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Just for your info - I finally decided to have the autobox serviced - so in it went this am - fingers crossed.

So thats a full visual inspection, diagnostic check, drop the pan have a look around for any debris, change oil & filter all done.

Came back with a clean bill of health and 145 + vat.

The bloke in the gearbox place recommends that it is serviced every 20k, this is before he tells me that he would have a BMW auto over Merc Jag etc....so in my opinion well worth it for piece of mind...
 

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That's cool Mtec, I mean you got it serviced and nothing bad came of it.

every 20k service an auto box that is (supposedly) sealed for life??? Wow, that would be a fair few trips for me, i rack up miles like nothing else. I was thinking more along the lines of 50k service intervals for the autobox, but hey what do i know? :)

How many miles are on your E39 matey? Does it feel like a better / smoother gear change now? Or not much diff? Red :)
 

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Hey Red - thought you would want to know how I got on - the E39 has got 62k on it now (I got in Sept it it had 58k on it) - It feels smoother and quicker (to me anyway) the visual inspection is invaluable Red that is worth the money alone - they have a good look around the box - Russell the owner is so clued up it is not funny -

To be honest he did say that even the engine oil intervals should be 10k max and that if he owned a BMW thats what he would do, but he was not forcing the issue.

I don't think you will do yourself any harm by getting the box serviced at least it gives you piece of mind - and for the money I paid it is well worth the spend.

I did ask him why the manufacturers claim that these autoboxes are sealed for life he said that the manufacturers are taking the p*ss - he had a 05 plate jag in there x type (apart from three other motors) - dealer wanted 5k for a new autobox he could do the job for 2k. He said don't be fooled nothing will last for life -
 

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It is a load of toff, like said there is NO such thing as Lifetime oil, also extended engine oil changes are a mickey take as well, especially on diesel with EGR, they get dirty really quickly and the EGR doesn't do the oil any good in the long run if left
 

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Ronnie - you have certainly hit the nail on thr head there mate - I am in agreement 100% - what I failed to mention earlier in my thread was that I did notice that when the autobox changed down from speed say from 60mph+ between 3rd and 2nd I did notice a slight vibration through the gears but not when changing up.

Drving home today I think the service has cured this issue as well - just gotta b the oil wearing thin - I just cannot believe that after 62k the oil is as efficient as it was when the car came off of the production line!!!
 

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Hi MTec B, pleased to hear your gearbox is all OK. My car is going in to Russel a week tomorrow. Do you know what oil he puts in the gearbox ?
 

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Hello Cabdriver36 - when he quoted me the price for the service he said most of the cost was the oil as labour I think was only and 1hr ish from memory - he did say that the oil was very expensive - so I assume it is the same stuff they use at BMW - he did mention you were due in next week. But by all means ask him I am sure he will tell you what he uses.
 

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I was just a bit worried about it because he said he thought the oil was about £45. The price I was quoted from BMW was £115 plus vat. Also I was thinking of getting the torque converter changed at the same time need it or not. At 176,600 miles its probably the next thing to go. I dont Know anything about auto boxes or torque converters though so maybe the converter will be OK.
 

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Torque converter will most likely be OK, but the transmission specialist will be able to advise you best :thumbsup

Gearbox out if it does need one :eek
 

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Thanks Ronnie, could you tell me what the signs are if the torque converter is on its way out. Is it like a clutch slip.
Could I also take this oppertunity to say what a brilliant forum this is. Thanks.
 

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Hi cabdriver36 - mate I really would not worry about it to be honest - Russell knows what he is doing and certainly would not put any old crap into the gearbox - if that were the case a) he would not be goin anywhere near my motor b) i certainly would not recommend him to anyone. The dealership are always more expensive - as for the torque converter as Ronnie says Russell will be best to advise - please let us know how it all goes.
 
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