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Old 06-24-2019, 04:21 PM
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Desperately NEED HELP! E53 trouble

Hey guys,

I'm new to the beamer world and at a loss with my 03 E53. I had to replace my ABS module as it got fried and also had to replace the harness. When I did that I did not realize that it had to be the same part number as the one in it(first mistake and still learning). The one I got ends with 004. It seemed to work for my car, just after awhile the speedometer would stop working and would get the SES light for a wheel speed sensor. I went to my local BMW dealer and was lucky enough to get the current part number ending in 131 or for the Bosch number it would be 067. I took the module that was somewhat working off and put the remanufactured one on. Right away I noticed the speedometer was not working but drove the car anyways. right away I got the Trans safefail prog. Took it to a BMW mechanic to have it programmed and they told me it was not liking the module. Figured it was a wheel speed sensor and that was not the case.

Now fast forward to now. I put the module that was semi working in and I am still getting the limp mode. This is what is happening.

I drive the car and it runs fine for the first 10 mins. Shifts so smooth with no problems. After the 10 mins and always on a corner, the engine will rev like it is in neutral, belt will squeal and will jerk then go into limp mode. Turn the car off and limp mode is gone. Go to drive it and again, sometimes it will be fine and other times it will do the engine rev and jerk into gear with limp mode coming on.

When I connect the scanner I was first getting "gear 2 incorrect ratio", now I am getting "gear 1 and 3 incorrect ratio.

I know my transmission is solid from when I am first driving it. But something I believe with the ABS module is making it act up.

I really love my E53 and just want it in working order. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 06-24-2019, 05:37 PM
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Lots of not abs in that story. When I had some similar trans hiccup it was the connector below filled with rusty water. Make sure that is not the case first


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Lots of not abs in that story. When I had some similar trans hiccup it was the connector below filled with rusty water. Make sure that is not the case first


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Where would I be able to find the connector below? Also, all of this didnít start happening till the abs was swapped.


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The trans connection is on the back of transmission it's about 3cm diameter screw on connector. Jack up the car a bit to fit under.


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IT could be a number of things, mostly onboard computer modules acting up. It also sounds like a possible harness connector issue. Try using Deoxit on the connectors.

You're going to need a computer with BMW software (INPA or ISTA) to scan the car and determine the cause.

You can do it yourself if you put the time and effort into building a cheap laptop as a BMW scanner and learn how to use the software. IT's not easy, but it's part of owning a BMW if you're not a rich banker. The software is freely available and there's lots of resources to guide you.

Or you can find a good local BMW independent mechanic. They're usually better than the dealer techs (except for the one senior guy who only does the really hard stuff).
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IT could be a number of things, mostly onboard computer modules acting up. It also sounds like a possible harness connector issue. Try using Deoxit on the connectors.

You're going to need a computer with BMW software (INPA or ISTA) to scan the car and determine the cause.

You can do it yourself if you put the time and effort into building a cheap laptop as a BMW scanner and learn how to use the software. IT's not easy, but it's part of owning a BMW if you're not a rich banker. The software is freely available and there's lots of resources to guide you.

Or you can find a good local BMW independent mechanic. They're usually better than the dealer techs (except for the one senior guy who only does the really hard stuff).


Thatís what Iím thinking as it all acquired after Messing with the harness. Itís all electrical with these cars, just gotta be smarter. Iíll look into getting that spray.


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