I've googled but don't feel confident about what I found. Any help is
My friend, who doesn't have near as much money as most BMW owners, was
driving today and her '94 325 BMW automatic transmission went out of
gear. She moved the shift lever to 3 and still out of gear, so she
moved it to 2, and it caught and she drove back to work slowly.
Later in the parking lot, she was able to drive it normally for a
couple hundred feet, but she didn't try to go farther than that.
No obvious evidence of leaking, but I suppose it could still just be
She's going to take it in, but if the problem is worse than a leak,
could it also be less than needing a new or rebuilt trans? Is there
something for $100 or 200 that could account for this?
If it is just leaking, can I once in a while check the level and add
more fluid if necessary?? (She doesn't want to spend a lot because
she was already planning to buy a new car.)
If I do add trans fluid, what am I supposed to use?? She's convinced
normal ATF is not acceptable. Obviously a '94 is out of warranty, but
we don't want to ruin the transmission for the next owner if it's not
I gather there is a bolt on the passenger side of the transmission to
add fluid. It's easy to find, right? And takes a standard metric
wrench? If it's hard to get under the car, any reason a trustworthy
gas station can't add fluid?
Thanks a lot,
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