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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 10-18-2013, 07:33 AM
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I replaced my solenoid also and reset adapation with INPA two days later and all worked out fine; no need for any expensive software or tool.
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Old 10-18-2013, 02:35 PM
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With the inpa cable do I need software downloaded on my laptop to be able to work it or do options just pop up on the screen when hooked to the car?
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Old 10-18-2013, 03:38 PM
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Need to download/install INPA, comes with BMW tools.

http://bmwcoders.com/forum/bmw-gt1-o...-software-328/ should get you started
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Old 10-18-2013, 08:37 PM
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Saw this video on another forum--shows basically how these transmissions go together and some info on how they work

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Old 10-24-2013, 03:27 PM
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Just finished changing solenoids, fluid and filter in my 05 545 and took a test drive. I had forgotten how fast it is. I've been babying it for so long. It's late, and there's not much traffic out so I got to thrash on it a little after thoroughly testing it, of course. Shifts are firm and smooth. No more hard downshifts when coming to a stop. Also shifts into reverse and drive with very little delay. The shift into reverse has always been the one thing I hate about this car, and it is much better. So far, no hiccups at 40.

The whole job wasn't to bad, except getting the electrical unplugged, changing the sleeve, and hooking back up the plug. I destroyed the old sleeve getting it out. I ended up having to loosen all the rear cross member bolts and tranny mounts, then, with a big screwdriver, pryed the transmission over to get enough room to get the new one through the gap so I could install it. It also wasn't to pleasant bathing in ATF. That lifeguard stuff stinks something terrible.

If you get the sleeve all the way in, when you lock it, it will not come back out. The plug will pull itself into place when you turn the lock nut, and you should feel it click slightly when it locks. It doesn't go together to hard, just difficult to get your hands in to get everything together.
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Old 10-25-2013, 09:46 AM
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Good to hear this is working. I hope it works on my 525i. I just finished downloading the BMW tools and my inpa cable is on its way. You have me scared me on how hard that sleeve was to replace. unfortunately im shy on the $650 fix and have to wait till income tax time so it will be a few months. Ofcourse someone could always goodwill me the money or parts (lol). One last question when I buy the new parts do I need to buy a new oil pan gasket for the tranny pan or would I be able to reuse it?
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Old 10-25-2013, 09:54 AM
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I thought I'd post up my transmission issues here to add to the long list.
I have a 2005 545i Sport and my transmission started having a delay going into reverse as well as the hesitation between 30-40 mph so I brought it in to the dealer and they found the leaking sleeve. They fixed that first thinking that the other problems were most likely due to low fluid caused by the leak. After about a week the delay and hesitation problems came back full force so it was more than just low fluid...Now I'm getting a used low mileage tranny put in and the warranty company, Route66 is paying for everything. I was given the option of paying $2600 for a rebuilt tranny instead, which was the difference between the used unit and the rebuilt unit. Since they are giving me a lengthy warranty on the tranny, I opted to stick with the used.

My car is going in on Wednesday this week to have the tranny swapped in. I'll post an update when I get the car back.

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Old 10-25-2013, 09:58 AM
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Originally Posted by cory720204 View Post
Good to hear this is working. I hope it works on my 525i. I just finished downloading the BMW tools and my inpa cable is on its way. You have me scared me on how hard that sleeve was to replace. unfortunately im shy on the $650 fix and have to wait till income tax time so it will be a few months. Ofcourse someone could always goodwill me the money or parts (lol). One last question when I buy the new parts do I need to buy a new oil pan gasket for the tranny pan or would I be able to reuse it?
Depends what all you're doing--if you're replacing the filter at the same time, the filter is made into the pan, and the pan comes with a new seal, so you'd already be covered

If not, I'd replace the seal just for peace of mind. It'd probably be OK to re-use, but don't blame if it doesn't work
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Old 10-25-2013, 05:15 PM
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I thought I'd post up my transmission issues here to add to the long list.
I have a 2005 545i Sport and my transmission started having a delay going into reverse as well as the hesitation between 30-40 mph so I brought it in to the dealer and they found the leaking sleeve. They fixed that first thinking that the other problems were most likely due to low fluid caused by the leak. After about a week the delay and hesitation problems came back full force so it was more than just low fluid...Now I'm getting a used low mileage tranny put in and the warranty company, Route66 is paying for everything. I was given the option of paying $2600 for a rebuilt tranny instead, which was the difference between the used unit and the rebuilt unit. Since they are giving me a lengthy warranty on the tranny, I opted to stick with the used.

My car is going in on Wednesday this week to have the tranny swapped in. I'll post an update when I get the car back.

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Old 10-25-2013, 05:33 PM
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Old 10-30-2013, 01:48 PM
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/INPA-K-CAN-K...item25841bbf0a

will this inpa cable work for my E60 2004 525i (along with the software mentioned above)?
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Old 10-30-2013, 02:50 PM
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Yo, the next time some BMW weenie tells you that the ZF fluid is lifetime fill, the following is from ZF's website regarding fluids:

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Lifetime oil filling ensures the transmission continues to operate. The oil, however, may age through heavy usage, temperature changes, and chemical processes.

