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Old 06-21-2010, 03:50 PM
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Call Steve Dose at He is one of three ZF tranny guys in the USA that I would trust. His opinion on ATF for 5HP19 ZF tranny's is stock ESSO/Lifetime or Valvoline MaxLife. His opinion is that changing the ATF is NOT the cause of failure as urban legend suggests. At 88,000 you are likley fine if you dont already have a torque converter seal tear (known BMW issue), you are lucky, change the ATF and then change it every 60,000 miles minimum afterwards, old school is 30,000+/-.

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