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Old 03-12-2013, 08:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Trans n diff fluid

Hey everyone, as ya already know am a new to site n bmw world. I have a question and hope someone has an answer. I have a 98 4 door m3(automatic). Shifts good and all. My question is, is it ok to replace trans amd diff fluid even though the owner manual says " lifetime fluid". Reason am asking is because i had m3 for about 4 months now and has 100+ on dash. Dont know if previous owner has already had fluids replaced or not. I just dont feel confortable knowing car has 100+ miles on fluids. Is it ok to replace? Thanks in advance.
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Yes it is. And here is why:

The automatic transmission in an E36 M3 is the ZF 5HP18. ZF has never once stated not to change the transmission fluid. ZF actually states to change it every 50,000-80,000 miles.


Check this link for more information regarding fluids and part numbers:

http://www.ssfs.si/download/Mehanski_pogoni/katalog.pdf
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Thanks for the info man. U always got that good info man. Thanks a lot. Now i feel better n will get that done asap!
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Transmission filter and gasket kits are available from BimmerSpecialist.com. Thats where I got mine from.
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Are the parts there cheaper than at dealer or about same? How many quarts did u have to put in ur trans ? I know that a couple quarts will stay in the convertor so how many would it take to be level?
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Way cheaper at Bimmerspecialist.com. The dealership is ridiculous. I think I paid $40~ for the full filter kit.

I have a different transmission then you do, and mine takes 8.8L with the torque converter. 7.7L without. So about a litre difference. It should say in the link i posted above.
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