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Old 06-15-2009, 02:06 PM
mwreid22 mwreid22 is offline
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Trans Fail Safe along with Brake and ABS lights

I recently purchased a 01 740IL in really nice condition with 183,000 miles on it. The seller had me talk to his mechanic who gave me a stack of service receipts and said the car was in great shape and if I didn't buy it, he was going to. 2 weeks later while driving about 5mph at the airport the BRAKE light, ABS light come on, the speedometer and tach goes to zero and engine temp gage goes to HOT....... Then the TRANS FAIL SAFE PROG notification comes on and the tranny shifts to 4th gear and wont do anything mechanic seems to think the speed sensors are bad and has quoted me $8,500 for a new tranny.......

Any advice? Has anyone had this problem?
Old 02-13-2010, 07:26 PM
yedlowski yedlowski is offline
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im having the EXACT same prob!!!! any help would be great!
Old 02-14-2010, 06:21 AM
TxGr8White TxGr8White is offline
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TRANS FAIL SAFE is in most cases, not a faulty transmission.
Speed sensors (at each wheel hub), have nothing to do with needing a new transmission. I would check them, and clean if necessary (you can do this yourself, if you are slightly mechanically inclined). The first place to look would be the fuse box - always check tALL the fuses first. If you carhas the stock BMW exposed wire fuses - my suggestion is to replace them anyway, regardless of condition, with the newer style enclosed lastic fuses. The wire has been know to have intermitant connectivity issues which the new ones don't.
The TFS is a safeguard program that the car does so you WON'T mess up the transmission. This can be caused by a number of things, such as (for example) a misfiring engine, a faulty fuel pump, faulty throttle body, clogged injectors, clogge fuel filter, and the list goes on. You need to have the car connected to a BMW MoDic or GT1 Diagnostic computer at the dealer. CARSOFT, PEAKE or any of the "other" non-BMW diagnostic stuff usually will not help you here. As for your mechanic: does he have a house payment he is trying to make? The majority of TFS causes can be recified rather inexpensively (not like buying a new transmission).

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