My BMW has 60k miles on it. It is gradually taking longer and longer for it to get into 1st gear from Park. It now takes about 5 seconds and in the winter sometimes 8 to 10 seconds. Based on other forums I think the ATF is low also I looked into the Automatic Transmission Fluid container in the engine compartment and it is at the "minimum" level. Should I just top it off (if so which ATF fluid should I use) or should I have an indy shop change it for me? Thanks!
Should I add Automatic Transmission Fluid? on 2003 BMW 330xi
by kellyfj in Somerville, MA on July 05, 2011
ANSWER by BavarianPerformanceGroup , January 25, 2012
I highly recommend having a shop top it off with the proper factory fluid, they should also be able to update the transmission with the latest software.
ANSWER by duanesummers , November 07, 2015
Common Sense says : after 60000 you should change fluid and filter. Fluid wears out and this is cheap insurance. Anew transmission for a BMW is well over $2,000 $$$