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Transmission My 1997 540i will only go 5 miles per hour in Drive but will go Reverse, does this sound like a new transmission - If yes do you think it is worth fixing it?

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Hi , yes you hit the nail on the head it sounds like the auto box has a huge problem replacing it will be the only option the problem is a new auto box will cost a small fortune so your best option would be either a second hand one which is risky as this could go at any time but i would say your best option would be a re conditioned one.
If your getting a garage to do this then they will tell you where you can get one from but it sounds like your box is beyond repair and if you did want it repaired you will find it costs more than a re conditioned one so that is what i would do.

Its deffinatley worth getting repaired and you should then have no problems just make sure the fluid is kept topped up as this is the most likely cause of your problem as the fluid gets to low then this causes it to overheat and gives the problem your having.

Selling the car with this problem is something not to do as it will be difficult to sell and also you wouldnt get much for it.

Let me know how you get on or if you have any questions ok.

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