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Driveline, Engine & DME Tuning
Talk about driveline improvements, NA tuning and DME tuning your E46 BMW here. This includes diffs, intakes, exhausts, chips, software and OBD tuning.

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Old 04-21-2012, 02:03 PM   #1
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Auto-manual swap = worth it?

Alright so I've come across some pretty insane deals on cars that are roughly the exact model/options/etc that I'm looking for except that they're auto (). I'm actually heading out to look at another one in a little while. I've done tons of searching on the ol' auto-manual swap on these cars, but never seen any kind of cost and/or hassle/complication breakdown, or for that matter, an end all answer to the question- is it worth it?

I've done auto-manual swaps, engine swaps, etc on other (mostly older/less complicated) vehicles, but never on one of these. Seems like there's quite a few electronic nightmare type issues that one can run into doing it on e46s. How concerned should I be? Should I be seriously considering picking up an auto/smg car with the intentions of swapping in a stick or is it pretty much like yeah totally not worth the effort?

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Old 04-21-2012, 02:17 PM   #2
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Do it.
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Old 05-02-2012, 03:40 AM   #3
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Agreed... Do it
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Old 05-02-2012, 04:21 AM   #4
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Are you going to race that car?
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Old 05-02-2012, 07:48 AM   #5
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Be patient. Find the one you want that's manual. It's about 1500 to do the swap.
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Old 05-02-2012, 04:14 PM   #6
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1500ish for 6spd or either way? Not really planning on racing the car other than the occasional autox/track day. It will mostly be my daily driver.

I'm mostly concerned with electronics issues - codes/etc... Or are those remedied easily enough?
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:20 PM   #7
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I'm doind a 5 spd swap soon... 1500$ is for a 5 spd.

Coding the pre 2001/09 is different than post 2001/09. It's easier to code the pre 09.
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so other than adding the obvious hardware, it's just a matter of reprogramming the ecu?
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Old 05-20-2012, 12:28 PM   #9
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Any ideas on auto to manual on a 00 BMW 338CI

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Old 05-20-2012, 04:24 PM   #10
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so other than adding the obvious hardware, it's just a matter of reprogramming the ecu?
You can drive the car w/o coding actually

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It will just be throwing trans codes, right?
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