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F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016)
The sixth generation of the BMW 5 Series Sedan (F10) was produced from 2011 - 2016 with LCI updates arriving in 2014. In the US BMW offered a hatchback 5 Series Gran Truismo (F07) and the rest of the world also go a Station Wagon/Touring version F11.

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Old 12-27-2012, 09:57 PM
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Hey Brothers--I have a 2012 550i. I noticed that when I am shifting from Park to D or N and back to Park, there is a weird noise in the controller. Is this normal?? Thanks!!
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Old 12-28-2012, 04:28 AM
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Hey Brothers--I have a 2012 550i. I noticed that when I am shifting from Park to D or N and back to Park, there is a weird noise in the controller. Is this normal?? Thanks!!
What is the noise? You will hear a slight "click" of a solenoid (or similar mechanism) when shifting into or out of Drive. That is the control that allows the lever to be moved over to the DS "gate". Other than that, I hear no noise from the shifter. Oh, and if you leave it in the DS position and engage Park, the shifter will automatically push over to the standard gate first.
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Old 12-28-2012, 07:57 AM
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It kind of sounds like an electronic gear...almost like a buzzzz sound. I know it is hard to describe, but it is not a clicking sound.
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It kind of sounds like an electronic gear...almost like a buzzzz sound. I know it is hard to describe, but it is not a clicking sound.
Hmm, sounds a little strange. The part I mentioned about being in the DS mode and pressing Park, there is a slight motor-type noise as the lever is automatically pushed back over to the right side. But this noise doesn't happen if you just go to Park from N or regular D. Maybe time to have someone take a look -- good luck.
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It kind of sounds like an electronic gear...almost like a buzzzz sound. I know it is hard to describe, but it is not a clicking sound.

My F10 with sport auto didn't make any noises shifting. My X5 with standard E-shifter also makes a electronic buzz sound when i shift into drive.
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It kind of sounds like an electronic gear...almost like a buzzzz sound. I know it is hard to describe, but it is not a clicking sound.
Hi, First of all sorry for reviving the old thread.did you find the problem?I am feeling same kind of motorized noise coming from the gear shift lever.I hear when i press the P button from drive.Its like motor running for a second.It was already there when i bought it used couple of months ago.Vehicle is E70 2009 X5D.Thanks
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Hi, First of all sorry for reviving the old thread.did you find the problem?I am feeling same kind of motorized noise coming from the gear shift lever.I hear when i press the P button from drive.Its like motor running for a second.It was already there when i bought it used couple of months ago.Vehicle is E70 2009 X5D.Thanks
If you have the gear selector in the left side "DS" gate when you shift to Park, a motor will push the lever over to the standard gate first. My new LCI 535i has a change from the original solenoid "click" I mentioned in one of the original replies. Looks like they changed that to a small motor. WHen I shift into or out of Drive, you can hear the quick "whir" of a motor opening the DS gate. My old solenoid-based unit had an intermittent issue, as I think others did. This is probably an improved version.
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WHen I shift into or out of Drive, you can hear the quick "whir" of a motor opening the DS gate.
yes exactly that motor 'whir' noise.but i didn't notice the same noise in other models in which same kind of joystick shift lever is.It feels like worn out motor or worn out gears that drive that mechanism.anybody knows.? thanks
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It kind of sounds like an electronic gear...almost like a buzzzz sound. I know it is hard to describe, but it is not a clicking sound.
Hi there, I know this was posted a long time ago. Did u manage to found out what was causing it to buzz? Having the same issue and replaced the gear shift assembly unit and still making buzzing sound. Don't know where to go from here?
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If you have the gear selector in the left side "DS" gate when you shift to Park, a motor will push the lever over to the standard gate first. My new LCI 535i has a change from the original solenoid "click" I mentioned in one of the original replies. Looks like they changed that to a small motor. WHen I shift into or out of Drive, you can hear the quick "whir" of a motor opening the DS gate. My old solenoid-based unit had an intermittent issue, as I think others did. This is probably an improved version.
Yes, BTW this is what it looks like (can't hear though). Shut off the motor with the START button and the shifter moves over on its own.

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