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Old 10-12-2016, 07:44 AM
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Hi fmugur

My 2001 X5 3D had the same issues described in Transmission (inside) points 1 and 2, slipping regularly and now it will only engage very briefly when the engine is cold and rev very high to move just slightly. Once the engine is warm, will not move at all. The gearbox is the XF one (made by GM) - do the fixes generally apply to this box too? Realoem quotes it as part 24007508857, A5S 390R - XF.

I tried topping up the oil (added 2L before it trickled out) but no difference at all. No error codes appearing.

Many thanks to you for your brilliant post!
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If you had to add 2L of ATF in the trans and been driving with the trans that low, most likely the friction plates are toast and a rebuild is the only way to fix it. Didn't you notice any oil spot under the X at all?
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If you had to add 2L of ATF in the trans and been driving with the trans that low, most likely the friction plates are toast and a rebuild is the only way to fix it. Didn't you notice any oil spot under the X at all?
Unfortunately not upallnight My previous tranny failed (before I got more adventurous with trying to fix it myself!). Got a second hand one and had a local mechanic fit it - worked fine for about 2 months, started slipping and then it just gave up
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Transmission down shift hard

Hi,I'm newbie here.I changed transmission fluid on my 2005 BMW X5 E53 3.0i with castro transmax import multi Vehicle which said compatible with BMW.Lately I get trans failsafe pro. come up, downshift was hard and upshift slow ( although drive is fine)I think the fluid was incompatible with my BMW.Can I use Mobil 1 ATF Oil Dexron VI to replace fluid.I want to try before take the car to dealer.
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Hi,I'm newbie here.I changed transmission fluid on my 2005 BMW X5 E53 3.0i with castro transmax import multi Vehicle which said compatible with BMW.Lately I get trans failsafe pro. come up, downshift was hard and upshift slow ( although drive is fine)I think the fluid was incompatible with my BMW.Can I use Mobil 1 ATF Oil Dexron VI to replace fluid.I want to try before take the car to dealer.
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The only aftermarket fluid I have "heard" to be acceptable is Redline D4. Be VERY careful as our transmissions are quite picky and will disintegrate for no reason as it is, let alone if we don't give them what they want!
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The only aftermarket fluid I have "heard" to be acceptable is Redline D4. Be VERY careful as our transmissions are quite picky and will disintegrate for no reason as it is, let alone if we don't give them what they want!
IMO no good reason to use anything other than what came in it.
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I would really be surprised if they would do the transmission since the ZF unit you get to bring in to install is the same unit that they sell as the replacement unit from ZF but just at a higher price. Their quote was in the neighborhood of $6800. Trans accounted for $5200 of the price tag and the remainder was in labor costs. I have been able to save over $2000 on the same trans but from a different distributor.
Current ZF rebuild claiming to be from German factory is $2650 here

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Current ZF rebuild claiming to be from German factory is $2650 here

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Their reman process claims are here

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The re manufactured trans from ZF gives you a two year warranty and this is the warranty that BMW gives you if you have the dealer do it for you. I would be skeptical of the transmission in the post you provided because 1.) it is not a remanufactured trans from ZF 2.) the warranty is only one year.
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Hi,I'm newbie here.I changed transmission fluid on my 2005 BMW X5 E53 3.0i with castro transmax import multi Vehicle which said compatible with BMW.Lately I get trans failsafe pro. come up, downshift was hard and upshift slow ( although drive is fine)I think the fluid was incompatible with my BMW.Can I use Mobil 1 ATF Oil Dexron VI to replace fluid.I want to try before take the car to dealer.
Thanks for your input
Whenever you're talking about an AT on this list, it is probably a good idea to check exactly what type you have and put it in your posting. The ZF's vs. the GM's are pretty different.

I'm pretty sure that your '05 3.0i has a GM AT in there, just like in my '01 3.0i. 5L40-E/GM5 (A5S 390R) to be exact.

BMW's current specification for ATF in these is DEXRON VI. Any ATF that is certified to meet the DEXRON VI spec is good to use. I do not think your Castrol Transmax is certified as such. But Castrol does make a DEXRON VI that should be fine. None of this applies to the ZF AT's; those are different.

If you're still trying to figure out what to do, I would recommend doing a fluid change or two or more with DEXRON VI. You will find some brands that say they are certified to meet the specifications of DEXRON VI, and some that say they work OK in cars that need DEXRON VI. Subtle difference there, so pay attention, and choose accordingly.

For example, Mobil 1 (and Redline, etc.) certainly make high quality fluids, but they may not be DEXRON VI certified. It will be a matter of opinion as to whether you opt for the high $$ non-certified brand vs. the low $$ certified brand. Up to you on that one. But remember it's a General Motors transmission you've got in there. Same as in my neighbor's Cadillac.
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Old 12-12-2016, 08:04 PM
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The re manufactured trans from ZF gives you a two year warranty and this is the warranty that BMW gives you if you have the dealer do it for you. I would be skeptical of the transmission in the post you provided because 1.) it is not a remanufactured trans from ZF 2.) the warranty is only one year.
Good points.

They appear to be taking advertising license by stating they have a facility in Germany

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