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View Poll Results: What manual transmission fluid for 06 330i?
Royal Purple Syncromesh 6 35.29%
Redline D4 ATF 2 11.76%
Redline D6 ATF 9 52.94%
Blend your own redline mix 0 0%
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      08-26-2010, 10:52 PM   #1
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Manual Transmission Fluid for 06 - 330i (yes I've searched)

I know this topic has come up a million times, and been discussed, but I guess I'm looking for a general consensus as to what is safe / reliable for my 6sp manual 330i. I've seen the following listed:

- Royal Purple Syncromax (sorry, poll says Syncromesh) - Seems like an easy choice, but I'm nervous about purple fluids... seems like a gimmick.

- Redline D4 ATF - Seems to be the most common choice, but some are saying (including Red Line's article) D6 ATF should be used for cars that specify MTF-LT3 (which I assume mine does)

- Redline D6 ATF, some say this is needed only for the XI models... but then Redline seems to specify it here - http://www.redlineoil.com/news_article.aspx?id=13

Redline says D4 for late model cars EXCEPT the XI, but then says D6 for MTF-LT3 cars.


- Redline MTL mixed with some other Redline gear oils... blend your own. Not sure how I feel about mixing my own oils...

Anyway, I know it's been covered a ton, but if you could just give me a quick poll of what you use / how many miles you've put on it and if you'd recommend it or not, I'd greatly appreciate it.

Thanks again,

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...what is safe / reliable for my 6sp manual 330i...
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OEM, but Mike Miller of Roundel/Bimmer swears by Redline.
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      08-27-2010, 11:01 AM   #3
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I used RP Sychromax and the shifts are now much smoother.
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06 330 -- USE OEM under warranty

Up to 3/2007 = MTF-LT-2
From 3/2007 = MTF-LT-3
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if no warranty -- I would go with Redline
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I used redline D6 in mine, just changed it a few weeks ago and feels a lil smother. But when i drained my OEM fluid that stuff was BLACK as dirt! i believe the D4 was replaced by the D6 as a newer version, not sure tho i forget
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I emailed Red Line who suggested D6 ATF for my car. I think I'm going to go ahead and go with that... worst case I guess I just change it out with D4 or RP Syncromax if I hate it. I've been happy with Red Line products in my RX-7 so I think I'll give them another shot. No warranty here, and I put ~25k miles a year on my car, just want to maintain what I've got and maybe smooth out the 1 - 2 shift a bit.

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I used RP Sychromax and the shifts are now much smoother.
So do I its good stuff I change it every 50K.
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