Maybe now I understand why you have a severe case of hesitation and a rough jerk. I know some 550-owners like Dunderhi also mentioned the 2nd (BUT maybe for a 400hp 550 it is more understandable). Not a case on mine 100%. I know the power curve very well and can recognize each gear with top precision (as I love the push into the seat and can feel how it weakens with each gear, thus reducing my joy). (Ticks me off when I come out of a turn in the 3rd, for example)
Maybe that gives you more grounds to demand a fix, Needs (and others). Simply state that you demand your 535 to start out in the 1st gear (otherwise, why the heck have it in the first place?) and take a new 535 for a ride and show them how it starts in the 1st. I have used the same demand-comparison tactic with CA door lock delay issue and got a fix that I wanted. The dealer even thanked me for using such method (as otherwise they would be dumbfounded and would have to argue and question me endlessly to both parties' dissatisfaction).
2011 535i F10 delivered
1999 328i E46 retired
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Last edited by yogi799; 12-20-2012 at 07:13 PM.