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E36 (1991 - 1999)
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Old 09-11-2014, 10:15 PM
Robbee1122 Robbee1122 is offline
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Mein Auto: 1996 BMW 328i Convertible
Transmission Fluid

I'm still trying to determine the proper fluid for my 1996 BMW 328i automatic transmission, convertible. I scraped off the gunk on the transmission pan, and it has a green label stating "Lifetime Fill" Service with Dexron lll, part nos. 83 22 9 407 858 & 83 22 9 407 859, which are BMW ATF's that are discontinued. Varying recommendations that I find seem to contradict each other? I think the confusion stems from the difference between the GM & ZF transmissions. I believe I have the GM transmission. The original manufactures recommendations was to top off with Unical, Castrol, or Texaco Dexron lll - Mercron ATF.. However these products are no longer available. Has anyone used, or knows about Febi-Bilstein Nr. 29934 Transmission fluid? I'm also looking at Motul, Dexron lll Technosyhese, which is a synthetic blend. I don't plan to flush my transmission, as it could damage it, so is it safe to mix a synthetic blend with the residual fluid in my transmission? Then there's Red Line D4, Fully synthetic ATF, but I'm not sure about mixing a full synthetic.. Does anyone know the best an safest fit for my car.?? Thanks
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