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BMW 5-Series repairs by problem area

Engine (41%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (6%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (13%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (25%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (6%)

Other (4%)

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BMW 5-Series transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (15%)

$1000 - $2499 (26%)

$500 - $999 (20%)

$100 - $499 (31%)

< $100 (8%)

Chart based on 138 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2014 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 443hp 4.4L V8 8-speed shiftable automatic RWD

3500 mi A drivetrain malfunction error appeared on the dash and the engine started running roug. 

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2014 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 443hp 4.4L V8 8-speed shiftable automatic AWD

11300 mi Car computer reported drivetrain issue and went into limp mode. Dealer repaired by doing software update. 

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2013 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 400hp 4.4L V8 8-speed shiftable automatic AWD

16000 mi Car reported Drivetrain issue and began to shake while driving 20MPH. 

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2013 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

30000 mi Clutch pedal squeak 

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2012 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 181hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 8-speed shiftable automatic RWD

53300 mi Premature wear of suspension. Worn components replaced under warranty. 

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2011 BMW 5-Series

Engine not specified

9000 mi Jerk/hesitation of transmission at 0 to 20 mph. Very annoying and disappointing. 

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2011 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 400hp 4.4L V8 8-speed shiftable automatic RWD

39000 mi The car started shuttering and was not safe to drive we placed the car on a flat bed tow truck using BMW assist. Replaced all fuel injectors. 

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2011 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 8-speed shiftable automatic RWD

15500 mi SIB240212 Subject: N55 with 8HP45: Delay in Engine Response 

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2011 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 8-speed shiftable automatic AWD

33000 mi Pressure valve in drivetrain malfunctioned 
54500 mi

US $100
I kept getting a transmission error(I can't recall the exact error message) upon acceleration. I am glad I had an extended warranty otherwise I would have been dishing out over $800 for this repair 
8000 mi  
44700 mi Software for transmission updated for low speed hesitation and jerkiness. 

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2011 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

155000 mi

US $5500
Reverse gear of the manual transmission was inoperable. Looked for used or rebuilt transmissions locally, but couldn't find one. Replaced with a certified manufacturer transmission. 

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2011 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

240-horsepower 3.0L I6 8-speed shiftable automatic RWD

7000 mi When you slow down and try to speed up car hesitates 
5000 mi Software update 

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2011 BMW 5-Series 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

35320 mi

$7300
Car jerks when slowing before stopping. Jerking also happen when down shift gear and up shift at low speed. Replace gear box 

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

25000 mi Warning light illuminated related to transmission while driving on highway. Dealer was unable to pull code. 

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

72000 mi

US $325
SAT Gear Shifter malfunctioned; would not go into reverse. Replaced the SAT Gear Shifter with a new unit. The ribbon cable was broken. 

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2010 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

81000 mi

US $740
Oil leak from pinion seal on rear differential. Seal replaced. 
26000 mi Electronic throttle response delayed when accelerating, dealer updated software. 

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2009 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

18000 mi L/F Output Shaft Seal failed and was leaking. Seal Replaced under Warranty. This is a 535XI (AWD) sedan.  
98000 mi

US $100
Replace Side Seal in Leaking Rt. Ft. Diff. 
79000 mi

US $950
leaking rear end seal 

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2009 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

22000 mi Total transmission failure, warranty replacement by BMW at 22000 miles 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

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

76260 mi

C $4011
Rebuilt 1st gear and reverse 
75640 mi

C $2500
Actuator motor for transfer case 
34000 mi

US $900
A rubber gasket on the selectable automatic gear shifter was worn, and the whole piece had to be replaced. The part cost about $250 and labor was about $240. No other problems with the transmission, fluid replaced and new oil pan installed. 
56000 mi

US $800
Trans pan leaking 
60000 mi Electric Automatic gave error code and had to be replaced 
99000 mi Rear differential found to be noisy and worn, part replaced. 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

41000 mi transmission went into limp mode, showed transmission error on mmi, shut off car, restarted message gone transmission fine. Indie shop checked for fault code and battery condition no codes battery fine (original). Car never repeated problem. 
38000 mi

US $134
Clunk / thump from rear of the car immediately after starting the car - replace a rear differential seal. Helped the issue, but didn't resolve it. 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

51460 mi

C $2000
Had to replace the Transmission sleeve as it had a slow leak 
50000 mi

US $4700
Transmission mechatronics leak Replaced mechatronics 
5000 mi Gear shift assembly defective from factory/ordered replaced under warranty Installed new gear shift assembly. 
76000 mi leak in transmission 
64000 mi

