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Old 12-02-2009, 09:45 PM   #1
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E34 6spd transmission, where to find?

I'm looking to put a getrag 6spd(from M5), on my 535i, can't find one yet in Toronto, anyones knows if there are any around in this city? or if they even got to Canada?
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Old 12-02-2009, 10:05 PM   #2
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The 6 speeds only came on late model M5's. If my memory serves correctly We didn't get the late m5 here in North America for the last two years.

And I'm afraid if you were to get the 6 speed gearbox, there is a lot more work involved then just dropping it down and slapping the 6 speed on.

www.bimmerforums.com has a good e34 section that will answer all your questions as they've probably already been discussed on that forum.
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Old 12-02-2009, 11:06 PM   #3
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For the cost, might as well sell the car and get a 6spd 540i!!!
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Old 12-03-2009, 12:08 AM   #4
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haha, yeah true. What does a regular 5spd tranny go for, for a 535, my 1st gear pops out sometimes when i release the clutch after like 2-3 hours of driving. Syncros retiring prolly already.
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The 6 speed in the e34 M5 was only in the late 3.8L M5 in 1995. We never got either the 3.8 or the fancy 6 speed here in NA. That being said there is at least one M5 that I know of running around in the GTA with a 6 speeder, which he bought new recently, so its still available somehow as far as I know.

Swapping to the 6 speed is a waste of money though. Premium on those is worth more than the entire car. Plus all the mods to fit it (shift linkage, drivehshaft, etc)

And no, the 540 6 speed will not fit. Totally different bolt pattern.
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Old 12-03-2009, 09:20 AM   #6
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I have an E28 5-spd in great condition, modified to fit E34... all you'd have to do is swap the output flange from your trans. I'd be willing to let it go for $250.

I ran it in my E34 for 2000 kms when I thought my transmission was shot, but it turned out it was actually the driveshaft center bearing. The only issue with it is it's a bit notchy when cold, but that could probably be solved by flushing the gear oil and replacing it with ATF as per the newer transmissions. Redline oil might work as well.
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Old 12-03-2009, 10:42 AM   #7
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haha, yeah true. What does a regular 5spd tranny go for, for a 535, my 1st gear pops out sometimes when i release the clutch after like 2-3 hours of driving. Syncros retiring prolly already.
Have you tried changing the fluid yet? Surprising what good fluid can do for an old transmission.
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Old 12-03-2009, 02:07 PM   #8
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yeah i changed the fluid, made a huge difference VERY smooth shifts, feels like new, but for some reason 1st still pops out rarely when i release the clutch
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