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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 10-13-2012, 04:33 AM
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Is there anyway to tell what auto-transmission type I have on my '04 325xi without
reading attempting to read the pan label? Also, do you really have to drop the front axle on
the xi to get to the ATF fill plug?
After removing the pan on my 2003 xi I found a fill plug on the R/H passenger side of the tranny. It was at the same level as the L/H side fill plug. This is what I used when I refilled my tranny 30,000 mile ago and no worries.
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:56 PM
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122K. Did a fluid/filter change yesterday with Dex VI. The fill plug decided to create problems this time and did not want to break loose without a fight. I broke two 8 mm box end wrenches trying to use them with the T45 socket. Finally went to Grainger and $4 later came home with a L-shape T45 tool. Worked like a charm! Will do another change soon. Stay tuned.

Update: Did another drain and fill about 150 miles later. Monitored the ATF temperature with INPA. Without dropping the pan the work is done much faster.

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Old 11-11-2012, 10:31 AM
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my first post here. thank you very much to member starless for showing a great diy.

Prepared 15L of dexron, 2 filter and 2 gasket

did mine today. a little different than others, which is a E46 318ci with GM 4 speed gearbox (fill plug location is different than 5spd model).

124k miles (203,000km), never been changed any fluid(orginal 8072 ATF). Drain & drop the pan with filter replaced. No reverse problems occured before. Drained 4L out from drain plug, drop the filter another 1L came out. Drained fluid was very brownished, no burnt smell. , oil pan magnetic with some amount of metalic sluge as photo showed by other members around bmw community, replace with fresh dexron.

Refill procedure as same as the 5spd model, refill almost 4L, with engine running bring up the temperate and monitored by inpa, add another 1L, job finished.

Did a test drive after, i can feel it has acclerated better, upshift, downshift had improved than before.

planning to drive for some 200miles, then drain and refill.

Will do a 2nd drain and 3rd drain will drop the pan again, replace with second new filter.


Played with a strong magnetic against the sludge on oil pan before clean with brake cleaner, see the sluge on video on below link:


* sorry guys, my english is not good, i'm from asia.

will report again for the next 2 drain.

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Old 12-22-2012, 06:21 PM
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How many quarts or liters did some of you guys ran through until it started turning bright red?

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Old 12-23-2012, 09:01 PM
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How many quarts or liters did some of you guys ran through until it started turning bright red?

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You do 2 drain and fills. You'll be able to drain around 6 quarts with the filter change the first time and around 4 quarts without the filter and without dropping the pan the second time. After the 2nd time you'll have mostly new atf in the gearbox.
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:58 AM
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I'm going to go ahead and resurrect this thread only to continue the infinite talk about "what ATF fluid to use"

I have a green sticker (GM) tranny and the texaco fill P/N which has obviously been superseded by DEX-VI.... I have looked for the OEM stuff and I just can't find it anywhere whatsoever so I think I will be choosing DEX-VI

I just hope it's the right decision lol
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:05 PM
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How much should I be paying a good BMW shop to do this ? I wouldn't be to brave to do this kind of job by myself.
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:17 PM
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With 124k on my car and no ATF changes I should probably do this asap.
I just hope I don't have the elusive and hard to find fluid.

I haven't gotten under the car for the purpose of looking at a sticker to find out.
Plus I'll have to buy another pair of jack stands..

Edit:
According to the Bently manual I have the "GM A5S 360R" AT.
Do I still need to look at the plate to see what kind of fluid they used in it?
Or is a certain type of fluid standard for this model?
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:34 PM
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just a question

what area and part of the transmition that will cause of leaks?
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Old 04-12-2013, 12:10 AM
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what area and part of the transmition that will cause of leaks?
generally, for AT transmission:
Output shaft seal, and gear selector seal.
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Old 04-12-2013, 12:25 AM
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following note, on last drain.

1st drain. drop pan, new filter refill with unknown brand d3.
(oil was pumped from barrel, brought from local transmission servicing)

drove 200km. significant improvement.

