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Old 10-06-2012, 11:21 AM
Metalcolt Metalcolt is offline
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Gearbox/Differential/Coolant/Fuel Filter?

I am a new BMW owner and would welcome some opinions on a few things. I have a 2008 M-Sport 550i with a manual transmission and 30,000 miles.

Everything mentioned in the title are things I would like to service, which I will do myself. They are also all things that BMW says are "Lifetime" non-service items, minus the coolant. I am probably going to service these regardless but I would like to know what people think.

Also what do people recomend for the flowing fluids:

-Coolant, 50/50 or Lifetime Blend
-Motor Oil, brand and viscosity
-Manual Gearbox Oil, brand/type
-Differential Oil

Also, has anyone had any experience using the drain plugs that have magnets in them for collecting metal shavings?


Last edited by Metalcolt; 10-06-2012 at 11:54 AM.
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Old 10-07-2012, 05:37 PM
TRS550 TRS550 is offline
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Mein Auto: 2007 550i
I run an 07 550 Sport 6 MT.

I use BMW coolant.

I use BMW Castroil Motor Oil

Redline Tranny fluid and Rear Diff oil

But...there's nothing magical about any of those.
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:01 AM
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Coolant: BMW, change at 3-years or 60,000 miles
Oil: BMW Castrol or Mobil 1 0W40 (available at Walmart for $6/quart)
Differential: Redline 10W90
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