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Old 04-03-2008, 09:56 AM   #1
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Transmission Fluid

I'm due for a tranny fluid change ... what kind should I get? And where do I get it from? I hear purple stuff is good ... Thx
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Old 04-03-2008, 01:57 PM   #2
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I'm due for a tranny fluid change ... what kind should I get? And where do I get it from? I hear purple stuff is good ... Thx
you going to do it yourself or taking it in?

Id put motul and lubro molly on your list
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Old 04-03-2008, 04:55 PM   #3
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I'm in the same boat, and leaning towards Royal Purple Synchromax, just make sure you get the correct grade for your use.
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Old 04-03-2008, 08:01 PM   #4
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what is the correct grade/ brand for a 2000 540i....
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Old 04-03-2008, 09:38 PM   #5
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take a look at http://www.bmwtips.com/tipsntricks/Tranny/chart.htm
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Old 04-04-2008, 11:56 AM   #6
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I decided not to risk it and got a 5L jug of BMW LTF2 from the dealer, there doesn't appear to be correct match elsewhere as far as viscosity and other things. (there are discussions on bunch of "oil" forums about it)

If bunch of you are looking to swap transmission fluid, maybe 2-3 people can split a jug (it is like ($150). it is is nice synthetic lube and ticks all the boxes, it is just very expensive.
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Old 04-04-2008, 12:00 PM   #7
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Old 04-30-2008, 10:27 PM   #8
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I've got REDLINE automatic trani fluid in my manual transmission 1999 540i

Yes, thats automatic trani fluid in my manual trani car...

The rear diff is REDLINE synthetic 75w90 gear oil
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I'm due for a tranny fluid change ... what kind should I get? And where do I get it from? I hear purple stuff is good ... Thx
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I'm in the same boat, and leaning towards Royal Purple Synchromax, just make sure you get the correct grade for your use.
STAY AWAY FROM RP! trust me, I just put it in 2 cars recently and its the worst transmission fluid I've ever tried.
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Old 05-01-2008, 09:42 AM   #10
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STAY AWAY FROM RP! trust me, I just put it in 2 cars recently and its the worst transmission fluid I've ever tried.
Why do you say that? What was wrong with it?

I'm running RP syncromax and have had no issues.
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Why do you say that? What was wrong with it?

I'm running RP syncromax and have had no issues.
not the case for me, one of the cars hadn't had tranny fluid change for years, sure it did make a difference on that, but I think any oil would've done the same. I decided to do it on the other car which had fresh oem fluid in it to compare and it made it worse, much worse! made the gears "sticky", shifts harder you can actually feel the friction. Downshifts are worse too, it grinds sometimes during aggressive downshifts, and this stuff is advertised racing quality not worth the $$ imo..
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not the case for me, one of the cars hadn't had tranny fluid change for years, sure it did make a difference on that, but I think any oil would've done the same. I decided to do it on the other car which had fresh oem fluid in it to compare and it made it worse, much worse! made the gears "sticky", shifts harder you can actually feel the friction. Downshifts are worse too, it grinds sometimes during aggressive downshifts, and this stuff is advertised racing quality not worth the $$ imo..
hmmm interesting. I changed from OEM fluid that had been in there for years, and it definitely made it better. But maybe it would have been the same if I had just put in new OEM fluid. Maybe on my next change I'll try putting OEM stuff in and see if there is a change.
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