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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 01-03-2013, 10:29 AM
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Need Help P0100 Code from autozone.

Hello, new here and am trying to fix up my 2001 bmw 540i. it has 193505 miles on it and the error message "trans. failsafe prog" chimes when I start the car and will chime again maybe a quarter mile down the road, The only noticeable issue I have seen from the car is when accellerating from stop, like at a stop sign or light, the car seems to be sluggish and then will speed up. I took it to autozone and they hooked up to the OBD and their scanner gave them the codes P1340 AND P0100. The guy at autozone said the P1340 meant it most likely needs a tune up and that he was unable to match the P0100 in their database. Anyone here familiar with
P0100 code? Any help would be much appreciated.
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Old 01-03-2013, 10:55 AM
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There is more OBD II info on the internet than you can shake a stick at. Just type BMW OBD II PO100 into a google search box. OBD II was a federal mandate that required ALL car MFGs to have one standard for electronic engine emissions...that is why the info is plentiful and easily found.

Good luck.

Examples of quick google search:
Q {BMW CCA Member #191509}
2006 E53 X5 4.4i (Sterling Gray) 12/05 mfg date <<~>> 97 740iL (Arctic Silver) 3/97 mfg date
99 540iT (Orient Blue) <<~>> 95 525IT (Alpine White)
91 735iL (Schwarz Black) <<~>> 85 325e (Bronzit)


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