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Old 07-15-2018, 08:17 PM
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What's the general consensus on transmission fluid change?

Yeah yeah, BMW says lifetime oil but I'm just not entirely comfortable with that.

Just hit 62k miles.

Do it? Wait until 70k? Don't do it?

If so, flush or full change?

Expected cost?

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Old 07-15-2018, 10:52 PM
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I would say it depends on how long you like to keep it.

I just today did a spill and fill on my X1 Transmission oil.
Not a fun job.
I only changed about a 1/3 out.
If you are a DIY, it's doable, but better if you have a high lift.
Only because you have to pump fluid into the fill plug while the car is running, and right
next to the exhaust pipe. Keep your hands safe!

The oil that came out was golden dark but smelled OK.
I have 52,000km (32K miles) on my X1 and do about 75% highway driving.
I'm no mechanic, but if you plan to keep it 100K miles plus, get it changed at that mark or a few miles earlier.
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Old 07-15-2018, 11:41 PM
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I would say it depends on how long you like to keep it.

I just today did a spill and fill on my X1 Transmission oil.
Not a fun job.
I only changed about a 1/3 out.
If you are a DIY, it's doable, but better if you have a high lift.
Only because you have to pump fluid into the fill plug while the car is running, and right
next to the exhaust pipe. Keep your hands safe!

The oil that came out was golden dark but smelled OK.
I have 52,000km (32K miles) on my X1 and do about 75% highway driving.
I'm no mechanic, but if you plan to keep it 100K miles plus, get it changed at that mark or a few miles earlier.
I've read a few say 100k. Also many at 75k. I wish BMW would ditch the "lifetime fluid" garbage and recommend a serious interval. As far as I'm concerned, any part with "lifetime fluid" should come with a lifetime warranty if they don't want us replacing what keeps them running smoothly.

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Old 07-16-2018, 02:17 AM
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Never mind what Bmw say, Just listen to them who make the gearboxes-ZF Friedrichshafen AG. They say you should change oil and filter at 100000 miles or at A maximun of 8 years, what ever comes frist. The gearbox spesialists here in Norways recommended oil and filter every 30-40k miles. I do both gearbox and transfercase every 30k but i keep my cars for 200-300k

At 62k i say do it now.

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Old 07-16-2018, 10:29 AM
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Yeah, 100K km (or ~60K miles) is the max I'd go. My wife's X1 has 108K km on it and I don't know if the fluid's ever been changed before. Therefore, it will be done next year.
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Old 07-17-2018, 09:12 AM
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by the way the Zf fluid is expensive. but seem that there is a alternative made by Valvoline
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Old 08-03-2018, 11:35 AM
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Sadly "lifetime" fluid isn't a thing for just BMW, other domestic brands like Dodge use it too.
Coincidentally they also use a ZF transmission.

Would I be able to get the car up high enough on ramps to do a spill and fill? Wouldn't do a complete flush.

An indy shop quoted me $700 for drain, refill and new pan.
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Old 08-03-2018, 02:39 PM
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What do you need a new pan? A transmission fluid change and filter should run you around $200.
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Old 08-03-2018, 02:56 PM
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the filter and the pan is all one unit.

the vehicle need to be level in order for the fluid to be read correctly. you would need to get the vehicle on 4 jack stand.

at the price of the labor that shop charges, it is cheaper fro me to use the money to buy a floor jack and jack stands and do it myself. unless the plan is to only changes once in the lifetime of your ownership
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Why does the engine have to be running when you refill?
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Old 08-03-2018, 05:23 PM
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Why does the engine have to be running when you refill?
https://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sh....php?t=1262558


check this out.

engine on is to make sure the level is correct. fluid expands when hot
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