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    What is the general consensus on manual gearbox oil changes ..

    how often, what oil, does it need new screens/ filters, etc ..

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    in reality, they're sealed for life and shouldn't need touching..just watch for any leaks..no leaks means no topups..

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    how odd we've been discussing the importance of engine oil, in several threads, and gearbox oil seems unimportant lol ..

    sealed for life is a good theory , but no oil lasts forever .. as my vec cdti is now at 70,000 miles, Id assume a good dose of clean gearbox oil a good tonic for another trouble free 70k .

    I know as a previous BMW 5 series owner, and forum admin at bmw5.co.uk, that BMW state autoboxes are sealed for life, but for £100, fresh oil and a new screen filter can eliminate stubborness to shift, and improve its overall efficiency.

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    yep, but as there is no carbonisation of the oil as there is no combustion going on ( like in the engine) then the oil will never get 'dirty'.. a magnet in the box traps swarf and the oil goes on forever..

    it used to be possible to drain the boxes by taking the diff pan off, a bit extreme but the only way..then re-filling via the breather on the change housing..but these new boxes should be treated as sealed..

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    ahh fair points.. I always imagine the oil getting messed up like car oil

    might grease the gear change linkages for a 'possibly' smoother change

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