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Old 04-24-2016, 09:36 AM   #1
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No transmission fluid sticker?

I want to change my tyranny fluid next month while I do the oil. I read there should be a colored sticker on the bottom of the Trans. I cannot find any stickers, but I did read if you know what type of bolts are on the drain and fill plugs you can identify it that way.

It has normal six point bolts, no torx or anything like that, it's a 5 speed on a 2000 323i. Does that tell me enough to know which fluid it takes?
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Old 04-24-2016, 01:06 PM   #2
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You probably have the GM 5l40e transmission.

Use realoem.Com to confirm.

If it has a flat transmission pan it is the GM. If it has a tic tac toe hashed pan, it would be the ZF.

Use Valvoline Max life Dex/Merc or Castrol Import Multi ATF.

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Old 04-24-2016, 01:28 PM   #3
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You don't need the fluid label. You need to see the brand label. A GM transmission has a label that says GM Hydramatic on it. The ZF is something else. If it's a GM transmission, use any Dexron VI fluid.
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Old 04-24-2016, 01:48 PM   #4
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In your info you have your car listed as a 5 speed, manual or auto? ZF 5 speeds can take either Dex ATF or MTF, original in my 1998 e36 called for MTF and the earlier replacement (1997) calls for ATF. If you have a Getrag IDK what they use. There has to be some manufacturer's ID on it.
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Old 04-24-2016, 01:59 PM   #5
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Saying it's a 5-speed does nothing to identify the transmission. Is it an automatic or manual?

This question has been asked and answered many many times on this forum, so search first.
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Old 04-24-2016, 02:23 PM   #6
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Oh yeah duh. Even though my first post contradicts this, I think he means 5 speed manual. No one calls an automatic a 5 speed.
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