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Which trans fluid and how many litres do I need for my e46 320i and e46 325i cars?

The trans in both cars is listed as A5S325Z on realoem, and I already have gaskets and filters ready to go.

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I should add that one car has done 140k and one has done 200k

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my 2002 e46 325i trans was fully rebuilt, they refilled it with Penrite full synthetic (it as 8L for a full fill from dry) ATF F5.  It's still running nicely - and shifting really smoothly - since Jan 2013, around 60k kms... oh, nearly time for a precautionary change!

You should be able to source it in 20L barrel or enviro-box... as you're doing two, may pay off in bulk-buy saving.  http://penriteoil.com.au/products/atf-fs-full-syn 

You might consider doing a drain and fill, running it for 500-1000kms, then doing the full drain, pan clean, filter replacement etc, and refill... there are pros and cons, and plenty of opinions.   Other option (which I did for my Volvo:  the home driveway 'power change' ... draining 1.9L each time via the outlet pipe from the trans into the cooler, shutting off, replenishing with fresh fluid, re-starting, running through the gears, then draining out another 1.9L, rinse and repeat until nice raspberry coloured fluid came out again (14L DEXIII in total).  Worked well.  HTH.

 

EDIT - I see REPCO advertising Oil Bonanza (50% off) this weekend.  Let them buy your business!  Read the fine print - it's probably *not* restricted to store stock.

 

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Just did my E39 with Penrite FS. Used 10L total with a 2nd drain after the filter change. Removing trans cooler lines looks a pita on E39 and something would probably break in the process.

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Well thats three votes for penrite so I guess thats the one.

Here is the penrite page;

http://penriteoil.com.au/products/atf-fs-full-syn

 

Repco has 25% off atf oil so I will try and get a 20litre tommorrow

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+1 for ATF-FS. 

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4 minutes ago, zero said:

Well thats three votes for penrite so I guess thats the one.

Here is the penrite page;

http://penriteoil.com.au/products/atf-fs-full-syn

 

Repco has 25% off atf oil so I will try and get a 20litre tommorrow

Do you mind reporting in on how much 20L costs?

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25 minutes ago, Eagle said:

Just did my E39 with Penrite FS. Used 10L total with a 2nd drain after the filter change. Removing trans cooler lines looks a pita on E39 and something would probably break in the process.

It's not so bad, but it's messy as anything. Plan on lots of rags...

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1 hour ago, Gabe79 said:

Do you mind reporting in on how much 20L costs?

No problem

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I happened to be at a Repco today, and with the sale discount, 20L comes out to ~$175NZD. 

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Yea, the minister for war suggested I postpone spending any more money till after our holiday, so doing the trans and diff maintenance on both cars will have to wait a couple of months.

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Nathan by all means keep the minister happy but beware Babara may go on the war path.:P

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