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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 08-01-2011, 06:32 PM   #1
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Some models can't have tranny fluid changed?

I was speaking with a BMW serviceman earlier today and he had told me that there are several types of transmissions that were used in the xi's (Mine being a 2004 as well).

He said that one type, a common one, is that you're not supose to change it at all, while others can be, all depending on the tag on the bottom of the tank? Can anyone confirm and what do I need to do to determine which one I have?
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Old 08-01-2011, 06:41 PM   #2
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Everyone in this forum have changed it!..!.. impossible to not change a 100k car ( all e46 have same defect )rear spring brake, cooling system overhaul, O2 sensors, tail light error, (burns it) and eventually suspension overhaul ... because u can tell the driving difference from when u got it ..... meaning... after 100k. i would not trust bmw Lifetime Tranny manual oil. after all.... i changed my 2003 325xi. tranny fluid w purple magic (hehe) feels better... about to do the next Tranny Fluid change after 30k.... Soon.... no problem yet.... feels great...!

any suggestion for my Next Tranny Oil change? ( Better then Purple magic ) ? ... and speaking of tranny... i have not done my DIFFS front-rear ones.... ( any advice on a good Diffs fluid )? redline ?... ? ...
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Old 08-01-2011, 07:30 PM   #3
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To answer the OP, I am unaware of any xi auto tranny that does not allow fluid change. BMW makes it hard to do but it still can be done. BTW, i am not aware of any auto tranny in 04 for the xi other than a GM.
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Old 08-01-2011, 11:41 PM   #4
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I was speaking with a BMW serviceman earlier today and he had told me that there are several types of transmissions that were used in the xi's (Mine being a 2004 as well).

He said that one type, a common one, is that you're not supose to change it at all, while others can be, all depending on the tag on the bottom of the tank? Can anyone confirm and what do I need to do to determine which one I have?
only the super ghey ones...
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Old 08-02-2011, 12:11 AM   #5
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2004 325XI auto is GM A5S390R. Supposedly 'Lifetime' fluid is Texaco ETL (Extended Transmission Life) 8072B, which is no longer available. Castrol All-Import ATF is compatible with all E46 transmissions; that's what I use.

http://www.castrol.com/liveassets/bp...s_ImportMV.pdf (scroll to page 2)

Some have had good luck with Redline D4, and even some have said Dexron VI is fine.
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Old 08-02-2011, 03:53 AM   #6
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The word "Lifetime" for tranny fluid doesn't necessarily mean lifetime warranty. according the the BMW mechanics, its only the trademark that is lifetime nah seriously... thats wat they told me when i first made that face when i heard it was "lifetime". one tip: for my E36 one garage told me that the tranny fluid for BMW and Audi cannot be changed. yet, another BMW garage changed it right in front of me. don't believe just anybody.
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Old 10-06-2011, 07:19 PM   #7
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Amsoil ATF good to use also.
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Old 10-12-2011, 06:34 PM   #8
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They tell you that because if everyone would diy then they would have no one to sc@w!! lol.
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Old 10-12-2011, 06:46 PM   #9
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"lifetime" does not mean how long you have the vehicle. it is the "lifetime" of the transmission, which could be 100k or longer depending on what the company considered the life expectancy of the transmission to be.
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Old 10-13-2011, 08:38 AM   #10
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I've got a 2001 330xi manual and just did the tranny, transfer case, front and rear diff all with redline fluids. I researched all these forums a lot, found the sticker on the tranny (mine's yellow stating it requires MTF - 1) and finally settled on Redline D4 ATF for the tranny and x-fer case with 75-90 gear oil for the diff's after all the reading. I suppose that at the end of the day, as long as you are doing regular interval changes and using fluids with more or less the same spec, it doesn't matter which ones you use (Redline, Royal Purple, Pentosin, etc...). Oil that came out of the tranny was "ok", but the transfer case was disgusting. I have 120K on the car and it must have never been changed. I have noticed a significant improvement in noise, and smoothness of the entire driveline. I had bought my car with high-miles and didn't know how well the owner really took care of the car. So far, so good. Now if I can just sort out that XI thud (no subframe issues - going to try flushing the brake/clutch fluid next), i'll have the ultimate driving machine.
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