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E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010)
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 04-03-2015, 07:16 AM
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2008 528XI transmission slip

SO I have a question on my 528XI that when I am stopped like at a light or stopsign and start to go there is a hesitation with the transmission then it goes and slightly jerks u.. I have had lots of cars and never had one do this.. Anyone else done this and if so what did u do to fix it?


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Old 04-03-2015, 07:55 AM
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look at the transmission sticky above. Do a search as well, lots and lots of threads about it.
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Old 04-03-2015, 08:01 AM
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so is this normal.. We bought the car with 80K on it and it has 105 now.. prob never had a transmission oil change
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Old 04-03-2015, 12:55 PM
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so is this normal.. We bought the car with 80K on it and it has 105 now.. prob never had a transmission oil change
It is something that often happens with ZF transmissions as they age; that said, it's not "normal".

Though there may be a risk of detergents in new fluid loosening long-accumulated crap, I'd do a fluid change -- two times to swap out 80% of the fluid.
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Old 04-09-2015, 08:42 PM
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SO I have a question on my 528XI that when I am stopped like at a light or stopsign and start to go there is a hesitation with the transmission then it goes and slightly jerks u.
This is a tell tale sign on pretty much any car that fluid is low, top it up or better yet change it, and should be fine, keep it up and your dancing on a fine line of just enough aerated hydraulic pressure to move the car, but not enough to keep the clutch packs from slipping, your smoking them with every take-off
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Old 04-10-2015, 05:39 AM
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SO I have a question on my 528XI that when I am stopped like at a light or stopsign and start to go there is a hesitation with the transmission then it goes and slightly jerks u.. I have had lots of cars and never had one do this.. Anyone else done this and if so what did u do to fix it?


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The transmission sticky is quite helpful. However, I experienced this in my 2010, and it was very noticeable on hills. It wasn't a hard snatch, but it would slip and grab. It did this in reverse as well, and was most noticable if I went from park.

A transmission update took care of the problem.
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Old 04-10-2015, 05:40 AM
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It is something that often happens with ZF transmissions as they age; that said, it's not "normal".

Though there may be a risk of detergents in new fluid loosening long-accumulated crap, I'd do a fluid change -- two times to swap out 80% of the fluid.
Yep, that is scheduled for me too. But it does look like the tanny update took care of the problem for me too.
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Old 04-10-2015, 08:50 PM
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I had similar issues due to transmission fluid leakage past a cracked adapter seal that channels transmission fluid from the mechatronics unit into the main body of the transmission. The part that failed in my car was BMW part number 24347588724. Replacing this $12 dollar part might cost you extra for a new transmission pan with filter($60), new Auto transmission fluid and four additional small seals ($80). You have to remove the transmission pan and remove the mechatronic assembly to get at the seals. I fixed it myself and then drove on a several thousand kilometer trip through mountains. I was not happy about Lifeguard 6 ATF price so I used Valvoline MaxLife ATF. The Valvoline ATF was available at Walmart ($35 for 5L). The ZF lifeguard fluid did not do anything to guard the life of the rubber seals as my seal failed prematurely . Good Luck.
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Old 04-10-2015, 10:43 PM
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I used Redline D6 ATF when i serviced my transmission. The first service included drain and fill and filter replacement. My fuel economy shot up immediately after the service, transmission shifted much smoother.

Because my car was similar to your predicament where it hasnt been serviced for 80k miles. I did a second drain and fill after 4000 miles, fuel economy improved even more and transmission is buttery smooth now.
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Old 04-26-2015, 05:17 AM
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This is a tell tale sign on pretty much any car that fluid is low, top it up or better yet change it, and should be fine, keep it up and your dancing on a fine line of just enough aerated hydraulic pressure to move the car, but not enough to keep the clutch packs from slipping, your smoking them with every take-off
Is it normal to have low fluid at 150k? What are typical causes?
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