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Old 04-12-2012, 08:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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1998 740il, does the tranmission needs regular maintenance service?
I'm not having any issue's with it, just inquiring if it requires any maintenance like transmission oil changes.

Your input is greatly appreciated.
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BMW states that their transmissions contain a "lifetime" synthetic fluid that does not need changing over the life of the transmission. However ALL syntehtic fluids break down over time. People have complained of poor transmission issues past the 100,000 miles mark. BavAuto and other places recommend changing the fluid every 50,000 miles or once every two years. I recommend this as well. BavAuto, ECS Tuning and Pelican Parts all sell fluid change kits or the items needed.

Here is Bav Autos DIY link on transmission fluid changes:
BMW DIY Video – Automatic Transmission Fluid and Filter Change – How To Replace – Auto Trans | Bavarian Autosport Blog
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Thanks for the info. since you mentioned about not needing a change, how about adding if needed?
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It does need a change. What BMW says as what is really required are two differen things. They make more money on replacing your busted transmission then replacing the fluid.
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