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Old 04-10-2009, 06:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi and Help w/trans

I'm happy I found this site...I do have a question about my 00 740IL automatic transmission. How can I check the level? Should I change the fluid at 165K?
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Not sure how to check on your 740...does it have a tranny dipstick???

Anyway, need more information regarding your the fluid change. If it has never been changed at 165k then you are about 2 or maybe 3 changes behind. If it was changed less than 60k miles ago then I would say you are ok, but coming up on another change.

Tranny changes should be about 60k to 80k miles, but check you owners manual.
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I've changed my fluid every 30,000 miles or so, so I've done it twice. It costs a little more in the long run but I like to keep everything nice and lubricated.
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The owner's manual as well as a BMW service shop I used to go to says that the transmission is 'sealed for the life of the transmission' and never needs to be changed on the 740. That seems odd to me. I honestly can't find the dipstick to even check-I assume the OBD would alert me if I have a problem. I just want to keep the car going as long as possible since I love driving it.
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