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Old 02-21-2007, 05:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I bought a 93 320i Automatic Trans. (already in 50k miles) and i am having a doubt on changing the Transmission oil. My colleague said that i do not need to change the trans. oil because it is "lifetime" . But how would i know if my car is equipped with this "lifetime" oil ? Please help.
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Old 02-22-2007, 03:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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yes, bmw says its "lifetime" but thats been doubted many times. There is more topics about this. You should change it, especially since you are working in the region. might as well get it out of the way.
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In the car's manual under the fluid types and volumes you will see " life time ATF ". I beleive regardless if it is or isn't, replace it. What might happen is the new fluid will wash and loosen all particules in the transmission and might block your new trans filter. If this happens, you should replace the filter and fluid again, till the tranny shifts and operates properly.
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thanks guys for the info.. i do not have the manual yet on my car.. can you kindly advise what is the appropriate ATF oil and how many quarts i will put unto it... thanks again... at the same time i will change also the trans. filter.....
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Pelican Technical Article: BMW Automatic Transmission Fluid Change
I used regular Dextron fluid for the first flush then I used Dextron Syntec.
Some will say that you must replace with BMW fluid. The choice is yours, I replaced my 1 year ago and no problems.
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