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  1. 1997 E36/7 Z3 2.8 - Changed gearbox oil last night, and oh my god! 
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    Hi,

    As above, replaced the oil in my manual box last night. Itís like a new gearbox! Carís done 117k miles. Sealed for life? What a load of rubbish! The stuff that came out was like thick black sludge with squidgy crusty black bits of sh1te in it. I filled it with castrol ATF. Took me about 45mins in total, but I was taking my time. All you need other than basic tools is a pump to put the new stuff in there, and a torque wrench if you wanna torque the plugs back up properly. I got a ďsyringe typeĒ 500cc pump for about £15 from a tools wholesaler.
    Iíd strongly recommend this to anyone with over 100k miles. The difference is absolutely unbelievable. I honestly canít believe the difference itís made, I was only changing it as a matter of course, and for a bit of fun coz I like to mess. It's so smooth now, actually feels like a different gearbox. Iíll be doing the diff very soon, coz if the oil in it looks anything like the crap that came out of the box then I want it out of there asap!
    By the way, to anyone thinking of doing this, gear oil smells awful, be sure to wear overalls and have plenty of rags ready.

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    Thats good to know!
     
     

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    i might do mine then as the compact has done 201k
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    Oh seriously mate get it done. Quick and easy job, massive improvement
     
     

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    Sounds good, mine has only done 72k but the gear change is quite stiff and clonky. Do you think an oil change would help at this milaege? The car is 10 years old though!
     
     

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    Good to hear, i was a bit worried about my gears been a but stiff... and my car is sat waiting to be collected after the service, of which i asked for the gbox and dif oil to be changed
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    Quote Originally Posted by 330ise View Post
    Sounds good, mine has only done 72k but the gear change is quite stiff and clonky. Do you think an oil change would help at this milaege? The car is 10 years old though!
    Yes definitely, get some bought and get it changed. Be careful what you buy though, a lot of manual boxes in BMWs (mine included) require automatic transmission fluid, not manual. There is very likely a sticker on the drivers side of the gearbox telling you what to put in it. Mine was a red sticker saying "ATF - OIL!" in big capital letters.
    You'll need one of these too, or something similar:
    http://www.cromwell.co.uk/KEN5403400K

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phoenix81 View Post
    Good to hear, i was a bit worried about my gears been a but stiff... and my car is sat waiting to be collected after the service, of which i asked for the gbox and dif oil to be changed
    If it was anything like mine then, had you not read this, you'd likely think they'd gone and replaced the entire gearbox!
     
     

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    Gotta be honest mate, it does fell ALOT better...
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    I want to do mine but I am totally confused about what oil to use. My main dealer says they use MTF LT3 but I would have to take a container to them as they only have it in bulk. My gearbox has the yellow sticker saying MTF LT1.

    I've done a lot of research online and everyone seems to have a different opinion. Some say use royal purple synchromax, some say Redline MTL, some say different.

    I'm tempted just to go to BMW with an empty container
     
     

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