BMW Automatic Transmission Fail-Safe or Limp Mode Warning Light

May 25, 2016 – 10:25 pm
2001 BMW Z3 Blue 5 Speed


This answer is applicable for many BMWs in addition to the one listed below.

car year: 1997
car model: 740iL
Hi Otto, I have been watching your videos on YouTube very help full. I have a question what does this mean (trans failsafe prog) can you help me Thank you very much for your time

BMW has been using electronically controlled automatic transmissions in most models since the late ’80s.  These transmission systems employ a transmission control unit which controls electrical solenoids to manipulate the various control and shift valves and functions in the transmission valve-body.  When the transmission control unit detects a problem that it “thinks” could be damaging to the transmission or engine, it goes into a fail-safe or “limp” mode. In this mode, the transmission will function in reverse normally, but in forward it will operate in only one gear (whether you have the shifter in D, or any of the lower gears). This will typically be 3rd or 4th gear, depending on the model. It will start in this gear and stay in this gear with no shifting. You would experience this as sluggish acceleration and higher than normal engine speed at about 40-mph and above.

Source: Bavarian Autosport Blog

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2005-10-06 00:08:00 by sodef98

Holy fucking shit cock asshole!!!
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I found one mr2 and talked the guy down to a reasonble price and it turns out he has 2 people going to check out his car for a higher price... :-(. The thing is the car was a non turbo with a japanese turbo engine installed that cannot even pass smog unless it has a EGR!! Ive found a good shop that can install an EGR, but its gonna run around $500...

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