I haven't got a 280 but if you're near the Midlands the company I'm recommending in a thread today (transmission specialist recommendation) may be able to help you. They tell me if my box is a mess they can source and recon a 280 for very reasonable money. If it can be fixed they're the ones to do it.
Failing that the OE box from BMW could be worse value, for once!
Well I am in a time crunch, and i can recoup half of what i spent by returning parts (more then 2K). A rebuild is actually not very cost or time effective for me. It would be cheaper to just order a refabricated one from bmw or get a used one then get this one rebuilt. But thanks for the heads up!
Sincerely, Robert Kay
I purchased a factory rebuilt unit from Gebhart in Boulder just last year for my 3.8 M5.They gave me a big discount(BMWCCA member).They had to get it shipped from Germany but once we got it ordered(there was a "miscommunication"),it was here in a few weeks.Expensive but it shifts great.Good luck.
Haha thats really random. I'm a regular at Gebhardt BMW and actually worked there this last summer. I'd love to get in touch, with two M5 owners in the area, well I thought I was the only one! Anyways , go Buffs!
Have you found your transmission yet? You will settle for a used one? I'm assuming 6 spd. 1.800.775.2710, company name is LKQ Atlanta, they claim 130K miles and want $1100.00, good luck and happy motoring
I've just stopped work on mine for the evening. I was defeated by the lack of a third hand ... That damn Torx bolt up top is hard to get to without an extra person - or the $80 flexi shaft that I saw a while back and should have bought. I can get the Torx socket onto it - with about a metre of extensions - which all fall apart without the slave to help.
That, and the six or so easy to get to bottom bolts and my gearbox will be out.