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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 09-06-2014, 10:15 AM
Robbee1122 Robbee1122 is offline
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Mein Auto: 1996 BMW 328i Convertible
Transmission Service

I've tried to no avail to get some straight answers as to the proper maintenance of my 1996 328i transmission.. I've been referred to a post on Pelican that discusses the transmission service. However, It recommends to use Dexron lll which is no longer available. I understand that flushing the entire system can be problematic, and can cause damage to the transmission. So, that's out of the question. Once all pans, drain plugs, etc. are removed, how much fluid will be extracted from the tranny, and what transmission fluid can I recharge the system with that will mix with the remaining fluid in the system? Can I use Red Line D4 ATF, which is a synthetic, FEBI green tag ESSO LT 71141, or can I just use Castrol Dex/Merc which replaces Castrol Dexron lll which is recommended by the dealer? Thank you..
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Old 09-06-2014, 03:30 PM
Corinna Corinna is offline
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Hi I have a 95 330i auto I have been able to get this oil im not sure if you can get it there but I'm sure you could get something smiler it has the dexron 2&3 and what iv been told is when you drop the oil from cold and take of the pan change the filter and clean the tray and magnetic strip in pan replace all and fill till it comes flowing out of fill hole then run the engine and keep filling untill it again runs out if hole my car takes 9lt from empty I'm not sure about mixing oils I know it not recommended but I'm sure once you have emptied most of what's in there the small amount left shouldn't hurt I'm doing mine today I will let you know how I go hope I helped in some way

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Old 09-06-2014, 04:40 PM
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I don't remember how much fluid I put in when I last changed my filter, but this link will help with which fluid to use.

I used Redline D4 ATF in my green label A4S 270 R auto

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