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Old 10-23-2012, 04:52 PM   #1
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E46 transmission types?

Hey guys, I've been looking at a couple of e46 330i ads in my local CL and a question came up that I can't really understand online. There are only two types of transmissions in the E46 series, manual and semi-auto, right? What I'm getting at is this, I do not want to get a traditional manual tranny car because it will by my daily driver for school and in the city, but I do want to feel the sporty-ness of the 3.0L engine. The car I'm looking at does not have the sport package, it has the crappy not circular steering wheel. I want to fit sexy aluminum paddle shifters on the sport package or M3 steering wheel when i buy one later. So in order to do that, I would need to rewire a few stuff from the gear stick. Which steering wheel would I need to get? Is there a website that compares all the different e46 steering wheel types? I'm confused......
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There's sport steering wheel and non-sport. Simply look for the car w/ the steering wheel you want. As for auto vs manual. Trust me get a manual. 99/100 people who get autos regret it wishing they had purchased a manual.
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Old 10-23-2012, 05:33 PM   #3
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for auto there is no to paddle shifter on non-Ms , there are no mods for that, only way is going with an M
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Hey guys, I've been looking at a couple of e46 330i ads in my local CL and a question came up that I can't really understand online. There are only two types of transmissions in the E46 series, manual and semi-auto, right? What I'm getting at is this, I do not want to get a traditional manual tranny car because it will by my daily driver for school and in the city, but I do want to feel the sporty-ness of the 3.0L engine. The car I'm looking at does not have the sport package, it has the crappy not circular steering wheel. I want to fit sexy aluminum paddle shifters on the sport package or M3 steering wheel when i buy one later. So in order to do that, I would need to rewire a few stuff from the gear stick. Which steering wheel would I need to get? Is there a website that compares all the different e46 steering wheel types? I'm confused......

all 330 as of 04 had sport suspension,cant go by the steering wheel

and you can put an m3 wheel on a 330, not sure about the paddles
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It turns out there are two types, those that work and those that don't.
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there are two types of steptronics as well, gm and zf, the gm being the better of the two, you can tell which by looking at the tag on the side of the tranny, not on the pan
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That's not correct. From the factory Steptronic auto's do not come with paddle shifters but you can buy an SMG steering wheel and SMG clockspring and you CAN mod that without having an M. The wiring is fairly simple too.

Also be aware that while there are few of them there were some non-M models with an SMG transmission, with paddle shifters and an SMG shift lever. The SMG is an automatically clutched manual transmission.
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there are two types of steptronics as well, gm and zf, the gm being the better of the two, you can tell which by looking at the tag on the side of the tranny, not on the pan
Also be aware that if you are going to purchase a car with an auto (steptronic) that you can't buy a car with the zf in it and think you are just simply going to change the transmission to a gm. The wiring looms and the electronics behind them are different.
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Just get the manual. The auto will fail eventually and it will cost you a **** load.
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Actually there are three types - manual, automatic, and SMG (very rare on non-M).
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hmm i think ill get manual then! Now i just gotta find a car to practice on.... also, how hard or simple do you think swapping out a 2001 325ci engine with a 330i? the tranny too. like get the 330i engine with tranny from the salvage yard or bavarian auto recycling. this is the car i want to buy and swap engines. http://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/cto/3355806995.html
i gave up on my s54 engine swap idea since it was too complicated.
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Or just buy what you can actually afford. You keep trying to look for these "cheap" solutions. And you have no mechanical experience. Terrible chance of working out.
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Or just buy what you can actually afford. You keep trying to look for these "cheap" solutions. And you have no mechanical experience. Terrible chance of working out.
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