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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 07-12-2016, 03:26 PM
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Automatic Transmission

Hi guys,

I have 523 with 270 km on it,

I have 5 gear(+1 Reverse) Steptronic,

i want to ask where can i find which model of transmission I have?
I mean ZF and so on,

Also when I start morning when everything is cold i can feel gear changes(when worm no problems)

never changed fluid or filters since it came out from factory

is it normal?
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Old 07-12-2016, 03:27 PM
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also is it possible to reset transmission on my 1997 523 european version?
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Old 07-12-2016, 03:41 PM
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If you use the search box on the top right you can look up what trans your car came with. Another way is to use one of the vin number decoding sites.

IMO, start with a fluid/filter change. BMW says life time fluid, LOL, and if you believe that i have a great bridge in NY, NY to sell you cheap!!!

Jim
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Old 07-12-2016, 03:45 PM
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I dont understand

what top of right box i should use?
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Old 07-12-2016, 03:47 PM
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At the very top/right side of any of these pages is a 3"x1/4" white box that says, "Google Custom Search." It works quite well.

Jim
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Old 07-12-2016, 03:47 PM
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also is it possible to reset transmission on my 1997 523 european version?
Why would you need to reset it? I'm almost 100% sure that unlike Mercedes-Benz from this era BMW automatic gearboxes always keep learning and adapting to your current drive style and not only for the first couple of km you drive. That is if it functions properly of course.
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Old 07-12-2016, 04:06 PM
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well I did not knew it, also I searched on google wikipedia cant find steptronic with 5 gears(+1 revers) on my 523 I dont get which one of it is
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Old 07-12-2016, 04:10 PM
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Jack up the car, crawl underneath and find the plaque on the trans with the trans code. Might even be able to see it from the top.
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Old 07-12-2016, 04:16 PM
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ok thank you
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