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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 04-19-2011, 11:41 PM
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E39 Auto Transmission Shift Problem

I have 2002 530i (E39) automatic and having a problem of late shifting from the third gear sometimes. When I pull away, it will shift from 1st to 2nd normally. Then it will only shift up from third at 4000 - 5000 RPM, to the 4th gear. This has been going on for months and has been a minor inconvenience but I want to fix it now before getting bad

Can someone help?
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Old 04-20-2011, 01:25 AM
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does it feel like it is struggling to shift into 4th like its slipping? kinda sounds like the same problem i had? i wonder if this is a common problem with the auto tranny? check the other thread about somewhat the same problem.its titled something like transmission wont shift in D or something like that....here http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=371867
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Old 04-20-2011, 04:06 AM
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This seems to be a common problem on these cars. I noticed that faulty transmission computers or the ABS unit usually cause the symptoms you have described.
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