US $450
Transmission oil leak 
6000 mi 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

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

57000 mi

US $500
The 4X4 light, including DSC ABS EBS, and I forget the rest came on. In combination with a stutter under acceleration and a inconsistent thud. All of this was related to replacement of the transfer case positioning motor. 
94000 mi

US $400
The 4X4 light, including DSC ABS EBS, and I forget the rest came on. In combination with a stutter under acceleration and a inconsistent thud. All of this was related to replacement of the transfer case positioning motor. 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 174hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

84320 mi

$22000
Differential seal of right side axle got leaked and replaced both seal and differential oil 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

89700 mi

US $400
Mehatronic unit 
92500 mi Guibo also known as flex disk 
64000 mi

US $50
Leak from transmission servotronic 
63000 mi

US $50
Fluid leak 
32000 mi Transmission had a leak, which resulted in poor shifting occasionally, all fixed. 
110000 mi Severe jerk in transmission when shifting into reverse. Noticed it initially upon purchase, but thought it was software. Worsened over time. 
80000 mi

US $384
Transmission shifts horribly/slips from gear 3 to 4. Slips transmission is in gear 5 and I accelerate at a moderate pace. 
119000 mi

US $390
The transmission went into safe driving mode. It wouldn't shift out of second gear. A control module was found to be faulty and replaced. 
134000 mi Leaking transmission pan and gasket replaced. The original pan warps at about 100,000 miles and begins to leak. I replaced pan and fluid myself for about $200.00. The dealer wanted $870.00. 
50000 mi

US $50
Drove the car in for a check engine light. After the repairs for the check engine light the dealer noticed the transmission was leaking. After another day they told me they would be replacing the transmission. 
40700 mi Transmission shifting was erratic, replaced a control module and reprogrammed. 
42000 mi Transmission fluid leak from wiring harness gromet. 
87500 mi

US $1350
Mechatronics sealing sleeve was leaking and pinion seal was leaking. both fixed. also did transmission service 
113000 mi

US $450
Rear diff 
117000 mi Rear differential 
58700 mi

US $500
Mechatronic controller inside tranny has seal that leaks and causes erratic shifting. Seal replaced and all fluid replaced as preventative maintenance. 
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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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

61380 mi

C $1700
Transmission pan bent and needed replaced. Slow leak and seals needed to be replaced. New fill of transmission fluid. 
17000 mi Shifter would block intermitently when trying to go into reverse. Had to go to drive first then push back into reverse. 
89300 mi

US $1000
Leaking transmission oil, new pan & fluid change 
64000 mi

US $2000
Pan failed, leaking. 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

78000 mi

US $1700
Transmission leak at seal, $751 
34560 mi complete replacing two drive shafts 
83000 mi

US $1000
Routine maintenance 

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2008 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

31000 mi

US $7000
Transmission gave reading on computer..at 80 miles car went to 40 on highway and jerked. took to dealer : said needed new transmission. Had after market warratny which paid 6000 for rebuilt one.Car rides better but check engine light still n 

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2007 BMW 5-Series

Engine not specified

42000 mi Automatic transmission was shifting harshly into 3rd, dealer claims to have replaced entire transmission. Transmission is shifting perfectly now. 

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2007 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

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

22000 mi Fluid leak at the mechatronics sleeve. R&R trans pan and replace sleeve and o-ring. 

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2007 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

103000 mi

US $932
Experienced rough 1-2 up-shifts, and occasional loss of power at low speeds on grades. Replaced transmission pan/filter, fluid 
109000 mi Complete failure of sport shift mode on Steptronic trasmission confirmed by fault codes. Checked availability of this $500 part and learned local dealer keeps them in inventory. This generally indicates that the failure is common. 
116000 mi Transmission sport mode never fixed. 
51300 mi Transmission leak leading to rough shifts. 

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2007 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

360-horsepower 4.8L V8 6-speed automated manual RWD

54000 mi

US $1600
SMG Pump replaced 
77000 mi Hydraulic pump to actuate smg gear changes 

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2007 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

117000 mi

US $168
Computer needed to be reprogramed due to erratic transmission behavior. 
75000 mi

US $540
Tranmission seals were leaking told this was common. Transmission was very unsmooth. 
105000 mi Transmission failed 
86000 mi

US $1100
sensor problem 

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2007 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

99000 mi

US $500
Replace pinion seal. 
132000 mi

US $3200
Oil leaking from the rear differential. 
48000 mi Away from home on trip. Car sat unused for 12 days. Discovered oil leak on floor of garage on return. Dealer asked for car to be brought in. They tightened some bolts and expected it would not recur. 
62000 mi

