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Hi everyone, I am desperate to find an answer to my problem.
My car doesn't want to change from 1st to 2nd gear until it reaches 2500 rpm under no load and 2000 rpm from second to third gear. If I try to accelerate at all at 2500 rpm in first, it will jump into second and " Trans Failsafe Prog " comes up on the dash. I then have to turn off the engine for a couple of minutes until this clears. All is ok if I take things real easy in first and second at the 2000 to 2500 rpm.
There are no noises from the gearbox and all the gears are there.
I have just got back from my BMW dealers after having the fault codes read, the print out they gave me just said," 34 EGS: Gear monitoring 2", and the BMW dealer said it needs a new gearbox.
I was wondering if changing the gearbox oil and filter might cure the problem as it has done 176,500 miles on the so called lifetime oil.
As I say all the gears are still there same as always, it is just the changing from 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 3rd under any load send it into failsafe mode.
Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for reading my problem. Cabdriver36 ( E39 530 D SE Auto ) BZ74762
 

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To be honest main dealers cry and replace the entire units as they do not have the brains to diagnose and pinpoint faults the good old fashioned way.

I'm not certain if a gearbox oil & filter change will cure your faults but auot boxes usually have oil change service schedules that are never adhered to by the dealers! Its best to change it it at every other service IMO.

Personally I would locate an independant gearbox specialist or search for a BMW indpendant specialist using the garages section on this website. They usually are able to pinpoint and rectify auto gearbox faults.

(Fwiw, a few folks from teh Volvo forums I frequent had some niggling issues with their auto boxes and the dealers stated that a new gearbox would be required. They all got a second opinion from independant gearbox specialists who were able to rectify the faults from as little as around £60!).
 

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I will be having my E39 530d box serviced by an autotransmission specialist very soon (I have used him twice before on different cars) he came recommended to me and he is very good - no bullshit from the start - tells you as it is - if you want the number let me know. They are based in Wimbledon. Your gearbox like mine is supposed to be a sealed for life unit - when I mentioned this to these guys they said that was perfect as it is that which keeps them in a job. They quoted 145 + vat for a 530d gearbox service.
 

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Thanks MTec B, yes I would like to have there number as they may well be able to sort out my gearbox for less than the £3800 that BMW want. I am in Wallington but my car got me to and from Vines at Redhill yesterday so is still ok as long as its not to far. Thanks again.
 

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Cabdriver36 mate the company is Croydon Automatics - the bloke you need to speak to is Russell (just mention that you got the number off of Bob) his number is 0208 715 6707 - give him a call - he will be more than happy to help - my car is in on Monday am incidently. Let me know how you get on.
 

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MTec B, Thanks so much for the contact with Russell, he really sounds like he knows his stuff. I will probably be booking my car in with him for next week. The bad news is from what I told him, it will cost at best £800 and at worst £1600. I think I can live with that as £3800 from BMW I don't think the car is worth spending that much on.
Maybe the car is starting to fall apart, I've just been out to the car and tried to open the back door but it will only open from the inside. I think something must of broken when it was all frozen up yesterday.
Cheers again. I will let you know how the gearbox turns out.
 

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Cabdriver36 - No probs at all mate - half the battle is finding someone who actually knows what they are talking about and then tell you as it is - at least you know from the off what to expect. OK the diff between 800 and 1600 is vast but at least you know what the best and worst is - and if you land mid way then you have done well. lets hope it is nearer the 800 mark. He did a VW passat for me and a mercedes benz as well - he actually diagnosed the merc over the phone spot on.
 

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Thanks mate I have now done just that and it can be rectified for between £800-£1600. Oil level is ok. Cheers.
 

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Keep us updated to the problem Cabdriver36, it's not how you want to be starting the New Year though :frown
 

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Hi Ronnie, yes I will keep you informed. It is booked in on 20/01/09 and will take three days. I will post the faults found after this date. Hopefully it will help somebody else.
 
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