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#1 (permalink) Old 06-21-2004, 12:11 PM
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Help!!! I just picked up a very low milage 1992 E36 57K. I do all my own maintenance, and as such plan on changing all fluids along with a complete Service II. The question I have is what is the correct fluid for this car's manual tranny? I have seen references to Green Lable, Red label , no label on tranny, and also most references saying ATF. I know there are some production date issues with regards to front suspension for this car but now there seems to be Fluid differences too...

Anyway here is as much info as I have at the moment 1992 E36 date of manufacture is 5/92 last seven digits in VIN are EF37322. Also if there is someone there that could send me the PDF for the factory parts/ service manula for this same vehicle I would be very appreciative
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According to the Bentley 3 Series Service Manual:

"On Manual Transmissions, either Automatic Transmission Fluid (Orange Label on side of Transmission reads-ATF-OIL!!) or a special BMW lubricant (yellow Label reads MTF-LT-1) are used.

I have a '93 325i, 5 Speed Manual and it uses Automatic Transmission Fluid, Dexron II. I replaced the BMW fluid with Mobil 1 Synthetic ATF. Mine held 1.22 quarts US (1.1 liters).

You'll need a 17mm socket for the fill and drain plugs. Mine were very tight and I couldn't budge them with a standard 3/8" Drive Ratchet and Socket or a box end wrench. I had to use a 1/2" drive 17mm 6 point socket attached to a 1/2" drive 18" pull bar to break them both free.

If you're doing the final drive fluids too (rear differential) you'll need a 14mm allen wrench (hex key). I found one at NAPA, Part Number 67264 for $6.99 US. Final Drive holds 1.8 US quarts (1.7 liters). I used Mobil 1 75/90 Synthetic Hypoid Gear Oil there.
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