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Old 07-13-2004, 08:37 PM
Tim_in_Norcal Tim_in_Norcal is offline
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Mein Auto: 1998 528iA
Auto tranny questions 98 528i

My 98 528iA (build date 10/97) with 146k miles has developed a bad slip from 2-3, and it shifts hard in the other gears. I dropped the pan last weekend, found major grunge around the magnet in the pan, oil was somewhat burnt, and there were small metal pieces in the fluid. I think it is a goner. I replaced the filter and fluid in the main pan, no difference.

Questions:

1. I have been quoted around $3200 from a local dealer for a replacement with a BMW remanufactured tranny (with my BMWCCA discount). Does that seem about right? No local independent has beaten it, because of the 15% discount on the tranny.

2. I've also looked at the used tranny market on car-part.com and found several in the $1100-$1500 range, which would make the total repair ~$1700-$2100 with labor. Anybody have any luck with used transmissions? What should I look for/avoid?

3. Also on the used transmission front, there seem to be a lot more E36 323/328 trannies out there. Could those be used as well (they all appear to be A4S 270R models)?

Any and all advice would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Tim
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