Is a Manual Transmission Swap Worth It?

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So far we’ve beat the absolute crap out of our new e36 BUT the automatic transmission is kinda ruining the party for us. So today we are turning our family automatic sedan into... well still a family sedan with a cooler shift stick. Was it all worth it???

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  • Proud of you Zach, not too many people use the term hacking so aptly

    Burt MacklinBurt Macklin21 саат мурун
  • Hint: it’s not

    CCКүн мурун
  • Bro u skipped all the shit on the peddle...

    Erik sErik sКүн мурун
  • Boy we have the gear box in iraq for 75$ and its like a new one its in very good condition and the clutch and fly wheel both for 100$ and its sport clutch (metal) i dont know what u name it 😂

    Fox GamingFox GamingКүн мурун
  • Not enough comments on how entertaining that merch sale animation was

    KillianKillianКүн мурун
  • did this get done in the same day from the swap porition? also, would love to see you do a swap with a FWD vehicle

  • Had a E36, my Chevy costs less the BMW on maintenance, let alone repair parts. Some reason the rt. front brake calibre would freeze up every 5 to 7 years & the electronics worked when it wanted to. (had the car for 20yrs). My 2010 Chevy HHR needed brake pads & oil change, That's it!

    John SulsentiJohn SulsentiКүн мурун
  • Take a shot every time he smacks his hands together!

    Kotey McCallKotey McCall2 күн мурун
  • Considering I can rip apart an engine and put it back together without a manual... I’d honestly be a good person to have around due to my mechanical insanity

    Glados AiGlados Ai2 күн мурун
  • 22:39

    James willJames will2 күн мурун
  • 22:36 that's a sick fez

    Randy SlaterRandy Slater2 күн мурун
  • I picked up my e36 droptop 2 years ago for 400 been working on my e92 lately But now i wanna convert auto to manual So im grateful that u guys dropped an updated video

    Dá FallìDá Fallì3 күн мурун
  • Just saw an article saying how you shouldn't manual swap your car because of all the fab work required. It made up a lot of bull about how ever part of the process is too hard and you shouldn't attempt. The dumbest part is they referenced this video at the end as proof. Even though this video pretty much negates every thing the article said. Granted it's not easy but its definitely not impossible

    Colin DonoghueColin Donoghue3 күн мурун
  • Laughs in european...

    IamHeadShotNLIamHeadShotNL3 күн мурун
  • if life doesn't kill me I AM certain Alzheimer's will ._.

    IrontaleIrontale3 күн мурун
  • Where is the new time on the track????

    ThePentosinThePentosin3 күн мурун
  • Manual swaps are ALWAYS worth it. Sadly you have a $hitty bimmer, but that's your problem and not mine

    cminagilcminagil4 күн мурун
  • Lol at the dude popping out at 22:35 XD

    TimTim4 күн мурун
  • He plays it down like its doable, but this shit looks so crazy fucking hard!!

    TimTim4 күн мурун
  • I missing something, did he just stick a razor blade to his hand?

    The Littlest WalkerThe Littlest Walker4 күн мурун
  • Just curious as to if you had to do any wiring or anything like that? Is it just put out the auto ecu brain and all set???

    Dominic BeckDominic Beck4 күн мурун
  • 2:40 I think I saw the one African prince that went to queens or something in the background when he stopped at the stop sign.

    Imma UnicornImma Unicorn4 күн мурун
  • The only reason I would choose automatic transmission would be if I lived in a city, A 5 speed manual transmission is much better on icy mountain roads.

    firemonkey zodiacfiremonkey zodiac5 күн мурун
  • 18:05 what shift knob /shaft is that

    Say Hi To My ChopperSay Hi To My Chopper6 күн мурун
  • If I paid yall to upgrade my truck would yall?

  • "traction control... what a loser" man... I felt that one hahaha

    killercivic2001killercivic20016 күн мурун
  • are you guys getting hydraulic lifts soon?

    John LumapasJohn Lumapas6 күн мурун
  • Almost 100% of the cars here in Brazil are manual transmission.

    Leonardo LovoLeonardo Lovo7 күн мурун
  • This is all well and good but what do you do if you want a stick shift in a car that never came with one???? For example I loved my 1999 Pontiac GTP Grand Prix two door.........BUT GM never built a stick shift/ manual transmission, for any of its front wheel drive V6 cars EVER!! In fact they only built a manual transmission for the 4 cylinder cars in the 1980s and 1990s but the bell housings are totally different on those!! So you can't even "retro fit" one!!! And lets be honest here not everybody has a BMW just laying around either......and I certainly DO NOT own a garage or my own property to just have a stack of parts cars kicking around also as well!! And GM did make a manual transmission that fit behind their "S" series pickup trucks in the 1980s and 1990s, but those are rear wheel drive and you can't put them in a front wheel drive car!! They just don't fit!!

    Greg BenwellGreg Benwell7 күн мурун
  • Not all clutches like oil yeah

    The_Gamer_947The_Gamer_9477 күн мурун
  • Up to Speed on Halo

    LanceLance7 күн мурун
  • .

