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      09-16-2019, 12:41 PM   #1
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Question 2014 X1 transmission fluid type

I couldn't find a single mention of the specific transmission fluid specs for this vehicle in the manual or the service and warranty manual. I'd appreciate if anyone could chime in. Also, does the oil pan need to be replaced at the time of replacing the fluid?

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My first question is which transmission do you have? For automatics .... ZF8HP or ZF6HP? The zf8-speed is a bit more specific when it comes to fluids. The safest option is to use ZF Lifeguard 8. However I've read that LM Top Tec 1800 is a good alternative as well. FCPEuro prescribed them as a cheaper option to the ZF.
Do a search and you can find other alternatives.

The ZF6HP being an older tranny, you can find many options apart from ZF Lifeguard 6. Those includes the Top tec 1800, Valvoline Maxlife, Castrol Synthetic MV LV spec, Redline D6.

Re: Pan, I think it is a good idea if it's your first time as it would have accumulated quite a bit of wear particles from new. After that, you may opt for a drain/fill for the next round. Be sure to use the same brand of fluid. Not sure if it's a good idea to mix fluids.
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My first question is which transmission do you have? For automatics .... ZF8HP or ZF6HP? The zf8-speed is a bit more specific when it comes to fluids. The safest option is to use ZF Lifeguard 8. However I've read that LM Top Tec 1800 is a good alternative as well. FCPEuro prescribed them as a cheaper option to the ZF.
Do a search and you can find other alternatives.

The ZF6HP being an older tranny, you can find many options apart from ZF Lifeguard 6. Those includes the Top tec 1800, Valvoline Maxlife, Castrol Synthetic MV LV spec, Redline D6.

Re: Pan, I think it is a good idea if it's your first time as it would have accumulated quite a bit of wear particles from new. After that, you may opt for a drain/fill for the next round. Be sure to use the same brand of fluid. Not sure if it's a good idea to mix fluids.
Thank you for your response. I have the 8-speed automatic.
Is this the LM you are talking about?
Also for the pan there is a huge price difference between the genuine bmw and the zf one. Any benefits to going with the former?

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Thank you for your response. I have the 8-speed automatic.
Is this the LM you are talking about?
Yes.

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Also for the pan there is a huge different between the genuine bmw and the zf one. Any benefits to going with the former?
Hah. I didn't know FCP offers the BMW branded one.

Another good source of info is to skip out over to the f30 forum as they share the same zf8 as the e84. Lots of info there.
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