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Old 08-01-2011, 09:47 PM
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Ive got 2001 x5 3.0 manual, it shifts a lillte hard was told by dealer to change gearbox oil, I bought the synthetic gear oil from them cost me $46.00, does anyone know where the gearbox oil is on this thing and how I change it, is gearbox the same as the transfer case? or am i looking from something on the transmission? any help greatly appreciated, they didn't make to many of these things in manual so theres not much info out there on this..
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Old 08-19-2011, 08:57 PM
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http://www.xoutpost.com/file-x5tips.htm

See if you can find some help on that SAV-centric forum.

But typically, you will have a drain bolt and fill bolt. They might be Hex sockets, they might not be. Get under it and start looking or pickup the Bentley shop manual from somewhere like ECSTuning.com. Either way, the procedure is simple, locate the fill bolt, open it then open the drain bolt and let the oil drain out. I typically pump some new fluid in to flush out whatever is left at the bottom of the pan. Then tighten the drain bolt and start pumping your new fluid in until it starts to seep out of the fill bolt. Button it up and take it for a spin.

Key to this WHOLE procedure is:

1. Make sure you can get the fill bolt open first.
2. Make sure you get the right fluid. You have 2 options - BMW-issued fluid or non-BMW issued fluid. I favor Amsoil MTF 5w30 for BMWs manual gearboxes but that may not be correct for your application. Start reading!
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Old 08-20-2011, 05:47 PM
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I favor Amsoil MTF 5w30 for BMWs manual gearboxes but that may not be correct for your application. Start reading!
Redline MTL for me. Some guys use a 50/50 mix of MTL and MT-90 (warmer climates).
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