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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 01-21-2013, 06:53 PM
highlanderblack highlanderblack is offline
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Location: louisiana
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Mein Auto: 1999 M3
1998 528

I have a 1998 528 that has had the transmission download done to it. After the car went through some deep water on the freeway about 6 months ago in southern Louisiana the transmission started shifting hard from 1st to 2nd, not all the time but enough to be annoying and concerning . While driving in the neighborhood 2 weeks ago it went into "safe" mode, the light came on on the dash and the engine revved a bit while the transmission seemingly slipped. I spoke with a friend that many years ago was a BMW mechanic and he said the transmission probably just burped and to disconnect the battery and reset it. Instead I started the car the next morning to take it to a shop and the light had reset and it was shifting smoother than it had for some time, however it has done it one more time, this time we turned it off and back on again in about a minute and it reset itself and has worked fine since. I am wondering if perhaps it is a sensor that may need replacing as he suggested it may be as well...any ideas?
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