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Re: 740iL Transmission "Feel" Question (archive)

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Posted by Scott Boydstun on August 22, 2001 at 17:55:16:

In Reply to: Re: 740iL Transmission "Feel" Question posted by ken Woolsey on August 14, 2001 at 09:05:49:

I too have have this problem.....took it in and was told the tranny needs replacement..have 86,000 miles on it ('94,740IL) What was the final outcome in your case? Any reason for the failure? What ended up being fixed, rebuilt or replaced?

My last BMW was a 86 735i which was an absolute nightmare... wouldn't go into reverse, replaced almost every moving part on it... got fed up and gave it to a charity.

Now, a few months ago I bought a 94 740iL and love it... except for the tranny... mine was slow at first start, like a brake was dragging... then as it warmed up it was alright... a week ago, the entire thing started slipping when in Economy and would work okay out of snow * drive. I took it to the shop, and quotes were from $800 to $3,000 without tearing into it. I went to the $800 shop, and watched as they disected my tranny. Everything from the fluid on up was fried... total cost will now be about $3,200 +! I sure hope this works! Oh, and my car only has 96k on it. Seems way to short a time to need a new tranny to me... especially when I think of my 1969 Mercedes 280SE with original tranny and 280,000 miles!

I just traded my '93 525i for a 93 740iL. My 525i transmission was flawlessly smooth....the 740iL has a "hesitate-grab" quality especially in the lower gears (2nd, 3rd). Is this a normal/typical feel? As the car heats up it gets better. Do any experienced owners know what I should expect and feel? Or do I need to rush back to the dealership and demand an inspection? Thanks in advance for your input!

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