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BMW 5-Series Transmission Problems and Repair Histories

1319 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer BMW 5-Series. 171 of these members (13%) have reported transmission and drivetrain repairs for their car. A total of 102 transmission and drivetrain repairs to BMW 5-Series--an average of 0.1 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently BMW 5-Series problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the BMW 5-Series problem descriptions below.

Don't infer BMW 5-Series problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of BMW 5-Series repairs by problem area

40% of the BMW 5-Series repairs were to the engine, 5% to the transmission, 6% to the brakes, 13% to the suspension, 25% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 6% to the body and trim, and 4% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 1917 repairs.

BMW 5-Series transmission and drivetrain repair cost distribution

Of the BMW 5-Series transmission and drivetrain repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 10% cost less than $100, 30% between $100 and $499, 21% between $500 and $999, 25% between $1000 and $2499, and 13% more than $2500.

Chart based on 105 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten BMW 5-Series Transmission and Drivetrain problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

BMW 5-Series in Utah, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2007 4000    
5000 0 Gear shift assembly defective from factory/ordered replaced under warranty Installed new gear shift assembly. 
76000 0 leak in transmission 
79000  
BMW 5-Series in Ohio, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2007 0    
6000 0 Gear vibration heard and felt in steering wheel. Dealer said could not find cause but acknowledged it sounded like a pinion gear whine. It could be in transmission or AWD transfer unit. The symptoms are gradually getting worse and most likely be ... 
 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

360-horsepower 4.8L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 5-Series in Rhode Island, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2007 1000    
8000 0 New "Sport Automatic Transmission" (SAT) not always shifting to reverse when desired. A button on lever must be pushed prior to moving to reverse (electronically controlled) but sometimes doesn't allow lever movement until 2nd or 3rd try. 
 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

255-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

BMW 5-Series in Alberta, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2008 43400    
45260 0 Oil leak from Transmission. Parts ordered, and repairs under warranty to be covered, when fixed in March.  
101060  

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2005 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

325-horsepower 4.4L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 5-Series in Ohio, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2008 61000    
69000 50 "Mechatronic" unit in automatic transmission 
69000 0 Continued shifting problems even after Mechatronic unit was replaced; entire transmission was replaced this time. 
 

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2005 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

325-horsepower 4.4L V8 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2008 25000    
28000 0 Clutch chatter when warm (6 speed manual transmission). 
64000  

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2004 BMW 5-Series

Engine not specified

BMW 5-Series in Saudi Arabia
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2008 19840    
20460 3600 The car would jerk between 60-80 kmh at around 1500rpm. 
 

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2004 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

325-horsepower 4.4L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 5-Series in New Zealand
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2008 48360    
55800 0 Transmission stuttering in 5th gear. Dealer advised transmission required replacement. Traded in car same day. 

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2003 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

394-horsepower 4.9L V8 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 5-Series in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2008 72000    
73000 50 Transmission found to be leaking at drain plug. 
77000 50 Transmission was leaking at drain plug. Dealer replaced drain and fill plugs and topped of transmission with 1 qt of fluid. 
 

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2003 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 5-Series in Georgia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2008 70000    
71000 50 Replace torque converter. 
 

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