I don't know why they did this, But other manufacturers are going this way. The consumer can't check the transmission fluid. They have to go to a shop. You can get the stick online. Yours at operating temps are 16 to 17, or 160 to 170, depending on the stack you get. The stick is cable with a metal piece on the end. Push it down until it bottoms out. If you shove it to far/ force it. You have to remove the oil pan to get it out.
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Transmission fluid (ATF), like engine oil, should be checked regularly. The transmission box has a dipstick, like the engine. To check the ATF level, firstly locate the dipstick which is in the engine compartment. You will see the tube which carries the dipstick runs at an angle to the transmission box as opposed to the engine oil dipstick which runs almost directly down.
Checking the level involves starting the car and while the engine is running with the selector lever in P (Park) remove the dipstick, wipe it clean, then push it back and remove it again. Now you can check the level. Fluid is usually added into the dipstick tube.
If you are losing ATF, check for leaks because the A/T usually does not consume ATF.
DEXRON®-III Automatic Transmission Fluid BMW: Power steering use AF3; Models with combined power steering, hydraulic brake booster, self-leveling suspension system use SLF Mercedes-Benz: Use only manufacturer approved fluid
Look on the back of the bottle of fluid you are looking to buy, if it does not say is is approved by MB, don't use it.