US $1200
Transmission leaked fluid. Problem with boot surrounding transmission control lever. Major cost of repair was replacement of transmission fluid.  
143000 mi

US $60
Had tranny fluid replaced 
67000 mi

US $50
Seal leaking 

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2007 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

255-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed automated manual RWD

76000 mi

US $600
Trans oil leak 

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2007 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

68000 mi

US $50
Replaced transmission 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

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

121000 mi

US $921
Transmission had a small leak -> Replaced transmission wiring harness seal sleeve and performed full transmission service. 
74500 mi Replacement of transmission part. 
45260 mi Oil leak from Transmission. Parts ordered, and repairs under warranty to be covered, when fixed in March.  
110980 mi Rear end worn out, $2200 cdn to replace with reconditioned (used) parts 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 161hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed manual RWD

22940 mi A spring from the clutch pedal somehow came loose and fell to the floor. Replaced. 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

360-horsepower 4.8L V8 6-speed automated manual RWD

35960 mi

$3000
Transmission fluid slow leakage. Radiator ok but replace all hoses, connectors etc. 
89000 mi

US $5700
Transmission failure. Replaced with remanufactured trans. 
120880 mi

C $600
Diagnose rough 2-1 downshift 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

215-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

89000 mi

US $2500
Leaking mechatronic sleeve replaced to fix hard shifts. 

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2006 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

82000 mi

US $1071
AWD, DSC, ABS, EVP warning on iDrive. Replaced Transfer Case Actuator Motor 
103000 mi

US $535
Leaking transmission. Replaced gasket, refilled with new fluid. 

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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 mi Continued shifting problems even after Mechatronic unit was replaced; entire transmission was replaced this time. 
95000 mi

US $1121
Replaced transmission sealing sleeve. Cost: Parts - $202, labor - $398, total 600.03. 
63860 mi

C $150
Transmission takes a second or two to shift gears while driving and getting into gear when parked. This never happened before. 
135000 mi

US $2500
transmission leak 

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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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2005 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

325-horsepower 4.4L V8 6-speed automated manual RWD

64425 mi

US $817
trans pan gasket and fluid replaced Passive restraint fault light reset 
53000 mi

US $1000
oil leak found at junction of engine and detector unit during inspection for problem #1. Leaky unit replaced. 

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2005 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

76000 mi

US $50
Transmission drip pan leaking, gasket replaced 

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2005 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed automated manual RWD

75795 mi

C $1500
Replace leaky transmission pan and mechatronic sleeve, new transmission oil 

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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

84000 mi

US $464
Replaced a leaking Mechatronic Sealing Sleeve, 6HP26 Transmission Pan w/Gasket, and new pan bolts. Parts ordered online from CTSC ($304.42) Labor: Former BMW Tech Indy Shop $160.00 
96000 mi

US $500
Defective transmission seal that caused transmission fluid to leak.  
58900 mi Transmission stuttering in 5th gear. Dealer advised transmission required replacement. Traded in car same day. 
44600 mi

C $600
Replaced leaking transmission oil pan and filter replaced fluid twice over a week period to replace most old fluid. 

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2004 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

325-horsepower 4.4L V8 6-speed manual RWD

86000 mi

US $150
Replaced driveline flex disk to attempt to cure driveline slack. Did not fix problem, driveline slack persists. 

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2004 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

325-horsepower 4.4L V8 6-speed automated manual RWD

88700 mi

US $4000
rough shifting, surging reverse to drive...transmission service with new pan-filter 

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2004 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

111600 mi

﷼2000
tranny started to hesitate, vibrate and disconnect power frequently.. checked by ZF certified center and they decided the trany slips and the valve body needs service.. they failed to repair and replaced the gearbox 
62300 mi

US $4200
Transmission fault occurred while driving on highway requiring replacement of transmission with rebuilt transmission. 
89000 mi Car did the infamous gear slam when down shifting from 2 to 1. Would get transmission code when accelerating between speeds of 60-75 MPH when downshift was required. Car would get stuck in 3rd and could be reset by pulling over and restarting. 
90060 mi

C $2000
automatic transmission pan replacement 
105400 mi Failure to engage 5'th gear resulting in continious jumping between 4'th and 5'th. 
106320 mi Fluid leak, change pan, seal and bolts 

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2004 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed automated manual RWD

133280 mi

C $100
tranny pan leak . replaced the pan and filter one piece. refilled with OEM ZF Oil. no leak. shifts smoothly. runs and drives -ultimate driving machine 
176000 mi

US $1000
The transmission failed and was traced to the SMG pump. 
176000 mi Now the SMG Clutch Slave Cylinder is leaking. Car has been back-forth to shop multiple times; it's there now. 

