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Old 10-20-2009, 09:43 AM
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rough shifts when transmisison is cold

Now that the weather is a colder in the morning I've noticed that for the first 1/2 mile or so when I first drive my X3 the transmission shifts a little rougher (especially downshifts).

Nothing major, but noticeable. Just wondering if this is normal? I remember in the owners manual of my 01 accord, honda wrote that it was typical for the transmission to shift a little rougher until fully warmed up (which it did)
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Old 10-20-2009, 09:48 AM
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Yes, it's normal. I'm sure your body wouldn't be happy either if you were asked to sprint a few kilometres right off the bat in 0° weather.
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Old 10-20-2009, 09:58 AM
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Yep, it happens. I noticed it on my first winter with car and now "baby" it till the temp gauge is at least one notch above the blue mark. Idling the car does not help as it does nothing to warm up the tranny. I normally start the car, wait ten seconds and drive strictly under 2k rpm/under 50 kmph till I reach highway which is ~2kms.
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Old 10-20-2009, 12:54 PM
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Yup, normal in every German designed MT I have owned.
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Old 11-03-2009, 01:31 PM
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Itīs the same behavior of "cold" shifting in Germany - no difference to my Mercedes.
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Old 11-04-2009, 07:34 AM
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Same problem with cold shifts in balmy CA. Just needs a bit of time to get the juices flowing right. Same as any other transmission, german, japanese, or domestic I have ever owned. Even the M/T was a little hard to shift on frosty mornings.
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Old 11-04-2009, 11:23 AM
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My old Lexus with the 4-speed automatic wouldn't upshift out of 2nd until the engine was slightly warmed up or you exceeded 3500rpm. Very annoying when it means you're limited to about 35mph.
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