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  • 03-08-2009, 06:01 PM
    jzw

    Re: My dealer in NJ and his mechanics all acted

    As a e46 bmw owner, I had the same issue of getting dealers change tranny fluid. None of the NJ dealers was willing to do it. They said they couldn't even sell me the fluid since they only had it in big drums. I finally figured out one could buy it from Audi dealers, since the audi A4 and Bmw E46 use the same tranny. Not sure about the E90s. But I believe if you find out who builds the bimmer trannies, you should be able to find the fluid. I finally gave up asking dealers to change the fluid. And figured I would probably just drive the car for 100k and sell it. Right now it has 85k on it and car runs strong.
  • 03-07-2009, 05:00 PM
    Stinger9

    I have an good set of brushes!

    $92 here, $92 there, it all adds up!

    Car seems to shift better with vitamin C in the synchros!
  • 03-05-2009, 09:06 PM
    BMW330xi

    So you saved $92 minus a few trips

    back and forth between BMW dealership and your mechanic... and possible orange juice residue in your transmission fluid. :)
  • 03-03-2009, 06:46 PM
    BG

    Funny, had almost the same fluid story!

    We both got the same runaround? For my manual trans 530i, the parts guys also could not figure out what fluid to use. Did they have any? No, they did not think so, not sure where it was, no one ever wanted to change it before (now that one I can believe). Instead, my mechanic used Redline D4ATF for the transmission and a synthetic Mercedes gear oil for the rear differential. All is well so far. I did not notice an obvious difference in shift stiffness or characteristics when I switched to the D4ATF, so I'm pleased. I use Redline MTL in my 1981 320i.
  • 03-03-2009, 12:05 PM
    Stinger9

    OK, you want the fluid story?

    That's another can of worms. Dealer doesn't have anything smaller than 55 gallons drums of the BMW tranny/diff fluids, so they told me bring my own container. So I cleaned out clear plastic orange juice containers and trekked back to my dealer.
    Parts counter guys looked up the computer data on my VIN and seemed perplexed as to which two fluids to sell to me. (guys, is it this much trouble every time you guys work on a car and have to replace/top-off fluids?)
    So, as I recall, I bought 2 quarts of trans fluid and 1 1/2 quarts of diff fluid. Cost for the bunch was just north of $100 as I recall. I know that much more expensive than Redline that would be just as good, but I was in warranty and wanted to pass the smell test if I ever had the unlikely trans/diff failure.
  • 03-02-2009, 04:42 PM
    BMW330xi

    How much were the fluids after taxes?

    To get a good comparison between the differences. You only quoted the $58 labor.

    --------------
    Next day he called with the bargain price of $250!
    Took the car to an indy with my own fluid and he changed both for $58.
  • 03-01-2009, 04:08 PM
    gkb

    Thanks - the tranny fluid is the same as the M3

    You are right in staying with their fluids under warranty (I will) - then switch to Redline. The manual transmission fluid is about $30 a liter - looks like the dealer wanted 2 hours labor to change. Did you change the differential fluid as well? Was it a hassle for your mechanic - I think there isn't a fill hole on one of them (diff?) and it may need to be sucked out. I do have a good independent mechanic for my other cars so I have someone I know well.

    The dealer also looked at me like I was crazy - but as I drove my iX to work today and it turned 174,000 miles (original transmission) - I know why. Shame it is rusting out.

    gkb

    88 M6
    87 635
    73 3.5 CS
    91 iX (2)
    09 335xi
  • 02-27-2009, 10:22 PM
    Stinger9

    I didn't answer your warranty question.

    I actually bought the proper fluids from my dealer, which is what I had my indy put in. That way if there was ever any warranty problem, even a chemical analysis would reveal nothing but BMW oem fluids.
  • 02-27-2009, 10:17 PM
    Stinger9

    My dealer in NJ and his mechanics all acted

    as if I were a knuckle scraping moron to want to change the manual trans and diff fluid. So I asked them to humor me and he said he'd have to check with the shop to see how much it would cost. Next day he called with the bargain price of $250!
    Took the car to an indy with my own fluid and he changed both for $58.
  • 02-27-2009, 04:49 PM
    hoscarnag

    Yep, Dealer. Checkered Flag in Va Beach, Va...

    has always done everything I ask them to...especially if it's my dime. They're really sharp and I've never had to return because of a screw-up with the exception of 3 trips to correct "flawed" MFing runflat tires on my 335i. Hate the tires-love the service dept!

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    2008 335i Coupe Alpine PP SP CP Saddle Heated Seats Comfort Access Sirius iPod
  • 02-27-2009, 03:15 PM
    gkb

    Who changes your tranny and diff fluid? Dealer?

    Does this affect warranty? Do you use Redline or BMW fluids?gkb

    88 M6
    87 635
    73 3.5 CS
    91 iX (2)
    09 335xi
  • 02-27-2009, 03:13 PM
    gkb

    Nope

    They figure the original owner will probably have dumped the car by then and they also figure that in the past most BMW automatic trannies packed it in by 100K so no one will blame the lack of fluid changes - this is normal operating behavior (i.e. failure).

    I just got a 2009 335xi (6 spd) and the dealer will NOT change the transmission or diff fluid at 2K even at my expense (I am still working on them). Has anyone convinced their dealer to do so? I know the M3 has a break in change. I may have better luck paying them to change the oil when I want. If I get my independent mechanic to change and put in Redline and then I have a problem will BMW honor the warranty? Who knows. Right now I will probably not change the tranny fluid until out of warranty (will be <50K miles) and will get oil changes at 7-8K.gkb

    88 M6
    87 635
    73 3.5 CS
    91 iX (2)
    09 335xi
  • 02-27-2009, 01:05 PM
    BMW330xi

    does BMW only change at 100k miles for auto trans

    fluid?
  • 02-27-2009, 11:43 AM
    hoscarnag

    agreed...even though those highway miles are also

    easy on the transmission I wouldn't go past 50K under any circumstances. I do my cars 30K.

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    2008 335i Coupe Alpine PP SP CP Saddle Heated Seats Comfort Access Sirius iPod
  • 02-25-2009, 10:38 PM
    Stinger9

    auto trans fluid at 100K=big mistake

  • 02-25-2009, 08:52 PM
    BMW330xi

    I have auto trans

    I go by what the computer interval is...
  • 02-25-2009, 02:28 PM
    roadfly001

    Engine can last 300K

  • 02-25-2009, 12:34 AM
    Stinger9

    Engine, yes! Auto trans, maybe!

    Your highway miles are ever so easy on a car. Mine the same.

    If you have an auto trans, do you change the fluid and filter?

  • 02-25-2009, 12:28 AM
    Stinger9

    Rarely does the end of life of a car come about

    as as result of the engine giving out. Mostly it'll be body rusting out, general overall beatness, or probably in our case some expensive system not being worth repairing compared to the value of the car at the time.
    I doubt with your less than every 7500 mile oil changes has any meaningful damage been done, especially at the beginning of the life of the engine.
    I'd have no hesitation to buy your car unless you have driven it excessively hard. I'd use a quart of oil flush before the next oil change and then do them with double the factory frequency.
  • 02-25-2009, 12:26 AM
    BMW330xi

    time will tell

    I bought my 2006 330xi, first oil change at 18k miles (I drive a lot of highway), and 2nd oil change around 17k more miles. I paid for the 3rd oil change at 5xk miles, now the car has 63k miles. My commute is 80 miles a day, about 60 miles of highway.

    So you don't think this engine will last 120k miles?
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