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Old 11-01-2007, 04:02 PM   #1
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06 325i, more questions?

Thanks for all your responses on my question of having the oil changed inbetween the 15,000 interval. Got it done. I am loving my 325i but I am still concerned about the Tranny fluid and the coolant. I called the Dealer Service and they told me the coolant goes 4 years and the Tranny fluid 100,000 miles.
I am 46 years old and have owned a lot of vehicles in my life but this is my first Beemer and I just cant see that Tranny fluid should not be changed until 100,000 miles. The Dealer also told me that they dont do Tranny service and that he could count on one hand the Trannys that he has seen fail. Also told me I could have it done elsewhere but the fluid cost is $50.00 per liter (cant get the fluid elsewhere)and would end up costing about $400 to $500.00. He said ( and I do believe him on this), is the reason for the long interval and no dipstick is because of the special fluid and that it was assembled in a controlled, clean environment and sealed so that you cannot add fluid, thus contaminating it.
Again I still am concerned about letting the fluid go 100,000 miles. Can someone give me some insight? I called a local Tranny service and they told me he can do it and if I got him the parts from BMW he could certify that it wouldnt void my warranty. Thanks again for all your answers.
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Old 11-01-2007, 06:21 PM   #2
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BS. all of it. the only reason you have 100k mile fluid in there is because BMW decided that to attract more people to the brand, they have to lower owner maint costs. to do this, they began the "bmw pays maint costs" campaign. and to save them money there, they started lifetime fill garbage.

again, they dont care because they already tagged you and you paid them. they can care less about the longevity of the car itself. and guess what happens when it fails at 120k miles? that was the lifetime of the tranny.

trannies can easily last past 300k miles if cared for, so a failed tranny at 120k miles is terrible. additionally, i am sure he can count failed trannies on one hand because this program is only a few years old, and most people who buy new bimmers dont rack up the miles. 5 years from now when trannies begin to fail, they wont be taken to a bmw dealer for repair. they will be scrapped or repaired by an independent dealer, etc.

all those intervals are way longer than they should be. can it go that long? yes. should it go that long? no. just like you can smack the crap outta another person, but should you do it?

i would change the tranny fluid at least every 50k miles if not sooner. and coolant i would do every 2 years at the least.
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Old 11-01-2007, 07:16 PM   #3
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Thanks! As far as getting tranny fluid, how can I find out which fluid BMW uses thats made for my car and is there anywhere in particular I can get the stuff I need? $50.00 per liter from BMW! I will get the coolant from the BMW Dealer though.

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