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)
I've got a 1995 540i, automatic. When my car shifts in the AD mode, it shifts 1st through 2nd just fine, but when shifting from 2nd to 3rd, it stalls and won't shift. Also, when I rev it up high into the 4000RPM range, the whole car jerks back and forth like something is caught up on the fan or something. Can anyone explain this and possibly give an estimate on cost for repair?
Actually I'm not exactly sure. I bought it from the last owner about 4 months ago and he never provided when the last tune-up was. Where is the transmission fluid on my car? Will I have to take it to a mechanic to change it?
Check to see if your fluid is dirty or has a burned odor. A burned odor usually indicates overheated fluid. Minor automatic tranny problems can often be correct by draining and refulling with new fluid. Check fluid too... but its easier to just drain and refill.
Inspect the tranny it self... Check all electrical connectors... and obvious leaks.
With your symptoms... this is what I got....
Irregular drive in all foward gears...
- ATF level low.
- ATF pump strainer (filter) partially clogged.
- Tranny range switch faulty.
- Internal tranny damage.
Change the fluid... its probably time either way...
Check all of the electronic connections under there...
If those dont fix it... you might want to take it to a dealer... or a BMW shop.
Good luck... and I hope you stick around the site... you have a beautiful car btw....
Your power steering pump is located on the lower left front of the engine... and the resevoir is located in the front left part of the engine compartment... BMW uses ATF fluid for powersteering fluid also... just so you know..
I hate to say this, but BMWs are a pain. Not a good choice for a college student. Ask me how I know... lol. I'm incredibly tired of having to fix this thing. Yeah, yeah, yeah, so it's always something stupid and small, but it all adds up. As much as I love the car, though. $2K / year in a car worth $3K is totally not acceptable to me.
I have since been shopping for the "right" Lexus as my daily driver while my BMW can sit and watch until the weekends.
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