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Old 05-09-2005, 10:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Guys,
I have a 323i SE with an auto transmission. Last week I took it to a local garage to have an oil service and while it was there I asked them to drain the diff and transmission and renew the lube in both. The diff was fine but when it came to doing the tranny there was a lot of confusion as BMW suggested they only use their SFL ( Sealed for Life) oil at $20 per litre and Euro car parts said it didn't need to have SFL lube as DexronIII ATF was fine.

Can anyone shed any light on this for me. The car is a 323 1996 E36.

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Old 05-09-2005, 03:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Originally posted by DarrellS@May 9 2005, 07:21 AM
Guys,
I have a 323i SE with an auto transmission. Last week I took it to a local garage to have an oil service and while it was there I asked them to drain the diff and transmission and renew the lube in both. The diff was fine but when it came to doing the tranny there was a lot of confusion as BMW suggested they only use their SFL ( Sealed for Life) oil at $20 per litre and Euro car parts said it didn't need to have SFL lube as DexronIII ATF was fine.

Can anyone shed any light on this for me. The car is a 323 1996 E36.

Thanks in advance

Darrell
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redline MTL fluid should work just fine for it.. bmw always recommends using their parts/fluids.. its money in their pocket.. =oP plus they can make sure you dont go out and buy the wrong stuff if you only use their stuff

i use redline in all my trannies and diffs with great results.
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You want ATF not MTF. BMW actually uses ATF in both its Auto and Manual transmission. I put reline MTF in first and had problems because the oil was too thick and was not warming up properly, I switched back to redline ATF and it works alot better. You do not need the special oil but a good quality oil is recommended(Redline).
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Old 05-11-2005, 06:51 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks guys, it's as I guessed.


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