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This is intended to be only ATFs listed as compatible by BMW, the AT manufacturer, or the ATF manufacturer. It's not a list of preferences, opinions, recommendations, etc. Just trying to have one list in one place. If you know of others, please chime in and they'll be added to the list.

Automatic transmission type by year and model E46 from the Bentley manual.


You can quickly identify whether your automatic transmission is made by GM (General Motors) or ZF (Zahnradfabrik Friedrichshafen).

GM Pan
The GM pan bottom is smooth


ZF Pan
The ZF pan bottom has a grid of rectangles, like a tic-tac-toe pattern.


GM - Dexron VI
AC Delco Dexron-VI: GM OE Dexron VI Transmission Fluid | GM OEM Auto Parts | ACDelco
Amsoil Signature Series Fuel-Efficient Synthetic: Signature Series Fuel-Efficient Synthetic Automatic Transmission Fluid ATL - AMSOIL
Castrol Dexron-VI: AUTO TRANSMISSION FLUIDS | PRODUCTS | Castrol Australia
Havoline Global Multi-Vehicle: https://cglapps.chevron.com/sdspds/PDSDetailPage.aspx?docDataId=478991&docFormat=PDF
Mobil Dexron-VI: Mobil™ DEXRON-VI ATF
Pennzoil Platinum LV Multi-Vehicle: Pennzoil Platinum LV Multi-Vehicle ATF
Redline D6: D6 ATF
Super Tech Multi-Vehicle Low Visosity: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Super-Tech-Multi-Vehicle-Low-Visosity-Automatic-Transmission-Fluid-1-gal/54310244
Valvoline Dexron-VI: Valvoline DEXRON-VI/MERCON LV ATF : Product Catalog - Valvoline™
Valvoline Maxlife Multi-Vehicle: MaxLife™ Multi-Vehicle ATF : Product Catalog - Valvoline™

ZF - LT71141
Castrol Transmax Import Multi-Vehicle:AUTO TRANSMISSION FLUIDS | MOTOR OIL & FLUIDS | CASTROL CARRIBBEAN, CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA
Febi No. 14738: https://partsfinder.bilsteingroup.com/en_US/article/febi/14738
Fuchs Titan 5005: https://www.fuchs.com/de/en/special/product/product/8997-titan-atf-5005/
Havoline Global Multi-Vehicle: https://cglapps.chevron.com/sdspds/PDSDetailPage.aspx?docDataId=478991&docFormat=PDF
Liqui Moly Top Tec 1200: Top Tec ATF 1200
Mobil ATF LT71141: PdsDetailsPage
Pentosin ATF1: http://www.pentosin.net/specsheets/Pentosin_ATF1.pdf
Ravenol 5/4HP: RAVENOL Automatik-Getriebeöl ATF 5/4 HP Fluid
Redline D4: D4 ATF
Royal Purple Max ATF: http://www.royalpurpleconsumer.com/products/max-atf-automatic-transmission-fluid/
Super Tech Multi-Vehicle Low Visosity: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Super-Tech-Multi-Vehicle-Low-Visosity-Automatic-Transmission-Fluid-1-gal/54310244
Valvoline Import Multi-Vehicle: https://www.valvoline.com/our-products/automatic-transmission-products/import-multi-vehicle-automatic-transmission-fluid
Valvoline Maxlife Multi-Vehicle: MaxLife™ Multi-Vehicle ATF : Product Catalog - Valvoline™
ZF Lifeguard5: https://aftermarket.zf.com/us/en/aftermarket-portal/passenger-cars-and-lcv/spare-parts-and-products/oil-and-oil-change-kits/

ATF Capacities
This page is from the E46 Bentley repair manual. Be sure to properly fill and check your ATF level.


Notes

  1. You should change your automatic transmission fluid and filter every 50-75k miles.
  2. The original ATF fluids are well documented in this thread.
    https://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=923563
  3. As an alternative to multiple drain/fill cycles, you can use the ATF cooler lines to exchange the fluid in one shot.
    https://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=1240813
 

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few links for pics on the GM side are dead but awesome list.. i would also include the full name brand etc (GM list) that way if pics became dead its easy to google it out :D
 

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few links for pics on the GM side are dead but awesome list.. i would also include the full name brand etc (GM list) that way if pics became dead its easy to google it out :D
I just fixed all the pic links. Thanks.
 

