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Having engaging problems with the automatic transmission on my 2001 325IBMW that I just purchased. Can anyone help me or put me in touch with the proper sources? Thanks...

Just purchased the vehicle two days ago. Car doesn't want to engage in any gear. BMW Honolulu quoted $5,000.00 to fix. Don't know if I should get a rebuilt one, or a used one with low miles. Cost of these are around 900.00 witch I can live with, but was praying it might be something less expensive . How can I trouble shoot this problem. Thank You...

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It might need to add some more oil or filter replace

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A used transmission still needs to be installed, which will be very expensive on top of the price of the part.

The good news is that the problem is probably the valve body, not the transmission itself. The transmission is the gear mechanism and the valve body is the electro-mechanical brain which causes the transmission to engage. It sits inside the transmission oil pan and it is very common for these to wear out after 10-12 years. You can get a rebuilt valve body on ebay. Just make sure you get the right one. I recommend you call the rebuild shop prior to making the bid. It will be 500-600$ last time I checked, but could be higher or lower. The big savings is that the replacement is easy. Maybe a two hour job, including the transmission oil and filter change you must do at the same time. The filter and oil will be about 125$ and the labor should be 250$ or less for the whole job.

The sad fact is that some shops say they "put in" a used transmission and all they really do is repair or replace the valve body. They end up charging 2000$ labor for a two hour job.

Anyway, Good luck!!

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