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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 08-04-2011, 01:37 AM   #1
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Transfer Case and Dexron Vi

I went into BMW last week to get some oil to change in the transfer case and the parts counter was trying to tell me the transfer case takes dexron vi oil. I argue with them for a bit and gave them the part number of the transfer case oil and they came back and said it's been changed to dexron vi for the transfer case. are they BSing me or what ? I've done lots of searching but haven't found anything to confirm this
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Old 08-04-2011, 06:23 AM   #2
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Ya, Both the GM auto transmissions and transfer case use Dexron VI. The Texaco ETL stuff originally used is no longer available or recommended by either BMW or GM. Use whatever oil you have leftover from a transmission fluid change, since the TC only holds a few ounces; Redline D4, Castrol all-import, Dexron VI are all fine. I personally use the Castrol.

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Old 08-04-2011, 08:55 AM   #3
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I used to use Redline D4 in the TC but at the advise of some of the members of this site, I switched to Redline MTL. It's closer to the original BMW fluid viscosity spec and it made the TC in the car a little quieter on the highway.
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Old 08-04-2011, 10:53 AM   #4
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I used Redline MTL in the TC the first time I changed it - ran that for one oil change interval (7500 miles) and then flushed that out with Amsoil 75w90 GL-4 MTF. It's a little different viscosity than the Redline but similar specs. The transfer case is quiet and I plan on running this fill for about 40K miles.
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Old 08-05-2011, 01:21 AM   #5
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thanks for the replies I just wanted to confirm what was correct before changing fluids and making a mistake
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Old 10-06-2011, 07:30 PM   #6
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I used Pentosyn 75w80 in the TC and Amsoil ATF for the tranny.
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Old 10-06-2011, 08:17 PM   #7
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these threads are a bit old. just saying
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