2000 BMW 3 Series 2.5L 6-cyl. 5-speed Manual Consumer Review - Beware of Early Transmission Failure!!
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2000 BMW 3 Series 323iT 4dr Wagon

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323iT Wagon (2.5L 6-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Beware of Early Transmission Failure!!
By Dissapointed in CA on

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2000 BMW 3 Series 323iT 4dr Wagon

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I was in love with this car. It corners like a dream and you can park it anywhere. Unfortunately, the steptronic transmission has a MAJOR design flaw (some say it was an engineering compromise made to meet EPA mileage requirements, but I don't know this to be fact). The reverse clutch drum has a C clip that holds the gears down under pressure. After 50-75k miles the clip breaks off and you suddenly lose reverse. It can't be repaired - you have to completely rebuild the transmission. It cost us $4700. So, if you MUST buy, I would either get one w/ an already rebuilt transmission or invest in an extended warranty.
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