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Old 02-04-2013, 07:13 PM   #1
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how much manual tansmission fluid do our cars hold?

how much should i buy? should i go with redline MTL?
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:29 PM   #2
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2 quarts. go with Redline D4 ATF. been using it for 4 months and it works great, especially when it's cold out.
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:44 PM   #3
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You'll hear MTL, ATF, and a mixture of both. Personally, I use 100% red line MTL per recommendation of Mike Miller. If you don't know who he is, google him with BMWCCA. Pretty reliable source I'd say.

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Old 02-04-2013, 08:36 PM   #4
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2 quarts. go with Redline D4 ATF. been using it for 4 months and it works great, especially when it's cold out.
2q? my tranny over filled at 1.2q when i changed mine??
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:54 PM   #5
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Since they don't sell it by the .2quart, you have to buy two quarts. It's impossible to overfill unless you're on an incline.

MTL, D4, or a mix of the two works fine. I recommend a greater percentage of D4 since you're up north. Much smoother cold shifts.
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:59 PM   #6
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:18 PM   #7
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Bring your friendly bmw retail parts guy some coffee, maybe a muffin.

Then say, "I heard on the Internet that if I ask you very nicely, there's a chance I can buy 1.5 L of trans fluid for my manual and not have to buy the whole 5 L bottle you sell? Is there any way you can do this from your barrels if I bring in a bottle for it? I have a donut for you if you say yes."

If that doesn't do it, ask why it's possible to buy absolutely every other part for our cars, every other fluid, but not this or diff? And tell him if he has a good answer for you, you'll give him another donut.

Or, from Morey Amsterdam...pull out a nostril hair when he's not looking...turn back to him with tears streams down, and say, "I'm sorry, it's just I really want this fluid. I promise, if you let me have it, I'll write something really nice about you and submit it to your manager by e-mail. What do you say?"

Only other way is to put him on your gay list.

Sorry...full disclosure...the stuff is pricey...maybe $20 or so a L...just saying. But, it's in there for 100K miles in many cases! I'd say replace OE every 75K miles and you'd be fine. I'm changing mine soon. Already have the diff fluid in hand...can't wait!

Also, you need a way to get it into the trans...or diff...good luck with that!
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:24 PM   #8
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Bring your friendly bmw retail parts guy some coffee, maybe a muffin.

Then say, "I heard on the Internet that if I ask you very nicely, there's a chance I can buy 1.5 L of trans fluid for my manual and not have to buy the whole 5 L bottle you sell? Is there any way you can do this from your barrels if I bring in a bottle for it? I have a donut for you if you say yes."

If that doesn't do it, ask why it's possible to buy absolutely every other part for our cars, every other fluid, but not this or diff? And tell him if he has a good answer for you, you'll give him another donut.

Or, from Morey Amsterdam...pull out a nostril hair when he's not looking...turn back to him with tears streams down, and say, "I'm sorry, it's just I really want this fluid. I promise, if you let me have it, I'll write something really nice about you and submit it to your manager by e-mail. What do you say?"

Only other way is to put him on your gay list.

Sorry...full disclosure...the stuff is pricey...maybe $20 or so a L...just saying. But, it's in there for 100K miles in many cases! I'd say replace OE every 75K miles and you'd be fine. I'm changing mine soon. Already have the diff fluid in hand...can't wait!

Also, you need a way to get it into the trans...or diff...good luck with that!
Haha, soo funn: the Donut is sure undeniable hh xD

Op: make sure to flush it 2x with new fluid .. it will sure help ..

Take out old
put new one in

Drive id say few miles & make sure shift into all gears ?! Mayb

Then flush out the new fluid thats mix with old, put new fluid in & drive : another ' well buy extra and to check flush it out and add more: check in 15k? Color*



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Old 02-04-2013, 09:49 PM   #9
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ok thanks guys haha, so how much does it hold exactly?
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ok thanks guys haha, so how much does it hold exactly?
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:58 PM   #11
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ok thanks guys haha, so how much does it hold exactly?
Did you not read the posts?
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:19 PM   #12
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76 gallons. You should try to buy a barrel of crude from Iraq and refine your own brand. It's cheaper that way.
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:14 AM   #13
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:40 AM   #14
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:25 AM   #15
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5-speeds hold 1-1.2 L (depending on manufacturer as pointed out in post 6). 6-speeds hold about 1.5L IIRC
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:29 PM   #16
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Really simple job. Purchase 2 quarts, get the car leveled up on jack stands, loosen the fill hole first, drain fluid from drain hole and re-secure the drain plug. Fill till you get a small steady stream coming out of the fill hole and re-secure fill plug. Voila.

You shouldn't buy just 1 quart in hopes that it is all it will take, you are bound to spill a little in the process due to hand pumps being crap or positioning of hoses, or even just accidentally knocking over the bottle in the process.
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