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#1 (permalink) Old 09-23-2008, 02:35 PM
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Life time fill.....NO

So, BMW apparantly don't know how to service their vehicles. I went to BMW and tried to find out what type of oil the transmission takes. I also asked (and got) differential oil. They couldn't find out the part number for the transmission oil. I had a discussion with the service rep and tried to convince him that the transmission oil is NOT a lifetime fill. I can understand why he thought that, but he was wrong. The non-M cars do not have a lifetime fill. Its states in the "Supplementary M" owners manual that the transmission fluid is replaced at service inspection 2. Granted, I was trying to do it earlier than required, but I wanted to do some preventative maintenance.

After I changed the trans oil, the shifter felt so much smoother, and I am not exaggerating. I suggest that all M owners replace the trans oil, you will feel the difference.

BTW, the transmission takes LT2.
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You are correct, I have been to ZF in germany,where they make the BM gear boxes, if you find the part number on your box it will start with ZF, anyway I had to go there to get my box serviced as BM wouldnt do it, whilst there I asked the question ' life time or not ?' answer: NO, service at 80,000 then every 40,000 miles and he said this includes 'M' variants.

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

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Very nice write up. Sounds like it feels like a better than new car, congrats.
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Hi

I am reporting the same with my car after changing the oil.
It is smooth.
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I am reporting the same with my car after changing the oil.
It is smooth.
Thanks for letting us know

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i agree with you all the M..s diff oil deff needs replacing i used lsd oil with a m3 diff that was wining thought it would be a new diff job but after i replaced the oil the diff was wine free

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how do you go about changing the diff. oil?
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Even the lifetime fill on non M cars is a bunch of crap. I had both my transmission and diff flushed at 70K miles and even that seemed to be a stretch.
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how do you go about changing the diff. oil?

There's a drain plug and a fill plug that easy really, not much more I can say.

Here's a guide although not a BM but the basics are the same:

How to change differential oil ? Car Care

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thanks for the reply on the last question..and also, how do you change the trans oil..sorry for the noobish question buy everyone needs to start somewhere
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