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X3 F25 (2011 - current)
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Old 06-11-2012, 07:32 PM
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2011 X3 software upgrade better acceleration

I have recently upgraded the software on my 2011 X3 28i - 6cyl

The upgrade fixes the acceleration hesitation at low speeds and improve the gear operation.
BMW Canada software P/N. 50183168 from PUMA

The upgrade is free but you have to ask your dealer - you get better acceleration after the upgrade - no hesitation at low speeds.
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Old 06-11-2012, 09:13 PM
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I need to have this done to mine. I have had a few other people drive my 2011 X3 28i and they all said there is hesitation.
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Old 06-13-2012, 07:53 PM
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After you do your software upgrade you will get a new mode on the idrive - Sport Selection.

Sport Selection have three sub-options:
- Sport Drivetrain/Chassis
- Sport Chassis only
- Sport Drivetrain only

All three are great. I like the way it drives after the software upgrade and is FREE at BMW dealers in Canada.

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Old 08-09-2012, 05:51 PM
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I have now had my 11 3-28 for one year and I must admit that although I was under the impression that the "adaptive transmission" more or less meant that "I" would eventually adapt to the transmission. The low speed hesitations really bothered me at the onset because it was most uncomfortable for me and the passengers.

Well, after one year I must admit that I did not change my driving habit with the 3 and the low speed hesitation gradually went away. I hardly notice it now. The 3 behaves "almost" (I'd say 95%) like any other vehicle when it comes to lowo speed hesitation and I can live with this because when hesitations do occur, they are very mild and acceptable to me and my passengers. I must conclude that the transmission truly adapted itself to my style.

No longer an issue with me and I had no upgrade done to the vehicle. I drive in normal mode and I like to accelerate from a stop in a normal fashion, without giving passengers the impresssion that I step too hard on the gas pedal.
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Old 08-10-2012, 12:22 AM
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My 28i received the update yesterday. I was really irritated by the hesitation. This update changed the car as it should be. I am really pleased with it. I am living in Qatar and also here the update was done for free. Just ask your dealer and go for it.
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Old 08-14-2012, 11:40 PM
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How do you know if there is a new software upgrade available for your X3? Anywhere to find this info?
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Old 08-15-2012, 02:45 AM
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It was posted here and I asked the dealer.
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Old 08-15-2012, 03:24 AM
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Wow, you would think after screwing up the AT shifting for five years with the previous iteration of the X3 they wouldn't have made the same mistake all over again.

Glad it has only taken them a year to resolve it this time.
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Old 08-15-2012, 10:12 AM
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There were plenty of cool-aid drinking owners who claimed us newbies had to learn to drive a BMW.

I almost didn't buy an X3 because of the software glitch but decided to purchase once I saw there was a third party fix.

My 2013 model had the software update so I didn't have to live with the irritant.

It sounds like BMW has offered this software fix on several of its models.
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Old 08-16-2012, 07:15 PM
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Well, after one year I must admit that I did not change my driving habit with the 3 and the low speed hesitation gradually went away. I hardly notice it now. The 3 behaves "almost" (I'd say 95%) like any other vehicle when it comes to lowo speed hesitation and I can live with this because when hesitations do occur, they are very mild and acceptable to me and my passengers. I must conclude that the transmission truly adapted itself to my style.
Good to hear that there is hope! I'm going to mention it to my dealer every time I go in for service, or until it either "fixes itself" or they come out with another update. Very annoying.
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Old 08-18-2012, 07:16 PM
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The standard replies from BMW are:

It's the gas you use.

It must be the way you drive it.

All BMW's operate this way.

If you hear any of these replies they are lying or they are stupid.

Not going to sugar coat it as this is BMWNA's biggest downfall. Their vehicles are relatively good it's the constant condescending BS that gets them in trouble all the time.
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Old 08-21-2012, 05:12 AM
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is there a way to check what version of software is in the car?
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Old 09-10-2012, 07:54 AM
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is there a way to check what version of software is in the car?
If you have the sport mode option in your settings menu then you have this software upgrade. Although, the sport mode option doesn't actually do anything.
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Old 09-10-2012, 07:56 AM
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The upgrade is free but you have to ask your dealer - you get better acceleration after the upgrade - no hesitation at low speeds.
I had mine updated last week and I'm much happier with it, although I would say there is still a slight hesitation if you slow roll a yield sign, but it's about 90% better now.
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Old 09-10-2012, 02:29 PM
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I had the software update several months ago. At first, I thought it fixed the hesitation problem. But, as far as I'm concerned, it has not. The hesitation is still there and quite obvious to me.
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Old 09-10-2012, 03:36 PM
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At first, I thought it fixed the hesitation problem. But, as far as I'm concerned, it has not. The hesitation is still there and quite obvious to me.
Interesting. Maybe it creeps back in as the transmission "adapts" to your driving. I'll keep an eye out for it, thanks.
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Old 09-11-2012, 12:01 AM
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Is this a petrol engine only thing, or does anyone know if it applies to diesel also. It would bloody help if one could access the sw version on your iDrive. I wonder, is it possible the dealer would know this as part of their service records (to save me driving into the garage to just have sw version checked :-/

That is, of course, if the solution applies to diesels :-)

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Old 09-11-2012, 09:46 AM
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There is an extensive thread on this topic already:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=615898

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Old 09-11-2012, 11:55 AM
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No mention of diesel there so I guess not :-)
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Old 09-11-2012, 10:17 PM
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I had the software update several months ago. At first, I thought it fixed the hesitation problem. But, as far as I'm concerned, it has not. The hesitation is still there and quite obvious to me.
I had the software update done about 3,500 mi ago and I have been noticing the issue return also. For me the main thing is that it is very difficult to take off smoothly from a stop while the tranny is in regular mode.
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Old 09-13-2012, 11:51 AM
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I bought my 2012 X3 April 21, 2012. I noticed the throttle lag during the test ride but bought the car anyway. Loved it, except for the lag.

It kept on stalling and I took it in for a fix in May 2012...they kept it 2 days and gave it back. Nothing changed. Almost got hit once when it would not respond to the throttle...it just sat there for a couple of seconds. Not good.

I took it back in and they said they had a "fix" and applied the "fix". It seemed better for a while...then it came back after a few weeks. While waiting to turn left across oncoming traffic I heard and saw Jeep coming at me from behind at speed and was going to hit me so I floored it...nothing...it just sat there and then crawled a few feet. The jeep turned at the last minute.

That's when I told the dealer that I loved the car but do not want to die in it. The shop foreman and I spent time driving around and finally the car replicated the issue. He said it is the engine not the transmission...ok fine...fix it. They have had it 24 days not fixed it yet...they ordered a new DME to see if that does it...It did not. We are now looking at a lemon.
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:18 AM
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It kept on stalling and I took it in for a fix in May 2012.
What grade and brand of gasoline do you generally use? It might not be related but I've heard a couple people report stalls and I'd like to compare the gas they're all using to see if there is a pattern.
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:30 AM
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I use QT premium or BP/Shell/Chevron...premium. They replaced the gas in the tank...they have tried everything they can think of and the problem is still there. They said a new software patch should come out later in the year to fix it. Right.


I start the lemon process today...
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