    Joseph StoffletJoseph Stofflet7 күн мурун
  • in australia, manual cars are way cheaper then automatics, so we are lucky👍

    DripzzDripzz8 күн мурун
  • Hes just bow listing stuff im calling it hes missing trans fluid

    monty waltonmonty walton8 күн мурун
  • 22:38 WTF

    Zane CarsonZane Carson8 күн мурун
  • Is it worth it... NO, is it possible yes... Compromise... buy the maual in the first place.

    Matt EvansMatt Evans8 күн мурун
  • 22:35 The random guy in the background wtf is he wearing😂😂😂?

    William TraylorWilliam Traylor9 күн мурун
  • The hesitant plot electronmicroscopically continue because step-aunt regionally sigh across a overrated male. ahead, legal cord

    Tthomas SsmithTthomas Ssmith9 күн мурун
  • Can u do a manual swap for a base lancer?

    Christian LopezChristian Lopez9 күн мурун
  • man really paid ebay prices for the manual swap lol

    ZartZart10 күн мурун
  • move to new york damnit

    Thomas ByrneThomas Byrne11 күн мурун
  • That's a clean underside of the car, you guys are so lucky. You should see what cars look like after just a decade of road salt.

    KoziKozi11 күн мурун
  • 22:40 Aladdin????

    Jack SnyderJack Snyder11 күн мурун
  • Question @Donut, @Zachjobe: Being in California, are there any issues relating a manual swap and emissions regulations? I'm at the point where I've finished parts gathering for my manual swap, but am concerned about possible CA emissions BS. I know the transmission doesn't have anything to do with emissions, but this being CA we're in, I wouldn't be surprised if they said something...

    CDsDontBurnCDsDontBurn11 күн мурун
  • 6:05 Heart attack moment.

    TenebrasTenebras12 күн мурун
  • I wish I could work for donut but I’m not a camera friendly looking person like most of your hosts. But I would love to work behind the scenes.

    Erik FErik F12 күн мурун
  • 16:07 that pro razor catch

    GoonfieldmafiaGoonfieldmafia13 күн мурун
  • Bo offense the the first season fans (I live the miata too don't worrh) but this is the coolest episode of money so far

    Pink Jay101Pink Jay10113 күн мурун
  • not to ask a silly question, but that conversion to Manual Trans is great and all, but what is the impact to value? I mean, the VIN is pointing to an Automatic which would be invalid. I bought a used 2013 Camaro 2SS with a few minor mods and would LOVE to convert it to Manual, but don't want the hassle later (if I choose to sell it at some point) due to the VIN Lookups being different. Or is that even a concern?

    John WilliamsJohn Williams13 күн мурун
  • My Volvo never came with a manual option 😔

    Stewart AndersonStewart Anderson13 күн мурун
  • I think this swap was awesome🤘🏻🏁

    Ryno’s RaceroomRyno’s Raceroom13 күн мурун
  • When all the manuals are beat up and abused so you buy an automatic but throw it around in the sand first so it becomes beat up and abused.

    WzrdWzrd13 күн мурун
  • Bro, you should have something to backup those jack stands, atleast keep the jacks underneath it. Always have a fail-safe:

    jere342jere34213 күн мурун
  • Love eBay motors! I can't imagine the thousands I would have spent on just a handful of parts for my Mercedes R170

    YeOldeOgreYeOldeOgre14 күн мурун
  • Worth it? Yes

    YeOldeOgreYeOldeOgre14 күн мурун
  • What you can do if the old parts are nice is list them on eBay or Facebook. It will help offset some of the cost

    Raab's GarageRaab's Garage14 күн мурун
  • Im pretty sure the current rim is actually lighter than the tire current tire.

    Vynnx AVynnx A14 күн мурун
  • Zach is my favorite. Hands down. He was the best investment Donut Media has made, imho. Huge thanks to everyone that has made all this possible so I (we) can enjoy awesome content like this.

    Cary ZinkeCary Zinke14 күн мурун
  • I think it's worth the switch if you actually have the money and time, but hell yes it is cool

    Ivan VegaIvan Vega14 күн мурун
  • Just finished engine and manual swapping my v6 accord. best thing we have done for that car. its so much more fun to drive now

    Kelsi DysingerKelsi Dysinger14 күн мурун
  • Doing the same project on my E36 M3

    Soccer Fan FCASoccer Fan FCA14 күн мурун
  • I’d have just bought a manual car…….

    Adam GrayAdam Gray15 күн мурун
  • Just a little info on the whole ebay fitment thing, it's not always accurate I've bought countless things with eBay using part numbers and parts say they fit and don't when installed. Probably because I drive a saab though 😅

    CosmoJ3ffCosmoJ3ff15 күн мурун
  • 6 months ago I didn't even know what a throttle body was after watching a few of ur videos now full confident on tearing down and rebuilding my engine... Good stuff man 🙂

    Steve EssigSteve Essig15 күн мурун
  • Wish i can manual swap my nissan Frontier 😔

    Oak StreetOak Street15 күн мурун
  • wait a damn minute, does he have a magnet implanted in his hand lmaoo 16:05 for reference

    Noah LNoah L15 күн мурун
  • um u didnt put the clutch in right.

