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Old 11-13-2008, 01:04 PM   #21
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not a problem at allllllllllllllllllllllllll

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Old 11-13-2008, 01:10 PM   #22
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Old 11-13-2008, 01:31 PM   #23
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2001 330ci, she just broke 90k and no problems whatsoever
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Old 11-13-2008, 03:58 PM   #24
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Old 11-13-2008, 04:28 PM   #25
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Old 11-13-2008, 04:37 PM   #26
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Old 11-13-2008, 04:38 PM   #27
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Old 11-13-2008, 05:49 PM   #28
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Old 11-13-2008, 06:31 PM   #29
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Old 11-13-2008, 06:39 PM   #30
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i have a 2002 325i with 122,XXX miles and my reverse takes like a few seconds to kick in
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Old 11-13-2008, 10:53 PM   #31
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Old 11-13-2008, 11:03 PM   #32
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Old 11-14-2008, 09:19 AM   #33
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169k miles original step tranny no problems.
that's what I'm talking bout..
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Old 11-14-2008, 10:53 AM   #34
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01 330cic 116k no problem...I think it depends on how you drive your car. If you floor it all the time, the tranny will go bad. But if you just drive normal, it should be good for a long time.
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Old 11-14-2008, 12:12 PM   #35
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I think it depends on how you drive your car.
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my tranny is nice and smooth still and i drive reasonably. my buddy has an 01 325i and he has a pretty heavy right foot and he had to do a decent amout of tranny work at 110K
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Old 11-14-2008, 12:32 PM   #36
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Mine is 2001 E46 convert 325 cic 77k 2nd owner. how many of you have changed the trans fluid (self or dealership) and then had the trans problem? I've seen polls that kinda put the rate of failure around 15%... Wondering if failure after can possibly be due to wrong fluid?

BTW, called two BMW dealer service dpts and got the line "oh yours has lifetime. you don't need to change it." "no, i haven't heard of E46s having problems losing reverse gear" It was almost as if they were told to say that line.

Makes me wonder about the craftsmanship about these vehicles. I generally fix most things myself. and common E46 probs include water pump, window regulators, sub frame, and now this tranny. Are they well built? I generally drive my cars into the ground. My Fords go 150-200k plus and I keep very good mechanical care. Can i expect that from my 2001? or are they prone to failure, which is a little surprising as 3Series has been around for awhile.
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Old 11-14-2008, 02:24 PM   #37
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What is the length of the BMW Powertrain warranty? I'm about to buy a '01 Vert with 60k.
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Old 11-14-2008, 03:42 PM   #38
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2001 330i w/ 117k miles, appears to be original tranny. I changed the tranny fluid myself at 113k.
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Old 11-14-2008, 03:46 PM   #39
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Old 11-14-2008, 03:51 PM   #40
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169k miles original step tranny no problems.
Have you changed your ATF fluid and filter? If so at what mileage?
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