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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 12-31-2008, 05:13 PM
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2001 E39 Transmission - No Reverse

Hey everybody, was driving the other day and when I was about to reverse into a parking spot, the car will not go in reverse. No warning. No noise. No lights. But it drives perfectly forward.

Took it to the dealer and found out the I had to replace the transmission. All the forward gears worked just not the reverse. Expensive fix I must say. $3809 for the part alone. Labor was about 8 - 9 hours worth. The funny thing is the dealer said he will only give me about $3000 as a trade in. I have about 144k miles on it.

Hopefully another 60k would be great.
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Old 12-31-2008, 05:58 PM
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Who needs reverse anyways right?

Not to make light of your situation, that really sucks. The good news is no matter what the problem with your tranny is, every dealer will just tell you that a new trans is the only solution. Try bringing the car to an independent BMW shop and have them look at it. Does it click at all when shifting to R?

Anyways before you go nuts and buy a new tranny, I would try a flush. At this point its worth a shot who knows.

http://bimmer.roadfly.com/bmw/forums/e39/6960596-2.html

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Old 12-31-2008, 06:40 PM
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Do a Google search--BMW no reverse--this is a bad one. You can drive the car for awhile--but whats broke will tear up a bunch of stuff and gut the tranny--do the read I've directed you to and you'll see what I'm referring to. You can fix the tranny for a lot less money and have it better than new. The new tranny that BMW will put in will also have the up to date drum fix thats mentioned.
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is it okay on fluid? low fluid can cause some weird problems. I had an 86 mustang that leaked tranny fluid, when it would get low I would lose reverse, fill it back up and it ran okay again.

If it is okay on fluid. I would try the flush and refill and hope for the best.
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Old 01-01-2009, 03:55 PM
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After looking it up, this does seem to be a common and fatal issue with the reverse drum. It sounds like Your going to need a rebuild kit or a new tranny.

http://www.noreverse.org/
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Old 07-03-2015, 11:07 AM
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Reverse failure.

I've had the conman fatal "D Drum" issue about a year and a half ago and everything has been fine up till now. My torque converter failed so I replaced it and I went to go into reverse and it initially starts moving then it stops anyone have a clue what it could be? I'm stumped
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