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      08-24-2011, 02:10 PM   #23
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I'm from South Africa and I just changed mine recently with Castrol Final Drive SAF-XJ which is 75w140. It's BMW approved for non LSD and LSD.
My oil was so black and from now on I will change it every 15000km.
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      08-24-2011, 07:56 PM   #24
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I'm from South Africa and I just changed mine recently with Castrol Final Drive SAF-XJ which is 75w140. It's BMW approved for non LSD and LSD.
My oil was so black and from now on I will change it every 15000km.
How many miles on the fluid?

I can't believe they call it lifetime fill, I am thinking of changing mine next year to see how it looks after one year.

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      08-25-2011, 10:21 AM   #25
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Castrol Final Drive SAF-XJ which is 75w140. It's BMW approved for non LSD and LSD.
Are you sure?? Because:

Per the Castrol Spec Sheet:
http://www.ge39.com/files/SAF_XO_SAF_XJ_B1174_96.pdf

SAF-XO (75w-90) for Open Diffs. (325 - 335)
SAF-XJ (75w-140) for LSD Diffs. (M3)

Per the BMW TIS:

(USA) E9x N52 engines ('06-325i/330i, 328i,) rear diff is designated 188L/188LW and takes SAF-XO (75w-90) with a 1 liter fill.

(USA) E9X N54 TT engine [and the M57TU (335d)] rear diff is designated 215L/215LW and takes SAF-XO (75w-90) with a 1.2 liter fill.

Bentley: SAF-XO for 325-335.
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