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Old 04-24-2012, 05:11 PM
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Originally Posted by dkl View Post
The synthetic transmission fluid used on the X5 or any BMWs is NOT the light red syrup concoction. If it is, then you are using the wrong ATF. The ATF used on the X5 is straw in color (similar to the color of engine oil).
I concur. I had the ruby red color in mine and I changed it twice since I had a transmission repair at 102,000 miles. I was putting (the correct fluid) in there when I changed it as the (wrong fluid) was pouring out. Here at 170,000 Miles my baby is now in the shop with a slipping tranny caused by an apparent ring that came loose and caused damage. The clutches are worn which leads me to believe the fluid wasn't doing a great job. $2900 later it will be out at the end of the week when parts come from california. Breaking My Wallet yet again. I still love this thing though. Just did an engine clean up, getting this tranny fixed now then ill update the rear suspension to conventional springs. Should be rocking like new. Here's to 270,000 miles.
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