2nd drain, drain and refill with United Oil D3 (now, oil brand mixing)
(brought from same servicing garage, manufactured in singapore)
drove 6000km already.

ready to drop pan, change new filter and refill with same United Oil D3.

i might probably do a fourth drain and fill with valvoline DEX/MERC ATF. or MaxLife DEX/MERC ATF (maxlife just a bit worry about those extra additives)

still running good. thanks for the diy info. ~

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Old 04-12-2013, 05:29 PM
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i have 2000 bmw 328ci AT and there is a oil leak in the middle of engine and trans. and can you give me an idea what is the prob and how can i fix that..tnx!
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Old 04-13-2013, 04:35 PM
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hi guys! can i used Lucas trans stop leak? i have some leak in the middle of engine and trans ?tnx!
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Old 01-01-2014, 11:17 AM
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Hi everyone on BF! I found a chart for the BMW trans fluid that can be used in the GM transmission, it actually shows that it is a replacement for the BMW Part#. follow the link below, scroll to the bottom, to the FAQ, and select "Is it ok to mix trans fluid with other brands" look for BMW and it is all there.http://www.valvoline.com/products/co...ssion-fluid/36
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Old 01-01-2014, 11:24 AM
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Correction to my last post. You want to click on the link under the picture of the fluid bottle. it says "Download product info pdf MSDS" and that is where the charts are that have the part #'s for the Texico and Dextron VI that it replaces.
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Old 10-24-2014, 09:23 AM
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Correction to my last post. You want to click on the link under the picture of the fluid bottle. it says "Download product info pdf MSDS" and that is where the charts are that have the part #'s for the Texico and Dextron VI that it replaces.
I know this is an old posting but I don't see this chart showing dexron VI replacing the TEXACO ETL 8072 B used for the GM5 transmission. Did it get removed from the site?
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Old 10-24-2014, 10:54 AM
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site may have changed. Plenty of people use Dexron VI without issues, but if you literally want to see the words "suitable replacement for 8072 B" from a manufacturer: http://www.redlineoil.com/product.aspx?pid=51&pcid=9
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Old 10-24-2014, 11:07 AM
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I know this is an old posting but I don't see this chart showing dexron VI replacing the TEXACO ETL 8072 B used for the GM5 transmission. Did it get removed from the site?
This?

or this?


Or why not get AMSOIL or some other synthetic?
http://www.amsoil.com/shop/by-produc...?code=ATFQT-EA
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Old 10-24-2014, 11:44 AM
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site may have changed. Plenty of people use Dexron VI without issues, but if you literally want to see the words "suitable replacement for 8072 B" from a manufacturer: http://www.redlineoil.com/product.aspx?pid=51&pcid=9
I see it. Thanks for the link.
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Old 11-21-2014, 10:40 PM
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Here is the the chart that shows the BMW part number for Trans Fluid and the Fluid to be used.
This is an application guide direct from "Valvoline". NO MORE GUESSING!!
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Old 11-22-2014, 04:29 AM
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Just an FYI, I have 2004 330I with the GM A5S390R transmission and the green label. The BMW service adviser confirmed that the dealership was using Dexron VI for all transmission draining for this model which originally had Texaco fluid. He said they offer a full flush or drain only and it was safe to mix the Dexron VI. A full flush was $400, drain only no filter $150.00. So, GM's list of approved Dexron VI is long and included Super Tech Dexron VI from Walmart. I bought the Super Tech for $4.27 per qt, got the same identical filter kit from Advanced Auto that is sold by all the on line bimmer parts stores for only $17.33. Changed the fluid and filter and my car shifts as if it was new. The guys in Walmart said the Super Tech motor oil was Texaco oil so you know a major manufacturer private labels the AFT. Don't get caught up in the hype of $9.00 per qt. high end brands, Dexron VI is a synthetic blend no matter which brand you buy. I have put 25k on this fluid and can't tell the difference between $4.27 per qt and $9.00 per qt. other than my wallet is fatter.
First I see of using AA filter kit ($17.33)for this. Has anyone else used this Kit?
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