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Old 05-21-2012, 07:05 PM
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100K Service, 06 BMW X5 4.4i Sport

Hi guys,
I'm new posting, but following this site for 1 month. I bought an 06 BMW X5 4.4i Sport with about 98k miles in Los Angeles. It will be getting its 100k service soon.
I'm hoping to save some money, and try to do the easy stuff myself.
Sorry for the long post, but I don't want to mess up.
I'd leave the O2 Sensors and Gas Filter to the dealer or an Indy.

1) As for the ATF kit, I've found ecstuning.com (recommended here) has a kit-level 2 BMW E53 X5 N62 4.4l for $284.43. Includes:
Automatic transmission filter with associated hardware, Oil pan gasket
Drain plug with sealing washer, Fill plug with sealing washer, 7 liters Shell M1375.4 automatic transmission fluid.

2) For the oil change, should I get the Oil Inspection 1 Service Kit for $78.90, which has the Kengst oil filter, 9 quarts BMW high perf syn 5w-30, oil drain plug & crush washer. Or should I get the separate Mann Filter?

3) Engine Air filter, BWM $23.04 & Cabin filter BMW $40.64

4) Manual Transmission/Differential Oil SAE 75w90 Motul gear 300 for $21.51 each X 3 liters, and Rear differential drain/fill plugs $5.92 each. And XDrive Transfer Case Service kit for $66.73 (1 liter BMW xDrive transfer case oil, drain and fill plugs with washers.
I could not find front differential plugs, are they replaced at gear oil change?

5) 1/2" drive torque wrench $35.95, and 17mm allen socket 1/2" drive for fill/drain plugs for $12.95

Total $599.73including tax. Yes, I'm buying 2 tools (wrench & socket) for future maintenance).

Does this seem right? I've seen on posts that Indys do the tranny/diff/TC/& oil change for about $600. If that is the case, I may be better off going to an Indy.

Please advise,

Douglas
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Old 05-21-2012, 07:19 PM
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Sounds pretty good

I wouldn't go to all that trouble and use a jobber oil filter. I will only use OE BMW. Ask ECS to substitute it for you.

Are you doing spark plugs?

Is the brake fluid older than 2 years?

Has the coolant been in for 3 or 4 years?

If you do coolant, carefully inspect all hoses to see if any are going soft. If so, replace all of them.
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Hi JCL,
Thanks for the info.
Before I place the order, I'd ask ECS to substitute for Mann filter.

Spark plugs were done by the dealer recently. There is no paperwork on recent brake fluid, or coolant. They may have been done by previous owner with an Indy.
I did have a BMW certified Indy do a 3 hour pre-purchase inspection, and he said everything was good.

I would leave the brake fluid flush for the dealer or an Indy to do, at the same time as the O2 sensors and gas filter gets done.

I'll need to add coolant to my shopping cart. Is 3 gallons of BMW OEM coolant enough for a 50/50 mix? I'd open the radiator and the engine block plugs to flush. I couldn't find info on how much water is in my 2006 X5 4.4i. Also checked page 154 of the manual.

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Old 05-22-2012, 01:12 AM
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Not sure how much coolant it holds, but I would do a search and you will find it on the board. Use OE coolant.

I wouldn't use a Mann filter, only an OE BMW one. While Mann and others are OEM suppliers to BMW and others, that doesn't mean that the filter they provide directly is the same one as BMW purchases off them and brands as OE. We don't have the BMW specs for filtration (microns, dirt capacity) so just putting in anything that fits is like saying any oil will do if it comes in quarts and is wet. Sure, it may be fine, but why go cheap and risk it?
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If you do coolant, you should replace the expansion tank as well.

Otherwise, it sounds right.
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Hi CNCMaster,

What would be the reason to change the expansion tank, if the current tank is ok? Sort of like replacing the thermostat only when it goes bad.

I've also heard some mechanics not wanting to change O2 sensors until they go bad. Is this a bad idea?

I'm new to the X5s, so please pardon my ignorance.

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The logic kind of is the expansion tank reaches its end of life and needs replacement somewhere out toward the end of the first 100,000. You can make a call whether that's going to be at a time of your choosing or a time of its choosing. If it fails at a time of its choosing, there could be expensive collateral damage. Prevailing counsel is that replacement before fail is the better call. As you'll see, the same logic applies to a number of other things you'll read about here. Good luck with the new ride.
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Sounds like your on the right track! As for the reasoning behind the suggestion of an expansion tank JW hit it on the head. At around 100k the tank becomes very brittle so damage is much more likely. Think of replacing that as more of piece of mind than anything else.
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7 liters Shell M1375.4 automatic transmission fluid.


Douglas
I'd be wary of using the Shell Oil. The ZF 6 speed trans in my 2004 specifies ZF LifeGuard 6 fluid, and there are no substitutes spec'd that I'm aware of.

I keep eying this:
California Transmission Supply
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JWMich, ECS, and Giznaz,

Thanks for the info. Yes, I would need to agree with you on replacing the expansion tank.

Giznaz, as for the Tranny oil, I believe ECS sells the ATF Service Level 2, with the Shell M1375.4 Fluid.

ECS, is the Shell M1375.4 fluid, not BMW OEM?
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