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Old 12-08-2011, 03:26 PM
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Time for a new transmission in my 2010 335d

So, I have a 2010 335d, 55k miles. It has had a few little issues but nothing drastic (read: not like the 4 HPFPs I went through in my 335i).

I had two scary experiences where the car gears get all screwy while driving 65MPH using cruise control. It throws the transmission malfunction error and after pulling off the road and killing the engine, the error goes away and life as usual resumes for the car.

The first time, I thought it might have been some quirkiness with the computer (I did own a 2004 745Li). The second time it happened, I was nearly hit by the car behind me which obviously had no idea my car would just shift out of gear.

After the dealership guys looked at it, they found 5 faults. They say I need a new transmission, new EGR(?) valve, and a new throttle body. Fun stuff. Glad I have the extended warranty. The warranty company sent out their adjustor and he validated the work the dealership said the car needed, so it is being covered.

I am very happy with the mileage efficiency of the car, and the worst thing I have had to do is replace the NOx sensor last summer (the DEF was being used up faster than it should have -- wasn't making it between oil changes).

So, I thought I'd share...just in case this happens to anyone else.
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Old 12-08-2011, 03:52 PM
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Yikes!

I was already pretty set on extending the warranty; now I'm sure.
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Old 12-08-2011, 03:59 PM
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I am sure if asked, BMWNA would replace the tranny free of charge as goodwill.

It should not be failing at all at 55k miles. That is absolutely rediculous.

BMW would want the tranny back to see where ZF fuucked up.
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Old 12-08-2011, 04:09 PM
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Wow, I have 52K on mine and I have the extended warrenty too. My wife smelled fuel in the garage today\ and then got an SES code. She took it over to BMW and it was a sensor causing it to overheat?? I am out of town so I was not there. Could not take the JBD out hope there is no issue with that.
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Old 12-08-2011, 04:25 PM
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Wow, sorry to hear, sounds like fluke. Glad BMW Is taking care of it. What MD did you go to?
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Old 12-08-2011, 07:22 PM
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Hearing this is tempting me to trade at 49K miles.

P.S. I work at Ft. Detrick and have never seen another 335d in the Frederick area.
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Old 12-09-2011, 03:16 AM
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Definitely makes the extended warranty look more attarctive.

This appears to be one of the first Tranny losses we've seen reported here.

If you've ever had a Auto-Tranny apart you can definitely understand what could possibly go wrong. It is a marvel of mechanical engineering.

Can't say our Tranny is any higher risk than any other automatic out there. Probably costs a lot more though.

Reminds me I need to get a quote on the extended warranty/maintenance soon!
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Old 12-09-2011, 06:01 AM
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Yeah, I haven't seen any others around Frederick besides mine.


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Hearing this is tempting me to trade at 49K miles.

P.S. I work at Ft. Detrick and have never seen another 335d in the Frederick area.
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Old 12-09-2011, 06:05 AM
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I bought the car at BMW of Sterling, but I have tried the service departments at VOB and BMW of Fairfax. I am getting the car serviced at Sterling.
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Old 12-09-2011, 09:37 AM
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Out of curiosity I'd like to know if they tell you how much the transmission would have been out of pocket to replace.
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Old 12-09-2011, 09:48 AM
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I bought the car at BMW of Sterling, but I have tried the service departments at VOB and BMW of Fairfax. I am getting the car serviced at Sterling.
Sterling is good. VOB and Fairfax have the 2 worst reps in the area. Tischer is outstanding.
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Old 12-09-2011, 10:27 AM
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This appears to be one of the first Tranny losses we've seen reported here.
The first reported... that's true.

Popping out of gear while cruising at highway speeds is not something you'll want to experience.

The transmission is a $5,400 part (plus tax, labor, etc.). Of course it was replaced for free under warranty, thank goodness.
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Old 12-09-2011, 10:40 AM
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$5.4k for a reman or all new transmission?
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Old 12-09-2011, 10:56 AM
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thank god you had extended warranty. that brings up next question which plan do you have. just warranty if so then Powertrain plus/Gold or Platinum. Is it additional 2yr\50K or 3yr\50K? I am thinking of Gold 2yr/50k but I have iDrive too so is Platinum worth or not. Its just 400 bucks more.
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Old 12-09-2011, 11:04 AM
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For $400 more I'd get it just for the piece of mind. But not like you see loads of people complaining about iDrive failures. So could just be throwing money away. Any extended warranty is a gamble though. To me a transmission failure below 100k miles on anything is an oddity.
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Old 12-09-2011, 12:05 PM
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Old 12-09-2011, 01:26 PM
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$5.4k for a reman or all new transmission?
It's usually reman since the housing is not "new". Actually IIRC all transmissions replaced by BMW under factory warranty are remanufactured because the housing is re-used.
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Old 12-09-2011, 01:28 PM
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Reason I asked is that price seemed more reasonable than I thought it would be.
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Old 12-09-2011, 01:29 PM
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Wow, I have 52K on mine and I have the extended warrenty too. My wife smelled fuel in the garage today\ and then got an SES code. She took it over to BMW and it was a sensor causing it to overheat?? I am out of town so I was not there. Could not take the JBD out hope there is no issue with that.
I'll be very interested to hear if the dealer mentions the JBD, and if so, what they say.

There's no way they won't notice it. Could your sensor issue be, in any way, caused by the JBD?
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Old 12-09-2011, 04:01 PM
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Yes, the price I quoted was for a remanufactured transmission...

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Old 12-09-2011, 06:23 PM
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Ö The second time it happened, I was nearly hit by the car behind me which obviously had no idea my car would just shift out of gear.
Thanks for the heads-up about the transmission. Me and the Big D moved to Frederick in August. Commuting downtown on the drag strip that is I-270, it seems I nearly get hit regardless of whether my car is in gear.
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Old 12-09-2011, 06:30 PM
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Yes, the price I quoted was for a remanufactured transmission...
So at what mileage did your transmission fail? Just assuming it did since you know the cost.
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Old 12-10-2011, 07:36 AM
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Slightly less than 30k miles...
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Old 12-11-2011, 06:52 AM
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Slightly less than 30k miles...
Was it for the same reasons as the OP?
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Old 12-11-2011, 08:08 AM
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I'll be very interested to hear if the dealer mentions the JBD, and if so, what they say.

There's no way they won't notice it. Could your sensor issue be, in any way, caused by the JBD?
They did not say anything about the JBD, said it was a sensor and then overnighted it. I do not think it was the JBD since it hase been in the car for months without any issue. Now a day later the SES is back on again. So this time I took it out and it goes back to the shop Monday.
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