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Old 02-17-2009, 05:19 PM   #81
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Just had mine changed on '01 330i . 152k miles, fluid was black.
Not sure if anyone's mentioned this but, I found it real easy to remove the pan by putting the jack underneath it when lowering it down. It goes down slowly and u can control so that it doesnt splash all over.
Likewise when putting it back on, use the jack to lift it up and u can bolt on very easily & accurately.
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Old 02-17-2009, 10:58 PM   #82
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Just had mine changed on '01 330i . 152k miles, fluid was black.
Not sure if anyone's mentioned this but, I found it real easy to remove the pan by putting the jack underneath it when lowering it down. It goes down slowly and u can control so that it doesnt splash all over.
Likewise when putting it back on, use the jack to lift it up and u can bolt on very easily & accurately.
Was this your first atf change at 152k miles? If so, are you pleased with the change - so far so good?
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Old 02-18-2009, 12:14 AM   #83
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Was this your first atf change at 152k miles? If so, are you pleased with the change - so far so good?
Yeah this is the car's first atf change since I bought it new! At first I thought the car shifted smoother, but then afterwards, it was all in my head The car seems to behave just like before. I'm planning to keep it for a long time, so it needed to be done anyway.
I drove it to the mt for snowboarding over the weekend and it performed just as normal, so far so good!
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Old 02-18-2009, 12:54 AM   #84
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Yeah this is the car's first atf change since I bought it new! At first I thought the car shifted smoother, but then afterwards, it was all in my head The car seems to behave just like before. I'm planning to keep it for a long time, so it needed to be done anyway.
I drove it to the mt for snowboarding over the weekend and it performed just as normal, so far so good!
Cool. Did you go with the Redline atf? I plan to keep my car for ages too so i definetly want to do this. I'm at about 80k miles now.
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Old 02-18-2009, 01:04 AM   #85
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Cool. Did you go with the Redline atf? I plan to keep my car for ages too so i definetly want to do this. I'm at about 80k miles now.
I just started reading the DIY at http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=166135 and followed what he recommend: Valvoline mercon V. After the DIY, upon reading further, seems like there are some other fluids people are using. So i'm not sure what's the best fluid to use. But so far the Valvoline seems to perform without any hiccups at all.
Not sure if that helped ya! haha.
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Old 02-19-2009, 11:39 AM   #86
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Hi,
Just found out that my local Chevy dealer is selling GM dexron VI for $8 per quart and if I bring my own bottle they will sell me $3 per quart
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Old 05-09-2009, 12:49 AM   #87
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20,000 miles and shifting fine. GeorgeM
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Old 06-01-2009, 05:06 PM   #88
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when doing this dyi, do you have to have replacement bolts for the pan or can you reuse the previous ones?
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Old 06-07-2009, 04:46 PM   #89
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when doing this dyi, do you have to have replacement bolts for the pan or can you reuse the previous ones?
I reused the same bolts but added loctite to each bolt. It's been about 4K miles since the change with no leaks or loose bolts. Best of luck!
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Old 06-20-2009, 02:02 PM   #90
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Just found out that my local Chevy dealer is selling GM dexron VI for $8 per quart and if I bring my own bottle they will sell me $3 per quart

Which GM dealer? I am in CT too and wnat to change fluid.
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Old 07-30-2009, 08:59 PM   #91
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Old 08-06-2009, 09:09 AM   #92
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Old 12-27-2009, 02:49 PM   #93
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Hey guys,

I have a '99 323i and plan to flush the ATF once the weather gets a little warmer... I was looking for some fluid that isn't too expensive and found Castrol Import Multi-Vehicle ATF. It says on that back BMW LA2364 and LT71141 are one of the recommended uses. Will this be okay for my transmission?
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Old 12-27-2009, 05:54 PM   #94
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Most likely is a GM tranny, so any dexron 6 will do.
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Old 12-27-2009, 08:10 PM   #95
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Most likely is a GM tranny, so any dexron 6 will do.
Well, I did a little more searching and have found others that have used this. But it says towards the bottom that it is not to be used for any transmission that requires Dextron VI. From what I've read, Anything that meets Dextron V is acceptable, correct? These are the recommended uses from Castrols website:

