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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 12-31-2014, 07:54 PM
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Exclamation Transmission issues.

Hey forum, I'm having an issue that I noticed the other day, when coming to a stop my transmission feels as if it switches to neutral and takes a couple seconds to get into gear so the car can go. When I noticed it i thought maybe the tranny is low on fluid. Couldn't see any leaks. So I figured what the hell ill swap the fluid and filter. It had been about a year since it was done. Last time I did it, I actually put the transmission in question in the car (swap with bad tranny) my question is does the sound familiar at all? I'm still thinking maybe the car doesn't have enough fluid ie not enough pressure in the tranny to actually shift gears. Hopefully not dealing with a bad celinoid? Idk any feed back is most appreciated
I have no codes popping up incidating any transmission issues at all

Working with the 98 528i auto trans

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Old 01-01-2015, 10:00 AM
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i actually out the transmission in question

What does this mean? Did you replace the trans, and does the new one do the same thing? If so, sounds like the replacement was no better than the original.

The procedure for checking fluid level is very specific. Do you have a copy of that? If not, search the "very best links" at the top of the home page.
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Old 01-01-2015, 11:12 AM
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Yes, I did replace the trans. and the new one worked fine for more than a year. then the other day I noticed the car wasnt shifting correctly when coming to an incomplete stop. so I thought the trans was low on fluid. (I've had issues with the high pressure lines leaking before)But no leaks this time. So I opted to just change the fluid and filter. (Did that yesterday. Happy new years!) when I test drove the car, it wasnt realizing the car was at a stop when coming to a stop and it felt as if the car was being put into neutral, and wouldnt move. you can give it gas and the car revs up but doesnt move. after a couple seconds the car does realize its stopped and shifts to first gear. then I can go (until the next stop) exact same thing. 3-5 second stops. (getting around the block was a pain!) totally lost at this point.
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Old 01-01-2015, 06:38 PM
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Transmission issues.

Sound like your one of your shift solenoid going bad. Not to hard of DIY.
I replace all of my solenoids do to hard shifting and slippage.
Here is the kit I use last year with excellent results. Click image for larger version

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This was used on my 02/1997 528i

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Old 01-01-2015, 09:49 PM
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Seriously u were able to do it yourself? How much did that job cost u shipped?
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Old 01-01-2015, 10:31 PM
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Less then $275.00 with ATF, filter, and beer. I Just used a BMW Bentley Manuel and this form. If you can change the ATF and filter you can so this job. Just take your time and follow the Bentley instruction. You can download the manual for free.
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Old 01-03-2015, 10:00 AM
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Do u have a copy of the Bentley manual? More importantly version 2 for electrical?
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Old 01-06-2015, 10:59 PM
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Old 01-07-2015, 08:38 AM
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I don't have a hard copy of the Bentley Manual and the electrical manual is hard to find for free. Try eBay I remember seeing it for sell. My manual is for a 528 E39 1997-2003. Correct me if am wrong you have a 740 right?
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Old 01-07-2015, 08:40 AM
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I just reviewed your info here and see you drive 528. Where do you live (city )
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Old 01-07-2015, 11:19 AM
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Classic symptom of low fluid level. You know that you check with the car running (meaning you have to shift through the gears then get under the car with it running - which sucks). Check it with the transmission temp closer to cold than hot.
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