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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 06-01-2012, 07:41 AM
Michaelaz Michaelaz is offline
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Transmission problem please need advice

hi everyone im new to this site but i have a 1998 bmw 528i and im having tranny issues. ok where do i start when i first start the car and take off my tranny shifts fine into all gears but when i come to a complete stop and take off again it the tranny only stays in first gear. but if i down shift to S3 and back to Drive then the tranny will shift gears. i have a guy that works on BMW change my tranny oil thinking maybe that would help it. but still doing the same thing. also i noctice that my ABS light is on and ever since that light came on my tranny started acting up. Can anybody give me advice on this.
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Old 06-01-2012, 09:30 AM
EconoBox EconoBox is offline
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First thing I would do it have the fluid topped off.
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Old 06-01-2012, 04:16 PM
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ok would the ABS light effect he way my tranny is acting up.
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Old 06-01-2012, 07:17 PM
NY_98_528i NY_98_528i is offline
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STOP DRIVING!! you need to get the car to a repair shop ASAP I had the same problems and procrastinated and now my tranny is toast!! Get your codes read and get PRO advice. It could be a a minor repair. With the fluid change you have already done the easy fix, and it didn't work. Don't mess with it!!
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Old 06-02-2012, 04:43 AM
EconoBox EconoBox is offline
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Get your ABS module fixed by BBS-Reman for $100.
It may be related.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1998-BMW-5-s...#ht_1760wt_932

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Old 06-02-2012, 05:22 AM
WDRAcing WDRAcing is offline
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Yes the abs can cause your trans to malfunction. From everything I've read on here it's most likely sensor related or abs related. There are sensors on the wheels that relay speed etc, not sure which sensor is on what wheel though. Read this thread to start troubleshooting.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=57010
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Old 06-03-2012, 02:41 AM
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Wow thanks guys for the advice. This is my first BMW I own and its been a really good car. I'm glade I found this website to get more info on this problem. I will get this abs sensor fix. I keep you updated on this problem. THANK YOU
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Old 06-04-2012, 05:51 AM
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Here it is: Worked for me to get rid of ABS lights. $99
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1998-BMW-5-s...#ht_1760wt_932
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