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    Changing Fluids

    Hello all,

    I am debating whether to change the motor oil every 5K miles. Currently, the dealer will replace the oil after the OBC informs me that a flush is needed...I bought the full maintenance package which covers oil changes during the first 100K miles.

    Also, any suggestions on when I should replace the "lifetime" transmission fluid. I am thinking about changing at 60K. It is my understanding that this procedure is very complicated. Is this true? I have access to a good indy who I use for my SUV (i.e., Autobahn of Towson).

    I drive the e39 twice a week. However, I am a spirited driver. There are 55K miles on the clock, and I would love to keep this vehicle forever! Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wnelms View Post
    Hello all,

    I am debating whether to change the motor oil every 5K miles. Currently, the dealer will replace the oil after the OBC informs me that a flush is needed...I bought the full maintenance package which covers oil changes during the first 100K miles.

    Also, any suggestions on when I should replace the "lifetime" transmission fluid. I am thinking about changing at 60K. It is my understanding that this procedure is very complicated. Is this true? I have access to a good indy who I use for my SUV (i.e., Autobahn of Towson).

    I drive the e39 twice a week. However, I am a spirited driver. There are 55K miles on the clock, and I would love to keep this vehicle forever! Thanks.
    Do you have manual or automatic?
    You are coming up on Inspection II and you should change all of your fluids; diff, tranny, crankcase, coolant and brakes.

    Here are a few DIY's (no tranny though):
    http://www.bimmerdiy.com/e39

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    Automatic (Steptronic) Tranny

    First thanks for the feedback...My next service will be Inspection II. Since this is covered under the full maintenance package, I will allow the dealer to do whatever it is they do. 5K miles later, I will change all of the fluids you have recommended. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wnelms View Post
    First thanks for the feedback...My next service will be Inspection II. Since this is covered under the full maintenance package, I will allow the dealer to do whatever it is they do. 5K miles later, I will change all of the fluids you have recommended. Thanks!
    Here is the DIY for the E34 automatic:
    http://www.bmwe34.net/e34main/mainte...atic_flush.htm

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