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BMW 5 Series, Sedan
Jan 23, 2008 (9:10 pm)
The transmission went on my 92 BMW 535 and I live in the island of kauai in Hawaii. I bought the car off a mechanic who did a bunch of work and then the dude left the island. I paid about 2300 for the car and six months later the trans went with only 140,000 miles. The interior is a bit beat up, the A/C doesnt work, and the car stalls on a cold start, but besides that the car runs well (or it did) and the body is in great shape.
The question is this:
Do you think it is worth fixing the transmission and where is a good place to get a used one?
#12341 of 12737 Re: 1992 Advice [gypsydavey]
Jan 24, 2008 (7:31 am)
well, considering you are in hawaii, its kind of tough to say where to get a used one. Getting one shipped might not be cost effective. But, then again, what are the chances you'll find one locally?
Need to know total cost of getting a trans and the install before a decision can be made to whether or not its worth it. I'd say chances are slim. You might try finding a trans shop and seeing what they'd want for a rebuild.
#12342 of 12737 Re: 1992 Advice [qbrozen]
Jan 24, 2008 (9:45 am)
I found a used one on ebay for 795 annd I got a guy who will do it for 550. With shipping, I'm looking at around $1500.
#12343 of 12737 Re: 1992 Advice [gypsydavey]
Jan 24, 2008 (10:10 am)
how worn is the used one on ebay?
if you could replace it and be confident the car will be good to you for at least another year, then its probably worth $1500 considering you aren't going to find a car as nice for that much, right?
#12344 of 12737 Does 2008 535i come with GA6HP26ZTU Trans regardless of Sport Auto?
Feb 01, 2008 (8:07 am)
I am going to be ordering a 2008 535i shortly and I want to confirm whether or not the transmission is the same if I get the standard "free" Steptronic or the optional Sport Auto? Is the part number for the transmission itself GA6HP26ZTU regardless??
#12345 of 12737 Re: 400,000 americans died from smoking cigarettes [jeqq]
Feb 02, 2008 (6:36 pm)
Why do so many people COMPLAIN about the lack of a dipstick in new BMW engines? It's a regular complaint in the forums.
You don't need a dipstick. You check oil levels using iDrive or the onboard computer. Instead of warming up the engine, parking, shutting off the engine, getting out and fumbling around a dirty engine compartment, you push a couple buttons while driving and it shows you the oil level, even at highway speeds. A dipstick is less accurate and people are more likely to check their oil levels if the process is more convenient.
One person in a post last year actually said that s/he paid a mechanic to drain the oil, measure it and then put it back in because the mechanic told him/her it was the only way to check the oil level.
Honestly, I don't know why people pay a premium for a vehicle that's loaded with technology and then not even bother to crack open the owner's manual. Look in the index under "oil".
#12346 of 12737 Re: 400,000 americans died from smoking cigarettes [anon3]
Feb 02, 2008 (10:35 pm)
"Why do so many people COMPLAIN about the lack of a dipstick in new BMW engines?"
1) Many of the oil level sensors have proven to be problematic when condensation gets into them, and
2) Many of us (me included) prefer to perform oil changes by using an oil extractor, and that requires a dip-stick.
#12348 of 12737 Re: 400,000 americans died from smoking cigarettes [anon3]
Feb 03, 2008 (8:09 pm)
Honestly, I don't know why people pay a premium for a vehicle that's loaded with technology and then not even bother to crack open the owner's manual.
This statement is actually pretty funny - I was in Florida with a friend... new 5 Series while I am driving his sister's older 3 series. Suddenly his flashers go on, and his speed drops. My cell rings and he asks me to do a look see around the car as we rolled - I-drive indicated low tire pressure. I see nothing. We pull over (first leg of a 300 mile trip), use a guage, and the tire is fine. Complete the trip, get the car in to the dealer, and get told "yeah, some of them do that". Point I am making is that simply touting that the oil pressure monitor makes a dipstick completely unneeded is not reasonable at this point. As a compromise, why not leave the dipstick, add the electronics to make it "easier" (though I believe that anyone who was not bothering to check the oil by opening the hood is not going to bother to check it otherwise) and satisfy those of us who actually do things like change oil, or check levels?