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Old 04-04-2013, 06:26 AM
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ATF Fluid - contains 24 kt gold?

Pokin' around, I found this reference to ATF under Inspection Kits for my E93.

Not my father's BMW, Step's ATF cost: $635

Woe betide those flushing their tranny -- no wonder BMW recommends collecting and reusing transmission fluid when doing maintenance. Is it a premium price?
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:49 AM
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Cal - many use Redline as a replacement. This is what my indy recommended when the pan (plastic POS) warped and needed replacement.
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:58 AM
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Cal - many use Redline as a replacement. This is what my indy recommended when the pan (plastic POS) warped and needed replacement.

>SNIFF<

Redline has a good rep, but my BMW dealer parts professional recommends I use only genuine BMW ATF2. Here he is - click on him for larger view:

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Old 04-04-2013, 07:15 AM
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>SNIFF<

Redline has a good rep, but my BMW dealer parts professional recommends I use only genuine BMW ATF2. Here he is - click on him for larger view:

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Did he show you his badges?
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wonder what kind of commission they make for pushing BMW parts
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Pokin' around, I found this reference to ATF under Inspection Kits for my E93.

Not my father's BMW, Step's ATF cost: $635

Woe betide those flushing their tranny -- no wonder BMW recommends collecting and reusing transmission fluid when doing maintenance. Is it a premium price?
That price is for a 20L jug of ATF. You only need about 6L, which is about $31 per. That's about what I paid last year when I did a filter change on my sedan before I sold it; about $200 for the fluid. Still steep, but it gave me good piece of mind; did mine around 56k
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wonder what kind of commission they make for pushing BMW parts
Even if it only 10% that is some serious coin.
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Depends on the gearbox. The fluid for the ZF automatic is really expensive and when I saw the cost that the dealer billed BMW (when it was CPO warranty), I told my mother to don't bother keeping her '06 forever because the ATF change would cost an exorbitant amount of money based on the fluid cost alone.
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I used Castrol Import Multi-Vehicle Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) for my E60. Couldn't notice a difference between BMW fluid and Castrol. I bought my filter from rockauto.com for half the price of anywhere else.

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That price is for a 20L jug of ATF. You only need about 6L, which is about $31 per. That's about what I paid last year when I did a filter change on my sedan before I sold it; about $200 for the fluid. Still steep, but it gave me good piece of mind; did mine around 56k

I look on it as an investment.

See, these are lifetime fluids. They never go bad! Years from now, when many of today's 3's are recycled or otherwise deep-six'd, these fluids will be in short supply.

Yup, then they'll have to come to me. I admit, my price will be high, but not quite out o'reach. I figure there'll be diehard owners a-plenty t'keep this ol' boy comfortable for the rest of his days.

Very comfortable. DSX? You with me?




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