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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 12-09-2010, 11:53 AM   #21
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Wait, why don't you guys with an auto tranny just measure how much fluid comes out, and then refill with the same amount? Just wondering.
How can you be sure the amount that was in there REALLY was the correct amount?

When you accurately follow the procedure for checking fill level during the final stage(s) of the fluid change the amount you took out then becomes irrelavant and you KNOW the tranny has the appropriate fill amount in it regarless of how much was removed.
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Old 12-09-2010, 11:53 AM   #22
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Drain & Fill is easy to do. What about replacing the old filter in the tranny. With that many miles the thing has be clogged up quite a bit and probably reduces the flow of fluid. I definitely had mine replaced. Worth it. After market is $50 and OEM is about $80?

Oil filter is changed at every oil change why not the tranny filter???
The tranny filter is traditionally changed with an ATF change. I did the fluid & filter at 60K and plan to do both again when I hit 120K.
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Old 12-09-2010, 02:07 PM   #23
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transmission fluid has more of a life expectancy and viscosity than synthetic motor oil. You need to fill the basin of the tranyy pan and then draw suction adn fil it again with at least andother quart and a half.
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Old 12-09-2010, 07:26 PM   #24
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transmission fluid has more of a life expectancy and viscosity than synthetic motor oil. You need to fill the basin of the tranyy pan and then draw suction adn fil it again with at least andother quart and a half.
Say what?

ATF has LESS viscosity throughout its temperature range than say BMW 5W-30 Synthetic.

As for the last part....
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Old 12-10-2010, 08:50 AM   #25
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As for the last part....
I think silvrronin was referring to the process of starting the car, allowing the pick-up tube to draw fluid up from the pan, running the transmission through all gears, all while constantly adding fluid to keep the pan fluid levels up.
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Old 12-10-2010, 10:34 AM   #26
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I think silvrronin was referring to the process of starting the car, allowing the pick-up tube to draw fluid up from the pan, running the transmission through all gears, all while constantly adding fluid to keep the pan fluid levels up.
A HA. I bet you are right. Even still, with that in mind going back and rereading that... I still dont think I could have deciphered it.
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Old 12-14-2010, 08:25 PM   #27
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I have the GM-France built 5L40-E/GM5 (A5S 390R). BMW specs Texaco ETL 8072-B.

Texaco USA does not stock that product in liter bottles. I emailed them (Texaco) and they recommended using Havoline Multi-Vehicle ATF. They attached a product data sheet which cited Multi-Vehicle ATF as a suitable replacement for ETL 8072-B and ETL 7045-E.

I found a local distributor who drop-shipped to me a box of 12 ea. one (1) quart bottles for $47.00.

BTW I found it much easier to gravity feed the ATF into the trans. I used a larger quart sized funnel and some clear plastic tube routed through the engine bay. When the trans was filled, a pair of needle nose vice-grips clamped off the flow.
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Old 12-19-2010, 09:29 PM   #28
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fluid changes

Those plastic pumps are a joke
go to a NAPA and purchase a suction gun. I bought one for $10
Makes tranny,ft/rr diff and transfer case fluid changes a breeze
http://www.napaonline.com/Search/Det...245_0282490564
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