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      12-14-2009, 04:02 PM   #1
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Transmission Fluid Exchange at NTB or Merchants

Just got a flier in the mail and was wondering if anyone did a Transmission Fluid change at either location. They claim, for $90, they will "replace up to 18 quarts of manufacturers recommended ATF plus 10% shop fee based on pre-invoiced retail price." Do you guys think that taking my car to either of these locations will lead to repercussions later down the road?

I'm currently at 55/56k miles, and I'm looking to do a tranmission fluid change. Thanks in advance for your help!

Also, I currently have 7 qts of Castrol Edge and the Oil Filter kits from Tischer... Since I live in an apt, i can't do the oil change myself. Has anyone brought their car to Firestone or Midas (etc.) to just pay for the $20 labor?
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Just got a flier in the mail and was wondering if anyone did a Transmission Fluid change at either location. They claim, for $90, they will "replace up to 18 quarts of manufacturers recommended ATF plus 10% shop fee based on pre-invoiced retail price." Do you guys think that taking my car to either of these locations will lead to repercussions later down the road?

I'm currently at 55/56k miles, and I'm looking to do a tranmission fluid change. Thanks in advance for your help!

Also, I currently have 7 qts of Castrol Edge and the Oil Filter kits from Tischer... Since I live in an apt, i can't do the oil change myself. Has anyone brought their car to Firestone or Midas (etc.) to just pay for the $20 labor?
buy 8 liters of pentosin ATF 1, and find a local shop that does BMW's, and pay them to drain and fill your transmission. They will also do your oil change for 20-30 bucks. DO NOT let NTB or Merchant put transmission fluid in your car!! The viscosity, and temperature tolerance requirements for the E90 is very specific! You will be risking $8000 in repairs for nothing.

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=314930

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=314490
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NTB will only use products they sell on your car.
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Same goes for STS and jiffylube and all the other crappy oil change places. I would only take my car to the dealer or a certified BMW mechanic. It is just not worth the hassle of some high school kid messing up your car or breaking something because of what they did or did not do.
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Thanks for all the heads up fellas. I wasn't sure about this, since finances are a little tough for me right now... but I guess spending the extra cash will definitely be cost-effective here in the long run.
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any link to the good transmission oil i can buy online or part numbers for bmw tranny oil?
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Jiffylube loosened the battery cable during an oil change on a friend's (female) SUV, to make it look like there was a problem that they would need to fix.

Go to a good reputable independent BMW place or transmission shop.
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Jiffylube loosened the battery cable during an oil change on a friend's (female) SUV, to make it look like there was a problem that they would need to fix.

Go to a good reputable independent BMW place or transmission shop.
that's pathetic... scumbags like that need to get caught.
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