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Old 04-16-2011, 09:37 PM   #1
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E46 auto trannys reliable?

In my experiences auto's seem to have a ton of issues (sensors, solenoids, mechanical failures etc) how well do BMW auto transmissions hold up? Anyone have any issues? post up!

I'm looking at the 02-05 Auto trannys

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Old 04-16-2011, 10:14 PM   #2
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In your experience, you already knew about auto tranny having those issues, why would you even consider looking to buy an auto..

I have a 2003 xi.....and no issue with mine...
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Old 04-16-2011, 10:57 PM   #3
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More or less hoping that BMW makes better quality transmissions than every other econo brrand out there.
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Old 04-17-2011, 12:13 AM   #4
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No...they dont. Some models are better then others, but in general the have a lot of issues.
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Old 04-17-2011, 02:52 AM   #5
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I figured as much but was hoping for the opposite lol
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Old 04-17-2011, 08:03 AM   #6
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My sister had an early E46 323i where the tranny (apparently GM-built) needed to be rebuilt just after the warranty expired. Early symptoms were an inability to move in reverse which got progressively worse. The car was unabused and was always dealer-serviced. The BMW estimate was $6k for a new tranny. Not as bad as the Audi A4 tranny repair which runs 3x that (I know someone who had that!). With German cars, manual trannies are preferable since repairs are pretty well contained pricewise.

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Old 04-17-2011, 03:16 PM   #7
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I have had no problems with my car Its an auto and it now has over 200,000 k. One thing you need to keep in mind is maintenance that's your best bet to keep your car running its best.
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Old 04-20-2011, 05:16 PM   #8
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I have a few issue with my auto tranny. If i push the car to hard the tranny light comes one, and i will have to turn off the car and turn it on, a restart so to speak. I have been putting away funds jus in case it all goes to shit. or buy a new car manual of course.
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Old 04-20-2011, 06:16 PM   #9
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How are the 5 series autos say from 95 to 2003?
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Old 04-20-2011, 07:36 PM   #10
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This is all helpful info since i'm looking at another E46. I think i wanna go 5spd though.
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Old 05-07-2011, 07:37 PM   #11
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I have had no problems with my car Its an auto and it now has over 200,000 k. One thing you need to keep in mind is maintenance that's your best bet to keep your car running its best.
Did you get transmission drain and refills done?
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