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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 11-11-2009, 11:06 PM
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It's the one that experiences no reverse in e46s as well. But in a different way than shredding the reverse drum, it's a solenoid problem and I mentioned that somewhere in there. Also have a sig link for that one, haha.

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Old 11-14-2009, 08:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Neil1138 View Post

Simply awesome for you to do this with some 150 pictures so the bimmer enthusiasts can see the inner working of an Automatic Transmission!!! Amazing pictures!

PS: For those who want to understand (aka crash course) on how the AT works, these 2 videos are simply awesome, this guy really know his stuff! It is really worth watching them:

Auto Trans Part 1

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Old 01-09-2013, 10:48 AM
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MY BMW 2003 525I has transmission problem. Now I still can drive but I can hear the noise and bumping under my seat. I went to BMW service center and they told me transmission has no problem but computer shows no code for problem. I went there 3 times for this problem, finally they did road test and found out transmission has problem. Now they told me that I can only drive for 3 months and no long distance dirving. I am confused. The cost is about 4500 plus labor 800 with manufacture rebuilt transmission. Do you think it is worth to do it? The mileage is 90k. Thanks for your advcies.
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:39 PM
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Your description of the problem sounds more like a bad center bearing on the drive shaft or torn Guibo. It would be worth having someone else take a look. Either of those is a lot simpler/cheaper to repair than the transmission.
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