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X1 E84 (2011 - 2015)
First generation BMW X1 availbe as a X1 28i with either sDrive (RWD) or xDrive (AWD) or the US exclusive I6 N55 powered X1 35i xDrive.

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Old 12-05-2012, 06:17 PM
inline6fan inline6fan is offline
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Mein Auto: 1998 328i
Transmission shifting problem

At the 1100 mile mark, my X1 x28i had a major transmission failure. The 'mechtronic' unit had to be replaced (23 days in the shop waiting for the part from Germany!). The failure manifested itself as the car locking itself in Park. After messing with the shifter and restarting several times it locked itself in Neutral and that's where it stayed until towing to the dealer. During the wait my dealer came through with a nice loaner car-a X3. While the X1 now shifts again, there is a nagging problem. When cold the AT has very abrupt downshifts from 2nd to first (at least compared to before the failure). After about 5 miles or so the abrupt downshifting gets better, but it is still somewhat noticeable. Fully warmed up the AT seems OK, though it hardly seems like a 'state of the art' system.

Curious if anyone else has had or heard of similar problems. I"m obviously concerned for the long term. In my experience, mediocre performance problems are hard to diagnose and very difficult to fix.

Otherwise, I really love the car and always look forward to driving it.

P.S.-the eco pro mode really sucks the life out of driving this car! Avoid using it!
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