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Old 02-17-2010, 04:55 AM   #41
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on a side note: a girl had her mitsubishi eclipse towed into my buddies shop. complaining the car wouldnt start. come to find out the engine seized. cause she bought it and drove around 46k without ever changing the oil. dropped pan and it was bone dry. she said she didnt know she had to change the oil. lol. repair cost 3800 for engine replacement from junkyard. my public service announcement if you dont know what your doing take it to a mechanic screw ups can be very costly. we see at least 1 diy screw up every week and it is usually 2-3x more costly to "fix the repair" than it would of been to just have it done in the first place.
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Old 02-17-2010, 04:56 AM   #42
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Sell it and start over. You f'd that car in the butt.
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i heard that this cars go like 300k miles
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Old 02-17-2010, 01:44 PM   #43
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Sell it and start over. You f'd that car in the butt.
is it that serious?
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Old 02-18-2010, 01:34 AM   #44
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is it that serious?
Who knows, but I wouldn't risk it.
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Old 02-18-2010, 01:40 AM   #45
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is it that serious?
It could be. You've most likely seen the Steptronic tranny failure threads on here by now. To prevent the tranny failure some people have had their fluid changed (flushes most likely, not a drain) and it can cause it to fail FASTER.

In your case you drained the tranny, drove on it, then who knows (refilled or flushed). So you've put your tranny under MORE stress than it was designed to take.
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Old 02-18-2010, 01:52 AM   #46
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What tranny fluid did he refill it with? Do you even know what tranny you have and what fluid it takes?

I'm sure you had more than 1 quart of ATF in there when you drained it. Since you did a simple drain and didn't drop the pan, you probably lost 3-4 quarts. There's probably still more ATF in the torque converter and the filter to do too much damage.

The Vavoline MaxLife Dex/Mercon ATF fluid covers most of the e46 trannies.

You don't want to drain and refill it too quickly. Changing it frequently will shock the system and make things worst.
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Old 02-18-2010, 04:36 PM   #47
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What tranny fluid did he refill it with? Do you even know what tranny you have and what fluid it takes?
i seriously don't know for sure. i asked him a few times....but, he refused to tell me what exactly he put in there.......i was so scared before i went there......and all of a sudden so relieved by his positive news that i didn't want to create a fuss there......so, i left.....i know it wasn't a good idea.....but, what to do.....? i did it.....already.


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I'm sure you had more than 1 quart of ATF in there when you drained it. Since you did a simple drain and didn't drop the pan, you probably lost 3-4 quarts. There's probably still more ATF in the torque converter and the filter to do too much damage.

The Vavoline MaxLife Dex/Mercon ATF fluid covers most of the e46 trannies.

You don't want to drain and refill it too quickly. Changing it frequently will shock the system and make things worst.
so, now what do you think i should do?

ok, let me tell you what i want to do..........now that the car is in running condition, i want to find a BMW Tranny specialist here in SoCal and take the car to him.........i will narrate the whole story to him and ask him what he thinks......i want to ask him to drive the car with(out) me so he knows what i am talking about......

does that sound right? thanks for your help so far.
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It could be. You've most likely seen the Steptronic tranny failure threads on here by now.
I didn't understand even one word from this......what do you think i should do?
i don't want to take it to the stealership...seriously...so, would a local BMW tranny expert be a good idea???
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I didn't understand even one word from this......what do you think i should do?
i don't want to take it to the stealership...seriously...so, would a local BMW tranny expert be a good idea???
Why do you insist on typing using multiple periods instead of a period to end sentences...it really isn't a good way to write...How do you not understand what I meant by "steptronic tranny failure"....automatic trannies can fail....and on early model e46s it's more common, but can happen to any GM or ZF tranny....Use the search function on this forum and you will find that it's been covered on here numerous times....


Please stop using multiple periods to indicate a PAUSE to separate your sentences.
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Why do you insist on typing using multiple periods instead of a period to end sentences...it really isn't a good way to write...How do you not understand what I meant by "steptronic tranny failure"....automatic trannies can fail....and on early model e46s it's more common, but can happen to any GM or ZF tranny....Use the search function on this forum and you will find that it's been covered on here numerous times....


Please stop using multiple periods to indicate a PAUSE to separate your sentences.
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TASKENNN nooooooooooooooooooo!!! buddy why didn't you inform me!
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