View Full Version : 97' 528i auto. tranny problem

01-31-2005, 01:41 PM
Im hoping that one of you here can help me find out wat is actully making it act like this or wat could be the cause of this problem.

It seems that My 97 E39 is having problem shifting, in or out of the first two gears. its a automatic tranny with NO steptronic. when i drive the car fast (not really fast 3000-3500rpm) it takes it about 1.5-2sec b4 it shifts up to the second gear, after that its fine. And when im breaking (making a complete stop) the car always downshifts so when it is shifting in to 2nd gear it has that 2sec gap. Same thing when it shifts into the first, and by that time the car has already stoped moving, therefore the shift to 1st grear kinda makes the car jump a lil (as if you pop the clutch in manual tranny when the breaks are applied).

I would appricate it if someone can tell me wat may be happening to the tranny, y is it doing that, and wat will it take to fix it.

hermen maire
01-31-2005, 11:50 PM
First Im guessing you already checked the fluid level, and if thats good.
sounds like the valves in the tranny are getting a bit sticky.
Youre best bet and cheapest I think would be to get the ATF fluid changed and new filter. and take it from there.
how many KM sounds like it may be getting a little tired
good luck

01-31-2005, 11:56 PM
hmmm...no i havent checked the tranny fluid yet... i tried to look for the dip stick, but could'nt find it...:confused: where would i locate that? and how do i go abt changing that ATF..any tutorials?

the car is at 210km right now...but to my experiance, this is not alot for a bimmer at all...

02-01-2005, 12:42 AM
Seems like the car is in the "Trans Failsafe Mode" Go to the dealer and pull the codes from the DME.

02-01-2005, 10:06 AM
WOH! that sounds really bad..?? wat does this mean? is it coz my tranny is dieing?
btw: how much does it cost to jus get the codes read frm the dealer? or is there sum1 in GTA who will do it for cheap? and maybe fix the problem too? *sad*

02-01-2005, 11:04 AM
Actually its what you want the car to do when it detects a potential problem. It's basically saving your tranny. A "good" dealer should not even charge you to pull the codes, but shouldn't take more than 30 minutes.