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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  1. Dominic Beck

    Dominic Beck

    4 uur geleden

    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???

  2. Imma Unicorn

    Imma Unicorn

    5 uur geleden

    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.

  3. firemonkey zodiac

    firemonkey zodiac

    Dag geleden

    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.

  4. Say Hi To My Chopper

    Say Hi To My Chopper

    Dag geleden

    18:05 what shift knob /shaft is that



    2 dagen geleden

    If I paid yall to upgrade my truck would yall?

  6. killercivic2001


    2 dagen geleden

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

  7. John Lumapas

    John Lumapas

    2 dagen geleden

    are you guys getting hydraulic lifts soon?

  8. Leonardo Lovo

    Leonardo Lovo

    2 dagen geleden

    Almost 100% of the cars here in Brazil are manual transmission.

  9. Greg Benwell

    Greg Benwell

    2 dagen geleden

    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!!

  10. The_Gamer_947


    2 dagen geleden

    Not all clutches like oil yeah

  11. Lance


    3 dagen geleden

    Up to Speed on Halo

  12. Joseph Stofflet

    Joseph Stofflet

    3 dagen geleden


  13. Dripzz


    3 dagen geleden

    in australia, manual cars are way cheaper then automatics, so we are lucky👍

  14. monty walton

    monty walton

    4 dagen geleden

    Hes just bow listing stuff im calling it hes missing trans fluid

  15. Zane Carson

    Zane Carson

    4 dagen geleden

    22:38 WTF

  16. Matt Evans

    Matt Evans

    4 dagen geleden

    Is it worth it... NO, is it possible yes... Compromise... buy the maual in the first place.

  17. William Traylor

    William Traylor

    4 dagen geleden

    22:35 The random guy in the background wtf is he wearing😂😂😂?

  18. Tthomas Ssmith

    Tthomas Ssmith

    4 dagen geleden

    The hesitant plot electronmicroscopically continue because step-aunt regionally sigh across a overrated male. ahead, legal cord

  19. Christian Lopez

    Christian Lopez

    5 dagen geleden

    Can u do a manual swap for a base lancer?

  20. Zart


    6 dagen geleden

    man really paid ebay prices for the manual swap lol

  21. Thomas Byrne

    Thomas Byrne

    6 dagen geleden

    move to new york damnit

  22. Kozi


    6 dagen geleden

    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.

  23. Jack Snyder

    Jack Snyder

    6 dagen geleden

    22:40 Aladdin????

  24. CDsDontBurn


    7 dagen geleden

    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...

  25. Tenebras


    7 dagen geleden

    6:05 Heart attack moment.

  26. Erik F

    Erik F

    7 dagen geleden

    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.

  27. Goonfieldmafia


    8 dagen geleden

    16:07 that pro razor catch

  28. Pink Jay101

    Pink Jay101

    8 dagen geleden

    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

  29. John Williams

    John Williams

    8 dagen geleden

    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?

  30. Stewart Anderson

    Stewart Anderson

    8 dagen geleden

    My Volvo never came with a manual option 😔

  31. Ryno’s Raceroom

    Ryno’s Raceroom

    9 dagen geleden

    I think this swap was awesome🤘🏻🏁

  32. Wzrd


    9 dagen geleden

    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.

  33. jere342


    9 dagen geleden

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

  34. YeOldeOgre


    9 dagen geleden

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

  35. YeOldeOgre


    9 dagen geleden

    Worth it? Yes

  36. Raab's Garage

    Raab's Garage

    10 dagen geleden

    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

  37. Vynnx A

    Vynnx A

    10 dagen geleden

    Im pretty sure the current rim is actually lighter than the tire current tire.

  38. Cary Zinke

    Cary Zinke

    10 dagen geleden

    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.

  39. Ivan Vega

    Ivan Vega

    10 dagen geleden

    I think it's worth the switch if you actually have the money and time, but hell yes it is cool

  40. Kelsi Dysinger

    Kelsi Dysinger

    10 dagen geleden

    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

  41. Soccer Fan FCA

    Soccer Fan FCA

    10 dagen geleden

    Doing the same project on my E36 M3

  42. Adam Gray

    Adam Gray

    10 dagen geleden

    I’d have just bought a manual car…….

