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#11076 of 12737 Re: 2002 E39 530i second manual transmission failure [div2]
Dec 30, 2005 (4:38 pm)
As a new BMW CCA member, I only have a half dozen issues archived, but I did run across a Mike Miller answer to someone who had a 1995 525i pop out of 1st gear. Mike attributed this to a rare but well-known defect in the S5D 250G manual gearbox. He states that a number of S5D 250Gs produced up to 04/98 had an incorrectly machined guide sleeve on first and second gear. In time, this defect causes the pop out problem. I know that the car at issue here is the E39, but could it also have a similar rare defect, only that it is not that well-known yet? Mike's answer said that there was a Service Information Bulletin, 23 02 99 that detailed the problem amd limited it to the E36 3 series, but that the same gearbox is used in the E34 5 series six cylinder models. He said that "if the complaint was under warranty, BMW would have replaced the gearbox with a factory remanufactured unit. Today, the gearbox can be repaired with an updated first and second gear guide sleeve." This repair requires the technician to remove and completely disassemble the gearbox. FYI, He knows of only four BMW manual gearbox rebuilders nationwide:
Bavarian Engine Exchange (www.bmwengine.com)
Brett Anderson (www.koalamotorsport.com)
Jim Blanton (www.performancegearing.com)
Jim Rowe: (www.metricmechanic.com)
Mike says that a rebuilt from these guys will result in a stronger gearbox than stock. They might also work with you if you just want a new guide sleeve.
Hope some of this info helps in some way to get to the bottom of the E39 manual gear pop out problem.
P.S. The Roundel issue I referenced was from Sept. 2005
#11077 of 12737 Re: 2002 E39 530i second manual transmission failure [cmr530i]
Dec 30, 2005 (7:48 pm)
This is the most helpful information I have seen. Thanks for taking the time to post it.
Happy New Year to you and everyone else on this board.
#11078 of 12737 Nextel Bluetooth connectivity with 530i
Jan 01, 2006 (7:51 am)
I took a change and purchased a Nextel i870 bluetooth cellular phone yesterday, even though Nextel isnít listed on BMWís list of officially supported Bluetooth compatible phone list.
I enjoyed some (enough) success in that the phone paired with the vehicle with very little difficulty and Iím able to make and receive phone calls, as well as use the voice command feature to dial numbers.
The only limitation is that Iím unable to download my cell phoneís phonebook to the vehicle; I guess that was the reason why Nextel didnít make BMWís list of officially supported Bluetooth compatible phone list.
Still, Iím happy to report that the core features of the phone are available through BMWís bluetooth, and can only hope in time that the technology will improve that will allow the phonebook to be downloaded.
I realize that Nextelís phone service is different from other carriers, e.g. T-Mobile or Verizon Wireless, primarily because of their walkie-talkie feature, but Iíve opted to stay with Nextel and just a little happy that all the bluetooth features work save for the phonebook downloading. This offers a viable option for those BMW owners who need Nextelís phone service.
Iím sure bluetooth technology will improve in the future, so there is hope for improved connectivity between Nextel (now owned by Sprint) & BMW.
#11079 of 12737 Re: 2002 E39 530i second manual transmission failure [div2]
Jan 01, 2006 (5:13 pm)
This is my wife's car and she tells me that she does not use the shift knob as a hand rest. I don't either when I am driving.
#11080 of 12737 Re: 2002 E39 530i second manual transmission failure [cmybimmergo]
Jan 01, 2006 (5:19 pm)
I had this problem on every service ticket we had (probably 5 times) and finally I was able to convince the service advisor (who is a BMWCCA fan who comes to watch us run at Road ATL often (I use my 1985 VW GTi not the 530i)) to make something happen. He did and we received the re manufactured transmission although it was not installed exactly correct as some of the bolts securing the unit came loose after a few hundred miles. Constantly listing the problem worked for us.
#11081 of 12737 Re: 2002 E39 530i second manual transmission failure [jhammell]
Jan 01, 2006 (5:23 pm)
I'm just looking at all the possibilities. One thing I do know for certain is that it is extremely unusual for a BMW MT to fail; they will usually last for an extremely long time. Here's a quote from an E36 Racing list I'm on:
We ran the 180,000 mile transmission that came with our
car from 1999, when we built it into a race car until the middle of this summer. Over 100 sprint races, and through 6 enduros of 8 hours or more. When we pulled it out, we saved it as a spare. It just grumbles a little going into
#11082 of 12737 Re: 2002 E39 530i second manual transmission failure [cmr530i]
Jan 01, 2006 (5:31 pm)
Thanks for this posting. I have a Regional Technical person coming tomorrow and I have already made a request to the BMW Consumer Affairs about this and other problems we have already experienced with this car.
I was told on Friday by the service advisor the the hydraulics of the transmission are fine but that there is a problem with the syncros and or the throw out bearing determined so far. On the surface this indicates that the remaufactured transmission is OK (but it still has popped out of second gear but not as often) and that other components are defective. I am still concerned about the long term durability of the transmission as we plan to keep this car at least ten plus years until a worthy replacement of the E39 arrives.
BTW we do have a brand new 2006 325i with the steptronic and I have to say that that motor is amazing as it spins right up to 7,000 RPM's and sounds great. If I could get the new 3.0 R6 motor with a good 6 speed manual in the E39 we have I would be very happy.
#11083 of 12737 Re: 2002 E39 530i second manual transmission failure [div2]
Jan 01, 2006 (5:37 pm)
I want to believe that our E39 will be just as durable as all of the E30's, E36's and other BMW's I see at Road ATL, Barber and Roebling Road. This car has been pampered as it is our first BMW and is still a very new car to us. It looks great (Sterling Grey, SP, PP, tinted windows etc.) when the wheels are clean so we would like for it to run as good as it looks.
#11084 of 12737 Question re: 2007 Model year?!?!
Jan 12, 2006 (10:42 am)
My wife and I are almost signing the deal for a 530xi and are now being told by the dealer (we're in Canada) that the 2007 model year production run is going to start in March so that we could have an '07 by the end of April....i.e. that BMW is starting the new model year run now instead of in the fall. She is also saying that there won't be any changes from the '06....
#11085 of 12737 Voice activation? Comfort seats..
Jan 13, 2006 (10:56 am)
This relates to an '06 530xi.....
Are any of the climate, radio, navigation functions able to be voice controlled by the driver (with iDrive)? (Or, is it only via the iDrive controller and/or using the steering wheel buttons...?). (With Bluetooth "prep" I assume the telephone functions are handsfree, but what about these other items?).
Also, anyone have pictures of the comfort seats in beige (with ventilation)? (preferable with the dark poplar high gloss wood, if possible.....thanks).