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Old 08-07-2011, 05:04 PM   #1
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02 330ci 137k mi change atf?

This issue has been conversed many times but every thread goes both ways. Going to get alliment done at the stealer this week should I get the atf changed?
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Old 08-07-2011, 05:13 PM   #2
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No offense, but what makes you think that yet another thread will produce any different results? Many stealers won't change it because it's supposedly "lifetime" fluid. I'm of the opinion though that in BMW parlance, lifetime means until the warranty runs out. Surely their engineers are intelligent enough to realize that no fluid can last more than several years.

Anyway, it's a crap shoot anyway you look at it. I've been told by a respected BMW tech that if you don't change it by at least 60k miles then you could do more harm than good by changing it later than that. Consequently, in my E46 I stuck with the orignal fluid. That fluid was 7 years old and had 88k miles on it when I traded her in and it never gave me a bit of trouble.

My suggestion is that if you're not having any problems with your AT than don't try to fix a clock that's not broke.
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Old 08-07-2011, 05:31 PM   #3
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No offense, but what makes you think that yet another thread will produce any different results? Many stealers won't change it because it's supposedly "lifetime" fluid. I'm of the opinion though that in BMW parlance, lifetime means until the warranty runs out. Surely their engineers are intelligent enough to realize that no fluid can last more than several years.

Anyway, it's a crap shoot anyway you look at it. I've been told by a respected BMW tech that if you don't change it by at least 60k miles then you could do more harm than good by changing it later than that. Consequently, in my E46 I stuck with the orignal fluid. That fluid was 7 years old and had 88k miles on it when I traded her in and it never gave me a bit of trouble.

My suggestion is that if you're not having any problems with your AT than don't try to fix a clock that's not broke.
Thats exactly why I wont change mine.
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Old 08-07-2011, 05:39 PM   #4
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My suggestion is that if you're not having any problems with your AT than don't try to fix a clock that's not broke.
+1. good advice.
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Old 08-08-2011, 02:43 AM   #5
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"lifetime" lol
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