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Old 02-21-2010, 12:27 PM
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i heard from somebody that BMW has a lifetime transmission fluid??

True, but the only problem is that if you don't change the fluid, the lifetime of the transmission is much shorter.

Seriously, BMW says you do not have to change the transmission fluid, but many people "in the know" with some technical expertise do not agree with that, and believe the transmission fluid should be changed at periodic intervals, such as every 50K or so.
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Old 02-21-2010, 12:30 PM
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well i will defiently do that now and see what happens cause i dont have money rite now to put a new tranny into this car
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:57 AM
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Lightbulb trans auto light

i hit a big puddle yesterday when my check engin light and trans safe guard went on i reset my computer a few times and its off and shifting better than ever, yes it can happin by low voltage but its rear its usually a loose sensor or corroded one easy fix for anyone just trouble shoot the problems and youll be fine i never bring my car to the dealer but this is the only problem i had w my 2003 x5 sport great suv they just need TLC to small items like greesing windo tracks if you stay on top on it youll be fine ppl who neglect blame it on bmw that if u where in another suv and didnt have that feture on ur tranny sayyy bye bye u would of blown it to pices everythings there for a reason ! thank you
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Old 07-28-2012, 12:48 AM
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I have an 01 x5 4.4i and just recently the transmission fail safe light came on. When this happens the transmission is usually warm. If I move it into triptronic nothing happens and it feels like it is 4th gear. The speedo stops working as well. I took it to a bmw shop and 3 days later they said the EGS control module needs to be replaced as well as the ABS control module. This is 2300 dollars!. Has anyone had this happen to them before and if so is there recommended fix correct? Secondly are these modules something I can replace myself? I am somewhat handy at working on older cars but if this is way to technical or requires special tools then I may not be able to do it.

Any help is appreciated!

gas filter i dit on my x5 no more problems
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Old 07-28-2012, 02:34 AM
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gas filter i dit on my x5 no more problems
Im curious how a gas filter would effect the transmission problems the people in this thread are having?

Hint.... it doesnt
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Old 07-28-2012, 02:36 AM
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Also just 2 cents added to this very old thread that resurrected. The people having their speedometer quit working and the trans going into limp mode. The speedometer is the hint to the fix. The sensor that handles the speedometer is the cause of the limp mode. Not the transmission itself, well not the internal parts.
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Old 07-28-2012, 07:10 AM
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Eh so whats this sensor called crowz.... give the guy a hand and maybe me too
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Old 07-28-2012, 09:54 AM
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Is the gas filter pressurized filter will loos the pressure off is filled up with dirt
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Old 07-28-2012, 09:56 AM
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Speed sensor.

http://www.discountbodyparts.com/cat...5047spse01bmx5

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Old 07-28-2012, 09:57 AM
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Is the gas filter pressurized filter will loos the pressure off is filled up with dirt
The fuel filter is not going to fix trans problems.
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Old 07-28-2012, 10:01 AM
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Works for me
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Old 07-28-2012, 10:41 AM
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The fuel filter is not going to fix trans problems.
I think the point is that it fixes problems that may *appear* to be transmission problems with similar symptoms but are actually fuel delivery problems.

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Old 08-06-2012, 02:28 PM
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X5 Transmission Replacement

Does anyone have a solid quote on Factory Replacement transmission for a 2000 X5 ?
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Old 08-06-2012, 05:53 PM
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Does anyone have a solid quote on Factory Replacement transmission for a 2000 X5 ?
I've been in the boat with other marques before...here's what I did:

Research places that sell/discount BMW parts- these are BMW dealers with internet storefronts...BMW of South Atlanta an GetBMWParts.com come to mind.

See what their best prices are for a factory remanned unit. Call them, talk to them... usually can do a little better than the web. Especially if you dont sound like an idiot.

