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I made a 42 mile round trip to one of my local dealers (Performance BMW Chapel hill NC) to buy some differential oil.

I was told in advance that they do not/cannot sell the diff oil in a sealed container since they receive it in bulk.

I showed up to a packed parts dept (people stopping by after work I guess) and explained what I was looking for. The parts person gave me a strange look and went to the back to talk to a parts specialist. 10 minutes later he showed up with the diff oil in a used BMW gallon bottle. I was 4th in line to start with and had people behind me in line, so I made the mistake of taking their word on face value that they were giving me the oil in a "cleaned out" container.

It wasn't until I got home and saw that the gallon jug was actually a used antifreeze bottle that smells horrible. Even then I gave them the benefit of the doubt that it might be the diff oil that smells so horrible, went under the car to take a smell sample of the leaking oil.
To my surprise, the diff oil that is leaking has no smell.

So I spent $44 on a liter of oil that was put in a used antifreeze bottle. WTF!! I cannot believe they actually expect me to use that oil, so much for the "specially formulated BMW XJ" made specially for the M differential.

I am back to square 1. Oil still weeping out of the diff and I am scared to drive the car because I dont know how low the car is on oil.

I have looked online but I cannot find the OEM BMW Differential oil anywhere.

Sorry about the long rant.
 

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1. In the US at least, SAF-XJ comes in drums. Your dealer was right that they don't sell it in a sealed/un-used container.

2. SAF-XJ does smell horrible when brand new.

3. It's not uncommon for dealers to sell them in a used (but cleaned) motor oil bottle (quart or liter) or coolant battle (gallon).
 

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Man I love this place. What a wealth of information.

Thanks to those who suggested the diff oil from tisher, I did check and it IS for the E46 M3.

I am going to say grace and attempt to add the oil I got today now that the more informed people have confirmed the smell and eased my fears of coolant-diff oil mix.
 

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i think you have a case of i got a new car and dont want to f*ck it up syndrome! had that for about a month!
 

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I understand that you were disappointed that the diff fluid was put in a dirty bottle.

However you showed up in a busy parts department asking for a product they already
told you that they wouldn't sell you. And then you trash the dealership online?

In my opinion that would go down as 'bad form'.

Only my 2 cents though. Which isn't worth that sometimes.
 

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I understand that you were disappointed that the diff fluid was put in a dirty bottle.

However you showed up in a busy parts department asking for a product they already
told you that they wouldn't sell you. And then you trash the dealership online?

In my opinion that would go down as 'bad form'.

Only my 2 cents though. Which isn't worth that sometimes.

I didn't see that the dealer said they WOULDN'T sell it, but that they COULDN'T/DON'T sell it in a sealed container. Personally, if I showed up to buy anything from the dealer and it was in a dirty container, I would be a bit angered.
 

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i think you have a case of i got a new car and dont want to f*ck it up syndrome! had that for about a month!

LOL I think you are right
 

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they are like any other car. the differences i have found is, the parts are way more expensive, and if you are lazy with it the car will make you pay. although when its all working well :wroom:
 

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I understand that you were disappointed that the diff fluid was put in a dirty bottle.

However you showed up in a busy parts department asking for a product they already
told you that they wouldn't sell you. And then you trash the dealership online?

In my opinion that would go down as 'bad form'.

Only my 2 cents though. Which isn't worth that sometimes.
Thank you, you also didnt see his other post where he bought the wrong tools and blamed it on the store.
 

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I've gone with my own container.... Pick up a cheap poly gas can at the autoparts store, write "M5 Diff Fluid" on it with a sharpie and there you go. Did another for tranny fluid
 

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I didn't see that the dealer said they WOULDN'T sell it, but that they COULDN'T/DON'T sell it in a sealed container. Personally, if I showed up to buy anything from the dealer and it was in a dirty container, I would be a bit angered.

And thats what really annoyed me. Most owners go great lenghts to do things themselves simply because the technicians in the dealer bay do not really care about the car they are working on etc. The reason to do anything yourself is to do it right, and may be its too much to ask for the ultra expensive-specially formulated diff oil to not be placed in a used, dirty coolant container.
Since the fluid stunk to high heavens, it was more reason for alarm as I could not confirm if the smell was just the diff or diff+coolant residue.

TO each his own, I am exactly as an*l about the oils-fluids in my race bikes and road bikes.
 

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I've gone with my own container.... Pick up a cheap poly gas can at the autoparts store, write "M5 Diff Fluid" on it with a sharpie and there you go. Did another for tranny fluid

You are absolutely right, I should have taken/purchased a new container, lesson learned for next time.
 
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