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Old 04-30-2010, 01:00 PM
Rick 04 Rick 04 is offline
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97 740iL - Transmission fail safe program

Hey there, I have a 97 740iL and recently, the transmission fail safe program came on. I realize I will probably need to change my transmission soon, and I was wondering if anyone had a recommendation where I could get a good (used) tranny to purchase. I really dont want to go to the dealership, so...HELP. by the way, the car has 197k miles on it.
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Old 05-11-2010, 08:47 AM
faviola faviola is offline
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I'm having the same problem and have about the same mile...Did anyone reply to you? Or did you find a soluntion? Thanks
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Old 05-11-2010, 09:20 AM
rdorman rdorman is offline
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Pull the codes. There are lots of reasons for it to go into failsafe that have nothing to do with the trans.
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Old 06-21-2010, 12:09 AM
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I heard this is without a doubt one of the best places to purchase a transmission or engine. I only wish I knew about them when I had a problem. Kurt Koeller is a really nice guy and has been helping me with problems I'm having and I didn't even do any business with him.
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Old 09-20-2010, 08:25 PM
Chopstix Chopstix is offline
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Just a note, Check Battery first, then alternater, then cold intake sensor,
when all fails ask a repair tech. 8-)
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Old 11-06-2010, 08:45 AM
tekazgtr1984 tekazgtr1984 is offline
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Yup, check voltage (battery, alternator) first. Then check for fluid leaks around the transmission. Then you could get the car coded to see what faults there might be, if any.

I had the same issue on my E38, couldn't figure out what it was for the life of me. Finally, I called up an indy shop here and the guy guessed it could be a faulty neutral safety switch. I took my car to him, and sure enough, that's what it was. The connector had a bit of water in it, resulting in a communication between the TCM and the NSS. He cleaned it out, sprayed in some water repellant, put it back together and everything works like it should again.

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Old 11-07-2010, 03:53 PM
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Okay, mine has the same problem. But mostly when I accelerate to pass some slow cars then the error message appeared on the display.
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