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Old 03-05-2012, 04:35 AM
ncord ncord is offline
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Tranny Fluid

What would be the best ATF to use in my 06 X3.I have 78K on it and would like to change the fluid.I have done the Diff.& TC & rad.
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Old 03-05-2012, 09:11 AM
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It will depend on what type transmission you have. You have either a ZF or GM transmission. You can use this chart to figure it out: http://www.bmwtips.com/tipsntricks/Tranny/chart.htm. There is a label on the bottom of the transmission that will be referenced by the chart.
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Old 03-05-2012, 09:31 AM
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There is a label on the bottom of the transmission that will be referenced by the chart.
It definitely is a GM transmission, and for the OP will be a Green metal tag on the underside.

Although the above chart only goes up to 2002, you should confirm that it is a A5S390R transmission - same as some 2002 3 series.

The difficult part is then finding out if the indicated fluid is still available, and if not, whether the recommended replacement really is suitable.
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Old 03-05-2012, 10:16 AM
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I was checking just today and both the Dextron and Texaco brands are still sold; at least by my local dealer. One was about $5 per quart bottle. The other was $10 per liter and you bring your own containers in. If I remember correctly, 8.8 liters or two gallon jugs are needed if you don't drain the converter.
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Old 03-05-2012, 10:32 AM
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Reading through other forums, the GM transmission used to be Texaco 8072B. That is no longer available and the BMW spec is now Dexron VI, available everywhere.
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Old 03-05-2012, 11:16 AM
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This site (which apparently is Habberstadt BMW in NY) appears to still have ETL 8072B:

http://iwantautoparts.com/bmw83-22-0-024-359.html
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Old 03-05-2012, 01:50 PM
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The lable on my Tranny is BLUE with the no.83220024359.
What type is it,and what fluid would I use
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Old 03-05-2012, 04:13 PM
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The lable on my Tranny is BLUE with the no.83220024359.
What type is it,and what fluid would I use
The part no. is more dependable than the color of the sticker it seems.
Maybe those sticker colors change over time from heat, etc.?

This DIY by a 2002 325 owner seems to have the same sticker as you, and interestingly compares the color and viscosity of fresh 83220024359 fluid with Dexron VI - quite different:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=443800

If you can still get the ETL 8072B (BMW part no. 83220024359) I'd say that is your best plan.
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Old 03-06-2012, 04:23 AM
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It's certainly your call & there is probably no correct answer, just opinions & debate. I changed my fluid/filter 40k miles ago with Castrol Dex VI & have been running flawlessly ever since.
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Old 03-06-2012, 06:28 AM
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It's certainly your call & there is probably no correct answer, just opinions & debate. I changed my fluid/filter 40k miles ago with Castrol Dex VI & have been running flawlessly ever since.
Thanks for all the info.I think I will go with the Castrol Dex VI. Im thinking 6 qts.will do the job if I just drain & fill?
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Old 03-06-2012, 08:44 AM
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It's been a while, but I recall using a little more. Buy 8, if you don't need it all either return it or save it for the next time.
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