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Old 04-10-2014, 04:36 PM   #1
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ATF fluid for tiptronic?

Has anybody ever heard of using Ford Mercon fluid in a tiptronic?
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Old 04-11-2014, 06:29 AM   #2
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Nope. Stick with OEM or Pentossin for your peace of mind. I stop messing around with modern AT when it comes to the fluid.

Oreilly's carry them for about $20/qt
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Has anybody ever heard of using Ford Mercon fluid in a tiptronic?
Not here, but you can order the OEM stuff from Pelican for 19.00 a quart.
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Old 04-11-2014, 01:44 PM   #4
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I've used the Aisin OEM Type-IV fluid in the past at 7.99 a quart.



I'll be using the Redline ATF this time around as it is local at napa and 12.99 each.


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THanks for the replies. I have a customer that said he was told on this forum that it was OK. I warned him so if the trans blows up its on him.
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People seem to forget some very salient points:
1. The Tip is a bloody expensive trans to replace.
2. Very few shops can do a decent rebuild on them.
3. The correct fluid is not that expensive, or hard to find.
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Old 04-12-2014, 11:28 AM   #7
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People seem to forget some very salient points:
1. The Tip is a bloody expensive trans to replace.
2. Very few shops can do a decent rebuild on them.
3. The correct fluid is not that expensive, or hard to find.
Agreed.
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Valvoline MaxLife Synthetic claims Esso 71141 compatibility. This link shows 20k miles of use in the ZF-5HP with good results on the used fluid analysis:

E46 ZF Automatic Transmission ATF Fluid & Filter Change DIY - Page 7 - Bimmerfest - BMW Forums
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Old 04-13-2014, 04:10 PM   #9
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Valvoline MaxLife Synthetic claims Esso 71141 compatibility. This link shows 20k miles of use in the ZF-5HP with good results on the used fluid analysis:

E46 ZF Automatic Transmission ATF Fluid & Filter Change DIY - Page 7 - Bimmerfest - BMW Forums
Good to know. Thanks.
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If it's tested among the community and the result is good, then go for it. That's how I would make my decision.
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