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2004 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

44640 mi

$3500
Transmission gasket, sleeve 

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2003 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

153000 mi Shuddering transmission, new fluid and filter fixed the problem 
159000 mi Transmission went into failsafe mode after driving thru deep puddle - electrical connector is no longer waterproof and shorted out. Cleaned contacts, dried it out, resealed connection and all is well. 

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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 mi

US $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

124000 mi

US $2600
Clutch died, whole transmission had to be replaced. No external damage, no leaks. Girlfriend's father did all labor for free, saved $2000 
71000 mi

US $50
Replace torque converter. 

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2003 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

185000 mi

US $450
Guibo replacement. Trans fluid changed. Shifter rebuilt. 

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2003 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual RWD

71000 mi Seal where drive shaft leads from transmission was starting to fail (leak fluid). Discovered by my local mechanic when I took car to him for a comprehensive inspection one week prior to the car going out of extended CPO warranty. 

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2002 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual RWD

123000 mi clutch assembly 

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2002 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

394-horsepower 4.9L V8 6-speed manual RWD

106000 mi

US $1450
Replaced drive shaft 

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2002 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

290-horsepower 4.4L V8 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

130000 mi

US $1700
A part called a guibo was replaced. 

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2002 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

97700 mi

US $2500
Torque converter failing, caused check engine light. Torque converter replaced. 
168000 mi

US $1000
Rebuilt Transmission due to reverse drum cracking and the tranny failed to move when in Reverse 
141000 mi

US $600
torque converter slippage 
138000 mi

US $2500
P0741 code thrown, transmission shifts fine thus far. quoted 2500 for replacement of Torque Converter that is genuine ZF. No symptoms except slight slippage rarely above 80mph at slight inclines. Will order next spring. 

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2001 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

282-horsepower 4.4L V8 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

184000 mi

US $1200
Transmission reverse gear stopped working 

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2001 BMW 5-Series 4dr Wagon

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual RWD

110000 mi

US $900
The differential case developed a slow leak, but was in good mechanical condition. I authorized the shop to replace the leaky seal and pre-emptively replace the output shaft seals to reduce the risk of future leaks. 

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2001 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

394-horsepower 4.9L V8 6-speed manual RWD

103500 mi

C $2600
Had the clutch replaced. As clutch ages, self-adjusting mechanism binds and makes clutch slow to fully engage. 
112840 mi

C $180
Giubo replaced. Regular maintenance item on this car. 
26040 mi

$2000
The lurching problem of ZF transmissions. Every time I slow down going to a full stop, the auto transmission downshifts smoothly then from 2nd gear, it slams to 1st gear with a strong thud! 
66000 mi

US $400
Differential seals were leaking and thus replaced. 
51000 mi

US $1100
Car shaking violently on any acceleration. Rear U-joint connecting driveshaft to rear differential replaced. 

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2001 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

282-horsepower 4.4L V8 6-speed manual RWD

66700 mi

US $1100
Noise in differential; requires future repair. 

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2001 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

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

130000 mi

US $130
Vehicle went into limp home mode. Shop identified a slight transmission leak at the pan and added fluid. 

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2001 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

166000 mi

US $2990
New clutch. No issue I could identify - i.e. it seemed to work fine. Mechanic said it was a mechanical issue - throwout bearing sounds like it may be right. 

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2000 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

394-horsepower 4.9L V8 6-speed manual RWD

110000 mi

US $720
Replaced guibo/flex disk. 
138000 mi

US $120
Broken Shift lever joint. Car functioned normally and was driveable, but shifter could pull out easily like a dislocated joint. 
171000 mi CV Joint on axle worn. 

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2000 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

193-horsepower 2.8L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

114000 mi

US $100
Fluid leak - minor 
117000 mi Slight transmission leak when sold. 

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2000 BMW 5-Series 4dr Sedan

193-horsepower 2.8L I6 5-speed manual RWD

123000 mi

US $1300
Horrible sounds, vibrations. Dual mass flywheel shot (springs). Cannot be recovered. Clutch worn but still material remaining. Replaced with a single mass flywheel & clutch, no change to driveability, saves money and potential to resurface 
196000 mi

US $1200
Drive shaft was replaced, 5-speed shifter linkage was also tighten up. 

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