This is always an ongoing issue in dealerships and in independent shops. BMW never recommended replacing the fluid as it was deemed "lifetime fluid". This is why it costs about 15-20$ per quart. I don't give a flyin $%^@ what someone calls a lubricant, it's not going to last (especially in a transmission) for the entire life of the car. So what I think they mean is that it will last the lifetime of the transmission which will be severely reduced because you never changed the fluid in it. However, the issue that I have run into and seen many times is that after the transmission fluid is changed, the trans takes a nose dive. This is usually because the fluid change is done at 70k, 80k and up. Personally, the key is to chang the fluid and filter at 30K intervals albeit an expensive maintenance cost. Shame on the dealer for not offering at least a price break. I would have ordered an Audi Regional Rep to the dealer and had a face to face.
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