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    Hi I am just wondering

    I have a e36 1997 318is coupe are you able to swap the 5 speed gear box for a 6 speed and if so how and where can I get I 6 speed from
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamievaughan1234 View Post
    Hi I am just wondering

    I have a e36 1997 318is coupe are you able to swap the 5 speed gear box for a 6 speed and if so how and where can I get I 6 speed from
    you mean 6 forward gears and 1 reverse or 5 forward and 1 reverse ?
     
     

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    You would also need to replace the prop-shaft and then again I don't know if the 6 speed will fit onto the 318 engine.
    6 speed boxes are fairly rare and costs a lot too.
    Is it really worth fitting one to a 318? Whats your reasoning for fitting one?
     
     

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    Don't mean to be a d**k, but wouldn't a 318 struggle in 6th anyway?

    I mean surely 5 gears are enough for the smaller engines, i figured where an engine warranted a 6 speed box, BMW put one in there?? - At least apart from the older 330d's which could probably do with a 6 speed they added to later models.....

    Dunno, maybe it would be benefitial for fuel consumption or something. I just don't imagine it would be much fun driving a 318 in 6th.....
     
     

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    Assuming it's compatable i would think it would also involve changing the rear diff as well as the ratios would be wrong
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foolishbean69 View Post
    Don't mean to be a d**k, but wouldn't a 318 struggle in 6th anyway?

    I mean surely 5 gears are enough for the smaller engines, i figured where an engine warranted a 6 speed box, BMW put one in there?? - At least apart from the older 330d's which could probably do with a 6 speed they added to later models.....

    Dunno, maybe it would be benefitial for fuel consumption or something. I just don't imagine it would be much fun driving a 318 in 6th.....
    Tbh mate you're right. You just don't need it in a 318is. Interested to hear the justification though.
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    It can and has been done using the M3 evo box and is usually coupled with replacing the diff. Personally I think it's best left to the those with seriously built M42/M44s.

    I always thought the gear ratios suited the 318is quite well. You need to rev them to get anything out of them. I'm guessing it's motorway driving that's got you thinking about this? I did 30K a year in mine and on the motorway if you ignored the noise / turned the radio up it would happily sit at some inappropriate speed.

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    i looked in to this and it is quite a bit of work to make it all come together.
    TBH don't bother!!!
     
     

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    Firstly it can be done, but the evo box is hugely expensive, and a bit notchy too.
    What you'd gain is more weight, and an overdrive gear, 5th is still the same 1:1 ratio, just BMW decided to put a motorway overdrive gear on the M3 3.2 to counteract the 3.23 ratio diff which would mean a racing engine at motorway cruise speeds.

    It isn't a performance mod, purely an economic one, and one that won't hold much benefit.
     
     

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    Cheers for the advice guys I was just looking to make my car more economical as at the moment at 70mph I get 3k revs I have been told I have a low ratio diff so I was hoping if I put I 6th gear there I would have less revs so less fuel whilst cruising the motorway
     
     

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