TDIclub Secret Society of BMW Owners (SSBMWO)

KrashDH

Top Post Dawg
Joined
Dec 22, 2013
Location
Washington
TDI
2002 Golf
Well, my very first experience diving into an auto transmission is complete. Oof, I will miss the manual in the TDI (but I still have a Cummins manual).
I split the valve body and replaced a bunch of components with upgraded ones. then did the transmission flush and fill which is black magic in itself. When I first put the girl in "R" to get it off the ramps, I was relieved when nothing blew up. So many tiny parts and check valves and such in that valve body
 

Zambee500

Veteran Member
Joined
Jun 29, 2008
Location
Atlanta, GA
TDI
2005 Passat TDI GLS, 2014 NMS Passat TDI SEL Premium
Well I am joining the club. Reading JM Popaleetus posts last couple of pages sums it up for me too. Not sure what I am getting myself into here, but the crappy Chrysler minivan has to go and picking up a 2018 X5d with 80k miles end of this week. I'll be third owner. From the CarFax report, looks like the first owner put 74k miles on it and was dealership maintained. The second owner only put 6k miles on it, but it has a relatively new set of Pirellis on it and I'm thinking if someone put top end tires then they probably took good care of maintenance items. If not, only 6k miles overdue. Just don't know if it was the first or second owner who put the tires on it, but I'll try to get a date code off of them and see if that helps.

I guess first things first will be an oil change. Looks like our trusted vendors have oil change kits for this vehicle in 0w30, 5w30, and 5w40 flavors that are all LL04 spec. What's the conventional wisdom on BMW diesels and how hard they are on motor oil? Good for the 10k OCI?

And looks like ZF recommends transmission service on the ZF8HP every 80,000 - 120,000 km (~50-75k miles). So that will be on the short-term to-do list as well. A tune and address alphabet issues will be longer term priority (unless it needs a replacement DEF tank or NOx sensors, etc. sooner).

Hope it proves trouble-free in the very short term.
 
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Tin Man

Top Post Dawg
Joined
Nov 18, 2001
Location
Coastal Empire
TDI
Daughter's: 2004 NB TDI PD GLS DSG (gone to pasture)
Well I am joining the club. Reading JM Popaleetus posts last couple of pages sums it up for me too. Not sure what I am getting myself into here, but the crappy Chrysler minivan has to go and picking up a 2018 X5d with 80k miles end of this week. I'll be third owner. From the CarFax report, looks like the first owner put 74k miles on it and was dealership maintained. The second owner only put 6k miles on it, but it has a relatively new set of Pirellis on it and I'm thinking if someone put top end tires then they probably took good care of maintenance items. If not, only 6k miles overdue. Just don't know if it was the first or second owner who put the tires on it, but I'll try to get a date code off of them and see if that helps.

I guess first things first will be an oil change. Looks like our trusted vendors have oil change kits for this vehicle in 0w30, 5w30, and 5w40 flavors that are all LL04 spec. What's the conventional wisdom on BMW diesels and how hard they are on motor oil? Good for the 10k OCI?

And looks like ZF recommends transmission service on the ZF8HP every 80,000 - 120,000 km (~50-75k miles). So that will be on the short-term to-do list as well. A tune and address alphabet issues will be longer term priority (unless it needs a replacement DEF tank or NOx sensors, etc. sooner).

Hope it proves trouble-free in the very short term.
BMW actually recommends, at least for 2016 535d LL12-FE 0W30 and shows it protects better than LL04 so you might want to research and see what the engine label is in your particular car. My engine compartment verifies this with a sticker from the factory.

I have 4 Blackstone engine oil analyses with Motul full synthetic done that are quite good at 10,000 mile intervals.

Cheers
 
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