Can you turn an automatic BMW into a manual car ?

Asked by Jan 11, 2015 at 09:09 PM about the 2011 BMW 3 Series 328i

Question type: Car Customization

Ive been thinking on doing some
modification to my bmw but im not sure if I
can since its an automatic and ive asked
some people some say yea some say no. I
like my car standard but ill love it with more
power n speed.

6 Answers

5,435

To put a manual transmission you'd have to... at least take off the flex plate off the back of the crankshaft and install a flywheel so the clutch assembly could hook to.

25,805

You might be better off selling the automatic and buying the manual car you want. The conversion is possible though, but very costly, and your wiring harness and computer will be all wrong. You would have to swap out the wiring harness, computer, add a manual flywheel, clutch, pressure plate, and in particular the thrust bearing (big difference between manuals and automatics), the crossmember, tailshaft or at least yoke to match manual spline, driveshaft... then there is the electronics (instrument cluster, speedometer cable/gear/speed sensors etc.), then modify the center console for the shifter... You would destroy the resale value of the car to say the least. So is it possible? Yea of course, anything is possible with enough money and labor. Is it worth it? No. Sell it and buy a manual.

1,565

It's possible but not practical. Assuming you have / buy a BMW manual trans, shifter, shift linkage, flywheel, & clutch linkage, hyd. slave cylinder, you still need to install a pedal set. This all is a major modification! A swap with a doner car might work. Look for someone who wants an automatic trans for a manual trade?

205

WTF, on a 2011? Better off selling/ trading it in and buying a manual drive vehicle.

10

It depends on the year ,I have a 1998 BMW 318I 1.9 liter dohc 5 speed manual which of course only has 4 cylinders so why modify when not built for speed but to last forever if u take care of ur engine .pull your engine out and rebuilt it from inside out so it will never be mocked but cared for you know .whatever my engine gives me I'll stay with it cause modifications drop value in the engine for sure .

10

Yes ytlas I know that but decrease in value taking out originality

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Your Answer

3 Series

Looking for a Used 3 Series in your area?

CarGurus has 31,225 nationwide 3 Series listings starting at $1,000.

ZIP:

BMW 3 Series Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    4,910
  • #2
    Robert Charlson
    Reputation
    1,610
  • #3
    Matt Mankinen
    Reputation
    1,240
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used BMW 5 Series
461 Great Deals out of 16,397 listings starting at $2,000
Used BMW M3
45 Great Deals out of 1,462 listings starting at $4,990
Used Mercedes-Benz C-Class
566 Great Deals out of 23,175 listings starting at $1,995
Used Audi A4
291 Great Deals out of 10,670 listings starting at $1,500
Used Ford Mustang
743 Great Deals out of 42,277 listings starting at $1,300
Used Honda Accord
1,031 Great Deals out of 61,614 listings starting at $999
Used Mercedes-Benz E-Class
438 Great Deals out of 19,542 listings starting at $1,500
Used BMW X5
393 Great Deals out of 12,892 listings starting at $2,495
Used Chevrolet Camaro
398 Great Deals out of 31,729 listings starting at $2,395
Used BMW 7 Series
163 Great Deals out of 5,982 listings starting at $2,500
Used BMW 6 Series
83 Great Deals out of 2,796 listings starting at $5,980
Used Dodge Charger
423 Great Deals out of 27,563 listings starting at $1,650
Used BMW 1 Series
49 Great Deals out of 979 listings starting at $6,495
Used BMW X3
280 Great Deals out of 12,081 listings starting at $2,900

Used Cars For Sale

2016 BMW 3 Series 328i For Sale
6 listings starting at $22,900

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.