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      10-08-2019, 10:03 PM   #1
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Transfer case died on me. Can I replace it with a used on?

Have a 2011 335i xdrive. The gears inside my transfer case are broken. And I need a new transfer case module. Actuator is fine. Can I use a a used transfer case on my car? BMW sales advisor says I cannot use a used transfer case because the module needs to be reprogrammed to the specific car and VIN? Local lesser known foreign car repair shop says I CAN use a used transfer case and that it won't need to be reprogrammed. Any help is appreciated! Thank you!
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The stealer is full of sh!t. Keep your existing module & actuator motor, reset adaptations, have a nice day.
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a USED one will work, if the module is in fact VIN restricted, usually dealers wont re-program, but most indy shops with a good scan tool will be able to re-program the module for you.
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Have a 2011 335i xdrive. The gears inside my transfer case are broken. And I need a new transfer case module. Actuator is fine. Can I use a a used transfer case on my car? BMW sales advisor says I cannot use a used transfer case because the module needs to be reprogrammed to the specific car and VIN? Local lesser known foreign car repair shop says I CAN use a used transfer case and that it won't need to be reprogrammed. Any help is appreciated! Thank you!
dealer installed a used one for me, no issues. 2008 335xi
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Have a 2011 335i xdrive. The gears inside my transfer case are broken. And I need a new transfer case module. Actuator is fine. Can I use a a used transfer case on my car? BMW sales advisor says I cannot use a used transfer case because the module needs to be reprogrammed to the specific car and VIN? Local lesser known foreign car repair shop says I CAN use a used transfer case and that it won't need to be reprogrammed. Any help is appreciated! Thank you!
I had a local transmission shop replace mine with a used one for $2k total. BMW wanted something over $5k I think. No issues.
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You can buy a used one with low miles but you MUST replace the fluid with proper fluid for the ATC300 clutch pack in there. Most die because they believed BMW "life time fluid" lie.
$300 for clutch pack.
https://www.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F263364464140

You can also make the shop replace the inner clutch clutch pack, bearings, and the worm gear on the motor. All under $500 for parts
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