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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 02-08-2008, 08:08 AM
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Adaptive Auto Transmission Reset Procedure

I have heard of an automatic transmission reset procedure that goes something like the following: Turn on the car such that all the accessory lights are on but the motor is not running, depress the gas pedal all the way to the floor, keep the pedal there for 30 seconds and the transmission will reset to the original factory settings (it will "unlearn" the adaptive settings).

My BMW Service Manager (who has been very knowledgeable and honest on service matters) says he never heard of this procedure, it's not in the BMW service manuals or technical bulletins, nor have his fellow mechanics heard of it.

Can any of you confirm if the adaptive auto transmission "soft reset" procedure exists? Please pass on where I can find the procedure for my 2008 550 with comfort access if it exists. Is the procedure in the owners manual (I can't find it in mine), described in a technical bulletin, or described in any other BMW literature?

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Old 02-08-2008, 08:46 AM
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I don't know where it's located in the manual (if it is), but I know it works. My wife noticed a drastic improvement.
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Old 02-08-2008, 09:36 AM
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Here's a link to the procedure:
http://forums.e60.net/index.php?showtopic=40018

And, just to give credit where credit is due, it's the only positive thing that sleepyca31 ever contributed to any online BMW community...
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Old 02-27-2010, 01:29 PM
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It worked on my '08 528. Here is how you do it:

1. Put key in the ignition
2. Click on the Start button without having your foot on the accelerator. At this point the lights on the dash will all light up.
3. Push the accelerator to the floor and hold it for about 30 seconds. For me at about 20 seconds I heard a very faint sound. This is the reset sound. Don't worry if you don't hear it. Just keep your foot on the pedal for about 30 seconds.

That's it. Now start the car and test it out. For me the acceleration from a stand still was much improved. I now don't feel like I need to drive in DS mode all the time.


Let me know if this works for you.

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Old 08-13-2010, 08:21 PM
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transmission rest

Thank you so much! Much better..... I'm new to BMW and I've been having similar issues with acceleration from a stop and was thinking I was just going to have to get used to it.
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Old 12-25-2010, 07:21 PM
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Hi guys, is there a permanent solution for this issue? It worked for me but lasted for a week or so. Does that indicate a serious problem in the transmission or this is the way it is with BMW.

i took my 2006 525i 3 times to the dealer and they told me the car is fine, but I don't believe what they say.
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Old 12-27-2010, 01:59 PM
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Elhaekmir,

The only permanent solution is to replace the mechantronic unit or your entire transmission. It is actually cheaper to get a new transmission as the mechatronic unit is the same price as the transmission. I received an estimate today for the new transmission on my N52 06' 525i in the amount of $4100.00.

The reason the reset only last for about a week or so is that the unit is still malfunctioning and then once the vehicle completes the drive cycle then it will revert back to the original condition.
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Old 12-28-2010, 11:27 AM
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Thanks PoeticJustice72,

I'm trying to convince the dealer to fix it, I took it three times so far, all they did is update the software, it worked for few days or so.
Since the car is not throwing any codes, they keep telling me it's fine.
I'm gonna keep bringing it in until they fix it. I'm sure couple month down the rd when my warranty is up they'll tell me that the tranny needs to be replaced.

I'm also planning on filing a claim with the DMV, just in case.
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Old 12-28-2010, 11:28 AM
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by the way a used transmission can be as low as $1500 with low mileage too.
this is something to consider.
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Old 12-30-2010, 02:46 PM
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I considered a used one, but that doesn't come with a warranty like the remanufactured tranny would installed at the dealership. They provide a 2 year warranty regardless of mileage.
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Old 01-03-2011, 01:02 AM
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by the way a used transmission can be as low as $1500 with low mileage too.
this is something to consider.
+1 and if u got a little change u might even be able to do a manual tranny swap!
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Old 05-23-2011, 12:36 AM
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My 2006 530i transmission kicks when down shifting from 2-1. I tried the 25 second reset method and I can definitely see a change when accelerating. It seems to shift at slightly higher revs. 1-2 is very smooth now, 2-3 is not as smooth. If I stop very fast, it still has a kick from 2-1. I will try it out and see if it changes.
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Old 07-30-2011, 12:31 PM
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transmission

