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Old 04-30-2013, 03:34 PM
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Originally Posted by The X Men View Post
Most cars have electronic shifters now, even the one that looks like a traditional shifter. There is no longer a mechanical link from the shifter to the transmission, just a bunch of switches and relays. BMW should post some kind of shifter override procedure for towing. From what I understand, if the battery dies in your BMW, you need to take off the cover under the engine bay and unlock some kind of mechanical latch to get the car into neutral. Even the dealer and BMW road side assistant do not have information on this procedure.
This is documented in a X3 training manual posted on another forum. Going from memory here...there is some sort of lever on the tranny housing that is moved with a screw. This places the tranny in N even with power off. When I get back to my office I'll look it up and see if I can post it.

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