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Old 06-19-2010, 04:26 AM
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Am I correct that there are only three major types of transmissions in the E39 with respect to fluid needs (i.e., yellow sticker, green sticker, and black sticker)?
Apparently there is a fourth, orange, but the Bentleys only mention it ONCE (on page 200-4) and only do they recommend "ATF-Oil" and nothing more.

This is strange because the other three colors have explicit fluid descriptions.

Anyway, I added orange to the fluid descriptions here ...

- Manual transmission (yellow sticker): BMW PN: 83.22.9.408.942 or MTF-LT-1 (manual transmission fluid, lifetime, I'm not sure what the "1" means) Bentley page 020-10 & 020-30 (these are really confusing to me so if you can make sense of these, please let me know). [Volume: Type Getrag S5D 250G=1.2 quarts, Type ZF S5D 320Z=1.4 quarts, Type Getrag S6S 420G=2.0 quarts.] Replacement Interval: Lifetime oil (Bentley 230-6). A user-recommended fluid is "Royal Purple Synchromax 1512 manual transmission fluid".
- Manual transmission (orange sticker): The Bentleys, on page 200-4, simply say "ATF" (aka ATF-Oil). Nothing more. Note: This orange sticker is not mentioned in the Bentleys page 020-10 & 020-30. Replacement Interval: Lifetime oil (Bentley 230-6).
- Automatic transmission (green sticker): BMW PN: 83.22.0.024.359 or Texaco ETL 8072B or Shell LA2634 (this is extremely confusing, not only because these are cryptic "types" but also because the Bentleys list different fluids and volumes on page 020-10, 240-6, & 240-8). [Volume w/o torque converter/with torque converter total: Type 525i A5S 25Z 6.5/9.4 qts, Type 530i A5S 25Z 6.4/9.3 qts, Type A5S 310Z=3.5/8.2 qts, Type A5S 360R & A5S 390R=4.2/9.5 qts, Type A5S 440Z=4.2/10.2 qts, , A4S 310R 3.5/8.3 qts, Type A5S 560Z 5.8/13.8 qts]. Replacement Interval: Lifetime oil (Bentley 240-6).Note: Mixing ATF types will cause transmission failure (Bentley 240-6). My 2002 525i with the A5S 325Z transmission has this green sticker.
- Automatic transmission (black sticker): Dexron III ATF (realistically Dexron VI ATF) BMW PN: 83.22.9.407.807 or Exxon LT-71141 which seems to also be called Esso LT-71141) (all this is extremely confusing, not only because these are cryptic "types", but also because the Bentleys list different fluids on page 020-10 than on page 240-6). [Volume w/o torque converter/with torque converter total: Type 525i A5S 25Z 6.5/9.4 qts, Type 530i A5S 25Z 6.4/9.3 qts, Type A5S 310Z=3.5/8.2 qts, Type A5S 360R & A5S 390R=4.2/9.5 qts, Type A5S 440Z=4.2/10.2 qts, , A4S 310R 3.5/8.3 qts, Type A5S 560Z 5.8/13.8 qts]. Replacement Interval: Lifetime oil (Bentley 240-6). Note: Mixing ATF types will cause transmission failure (Bentley 240-6). Some users suggest Mobil1 Synthetic ATF.

Last edited by bluebee; 06-19-2010 at 04:28 AM.
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