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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 12-29-2010, 01:56 PM
snapple112 snapple112 is offline
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Mein Auto: 97' 528i
selector lever 97' 528i

~140,000 miles, maintained 1997 528i. When the weather gets snowy & icy, my cars transmission gets stuck in S 2, or second gear. It has done this for the past two years but usually goes away within a day.

Recently, it has been happening more frequently. I lifted the car and took the SELECTOR LEVER off, and while examining it I noticed a broken O ring and a few chips/dings in the peice. ( #13, 14, & 15 ---> http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...02&hg=25&fg=15)

Although this didn't seem like the problem, I reattached the lever and tried putting my car in gear. The car would not go into any gear but park, and I can slide my shifter all the way from Park to Drive to #1 and it will not slip into any gear, basically being stuck in park.

I found that the cable that is hooked to my shifter has completely slipped out of the selector lever and when I try to reattach the cable back into the lever, it slips out acting like it doesnt even belong their.

I am not sure what I have done wrong, because I simply took the lever off and immediatly reattached it back onto the car. Has anyone else had this similar problem, or have any ideas on what to do?
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