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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 05-15-2012, 12:44 PM
eartha65 eartha65 is offline
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Hello Bimmer Family, I have a 540i 1997. I am a first time owner and wanted to know if there is anyway to check the transsmission fluid w/o going to the dealership. I need help from an experience owner, Please!!!!
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:54 PM
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You want to check the level? You wanna smell it?

I think the only way is to go underneath car and check the fill plug.


Use the search function, you will usually find the answers already there.
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Old 05-15-2012, 01:12 PM
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Can't tell whether you are asking about an automatic or manual trans, but maybe this link has some information that will help.

http://tis.spaghetticoder.org/e39/54...eral_data/Oil/
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Old 05-15-2012, 01:31 PM
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Hello Bimmer Family, I have a 540i 1997. I am a first time owner and wanted to know if there is anyway to check the transsmission fluid w/o going to the dealership. I need help from an experience owner, Please!!!!

Assuming this is an automatic: First of all, why would you need to check the fluid on a closed system that's "sealed" supposedly lifetime fluid. Is your tranny shifting funny? If not why?

Then if you are doing for preventative reasons, you need to choose a side on the change/not change camp.

After reading the endless forum debates, checking without going to the dealer depends on your comfort level of messing with the tranny fluid.

If you really want to understand, read the attached ZF official PDF on the 5HP24, particularly page 4 and 5 on filling. Checking fill level is entirely based on proper fluid level before with the engine running.

There's no better way to understand the steps than to read the official guide from ZF.
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Old 05-15-2012, 01:32 PM
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if you are asking this, maybe you shouldnt be touching your car. you didnt even specify if this is auto or manual transmission. its like trying to learn how to run a mile when your still learning to crawl....

i suggest you go to a local mechanic or find a friend who can truely teach you all the ins and outs.

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Old 05-15-2012, 04:49 PM
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Boy. Rough crowd. Perhaps this question was asked because the OP wants to make sure the transmission fluid condition and level is good but can't find a dipstick/fill tube like many other vehicles have and is slightly confused about it. Can't blame them for not wanting to go to the dealer for what is a very simple task in many other vehicles.
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Old 05-15-2012, 05:23 PM
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At least he knows what the car is called! Many on these forums do not; i.e., Beemer, Beamer.
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:26 PM
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At least he knows what the car is called! Many on these forums do not; i.e., Beemer, Beamer.
I know euthutists are angered at this but I ussually say Beamer around nonBMW people because they wouldn't know what I was talking about if I said Bimmer. I think most people can agree that in the US 90% of BMW owners say Beamer not Bimmer
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