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Old 03-23-2017, 10:29 AM   #1
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Official ATF list: GM and ZF

This is intended to be only ATFs listed as compatible by BMW, the AT manufacturer, or the ATF manufacturer. It's not a list of preferences, opinions, recommendations, etc. Just trying to have one list in one place.

If you know of others, please chime in and they'll be added to the list.

GM - Dexron VI
Valvoline Dexron-VI:http://www.valvoline.com/~/media/Val...5E0E36CD5F099B
Valvoline Maxlife Multi-Venicle: http://www.valvoline.com/~/media/Val...E618E2249FF00E
Castrol Dexron-VI: https://i5.walmartimages.com/asr/b2e...0&odnBg=FFFFFF
Redline D6: https://c1552172.ssl.cf0.rackcdn.com/177945_x800.jpg
Pennzoil Platinum LV Multi-Vehicle: https://lubeudo.com/images/Product/large/668.jpg
Mobil Dexron-VI: http://lubes.mobil.ca/Shared-Images-..._Dexron_1L.jpg
Havoline Multi-Vehicle: http://www.chevronlubricants.com/con...ti-Vehicle.png
GM Dexron-VI: https://static.summitracing.com/glob...8861003_ml.jpg
AC Delco Dexron-VI: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon....VL._SX466_.jpg
Super Tech Dexron-VI: https://i5.walmartimages.com/asr/063...0&odnBg=FFFFFF
Amsoil Signature Series Fuel-Efficient Synthetic: https://www.amsoil.com/StoreFront/images/atl_qt_900.jpg

ZF - LT71141
Valvoline Import Multi-Vehicle: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon....1ptHX-RNyL.jpg
Valvoline Maxlife Multi-Venicle: http://www.valvoline.com/~/media/Val...E618E2249FF00E
ZF Lifeguard5: https://dyw03owr7vs3n.cloudfront.net...jpg?1377011862
Pentosin ATF1: http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/wcs...7_pri_larg.jpg
Febi No. 14738: https://www.autopartsapi.com/eEuropa...6c0fe5007e.jpg
Fuchs Titan 5005: http://images.esellerpro.com/2489/I/...TF_5005_1L.jpg
Redline D4: http://www.tmiracing.com/store/media...4_atf-both.jpg
Mobil ATF LT71141: https://www.ato24.de/media/catalog/p...51010-1_99.jpg
Super Tech Multi-Vehicle Low Visosity: https://i5.walmartimages.com/asr/ba4...7201d1f19.jpeg

Notes:
- You should change your automatic transmission fluid and filter every 50-75k miles.
- The original ATF fluids are well documented in this thread.
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=923563
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Old 03-23-2017, 10:36 AM   #2
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few links for pics on the GM side are dead but awesome list.. i would also include the full name brand etc (GM list) that way if pics became dead its easy to google it out
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few links for pics on the GM side are dead but awesome list.. i would also include the full name brand etc (GM list) that way if pics became dead its easy to google it out
I just fixed all the pic links. Thanks.
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Dex 6 "Havoline" references Valvoline
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Using Valvoline Mercon V in my 5hp19. Many are using this fluid.
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Old 03-23-2017, 11:57 AM   #6
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Nice list. With all the choices and recommendations from actual users I'm inclined to think it's not WHAT you put in the transmission, it's that you don't keep the beat up, acidic, seal-plasticizing and metal-ridden fluid in service.
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Old 03-23-2017, 01:11 PM   #7
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Old 03-23-2017, 01:20 PM   #8
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Using Valvoline Mercon V in my 5hp19. Many are using this fluid.
Looking at its spec sheet here...
http://content.valvoline.com/pdf/mercon_v.pdf
..it is a Dexron III Mercon V fluid, but doesn't specifically call out LT71141.
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Old 03-23-2017, 01:22 PM   #9
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Nice list. With all the choices and recommendations from actual users I'm inclined to think it's not WHAT you put in the transmission, it's that you don't keep the beat up, acidic, seal-plasticizing and metal-ridden fluid in service.
Changing fluids is important for long life. I remember seeing a post from a guy who maintained a fleet of trucks with ATs and they changed the ATF every other oil change, like 20K or so as I recall.
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Useful list.

