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View Poll Results: How many miles on your transmission before repairs or replacement needed?
50,000 to 100,000...transmission repaired/replaced. 166 7.54%
50,000 to 100,000...no problems!!! 668 30.35%
100,001 to 125,000...transmission repaired/replaced. 119 5.41%
100,001 to 125,000...no problems!!! 383 17.40%
125,001 to 150,000...transmission repaired/replaced. 98 4.45%
125,001 to 150,000...no problems!!! 282 12.81%
150,001 to 175,000 or more...tranny repaired/replaced. 77 3.50%
150,001 to 175,000 or more...no problems!!! 408 18.54%
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Old 01-23-2019, 01:54 PM
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Glad you feel the same I've often thought they may have this marketing scheme set so the cars break down prematurely and often which makes you appreciate the ride more when they function properly. Honestly it's a bit of a addiction, a non harmful one though.


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(somewhere in Germany ) they were stack like 5 cars high. This guy was driving a fork lift of like two cars high on the fork lift....from what I could see the cars were in at least good outward condition...all of these car were to be disposed of. BMW wants turn over...people like us are considered deviants.

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You're beginning to know BMW. ..once saw this video of a football field full of all sorts of bmws
(somewhere in Germany ) they were stack like 5 cars high. This guy was driving a fork lift of like two cars high on the fork lift....from what I could see the cars were in at least good outward condition...all of these car were to be disposed of. BMW wants turn over...people like us are considered deviants.

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It's always good to buck the norm. Next thing you know they'll just stop making parts for them completely and we can stop playing the game, though personally I enjoy playing it. Once I have the credit built back up I have no qualms with leasing a new one every 2 years it would be enjoyable to just drive with out any maintenance or at least without things breaking. I have a 06 M edition X3 114,000 on it bought it with 110,000 for 5500. I put 1000 into it replacing the cooling system and getting the drivers side door repainted because of a small rust patch. 4 thousand miles later it's been a pleasure and a beast in the snow. Whatever people have to say the cars drive like they were made to be driven with a smile on your face. For people who want a soft cushy ride stick to Lexus, Mercedes or what ever is your preference for BMW'S are meant to be driven by the car enthusiast.

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Old 01-23-2019, 05:49 PM
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Speaking of parts, norms, bucking the system and deviants...view this video... https://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sh...php?p=12843517

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Glad you feel the same I've often thought they may have this marketing scheme set so the cars break down prematurely and often which makes you appreciate the ride more when they function properly.


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Glad you feel the same I've often thought they may have this marketing scheme set so the cars break down prematurely and often which makes you appreciate the ride more when they function properly. Honestly it's a bit of a addiction, a non harmful one though.


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Old 03-18-2019, 10:54 AM
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I've got 155k on mine. I just changed my transmission fluid, transfer case fluid and both diffs at 150k. It made a world of difference for the transmission. It shifts like it's brand new again. It was starting to feel like it was slipping but it was just the end of the life of the fluid. I think the "lifetime fluid" determines the lifetime of the transmission - its life expires when the fluid does.
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Old 04-18-2019, 02:10 PM
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So far it's been around 15000-20000km since the fluid change and the dread limp mode and no issues. Surprising how a DME reset can affect a car. Just a word of advice, if you are experiencing limp mode, try resetting the DME and transmission computer using INPA.
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Now 121000 still no problems I am getting the transmission serviced and flushed and filtered and probably done again in a couple hundred miles just to make sure I get all the old stuff out. from what I've learned owning BMW's is that the more preventive maintenance you do the less problems you'll have and then the less complaining you can do because you're actually on top of what you're supposed to be doing. I did put my X3 into a huge snow bank in the median of the road on my way to work due to some narcotic usage that I hadn't done in a long time and it took it like a champ and just a little paint came off the bumper. I will say that I was going about 75 miles per hour and plowed through a good 50 foot of snow probably up to my doors. I definitely could not get out though as good as the xDrive system is I could not get out. Yes I don't recommend taking pictures while going 70 either.

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At 254,000 ZF tranny replaced by BMW at 50,000, so 204,000 on current. Changed filter and fluid once before, time for another.

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