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|5-Series (E12,E28, E34, E39, E60) Chat relating to the BMW 5-Series of all generations. Specific models include: BMW 518, BMW 520, BMW 520i, BMW 530i, BMW 528i, BMW 530i, BMW 518i, BMW 524d, BMW 525i, BMW 525e, BMW 528e, BMW 540i, BMW 535i, BMW 520d, BMW 525td, BMW 525d, BMW 530d, BMW 525i/xi, BMW 530i/xi. (BMW 5-Series Forum)|
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the phrase "service for life" means in practice. 120,000miles.
at 180,000... yes, your tranny should have been serviced 60,000miles ago.
If a solenoid was the problem, a scan of your vehicle will reveal that. And if there are no codes revealed in the scan, then i wd say it is time to flush tranny, change filter and refill with fresh oil.
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