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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 08-15-2011, 10:17 AM   #1
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Transmission died today on my 325Xi touring today

So I'm leaving my house this AM, and I as I pull out of my street, the car tops pulling. No gears work and a (very) slight grinding noise. Uggh. Not what the doctor ordered - especially for a Monday morning. Car is a 2001 325xi touring (wagon) with 132K miles with a automatic / tiptronic transmission.

So AAA brings it to my transmission guy (a family friend, thankfully), and I have yet to hear to verdict.

The dilemma: If the transmission needs to be replaced, is it worth it? Car has 130K miles, but with MANY new parts....pretty much entire new suspension up front. New shocks all the way around...lots of little fixes like power steering hoses, stupid things like oil pressure lights...recent tires...

I suppose one way to go is to get a used tranny for a grand and have that installed. Any way, love the car...but unsure about what to do here.

Just venting...comments / thoughts / etc are welcome.

***If I was to buy a used e46 Xi tranny, what model years would work for my 2001? Any and all e46 Xi models regardless of year?

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Old 08-15-2011, 12:46 PM   #2
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check for used/junkyard units.
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Old 08-15-2011, 02:15 PM   #3
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check for used/junkyard units.

If the car's in great shape, just look for another tranny - I've had good luck with as well.
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Old 08-15-2011, 03:00 PM   #4
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Turn it into a 6-speed manual xit?
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Old 08-15-2011, 03:11 PM   #5
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That's rough.

I have been looking for the 5 speeds for a while, mine seems like its on the way out. Good luck finding something used, it may be a chore. I wouldnt toss the car though, a trans swap is coin but then you'll be back in business for a while.

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Old 08-16-2011, 11:07 AM   #6
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Ive got 185 on original equipment and the car still runs like the day I bought it. I say fix it unless the body is really rough on it.
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