  43. CosmoJ3ff


    10 dagen geleden

    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 😅

  44. Steve Essig

    Steve Essig

    10 dagen geleden

    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 🙂

  45. Oak Street

    Oak Street

    11 dagen geleden

    Wish i can manual swap my nissan Frontier 😔

  46. Noah L

    Noah L

    11 dagen geleden

    wait a damn minute, does he have a magnet implanted in his hand lmaoo 16:05 for reference

  47. AK-DAVE- 47

    AK-DAVE- 47

    11 dagen geleden

    um u didnt put the clutch in right.

  48. GameNinja169


    11 dagen geleden

    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)

  49. Ner Ve

    Ner Ve

    11 dagen geleden

    Anyone wants a Manual E36 I got one for $5000.

  50. Lunatic Springtrap

    Lunatic Springtrap

    11 dagen geleden

    The captions are delayed

  51. tofuboye


    11 dagen geleden

    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

  52. Tony Guttuso

    Tony Guttuso

    11 dagen geleden

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

  53. Hanniel Jonathan I

    Hanniel Jonathan I

    11 dagen geleden

    What about a car that doesn’t have a manual counterpart like a new MK5 or GTR R35

  54. Miguel Gomez

    Miguel Gomez

    12 dagen geleden

    I’m so happy I just got an ‘97 e36 with only 140k for only $5000. And it looks brand spanking new!

  55. SugaryPhoenixxx


    12 dagen geleden

    Call me a loser but I really enjoy automatic trans cars.

  56. Cpt Link

    Cpt Link

    12 dagen geleden

    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.

  57. cody hickman

    cody hickman

    12 dagen geleden

    viewers: His hands: smack smack smack smack

  58. Anthony Conlon

    Anthony Conlon

    12 dagen geleden

    almost unwatchable because of stupid adverts

  59. Thurman Weaver

    Thurman Weaver

    12 dagen geleden

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

  60. Chris Langstaff

    Chris Langstaff

    12 dagen geleden

    It's a fez, I wear a fez now, fezzes are cool

  61. idk


    12 dagen geleden

    The transmission dismounting and mounting process looks so scary with his torso right beside the whole thing lol

  62. ronald lazar

    ronald lazar

    13 dagen geleden

    Great job!!!, and now I'm UP to Speed

  63. mmpj twod

    mmpj twod

    13 dagen geleden

    The poor miata in the background is like “how could you do this to me😭

    • _Yahir_


      8 dagen geleden

      Nice pfp

  64. MewShifter


    13 dagen geleden

    wonder what is with the atuomatic transition hate

  65. Yak Hunt

    Yak Hunt

    13 dagen geleden

    Are we ignoring the bloke in a fez?

  66. Alexander Ponce

    Alexander Ponce

    13 dagen geleden

    This was mesmerizing

  67. Tim C

    Tim C

    13 dagen geleden

    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.

    • I.C.E.


      12 dagen geleden

      But certain cars don’t originally come in a manual transmission

  68. auto mech

    auto mech

    13 dagen geleden

    13:53 dad jokes

  69. GeT_ReKt


    13 dagen geleden

    11:29 face in the top left

  70. Revelatus


    14 dagen geleden

    Okay, time to manual swap my new 2021 mazda3 turbo

  71. Revelatus


    14 dagen geleden

    16:07 what was that sorcery?

  72. Adrphzk


    14 dagen geleden

    3:00 the what

  73. Basket ball adigonzalez

    Basket ball adigonzalez

    14 dagen geleden

    Do you have to be 18+ to be a new host?

    • mikea hiooi

      mikea hiooi

      14 dagen geleden

      watch them just take the motor out in the next few episodes

  74. CojakSilverBack


    14 dagen geleden

    16:08 How does that razor blade stick to Jobes hand?

