In Reply to: Transmission update? posted by Cheeseland M3 on June 18, 2000 at 18:17:31:
I've heard that when there is a problem with the transmission, BMW will replace the entire transmission rather than tear it down and replace the defective part/s. I quess BMW feels this is the best way to handle and deal with a transmission problem.
As far as an "updated" version of the transmission, I doubt it seriously. They (your BMW service) probably just put it that way to make you feel comfortable about getting it changed out. (I'm just speculating.)
My '99 M3 was built about the same time as yours and I don't have a problem. I don't think the problem you're having is very common at all. It's probably a syncronizer problem in second gear and that's all.
That's my opinion which may or may not be correct.
: Took my '99 M3 Coupe (CPO car, 9300 miles, purchased in WI 3 months/3.5K miles ago) to my local dealer the other day (BMW of Bellevue, Seattle area) Car was there for, among other things, a problem with the transmission occasionally popping out of 2nd gear under hard accelleration. I expected it to be a simple adjustment issue.
: Went to pick the car up and was informed that they needed to replace the transmission. Service rep mentioned that this was a "fairly common" problem among M3s, and that BMW had an updated transmission that would solve the problem.
: So my question - anyone else had this problem? Seems strange that my car (build March 99) wouldn't have had the updated transmission design from the factory, since it was built near the end of the E36 production run. On one hand I guess I shouldn't complain, but a tranny replacement after less than 10K miles is a little concerning. Thoughts or suggestions?