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Old 03-12-2013, 07:40 AM   #1
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transmission fluid amount

page 20-8 of manual says 4.2 qts
page 240-4 says 6.4 qts without T.C.
how much does it really take?
how much do I buy?
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:18 AM   #3
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I think your model E46 had one of 2 models of transmission. ZF or GM. Check the information label on the bottom of transmission. Once you determine which it is, this will also determine what type fluid to buy. In either case, there will be (1) amount if you just drain & fill versus drain & pulling the pan & installing new filter. Here's a link to check out to start with.
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If you have the GM 5L40E, it will take about 6 quarts for change with filter. I have changed several andthat was what I was able to put in.
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:39 AM   #5
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Depepend on what type of transmission you have, like mine is GM auto, it actually takes about 5.6 qts. to just drain and refill, and close to 6.5 qts for dropping pan and refill with engine running.

So, I think you can buy 8 qts. Just to be on the safe side, whatever left over you can either keep it or return it, but change the tranny fluid the proper way is the key point. I DIY mine 3 times already.
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