Question about BMW X5 Series
My Bmw x5 2001 Display shows Trans Fail Safe Mode, Truck drives verry sluggish up until around 45+ mph.. then it picks up speed and drives normal. Reverse is fine, seems to be an electrical or sensor issue because it just came out of nowhere. Not sure what to do, Hoping the trans is not shot!! anyone have any answers.
I had a similar problem but I have a manual transmission and there was nothing wrong with the trans. Before this happened the engine warning light came on. The dealer diagnosed that the Lambda probe was shot & needed to be replaced. I did not do this as the part was not in stock. This caused a problem with the engine and is presently being repaired at a dealer. Will post result soon.
IT'S VERY EASY TO RESET THE TRANSMISION'S COMPUTER. HOLD GAS PEDAL DOWN. TURN THE KEY TO THE NUMBER TWO. CONTINUE TO HOLD THE GAS PEDAL DOWN FOR THIRTY SECONDS.RELEASE THE GAS PEDAL AND PRESS THE BRAKE PEDAL FOR TEN SECONDS. NOW YOU CAN TURN THE VEHICLE ON. THAT SHOULD TAKE IT OUT OF SAFE MODE
Posted on Jan 22, 2010
Make Sure The Problem is Real First
I have a 2002 X5 and get this message ("Trans.Fail Safe Prog.") about once a week. The message, however, is bogus. My Baby drives the same as before, happily shifting through all 5 gears (I count them!). As it is mentioned in the Owner's Manual, stopping the car later when it is convenient and safe to do so, turning the ignition off, waiting for a short time (30 seconds works for me), and then restarting the engine removes the message from the display, every time. I am thinking that any such message and procedure included in the Owner's Manual obviously cannot be anything serious. So, please make sure the problem is real!
Posted on Feb 08, 2010
I just went through this with my '01 X5. The transmission needs to be changed. I ended up getting a rebuilt one from a company in Arizona called Jasper. The trans was just over $4,000 with the labor to change it in the $1200.00 range, I had the rear main crankshaft seal changed and some coolant seal changed at the same time as well since the trans has to be removed to do those anyway. Mileage on mine at the time was 98,000.
There was no warning or symptoms up until one time the trans had a loud clunk when shifting into drive (from full stop) then the trans fail-safe light, came on and the same as rajexc describes.
Since then two different BMW mechanics have told me that the "lifetime fluid" in the trans should be changed. There is a drain plug and it is not a huge deal. It is a little expensive, but cheaper than a new transmission.
FTjoe...based on the advice of my mechanic, you should change the fluid before the 100k mileage. If you wait until 100k, you might as well keep waiting until the trans fails, as changing it at that mileage may actually cause a problem. I know it sounds bogus, but that is the advice I was given. You should definitely get a professional opinion locally, but I was told the same thing by two different people that I think are credible.
Posted on May 05, 2009
Changed trans fluid both filters and wont move whats the trick
Posted on Apr 04, 2011
I have 01 x5 my trans fail safe progam light came on how do u fix problem without buying transmission
Posted on Oct 31, 2013
Take a short trip to this website (www.x5world.com) and enter the "forums" section. you can then do a search (search function is at the bottom of the screen) on "trans fail safe" and read through some of the emails.
if you can't find anything in the search, then join and ask. i believe it is an early sign of eventual transmission failure but hard to say when. BMW says its lifetime fluid in the transmission. some have changed it themselves (on their own dime) at 100,000 miles and noticed an improvement. i only have 65,000 miles on mine and no issues yet, but i will change it at 100K miles.
Posted on Mar 06, 2009
I had the same problem today. I also have a BMW X5 2001. I have about 145,000 miles on mine. Today, I was driving along at around 25 mph when I heard a pop sound and then the Trans. FailSafe Mode light came on and the car slugged along at 35 mph. I stopped and turned off the engine. When I turned it back on the warning light was gone.
This is the third time in about 2 years (and 45,000 miles) this scenario has happened. The mechanic told me about 2 years ago that it is early signs of transmission failure and that I should expect the transmission will fail sometime soon. I'm going to keep going until it fails completely.
Posted on Jun 23, 2009
I have a BMW x5 2001. I was working to fix a vacum leak. The engine was runnig at idle in Park when I heard a pop kinda loud. I did not know whay was it. Later I tried to drive and the fails safe trans came on. The car drives forward changing the gear kind like the sport mode. The problem is when it changes down to 2nd with a **** and the car feels like is breaking by it self. I tried to reset like Golden but mine did not work. I am disconecting the baterry terminals may be this will erase the memory. If is not going to work I am going to the dealer to see what kind a lies they will tell me, may be change the whole transmission.
Posted on Dec 28, 2010
X5 2002 3.0 The car had some problem driving at 75-80 mph tachometer not working for seconds and the mention trans fai saf pro light come on i plug in the scanner need it a air mass sensor order a cheap one on ebay it got worst put old one back, but yes my old one its bad one wire inside its missing fail old i order one from the dealer and see what happens tomorrow
Posted on Aug 21, 2013
Help us how to solve a trans fail safe problem
Posted on Nov 28, 2015
Check your battery. You can see actual voltage it puts out and what it holds with the car turned off using the onboard diagnotics menu. After replace the battery and having my DSC module rebuilt the message is gone. 2000 x5 4.4i
Posted on Jun 12, 2015
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Posted on Mar 10, 2015
BMWs can be tricky. various sensors and a few vacuum lines. I have done a lot of reading up online and my BMW said
"trans program " and you can find a lot of things wrong with the computer ,, not the transmission. save yourself 5,000 dollars.
if you have the cash take it to a dealer (if you need the car)
always get a second opinion . they are costly but they know in most cases what's up.
Posted on Dec 03, 2014
TWO WARNINGS: You MUST change your transmission oil about every 60000 miles. My tranny failed at 80,000 and the fluid was black.
BUT! here's the real problem but I don't think anyone realizes: The reason that the transmission fluid goes bad is that there is a valve in the cooling system just under the expansion tank that freezes closed, so the transmission oil cooks, turns black and kills your transmission! It's called an expansion tank thermostat and I found out about it by accident because my air conditioning stopped (due to a bad blower resistor).
You can get this part for under $40 on eBay and you might want to change the hoses while you're at it. I bought a used transmission for $2200 from LKM after my local transmission shop try to rebuild mine twice and failed. $1500 to put it in. :(
If you haven't checked your transmission oil in a while do it this week! And check that valve -- if your car is over 100k just replace it!
Posted on Sep 24, 2014
SOURCE: BMW X5 Trans Fail Safe Program,
sometimes it will clear if you turn the X5 off and restart it. however, it could be an early indication that the tranny is about to expire. i have had it happen and it cleared with a power cycle, but also had friends where it cleared for a few weeks/months and returned. this time it was really the transmission that went bad. if you can't get it to clear, then i'd suggest taking it to the dealer and have them plug into it to have a better look.
Posted on Jan 28, 2009
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