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Re: 535is five speed swap (archive)

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Posted by Rob Levinson on June 14, 1999 at 09:37:27:

In Reply to: 535is five speed swap posted by Joshua T. Bowers on June 14, 1999 at 06:09:58:

: I have a 1987 535is with an automatic and would like to do a five speed swap. I would like to get the parts needed by purshasing a parts car. My question is what car or cars should I be looking for? Will a 325e or 528e work or do I need to look at 5 or 6 series cars like the 530, 533, 535, etc. This has had me stumpped for six months, help!!!!!!!

From what I understand, it's a straightforward procedure that just gets pricey in the labor cost.

But... my first thought is why not just sell your automatic car and buy a manual car? It's easy to sell an automatic car, manuals generally sell for a little less. That way, you wouldn't have to worry if the job was done right, the car would be built as a manual.

Anyway, the parts you need:
1) Pedal box
2) Getrag 265 transmission (260 will work also).
This transmission is found in any '85-'88 535i/535is, '85-'89 635CSi, and '88-'91 M3. Some of the early 535/635 cars will have the 260.
3) Center console assorted small parts (shifter, carrier, carrier bracket)

The tough part is the labor... this is where buying a different car instead might be more feasible.

- Rob Levinson
'88 M5 Dinan Turbo

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