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BMW 5-Series E60 Sedan was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E61 wagon followed shortly there after. The E60/E61 5 series is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 08-03-2015, 11:21 PM
ozabani ozabani is offline
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2007 525i Transmission stuck/faulty solenoid?

Ok, on my 525i, since the day I bought it I have felt the rough shifting between the low gears (1st thru 3rd more or less) and when Im coming to a stop, the 2nd to 1st gear shifting is very very rough and the car jerks.

Back then, I had CPO warranty and there was a crack in transmission sleeve/kind of a leak and they fixed it, but the jerking still remained, less of course, but still remained. After about a year, I started getting an error that says the following.

"Trans. Malfunction, The vehicle will have reduced acceleration, have the system checked by the nearest BMW center"

So ok, this has happened before, a few times, I would turn car off, throw in park and turn it back on and it would be fine for a few days and then it would happened again and it would get stuck in one gear, drive-able, but would have to give lots of gas because it was stuck in a higher gear, I believe its 4th or 5th gear, as it stays around 3-4K RPMS when on freeway.

I have been reading lots and lots of forums where people talk about transmission solenoids, I dont think its a bad transmission as the transmission still works, it just feel like something in the computer has gone bad and its not being able to read something which is causing the gear to be stuck.

I read many people in 5 and 7 series have had this similar problem, has there ever been a recall for this issue? Is BMW aware of this, if so, what is their output? (provided someone has heard from them). I havent taken into a mechanic and Im not even crazy to take it to a BMW dealer as they will for sure say "you need a new transmission".

I have not done any updates, I dont know what error codes or taken to any mechanics, I will take it to firestone so maybe they can try and read error code off the computer for me.

I am hoping its the solenoids, honestly hope so as I do not have the money or time to mess with this, I just had to have the belt tension pulley and belt replaced so I would like your input, Ive read that solenoids are the main cause of this in lots of these models (5 and 7 series)

Any input would be greatly appreciated, thanks fellas.
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Old 08-04-2015, 04:33 AM
Caesonia Caesonia is online now
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I would have been right back all over them for that jerk in the transmission. They didn't fix the problem and it sounds like the solenoids. You could have documented the hell out if it and it would have been fixed.
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Old 08-04-2015, 06:06 AM
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I just did my solenoid for presumably the same problem. It definitely got rid of the failed shift but a good zip kit is still in order somewhere down the line. It went from a grinding clunk and no upshift for a bit to a light thud and a working shift. Something still feels up in the valve body but it's working now
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Old 08-04-2015, 01:15 PM
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Ok fellas, I took my car into a firestone this morning, manager is a really cool guys, he ran diagnostics tool and these were the codes that came back;

P17EC (Twice)
P0700 (Transmission control malfunction indicator lamp request)

They lifted the car up and got underneath and looked at the transmission, nothing was leaking out of the transmission (in January 2013, there was a crack in the transmission sleeve, BMW dealer replaced and topped transmission oil off).

About one week ago, I had the Belt Tensioner Pulley replaced and Firestone did it for me, after that the transmission started acting up more then before and then it finally went into limp/lock on one gear mode. Firestone asked me if it started acting up more after they replaced the tensioner and I said, I think so, he then said the battery might have been the issue since it didnt charge properly and they tested the battery and it said on the report "good, recheck soon".

I had them erase the codes, car is shifting ok now, I am just afraid it will happen again, I read in multiple places that the battery could be the issue for this, Firestone said that if battery was the issue, it shouldnt happen anymore now since its charged properly with new tensioner on there. Also the health of the battery still says good, so it shouldnt be an issue if that was the case.

Any thoughts fellas?

Thanks again.
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525i transmission stuck, transmission error

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