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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 06-14-2012, 07:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been looking, but still need help

I have a 1985 325e and it needs some power steering fluid. The problems is, I don't know what type. I've searched around and have seen that it doesn't have power steering, or it takes ATF, and other answers that doesn't help me. I just want to know what kind.
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Old 06-15-2012, 05:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The power steering system requires ATF. Any Dexron III ATF is fine. Valvoline and Castrol both make it.
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It calls for Dex or Dex II atf.

EDIT: if you put power steering fluid into it, like the idiot who owned mine before me did, it screws up the whole system.
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Dex II is hard to find and not produced very much. DexIII is the current version.
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Dex II is hard to find and not produced very much. DexIII is the current version.

Ya thats true, but here in colorado it is very readily availible at NAPAs
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Also, Dexron is no longer licesnsed by Chevron so other manufacturers like Castrol have had to change the name of their products. Make sure to read the back of the bottle. Castrol, Valvoline, and Penzoil all have BMW approved oils, so their ATF should be fine as well. I have heard pretty good things about the Valvoline stuff. Im gonna stick with Castrol if i can find it.
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Also, Dexron is no longer licesnsed by Chevron so other manufacturers like Castrol have had to change the name of their products. Make sure to read the back of the bottle. Castrol, Valvoline, and Penzoil all have BMW approved oils, so their ATF should be fine as well. I have heard pretty good things about the Valvoline stuff. Im gonna stick with Castrol if i can find it.
The valvoline stuff is actually real good. Im running dex 4 valvoline atf in my truck's automatic trans.
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Ill probably check it out. Its hard to find Castrol ATF and GC 0w-30 here.
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Ill probably check it out. Its hard to find Castrol ATF and GC 0w-30 here.
Sounds good!
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