Only a regular oil change will guarantee the outstanding shift comfort and performance of ZF automatic transmissions. The specifically matched oils will help to minimize wear on heavily loaded components in ZF automatic passenger car transmissions and restore shift comfort.

Regular maintenance intervals will substantially increase the automatic transmission's service life and, precisely for that reason ZF recommends regular oil changes every 80 000 to 120 000 km or after 8 years - depending on the usage.
That's a recommended change every 42-72K miles, from the manufacturer.

No wonder ZF's seem to fail so often. Lousy BMW maintenance recommendation.

URL: http://www.zf.com/brands/content/en/...nging_kit.html
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Old 10-30-2013, 03:41 PM
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Re: 05 545i Transmission Surging Issues help!

I gotta think there is truth to the temp change bit for sure. I don't know if my fluid was changed by the PO ever and I'm at 133k and plan on changing it along with solenoids soon. but I notice more shifting issues and higher likelihood of limp mode on cold mornings until car warms up. This is even after having the fluid checked by my indy mechanic and told it was fine (no metal shavings)

The lunging/2-1 slam and delayed shifting that happens regardless of temp, subsides with pedal reset which makes me believe the solenoid replacement will fix this. Replacing the whole tranny and avoid addressing a preventative maintenance type electronic or fluid issue just seems like laziness/con artist tactics on BMW's part.

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Old 11-03-2013, 09:32 PM
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I am just finishing my solenoids set order. Can samoone tell do I need to remove mechatronics completly from gearbox to replace solenoids or it can be done while mechatronics is still inside the box?
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Old 11-04-2013, 03:35 AM
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Must be removed
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Old 11-06-2013, 01:12 PM
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Hey im having trouble with the bmw inpa tools. I downloaded and followed the steps perfectly. it gives me the error- ifh-0018 inpa error -every time I try to check anything.im running windows 7 64bit. Step by step directions please if anyone could I know my way around a computer but when u start getting into virtual drives and things I can get a little lost.
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Old 11-06-2013, 04:56 PM
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can you post a screenshot?
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Old 11-06-2013, 11:33 PM
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I have connected my inpa laptop to monitor my transmission temp when driving! I took it for 10 km drive and max temp I saw was 87 deg Celsius. I beleive my oil is allready old 10 years. Dealer reused it once. Could it be that oil temp spec is detoriated which couses my rpm needle to flactuate +-100 rpm at idle when I do PRND shift? i do not have vaccum leaks - did smoke test to confirm. Also it hunts gears between 3-4th and 5-6th?

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Old 11-07-2013, 06:22 AM
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How many miles on the car/fluid?

(or Km's, as I suppose that is more relevant to you )
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Old 11-07-2013, 03:09 PM
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Here's a pic of the error I'm getting its the 1st error box (error 28 ifh-0018)


http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...5-and-Error-28
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Old 11-07-2013, 09:05 PM
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My car have 169200 km now. I am not sure how many miles that would be? BMW dealer serviced one oil leak once at 144000 km. They changed a rubber sleeve also. But I fear they reused old oil.
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Old 11-08-2013, 10:45 AM
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if anyone is having trouble with there bmw tools / inpa and wont read the car I had to reinstall bmw tools ediables and switch to comport 2. Then open device manager in your computer. select com port go into advance settings and change comport to port 2 also change timer to "1". then restart computer. worked perfect for me. I think you will only run into problems with new laptops that run windows 7 64bit. hope this helps some people.
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Old 11-08-2013, 03:50 PM
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BMW E60 5 Series Transmissions Resolved!

Beyond utterly Frustrated but Happy Now!
My BMW 5 Series experienced a Transmission Malfunction message, before the message I would be driving with normal usage, and the between 3000-4000 rpms this message would come up, plus i felt it slip and then a thunk.
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Well I took it to PROLINE 905 S Mason Rd, Katy, TX 77450
(281) 398-4990, Owner Mark Thomas cost me about $2695.00 flat charge.

He rebuilt the entire transmission, replaced all the seals, and replaced most all the moving parts and Torque Converter. I was on my way! Cleaned out the Valve body!

Once I left that evening that transmission still experienced similar issues, so I took it back, Mark Thomas got me a rental car, and he then took apart the Valve Body, and sure enough he had to replace 6-7 Solenoids that were located in the VALVE BODY!

I originally took this to MOMENTUM BMW and they stated it would be 7500.00 for a Remanufactured Transmission.

Now my car is done, happy as a clam, shifts smoothy, and even when I use the manual mode it performs well.
All transmission malfunction lights are gone...

I definitely will tell you, if it slips, figure out what RPM this will help them better diagnose what SOLENOIDS are the issue specifically.

Hope this information helps! I love my 5 Series!
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Old 11-08-2013, 07:41 PM
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While solenoids alone would have most likely, that is a great price for sure
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Old 11-25-2013, 11:36 AM
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While dealing with tranny issues on another vehicle (a 300,000 mile lexus) I noticed the IPT Performance has a Valve Body , aka mechatronic, rebuild option in the $560 range.
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