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Old 10-29-2013, 02:39 PM
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E91 transmission fluid: which one?

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This is my first post so kinda shy about asking. I've heard a lot of diff opinions about the kind of transmission fluids I can use. From auto zone to Walmart and beyond. I have had the car for a year w no problems but wanted to do some preventive maintenance

Any thoughts? Ideas? Suggestions?

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Old 10-29-2013, 04:25 PM
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If it ain't broke don't fix it. The trans oil is a long term item. BMW says its oil is a lifetime product so figure about 100K miles is probably good. If its good enough for that long it should be good enough to use as a replacement oil.

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Old 10-29-2013, 04:52 PM
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I have 151k miles on original transmission fluid. 2006 330xi E90.
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Old 10-29-2013, 05:02 PM
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I have 151k miles on original transmission fluid. 2006 330xi E90.

According to BMW Engineering, your transmission fluid does not require changing until the original owner's or leasee's death.

I seem to remember that if you purchase a CPO vehicle, you will be notified of that event and a service visit scheduled to R&R a number of items. You may wish to check with your dealer to see if you're registered!
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Old 10-29-2013, 05:26 PM
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You didn't specify manual or automatic.

You didn't specify manual or automatic.
Or do you know what a manual is?
(or dct)
If you really want an in depth evaluation get
the Mike Miller old school maintenance schedule
by googling Mike Miller BMW or emailing him for it.

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I would leave it alone if it hasn't been changed regularly todate. Fresh fluid after a long period can dislodge deposits that foul up an automatic transmission's logic paths. Best to leave it alone, at least that is old school thinking.
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:47 PM
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E91 transmission fluid: which one?

It's automatic. Good to see that in every forum there is a smartass know-more-than-others

Anyway, yeah. I think due to the sense making suggestions as "leave it alone" I will not even worry about it.

This is a 156k miles and no problems w it at all. I just wanted to do the preventive thing. But since bmw claimed in their motorcycle division (I own a k12R) that the tranny fluid doesn't need to be changed ever I'd assume it's the same in this car

Now, I'm changing the brake pads and the dealer gave me one wire. It's that what the call the sensor? Has anyone attempted this? Success or stories?


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Old 10-29-2013, 08:19 PM
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It's automatic. Good to see that in every forum there is a smartass know-more-than-others

Anyway, yeah. I think due to the sense making suggestions as "leave it alone" I will not even worry about it.

This is a 156k miles and no problems w it at all. I just wanted to do the preventive thing. But since bmw claimed in their motorcycle division (I own a k12R) that the tranny fluid doesn't need to be changed ever I'd assume it's the same in this car

Now, I'm changing the brake pads and the dealer gave me one wire. It's that what the call the sensor? Has anyone attempted this? Success or stories?


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BMW said life time fluid. But the Bentley manual specifies that it should definetly be changed at 100K miles. I've heard of some dealers adopting this policy as well. I would change the pan as well and the mechatronic sleeve while your at it. Fluid is zf lifeguard 6 if you have the zf transmission.
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It's automatic. Good to see that in every forum there is a smartass know-more-than-others

Anyway, yeah. I think due to the sense making suggestions as "leave it alone" I will not even worry about it.

This is a 156k miles and no problems w it at all. I just wanted to do the preventive thing. But since bmw claimed in their motorcycle division (I own a k12R) that the tranny fluid doesn't need to be changed ever I'd assume it's the same in this car

Now, I'm changing the brake pads and the dealer gave me one wire. It's that what the call the sensor? Has anyone attempted this? Success or stories?

Lots of stories & DIY on that over at the Google site.

Doesn't hurt your ride one bit to change xmission fluid....preventative maint. for peace of mind, whether GM or ZF....here's a fun video for Steptronics, and def check the end of this post:



Yup, replace gasket, maybe pan, and filter while you're there. If you want to know about solenoid maint, take a peek:



Oh, and Pelican confirms BMW's lifetime fluid spec. They say it means 100k mi, so they recommend 50k mi changes. Shazam!

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Now, I'm changing the brake pads and the dealer gave me one wire. It's that what the call the sensor? Has anyone attempted this? Success or stories?
Its an easy DIY. The wire is a replacement for the wear sensor. One for each end of the car.
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Your car your call but the ZF 6spd transmission does use Lifeguard 6 or Mercon SP ATF. Anything else is called experimentation. Would I change the fluid at your mileage. Hell yes but only replacing the integral pan/filter and whatever was needed to refill. I would then drain and refill again in a couple months. Transmissions fail when doing flushes at higher mileage because the clutch material and steels as they are called in the trade wear which are circulating in the fluid until you shut it down then typically end up on the bottom of the pan doing no harm. Flushing disturbes this crap and you may well end up with a check ball with a piece of logded clutch or steel preventing correct operation.
I assure you when you drain that fluid it will stink and look black. All normal for Lifeguard 6...
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