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Need to know what "trans failsafe mode" message

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Trans failsafe is "Limp" mode, it means a sensor has triggered due to a fault in OBC. You need to bring it to BMW or a competent shop to have a fault scan done to identify the actual cause. Limp mode allows you to drive short distance (so you're not stranded roadside)

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Before going to Bmw... get your battery and alternator checked... a low voltage from either of these can cause the comp to miss read sensors. After spending alot of money on my 1997 Bmw 535i for it to have a second had gearbox fitted... the fail safe was still coming up... Them my alarm kept going off... i had a car before where the alarm kept going off and was told to replace batt which solved it. So i replaced batt on my Bmw to solve alarm issue and it solved my fail safe issue to. I later had my old bmw batt tested for free by a friend and it is ment to be able to with stand a 200amp load for 15mins.... mine only lasted 30 secs.... Altough it turned the starter just fine... Craig

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    Hope this helps... wish someone was able to tell me before i spent money on new gear box. I have my fingure crossed for u.

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