- May 25, 2020
@BMW Dom contact @High Performance Lubricants and get the correct ATF from them. You will not regret it. They have some awesome stuff!
I have no doubt they make great products! They are just out of my price range.@BMW Dom contact @High Performance Lubricants and get the correct ATF from them. You will not regret it. They have some awesome stuff!
No, they're not if you can do your own oil change. Is this something you can do? Do you have a ZF 8 Speed?I have no doubt they make great products! They are just out of my price range.
I'm taking it somewhere this weekend to get an estimate of filter and fluid change. They said about $350, but it could be more.
No, my car is a gm 6l45r. The transmission plug is towards the back of the car.Do you have a ZF 8 Speed?
No, my car is a gm 6l45r. The transmission plug is towards the back of the car.
It's not hard to get the first fill, but when the car is running, the exhaust hot, and you're trying to find the fill plug, many words are said.
If I had a lift, or quick jacks, this would be a different story.
here's an okay video, let me know what you think:
3:13 shows fill plug
I'm definitely interested in seeing those wood ramps.If you're handy with a circular saw and are willing to cut some wood, you can build four ramps and drive the car on them. That's what I did. It's a little bit of work but it's well worth the effort. If you're interested PM me and I will send you some pictures.
The HPL ATF Green CC is green and the ATF Blue CC is dyed blue. They're identical, except that the Blue is a slightly higher viscosity to cover transmissions that call Dexron III/ATF+4 and such type fluids. The additive package they're using for this fluids is a cut above what RedLine/AMSOIL/Valvone use.
I remember when I upgraded the oil pan to a PPE Aluminum pan on the RAM 1500 for the ZF 8 Speed and I burned myself on the exhaust while pumping fluid in. You can use wet towels to cover the exhaust pipes, but once they're no longer wet they will start burning up.
I'm not saying you have to use HPL. They're just my top pick. Motul ATF VI is another good fluid. Valvoline works as well, but you won't get the same service life out of that oil as you would from something like HPL. I have no clue where Motul falls on that spectrum. Mobil 1 Synthetic ATF is also a very choice to consider, as is their Dexron HP fluid. You have plenty of good choices.
I just sent both of those transmission shops an email.Hmmm……
I don’t know, Dom
I don’t own a Blau mit Weisse so I can’t comment on repairs at Just BMW.
I regard online reviews with a wide range of suspicion. Somewhat like the five star and one star reviews on Amazon. Or any other online sites for that matter.
I’d suggest calling them and the shop in Loveland and asking what the charge is for your required service. Then ask them about bringing your own fluid(s).
If you don’t like their answer, then again, try Northgate or Ridge Transmission.
I've done this myself multiple times using jack stands and it doesn't take me that long. If I had a lift and did it on a regular basis it's a 45 minute job. I'm talking pan drop and filter change.2009 328i RWD? 2.8 hrs
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I'm curious if the service procedure calls for a road test, followed by a cooldown and re-check - which could be a driver for the higher labor time. Some of them do.I've done this myself multiple times using jack stands and it doesn't take me that long. If I had a lift and did it on a regular basis it's a 45 minute job. I'm talking pan drop and filter change.
2.8 hours is an OUTRAGEOUS rip off! What a joke!
Possibly. All I can say is that when I've taken our BMWs to the dealers for the airbag recalls, and the E90 for the PVC heater recall, it appeared to me the guys working on the cars were in slow motion. I don't want to see people thrashing, but I remember thinking the apparent pace of their work was ridiculously slow.I'm curious if the service procedure calls for a road test, followed by a cooldown and re-check - which could be a driver for the higher labor time. Some of them do.
I haven't gotten it serviced yet.BMW Dom,
How did this turn out in terms of the tranny fluid change?
Do you have a "DIY Shop" in your area where you can rent a lift?If I had a lift
Is there something special with this setup that makes it take that long? I suspect there’s an underbody belly pan or three that have to come off, which isn’t hard, but takes time.Book time is 2.8 hr, so 3 hours?
Local MB/BMW dealer here is $230/hr. Plus they are missing out on their usual parts mark-up. So yes, $800-$1k is fair.
Fair is relative. We don’t know what is involved.So it's OK if somebody ELSE gets themselves messy, but not ok if they charge a fair price for it? Either pay the piper or put on some old clothes and get into it. Doing the same job on my old Volvo today, outside, in the cold, on my back, face inches from the undercarriage, and it will be a 2 day affair waiting for parts. I don't pay people to do something I can do myself when there is a large variance in price.
How would I find one of those shops? That sounds like a cool ideaDo you have a "DIY Shop" in your area where you can rent a lift?
Haven't heard of those places since the 80's. Liability insurance rates probably killed most of them them off, and if any survived, they would probably have to charge $30 or $40 a hour to stay in business.How would I find one of those shops? That sounds like a cool idea
Yeah, that wouldn't be worth it. Maybe for an oil pan gasket diy. I'll probably just do the atf change in the spring on jack standsFound one,
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$500 for a whole day. About how long a DIY clutch job may take? Ouch. How much labor would a shop charge?