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Old 01-02-2013, 08:50 PM   #1
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Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Adelaide, SouthAustralia
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My Ride: 2000 323i
Unhappy Yr2000 323i E46 gearbox interchange

Hi All,

Wondering if anyone has knowledge on interchange issues with Getrag gearboxes between E46 models. My 323i is in the shop with a trans specialist due to jumping out of 1st gear on takeoff.

Box has now been pulled & dismantled, and I have been advised is not economic to repair due to gears 1 & 2 requiring replacement and replacements only avail from BMW at a cost of $1500 each. I have sourced a used low km trans from a later model E46 which I was advised is a direct fit based on supply of my vin (sourced from a euro recycler)

I have now been advised by the trans shop that the extension housing is slightly longer than my original box and the shifter will not align to enable shifting. They suggest another shorter shift rod is required.

Any info/assistance would be appreciated.

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