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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 10-03-2012, 10:45 PM
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help with atf

im running low on trans fluid and the manuel says nothing except it never needs changed so i took it to advanced and they couldnt figure it out either does anybody know what type of atf to use in a 2001 530i
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:49 PM
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im running low on trans fluid and the manuel says nothing except it never needs changed so i took it to advanced and they couldnt figure it out either does anybody know what type of atf to use in a 2001 530i
Look under your transmission pan, the model of the transmission will determine what type of fluid you need.

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Old 10-04-2012, 05:18 AM
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How do you know you are running low on ATF? Do you have some new way of determining ATF leve in your trannyl? Unless you open up the tranny sump fill bolt while run the car at normal operating temp, you cannot tell if you are low on ATF. Are you per chance, looking at your power steering reservoir? That uses ATF and sits in the engine compartment.
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:00 AM
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The ATF fluid to use is in the first link of this forum:

Tribal recommendations for the dozen fluids in your BMW E39 (plus various cleaning fluids):
- Glovebox printout: BMW E39 fluid summary printout for your glovebox (1)
- Motor oil: BMW approved motor oils (pdf) & tribal motor oil recommendations (1) (2) (3) & gravity oil change DIY (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & vacuum extraction DIY (1) (2) (3) & drill pump DIY (1)
- Gasoline: Engine fuel & octane (1) & "The Gasoline FAQ" & top-tier gas stations (1) & Techron additives (1) & how to clean your gas gauge sending unit (1) & mpg calculations (1) how large is the fuel tank and reserve in the E39 (1) & what gasoline to use (1) & how much gas should be left to cool the fuel pump (1) & how to siphon the fuel out of the tank (1) & what is the cost differential between 87 & 91 octane AKI (1)
- MTF: Manual transmission fluid (1) (2) & manual transmission fluid-change DIYs (1) (2) (3)
- ATF: Automatic transmission fluid (1) (2) (3) (4) & automatic transmission fluid & filter DIYs (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & torque values (1) & how to find the hidden E39 transmission fluid level dipstick (1) & why ATF gushes out of the fill hole (1) & ZF 5HP19 facts (1)
- PSF: Power steering fluid (1) (2) & power steering fluid flush DIYs (1) (2) (3) (4) & volumes (1)
- Coolant: Coolant, for engine, automatic transmission, power steering, and AC evaporator cooling (1) & bleeding (1) (2) (3) or refilling DIYs (1)
- Brake & clutch fluid: Brake & clutch hydraulic fluid (1) & recommended E39 brake job "fluids" (1) & how brake bleeding DIYs (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
- A/C: Air conditioner refrigerant & PAG oil (1) & how to refill your A/C system (1) (2) (3) (4) & what to use to rid yourself of the BMW gym sock stink (1)
- Differential: Rear differential hypoid gear oil (1) & differential fluid change DIYs (1) (2) (3)
- Battery: What battery (1) & what battery maintenance (1) & battery electrolyte (1) & battery replacement DIY (1) (2) (3) & how NOT to change the battery (1) (2) (3)
- Windshield fluid: Windshield washer fluid (1)
- Intensive cleaner: Intensive cleaning system fluid (1)
- Windows: Window glass cleaner fluids & cloths for the inside window & windshield glass (1)
- Tire air: Recommended tire pressures (1) (2) (3) & the claimed benefits of nitrogen gas (1) (2)
- Wheels: Best product for cleaning wheels (1)
- Interior: Interior cockpit & dashboard cleaners (1)
- Carpets: Suggested carpet cleaners (1)
- Floormats: Suggested floor mat cleaning & shampooing (1)
- Headliner: Solvent for cleaning the headliner fabric (1)
- Vapor barriers: Sealant for door panel vapor barriers (1) & sizes for the adhesive (1)
- Engine cleaner: External engine degreaser, engine bay cleaning & engine compartment detailing (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8)
- BMW list of lubricants, sealants, & thread lockers (pdf) (shrunk gif) (original-size jpg)
- Fundamental BMW decision-making religious camps (1) & motor oil Petrolism (1), coolant decisions (1), & gasoline dogma (1)
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Old 10-04-2012, 12:32 PM
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nevermind it was my power steering but the filler lid says only atf so i just thaught..... never heard of that, first time owning a bmw sorry guys
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Old 10-04-2012, 03:13 PM
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No problem..... I bought a liter of German made ATF for the power steering reservoir .... At O'Reilley auto parts ..... Almost had a heart attack ..... $22 !

The reason you are loosing level is you probably are leaking fluid from the hose joints at the bottom of the reservoir . Common problem with OEM clamps .
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:34 PM
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+1, simply remove the old hose clamp, remove the bottom reservoir hose, cut 1/2" off the end of the hose, reinstall hose, and reclamp with a hose clamp. Refill your ATF and you are good to go.
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