* Recommended for use in vehicles that require:


o Honda, Acura — ATF–Z1 (except in CVTs)
o Toyota, Lexus — Type T, T–III, T–IV
o Nissan, Infiniti — Matic–D, Matic–J
o BMW — LA2634, LT71141
o Mitsubishi — Diamond SP–II, SP–III
o Hyundai — SP–II, SP–III
o Volvo

Import Multi-Vehicle bottle

* Also meets requirements of


o ATF+3®, ATF+2®, ATF+®
o Ford MERCON®, MERCON® V (Not for use where MERCON® SP is required).
o General Motors DEXRON®–III H and prior (Not for use where DEXRON®–VI is required).
o Allison C–4
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Old 12-27-2009, 08:30 PM   #96
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If you want to do it properly, get the correct Texaco fluid:
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Old 02-21-2010, 04:45 AM   #97
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Hey Guys;

Have been considering doing the flush, BUT, my 04 330Xi has 220,000km (137,000m) and is running original factory ATF. I've been warned about doing this flush with the milage on my tranny...... The basis for the warning is that considering the milage, removing/cleaning the "gunk" out may actually cause the tranny to stop working.... This advice comes from a high-respected friend who owns his own indy that services, BMW, Merecedes and Ferrari's. I had purchsed the kit last summer and mentioned to him what I was going to do and he STRONGLY recommended NOT doing the flush. He said that considering the number of issues they've had with no reverse or similar issues after changing the fluid on high milage BMW ATs, they NO LONGER will perform that service for clients.

My tranny is functioning correctly. It shifts fine (although a little slower than I'd like; possibly design??) and generally works ok!! Thoughts?

Also, has anyone upgraded their AT cooler? I'm considering Supercharging the car, but am concerned about AT over-heating (most common cause of AT failure in FI cars). Thinking an upgraded AT cooler would provide sufficient cooling to avoid that issue.... Thoughts?
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Old 02-21-2010, 07:46 AM   #98
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Dont do it man. It will do more harm than good. already too many miles.
Supercharging is for stick trannys. Automatics are not strong enuff for the extra torque and stress a blower will put on a daily basis unless you lower the boost to less than 6 lbs which in my opinion would defeat the purpose.

Just my 02/cts.
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Old 02-21-2010, 01:08 PM   #99
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Hey Guys;

Have been considering doing the flush, BUT, my 04 330Xi has 220,000km (137,000m) and is running original factory ATF. I've been warned about doing this flush with the milage on my tranny...... The basis for the warning is that considering the milage, removing/cleaning the "gunk" out may actually cause the tranny to stop working.... This advice comes from a high-respected friend who owns his own indy that services, BMW, Merecedes and Ferrari's. I had purchsed the kit last summer and mentioned to him what I was going to do and he STRONGLY recommended NOT doing the flush. He said that considering the number of issues they've had with no reverse or similar issues after changing the fluid on high milage BMW ATs, they NO LONGER will perform that service for clients.

My tranny is functioning correctly. It shifts fine (although a little slower than I'd like; possibly design??) and generally works ok!! Thoughts?

Also, has anyone upgraded their AT cooler? I'm considering Supercharging the car, but am concerned about AT over-heating (most common cause of AT failure in FI cars). Thinking an upgraded AT cooler would provide sufficient cooling to avoid that issue.... Thoughts?

If it were my car I would change the fluid and filter, drive it for maybe ~2K miles and do it again to get rid of any loose gunk. If you don't plan on keeping the car much longer, then I wouldn't do anything, but what you have in the tranny right now is a black slurry of abrasive ATF.

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Old 06-13-2010, 03:51 PM   #100
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I just did this DIY, great write up. Car shifts better, though not that much difference. I needed to do it because my transmission pan gasket was leaking. Now I'll have to wait and see if it leaks anymore. I bought Texaco 7045 ATF from the stealership and got robbed.
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