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Old 02-07-2012, 08:56 PM   #1
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1997 328 I Auto trans, what will fit?

Having difficulty finding solid answers online, and my timings been terrible trying to find a complete parts car to 5 speed swap(great deal last week when I was out of cash), so if it comes down to it, what auto transmissions will be a direct swap into my 1997 328i auto? Thanks in advance guys.
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Old 02-07-2012, 10:23 PM   #2
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The transmission that is probably in it is a GM 4L30 auto. I had to rebuild the one in my old 328i. Hope this helps..

GM 4L30-E transmissionFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaJump to: navigation, search
4L30-E Manufacturer General Motors
Production 1991–2001
Predecessor TH180/3L30
Successor 5L40-E/5L50
Class 4-speed longitudinal automatic transmission

The 4L30-E was an automatic transmission developed and produced by General Motors. It was developed for light-duty use in longitudinal engine rear-wheel drive vehicles, replacing the similar TH180/3L30. The 4L30-E was used in many European and Japanese vehicles, including the BMW 3- and 5 Series, Isuzu Rodeo and its derivatives, and Opel Omega/Cadillac Catera. It was replaced by the 5-speed 5L40-E/5L50. The 4L30-E was built at GM's transmission plant in Strasbourg, France.

Applications:

1991–1995 BMW 525i
1992–1995 BMW 325i
1992–1998 BMW 318i
1992-1998 Chevrolet Omega
1994–2001 Honda Passport
1996–1999 BMW 328i
1996–1999 BMW 528i
1996–2000 BMW Z3
1996–2000 Acura SLX
1996– Opel Frontera
1997–1999 BMW 323i
1997–2001 Cadillac Catera
1999–2004 Isuzu Amigo
2001– Isuzu VehiCROSS
1991–1998 Isuzu Rodeo
1990–2001 Isuzu Trooper
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Old 02-07-2012, 11:10 PM   #3
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^^^ Altho the same model, i highly doubt that they are the same!
I know what from 96 to 98 they used 3 different versions of the GM trans, and even if they fit, they have different electrical connectors so they wont plug in! You have to get the right one to make sure it works...
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Old 02-08-2012, 11:28 AM   #4
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Thanks guys! Damn after the first list I got excited... then Eurostyle came to rain on my parade lol.

So I guess I NEED a 328 e36 trans, and even then it needs to be with my specific plug ins...?
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Old 02-08-2012, 11:44 AM   #5
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Yes, check the lable on the driver side of the trans, it should have 2 big letters stamped on it, like SY, etc...make sure it matches!
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Old 02-12-2012, 02:21 AM   #6
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5 speed is re-emerging as my best bet. Thanks for the help Eurostyle.
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