Make:

BMW

Models:

All E36

BMW E36 Fluids 

With the advent of BMW including scheduled maintenance in effect on cars since 1997, many are uncomfortable with letting fluid change intervals go the distance recommended by the "serviced indicator lights", a series of green, yellow, and red lights on the instrument cluster which determine when the car needs service.

Like most people, I'd rather go by mileage or by need (for an upcoming track event or long trip) than by the lights on the dash.  Here's what I've found to work very well on my 1996 E36 M3.

Area

Fluid

Tools Recommended

Transmission

Redline Synthetic
D4-ATF

2 quarts

- 17mm open end wrench
- 17mm socket & wrench
- hand pump

Differential

Redline Synthetic
75W-90

2 quarts

- 14mm allen hex-head socket & breaker bar
- hand pump

Brake

ATE Super Blue
1 liter

- 7mm open end wrench
- Brake bleeder (one man units save time!)

Engine Oil

Amsoil

0W-30

What most people use

- 17mm open end (for drain plug)
- 13mm socket & wrench (to remove oil filter lid)

Mobil 1 Synthetic
15W-50

UUC Motorwerks Recommendation

Mobil 1 Synthetic

5W-30

BMW Recommends