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BMW 3-Series transmission repair cost distribution

Chart based on 499 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2007 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

620 mi After driving about 25 km, the transmission went into limp mode and refused to shift. After the car cooled down I took it back to the shop immediately. they said it was a computer malfunction and had the car completed by 11 am the following morning. Pr 
4960 mi transmission shifts are very sluggish when the car is cold. Hard shifts when starting from low speed 

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2007 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

3000 mi same as before... rattle from engine/transmission. no fix avail yet. 

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2007 BMW 3-Series 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

7000 mi  
24000 mi  

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2006 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

215-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

7000 mi Clunking noise from the rear differential when changing gear (manual transmission). Replaced driveshaft and rear differential. Must have been expensive! Seems to have been a known issue with the previous generation BMW 3-series. 
28000 mi Clunking noise from rear axle. 
30000 mi Clunking in rear axle. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

28000 mi Transmssion delay from reverse to drive when cold started...reflashed with new software like last time...hopefully will work this time, also complimentary oil service. 

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2003 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

39000 mi Slipping transmission 
43000 mi Slipping transmission on cold start; a commonly reported flaw on web; reflash seems to solve it; first reflash did not hold 
31620 mi delay from Reverse to Drive, took about 30 seconds for transmission to engage after selecting "D". 

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2002 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

97000 mi

US $50
Torque converter failed and needed to be replaced. 

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2001 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

68000 mi

US $560
The right outer CV joint boot ripped. 
117000 mi

US $1000
Driver's side outer CV joint boot replaced for the second time. 
122000 mi

US $459
Passenger side outer CV joint boot replaced for the second time. 

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2001 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual AWD

84000 mi

US $2300
U-joint boots on on driving axles (AWD) replaced. 
89000 mi

US $1700
Differential seal leaks 

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BMW 3-Series Transmission Problems

3967 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2000 or newer BMW 3-Series. 287 of these members (7.2%) have reported transmission repairs for their car. A total of 350 transmission repairs to BMW 3-Series--an average of 0.1 per vehicle--have been reported.

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