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Old 01-30-2017, 03:36 PM   #1
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This 330i/Transmission swap worth it?

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I'm new to the forum and I came because I wanted some opinions and advice on this. I work at a carmax and I could get a wholesale 2001 BMW 330i with about 111k miles for about $800, but based on the warning lights lit up it may need a new transmission and some work done to the break system. Seems to run fine other than being in limp mode due to the tranny. It's an automatic so ultimately I would want to swap it to a manual anyway. Would the money/work be worth it? (I have some mechanical knowledge and experience but nothing this serious). Thanks. Will include pictures if someone tells me how lol
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Old 01-30-2017, 03:44 PM   #2
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There are plenty of threads here talking about manual swaps - if you manage to diy then cost could be reasonable. You can find used auto at junk yard for $200 - no warranty - specialist will charge you $1-$2k to install - so again maybe only worth it if you think you can do the job yourself - I think this is hard without access to a lift ...
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Old 01-30-2017, 03:46 PM   #3
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It's already worth more that in parts. If you're willing to do the work then there's a guide to get you through it. You might even get lucky if the transmission and brake issues turned out to be simple fixes as they sometimes are.
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Old 01-30-2017, 06:54 PM   #4
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I'd do it if I were you, but I really want to do the same lol. If you ever wholesale a 6 speed let me know!


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Old 01-31-2017, 08:42 AM   #5
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Thanks for your input so far

I think I'll have the safety inspection done and see what comes back. Seems like it could be a lot of different things that cause the transmission light and limp mode. I will update you with my results.
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Old 01-31-2017, 10:11 AM   #6
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You need to read the codes from the tranny control unit. It could be something very easy to fix. Or, it could need a new tranny!
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Old 01-31-2017, 10:38 AM   #7
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You need to read the codes from the tranny control unit. It could be something very easy to fix. Or, it could need a new tranny!
I'm hoping the safety inspection I have to get done will reveal something
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Old 01-31-2017, 04:57 PM   #8
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So apparently for some reason in two independent searches the vin shows a manual trans. Carmax showed a 7 speed and my grandpa's google search showed a 5 speed.
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Old 01-31-2017, 05:17 PM   #9
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Was the vin search on RealOEM?
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Old 01-31-2017, 05:23 PM   #10
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Probably best not to rely on old people google-fu. It's sub par. It should say MECH in the transmission listing. It won't say number of speeds. You just have to know that 2001 330s came with a 5 speed.

This has been working well for me.

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Old 02-08-2017, 05:42 PM   #11
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Was the vin search on RealOEM?
I'm not sure if it was realOEM or not.

I just got the results back from the safety inspection. Didn't do too bad. The issues found are as follows:

Leaking shock needs to be replaced,
A couple away bar end links need replacing,
Windshield washer motor inop,
Rack boots torn,
Diff bushings need replacing,
And of course it's in limp mode which I already knew about.

Didn't give me any of the codes so I guess I will have to read those myself.

I think I've decided to buy it and do further diag myself. Worst case I'll just part it out as mentioned. I want to swap the trans (which I believe to be the issue) anyway so I don't think I can come out losing at just under 1k out the door.
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Old 02-08-2017, 05:48 PM   #12
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Here is some pictures of the car.
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Old 02-08-2017, 05:52 PM   #13
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Probably best not to rely on old people google-fu. It's sub par. It should say MECH in the transmission listing. It won't say number of speeds. You just have to know that 2001 330s came with a 5 speed.

This has been working well for me.

http://bimmer.work/
I just used that site and it shows it has the auto option
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