Havoline Dexron VI is no longer available. They are updating to a more universal ATF that meets GM spec, among others.



http://www.havoline.com/en-US/produc...ron--vi--.html

I still have a few quarts of their Dexron VI left over, so I'm hoping the newer formula will be backwards compatible.

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Make this a sticky! Maybe it would reduce the weekly 'what oil should I use' posts (although I doubt it).
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Havoline Dexron VI is no longer available. They are updating to a more universal ATF that meets GM spec, among others.

I still have a few quarts of their Dexron VI left over, so I'm hoping the newer formula will be backwards compatible.
List updated, thanks. Their applications guide states: "It is approved by General Motors in automatic transmissions and automatic transaxles where a DEXRON- VI fluid is specified (Model Years 2006 and newer)".
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Make this a sticky! Maybe it would reduce the weekly 'what oil should I use' posts (although I doubt it).
Definitely needs to be stickied. Very good info, and will hopefully give an immediate answer to a very common question.
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I used this fluid in my e46/GM auto transmission. It is Dexron VI licensed.

http://www.pennzoil.com/en_us/produc...NhbGU9ZW5fdXM=

After a 3 times 'drain and fill' it took several tanks of gas and around town driving before the electronic control adapted to the lower viscosity of Dex VI. Drives like a dream now.
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Nice post BaliDawg! I'm putting it in my stickied thread!
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Maybe you can vet first for changes, then add from my old thread:

Automatic:

You should change your automatic transmission fluid and filter with OE or OE-spec'd high-quality fluid every 50-75k miles. The type and amount of fluid will depend on your year/make/model. I will list the various types of automatic transmissions and their corresponding fluid:

323i/iS/iC 7/98-3/00, 328i/iS 6/98+ - GM 5L40 (A5S 360R) Texaco ETL 7045E, supercedes ETL 7045, BMW part number: 83220026922

323i/Ci 3/00-8/00, 325i/Ci/Cic 8/00+, 325iT 3/01+, 330i/Ci/Cic 6/00+ - ZF 5HP19 (A5S 325Z), Esso ATF LT 71141, BMW part number: 83229407807

325xi/xiT 8/00+, 325iT 8/00+, 330xi 8/00+ - GM GM5 (A5S 390R), Texaco ETL 8072B, BMW part number: 83220024359

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Add diy or YouTube links on how to changed transmission fluid..
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Maybe you can vet first for changes, then add from my old thread:

Automatic:

You should change your automatic transmission fluid and filter with OE or OE-spec'd high-quality fluid every 50-75k miles. The type and amount of fluid will depend on your year/make/model. I will list the various types of automatic transmissions and their corresponding fluid:

323i/iS/iC 7/98-3/00, 328i/iS 6/98+ - GM 5L40 (A5S 360R) Texaco ETL 7045E, supercedes ETL 7045, BMW part number: 83220026922

323i/Ci 3/00-8/00, 325i/Ci/Cic 8/00+, 325iT 3/01+, 330i/Ci/Cic 6/00+ - ZF 5HP19 (A5S 325Z), Esso ATF LT 71141, BMW part number: 83229407807

325xi/xiT 8/00+, 325iT 8/00+, 330xi 8/00+ - GM GM5 (A5S 390R), Texaco ETL 8072B, BMW part number: 83220024359

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=923563
Rather than duplicate all this, I just added the ATF change interval info and a link to your post with the original ATF details. Thanks!
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Old 03-24-2017, 09:18 PM   #19
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A suggestion?

Add diy or YouTube links on how to changed transmission fluid..
A good suggestion, but maybe that would be better suited under the DIY forum?
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=519743
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Old 03-25-2017, 12:35 PM   #20
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I used this fluid in my e46/GM auto transmission. It is Dexron VI licensed.

http://www.pennzoil.com/en_us/produc...NhbGU9ZW5fdXM=

After a 3 times 'drain and fill' it took several tanks of gas and around town driving before the electronic control adapted to the lower viscosity of Dex VI. Drives like a dream now.
How did I miss Pennzoil? Thanks! Now added to the official ATF thread.
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...3#post17205913
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