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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 09-10-2012, 07:22 PM
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Transmission fluid

Whats the average cost for the transmission fluid change? automatic 95 325i

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Old 09-10-2012, 08:55 PM
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Old 09-10-2012, 08:59 PM
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Depends on what fluid you use. You'll need ~6 quarts. You'll need the two pan gaskets and a new filter, too.
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:39 PM
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And any shop is going to charge at least one hour of labor to do it, so that will add on another $100+ right there.
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Old 09-12-2012, 12:31 AM
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Average gasket kit costs about $40. Then 6 Quarts of fuid at $10-15 per litre. Around $100-125 if you do it yourself. As ZeGerman said, shop labour rate will apply. That is also if you can find a shop willing to do it. I found that not many places want to change the transmission fluid on E36's. A couple places i found that would do it, wouldnt even drop the pan. Just suck the fluid out and refill. This is why i do it myself.
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:22 AM
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Check out this chart for fluid type and amount...
http://www.nmia.com/~dgnrg/SD92-113.pdf

I bought the Castrol Dexron III at Walmart for $4.37/liter. They also have 3 ton jack stands 2 for $27. I got a little pump to get the fluid in there $8.

I think it's pretty easy to do yourself. I'm planning to do it soon.
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:27 AM
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oops...that was the wrong chart try this one...
http://5luge30obdim52.blogspot.com/2...ls-charts.html
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:37 AM
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just did this. it was 160$ at the shop I dont go to anymore. 80$ labor 56$ for redline oil and then shopfees and tax


not bashing the shop I have a key to my buddies garage and I can use it whenever I want so I dont go to out in town anymore if I can avoid it.
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Yeah, but you have a manual trans, which is way faster and easier to change the fluid on. Autos require pan removal, filter replacement, gasket replacement, etc.
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Yeah, but you have a manual trans, which is way faster and easier to change the fluid on. Autos require pan removal, filter replacement, gasket replacement, etc.
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:31 AM
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Haven't been on this forum in months, but saw this "old" post today. Just had my '96 328i's transmission fluid changed by my indie mechanic about 6 months ago. Dropped the pan, ordered the filter and gasket kit, and got tranny fluid from BMW. Charged me $300 and change for the whole thing if I recall. Said the fluid was dirty, gummy, but metal free at 130k miles. Hope this helps.
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