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God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 04-19-2011, 06:34 PM
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5spdTransmission oil

I was sure what fluid was supposed to go into my newly aquired '90 325i after reading all the websites and manuals i could. Even called and talked to a few local Euro car shops in the area.

I have what appears to be the Getrag 260, there is no label on the passenger side bell housing that I can see. It also has the internal wrenching 17mm plugs. Therefore it needs the 80W-90 GL-4 gear oil.

So I drain the fluid out this afternoon. What comes out is Red ATF. Now I'm totally confused. I new the previous owners and the car was dealer serviced its whole life, except for one time at an indy shop, and me doing the brakes, and some minor maintenance.

Found the Dealer Work Order for the 60k Insp II. It shows that the Manual Transmission fluid was changed, and shows ATF on the report. Tranny was serviced again with ATF at 90k at the dealer.

Found Futher reference to 75w-90 GL-5 Gear oil in a dealer invoice, but I believe that might be in reference to the differential.

So anyone have a idea what is supposed to be in this tranny?

Thanks in Advance.

2006 330i 6 Spd Man, ZSP, CA, SG, Black ette, Burl, Sat Prep.
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Man, ED could become addicting!
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