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Old 03-14-2008, 06:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Terry J. Harris View Post
Just today, towards the last quarter of a 300 mile round trip down I-80, I had gotten off in Laramie WY to get gas, started down the road that leads back to the interstate, was doing a constant 45 mph or so, and experienced that unpredictable unintended acceleration - you know, driving along and out of the blue the car starts to take off. Also, I stopped to pee at the rest stop at the Lincoln Monument (highest point on I-80) and on the downhill entrance ramp re-entering the interstate the X3 held a gear all the way to red-line/7K rpms as I entered the interstate. Tell me an automatic transmission in a $46K BMW is designed to red-line. I even drove off the next two exit ramps just to see if I could replicate this upon again re-entering the interstate. Of course, I couldn't and instead the X3 acted much like one would expect, running right up through the gears as I reached 70+ mph and entered back onto I-80.
I've experienced similar behavior...It is almost as if the transmission is haunted. The other night, I was on a back road with steep hill, flat road, steep hill, etc. The X3 stayed near red-line the entire time. I finally flipped it to sport mode, whereupon it began to act more "normally".

There is something seriously wrong with these vehicles.
2008 ML320 CDI
2008 X3 3.0si
2005 X5 (retired)
2002 X5 (retired)
1999 Z3 (retired)
1990 535i (retired)
1986 528e (retired)
1978 733i (retired)
1977 320i (retired)
1974 2002tii (in storage)
1972 Bavaria (retired)
1970 2002 (retired)
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