In Reply to: Re: 5xxiT posted by Dana White on March 23, 1999 at 22:22:01:
: I looked into a tranny swap a while back on my
: '95 530ia, and it was towards $10,000 w/parts and labor, if I remember correctly. Folks I talked to (BMW dealers and indies) all said it would not be an easy job, and said if I wanted a manual, go buy one.
$10,000???!!! I was thinking along the lines of getting as many of the needed parts as possible from a wrecked 530i. So, transmission and related parts, pedal assembly, shifter, console. I would buy new hydraulic parts and new clutch-related parts. I can't imagine the cost approaching $10,000, but I haven't checked around.
:If you want some of the feel of a manual, you could consider adding a Transwitch to the car - provides you w/shifting capability like the Steptronic on the newer BMWs. Requires replacing the auto trans control chip and some wiring, and would probably void any warranty on tranny stuff if you had one.
: IMHO, the V8 in the 530i and 530iT is vey nice - smooth and powerful. I don't think the 2.5 liter straight six in the 525T is really up to the job of hauling the Touring around. I know several 530i Touring owners, and they all seem very happy with and loyal to their cars.
I've driven the 530i w/5-speed and was impressed with the car. I haven't driven a 530ia yet. Maybe I'll check that out. Thanks!