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Thread: ATF for my 530i specific tranny?

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    Default ATF for my 530i specific tranny?

    This seems more complicated than I thought. I'm about to drain/fill my ATF this weekend. And I want to be absolutely sure that I use the right ATF. I went to realoem.com to find out my tranny OE part#. According to my mfg date, my transimission part# is 24 00 1 421 215. And according to ZF oil reference guide, http://www.peterschmid.com/zfoilguide.htm

    My ATF grade is Dexron II-D, not Shell LA 2634 nor Esso LT 71141.

    Is this correct? How did you guys search for yours?
    94' AlpineWhite 530i, 5 spd Auto, 112K miles, Mfg in 4/93

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    did you check your owners manual?
    Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Russell
    did you check your owners manual?
    I did. But the owner manual that comes with the car only has the info for 535i, 525i/Turing and M5.

    But you may be right. In filling capacity page in the owner manual, it did not specific the model. It just said use 3.2US qt. and use only brand name ATF of Dexron II ... contact your bmw dealer for further info.
    94' AlpineWhite 530i, 5 spd Auto, 112K miles, Mfg in 4/93

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    I already posted this for you.

    Dextron III

    I use royal purple which is a full synthetic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 632 Regal
    I already posted this for you.

    Dextron III

    I use royal purple which is a full synthetic.
    Thanks Jeff. I got it. Not that I didn't trust you. But someone replied on that tread asking me to check again if my tranny requires the "life time" ATF or not.

    I did the realoem.com and ZF oil reference again. Can I just say all E34, 530i use Dexron III and all E34 540i use Shell LA2634? This will be easier for all the newcomers later on.
    94' AlpineWhite 530i, 5 spd Auto, 112K miles, Mfg in 4/93

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    Quote Originally Posted by e34musician
    Thanks Jeff. I got it. Not that I didn't trust you. But someone replied on that tread asking me to check again if my tranny requires the "life time" ATF or not.

    I did the realoem.com and ZF oil reference again. Can I just say all E34, 530i use Dexron III and all E34 540i use Shell LA2634? This will be easier for all the newcomers later on.
    Sorry for muliple post. I just found this file. This should answer all the ATF question regarding ZF tranny.

    http://tech.bentleypublishers.com/se...on%20chart.pdf
    94' AlpineWhite 530i, 5 spd Auto, 112K miles, Mfg in 4/93

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    i use D4 from redline, as it has a lower pour point than Dex3, letting me shift much easier in the winter.
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    Yes as long as they arent Euro cars.
    Quote Originally Posted by e34musician
    Can I just say all E34, 530i use Dexron III and all E34 540i use Shell LA2634? This will be easier for all the newcomers later on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by e34musician
    I did the realoem.com and ZF oil reference again. Can I just say all E34, 530i use Dexron III and all E34 540i use Shell LA2634? This will be easier for all the newcomers later on.
    Or just use Royal Purple MAX ATF.
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    Default My 94 530i requires lifetime atf

    the chart isn't correct. the dealer verified that my 530ia made 3/93 has lifetime fluid. So beware!! The non lifetime fluids may ruin the atf.

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