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    Bad news from a buddy here in town - Needs a new/rebuild transmission on his BMW 545i, 2007 I believe w/ only 90,000kms

    He was quoted $9k for a new one from BMW but the car is only worth ~20k so, that's understandably a tough pill to swallow.

    Any help/recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks guys/gals

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    fuckin hell that sucks. id say talk to Mr. Transmission, it will likely be half he price.

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    go to TnT Transmition up in the N.E. they gave me quote to rebuild a honda tranny for almost 2 grand!!
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    His first mistake was going to the dealership...

    Any reputable transmission shop should be able to rebuild it for far less than an OEM replacement.

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    Dealer remans are the absolute best. They are good quality with a good warranty. And usually are about the same price as a rebuild from a tranny shop. Imo, I would spend the 9 grand its worth it. This way you wont have a tranny shop rebuilding it 4 times. But if I were to recommend a shop it would be national transmission on macleod. But they may not touch it because its a bmw.
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    I'd get a low km's used transmission with 1 year warranty.

    Rebuilding is touchy for transmission shops and german transmissions.

    A re manufactured is increadibly expensive due to freight and materials.

    I'm sure there's a smashed 545 somewhere.

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    Originally posted by HO2S
    But if I were to recommend a shop it would be national transmission on macleod. But they may not touch it because its a bmw.
    Thats where I took my Z4 to have the clutch replaced. I'd also recommend them. Import or not they really know their shit. No fuck ups whatsoever, they did a great job for $1100. Calgary BMW wanted $3k plus for it.
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    Originally posted by AE92_TreunoSC
    I'd get a low km's used transmission with 1 year warranty.

    Rebuilding is touchy for transmission shops and german transmissions.

    A re manufactured is increadibly expensive due to freight and materials.

    I'm sure there's a smashed 545 somewhere.
    I am defn going to search around for a smashed one - good idea.

    I will try the other trans shops recommended above.

    Defn not taking it to a dealer to have a new trans installed.

    Thanks!

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    Originally posted by HO2S
    Dealer remans are the absolute best. They are good quality with a good warranty. And usually are about the same price as a rebuild from a tranny shop. Imo, I would spend the 9 grand its worth it. This way you wont have a tranny shop rebuilding it 4 times. But if I were to recommend a shop it would be national transmission on macleod. But they may not touch it because its a bmw.
    If BMW can't build a trans that lasts 90,000Km, why would you spend $9000 letting them try again?

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    Originally posted by CapnCrunch


    If BMW can't build a trans that lasts 90,000Km, why would you spend $9000 letting them try again?
    Because bmw didnt build it in the first place. GM or ZF did. When you buy a dealer reman most of the time it has been updated to correct the weak points.

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    Originally posted by syeve


    I am defn going to search around for a smashed one - good idea.

    Check US sources as well.

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    Don't need to go to a transmission place. Go to someone that works on BMW's such as Sheni or Alpine, they usually have sources to yards that have parts for sale and can do the install.
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    9K holy shit that's a lot of coin. Is it just the 6HP26 trans? If so Its basically the same as Fords transmission used in the navigators,expeditions,f150s, mustangs. (6HP26 later becoming the 6R80). It's a ZF trans that Ford also builds under its own license.

    Its really not a complex trans at all. There are no bands or crazy adjustments to make, its all clutch plates. The only "adjustments" are making sure the rear geartrain has the proper sized shim, and that the endplay on the front end has the right sized shim, and then the usual selective snap rings for the clutch packs. I could see the output shaft bearing being a prick if you didn't have the right bearing puller/installer too but I honestly see no reason why National transmission shouldn't be able to rebuild it as long as there isn't any significant hard part failure that would make it non-feasible.

    Too bad this thread didn't come up a month ago. I had one of these transmissions come in with a defective casting in the case and Ford sent me a bare case to which I had to build a trans using the new case and all the old guts (low mileage unit). I could've posted a step-by-step on here.
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    A 2007 550i (they stopped making the 545 after 2005) is probably worth closer to $30 if that's any consolation...

    Car is out of warranty anyway - avoid the dealer at all costs.
    You have a couple of photos that are great... you must be very good at photoshop!

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