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Old 03-04-2012, 05:46 PM
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Transmission Malfunction

Until today I've had no real issues with my F10-except for the tip-in issues.

Backing out of my driveway today I shifted the transmission from reverse to drive and I heard and felt a bump/clunk and then I got a "transmission malfunction" alert. The car would barely move. The warning said to stop the car and call roadside assistance.

I turned the engine off, waited a few moments and then restarted the car. Everything seemed to be normal and the transmission engaged normally and there are no warnings. I garaged my car and I plan to take the car to the dealer in the morning--unless I get another transmission malfunction warning.

If this was a real problem I assume the warning wouldn't go away so quickly. Anyone else have this experience?
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:27 AM
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Update: I called the dealer's service department and the SA basically said not to worry about it because there are no existing warnings in iDrive. He said sometimes something in the transmission "slips" or fails to engage properly and it shuts down and triggers a warning. I've never heard of such a thing. Doesn't give me much comfort.

I drove it to work today and everything was fine.
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Old 03-05-2012, 01:33 PM
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I agree with you. I would not feel comfortable with that response either.
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:07 PM
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Might I suggest that you send your service adviser an email describing the problem in writing and acknowledging their answer. You never know when it might come in handy...
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:43 PM
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I experienced the same problem last week. Only had 1,200 miles on the vehicle. Very rough idling and vibration, with reduced power, full engine light and screen error stating Drivetrain Malfunction - Reduced Power. It occurred when I placed the transmission out of Park, not when starting the vehicle. It has not reoccurred again (yet). I heard that it may be a faulty fuel sensor and not a HPFP issue. Your explanation about the tranmission not engaging properly and causing the error is consistent with my experience, so there might be some validity to it.
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Old 03-25-2012, 12:41 PM
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Until today I've had no real issues with my F10-except for the tip-in issues.

Backing out of my driveway today I shifted the transmission from reverse to drive and I heard and felt a bump/clunk and then I got a "transmission malfunction" alert. The car would barely move. The warning said to stop the car and call roadside assistance.

I turned the engine off, waited a few moments and then restarted the car. Everything seemed to be normal and the transmission engaged normally and there are no warnings. I garaged my car and I plan to take the car to the dealer in the morning--unless I get another transmission malfunction warning.

If this was a real problem I assume the warning wouldn't go away so quickly. Anyone else have this experience?
I had a similar problem today on my 5 day old BMW 528xi with 340 miles on it. I was stopped at a light and when I pressed the accelerator the "Transmission Malfunction" message came on. I was able to drive it to my house at a very slow speed but it could not make it up the hill on my driveway. I shut the car off and restarted it and it was fine.
I drove the car to you service center in Boston on Sunday 3/25/2012 and was basically told not to worry about it by the Salesperson and the person working in the service area but I think I should have it checked anyway. So I am setting up an appointment for this Thursday to have it checked. This is my first BMW. I have two Jaguars one a 1996 with 145000 miles that never needs service. I bought the BMW because of quality.
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Old 03-25-2012, 01:43 PM
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I think it's kinda like how on regular cars, if you shift from reverse-drive too fast, the engine will kill itself automatically. Many cars actually do this...as for BMW, maybe it's just a precautionary warning just in case it wasn't one of those "shift too fast" moments.
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Old 04-16-2012, 03:51 PM
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I had the same issue backing out of my drive this morning. As soon as I slid it into D the dash lit up. I placed it back in P. Shut the car off. Restart. Go on my merry way without the warning. I am not going to obsess over it. It must be a protective issue, and I probably tried to go from R to D to quickly.
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I think it's kinda like how on regular cars, if you shift from reverse-drive too fast, the engine will kill itself automatically. Many cars actually do this...
Huh? How do you shift "too fast" from reverse to drive? Do you mean you're still rolling? I've driven probably 40 cars and have never experienced an engine "killing itself" when shifting the transmission to any gear. Unless of course, it was a manual and I didn't know how to work a clutch (not).
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Old 04-16-2012, 09:19 PM
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There has been a number of these malfunction transmission posts.
I believe every time it concerns fairly new, under 2000 miles cars.
Aand everytome the problem was solved by restarting the engine.
I f it only happens once, I would not worry.
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