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3-Series (E46, E90) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1999 to Current. Models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318Ci, BMW 320i, BMW 323i, BMW 325i, BMW 330i, BMW 328 Ci, BMW 328i, BMW 325i/xi, BMW 330Ci, BMW 320d, BMW 330d, BMW 335d.

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Old 07-27-2004, 04:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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white 330ci is an unknown quantity at this point
i have a 2001 330ci with 53000 mi on it, what fluids besides oil and coolant will i need to change?

i heard BMW uses "lifetime" gear oil but that sounds like bullshit to me n
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Old 07-27-2004, 07:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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moto is an unknown quantity at this point
White 330 ci. My manual of my 2000 328i only
calls for oil, coolant and brake fluid to be changed.
Ther is no mention of the transmission fluid or
rear diff.

PS. I've always wanted to know from newer owners
(2001 & newer) what the manual states for oil changes
and type of oil to use. My manual says to use BMW
High Performance 0Wx / 5Wx or 10Wx(above 5 deg)
with x being 30,40 or 50 weight oils and meet the
SH or higher spec.
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Old 07-27-2004, 07:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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2001BMW330iRob is an unknown quantity at this point
Well if its any help I also have a 1997 318i with almost 200k on it and never changed either the rear diff or tranny fluid.
I called the dealer too and he said you dont have to change either.
He said they could but BMW's generally do not require it.
It is strange...I guess the saying "if it ain't broke don't fix it" fits here!
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Old 07-27-2004, 08:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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white 330ci is an unknown quantity at this point
ya i am just trying to prevent somthing from breaking, i guess i will wait on the gear oil changes.

i have already changed the brake fluid too.

i don't have the manual for my car so i cant help you with that, but you should use synthetic only in e46's. i use mobil 1 0w-40, every 3000 or 4000 miles. i think the manual said 10000 or somthing stupid . just because it is synthetic doesn't mean that it doesn't get dirty the same way that other oils do. it just won't brake down.

maybe bmw wants us to brake our cars and buy new ones
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