I am still speculating. but signs are pointing more and more to tranny failure.
this car has been the primary mode of transport for me and, on longer trips, my family...so reliability is a concern. I love the bmw BUT there is nobody nearby who can service it. this indy has told me he can install a tranny for about $750 but i do worry about being stuck in the same position (minus $1700) if the used tranny fails. I didn't realize this was a weak spot for the e39.