1997 BMW 740iL transmission

Asked by Oct 29, 2016 at 09:30 PM about the 1997 BMW 7 Series 740iL RWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I bought a 1997 BMW 740iL and it was brought her by a tow truck. The driver drove it off the truck and put it in my driveway. I had to get a new battery though since I got the new battery it will not move. I put it in Drive nothing, the same for 1st, and 2nd. Also will not move in reverse. I am on a very tight budget from of a pension. Is there anything anyone can suggest that I can do to get my car back up and running without any transmission problems? I will take all positive help out there thank you

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If you bought this car long distance, sight unseen, did you have it inspected? It may have had transmission problems and that's why the previous owner sold it. However, since it would move before replacing the battery something may need to be reset. Some vehicles are fussy about having the battery disconnected. There's an excellent BMW forum on the internet called bimmerfest. You can post your question there for a more definitive answer. Or talk to your local BMW dealer. One last thing, if the transmission is not sealed check the fluid level. It may just be low on transmission fluid. Let's hope that's all it is! HTH. -Jim

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I would also recommend, having it towed to an independent BMW mechanic or foreign shop and have them diagnose the vehicle. Might be transmission or something else. Get the diagnosis in writing and you can go back to the seller if you got a warranty for compensation. Good Luck. I always check out my vehicle in person before purchase.

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Buy a scanner (about $100) and pull the code and reset the computer and might fix the problem. Check all the fuses and relays, you might have a blowen fuses or relay. Is the electric parking brake disengaged ??

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