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Old 08-13-2008, 12:26 PM   #1
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Is it possible to change a 740i to a 5 speed manual?

I'm curious to see if it is possible to change an older 740/735 auto transmission to a 5 speed manual. There are so many 740's available for short money but all auto's. And yes i know anything is possible for lots of $$$, but seriously how difficult would it be to change it without having a 740 manual trans laying around - that is using 5-series parts possibly?
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Old 08-14-2008, 07:16 PM   #2
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Old 08-14-2008, 08:15 PM   #3
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This is the closest I've seen to what you're talking about :
http://www.robertlevinson.com/seven/
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Old 08-15-2008, 07:34 AM   #4
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tx, thanks - rather than 5-series trans he used 8 series...sounds like it makes it more difficult..but intriguing none the less...
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Now that I think of it I do remember a "sport" model 740i short wheelbase that had a manual. I looked it up on wiki and found this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_E38

It says it was available with an automatic and a manual. Heres the best pic i could find to describe this "sport" version short wheelbase 740i

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if i recall something like this was done by uuc motorwerks. you can hop onto their website and look
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If I remember correctly, the star car in the first Transporter movie was a manual trans. 7-Series.
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manual 7's were available in Europe. But of course no love in the US. You could probably swap out a 6 speed from the 540i, but you would have to find a wreaked 540i 6 speed which would be a challenge in itself. It could definitely be done, but why would you want to, the 7 is more of a cruising car anyway.
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I believe the Transporter used a manual E38 but it was a 735 - which doesn't make sense to me b/c i didn't think the E38 came in anything but a 40 or 50 (it is just a movie)

True that the 7 is more of a cruiser, but having come from an '02 Maxma SE 6MT - there is something about a large sport sedan in a manual trans that is pretty fun. I was thinking the same thing about a 540 trans - but that is not nearly as rare as a wrecked 840/850 with a manual trans.
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Old 08-19-2008, 01:13 PM   #10
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Although claimed as a 735 by Statham in the film, the car was a special order 750 manual.
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As others mentioned above E38 740i were available with 6speed manuals in Europe and probably in many other continents as well, except for NA. So the swap could be done. I also think that 740i 6speed would be pretty cool, however, I'd rather get E39 540i 6speed than going through all the PITA stuff to convert the E38.
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