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bazar01 07-13-2017 04:02 AM

Picking up a 98 TI AUTO
My 1996 5-speed is getting tired at 273k miles. It still runs really good and gets 28-30mpg but the clear coat is peeling off. Thank goodness it's white.

I am picking up a Green 1998 with 155k miles with automatic transmission as a daily beater and some occasional hiking trips.

Any maintenance tips on the automatic transmission?

joe1602 07-13-2017 01:23 PM

Yes, swap it for the 5 speed from your 96. You will be terribly disappointed with the auto after driving the 5 speed for so long.

bazar01 07-13-2017 02:14 PM

I am getting tired of driving the manual. I guess getting older. (turned 60)
I might give the 5-speed to my son if he wants it or just sell it.

I like the little TI with the big space in the back with the back seats folded down. For $1200 I will not hesitate.

joe1602 07-13-2017 02:22 PM

I started out with an auto and then went to the 5 speed that my son & I use for autocross. I still love the 5 speed so much more than the auto but I see your point. I as well love the versatility of the hatch and fold down seats. I still use it to move stuff even though its a fully prepped autoX car. Good luck & enjoy!

bazar01 07-14-2017 01:30 AM

I picked it up today.

joe1602 07-14-2017 01:24 PM

Sweet! Have fun with it!

bazar01 07-14-2017 01:41 PM

Front shocks are gone.
Rear bushings are shot.
Exhaust leak.
Pass window is not working.
Headliner sagging.

I will be busy. :biggrin:

joe1602 07-14-2017 02:29 PM

That's OK, all pretty easy stuff to do!

bazar01 07-14-2017 03:11 PM

Easy stuffs I agree.

bazar01 07-27-2017 06:16 PM


Originally Posted by Endat (Post 385712)
On my e46 steptronic, a fluid and filter swap on the transmission did make it nicer. Just don't flush it.

ps. If you decide to sell it, PM me. My dad wants a ti now.

Which one?
The 5 speed or the auto?

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