues!!
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My vote yes was for same reason as smolk, but I see no meddling with tubing from previous owner.
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I haven't read of any failures in the E9x.
........yet.........
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Glad you bumped this. My trans died at 192k miles. Now I have 3 pedals. Thanks again BIMMERFEST!!!!!
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