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Old 01-18-2011, 12:58 PM
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Gear box faults

Hi ALL please can someone give me some comfort in what I am experiancing with my 2004 X53.0d sport. I have been driving been driving quite happily since November 2010 until my boss who has the petrol 4.4i version said " the clutch feels as though it is slipping".

I have now noticed that on occasion on a downward slope it will drop down a gear throwing the revs to 4000rpm. The only way to get the revs down is accelearte and force another gear change.

BMW are saying at the moment that its sounds like a low oil level and then scared me by saying it could have metal fragment contamination in the oil = NEW GEAR BOX

Some one please advise......
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Old 01-18-2011, 10:24 PM
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maybe a computer glitch? mine was slipping also and i had it rebuild for about $2000
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Old 01-20-2011, 11:18 AM
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Gear box faults

Thanks for the response
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Old 01-22-2011, 06:42 AM
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X5 Auto box (GM)

Hi, New to this forum but I have a 2003 X5 D Sport with the GM (manufactured) box. This same box is also used by Land Rover. In general on a 2+ ton 4 x 4 it will fail at about 90K miles. Mine went at 92K and a recon cost 2200 by a specialist Autobox garage.
On the change down going down hill, I live in High Wycombe so spend lots of time going up and down hill!, The gearbox "brain" does two things 1) when reset it learns your driving style, or so the manual says. 2) it is programmed to change down on down hill overrun.
Mine has always done this from new and appears to sence the use of the brakes and revs go up to about 3500 or 4000 rpm.
Yours may have the later gearbox but I am told the same applies although the newer boxes have a longer life.
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Old 02-02-2011, 01:49 PM
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Gear box Fail Safe

Hi there well the saga continues.

I also live in High Wycombe and am used to the hills also.

I have had the car into Syntner BMW and the following test and diagnosis made.

The car battery was not keeping charge and thus sending the car into failsafe limp mode. This was messing with the gear box management system.
Sytner have carried out a diagnostic on the gear box where the on board computer showed no fault. They then tested for low oil levels. No Fault. Contamination of the oil with swarf. No Fault. Road tested it no Fault.

Now that they have registered a new battery with car the computer has been re set as if new from the factory. Apparently the car will now learn my driving style.

I am concerned about stories of the box failing at circa 90K mine is at 66k now so thinking the worst.
Where did you get your recon from??

Cheers
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Old 02-02-2011, 03:52 PM
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I gave up on Sytner after they tryed to charge me 170 (one hundred and seventy pounds) to change a front indecator bulb!! but thats another story.
When the gearbox on my car failed the Limp mode message came up but there was NO drive and in fact the car started to roll back when in drive and 4000 rpm. If this does happen to you turn off the engine for about 5 mins, the debris in the gearbox filter will settle and you may get drive back for a wile. It did get worse and I had to have the car transported to STA Auto gearbox in Aylesbury. They had 2 other X5's and a land rover in for this rebuild. their web site is www.staautogearbox.co.uk I have now run 14K miles since the rebuild with no problems. STA do a BMW upgrade during the rebuild which is recomended by BMW.
I have had a battery fail, not keeping a charge, so starting was a problem but had no problems once the engine was running.
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Old 02-03-2011, 06:21 AM
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Hi there,

Thanks for the advice on this one.

Glad to hear there is somewhere tried and tested to get the gear box fixed if all goes wrong.

Can I ask where you take it for servicing and smaller works. ??
I think I need to get the rear BALL Joints replaced and need to find a trust worthy garage.

Thanks for help
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Old 02-18-2011, 10:00 AM
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Hi Sorry for late reply I have not logged in for a wile.
For general work, MOT, service, bushes, drive shafts, etc I use Lindsey Motors (01494 558222)in Lindsay Ave close to west Wycombe Road. Between Dashwood Ave and Abercromby Ave (one way!) or give me a call 07836 727422
I also run a 911 and use them for that as well. If you need a specialist they will say so and possibly recomend one. eg Mine suffered the early 3.0D injector problem (leeking so low common rail pressure so wont start unless VERY good battery volts. They sent me to a diesal engine rebuilder ( next to the sound gallery/commet along London Rd) They replace the injectors using recon'ed units from the same supplier Sytner use! (Sytner DO NOT use new injectors) Cost was 60% less than the Sytner quote.
I have now done 108K miles and although I have had the front bushes (all) replaced I have not had any rear joints done. Lindsay do say I need to do some soon so may have to bite another bullit!! They do say that replacing the bushes at the rear will reduce the inside rear tire wear. I have had the tires down to the canvas in the inner edges with 5mm left on the rest of the tire. I now use "GENERAL GRABBER TIRES" (M&S) These were Great in the snow and seem to be wearing much better than all the others I have tried. They are also HALF the price of Goodyears or Michelins.
PS Indercator bulbs cost less than 5 from Sytner and take about 10 mins to change (as long as the build is like mine, the manager at Sytner STILL insists a reduced charge for my X5 at 120 is correct. I challenged him to time me doing a buld and he refused! A mate of my son's used to work at Sytner! can tell you more.
Regards Peter
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Old 02-21-2011, 01:41 PM
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Hi Peter,

Thanks for the reply.

I have had three quotes for the rear ball joints or lower suspension arms. All from 323 to 378 OR 458 from Sytner. I am now taking the dealer to court as I only bought it in Nov last year. Doing my homework all this can be recalimed back from the dealer under the Sales of goods act 1979.

Just sent him a letter giving him 14 days to cough up or we go to court.

I have managed to download the V32 soft ware update so now have the cheat to get the perspective view on the Sat Nav. Also just found the 2011 road map disk so doing well.

Can I ask the link you posted for tires goes to an amreican site is that right as it's all in Dollars???

speak soon

Jay
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