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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 12-16-2011, 04:44 AM
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hi new to this just bought a bmw530dsport estate when i bought it drove fine gear changes normall have done 100 miles in it and now the gears dont seem to change prop some words came up in the instrument panel cant rem what they said have cheaked the oil level how far up should it be for gear box to be topped up any help appreciated

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Old 12-16-2011, 05:20 AM
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The Cluster ( Instrument Panel) May say Gearbox Failure so be careful. I would say get it towed to a Mechanic and get the Autobox codes read. The only way to check the transmission oil level is by the car being up on a hoist so you can't check it just under the hood. The box is a sealed unit and it can have oil added but has to be the right stuff and its best to know what you are doing as it maybe full but there could be much more going on then just first thought.
Don't play around with the auto as I did and it cost me a lot of $$$$$$$.
How many km on the car?
What year is it?
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Old 12-16-2011, 06:02 AM
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Old 12-16-2011, 06:04 AM
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im sure it read like transmission safe mode or something like that
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Old 12-16-2011, 08:44 AM
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Just had it come up again it says transmition failsafe programe any body no what this means any help appreciated
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Old 12-16-2011, 08:50 AM
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You really need to have the car hooked to a computer like Ozi said. At 135K miles the tranny or the torque converter could be done for.
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Old 12-16-2011, 08:55 AM
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Ok many thanks if it's either of these what's the approx cost to replace either many thanks
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Old 12-16-2011, 12:19 PM
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Hi easyrider

Welcome to the forum first and foremost!

This forum is 99.5% USA and North American based and although they do get many of the same issues including the much discussed Auto gearbox issue, you may find Diesel related issues with next to no knowledge here. Have a look on bmw5.co.uk as it's UK centric with plenty of knowledge

You do need to have the gearbox looked at and checked over, it could be something simple.

I had my gearbox fail at 172,000 miles, I had it rebuilt, using BMW genuine parts from a specialist in West London / Acton called Automatic Man - this was 2007, and I paid 1475 inc VAT.

Cheers, Dennis!
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Old 12-16-2011, 01:32 PM
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Let us know how you go.
Go luck mate and I really hope it's something simple and cheap to repair.
Cheers
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Old 12-17-2011, 02:35 AM
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Me to guys I live in the uk near heathrow so thanks for the advice
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