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Old 10-05-2014, 10:18 PM
spokelizard spokelizard is offline
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Cost of fluid replacement

Hi, I just posted this as a reply in a thread about stick shifts. Then I realized it may be of more general interest, and you might skip it if you're not interested in stick shifts. So I've copied/quoted it here as a new thread. (Mods, if I've really messed up the system, please clean this up howver you want.)

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Well, Miloc requested the cost of fluid replacement a couple of months ago. Sorry, didn't post as promised when I got back home. But last week I had fluids replaced. So for those interested, here's what it cost at a good indie shop. As I mentioned before, I've been replacing the various gear oils every 30K miles or so. I know some think that's excessive. But I'm hoping to keep this car a long time, and I'm following Mike Miller's prescriptions for long life.

Engine Oil Change:
Oil: $65 (BMW OEM)
Filter $14
Labor: $35
Total: $114
comment: I could get this done for about $25 less at the dealer relying on their frequent specials, but I decided to everything at my indie, one stop shopping, and overall price for everything was less.

Transfer Case Fluid:
Fluid: $36 (BMW OEM)
Labor: $56
Total: $92
comment: this fluid is really expensive (about $50/liter). They charged me for .7 liter. If I'd done it myself I would have had .3 liter left over, so I think that's a good deal. They also included the computer reset of the transfer case actuator, which as far as I know can't be done by a DIY without a computer connection and is supposed to be done every time this fluid is changed.

Differential oil:
Oil: $40 (BMW OEM)
Drain plug replacement: $18
Labor $70
Total: $128

Manual transmission fluid:
Oil: $23
Labor: $35
Total: $58
Comment: I used BMW OEM last time and found it "notchy". Before that I had a different brand, I think LubriMoly, which was smooth shifting so the OEM was a disappointment. This time I used Redline ATF D6, and it's smooth again.

While I was in the changing fluid mode, I also had them flush and replace power steering fluid, which I think I had done last at about 50K miles. That was $68 for fluid, $140 for labor.

Hope this helps someone. Thanks for reading!
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Old 10-07-2014, 07:32 AM
amirovic amirovic is offline
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quite useful
tx a lot
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