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Old 10-23-2012, 02:07 AM   #1
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Where's the transmission dipstick?

Help my fellow bimmer fellas..where's the trany dipstick? Or is it sealed? I have a automatic/manual trany(2001 bmw 325I)
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Old 10-23-2012, 02:26 AM   #2
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There is no dipstick. The fluid level is checked by warming the transmission, raising the vehicle and opening the fill plug.
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:36 AM   #3
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No stick to check tranny level. This is bmw's belief in lifetime transmission fluid setup.
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:38 AM   #4
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No stick to check tranny level. This is bmw's belief in lifetime transmission fluid setup.
no, i changed mine to redline d4 at 44k and the pan was sludged............fact

imo, trans fluid should be changed every 30k, i treat this car no different

differential every 60k

engine oil every 5k

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Old 10-23-2012, 10:01 AM   #5
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No stick to check tranny level. This is bmw's belief in lifetime transmission fluid setup.
Eliminating the transmission dip stick isn't really related to the whole "lifetime" fluid thing.
It's related to the fact that there are a lot of people who don't know how to correctly check transmission fluid levels. These people were causing damage by overfilling transmissions, draining fluid out of correctly filled transmissions, and putting the wrong fluids in. A transmission doesn't consume any fluid, and they rarely leak. Removing the dipstick was the wrong decision for the minority of people who know what they are doing, but it was the right decision for the majority of car owners. BMW is not the only automaker to eliminate the transmission dipstick.
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Old 10-23-2012, 10:56 AM   #6
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OP, your transmission is not "manual."
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Old 10-23-2012, 03:34 PM   #7
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Eliminating the transmission dip stick isn't really related to the whole "lifetime" fluid thing.
It's related to the fact that there are a lot of people who don't know how to correctly check transmission fluid levels. These people were causing damage by overfilling transmissions, draining fluid out of correctly filled transmissions, and putting the wrong fluids in. A transmission doesn't consume any fluid, and they rarely leak. Removing the dipstick was the wrong decision for the minority of people who know what they are doing, but it was the right decision for the majority of car owners. BMW is not the only automaker to eliminate the transmission dipstick.
Have you really thought hard and long before posting this?
The only thing correct in your post is the last sentence.
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Old 10-23-2012, 03:46 PM   #8
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Have you really thought hard and long before posting this?
The only thing correct in your post is the last sentence.
Yes, I have. Please present evidence of the incorrectness of my statements. Removal of the dipstick for transmissions was at least partly the result of an automaker study on service induced failures.
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Old 10-23-2012, 04:58 PM   #9
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Help my fellow bimmer fellas..where's the trany dipstick? Or is it sealed? I have a automatic/manual trany(2001 bmw 325I)
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There isn't one.

And, you do not have an automatic/manual, you have an automatic. Yes, there is a manual override if you wanted to look at it that way, but it is still an automatic.
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There isn't one.

And, you do not have an automatic/manual, you have an automatic. Yes, there is a manual override if you wanted to look at it that way, but it is still an automatic.
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Yes, I have. Please present evidence of the incorrectness of my statements. Removal of the dipstick for transmissions was at least partly the result of an automaker study on service induced failures.
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Evidence? RTFM read up on sealed transmission system and synthetic transmission fluid. And BMW's claim of lifetime tranny fluid hence no maintenance, hence no dipstick.

And what about Audis and other makes, do you think they designed their sealed tranny for the same reason you mentioned. If you think so and you are dead set in your belief, try posting your theory on quattroworld dot com. I promise you they'll have a ball at your expense. Tell them Hoebama sent you
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GM had a problem with a trans dipstick on one of their SUV's where rain water dripped off the under hood ledge and into the dipstick tube.

If anyone had done their homework on auto transmissions, they DO NOT LIKE water, the clutch plates disintegrate. GM came up with a different dipstick with an O-ring to keep water from getting into the dipstick tube!

As for no dipstick, again, as someone mentioned, rarely do automatic transmissions leak and when they do, you need to correct the leak. That along with synthetic "lifetime" fluid, they did away with the dipstick.

I have a VW with a 6 speed Tiptronic apart at the moment, no dipstick there either. Mater of fact you have to fill the trans from the bottom of the pan via the drain plug, which is really not a drain plug at the end of the day anyway. Kind if ingenious way the fill works, the "drain" has a pipe about 2 inches long that goes into the trans pan sump. The way you check the fluid it with the car running and the fluid about 100F, you make sure there is just fluid dripping out the "drain" plug.

Guess what, the newer BMW's do not even have engine dipsticks!! That's correct, no way to manually check your oil!!! Not necessarily a bad idea, just a different way of looking at the world.
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GM had a problem with a trans dipstick on one of their SUV's where rain water dripped off the under hood ledge and into the dipstick tube.

If anyone had done their homework on auto transmissions, they DO NOT LIKE water, the clutch plates disintegrate. GM came up with a different dipstick with an O-ring to keep water from getting into the dipstick tube!

As for no dipstick, again, as someone mentioned, rarely do automatic transmissions leak and when they do, you need to correct the leak. That along with synthetic "lifetime" fluid, they did away with the dipstick.

I have a VW with a 6 speed Tiptronic apart at the moment, no dipstick there either. Mater of fact you have to fill the trans from the bottom of the pan via the drain plug, which is really not a drain plug at the end of the day anyway. Kind if ingenious way the fill works, the "drain" has a pipe about 2 inches long that goes into the trans pan sump. The way you check the fluid it with the car running and the fluid about 100F, you make sure there is just fluid dripping out the "drain" plug.

Guess what, the newer BMW's do not even have engine dipsticks!! That's correct, no way to manually check your oil!!! Not necessarily a bad idea, just a different way of looking at the world.
i dunno, seems like a bad idea to me, i guess they just gonna rely on sensors that go bad
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