My 1997 318s - Update - Automatic Transmission Replacement

John Avis by | March 23, 2012 | My 1997 318is

Finally got the car back from the auto trans place. This transmission is better - drives well in forward gears - but reverse is slow to engage.
Finally got the car back from the auto trans place.

This transmission is better - drives well in forward gears - but reverse is slow to engage (around 2-3 seconds).

Is it that hard to find a good second hand automatic transmission from a wrecked car?

The trans place said to see how it goes for a week as it may improve if it has been sitting around for some time. I doubt it.

I probably won't do anything about this because it seems like it is going to cost me A$350 everytime I want the transmission replaced under warranty and who knows whether the next one will be better or worse.

So for the moment I finally have a driveable car. Except while it was up on the hoist I had a look at what was causing the vagueness in the front end and found that the control arm bushings are completely stuffed.

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I am a bit of a 3 series fanatic, having owned a couple of E30s and a few E36s, plus a few parts cars. I like the combination of the compact size, good performance and handling, and that they are more sports sedan than an impractical and extrovert sports car. This blog is a place to share my experience and knowledge.

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