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    what fluid used in Manual Trans & Diff ? M

    2000 528 Manual Trans. I'm double checking dealers recommendation. fair cost for labor?

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    If you don't have sub-freezing winters, consider >

    RedLine MTL. For the diff, RedLine 75W90 Gear lube (GL-5). RedLine products are very popular among Bimmer freaks.
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    Redline MTL and Redline 75W90

    I just had the fluids changed in my 530i. My mechanic charged $80 labor for trans, differential, and coolant flush and change.

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    dealer want $235 tranny. $135 more for diff M

    too rich for my blood,

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    Way too much!

    You need about 1.5 qts for each @ around $10/qt ... so buying 2 x's MTL and 2x's 75w90 and you've got ample fluid for spillage. Two new aluminum washers for the diff.

    This is a 30 minute job (combined) if you can get the car up in the air and have the right tools (a nice hand transfer pump is nice). On jacks, it's a little more awkward but essentially the same.

    Remove the fill plugs first, to insure they'll come out (draining a trans only to find the fill plug is stuck is not a pleasant experience). Remove the drain plugs. Drain till nothing but the occasional drop comes out. Reinstall the drain plugs (washer on the diff, teflon tape on the trans plug) fill till overflow, reinstall fill plugs.

    It's not rocket science, but your dealer has to make overhead. I think the lowest labor rate these days is around $115/hr. You might find a better price at an indy.

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    of shifting when it is 30 or below he may want to use Royal Purple. I have used it and found that the shifting is noticably easier than with Redline MTL. I'm using MTL now. The last few mornings it was between 8-13F, my car was parked outside in the hotel lot. It didn't shift that well for the first 5-6 miles. After that it was fine.

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    I 2nd that ! redline fixed all my issues 4 y/o

    with LSD chatter. BMW's own fluid was not good for this LSD diff.,



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    My E12 had an LSD. RedLine smoothed it out.


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    MTL great in older man. transmissions

    My 1981 320i used organic, probably 90 wt, gear oil in the transmission. On mornings when it was close to freezing, the thing felt like jelly. Redline MTL made a great improvement. I have never driven the car lower than about 25 deg. F, so I don't know it would shift in real cold weather.

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