In Reply to: Wrong, it's definitely made by GM. See link.. posted by Kamal on March 07, 1999 at 14:51:55:
That link links to another review that states its a "Getrag B-plus" (I guess some would argue its a "B-minus," but that's for a different thread)transmission in the 323, but it refers to a 1998 323 (which it knocks heavily BTW). I personally have no idea if that is the same transmission used in the E46 323. But I do know that the factory sticker on mine says "Engine Parts: Germany/Transmission Parts: France" under "Country of Origin." So maybe Gilbert (message below) is correct that it's the same manufacturer that OEMs transmissions for GM, but that it is NOT a GM part.
GM and BMW buy components from the same supplier; I can live with that. But since I'd like to get some sleep, please don't post it if you find that our BMWs have GM trannies in them!
: By Chicago Tribune Jim Mateja
: "As part of the preview, BMW set up an obstacle course in the Arlington lot and let scribes loose in the 323i with optional automatic transmission--a General Motors 5-speed that runs $1,200."