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Old 09-20-2008, 11:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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i just phoned bmw, and they said they never changed transmission and gear box fluids because its supposed to last a lifetime. its pretty hard to shift my gears with a manual and its hard to get out of first it seem like i have to give it so much on the gas pedal because it feels like its going to stall, but when i give it gas it drops the gear in first like it chokes and then the car accelerates hard. if i dont need a gearbox oil change like bmw says, then what seems to be failing??? when i changed my spark plugs it seemed to not do that as much, but now its back??? thx this is an awsome site
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i just phoned bmw, and they said they never changed transmission and gear box fluids because its supposed to last a lifetime.
Lifetime = until the warranty runs out Most people on forums will recommend that you change the fluid at around the 100k mark.
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Life time ha ha ha!!! 1st oil change 80.000 there after every 35000, I have been for a service at ZF Dortmund in Germany, they make the boxes for BM and they are the only people on the planet that will do a major service, all your indie or you can do is the oil they change parts for you to, all BM want to do is supply you with a new box, I was told this at ZF, as I was shown the BM crates with new & re-con boxes in and funny enough if you check out the part number on your box it starts with "ZF"
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And heres the proof:

My visit at ZF Dortmund for Gearbox maintenance.(very, very long!) HUGH RESULT!!

This was my mates visit, I arrived 3hrs later and had the same do.

Ps. I know you have a manual but,the service is still required with the oil or the box will wear out, when you drain it off drop a magnet in the bottom of your bucket for an hour, then fish it out and see the metal on the magnet.
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so basically all you can do on a manual is change the oil in the gearbox. the transmission does not even have a dip stick if i flush the tranny fluid, might i get slippage, i got around 60k miles on it
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You dont need to flush it, just drain it out, Go to BMW Parts and BMW Accessories | Bavarian Autosport for correct fluid grade and amount needed.
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