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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 11-30-2012, 01:01 AM
Metalcolt Metalcolt is offline
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Redline Products

Does anyone have an opinion, positive or negative, about Redline products? I have a 2008 550i 6MT and am getting ready to change and use the following:

Engine Oil: Redline 5w-30
Differential: Redline 75w-90 GL-5 Gear Oil
Trans: Redline D4 ATF
Coolant: BMW Coolant with Redline Water Wetter additive

I have done a fair amount of reading from multiple sources: BMW, 5Series, Bimmerfest, Bimmerforums, BobIsTheOilGuy and oil company literature. Have not done the work yet and am interested in what people think.

I am also going to use Dimple magnetic plugs for diff, trans and oil.

Thanks!
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:49 AM
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Like you I read about oils and lubes for days.I went with 0w-30 GC over redline in the engine.Been great so far with no noise on morning starts etc.Havnt done a used oil analysis yet.I did go with the Redline in my transmission,Reset all adaption and 20k later is shifting great.Before was acting strange like many others.Redline also in rear end 20k ago,no problems.Also I'm going to change mine every 50k in transmission.Had no problems with redline in many BMWs with ZF trans over the years.
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:08 AM
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Although Redline products are not certified by the manufacturers you really can't go wrong with them, they are quality products IMO.
Just change the oil and enjoy your car.
Be sure to use a quality oil filter, OEM or OE!
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:28 PM
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I've been using Redline stuff in all my Bimmers for over 20 yrs.

Rear diff and tranny fluid in my case. Both my previous Bimmers went well over 200K with no tranny issues and #3 has 88K on it.
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:04 PM
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:32 AM
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I put royal purple in my 540. 6mt and it did wonders for the trans
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Old 12-01-2012, 08:55 AM
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I like Their coolant additive "Water Weter". I hope to try their other products when needed.
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Old 12-01-2012, 10:27 AM
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Used Water wetter in everything from sport bikes to industrial diesel and natural gas engines - great product does what it says.

Also used to use the fuel system treatment in my 3rd Gen RX-7 remember liking it as well.

Don't have experience with their oils but do have experience with Royal Purple and would recommend highly.

Have used it in my own cars and seen it used in high load industrial diesels with great success.

Basically, if BMW wasn't paying for my oil changes my cars would have Royal Purple in them.
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Old 12-01-2012, 11:28 AM
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Just wanted to say thank you to everyone for replying. I have been reading all of your comments and they are much appreciated.

My car has 30,000 miles on it now and my main drive for doing the transmission and differential is not that I don't believe that the BMW products last a long time. But, I cannot get my head around not at least changeling them out once from the original fluids put in at the factory. I feel like if there were any issue or problem to be seen I would never know till is was a real issue. It also seems like a good idea to get anything out that sluffed off during the break in period. I have also never heard anything that makes me think it is ok to go 15,000 in between oil changes.

After I make a final decision I plan on posting a follow up with some photos showing the difference in appearance between the old fluids and new fluids, as well as any appreciable contaminates found in used fluids. Would it be best to do that as a reply on this thread or start a new thread? I am new to this forum/blogging thing and do not want to post things in annoying ways.
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:00 PM
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Just wanted to say thank you to everyone for replying. I have been reading all of your comments and they are much appreciated.

My car has 30,000 miles on it now and my main drive for doing the transmission and differential is not that I don't believe that the BMW products last a long time. But, I cannot get my head around not at least changeling them out once from the original fluids put in at the factory. I feel like if there were any issue or problem to be seen I would never know till is was a real issue. It also seems like a good idea to get anything out that sluffed off during the break in period. I have also never heard anything that makes me think it is ok to go 15,000 in between oil changes.

After I make a final decision I plan on posting a follow up with some photos showing the difference in appearance between the old fluids and new fluids, as well as any appreciable contaminates found in used fluids. Would it be best to do that as a reply on this thread or start a new thread? I am new to this forum/blogging thing and do not want to post things in annoying ways.
Ill be waiting for the next update, will be interesting to see how contaminated are the supposedly lifetime fluids etc.
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Old 12-01-2012, 02:00 PM
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Used oil analysis would be great on the transmission fluid!
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