best bet is talk to a bmw shop, as they have been running this trans since 2000Anyone on here know of a trans shop that can do a shift kit or stall converter for the 5L transmission. I have not found anyone yet.
The Hydra-Matic 5L40E/50E automatic transmissions have some unique operating characteristics with which customers may not be familiar. They have been designed to provide more of a manual transmission feel than other Hydra-Matic automatic transmissions.
Normal Mode Operation
During normal mode operation, drivers may notice increased powertrain braking after releasing the accelerator pedal. The vehicle will not coast freely when the accelerator pedal is released but will start to gradually slow down as if the brakes were lightly applied. This feels very similar to releasing the accelerator pedal on a vehicle equipped with a manual transmission.
Sport Mode Operation
Typically, Sport mode delays upshifts. The Sport mode simulates the performance driving of a manual transmission. Under certain conditions, the vehicle will maintain specific gears longer than a traditional automatic would. When driving in Normal mode in 5th gear, depressing the Sport button causes an immediate 5-4 downshift, which will be maintained for ten seconds. In any other gear, no downshift takes place when Sport is engaged. In Sport mode, the vehicle has firmer shifting and increased performance, and the transmission may remain in a gear longer than it would in Normal mode.
Driver Shift Control (DSC)
The driver manually overrides the automatic gear selection. Various mechanization options for input device and degree of override are allowed.
Performance Algorithm Shifting (PAS)
PAS overrides normal automatic gear selection during closed throttle high lateral acceleration maneuver. Lower gear is accompanied by near synchronous engine speed control for quick response upon re-opening throttle (enable threshold bias in Sport mode).
Performance Algorithm Liftfoot (PAL)
PAL prevents liftfoot upshifts while maintaining engine braking during repeated aggressive cornering.
The vehicle launches in 2nd or 3rd gear instead of 1st, to avoid wheel spin in snow or ice, if selected by the driver.
Shift stabilization is used to minimize shift business, or hunting between ranges. Based on several inputs and a map of engine torque at various RPM and throttle position, the TCM determines before making an upshift whether the engine will be able to maintain vehicle speed in the next higher range. If it calculates that it cannot maintain speed, it will prevent the upshift from occurring.
Downgrade Detection Brake Assist
Shift to lower gear with braking on downgrade based on fuzzy logic rules calculated from a thermal brake model, terrain detection, desired acceleration, vehicle speed, and mass detection.
Adapts continually compares actual shift times to desired shift times. The transmission controls make hydraulic adjustments to assure the actual shift times approach the ideal shift time the next time the shift is made for similar operating conditions of vehicle RPM, engine load, and road load conditions. The adaptive shift process continues for the life of the vehicle to provide consistent and optimized shifts.
Complete scenario. Dont understand, I dont think so..Old news. I ran a 4L-60E on a 4400lb car. Ran 12.65's with stock LT-1 w/turbo. The car took off like a shot and the street manners were impeccable. This mostly due to vette servos and a pro yank converter. Dont care for hard shifts.Im more interested in a low STR high stall coverter. I will find one when the time comes. The difference in performance on the street is unbelievable with a good converter.best bet is talk to a bmw shop, as they have been running this trans since 2000
why is it people are in such a hurry to throw bad parts at a good trans for a cuase they don't understand? this trans was designed from the beginning to be electronicly controlled and shifted. shift timing, shift point, line pressures are all controlled by the PCM. everyhting a shift kit on an old hydralicly shifted transmission is controlled in software now. want a firmer shift? decrease amperage to your pressure control solenoid during the desired shift. more line pressure, quicker accumalator fill, faster piston apply, firmer shift. with the exception of the 4t40e, 4t80e, 5lXXe, 6lXXe and the 6tXXe transmission, every current hydramatic transmission can be traced back to an earlier design that relied entirely on hydralic controls for shift timing, shift control and shift feel. governor? try vehicle speed sensor data. TV cable? try throttle position sensor data. Vacuum Modulator? Engine Load Data. Kickdown switch/cable? again throttle position sensor.
some of the capabilities provided by computer control (edited from GM's bulletin #02-07-30-002A):
These are all personal observations; no other documentation is offered.Resurrecting a 2 and a half year thread to pose a question. Take a look at Nimisys' post above listing the capabilities of the 5L40. Anyone know what, if any, of these features (other than Normal Mode) are resident in the kappa?
I have a manual, so I have never played around with the auto. But I have often wondered if setting an auto kappa in "competitive mode" or "traction off mode" would effect the transmission in any way? I am assuming from your post that there is no difference realized from the different settings on the car.We do not have the option of “normal/sport”, unless you count selecting “I”, in which case you do get better throttle response, etc.
I wondered about that too. It seems the auto trans is capable of several modes. The question is whether the GM engineers tie the traction and ESC switch triggers to the respective trans modes. I doubt they did (cost?), but it seems the technology is (was?) available to accommodate the option.But I have often wondered if setting an auto kappa in "competitive mode" or "traction off mode" would effect the transmission in any way?
Sure bud. Let us know what you find out.And, P.S., I have friends who work for BMW and they did tell me there was a high rate of failure of these when used in much lower horsepower BMW's. Why was this, I wonder? Did GM make any changes in light of this? I guess they did, they introduced the 5L50. And the Wikipedia article implies that the 5L40 was discontinued in 2007. If this was so, what transmissions were fitted to 2008, 2009, and 2010 Sky's and Solstices? I don't think it's unreasonable of me to try to get to the bottom of this, do you?