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BMW 5-Series Transmission Problems

1380 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2000 or newer BMW 5-Series. 101 of these members (7.3%) have reported transmission repairs for their car. A total of 117 transmission repairs to BMW 5-Series--an average of 0.1 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page to see vehicles with no repairs or vehicles with more than three repairs. To see how frequently BMW 5-Series problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Percentage of BMW 5-Series repairs by problem area

Chart based on 2217 repairs.

BMW 5-Series transmission repair cost distribution

Chart based on 114 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 repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.

2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

5000 mi   Gear shift assembly defective from factory/ordered replaced under warranty Installed new gear shift assembly. 
76000   leak in transmission 
6000   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

8000 mi   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

45260 mi   Oil leak from Transmission. Parts ordered, and repairs under warranty to be covered, when fixed in March.  

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2005 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

69000 mi US $50 "Mechatronic" unit in automatic transmission 
69000   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

28000 mi   Clutch chatter when warm (6 speed manual transmission). 

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2004 BMW 5-Series

Engine not specified

20460 mi ﷼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

58900 mi   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

73000 mi US $50 Transmission found to be leaking at drain plug. 
77000   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

71000 mi US $50 Replace torque converter. 

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