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Old 03-16-2012, 05:40 PM   #161
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If you plan to keep it for awhile, do the oil change.
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Old 03-16-2012, 06:19 PM   #162
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ok thanks.. ordered the kit at ecs tuning..
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Old 03-18-2012, 03:17 PM   #163
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Hey guys, I got a 00 323ci with about 123,000 miles on it. The ATF has never been changed. Recently I have been getting certain signs, difficulty engaging into 1st during cold starts, delayed shifting during operational temp. My issue with the ATF change, should I drain and change all the ATF at once, or should I divide the ATF change into 4 parts and change 1/4 at a time over 4 months to have a gradual change.
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Old 03-18-2012, 04:03 PM   #164
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You've got at an auto transmission with 123K miles on it, fluid has never been changed, and you're getting signs that all may not be well. I'd suggest you don't have the luxury to change it on some schedule. Change it now, fluid and filter.
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Old 03-20-2012, 09:32 PM   #165
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Go ahead and change it. You will be surprised with the results.
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Old 04-07-2012, 03:58 PM   #166
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Just completed this on my '02 330i, big thanks to the DIY. Figured I'd throw in my two cents.
Lessons learned:
-Really wish the pan bolts weren't T-25. Stripped 7 of them, yes I was extra careful and even used 3 different torx tips. Maybe liquid wrench would have helped some, but I say this is the wrong type of bolt for this application. This alone made the DIY a major pain.
--I replaced the damaged ones with flat head 10mm hex heads, worked great. Kind of wish I replaced all of them with these.

-Gasket and pan installation; I found using small zip-ties to hold the gasket to the pan actually made it one of the easiest parts of the ordeal. I put 4 on, one in each corner. Keeps everything in line while you get some bolts in, then snip the ties and you're good.
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:21 PM   #167
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Hello, i have a 2003 325i with a GM transmission. I have read almost all of the posts here. Everything helped me to decide and go ahead and do this myself at last. I have already ordered ATF, maybe 2 years ago. Now my car is at 79 000 miles, I guess perfect time for flush. The tranny has been slipping and shifting different, specially when it's cold. I got the fluid from calling bavauto techs and just asked for ATF. They send me febi bilstein, on the back of it says: application recommendation: DEXRON 6. What do you guys think about it. Would you recommend it or I should sell it and get redline D4?
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Old 04-11-2012, 08:12 AM   #168
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Hello, i have a 2003 325i with a GM transmission. I have read almost all of the posts here. Everything helped me to decide and go ahead and do this myself at last. I have already ordered ATF, maybe 2 years ago. Now my car is at 79 000 miles, I guess perfect time for flush. The tranny has been slipping and shifting different, specially when it's cold. I got the fluid from calling bavauto techs and just asked for ATF. They send me febi bilstein, on the back of it says: application recommendation: DEXRON 6. What do you guys think about it. Would you recommend it or I should sell it and get redline D4?
Hi, I did the same as you did, read all the post and finally I went to the autoparts bought a new oil disposal bucket and then went to the dealer and show them the copy of the sticker in my pan and bought from them the OEM oil. I also order the replacement kit in Pelican Parts. ( gasket, bolts, etc )

Long story short, the first dealer did not want to sell me the oil so I went to other and as you know, it is complicated extract all the old oil and I did not want to mix diferent oils, Hope it helps
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Old 04-11-2012, 08:38 AM   #169
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Thanks Ivanhoe! It's obvious that the first dealer wanted to do the job for you, too bad for them. So you end up using DEXRON 6 ?
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Old 04-13-2012, 12:43 AM   #170
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Hello again, so I called bavauto today and told them that I'm going to change ATF and already purchased Febi bilstein fluid from them, but need more. They said that they need two weeks to get Febi bilstein, but they have ZF LIFEGUARD in stock now and it's ok to mix it with. I have a GM transmission and my question is if it's ok to use 6 litters of Febi bilstein for the first fill and drain, then 6 litters ZF LIFEGUARD for the final fill?
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Old 04-13-2012, 06:35 AM   #171
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... but they have ZF LIFEGUARD in stock now and it's ok to mix it with. I have a GM transmission and my question is if it's ok to use 6 litters of Febi bilstein for the first fill and drain, then 6 litters ZF LIFEGUARD for the final fill?
Hmm, on the face of it I don't buy that. ZF Lifeguard is ZF's own brand of LT71141 used in ZF transmissions. The GM transmission used Texaco ETL 8072B fluid, which is closer to Dexron VI. I wouldn't mix the two types.
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:20 AM   #172
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Thank you very much for the quick answer! I just canceled the order. Since I already have Febi bilstein I'm going to wait two weeks and get 6 more bottles of it and use it. On the back of the bottles says its application recommendation is DEXRON 6. Thanks again!
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Old 04-13-2012, 12:55 PM   #173
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Ok after I cancels the order and called back to order Febi bilstein talked to a different person at bavauto and he told me that ZF LIFEGUARD is good for use in all of the transmissions on E46 models, GM and ZF. I'm very confused now.
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Old 04-13-2012, 01:16 PM   #174
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ZF says in their Lifeguard material that "The ZF-Lifeguard Fluid products make up a range of synthetic heavy-duty oils intended exclusively for ZF's automatic car transmissions." Unless you find something in the European GM transmission documents that says that Lifeguard is a permissibile transmission fluid, I'd pass on Bavauto's advice.

Edit ... just looked at Pelican parts, and they list one Febi fluid as "Febi Automatic Transmission Fluid, 1 liter, Equivalent to: Dexron VI, Texaco ETL-8072B ...". Here's the link
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Old 04-13-2012, 01:23 PM   #175
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Ok, thanks again Sansho! I'm waiting for them to call me back for the new order and to confirm that they can get Febi bilstein ordered for me.
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Old 04-13-2012, 01:27 PM   #176
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Yes, everything makes sense, checked in my bentley manual as well just wasn't sure. You helped me a lot to get my mind right. Thanks!
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Old 04-16-2012, 11:40 AM   #177
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I have 165k on my 2001 330i. Based on this thread should I do the ATF change or no? No service records to say if this have been done previously.
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Old 04-24-2012, 09:24 PM   #178
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Hello everyone! Just changed the ATF today, it shifts great no slipping anymore. I did three times drain and fill... I torqued the bolts on the pan for 7 ft.lb. Then later for no reason decided to torque it more to 14 ft.lb. Stupid idea! One of the bolts is stripped now. It didn't come off when I tried to unscrew it by hand, but it's less tide than 7ft.lb. All other bolts are ok. I left all of 'em at 14ft.lb. Didn't want to lose 'em up, because probably the gasket is now smashed and might start leaking if it's lose. It's not leaking for now. If it starts leaking I will probably buy longer bolts and add nuts to it. If anyone have a better idea please post it. In case I have a problem with it I will want to fix it right away!
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Old 04-24-2012, 09:34 PM   #179
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I would leave it until it leaks and if it does pull the pan and heli-coil it.
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Old 04-24-2012, 09:38 PM   #180
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Thanks for the fast reply! And again sorry English is my second language and don't know what's heli-coil?
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