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Old 01-11-2013, 02:14 PM
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Thumbs down what will happen next .... massive transmission problem

Hi guys, trouble ahead here.

it started this evening. Swiching to "D" the X doesn't move for some seconds. Also in "R" a delay. After driving some minutes "GETRIEBENOTPROGRAMM" in the display. This means something like "transmission emergency program". Since I need to drive tomorrow my question:

What will happen next? Will the X simply stop moving? What is the transmission doing in that mode? A power off/on has resetted the whole problem - but for some minutes only .

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Old 01-11-2013, 02:20 PM
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any other lights, messages?

ABS module?
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Old 01-11-2013, 02:30 PM
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any other lights, messages?

ABS module?
Nothing else - only that message. But I had the last months that "RRRRRRR" at ~70 - 80 km/h so that I had to switch into sport mode at that speed. And I had the feeling the last some weeks that the tranny is not giving constant power, somehow it felt like there were some small pushes when going up a mountain.

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Old 01-11-2013, 03:34 PM
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Rent a car for tomorrow. You don't want to any more damage to the trans by driving it. Have a Tech find out what's the problem. You received a DTC so go from there.
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This differs from case to case. I drove mine with "TRANS FAILSAFE PROGRAM" message for 400 km. The torque become reduced so it accelerates slowly. Other than that nothing noted. Later, I replaced my transmission with a used one. Now it's very fine.
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You have to find out what the associated codes are. It could be a sensor, torque converter, lockup solenoid, valve body, or failed components inside. a good indy will be able to diagnose or send you to a specialist.
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You got the roar at 70mph, switching to sport switches you torque converter setting. So you may have some damage there. I too would rent or borrow a car if possible. You will cause a lot more damage if the torque converter grenades.
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Old 01-12-2013, 12:34 PM
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Just to close that thread:

The roar since ~2 years at ~70 - 80 km/h - went away when switching to sport mode.
Yesterday the TRANS FAILSAFE (first time ever)
Today after 5 kilometers - over. The X doesn't move any more.

Somehow a sad story but she will be back on the road soon.

Have a great weekend all.

Helmuth

PS: had the transmission oil changed at ~130k and 140k (km). Now I am at 155k.
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PS: had the transmission oil changed at ~130k and 140k (km). Now I am at 155k.
I might start a fight by saying this, but the transmission fluid change could have contributed to the failure. You don't hear of too many torque converters giving out at under 100k miles.
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:47 PM
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New status: refurbished transmission from BMW is mounted. Costed nearly an arm and a leg from a financial standpoint

BUT: she is on the road again.

Did my last business trip in a VW Passat while she was in the garage - what a pain :-)
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