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Old 08-28-2009, 07:38 PM
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I'm thinking of getting this. I have an 86 325E. Same motor right? Is the price right for this or what? I only know the 325. Do these automatics last as long as the Gertag manual?


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Old 08-29-2009, 06:10 AM
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the auto does not last as long as the manual. Many times the auto will have the a-pack fail, which causes it to loose all forward movement.

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Old 08-29-2009, 06:19 PM
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Hi,

the auto does not last as long as the manual. Many times the auto will have the a-pack fail, which causes it to loose all forward movement.

Andy
Thanks Andy. Is it an expensieve fix if it goes?
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Old 08-30-2009, 06:15 AM
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Most people just end up either getting rid of the car or doing a manual switch.

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Old 08-30-2009, 10:54 PM
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Car looks great. I have one with around 150K that is running strong. Intuitively, the major components' lifespans are directly related to how the car is treated. Reward it, and it should reward you back. But be prepared to spend some $ on getting the car sorted out in terms of general maintenance. I took a risk and went for a cheaper one (some rust and very faded paint in spots) with a good engine and transmission for $800 but then spent $2800 having the front suspension assembly rebuilt, brakes done, water pump, cooling system, power steering rack, transmission mounts, timing belt, spark plugs, etc etc etc. It now runs great but it is at a significant cost. Unless that car has complete service records, plan on potentially spending some bucks getting it up to speed.
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Old 08-31-2009, 07:40 PM
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Car looks great. I have one with around 150K that is running strong. Intuitively, the major components' lifespans are directly related to how the car is treated. Reward it, and it should reward you back. But be prepared to spend some $ on getting the car sorted out in terms of general maintenance. I took a risk and went for a cheaper one (some rust and very faded paint in spots) with a good engine and transmission for $800 but then spent $2800 having the front suspension assembly rebuilt, brakes done, water pump, cooling system, power steering rack, transmission mounts, timing belt, spark plugs, etc etc etc. It now runs great but it is at a significant cost. Unless that car has complete service records, plan on potentially spending some bucks getting it up to speed.
I am feeling you. I am on my second 325E, and they don't come cheap either. I got a sweet one for 1500,and had to put about a grand into the front end, a new clutch, tires, rotors, stereo, etc...but now...I take the car on 2000 mile trips with no issues. I might still get the 528...I'll offer him 2 grand, after I look it over.
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The A-Clutch Pack fix is relatively cheap if you are willing to tackle it yourself. If you do a search on the internet for the 4HP-22 transmission you will find a repair kit for it. it shouldn't be more than a couple hundred of bucks if you go the DIY route.
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