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Nice list. With all the choices and recommendations from actual users I'm inclined to think it's not WHAT you put in the transmission, it's that you don't keep the beat up, acidic, seal-plasticizing and metal-ridden fluid in service.
 

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Nice list. With all the choices and recommendations from actual users I'm inclined to think it's not WHAT you put in the transmission, it's that you don't keep the beat up, acidic, seal-plasticizing and metal-ridden fluid in service.
Changing fluids is important for long life. I remember seeing a post from a guy who maintained a fleet of trucks with ATs and they changed the ATF every other oil change, like 20K or so as I recall.
 

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Havoline Dexron VI is no longer available. They are updating to a more universal ATF that meets GM spec, among others.

I still have a few quarts of their Dexron VI left over, so I'm hoping the newer formula will be backwards compatible.
List updated, thanks. Their applications guide states: "It is approved by General Motors in automatic transmissions and automatic transaxles where a DEXRON- VI fluid is specified (Model Years 2006 and newer)".
 

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Make this a sticky! Maybe it would reduce the weekly 'what oil should I use' posts (although I doubt it).
Definitely needs to be stickied. Very good info, and will hopefully give an immediate answer to a very common question.
 

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Nice post BaliDawg! I'm putting it in my stickied thread!
 

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Maybe you can vet first for changes, then add from my old thread:

Automatic:

You should change your automatic transmission fluid and filter with OE or OE-spec'd high-quality fluid every 50-75k miles. The type and amount of fluid will depend on your year/make/model. I will list the various types of automatic transmissions and their corresponding fluid:

323i/iS/iC 7/98-3/00, 328i/iS 6/98+ - GM 5L40 (A5S 360R) Texaco ETL 7045E, supercedes ETL 7045, BMW part number: 83220026922

323i/Ci 3/00-8/00, 325i/Ci/Cic 8/00+, 325iT 3/01+, 330i/Ci/Cic 6/00+ - ZF 5HP19 (A5S 325Z), Esso ATF LT 71141, BMW part number: 83229407807

325xi/xiT 8/00+, 325iT 8/00+, 330xi 8/00+ - GM GM5 (A5S 390R), Texaco ETL 8072B, BMW part number: 83220024359

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=923563
 

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Maybe you can vet first for changes, then add from my old thread:

Automatic:

You should change your automatic transmission fluid and filter with OE or OE-spec'd high-quality fluid every 50-75k miles. The type and amount of fluid will depend on your year/make/model. I will list the various types of automatic transmissions and their corresponding fluid:

323i/iS/iC 7/98-3/00, 328i/iS 6/98+ - GM 5L40 (A5S 360R) Texaco ETL 7045E, supercedes ETL 7045, BMW part number: 83220026922

323i/Ci 3/00-8/00, 325i/Ci/Cic 8/00+, 325iT 3/01+, 330i/Ci/Cic 6/00+ - ZF 5HP19 (A5S 325Z), Esso ATF LT 71141, BMW part number: 83229407807

325xi/xiT 8/00+, 325iT 8/00+, 330xi 8/00+ - GM GM5 (A5S 390R), Texaco ETL 8072B, BMW part number: 83220024359

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=923563
Rather than duplicate all this, I just added the ATF change interval info and a link to your post with the original ATF details. Thanks!
 

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I used this fluid in my e46/GM auto transmission. It is Dexron VI licensed.

http://www.pennzoil.com/en_us/products/other-oils-fluids-fuel/automatic-transmission-fluids/platinum-lv-multi-vehicle.html#iframe=L3NvcHVzL3Blbm56b2lsLzIwMTZuZXdzbGV0dGVyLz9sb2NhbGU9ZW5fdXM=

After a 3 times 'drain and fill' it took several tanks of gas and around town driving before the electronic control adapted to the lower viscosity of Dex VI. Drives like a dream now.
How did I miss Pennzoil? Thanks! Now added to the official ATF thread.
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?p=17205913#post17205913
 
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