I was wondering if you solved your issue with the transmission shift from 2 to 1 I have a simliar issue on my 2002 745
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Old 07-30-2011, 02:05 PM
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try this...

http://forums.5series.net/topic/1149...w/page__st__15
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Old 07-30-2011, 09:47 PM
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Ok, so I just did this procedure with mine and it does seem to help. I don't seem to have the hesitation when I proceed from a stop now. The shifts seem to be shifting a little smoother although I was wrapping the car out with a little heavier right foot than is normal for me. So my question is this. If the changes go away within a week do I have the corrupted software?
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Old 07-30-2011, 10:24 PM
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chances are it will go back to its old self again. It did for me. As for the corrupted software issue, it's still very new to me so I can comment but from another thread I read at the 5 series forum, one member had it done and the car was smooth sailing. The problem for him was when he brought up the corrupted software issue to his service advisor, they didn't do anything. He believe that both the advisor and the mechanic did not know about it so he had it taken outside at an indy shop with the print out of the INPA.

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Old 09-14-2011, 04:25 AM
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Does the gear box reset, works for my 7 series?

I have a 7 series 2006 and the gears change does not go nice. what can I do to reset for any eventual change?
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Old 09-14-2011, 10:38 AM
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i tried the reset like listed above on all my bmw's and it worked really well. but when i got the 550 i tried it and it lasted a few days and then went back. the dealer had to reprogram the transmission and engine and clear the adaptations. it is much better now. i guess the reset trick doesnt work all the time.
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Old 10-24-2011, 06:07 PM
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I just reset mine (06 525) and it's like having a brand new car! It's really a totally different feel...the gears rev out all of the way. I really didn't want to get out of the car. I'm so glad I searched on this problem. I bought it a month ago and would wonder why BMW would make a car that shifts at odd times or hesitate on take off. Thanks!
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Old 10-25-2011, 05:48 PM
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It had never occured to me that this could be done, even though I was well aware of it on my E39. Thanks for the reminder and instructions. I just bought my 530xiT and it is taking off much better and has much impoved shift points since I reset.
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Old 11-22-2011, 05:22 PM
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Worked like a charm

Just did my 03 530I today and it worked ... i did not hear anything but waited about 45-50 seconds then turned the key took it for a drive and it is actually smother than before and no hard downshift... thanks
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Old 11-22-2011, 08:19 PM
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I tried the procedure on my way out to a local burger place.

I hate to be a Kill Joy, but I think it's psychological. It's like the saying, "I took an aspirin therefore I feel better".

Sorry, but i really don't see a difference.

2008 Xi

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Old 11-23-2011, 07:58 PM
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Eat my words.

I tried the procedure again and noticed that the trans does shift smoother. I don't get that slow 1st gear anymore.

Neat!
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tranny issues

my 2004 530i is sick.... my tranny is a problem and i have no get up power, i have to gradually get up speed on the hwy, i've tried the gas pedal to the floor for 30 sec. some luck for a few days but back to normal. i just went to the dealer and had a tranny software update $190.00 ouch!!! i changed the tranny fluid and pan.. all i ever get is the /transmission /malfunction symbol if i step on the gas suddenly or to fast, i went to the dealer today andthey said i have a tyranny leack and i need a " Mechatronic Sleeve " $625.00 job........... any suggestions??????? will this Mechatronic sleeve give me my car back????????????
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Old 08-17-2012, 06:42 PM
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... will this Mechatronic sleeve give me my car back????????????

Most likely not. Look at page 17 of the sticky thread at the top. You are most likely going to need a mechatronic replacement. about $2200 if you find a good Indy who will install it for you. If you are in warranty then print that thread out and take to the dealer and request a replacement mechatronic. BMWNA will pay them back so no sweat off their back. It is sad that this many ZF 6 speeds have had this problem. I was hoping for a class action on the issue, but I guess there aren't enough of us experiencing the issue. I am out of warranty and don't have the $2200 to replace it yet. I just baby my car until I have the funds. Still fun to drive by my wife thinks it is cranky and harsh. I like it.
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