    AK-DAVE- 47AK-DAVE- 4715 күн мурун
  • Wait how come you were able to start it without the clutch in? (Never really watched it about swapping trans so I just don’t know)

    GameNinja169GameNinja16915 күн мурун
  • Anyone wants a Manual E36 I got one for $5000.

    Ner VeNer Ve15 күн мурун
  • The captions are delayed

    Lunatic SpringtrapLunatic Springtrap15 күн мурун
  • Don't forget, that if you do this and the auto trans is still fine (and whatever else you pulled out) you could probably sell them to get some of that cash back too. Depending on the car that could be ez big bucks

    tofuboyetofuboye15 күн мурун
  • Why did two people say”The poor miata in the background is like “how could you do this to me😭””?

    Tony GuttusoTony Guttuso16 күн мурун
  • What about a car that doesn’t have a manual counterpart like a new MK5 or GTR R35

    Hanniel Jonathan IHanniel Jonathan I16 күн мурун
  • I’m so happy I just got an ‘97 e36 with only 140k for only $5000. And it looks brand spanking new!

    Miguel GomezMiguel Gomez16 күн мурун
  • Call me a loser but I really enjoy automatic trans cars.

    SugaryPhoenixxxSugaryPhoenixxx16 күн мурун
  • Isnt it as simple as putting a jumper wire on the ignition bloking konnektors? I thought It would be as easy as in A340 transmission where you just put a paperklip on 2 konnektors to start the kar.

    Cpt LinkCpt Link16 күн мурун
  • viewers: His hands: smack smack smack smack

    cody hickmancody hickman16 күн мурун
  • almost unwatchable because of stupid adverts

    Anthony ConlonAnthony Conlon16 күн мурун
  • The red vans at 16:00 was a full feeling (we not gon talk abt the razor that sticked to his hand)

    Thurman WeaverThurman Weaver16 күн мурун
  • It's a fez, I wear a fez now, fezzes are cool

    Chris LangstaffChris Langstaff17 күн мурун
  • The transmission dismounting and mounting process looks so scary with his torso right beside the whole thing lol

    idkidk17 күн мурун
  • Great job!!!, and now I'm UP to Speed

    ronald lazarronald lazar17 күн мурун
  • The poor miata in the background is like “how could you do this to me😭

    mmpj twodmmpj twod17 күн мурун
    • Nice pfp

      _Yahir__Yahir_13 күн мурун
  • wonder what is with the atuomatic transition hate

    MewShifterMewShifter17 күн мурун
  • Are we ignoring the bloke in a fez?

    Yak HuntYak Hunt17 күн мурун
  • This was mesmerizing

    Alexander PonceAlexander Ponce17 күн мурун
  • By my count thats over $3k in parts just to swap it over, seems like buying a manual off the bat might still just be the way to go. Sure you could sell off the automatic parts, but that's a whole other animal.

    Tim CTim C18 күн мурун
    • But certain cars don’t originally come in a manual transmission

      I.C.E.I.C.E.16 күн мурун
  • 13:53 dad jokes

    auto mechauto mech18 күн мурун
  • 11:29 face in the top left

    GeT_ReKtGeT_ReKt18 күн мурун
  • Okay, time to manual swap my new 2021 mazda3 turbo

    RevelatusRevelatus18 күн мурун
  • 16:07 what was that sorcery?

    RevelatusRevelatus18 күн мурун
  • 3:00 the what

    AdrphzkAdrphzk18 күн мурун
  • Do you have to be 18+ to be a new host?

    Basket ball adigonzalezBasket ball adigonzalez18 күн мурун
    • watch them just take the motor out in the next few episodes

      mikea hiooimikea hiooi18 күн мурун
  • 16:08 How does that razor blade stick to Jobes hand?

    CojakSilverBackCojakSilverBack18 күн мурун
  • prop shaft

    86 sushy86 sushy19 күн мурун
  • I want to know the weight savings this swap made

    Preston LiberatorePreston Liberatore19 күн мурун
  • 22:36 man's straight up rocking a fez in broad daylight. Respect.

    wnnalis cioovwnnalis cioov19 күн мурун
  • 6 adverts. Plus extra adverts they do. Don't pee in my mouth call me a freind apart of a community and keep trying to take my money. You not a sale man bro you sound like a money grabbing you know. Those cars whats the mark up because the way you just went on there is no mark up. Its just for the community but then that would be at cost not profit. I'm not your cash cow this is youtube not cable. Only actual morons pay people begging for their money. I'm here to watch your video. 6 ads is payment enough.

    As-if If-asAs-if If-as19 күн мурун
  • 22:37 man do be rocking that fez tho. mad respect

    WelamarWelamar19 күн мурун
  • So the cost of all the transmission swap gear brought the car up to a $7,656.00 cost, not even accounting for time spent on removal/install. How was that cheaper than buying a manual in the first place?

    Dylan RexrodeDylan Rexrode20 күн мурун
    • I need to do this to my e46 STAT☝️ Great Job guys✨

      wnnalis cioovwnnalis cioov19 күн мурун