  75. 86 sushy

    86 sushy

    14 dagen geleden

    prop shaft

  76. Preston Liberatore

    Preston Liberatore

    14 dagen geleden

    I want to know the weight savings this swap made

  77. wnnalis cioov

    wnnalis cioov

    14 dagen geleden

    22:36 man's straight up rocking a fez in broad daylight. Respect.

  78. As-if If-as

    As-if If-as

    15 dagen geleden

    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.

  79. Welamar


    15 dagen geleden

    22:37 man do be rocking that fez tho. mad respect

  80. Dylan Rexrode

    Dylan Rexrode

    15 dagen geleden

    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?

    • wnnalis cioov

      wnnalis cioov

      14 dagen geleden

      I need to do this to my e46 STAT☝️ Great Job guys✨

  81. gioyu comi

    gioyu comi

    15 dagen geleden

    Flashback to every time you heard that kid at the car meet tell you how they’re going to “manual swap” their automatic daily. Good stuff guys 👍🏻

  82. Big Steve

    Big Steve

    15 dagen geleden

    Don't put something in a car that you can buy a car WITH

  83. flon


    15 dagen geleden

    ah yes, the captions being out of sync.

  84. Octane Street

    Octane Street

    15 dagen geleden

    Kiiiinda wanna manual swap my Mustang, good to know it's not TOOOO expensive to do either way. Thanks Donut :) I also had a crazy dream the other day about being a host on Donut lol, it's cool that you guys are always continuing to grow and looking to hire more talented and wondrous individuals! Can't wait to meet them on their own series once that comes to be 👊

    • Octane Street

      Octane Street

      15 dagen geleden

      @gioyu comi I think you meant to give that comment to Zach! Hah

    • gioyu comi

      gioyu comi

      15 dagen geleden

      you are way too good of a mechanic not to have a lift in your garage dude. Get one, if nothing else it will make your life infinitely easier.

  85. Alexander Unknown

    Alexander Unknown

    15 dagen geleden

    manual is retro, classic hydro atm ftw!

  86. Nate Ward

    Nate Ward

    16 dagen geleden

    This actually makes me want to go buy an auto 335i just so I can swap it out. Well done.

  87. Wyatt Dunham

    Wyatt Dunham

    16 dagen geleden

    watch them just take the motor out in the next few episodes

  88. tcoffin014


    16 dagen geleden

    So what's up with that magnetic blood?

  89. pendejoguay


    16 dagen geleden

    A 30 min video does not appropriate the amount of curse words and struggles of this video. Yea, it's simple cause it's mechanics. But man...this is not an easy swap for the average diy mechanic

  90. bradley2004200


    16 dagen geleden

    When are we getting back to the s14???

  91. Ryo


    16 dagen geleden

    what shifter is that?

  92. Wild Malibu

    Wild Malibu

    16 dagen geleden

    In a Volvo 240 B230F going from an AW70 to an M47 5 speed is worth it, especialy if it's a wagon.

  93. Ricardo Vargas

    Ricardo Vargas

    16 dagen geleden

    One of the best videos I saw about mechanic work. Thanks guys!

  94. AxeMastersINC


    16 dagen geleden

    New sub brother. Great channel.

  95. r0c_it films

    r0c_it films

    16 dagen geleden

    I need to do this to my e46 STAT☝️ Great Job guys✨

  96. Christian Collom

    Christian Collom

    16 dagen geleden

    Did anyone else notice this man magician a razor blade?

  97. Jackets sprite cranberry2 Jacket spray cranberry2

    Jackets sprite cranberry2 Jacket spray cranberry2

    16 dagen geleden

    You guys need to make a donut shop

  98. Steez Knight

    Steez Knight

    16 dagen geleden

    This is pretty cool

  99. steve Johnson

    steve Johnson

    16 dagen geleden

    you are way too good of a mechanic not to have a lift in your garage dude. Get one, if nothing else it will make your life infinitely easier.

  100. zerodiaz21


    16 dagen geleden

    So around 3000 to do the swap from AT to MT.