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Old 08-24-2016, 09:22 AM
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Wrong transimission fluid used in my BMW 330i - 2010 with GM transmission not ZF

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I took my car BMW 330i Model 2010 to the indi shop for a transmission fluid and filter , gasket changed, the car has 117.000 KM on it, well they used ZF transmission fluid for the gear box, but when I checked my VIN number online A369149, and called the BMW agent here, it turns out that my car transmission is GM not ZF

Now the problem am in, after the old fluid is changed, the transmission is shifting a lot better than before, very smooth and crisp shifting , the fluid is definitely doing something good, but its the wrong fluid, the fluid used is IGAT PLATIN ATF 9006 F which is recommended for ZF transmission as it has this code for BMW number 8322 0142516 (BMW 1375.4)

But checking with this VIN number A369149 and the BMW agent here in my country shows that the transmission type is GA6L45R so I guess its GM transmission with green sticker underneath as I saw that sticker the time they changed the fluid and saw that the oild drained was almost Brownish/ Red color but it was dark

Now do I have to change the fluid again, or this fluid used is safe ? and If I have to change the fluid , do I have to change the filter again as its new but now mixed with Platin ATF fluid or just replace the fluid with GM fluid and use the same filter

If so what type of fluid do I need to use this time ?

You can look up the VIN number shared above to check for transmission type please

Thanks

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Old 08-24-2016, 02:42 PM
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If you wouldn't purposely put the wrong fluid in why do you have a problem rectifying the error?

Machinery manufacturers know what oil or fluid is best to use.

The Indy should change it free of charge.
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Old 08-24-2016, 03:52 PM
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If you wouldn't purposely put the wrong fluid in why do you have a problem rectifying the error?

Machinery manufacturers know what oil or fluid is best to use.

The Indy should change it free of charge.
Well the indi shops thinks that this oil used is suitable for the car, so theres nothing here as change it for free, its not an option

Thanks for ur help, but am still looking for many questions I posted which none is answered obviously
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Old 08-25-2016, 06:05 AM
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Dont stress too much.
Is your car shifting the same or better ? You said better, fluid is fine

Looking at those specs of the fluid it also says LV which is pretty much dexron 6. I would be more concerned if they put this fluid and you had the zf transmission. There are some manufacturers claming bmw m1375.4 which is shell specification not bmw but im pretty certain they have no official certification. I put total mv lv in my zf which claimed m1375.4 and it almost ruined my transmission how bad it was. Only ZF and BMW provide the correct fluid for the ZF transmission.

Yours is GM and the fluid they put in is fine.
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Old 08-25-2016, 08:09 AM
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Dont stress too much.
Is your car shifting the same or better ? You said better, fluid is fine

Looking at those specs of the fluid it also says LV which is pretty much dexron 6. I would be more concerned if they put this fluid and you had the zf transmission. There are some manufacturers claming bmw m1375.4 which is shell specification not bmw but im pretty certain they have no official certification. I put total mv lv in my zf which claimed m1375.4 and it almost ruined my transmission how bad it was. Only ZF and BMW provide the correct fluid for the ZF transmission.

Yours is GM and the fluid they put in is fine.
Before I changed the fluid, the shifting was not as smooth as now, actually before when I drive the car without enough warming up in the early morning , I get very hard shift on 3rd gear, after the Fluid is changed, the shifting has improved night and day and no more hard shifting even if I dont warm it up enough in the early morning

SO I see that the new fluid actually is doing great job there

Many thanks for your replay , hope for the best
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Old 08-25-2016, 03:13 PM
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Don't stress, just use some common logic.

Transmission shifting better = Fluid is better then the old fluid
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Old 08-26-2016, 05:45 AM
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You are fine, as long as the correct type of fluid is used. Engine oil might not be so excellent.
Also, for the GM transmission Redline D6 is highly regarded - for your next change perhaps.
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Old 08-27-2016, 08:15 PM
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You are fine, as long as the correct type of fluid is used. Engine oil might not be so excellent.
Also, for the GM transmission Redline D6 is highly regarded - for your next change perhaps.
Thats so nice to hear , at least now driving it with peace, so next fluid will be Redline D6 , hope I can get my hand on this here

Question is does this fluid fits GM transmission as well as ZF transmission ?

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Old 08-28-2016, 12:54 PM
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I think the most important thing to research is how compatible the fluids are longevity wise, and with the internals of the transmission. while it may be fine for 100 miles, 5000 miles or whatever, it has the potential to break down faster, due to different tolerances, and heat buildup. the clutchpack material may not take to well after a while, and may breakdown, and start slipping or even tear itself apart. the smart thing to do would be to put the correct fluid in, ( even though I am not saying the zf wouldn't be fine), or do a trans service sooner than normal, to see how the tranny is holding up. there isn't a lot of clarity doing a quick google search, so you have to dig pretty deep. I hope you find out sooner than later, as it sucks to pay for transmission failure.
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I think the most important thing to research is how compatible the fluids are longevity wise, and with the internals of the transmission. while it may be fine for 100 miles, 5000 miles or whatever, it has the potential to break down faster, due to different tolerances, and heat buildup. the clutchpack material may not take to well after a while, and may breakdown, and start slipping or even tear itself apart. the smart thing to do would be to put the correct fluid in, ( even though I am not saying the zf wouldn't be fine), or do a trans service sooner than normal, to see how the tranny is holding up. there isn't a lot of clarity doing a quick google search, so you have to dig pretty deep. I hope you find out sooner than later, as it sucks to pay for transmission failure.
Will defiantly do the next oil change sooner this time, I am planning for next summer to do the oil, filter change with GM recommended fluid
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