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      04-22-2017, 11:48 AM   #1
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GM auto trans OEM fluid?

Does anyone know what fluid was the original fill for the GM automatic transmission in the E90 328i? Bav Auto sent me Redline D6 and I am not happy with the way the transmission behaves now. It operated better before I did the fluid change, and I would like to switch back.

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      04-22-2017, 01:31 PM   #2
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Dextron 6 is the correct fluid for your.

Mileage and age of old fluid?

Was your trans acting up before you did the change?

Hard to tell at this point, but it sounds like you may not have the correct amount of fluid in the car.
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      04-22-2017, 02:44 PM   #3
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It's a 2010 @ 93000 miles. The fluid is redline D6. I did the fluid and also had my car in a shop for another issue and the fluid level was checked as well. I did read in a post, someone had the same type issue, and when he switched to another fluid, his issue was resolved. It's not really an issue....but I can feel a difference and it's not for the better....

Trans was perfect before new fluid

I see the "Castrol transmax import multi vehicle" has a lot of good reviews and is cheap enough, I'm gonna probably try it and see...

I read a Texaco fluid is the original fill....pricey though. Do you know if this is true

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      04-22-2017, 02:54 PM   #4
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Not sure if Texaco is the OE stuff. At this point if you suspect it's the fluid I would probably just pony up for the original fluid. Eliminate the variable.

Was the adaptions reset on youtrqns after the change?

You change the pan and the filter too?

List a couple of the specific things your trans is doing now. Might help with diagnosis
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      04-22-2017, 03:01 PM   #5
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Don't use the Transmax Import Multi-Vehicle. It's a Dexron 3 fluid.

If you're willing to pay extra to absolutely get the right stuff, BMW sells Dexron VI fluid with part numbers 83222163514 (1L) and 83222167720 (5L).

I have used a would recommend Valvoline DEXRON VI. It's available on Amazon. There's also a Dexron VI at Walmart which people have used without problems. It's certified to meet the spec.

I'd first be really sure that the level is correct though...it can be difficult to check it correctly. When I tried to do it just by feeling the temperature of the pan, I ended up 3/4 of a quart low. I let it cool down all the way and then monitored it with a scan tool, and when it got to the correct temperature I was able to add 3/4 of a quart more.
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Don't use the Transmax Import Multi-Vehicle. It's a Dexron 3 fluid.

If you're willing to pay extra to absolutely get the right stuff, BMW sells Dexron VI fluid with part numbers 83222163514 (1L) and 83222167720 (5L).

I have used a would recommend Valvoline DEXRON VI. It's available on Amazon. There's also a Dexron VI at Walmart which people have used without problems. It's certified to meet the spec.

I'd first be really sure that the level is correct though...it can be difficult to check it correctly. When I tried to do it just by feeling the temperature of the pan, I ended up 3/4 of a quart low. I let it cool down all the way and then monitored it with a scan tool, and when it got to the correct temperature I was able to add 3/4 of a quart more.
The first of those part #s is BMW fluid, the second is Vaico. I may do the BMW fluid and see.

Can the fluid level be checked when it reaches the required temp and/or hotter?....Or must it be only be at that specific temp?

Oh....I see between 86 & 122 degrees F. Best @ 85

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After the oil and filter change gof get your transmission software updated
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http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=573490

There is a pic in this thread that shows the transmission and a part number for the fluid.
Here is a link to ecs.

https://www.ecstuning.com/b-genuine-...r/83220397114/
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Some of the factory fill fluids are Castrol. I'm not sure of the ATF but I'd be happy with any licensed Dexron 6 fluid though. From what I understand the spec is quite stringent.
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