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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 08-17-2015, 07:06 PM
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What transmission will fit

Hey guys I've been reading the trans swap threads but the one thing I'm confused is which transmissions will fit my car. I have a 1997 328i convertible 2.8l. Thanks guys.
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Old 08-17-2015, 08:17 PM
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Either the Getrag or ZF 5 speed will fit.
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Old 08-17-2015, 08:57 PM
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But you want the ZF since it's designed to handle the extra torque of your engine, whereas the getrag was for the less powerful 318 and 325.
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Old 08-18-2015, 05:01 AM
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Thanks guys are these only from my year of car or will other years fit.
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Old 08-18-2015, 06:58 AM
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The ZF was only available from 96-99 in the 328 and M3, but you can use any ZF from within those years.
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Old 08-18-2015, 12:42 PM
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Thanks man. Good info!
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Old 08-18-2015, 02:03 PM
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Just curious, but what's in it now? Unless it's been known to be some kind of steaming pos I would just put back what's behind it now......just sayin
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Old 08-18-2015, 03:22 PM
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Just curious, but what's in it now? Unless it's been known to be some kind of steaming pos I would just put back what's behind it now......just sayin

Basing off of his original post, an auto trans!
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Old 08-19-2015, 08:16 PM
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The gm auto trans. It's dieing the usual horrible death of the gm trans.
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Old 08-20-2015, 08:58 AM
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It took Matt a while to kill his Getrag (turbo 350+HP) so they're not exactly wimpy units.


But I do believe the are different lengths so you'll need a driveshaft for whichever one you end up with. I'd reccomend getting an entire manual car so you have everything in one place.
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