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Old 10-19-2012, 12:36 PM
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84,000 miles 2007 328i, should I get my transmission fluid changed?

At 84,000 miles should I have had my transmission fluid changed?
I bought the car at 81,000 and not really sure if the guy changed it already or not either but some cars require it at 60,000. Any idea?

How much does something like that cost? My friend is doing his Camry for $125 so assume a BMW will be about $300 because its ''special"
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Old 10-19-2012, 12:48 PM
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At 84,000 miles should I have had my transmission fluid changed?
I bought the car at 81,000 and not really sure if the guy changed it already or not either but some cars require it at 60,000. Any idea?

How much does something like that cost? My friend is doing his Camry for $125 so assume a BMW will be about $300 because its ''special"
A lot of people just end up not doing it, especially if the transmission is shifting fine (assuming yours is automatic, or?). Reports popped up of people having done it when nothing was wrong with the transmission, and it became slippy and overall crappier than before the flush. I'd honestly wait.

If you're adamant on doing it, make sure the cost includes pan drop + filter. Fluid cost is about $18'ish per quart, versus Castrol which can be found for $6 or so. Here's a DIY if you've got a jack and space to work in: http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=367729

If you'll be heading to the indy shop you're probably looking at $300'ish, maybe more, depending on who you go to.

I'd get the differential lube changed out too.
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Old 10-19-2012, 12:53 PM
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Yes it is automatic, would assume it would not need to be done on manual.
Hrmmm, I was told that if I do not get it changed then you prolly get about 160,000 miles out of it and boom, new transmission needed. If several people say to skip it, then I probably have no problem skipping it.
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Yes it is automatic, would assume it would not need to be done on manual.
Hrmmm, I was told that if I do not get it changed then you prolly get about 160,000 miles out of it and boom, new transmission needed. If several people say to skip it, then I probably have no problem skipping it.
It does need to be done on a manual, but from what I've seen, it's cheaper, and dealerships charge $100'ish, in that ballpark.

By waiting, I meant wait until you hit around 100K, there's honestly no harm no foul. Firstly, you'll have to evaluate how long you'll keep the car for. I'd do it again at 150K after that. I've never heard of a transmission going 'boom' and blowing out of nowhere just because the transmission fluid wasn't changed. Especially not on these cars.
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Old 10-19-2012, 12:59 PM
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Honestly man I don't know how long I'll keep the car. I love it, don't get me wrong, but I am allergic to the high maintenance cost that comes with it and not the best gas mileage.
I previously had an Acura RSX with virtually no maintenance cost and 30mpg. If there was no sales tax that needed to be paid when you buy a car, I would trade this in for something else in a heartbeat.
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I see your skepticism, but it's not always so black and white. Every car needs maintenance done on it at some point, and you'd be surprised just how expensive Honda's and Acura's can get as well, especially out of warranty. What you're doing now to the car is just preventative maintenance, but it'll be essential if you plan to keep the car for say, another 50k miles or something. W

e've had a lemon Honda Accord, but have had another BMW that had ZERO go wrong with it in 150k miles, it can honestly go either way. My car (in sig.) is hitting 137K miles this week and I haven't had ANY issues with it. I'm even planning on popping new tires and brake pads/rotors/fluid flush work is on the way as well. BMW has stated before that they expect their cars to have maintenance done on them, and that's just how the ball rolls. If you want this kind of car, you've got to pony up. But that doesn't essentially mean you need to drop a mortgage on the car. Just a little more than usually is expected as per the norm.

