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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Wed, Sep-19-2018, 01:59:52 AM   #1
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Default Does anyone here use OEM SAF-XJ Diff Fluid

I don't want to experiment with non-oem fluids in the diff if I can avoid it. Does anyone here actually run the OEM 83-22-2-282-583 (SAF-XJ) fluid?

On ECS's website, they say its NOT compatible with the E36 M3, which is making me second-guess it.

I tend to trust OEM fluids the most (maybe i'm an idiot), so would like to use this stuff if it makes sense. From the best that I can tell BMW only sells the original diff fluid by the barrel or something.
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Default Re: Does anyone here use OEM SAF-XJ Diff Fluid

E46 M3, yes... only OEM fluids. The differential and trans are very picky.
E36 M3, no. I run redline or whatever is of quality available to me. It’s not as critical for us. I do prefer Castrol and Pentosin products though.
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Default Re: Does anyone here use OEM SAF-XJ Diff Fluid

Cost aside, I'm wondering if there's any risk the SAF-XJ fluid will tear up my diff. I'm not sure that I would trust the answer from the local dealer.
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Default Re: Does anyone here use OEM SAF-XJ Diff Fluid

I believe the concern is actually too much slip allowed with a clutch style LSD. I do not think tearing up the diff is a worry to have.
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Default Re: Does anyone here use OEM SAF-XJ Diff Fluid

Castrol Syntrax 75w-140 for E36 clutch LSD and you’ll be fine.
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Default Re: Does anyone here use OEM SAF-XJ Diff Fluid

I use OEM SAF-XJ FM Booster Diff Fluid in my car.
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Default Re: Does anyone here use OEM SAF-XJ Diff Fluid

If your car is a 3.2 then it has a different diff from the NA spec cars.
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Default Re: Does anyone here use OEM SAF-XJ Diff Fluid

I ended up going with the BMW SAF-XJ fluid without the FM booster, p/n 83-22-2-357-992

https://www.getbmwparts.com/oem-part...xj-83222357992

I assume it's the same as the Castrol SAF-XJ, but I was already buying quite a few things from getbmwparts so just bought it there.
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Default Re: Does anyone here use OEM SAF-XJ Diff Fluid

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If your car is a 3.2 then it has a different diff from the NA spec cars.

Yes. I have a 3.2
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