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Old 03-02-2011, 05:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2001 525i Transmission Fried?

2001 525i, 130K miles. I bought it used from friends who babied it for 8 years and have had it 2-1/2 years with no problems. But recently, car got hung up on some chunks of ice (don't ask!) as I backed out of the driveway and after some gentle rocking didn't work, I dug out and started to drive off. Almost immediately I heard a high pitched whine, followed by banging noise from, followed by ATF light coming on. Turned car off, waited awhile, started again and ATF light came on again. I limped home (40 miles) -- car had trouble grabbing low gears but was fine on highway (I drove no more than 50) and took it to dealer, who diagnosed gearbox monitoring problem and recommended replacement ($6800). Took it to indy, who diagnosed output speed sensor problem and recommended replacement ($5400), more if it needs a new cooler too). Most of this is Greek to me but my question, hoping against hope, is whether there is any possibility of a fix short of paying more than the car is probably worth. Any ideas? Could I have really trashed the transmission on a little bit of snow and ice?
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take it to some 1 who can recon ur gear box for about 800 to a grand may be cheaper depends how much u like ur car m8
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When you were stuck on the ice, how hard were you revving it when you were trying to get free? It may be that with some rapid change drive to reverse you damaged part of the drive train, but the most likely scenario is that the gearbox is damaged. As Divito suggested above, try taking it to a specialist transmission shop to see what they can offer you. I've had a transmission rebuilt here for $1200, and they did that over a weekend. Don't right the car off just yet.
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i'd recomand check the drivetrain and if there's no problem with that then i would say u trashed the gearbox or its out of oil ..... depends on how much did u force it getting it out of there. if its the gearbox dont buy a new one its not worth it try to find a second hand .... u might get it really cheap and a good one.
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