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Old 02-05-2008, 02:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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1996 BMW 740il Transmission Failure and Check Engine

I have a 1996 BMW 740iL with 176k miles. The check engine light is on and when I start the car and shift the gear from Park to Drive it takes about 6 seconds for the car to move and I get a display message that says Transmission failure. When I am driving the vehicle the shifting seems fine. Even when I put it into park and shift it into drive again it seems fine. It seems like I only have this problem on a cold start.


As far as Check Engine Light goes I know how to use a OBD II reader but I dont think this car has one? Are the OBD I readers similar to the OBDII giving me a code and it will give me more info? Where is the OBD on this car?
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it is shifting? My 99 740iL did that it is at 147k and it turned out to be low on tranny fluid.... when did it start happening? is the exact message "Trans Fail Safe Prog."?
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I found the OBD II thanks!

Transmission fluid is fine. It shifts fine...It ONLY happens when I first start the car and shift from Park to Drive. While the engine been running there is no problems.
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Hey guys I have a 1996 BMW 740iL with 175k miles. I do not know any previous history on this car as I just got it. On a cold start this transmission sticks when I go from park to drive. And when I go from park to reverse it feels like the transmission wants to just jump out of the car completely.
The check Engine light is on and the code was P0730 which I know is transmission related. I want to check the transmission level but there is no dipstick...Now my problem is I don't know where the transmission filler is... Can anyone look at this pic.... and tell me where to pour the transmission fluid in at.
Also can someone point out where I can fill it with Engine coolant also.

Sorry for the noob questions. I could not find the answers in my owners manual.

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