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    GM 5L40E A5S390R transmission differences 330d

    I have a 2004 330d touring that has a bad transmission. The GM 5L40E was used in many different cars and even many different bimmers so there are many different types/codes of that tranny. Mine has the "YV" code.
    Does anybody know what these codes mean and even better, has a list of all the codes and which one can be combined? I am asking this because it is really hard to find the correct "YV" transmission, but there are many other 5L40E's from like E39 530d's and such that I could get.

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    Karim


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    What’s wrong with the tranny? What codes are being thrown by the tranny computer (EGS)?

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    I believe the transmissions themselves are essentially the same, but have different torque converters with different stall speeds for petrol vs diesel.

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    A blue label on the pan bottom indicates GM...this one is green..Hmmm...GM blue label 5 speeds were used in mainly wagons from 99. Correct atf for the GM's is no longer available. Dexron 6, as alternative, has critics.....Not sure what you have..but know that BMW has had issues with autos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eaglesail View Post
    A blue label on the pan bottom indicates GM...this one is green..Hmmm...GM blue label 5 speeds were used in mainly wagons from 99. Correct atf for the GM's is no longer available. Dexron 6, as alternative, has critics.....Not sure what you have..but know that BMW has had issues with autos.
    All GM transmissions have green tags on the side. There are several different color labels on the transmission pans indicating which fluid to use. The A5S390R GM trans was used in ALL North American AWD E46's. The A5S360R was used in a variety of coupe, sedan, and touring models. Mainly models with the "sport" package. Correct ATF is a misnomer. The viscometrics and certification for ETL are outdated because of improvements in technology. Low viscosity fluids produced now have nearly identical viscometrics for ETL when warm. The new fluids have a lower viscosity when COLD leaving them unable to be called "identical". There are a variety of fluids that are suited for the GM trans. If you go to the dealer and ask for the spec fluid for the GM trans, they will sell you a bottle of BMW Dex6. However, I prefer Maxlife multivehicle ATF.
    Last edited by dhurley34; 02-05-2018 at 02:45 PM.

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