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Old 01-23-2022, 08:23 PM
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Transmission fluid change questions

e53 x5, 156k miles, going to change the transmission fluid.

I plan on draining it and then just filling it, nothing to crazy, my questions are how would I select the correct fluid, and are there any additional steps. I've checked out this guide https://www.xoutpost.com/bmw-sav-for...hange-diy.html and It mentions that I'd have to run through every gear. I have an automatic, but it does have the feature that allows for manual shifting. Would I do that?

Are there any other precautions or thing that I should consider before doing this, I've seen how opinionated people are about this subject and just want to have a good idea about what to expect.

Also thinking of doing TC fluid at the same time
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Old 01-23-2022, 08:33 PM
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Need to know engine and year of car before giving much advice, since the transmission could be one of several different models.

Basic process is to get transmission level, fluid heated to a specific temp (not fully hot or cold), run through the gears (manual selection is fine) then check level (how depends on transmission model).

You'll either need BMW software or a scanner tool to read trans fluid temp, or an infra-red thermometer.

There are two or three different transfer cases also. The later cars (LCI - version with X-Drive) transfer case require software to reset TC adaptations (oil wear) after fluid change.
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You need to let us know what transmission you have (ZF or GM) for anyone to recommend what fluid you need. You might add your X5 information to your signature.
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Need to know engine and year of car before giving much advice, since the transmission could be one of several different models.

Basic process is to get transmission level, fluid heated to a specific temp (not fully hot or cold), run through the gears (manual selection is fine) then check level (how depends on transmission model).

You'll either need BMW software or a scanner tool to read trans fluid temp, or an infra-red thermometer.

There are two or three different transfer cases also. The later cars (LCI - version with X-Drive) transfer case require software to reset TC adaptations (oil wear) after fluid change.
06 x5 e53 3.0i
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Old 01-23-2022, 08:56 PM
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So GM transmission - so your choice of Dexron VI fluid. Others that have this trans will chime in with their choice.

The transfer case is the X-Drive (ATC500) version, requires BMW DTF-1 fluid or equiv. and will require the oil wear adaptions be reset once the fluid change is complete.
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Old 01-23-2022, 09:15 PM
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I used Valvoline MaxLife fluid in mine about 2 years ago with no issues. About $20/gallon at Walmart (get 2 gallons). For the TC, I used Genuine BMW DTF-1 from the dealer. (1 quart is enough)

You will need a Foxwell NTxxx or ISTA or a qualified shop with those programs to perform the clutch adaptations on the TC.
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For my 2004 X3 (E83), I filled it using gravity method and the RIGHT side on the car on ramps.

I did this in 2018, 4 years ago, so far so good.

All info in this DIY below. I bought the ATF from local Menards hardware store.

DIY 2004 X3 (also X5 E53) E83 ATF SIMPLE Drain/Refill using Gravity!

https://xoutpost.com/bmw-sav-forums/...g-gravity.html
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The GM transmission is very common. A local shop changed the filter, oil, and transfer case oil for $125. Saved me time and nasty mess.
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The GM transmission is very common. A local shop changed the filter, oil, and transfer case oil for $125. Saved me time and nasty mess.
That's amazingly cheap.
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I was quoted $500-$600 using genuine BMW fluid and filter by a non-dealer BMW/Audi specialist
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