If fuel economy and low maintenance are a priority for you, I'd consider something like a Ford Fusion or Honda Civic, you see where I'm going with this? Not a super simple choice.
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Old 10-19-2012, 01:10 PM
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Yea I gotcha, is really a roll of the dice if you ask me whether another used car will have problems or not. Thing is with the RSX I was able to do almost everything myself. Lots of electronics with this car so not so much.
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Old 10-19-2012, 01:29 PM
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I had to unload my Acura TSX because it was horribly unreliable. I had gazillions of Honda vehicles before then, which were mostly rock solid.
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Old 10-19-2012, 01:32 PM
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I had to unload my Acura TSX because it was horribly unreliable. I had gazillions of Honda vehicles before then, which were mostly rock solid.
Yea, is a shame when you get a bad egg, sure everyone has horror stories about every car. Every car I've had though has been a champ, even my Kia Sportage lol so when I get a car with high maintenance I get a little annoyed. I don't think I can trade the car in though because I feel that the $1400 in sales taxes I paid to buy this car plus the $1000 plus for the next car would be a complete waste of money!
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Yea, is a shame when you get a bad egg, sure everyone has horror stories about every car. Every car I've had though has been a champ, even my Kia Sportage lol so when I get a car with high maintenance I get a little annoyed. I don't think I can trade the car in though because I feel that the $1400 in sales taxes I paid to buy this car plus the $1000 plus for the next car would be a complete waste of money!
Now you've got it. If you haven't had any issues yet (and the car's history proves it's been rock solid so far), that means you've got pretty much a keeper. I wouldn't worry about keeping it a little longer to the point where it'll make more financial sense to get something else.
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Old 10-19-2012, 02:43 PM
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Now you've got it. If you haven't had any issues yet (and the car's history proves it's been rock solid so far), that means you've got pretty much a keeper. I wouldn't worry about keeping it a little longer to the point where it'll make more financial sense to get something else.
Yep, Agreed. Thanks for your time and advice.
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Old 10-19-2012, 03:15 PM
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Mike Miller says 60K. The service manual (now) says 100K miles. I'd change it.
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Old 10-19-2012, 04:41 PM
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Go with what the dealer says. Never change it
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Old 10-19-2012, 11:00 PM
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I haven't changed my at 131k miles. 2006 330xi.
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Old 10-20-2012, 06:30 AM
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I plan on doing mine every 50K....no need to roll the dice on the "lifetime" concept. So I guess I'm going for the "middle of the road" approach between BMW's scant and Mike Miller's aggressive schedules....
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Internet wisdom seems to be change auto fluids before ~60K or never change it. As I understand it changing late could disturb built up gunk and wreck the box.


I changed my MX-5 diff + 5sp transmission fluid at 7K miles and will repeat every 50K or five years. It's so easy/cheap to changed compared to replace a transmission. Helps at resale time too
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There's a massive thread on this

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Old 10-21-2012, 09:43 AM
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Wow, if that poll is accurate it's very worrying how many are "50,000 to 100,000...transmission repaired/replaced."
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Wow, if that poll is accurate it's very worrying how many are "50,000 to 100,000...transmission repaired/replaced."
There were specific design problems (reverse, fast idle) on the two transmissions used in the E46. Those problems don't exist in the transmissions in the E9x. Not to say that the new transmissions are going to be any better on longevity; too early to tell.
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my buddy works in transmission group in one of the OEM, i spoke to him about this issue, he suggested not to change TF if everything is working fine. BMW dealership said the same thing, independent mechanic told me the same thing, he mentioned that even though he get paid to change TF change, he won't recommend to his customers (BMWs), i have 86K on my 07 328i, i am not changing TF.
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i have 328i 2007 convertable but i cant check if my transmission fluid is good or bad it has 21,000 miles on it and still i didnt change the fluid what do u guys suggest?????
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There were specific design problems (reverse, fast idle) on the two transmissions used in the E46. Those problems don't exist in the transmissions in the E9x. Not to say that the new transmissions are going to be any better on longevity; too early to tell.
The E90 went into production eight years ago. I think it's been long enough to say it is massively more reliable than the E46.

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i have 328i 2007 convertible but i cant check if my transmission fluid is good or bad it has 21,000 miles on it and still i didnt change the fluid what do u guys suggest?????
21,000 miles? I think you're good for at least a couple of thousand miles more.
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Honestly man I don't know how long I'll keep the car. I love it, don't get me wrong, but I am allergic to the high maintenance cost that comes with it and not the best gas mileage.
I previously had an Acura RSX with virtually no maintenance cost and 30mpg. If there was no sales tax that needed to be paid when you buy a car, I would trade this in for something else in a heartbeat.
Why wouldn't you investigate the costs of maintenance before you decided to buy?? Wow, you have only had the car for 3k miles, and you are looking to dump it already. The BMW high maintenance cost thing is mostly a myth...yes, parts can be somewhat more expensive, but its not like you are replacing brakes very often, and oil changes last 15 k.
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