THEN, go to your local dealers. Not necessarily the DBs in the SF bay area, maybe have to go to Stockton, Roseville or Niello or Pleasanton (maybe not)...see if they will meet it. if they say "you have to add shipping', reply 'shipping is a wash with tax'

Worked twice for me out of three tries- once I had to collect an Infiniti Q45 tranny from the truck depot.

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Old 08-15-2012, 12:25 PM
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Failsafe

Rachaelsx5, sorry about the problem you are having, I am going down the same road right now with my x5, the bad thing is I am actually a certified tech and have been for 25 years, so here we go: change your fluid every 100k and don't buy bmw fluid at $200 a gallon, go to a parts store and get synthetic trans fluid, ESSO is recommended but I use Mobil. as far as the fail safe goes, have someone scan your x5 and find out what code is stored in the trans ecm, that should point in the direction you will have to go. DON'T go to the dealer, find a trans shop that deals with foreign (European) vehicles. When you find out what code is in it post that code and I might be able to tell you what it needs. ( and to all the people that post a bunch of mumbo jumbo- QUIT, this site is supposed to help like minded bmw enthusiasts out, if you think your car make is better, then start your own site, and if you don't know how to work on a car and never have then you should post on the home shopping network, thanks)
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Old 12-11-2012, 11:06 PM
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I need help please

Hey I have a bmw x5 2001 4.4 and like 5 months ago it start giving me a little problem when I was driving the transmission failsafe program light came up and it star like in the 3 gear I don't what to do cuz I put the abs module and still the same
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Old 12-11-2012, 11:23 PM
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Same thing

That is happening to me with my 2001 bmw x5 transmission failsafe program light came up and I don't know what to do my speedo stop working as well but I put an abs module and they programmed and them the speedo was working fine but no the transmission it feels like is in the 4 gear some one help please cuz my car is out of the country is in Dominican republic thanks
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:29 PM
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Lmao lifetime...... Srry but nlfe...nothing lasts for ever!
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Old 03-05-2013, 01:18 PM
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I had the same problem on my 2003 X5 E53, the dealer told me I had to replace the ABS module and the EGS. Then I took it to another regular mechanic and he replaced the MAF sensor and the O-ring on engine air intake. This was 2 months ago since then I never had any problems. Trans fail safe never came after that repair.
Hope this was helpful.
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Old 03-05-2013, 01:20 PM
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It is possible. If the engine has no power, the transmission fail safe will show up.
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Old 03-05-2013, 03:12 PM
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"but i heard from somebody that BMW has a lifetime transmission fluid?? "

Yep, that's right. Instead of changing the fluid they just have the mob whack you!

BMW reversed that and said it should be changed at 100K. I do it every 30K or so.
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Old 03-05-2013, 04:28 PM
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evd19us,
In your case, I think all you need is a new battery. Sometimes, a low battery voltage could cause a trans failsafe error. Since the battery is already dead, mind as well try swapping out the battery first to see if it fixed your transmission problem as well.

BTW...how long since you last replaced your battery? I would normally replace mine every 5 years or so just as preventative maintenance.
x2! i was cruising on the highway the transmission failsafe program appeared and speaker volume started fading along with lights. I replaced the battery and it hasn't appeared again yet. Btw i tested the battery before it was replaced, it was time for a new one. Good luck!
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:20 PM
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I have the same problemd with my 2002 bmw x5 but it happens after the the cars warms up, like 20 minute driving my gauges die, nd my temperature gauge moves full (red) serivice engine is "on" this is weird because when the check engine light goes off it's when this happens.. Any ideas.. Also trowing me a code p1747.. Help
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Old 01-12-2014, 09:08 AM
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My fail safe light came on and my car start to jolt and shut off. We could not drive it. Any suggestions it is a 2003 with 200,000 miles.

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Old 06-02-2014, 05:36 PM
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changed the battery today after getting the failsafe warning light come on.... for the first time. checked the battery life and it was low.... alternator charging right... hope this solves the problem...
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