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Old 01-01-2007, 12:48 PM
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What is wrong?

I have a 2003 M3 Convt with 38K miles. I have an SMG. My shifting has started to act up and yesterday the car flat out died three times when shifting DOWN as I came to a stop. It shifts very hard between 3-2 when going down, but now when it shifts down from 3-2-1 the car just flat out dies. Shifting up does not have any problems, and going from 6-3 is ok, but when it goes down past that and I come to a stop the car dies. Any one know what is wrong?
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Old 01-01-2007, 04:07 PM
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Try the SMG reset.
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Old 01-01-2007, 05:06 PM
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I don't know how to do that. Could you elaborate a little bit on how to reset the SMG? I appreciat e the response. Thanks
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Old 01-02-2007, 07:42 AM
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Details are in the manual.

IIRC, at speed over 20mph, put gear selector in N , pull both paddles and hold for 5 sec, put gear selector back in gear and drive away.
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Old 01-02-2007, 10:57 PM
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I reset the SMG, it has not died...now the service engine soon light has come on. How frustrating, third M3 and I am ready to go to the IS Lexus
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Old 01-03-2007, 12:00 AM
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maybe it needs a service? Good luck with the lexus
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Old 01-03-2007, 10:26 AM
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If you've got a 2003, you should still be under warranty (hopefully). Take it to the dealership and let them figure it out.
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Old 01-03-2007, 11:57 PM
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Looks like you have a problem with the coil packs and not SMG. When the coil packs (6 of them) go out, the car will go into "limp" mode causing a reduction in power and SMG to act up. The coils are a known problem and they had a service bulletin to replace them all with a new brand that are warrantied for 6 yrs/100K miles. Take it to the dealer as the car will soon not run at all.
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Old 01-04-2007, 11:16 AM
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Is it BMW warranted?

My car is now out of warranty, as I bought it in Sep 02'. I don't want to pay a fortune for this, I had this same problem with a VW, and they put me through h*ll.
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Old 01-04-2007, 11:23 AM
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My car is now out of warranty, as I bought it in Sep 02'. I don't want to pay a fortune for this, I had this same problem with a VW, and they put me through h*ll.
Did you buy new or is it a CPO car? Just trying to get more info.
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Old 01-04-2007, 11:38 AM
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No

I am not the original owner of this one. I had two new ones before, and a 330Cic I bought new, but decided to get preowned since the new model would be out in a few years and I intend on buying it. I have owned this one for 1.5 years. But I have never driven the thing over 75, nor storm around town, etc. Basically drive a race car like a grandma. (Sad huh). But the original owner bought it in Sep 02---I know because I know him. It has never been driven hard, at all---and it is mint and gorgeous.
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Old 01-04-2007, 12:40 PM
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That's the problem then! You gotta let it breathe every now and then!

These cars are meant to rip through the gears and get down on it every now and then. Anything less is uncivilized.

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Old 01-05-2007, 05:09 PM
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I took it in today, and they said the computer first stated I ran out of gas. Which is not true, then finally they said it was a temperature sensor in the exhaust that said I was running at 302 degrees celcius. I just had the exhaust replaced this summer because the dealer said BMW had an "as needed" recall. My car was fine, they just wanted the gravy money from my warranty. The current problem is related to what they supposedly fixed when they changed the exhaust. Should take no more than 30 minutes to fix. I did run it down the freeway the other day about 110 in fifth gear. I got cold feet, and slowed down. My heart was pounding about 150 beats a minute. Otherwise, I am a grandma driver, would rather go slow and be adored than fast and find myself with even higher insurance rates and without a license.
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Old 01-06-2007, 08:42 PM
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