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Old 10-16-2007, 04:45 PM
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New Member, Sad Story...

I just bought my first BMW on Friday! 2000 540it 75k miles. Very excited until I went over a small dip in the road very slowly and started to accelerate out of it and it felt like it automatically shifted into 3rd or 4th gear. The transmission fail safe program light went on. I turned off the car and waited a couple minutes and restarted it. It did it again as soon I accelerated not even half way on the pedal. I limped it home in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in manual mode and it did fine as long as I didn't push to hard on the accelerator. Otherwise it threw it into 4th on its own.

WHAT HAVE I GOTTEN MYSELF INTO??? It seemed so flawless the first few drives in it. Smooth as can be and now not so much!

I've read a few posts and some say alternator, battery, sensors, etc. I took it to autozone to test the battery and alt. and they seemed fine. I took it to BMW and their test didn't show any codes either (check engine light is on). They referred it to Puma? and said they'd give me a call.

Any experience with Puma on this out there?

Just got a response back from BMW and it's the tranny. 75k miles and a tranny?

I'm not happy. Any luck with BMW NA on this issue?
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Old 10-16-2007, 04:48 PM
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Unfortunately, poop happens....Hopefully you can get a rebuilt cheap. I don't think BMWNA will help out unless there were some existing circumstances that were not corrected before. You have to remember even though the car has only 75K on it, it's 7 years old.

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Old 10-17-2007, 08:58 AM
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This post sounds really familiar... deja vu?

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