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cdothill 10-08-2019 06:22 PM

STRANDED IN VEGAS 2012 328i drivetrain malf
 
hi everyone! it's been a loooong time since i've been in here, & today is the day i desperately need yall!

my 2012 328i just stopped on me in the middle of rush hour traffic on a busy road in vegas! power was lost, the drivetrain light came on, it threw itself into park, aaaaand it will not restart.

i popped the hood and it is HOT under there! i had driven maybe 3 minutes before this happened. now i am just PRAYING nobody runs into me ***x1f629; cars go like 50+ on this road.

i am not under warranty (obviously), so, can anyone pleeeease recommend a reliable & fairly priced shop in vegas?

i am waiting on AAA now to tow me to the dealership in henderson, but i would much rather go indie at this point.

thanks yall

BMW4Lee 10-08-2019 07:14 PM

I do not know of any independent shops in Las Vegas, but people have recommended the following sites to find an independent shop: https://www.bimrs.org/find-a-shop.html and https://www.bimmershops.com

Good luck!

cdothill 10-08-2019 09:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BMW4Lee (Post 13127827)
I do not know of any independent shops in Las Vegas, but people have recommended the following sites to find an independent shop: https://www.bimrs.org/find-a-shop.html and https://www.bimmershops.com

Good luck!

Thanks! I am going to try and find someone through those!

Yukoner 10-09-2019 08:24 AM

Keep us up to date on what's going on. Hopefully it's not a big problem.

cdothill 10-09-2019 11:09 AM

yall... i am so... idek if embarrassed is the appropriate word? i am confused... my gas light wasn't even on... yet... i ran out of gas??

the aaa guy was like, "let me just try and put gas in there," so i was like, "i mean, if you want to... i have 50 miles to empty (the irony is, i was literally on my way to fill up; i was like a 4 minute walk from a gas station)."

he put 2 gallons in... and my car started. and the drivetrain light didn't come back on.

y'all... i am so confused... i've driven only bmw's since 2007... i have NEVER run out of gas... & my light wasn't even on yet.

***x1f3fd; i am thankful, i suppose lol lost a tow on my aaa but, my drivetrain didn't fall out so ***x1f3fd;***x1f602;

thanks!!

Zooks527 10-10-2019 07:00 AM

Yup, only time I've ever seen a "Drivetrain Malfunction" warning was on a test drive in an M235i that the dealer assured me had enough gas before I pulled off his lot.

Kind of a stupid name for the warning for when you run out of gas, though.

Zooks527 10-10-2019 07:00 AM

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dharmabmw 10-10-2019 07:08 AM

Lesson learned? Don't wait on the idiot light. Use the fuel gauge instead.

Doug Huffman 10-10-2019 07:13 AM

I start looking for a fill up at a half-tank indicated. That's enough to get to a more affluent state while driving in poor mountainous east coast states, ~300 miles. I try to fill up at noon lunch stop and at the end of the day, while we're stopped anyway.

need4speed 10-10-2019 08:28 AM

At least it was cheap to "fix". I fill up at a quarter of a tank.

cdothill 10-10-2019 11:18 AM

i had just gotten in from a long road trip the night before and was exhausted. i was just going to get gas after a nights rest *shrug*

it definitely won't happen again! lol

cdothill 10-10-2019 11:20 AM

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Originally Posted by need4speed (Post 13129353)
At least it was cheap to "fix". I fill up at a quarter of a tank.

i generally do, too. i was just too tired the night before. won't happen again! lol

smassey321 10-10-2019 01:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cdothill (Post 13128467)
yall... i am so... idek if embarrassed is the appropriate word? i am confused... my gas light wasn't even on... yet... i ran out of gas??

the aaa guy was like, "let me just try and put gas in there," so i was like, "i mean, if you want to... i have 50 miles to empty (the irony is, i was literally on my way to fill up; i was like a 4 minute walk from a gas station)."

he put 2 gallons in... and my car started. and the drivetrain light didn't come back on.

y'all... i am so confused... i've driven only bmw's since 2007... i have NEVER run out of gas... & my light wasn't even on yet.

***x1f3fd; i am thankful, i suppose lol lost a tow on my aaa but, my drivetrain didn't fall out so ***x1f3fd;***x1f602;

thanks!!

Do you have the N51 SULEV engine? Someone else recently posted about running out of gas early with an N51. They sometimes have issues inside the special low emissions gas tank that cause the fuel level to not be accurate. You can track your miles with the odometer as a test.

[email protected] 10-11-2019 03:44 PM

Im pretty sure you got it taken care of by now , we use Sin City Performance on Sunset for all our work


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