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Old 08-03-2011, 03:57 PM
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Angry 2003 BMW X5 4.6is Transmission Failure at 63K

I have a 2003 BMW X5 4.6is that was CPO and had the 6yr/100,000 maintenance package as well. The car has just under 63,000 miles and the transmission is failing internally. Is this right?
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Old 08-03-2011, 04:38 PM
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If your car is still under CPO, have the dealer looks at it. When you say your tranny is failing internally, please clarify.
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Old 08-03-2011, 04:45 PM
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No the CPO ended July 25, 2009. It is out of warranty. I was hoping because it only had 63,000 miles on it, BMW grant some financial assistance. After THREE WEEKS of phone tag, they said NO. The car went into safe mode, and I had it towed to the dealer. The dealer has only read the codes the computer has given them, saying the trasmission is failing internally. Please advise!
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Old 08-03-2011, 05:12 PM
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Try this. Disconnect your battery ( located in the trunk) for 10 mins and reconnect, see if that works. That will put the car back to default.
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Old 08-03-2011, 05:17 PM
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Some more info..http://www.xoutpost.com/bmw-sav-foru...-problems.html
http://www.xoutpost.com/bmw-sav-foru...ther-post.html
http://www.xoutpost.com/bmw-sav-foru...ease-help.html
Hope this help...
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Old 08-03-2011, 05:18 PM
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I have reset the car and the car goes back into Trans Safe Prog. It is the Transmission for sure. My main question is why would a BMW transmission go at 63K?
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Old 08-03-2011, 05:38 PM
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Mine been pretty good with 108k, when purchased new in 2003. 63k and tranny goes out is pretty rare. Any other lights comes on beside trans fail code?
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Old 08-05-2011, 06:47 AM
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Old 08-07-2011, 06:40 AM
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BMW tell customers you don't need regular transmission fluid flush/changes. Any BMW X5 50k+ miles is likely to require a new/reccon tranmission. Mine did! If you have no record of transmission fluid changes this will probably be it. You could try to flush the transmission to see if that helps. Maybe even twice. I have a honda HRV and a double transmission fluid flush worked a treat on that. Good luck,

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Old 08-09-2011, 09:08 AM
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Transmission on 2002 X5 4.6IS

Mine went at 140,000 kms. Torque convert problems on mine, after an oilpump bearing let go. If you are handy, you can do a pan drop w/filter. If you do this, look for the two furry hamsters at the bottom of the pan (magnets covered in metal filings, I mean really furry, more than normal, more lie porcupine). If you see the hamsters, you will more than likely need to rebuild. If not, it could be either a solenoid sticking, poor fluid, or anything electrical.

If you are doing a flush MAKE SURE YOU USE THE CORRECT FLUID. Can't stress that enough. I know BMW says fluid for life of vehicle but everyone knows that Crap. My fluid cost me $400.00 CDN, for 6L for a pan drop and $30.00 CDN for filter.

I would suggest in investing in a laptop scan tool (link below). This will help you at least figure out what the Safe mode is from. Usually Safe mode will restart to normal after you shut the vehicle off and back on. Scan tool $140.00 CDN plus Postage/Courier. Great site to deal with.

http://obd2tech.com/244-bmw-scanner-140.html

Some of the costs associated to replacement on 4.6IS:
-2000-4700 for rebuild trans.
-1000-2000 for torque converter
-500 for BMW fluid
-plus labour
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Old 08-15-2011, 11:16 AM
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Tranny Failure

Hi There,

I had a tranny failure on my 2002 CPO X5 and they charged me about $1100 and picked up the rest. My car wouldn't go into reverse. My CPO was 3 months out of warranty. Push the dealer, don't take no for an answer. You're a loyal customer!!! In 2009 the tranny replacement cost was about $6500!

Additionally, I doubt your tranny would put you into limp mode. After the replacement of my tranny my car went into limp mode and I thought it was the tranny again. However, it was the alternator! So check to make sure you're battery and alternator are not worn out. If your battery drops below a certain voltage, your car will give you time to get off the freeway and into a shop (cool feature). If you have a V8 like I have, the alternator is water cooled so you might as well replace the water pump thermostat and misc hoses because that comes next...trust me on that! Alternator replacement was about $1000 at a shop.

If it truly is your tranny, I feel for you bud

I got so paranoid about "limp mode" and being stranded in a BMW($) in Yellowstone Park I went to Zionsville.com and had them design me an aluminum radiator to replace that plastic radiator that cracks. After convincing them to make it for me, they now sell that design for the E53 4.4i for about $1000. THAT WAS WORTH EVERY PENNY!!! 98% EXACT FIT!!!

Anyway, a bit off the subject; so check your charging system. It will definitely put you into "limp mode" and could simulate a bad tranny!

Good Luck
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