• Tiny
  • Anonymous
  • 2003 BMW 325i
  • 90,000 miles

My transmission suddenly stopped working properly while sitting at a red light. The car has a hard time taking off from a stop. It's like the car is stuck in second or third gear. Reverse works fine and once the car struggles to finally get up to speed it will cruise alright. I checked the transmission fluid and it looks like motor oil. I disconnected the battery hoping it would reset the computer for the transmission but that failed. The transmission warning light is on and when I checked for a code with my scan tool it came up with nothing. Also the tip tropic mode will not work. Any ideas? Thanks.

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 AT 9:44 PM

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  • Tiny
  • Dr. Hagerty
  • Expert
  • 9,724 posts

If it has a ZF transmission, you have described what I call a catastrophic failure and the transmission will require replacement.

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Thursday, January 17th, 2013 AT 5:30 AM

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