Welcome to Bimmerfest -- The #1 Online Community for BMW related information! Please enjoy the discussion forums below and share your experiences with the 200,000 current, new and past BMW owners. The forums are broken out by car model and into other special interest sections such as BMW European Delivery and a special forum to voice your questions to the many BMW dealers on the site to assist our members!

Please follow the links below to help get you started!

Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 5 Series > E39 (1997 - 2003)

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

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 09-29-2010, 06:06 PM
iceman28o1 iceman28o1 is offline
Registered User
Location: pensacola, florida
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 68
Mein Auto: 06 750Li, 98 540i
i need serious help. trans fail/safe

Hello all.
Im having serious problems with my 1998 540i 155k

1st, trans fail/safe car is stuck in 3rd or 4th gear. when I go from park to reverse or drive it has a huge jerk.

2nd, i have to turn key over twice before it will start. first time all i get is a dead feeling. once i turn key all the way off and back on then it fires right up.

3rd, when car is in drive the dash says im in park and vice versa. when im in park it says im in drive.

4th, remote key doesnt work anymore. I tried reprogramming and nothing.

5th, lost job so cant afford dealership fees, my friend offered to buy the car from me for 3000, that is only because he knows i paid 3500 just for the rims last year.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. preferably any cheap do it yourself fixes that might work or would be happy with any advice from someone who has had the same problems before.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	mail7.jpg
Views:	91
Size:	75.0 KB
ID:	248281   Click image for larger version

Name:	mail.jpg
Views:	107
Size:	64.9 KB
ID:	248282   Click image for larger version

Name:	mail6.jpg
Views:	89
Size:	75.3 KB
ID:	248283   Click image for larger version

Name:	mail2.jpg
Views:	92
Size:	71.0 KB
ID:	248284  
Reply With Quote
Advertisement
  #2  
Old 09-29-2010, 06:36 PM
BigCo540i's Avatar
BigCo540i BigCo540i is offline
The Usual Suspect
Location: Richmond, VA
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 2,713
Mein Auto: 98 E39 540i - 09 E90 328i
Sounds like a new battery may be in your future. These cars do some crazy things when they don't get enough voltage.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-29-2010, 06:44 PM
PropellerHead PropellerHead is offline
Brevity= the soul of wit
Location: At the wheel of a bimmer
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Posts: 10,171
Mein Auto: You've*got*to be kidding
Quote:
Originally Posted by BigCo540i View Post
Sounds like a new battery may be in your future. These cars do some crazy things when they don't get enough voltage.
+1
Or alternator.

Find some stock wheels, replace the chrome things on there, sell the wheels and get a new friend.

Last edited by PropellerHead; 09-29-2010 at 06:46 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 09-29-2010, 07:12 PM
Fudman's Avatar
Fudman Fudman is online now
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Sudbury, MA
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 6,234
Mein Auto: '02 530i Sport auto
+1, the multiple electrical failures combined with the simultaneous Trans Prog Failsafe warning suggests a problem in your electrical system rather than your tranny. Recommend you run the battery test using the OBC to determine if your battery is providing sufficient voltage. The alternator is the second thing to look at. I think AutoZone can test your alternator for you.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09-29-2010, 08:45 PM
iceman28o1 iceman28o1 is offline
Registered User
Location: pensacola, florida
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 68
Mein Auto: 06 750Li, 98 540i
Ok, I have an appointment for a dianostic test tomorrow. Then after I get the results i'll go by autozone and get a battery and alternator test. I'll post what the results were and the codes that pulled up. So no one thinks I should sell the car for 3500?
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-30-2010, 04:07 AM
Fudman's Avatar
Fudman Fudman is online now
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Sudbury, MA
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 6,234
Mein Auto: '02 530i Sport auto
Not yet. The car may have a relatively simple fix (replace battery and/or alternator). Until you determine the root cause of the problem, you cannot determine the corrective action (to fix or dump the car).
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 10-01-2010, 03:32 PM
iceman28o1 iceman28o1 is offline
Registered User
Location: pensacola, florida
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 68
Mein Auto: 06 750Li, 98 540i
ok, diagnostic come back today. Here are the codes,
engine 139, 062, 050, 052, 055
transmission 112, 59, 082, 060

The shop i took it to supposely specilizes in BMW's but they say I have to take this to the dealer because they cannot program the computer. They charged me 170.00 for nothing. So now I have to take it the the dealership and they gonna charge me a diagnostic fee again. They think its the mode selector switch. Has any one experienced anything like this? I know the engines codes are for cylinder misfires. Please advise on what I should do, I dont have a job right now should I just sell it?
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 10-01-2010, 05:50 PM
iceman28o1 iceman28o1 is offline
Registered User
Location: pensacola, florida
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 68
Mein Auto: 06 750Li, 98 540i
Update I just had battery and alternator checked and battery came up as bad. Maybe this will fix a couple of problems.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 10-01-2010, 06:30 PM
Fudman's Avatar
Fudman Fudman is online now
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Sudbury, MA
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 6,234
Mein Auto: '02 530i Sport auto
Quote:
Originally Posted by iceman28o1 View Post
ok, diagnostic come back today. Here are the codes,
engine 139, 062, 050, 052, 055
transmission 112, 59, 082, 060

