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Old 08-21-2013, 10:34 PM   #1
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Longest Lasting Steptronic Trans?

I own a 2002, 325xi with a 147,000. The transmission shifts fine except for 1 to second gear is kind of a rough transition, but I usually put in manual mode so i can start off in 2nd and then put back in Drive, to help avoid further damage. I also had a full tranny service which made it shift smoother and make the 1-2 gear transition less harsh.

Who else has a high mileage automatic Tranny? Just curious.


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Old 08-21-2013, 10:35 PM   #2
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I have slipping from 1st to 2nd at 138k. Currently buying all the parts for a manual swap for when it kicks the dust.
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Old 08-22-2013, 07:09 AM   #3
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There has to be more than one steptronic fanatic...anyone else?
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Old 08-22-2013, 07:15 AM   #4
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Old 08-22-2013, 07:27 AM   #5
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Longest Lasting Steptronic Trans?

142k on GM 5L40E shifts like it is new.

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Old 08-22-2013, 07:40 AM   #6
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Old 08-22-2013, 08:01 AM   #7
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152K when I sold it. ZFHP19. Never touched the fluid, still shifted like the day I got it.
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Old 08-22-2013, 08:02 AM   #8
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I had 161k on my 2000 323i GM Steptronic transmission and other than the occasional harsh shift it never gave me any issues. As far as I know the fluid had never been changed either and I never got around to doing it myself. Friends of mine said they still see the car running around so I'm assuming it's still going strong.
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Old 08-22-2013, 08:48 AM   #9
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Wow that's so nice to hear. I'm constantly worried about the tranny going. But this gives me faith!
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:39 AM   #10
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110k on my ZFHP19. Clunks sometimes when downshifting but I'm pretty sure it's just the flex disc (hopefully).
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Old 08-22-2013, 10:38 AM   #11
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It's not like the tranny is made of styrofoam. The tranny itself is strong and and backed by decades of good engineering. Keep it properly lubricated and it'll be fine. Dont worry too much and dont get caught up with tranny oil threads here. The electronic part may go south only because of age and it's the weaker or weakest link in the system
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Old 08-22-2013, 01:03 PM   #12
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110k on my ZFHP19. Clunks sometimes when downshifting but I'm pretty sure it's just the flex disc (hopefully).
RTABs or Subframe Bushings will do this
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Old 08-22-2013, 01:04 PM   #13
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Keep in mind that the differential also has a lot to do with the "clunkiness" or "crispness" of shifts.
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Old 08-22-2013, 01:19 PM   #14
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Old 08-22-2013, 01:33 PM   #15
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Who's going to admit they drive their grandma car like a grandma?
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Old 08-22-2013, 01:37 PM   #16
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40 MPH and nothing more, nothing less.
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Old 08-22-2013, 01:41 PM   #18
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That says 59mph there, skippy. Go back to lurking like a good little 17 year old.

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Old 08-22-2013, 01:42 PM   #19
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Just hit 170+ today at chick fil a, getting a cup of tea and she still shifts smooth. Xi btw still on factory fill, I have filter just haven't got around to doing the job.
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Old 08-22-2013, 02:27 PM   #20
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That says 59mph there, skippy. Go back to lurking like a good little 17 year old.
That's kilometers retard.

Edit: For future reference, i'm quite a bit older than 17. But nice observation based off of my username on the internet.
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