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E36 (1991 - 1999)
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Old 08-08-2014, 01:57 PM
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Transmission Service

I'm looking to service the transmission on my 1996, 328i. Which manufacturer offers a transmission filter kit that is good quality and dependable. I don't want to end up with a product made in China, which is usually defective right out of the box.
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Old 08-08-2014, 02:23 PM
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Transmission Fluid

I want to flush and recharge the entire transmission on my 1996 328i. How many quarts of fluid is required to recharge that system? My mechanic indicated my 328i will require 14 quarts of transmission fluid. I also noticed that some filter kits come with two gaskets, while others only show one. Which is correct..?
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Old 08-08-2014, 02:37 PM
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I merged your two transmission-related threads into one.

ECS, Pelican Parts and other on-line sellers have transmission service kits. Even the genuine BMW-labeled service parts are made in China these days, so there's no way to avoid them.

I don't know how much a complete fluid replacement will take. The Bentley manual lists only the amount required to refill the system if the pans and filter are removed.
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Old 08-08-2014, 04:18 PM
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If your 328 is high mileage, which I assume it is, and have never had a transmission service before, I don't recommend a power flush. There is some debate about this on high mileage cars since a power flush can potentially damage some old, brittle seals. I would do a drain & refill with a new filter. I have always used Wix filters on all my cars & trucks for many years and I have been happy with them. They are available at NAPA and Rockauto.
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Old 08-08-2014, 04:22 PM
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As far as the gaskets, if it is the GM auto trans, there are 2 pans that need to be dropped and filled. Not sure about the ZF auto.
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Old 08-08-2014, 10:03 PM
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My 1996 328i has 73,000 mile on it. Do you feel that a power flush may cause damage you mentioned to the seals? Also, how can I determine if I have a GN, or ZF auto transmission, in order to purchase the correct transmission service kit ? Thanks
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Old 08-08-2014, 10:11 PM
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I would not do a power flush if you don't know the history or whether the fluid was ever changed before. If your transmission is shifting fine, a drain and fill with a filter change is what I would do. You need to read the label on the transmission to determine what you have. I have a '96 328is and it was the GM, 2 pan auto before I did an auto to manual swap.
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My 1996 328i has 73,000 mile on it. Do you feel that a power flush may cause damage you mentioned to the seals? Also, how can I determine if I have a GN, or ZF auto transmission, in order to purchase the correct transmission service kit ? Thanks
I believe only the M3's got the 5 speed ZF auto tranny. Everything else got the French GM transmission.

If you go to the realoem.com site and enter the last 7 digits of your VIN it will set the site up for you to select the correct parts for your particular car.

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/select.do?vin=LW91725
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