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Old 02-07-2013, 04:31 PM
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Which diff fluid (only have access to certain brands)

I had no luck finding redline 75w90. I picked up Castrol syntrax limited slip. I dunno if this is close enough to the longlife (sf-xo). My other options are mobile 1, and royal purple with friction modifier. Do I need fm?

I have a 2007 328i
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:41 PM
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Why would you buy limited slip diff oil when you don't have limited slip?
I would suggest any quality synthetic diff oil that is a quality brand as you have listed above that isn't marked LS.
Unless you have a very special 328 that was special ordered with a limited slip you don't have one...
As far as I know you can't order a 328 unless you do an individual order which is commonly done in Europe but very expensive in the US to do this...
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:52 PM
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I was trying to get the closest thing to the original SF-XO... I heard you can put LSD fluid in open diffs

ok. I guess I can exchange it for the mobile 1. I'd hate to pay 2x for the royal purple, unless I need the friction modifier.. I don't think I currently have it and I don't think I can hear anything at all from my diff

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Old 02-07-2013, 06:47 PM
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redlineoil.com

redlineoil.com
They have and app you put in your car year , model and transmission type
it will spit out a list of the fluids they make that are applicable to your car.

Google Mike Miller BMW for the old school maintenance schedule . I think you can
find it online but you may have to email him for the latest version. It has his list
of recommended fluids by brand.

version 2.11 is available as a Google search

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Old 02-08-2013, 08:22 AM
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Why not go to the dealer and buy the proper fluid since they'll have it in stock and it won't cost that much compare to the other ones?

My indy mechanic says he'd rather not mess with different fluids and always recommends BMW OEM fluids for both transmission and differential. They are easily acquired at the dealer or online.
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:45 AM
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Ok. I called bmw and they are saying the 75w140 but in almost certain mine came with 74w90 ... I'm confused
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Ok. I called bmw and they are saying the 75w140 but in almost certain mine came with 74w90 ... I'm confused
How would you definitively know what diff fluid was in the car when you bought it?

Dealer will use the last few digits of your VIN to ensure proper fluid.
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:52 AM
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I dunno. I guess it's what I read about 2007 328s. They didn't use my vin. I'll call another dealer
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:09 AM
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Called another dealer, they said the vin doesn't give them that info, but all they use is the sf-xj 75w140
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BMW used both 75w-90 and 75w-140. You live in Ga and can use either. The reason they spec'ed 140 was that years ago cars that were tracked thus generating lots of heat needed heavier more robust lube. Not so today you can use either. There was an article about this some years back in bimmerforum explaining all this.
I recall Mike Miller also had an ariticle in Roundel that explained all this since he gets this question often.
You can't go wrong with the diff fluid from BMW but I have never had a problem using Mobil 1 75w-90 in my M3 and current E93.
Again any quality diff synthetic is fine. The diff will last forever changing it every 50-70K miles...
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