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Old Yesterday, 03:09 AM
YetiVanHalen YetiVanHalen is offline
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Gibraltar transmission web site-incredible

I was thinking of bringing my 2005 x3 with 102k for a transmission fluid change and this was on their website, my manual stated to change transmission fluid at 100K as we all know.


now I dont know what to except I think I might just drain the pan and replace the amount that comes out.
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Old Yesterday, 04:44 AM
timarnold timarnold is offline
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I think there is general agreement that a flush is a waste of time at best. Dropping the pan & replacing the filter is the best way to go, probably more so at 60k intervals. Even BMW has backed off of their "Lifetime Fill" claim and now recommends a 100k mi interval.
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Old Yesterday, 08:24 AM
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A transmission shop specializing in rebuilding or replacing transmissions suggesting that you never change the fluid is like your orthopedic surgeon encouraging you to engage in extreme sports every chance you get.
All the Best, Wes

A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author. G. K. Chesterton
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Old Yesterday, 05:40 PM
dukedkt442 dukedkt442 is online now
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Pretty much all 5 of their listed reasons are completely false. You could apply the same logic to engine oil.... I find it difficult to trust any shops in Jersey, period. They MUST be good, because 1) they've self-certified themselves as "highly experienced" and 2) lay claim that 95% of the time, they can tell you on the spot of the issue can be fixed with minor repairs (I bet 100% of the time, they cannot).

50k on transmission fluid AND filter. A normal drain and fill is *somewhat* useless because the transmission holds several gallons of ATF but all you'll get out from the pan is a couple of quarts, to do it remotely right requires pumping new fluid in continuously while fluid is pumped out (through the cooling lines).
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