The shop i took it to supposely specilizes in BMW's but they say I have to take this to the dealer because they cannot program the computer. They charged me 170.00 for nothing. So now I have to take it the the dealership and they gonna charge me a diagnostic fee again. They think its the mode selector switch. Has any one experienced anything like this? I know the engines codes are for cylinder misfires. Please advise on what I should do, I dont have a job right now should I just sell it?
These guys ripped you off. You could have bought a code reader (maybe two) for that much. I once had the Trans Prog Failsafe on my previous e39 and the dealer wanted to replace the tranny. I refused and had them reset the computer. It never happened again for 30K until the car was totaled. I believe mine was caused by a bad sensor. Try the battery first.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 10-01-2010, 08:38 PM
Benjamin99 Benjamin99 is offline
Registered User
Location: The Woodlands, TX
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 34
Mein Auto: 1998 318i Sedan
Too much chrome is toxic to a BMW. It's only time before it's vitals fail from over-chrome
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 10-01-2010, 09:31 PM
iceman28o1 iceman28o1 is offline
Registered User
Location: pensacola, florida
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 68
Mein Auto: 06 750Li, 98 540i
They supposedly reset the ecu. So im gonna change the battery tomorrow with my friends e39 and see what that does. Can I reset the ecu by myself?
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 10-02-2010, 04:46 AM
Fudman's Avatar
Fudman Fudman is online now
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Sudbury, MA
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 6,234
Mein Auto: '02 530i Sport auto
No, not for the tranny. You need access to the GT-1 software to read or reset the tranny. The typical code reader can only reset the OBC codes.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 10-02-2010, 05:19 AM
PropellerHead PropellerHead is offline
Brevity= the soul of wit
Location: At the wheel of a bimmer
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Posts: 10,171
Mein Auto: You've*got*to be kidding
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fudman View Post
No, not for the tranny. You need access to the GT-1 software to read or reset the tranny.




Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 10-02-2010, 11:14 AM
iceman28o1 iceman28o1 is offline
Registered User
Location: pensacola, florida
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 68
Mein Auto: 06 750Li, 98 540i
So changing the battery will not do anything unless I take it to the dealer to reset the,tranny codes. How much does that software cost?
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 10-02-2010, 01:34 PM
Fudman's Avatar
Fudman Fudman is online now
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Sudbury, MA
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 6,234
Mein Auto: '02 530i Sport auto
If you still have the Trans Prog Failsafe message then the dealer has to reset it (for $130 or so). GT-1 is about $1,000 and is what the dealer uses.
Not sure I understand what Propellerhead's post means. There are many other BMW software packages out there. However, I am unaware any of the others can reset the tranny. Maybe he has one that will do it.
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 10-03-2010, 03:35 PM
iceman28o1 iceman28o1 is offline
Registered User
Location: pensacola, florida
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 68
Mein Auto: 06 750Li, 98 540i
Cant figure out whats wrong. I put new battery in and it still says bad battery. Something is seriously wrong with the computer/electronics on this car. I cant program my key, garage door remote, or figure out the failsafe problem. I have to take it to the dealer and see what the bad news is.
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 10-12-2010, 12:07 AM
iceman28o1 iceman28o1 is offline
Registered User
Location: pensacola, florida
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 68
Mein Auto: 06 750Li, 98 540i
Dealership says I need new EGS unit. 1490.00 Has anyone ever had to replace this before?
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 10-12-2010, 03:53 AM
Fudman's Avatar
Fudman Fudman is online now
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Sudbury, MA
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 6,234
Mein Auto: '02 530i Sport auto
While this may be true, stealers do not rebuild trannys or other systems. They simply replace them. And their diagnoses are often WRONG! Did they charge you for that diagnosis? If yes, have them reset the tranny and take the car. If you are lucky, this was a one time occurance (it was for me). It's a low/no cost risk with high potential payback.

Last edited by Fudman; 10-12-2010 at 03:55 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 10-12-2010, 05:31 AM
525man 525man is offline
Registered User
Location: swaziland
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 86
Mein Auto: 540iA Individual
I had the same problem with my car a few months after replacing the reverse drum in my tranny. The gearbox guys said it was the shift sensor/switch thingy which cost more than the reverse drum, etc. My key also stopped operating the central locking and my gear indicator on the dash did not correspond to the gear the car was in. on cold start, the car would go into safe mode but after driving as little as 3-5km and switching off and then turning the car on again, everything was perfect. no failsafe.
I replaced my battery and all was well. no more cold start failsafe. I reprogrammed my keys and door locks, windows,etc work fine.
Until the reverse drum failed again, that is.
FYI, I replaced my battery with a Bosch equivalent.
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 10-12-2010, 10:53 AM
iceman28o1 iceman28o1 is offline
Registered User
Location: pensacola, florida
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 68
Mein Auto: 06 750Li, 98 540i
Yes I have had the tranny reset 3 times and the 082 code comes right back up. I replaced the battery 3 days with an 1150 cold cranking amp optima. As for the reverse drum, ill have to look into that because I don't really no what that is. I think I'm leaking transmission fluid, so I'm gonna have that replaced and hopefully sealed. Has anyone ever done this themselves?
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Forum Navigation
Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 5 Series > E39 (1997 - 2003)
Today's Posts Search
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On



Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:50 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
© 2001-2011 performanceIX, Inc. All Rights Reserved .: guidelines .:. privacy .:. terms