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  1. E39 (1997 - 2003)
    I am the proud, first-time owner of a 2002 530i w/straight six. I'm encountering a number of small issues which I'm beginning to understand are quite commonplace. Firstly, I'd just like to know which bidirectional scanner would be my best option. I need to track down the cause of my current...
  2. X5 E53 (1999 - 2006)
    hi, new bmw owner here. picked up a used x5 with 180 km on it for a very good price (or so i thought). driving around town it doesn't seem to have any issues but when i take it on the highway after about 3-5 minutes (sometimes sooner) i get the dsc 4x4 inactive light and the brake light (O). no...
  3. E46 (1999 - 2006)
    Just wanted to post this in case anyone could benefit. 2001 BMW 330CI (152k miles) Symptoms - sudden jerk of brakes while driving and then the bifecta lights of DSC and amber BRAKE light. This would only happen when other passengers were in the car (oddly enough). Codes - 5E3C and 5E38...
  4. X3 E83 (2004 - 2010)
    Hello everyone-- I've had the light "trifecta" in the past--and replaced the Transfer Actuator Gear at 70K miles. I'm at 148K now and it came on again. So we are clear it's the DSC light (yellow), ABS (yellow) and BRAKE (in red) and Airbag light (in Red). Car was driving fine. Thought the...
  5. X3 E83 (2004 - 2010)
    My e83 has the light trifecta again-- The lights (4x4 etc) appear as soon as the engine is started, even if the car doesn't move. The word "BRAKE" is in red if that matters. I replaced the gear in the actuator motor at 70K miles, and am now at 148k. Trifecta Lights came back and I assumed...
  6. X3 E83 (2004 - 2010)
    Hi everyone--I'm wondering if it's safe to operate my X3 with the Transfer Case Actuator disconnected. I realize there are numerous threads on the topic of the TC Actuator and the light trifecta-- I bought a 2009 X3 and thanks to this forum replaced the Actuator Gear after getting the light...
  7. E82 / E87 / E88 / F20 1 Series (2008 - 2014)
    Hi everyone, I'm a first time poster, long time reader. I have a 2012 128i convertible with a bad right front headlight. I was checking to see if it was the bulb, removed and reinstalled it, nothing. I put another bulb in that I knew was good, and nothing. So i checked the three fuses...
  8. E39 (1997 - 2003)
    I save my questions until after I do my research. I've been in the car biz as a hobby for quite a number of years, certified Mercedes mechanic, however, I'm having the trifecta ABS issue on my 98 which seems to attribute to a specific ABS module that is recommended rebuilt/repaired. However...
  9. X5 E53 (1999 - 2006)
    Hello Everyone, I hope it's okay starting a new thread on this. For some months, I have been chasing the ABS+DSC+Brake intermittent amber lights issue, two days ago, my transmission has entered failsafe. I have a feeling they're linked but I definitely need help in pinpointing the issue. The...
  10. X3 E83 (2004 - 2010)
    I am new to this forum so please bear with my wordiness. I know these must have come up before but I have not seem the subject on the 4WD sticking. I would like to know where I should go from here. Which avenue to pursue. I hate going down multiple roads at the same time. I have a 2008 X3...
  11. E63 / E64 M6 (2006 - 2010)
    Hello all, This is my first time posting on this website, although have done plenty of reading and reading and more reading on different threads. Maybe I shouldn't have read soo much since after I started learning about the "common" issues these cars have, the 3 dreadful lights came on (ALL...
  12. E63 / E64 6 Series (2004 - 2010)
    Hello all, This is my first time posting on this website, although have done plenty of reading and reading and more reading on different threads. Maybe I shouldn't have read soo much since after I started learning about the "common" issues these cars have, the 3 dreadful lights came on (ALL...
  13. E46 (1999 - 2006)
    I have an 05 330i ZHP. As I was driving my kid to his doctors app.i got a series of lights on the dash what I know to be the trifecta along with decreased drive ability. I was able to get off the freeway and pull into the hospital parking lot. Went to the app and when I returned it started fine...
  14. E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013)
    Already did a search and I'm having a very original issue. My 2007 328i manual trans prod date 2/07, at first had an intermittent issue where the cruise, hill stop, traction, and abs all shut down while at the same time warnings for all pop up. Now this issue is permanent or so I thought...
  15. E39 (1997 - 2003)
    Hey all, I'd like to start off by saying I am new to the forums because I'm new to BMW. I love my car and it had very few issues at the time of purchase. This one was caused by a dumb decision by myself capped off by a detailer who messed up (going to be talking to him next week in person)...
  16. E39 (1997 - 2003)
    I've used my DMM to perform the simple test on the pin connector from the ABS module to the wheel speed sensors. I have run the test multiple times to insure that I am getting good connections and that my readings are the same. I get .0L on ever circuit switching from neg to pos and pos to neg...
  17. E39 (1997 - 2003)
    Is it even possible for the diagnostic tools (such as INPA, DIS, Carsoft, PASoft, etc.) which connect to the OBD or Pacman ports, to correctly diagnose the ABS BRAKE DSC/ASC trifecta? Everyone wants the diagnostic tools to help them diagnose the ABS BRAKE DSC/ASC trifecta, yet, there is a valid...
  18. E46 (1999 - 2006)
    Hi, New to this board, and would appreciate some guidance regarding the yellow traction control/brake light coming on, better know as the dreaded bifecta. The two lights are always on but today, after stopping at the grocery story, the lights were off when I started up the car. Within minute...
  19. E39 (1997 - 2003)
    I'm not sure if this is a new wheel speed sensor diagnostic test, or if it's just a badly written repeat of the OLD test #5 for the wheel speed sensors when diagnosing the trifecta. Can someone (who knows better how mechanics think & write) help me figure out what this test is supposed to be...
  20. E39 (1997 - 2003)
    Hey guys im hoping you can help me. I have a 5/00 528i/A with 105k miles on it. The car is in beautiful condition mechanically and aesthetically except one problem, I have the trifecta lights along with the speedo not working. So this is usually what happens. I'll start it up and drive to work...
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