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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 10-11-2011, 03:33 PM
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Question How Much for tansmission rebuild ???

Hello,

I am looking for an aprox. price for transmission rebuild for my 2001 e39 530i it is 5 speed steptronic.

I am looking for INDY price out the door including installation, oil, sealings and so on ... 2 year warranty would be good.

How long it should take ?


So far I get 2 quotes:

$3000 - AAMCO transmission (including tax) - will rebuild my transmission 2-3 days
$3300 - INDY Mercedes, BMW shop (including tax) - will use mine as a core and will use rebuild one - 1-2 days.

I believe by the labor book transmission OFF and ON is 7 hours.

Do I have to ask them what rebuild kit they will use ? And if they do the DYNO test ?


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Thank you
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Old 10-12-2011, 08:50 AM
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Any suggestions?
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Old 10-12-2011, 11:03 AM
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I see you're in Cali.
Try to contact Dose BMW (San Diego) - they are a bit far from you, but not as far as they are from me.
They do quality work.
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Old 10-12-2011, 11:05 AM
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If my tranny went out, I'd ship it to Dose, and I live in VA.
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Old 10-13-2011, 12:26 AM
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Hello,

I am looking for an aprox. price for transmission rebuild for my 2001 e39 530i it is 5 speed steptronic.

I am looking for INDY price out the door including installation, oil, sealings and so on ... 2 year warranty would be good.

How long it should take ?


So far I get 2 quotes:

$3000 - AAMCO transmission (including tax) - will rebuild my transmission 2-3 days
$3300 - INDY Mercedes, BMW shop (including tax) - will use mine as a core and will use rebuild one - 1-2 days.

I believe by the labor book transmission OFF and ON is 7 hours.

Do I have to ask them what rebuild kit they will use ? And if they do the DYNO test ?


Please Advice,
Thank you
Wanna make it better? IPT Transmissions makes a high performance torque converters for $ 629.00 on sale. And performance rebuild for $ 699-900. There is some shop in town here that will use your parts and rebuild it for like 1600.00 and thats about the same as what your looking at. Otherwise you can certainly pick up a used tranny for like $ 500.00 and reman converter and stay well under that 3K. Time? Should take like 3-5 days. Its will take like a day and half to completely remove it. Remember this is business hours we're talking about here. Stay away from AAMCO. Havent heard too many great things from them.
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Old 10-13-2011, 02:07 PM
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There is a bad drum thats used in our trannies from BMW--do a google search of BMW's with out reverse and you can read up. Dose rebuild the trannies and replaces the old drum unit with a new bullit proof part that makes these trannies like new. If I remember correctly--they charge right at 1500 for the rebuid---
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Old 10-17-2011, 09:58 AM
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Thank you guys I talked to the guy from DOSE and will have it rebuilt there if the transmission goes worse. Still operating fair last 3 years...
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Old 08-18-2014, 10:30 AM
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Problem Solved after 4-5 Years !

Transmission Was overheating due to bad Engine Cooling Fan Clutch. Not Enough cooling of the Transmission Radiator.
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Old 08-18-2014, 10:36 AM
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Have you vetted the MB/BMW shop? If so, I'd vote for it.
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Old 08-18-2014, 01:56 PM
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ammco is about the worst idea ever... This is the same as taking your car to midas for a brake job or letting autozone do your timing job...

ammco is nothing more then a a transmission oil service center... letting them try to rebuild a bmw trans is gonna end up bad for you in the end
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Old 08-20-2014, 12:49 AM
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If you live somewhere in Los Angeles area. I can recommend you to the shop where I had my 01 525i wagon's tranny rebuilt. Reputable, good & they literally update you on the rebuilding process they text you the pics of your broken tranny. It took them 3 days 1yr or 12k mile warranty


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Old 08-20-2014, 12:59 AM
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& I almost 4got to mention that it's not expensive. They where the cheapest of all I inquired & price is really fair & I have a zf tranny coz they charge for the gm tranny


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Old 08-20-2014, 07:37 AM
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I am looking for INDY price out the door including installation, oil, sealings and so on ... 2 year warranty would be good.
Over time, that's what this relatively recent thread is for ...
- How much money, in toto, did the dealer/indy quote you for your repair? (1)

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How long it should take ?
That's what this relatively recent thread is for ...
  1. How long does the dealer/indy quote for each repair (for better shop transparency) (1)
  2. How long did it take YOU to DIY that last maintenance or repair? (1)
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Do I have to ask them what rebuild kit they will use ?
That's what this relatively new thread is (sort of) for ...
Where does the dealer/indy/sponsor buy their parts from? (1)

It would be great if the OP can update those threads, now that the answers are known, so that others benefit from every effort.
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Old 08-23-2014, 01:07 PM
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Guys Guys you didn't read what I did post !! I just wanted to update about what was wrong with the transmission. It was actually the Fan Clutch following to poor cooling.

Thank you
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Old 08-23-2014, 02:10 PM
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good ending...

I HVE TO ADD... DO NOT EVER TAKE ANYTHING TO AAMCO

they are fuggin criminals .. im sorry, but when you pay 3 to have a trans rebuilt, get only 1 year warranty and its leaking when you get it back, they refusre to believe its trans fluid...untill i bring a sampl;e to them, then they keep putting me off with excuses about this and that bull****..then on day 366 they say oh your our of warranty... then 3 weeks later their shop mysteriouly burns down with every fucgging car in their including yours ... and their insuranmce drags out paying you for your loss for 6 years... while the previous owner is roling around in a brank new 60k truck..well you get the idea

AAMCO IS A CRIMINAL ORGANIZATION and their work and work ethic sucks...
SSTAY AWAY FROM THEM ....

your better off buying a bunch of parts and trying to hammer it all together...youll end up with about the same thing
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Old 08-24-2014, 04:35 PM
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You gotta find a little guy,
Im on the East Coast and there is a small shop with 2 rebuilders and 4 guys pulling and installing the transmissions,
His price is always $1500 completer rebuild including torque converter and more clutches if you want a stronger trans plus 3 year guarantee.
Great shop,
Ive had two trans missions done there and A couple friends also have been thru his doors, Never an issue,
He also rebuilds YOUR transmission,
No rebuilt cores from Mexico getting tossed in your car,
Stop by the little shops and maybe you can get lucky.
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Old 08-25-2014, 02:07 PM
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You gotta find a little guy,
Im on the East Coast and there is a small shop with 2 rebuilders and 4 guys pulling and installing the transmissions,
His price is always $1500 completer rebuild including torque converter and more clutches if you want a stronger trans plus 3 year guarantee.
Great shop,
Ive had two trans missions done there and A couple friends also have been thru his doors, Never an issue,
He also rebuilds YOUR transmission,
No rebuilt cores from Mexico getting tossed in your car,
Stop by the little shops and maybe you can get lucky.
What is the name of the shop, I want to have mine rebuilt.
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Old 08-25-2014, 02:35 PM
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Guys Guys you didn't read what I did post !! I just wanted to update about what was wrong with the transmission. It was actually the Fan Clutch following to poor cooling.

Thank you
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