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Hello mates,

I have a 2014 x5 sdrive with 78k. Can someone advise if a transmission flush is due? if so, can you advise if this kit would work: https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw-ga8hp45z-ga8hp70z-auto-trans-service-kit-24118612901kt

BTW, i have replaced transmission silinoids on my 2007 BMW 530i before. It was a pain, but i managed to complete the job.

What's the level of effort when it comes to replacing transmission oil and filter in a 2014 X5 sdrive?

Thanks in advance for your inputs.
 

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I haven't performed the service but it's most likely the same procedure on 530. I am sure you can find a write-up DIY or video online. I would just make sure that your transmission is one of the two listed GA8HP45Z GA8HP70Z by looking under the car and finding one of those markings stamped on the side of the transmission.

There are many choices of distributers for the pan, I would most likely purchase the ZF one --> https://www.ecstuning.com/b-zf-parts/automatic-transmission-oil-pan-with-transmission-filter/24118612901~zf/.

https://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-F15-X5_xDrive35i-N55_3.0L/Drivetrain/Automatic_Transmission/

This link may help display the correct transmission, I would however look under the car first.

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/
 

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Thanks for your inputs Jeremy. Is the transmission due for a flush at 78k? i wouldn't adventure if not due.
 

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Hello mates,

I have a 2014 x5 sdrive with 78k. Can someone advise if a transmission flush is due? if so, can you advise if this kit would work: https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw-ga8hp45z-ga8hp70z-auto-trans-service-kit-24118612901kt

BTW, i have replaced transmission silinoids on my 2007 BMW 530i before. It was a pain, but i managed to complete the job.

What's the level of effort when it comes to replacing transmission oil and filter in a 2014 X5 sdrive?

Thanks in advance for your inputs.
@jbkassi....I saw your post & was wondering the same thing. Our 2015 X5 Xdrive has about 60K on it & I plan to do a "drain & fill" in the spring. At 80k, as you mentioned, I personally would change the fluid (drain & fill), but not sure about a "flush". I'm not sure what the "fill" amount is on the GA8HP45Z - AWD. Below is a video for the F30 ZF which should be very similar to our 8 speed ZF.

https://youtu.be/XObN94hkQ-Q
 

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@Rav31,

Thanks for your inputs. Fluid and Filter replacement as seen on the video is a very straight forward process. I have done it on a 530i. You basically replace the filter, and fill it until it overflows. from there, you start the engine, move up gears wait until it reaches the recommended temperature. That will create additional space in the trasmission pan. From there, you fill it again until it overflows... and you're done.

PS. make sure the car is jacked up and level to the ground.

Since i am doing that job myself, i will proceed with it... especially the car being at 78k.

I have been doing a lot of maintenance on that car since i purchased it at 68k: Tune up (Replaced spark plugs and filters), Replaced all breaks and Rotors, Replaced A/C Compressor (failed on me at 72k), Replaced driving Belt, tensioner and pulley. I am still getting a whining noise around that area... it appears to be my Alternator (soon to be replaced because of the noise it causes).

BMW could have done a better job on that car tho. For someone that is not mechanically inclined like me.... this will result in a lot of $$$$$ in labor.
 

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@Rav31,

Thanks for your inputs. Fluid and Filter replacement as seen on the video is a very straight forward process. I have done it on a 530i. You basically replace the filter, and fill it until it overflows. from there, you start the engine, move up gears wait until it reaches the recommended temperature. That will create additional space in the trasmission pan. From there, you fill it again until it overflows... and you're done.

PS. make sure the car is jacked up and level to the ground.

Since i am doing that job myself, i will proceed with it... especially the car being at 78k.

I have been doing a lot of maintenance on that car since i purchased it at 68k: Tune up (Replaced spark plugs and filters), Replaced all breaks and Rotors, Replaced A/C Compressor (failed on me at 72k), Replaced driving Belt, tensioner and pulley. I am still getting a whining noise around that area... it appears to be my Alternator (soon to be replaced because of the noise it causes).

BMW could have done a better job on that car tho. For someone that is not mechanically inclined like me.... this will result in a lot of $$$$$ in labor.
@jbkassi Yes, I have done many BMW transmission fluid changes, with & without filters. It's been my experience, that with these newer transmissions & newer lifetime fluids, a "drain & fill" is all that is needed at these miles. I have changed one of our '07 X3's @ 132k & fluid & filter looked very good. That was with the GM transmission using Dexron VI fluid. I took the filter apart & inspected the filter media and saw very little "stuff" in it. I had to verify that it was the original filter because it looked so clean; even Fluid was still red. You can go for the filter change, but, IMO, (I'll get flamed here) doing a "drain & fill" now & then a new filter on the next change.
I would also strongly suggest that owners change the fluid in your transfer case at this mileage. Use the OEM fluid from BMW. Yours is an "Sdrive", so no need there.

I've also done all the other work that you mentioned on most all my bimmers. Cooling systems, starters, suspension bushings, etc.

Good luck, hope it goes well.
 
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