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Old 02-13-2020, 04:44 AM   #1
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Hi i have a 2003 330I with 200k miles and Automatic Zf Transmission. The transmission is starting to go out i can feel it struggling mostly up big heels it has been shifting just fine up until recently. I was told a year ago that it was on it's way out when alot of metal was found in the pan during the fluid change. Now i think it's time to get that done. Do you guys recommend i have someone rebuild it or find a used lower millage transmission? I know most people junk these cars when the tranny goes out but ive spent so much money fixing this car up and the engine and chassis are in fantastic shape. I can't stand to let it get parted out and thrown in the scrap yard. I plan on keeping the car forever so i don't mind spending money fixing the tranny. I live in southern California if any of you know a good bmw transmission mechanic let me know. Please give me your advice. Thanks

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Old 02-13-2020, 04:58 AM   #2
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But really, 50skid rebuild his 5-speed ZF in youtube, look that if you want to see how difficult it is to rebuild.
I am sure many automatic shops can rebuild it or offer rebuild gearbox for your car.
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Old 02-13-2020, 06:00 AM   #3
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Not bad, mine went at 150k. I ended up swapping mine to a manual.
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Wow 150k is kinda low mileage for an E46. Every BMW I've had i always gety transmissions over 200k my E36 had around 267k miles on the tranny before i had to replace it and it shifted fine up until 255k miles. If you drive the cars hard the tranny will wear out faster. I drive my BMW's smooth and i barley have any breakdowns because of it.
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My local shop wanted $4500 to rebuild 5HP-19. WTF?
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Old 02-13-2020, 09:11 AM   #6
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My local shop wanted $4500 to rebuild 5HP-19. WTF?

Yeah it depends were you go. I've gotten a quote for $3300 from a local transmission shop but I'm going to keep shopping around. But you never want to go to cheap on a job like this because a cheap shop will make mistakes. Also rebuild transmission will last for the rest of the cars life plus you can sell the tranny if you crash the car. So it basically will pay for itself.

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Not bad, mine went at 150k. I ended up swapping mine to a manual.
Wow 150k is kinda low mileage for an E46. Every BMW I've had i always gety transmissions over 200k my E36 had around 267k miles on the tranny before i had to replace it and it shifted fine up until 255k miles. If you drive the cars hard the tranny will wear out faster. I drive my BMW's smooth and i barley have any breakdowns because of it
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Wow 150k is kinda low mileage for an E46. Every BMW I've had i always gety transmissions over 200k my E36 had around 267k miles on the tranny before i had to replace it and it shifted fine up until 255k miles. If you drive the cars hard the tranny will wear out faster. I drive my BMW's smooth and i barley have any breakdowns because of it
Yup I was the unlucky one The 6 speed was nice
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Old 02-13-2020, 11:26 AM   #9
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My original ZF 5hp19 completely went out (lost all gears forward and reverse) at 158k. Bought a used ZF with 60k miles from a local guy. Now shes at 161k and running like a champ.
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The secret to long automatic transmission life is the changing of the fluid and filter every 50k miles. Make sure the filter is a factory brand.

Flushing the transmission via the fluid cooling lines every 100k miles is recommended.
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That was the reason I've been able to get this tranny to last over 200k miles because i changed the fluid and filter. I also did that to my e36 which the tranny had 265k miles before he finally died. People who day changing the transmission fluid is bad are definitely wrong it has worked for every bmw I've owned



QUOTE=markusmarkus;18719017]The secret to long automatic transmission life is the changing of the fluid and filter every 50k miles. Make sure the filter is a factory brand.

Flushing the transmission via the fluid cooling lines every 100k miles is recommended.[/QUOTE]
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Can ZF be swapped out for a GM with minimum mod?
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