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Old 05-02-2007, 04:09 AM
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So, How do we get BMW to respond to our tranny complaints?

Hello all!!

I've been following this forum for a couple months. I am a new owner to a 2007 X3 which I leased starting in Feb. I now have about 2200 miles on the X3. Overall, the X3 is as I expected and I am overall happy. My biggest complaint is the tranny jerk when starting out. Unfortunately, I didn't notice it when test driving or it may have been a deal breaker. It has been described many times before but we all wait for a software upgrade. Does anyone know who we should start putting pressure on or as a mass, start complaning to? My dealer was no help.

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Old 05-02-2007, 04:35 AM
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No idea. But I know a certain webpage documenting engine failures got things moving for another model. But, this isn't nearly that bad.

I don't seem to have an issue with it's starting from a stop. My beef is the transmission takes too long to find a gear when I'm turning onto another street. For example, I'm in D, coming up to street I need to turn left into, I was doing 45 mph, brake down to a reasonable turning speed(25?), start to make my turn and get back on the gas. That's when it hesitates and hunts for a gear on me. It's ridiculous and sometimes dangerous. As it hunts you get impatient and push the gas pedal down a bit more, that just makes it hunt longer, and then it finds a really low gear, like 2nd, and takes off like a bat outa hell.

I find using sport mode and selecting the gears prior to corner entry helps. But even manual selection mode downshifts on it's own if the speed get too low for that gear. Atleast it's only finding the next gear down, not fishing through all 6.

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Old 05-02-2007, 11:14 AM
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SD Mode

I frequently use the sports mode as well. My concern would be how it effects the gas mileage and wear and tear on the tranny?
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Old 05-02-2007, 01:01 PM
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I frequently use the sports mode as well. My concern would be how it effects the gas mileage and wear and tear on the tranny?
My thoughts exactly. I mean who wants to throw gas money out the window? Wear and tear on the tranny in sport mode? I hadn't thought about that. Hmm...
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Old 05-02-2007, 03:50 PM
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Overall for most driving, I like the regular drive setting AFTER I get going. But that aggrivating jerk and hesitation at the beginning from dead stop doesn't need to be there. I really think if the thing started in 1st gear to begin with it would smooth and how much of a gas savings could there be to move 15 ft in second gear then have to shift down to first.

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Old 05-02-2007, 03:55 PM
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Old 05-02-2007, 06:24 PM
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Overall for most driving, I like the regular drive setting AFTER I get going. But that aggrivating jerk and hesitation at the beginning from dead stop doesn't need to be there. I really think if the thing started in 1st gear to begin with it would smooth and how much of a gas savings could there be to move 15 ft in second gear then have to shift down to first.
Not that I think this shouldn't be addressed by BMW, but you could always start in SP mode and switch to D after you get to a certain speed.
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Old 05-02-2007, 08:22 PM
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Wow I'm glad my 5-AT doesn't do this...........
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Old 05-02-2007, 08:38 PM
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Mine's bad when I do a "California rolling stop." If I come to a full stop, it's not bad. I get real tired of the "jerk" the tranny does when you don't come to a full stop...
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Old 05-02-2007, 09:02 PM
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My wife asked why I was flipping the gear shift so much and replied that no way was she going to do that.

To have a $45k+ car need to switch from SD to D each time you stop and go is just wrong.

Glad I didn't buy it. After 4 months, it is getting to be a real pain and ruins the rest of the experience.

Why did BMW do this? Particularly since not only does this board document the problem but so do many car magazine reviews.

German engineering arrogance?
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Old 05-02-2007, 10:14 PM
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same here

I also have the transmission lag and jerk problem on my 2007 X3 and it's pretty annoying. I picked it up in Germany in December, an ED lease. Have about 2,000 miles on it. All my other cars have been manuals prior to this, so I don't have anything to compare it to. But I can't believe all auto transmissions are like this... and I don't recall feeling it on the 2006 X3 that I test drove.
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Old 05-02-2007, 10:23 PM
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Hearing all of this makes me glad I have the Auto 5-Speed in my '04.
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Old 05-03-2007, 11:14 AM
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I have the same problem. Not impressed with the 6 speed auto tranny in my 2007. Not smooth and it tends to hunt for the right gear after I have made a turn. It used to actually stop accelerating for about a second with left turns but I think the dealer resolved that with a softward upgrade. I also think I have to really press far on the gas to get a downshift, kinda slow in my opinion. The sport mode isn't any better either, kinda jerky. Perhaps another softward upgrade will be issued by BMW. Other than that, I love the thing.
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Old 05-03-2007, 11:25 AM
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Hmmm...wierd. March 07 build here, no jerk to speak of. Could they have done a SW update in mid-production if there were issues? I suppose so.

Seems to be in the right gear all the time so far. I'll keep an eye out for this.
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Old 05-04-2007, 08:03 AM
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This is starting to become more noticeable than not and I am around 3k mileage. I will contact my service department to see what they say. In my old piece of garbage 2005 Jeep it was so bad I thought the first couple of times I got rear-ended. They solved some of it by flashing the chip. Maybe it's that simple here? Any body do this?
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Old 05-04-2007, 10:24 AM
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I have a March 07 build date X3 also, and i also notice the jerk that you guys mention
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Old 05-04-2007, 11:14 AM
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Check out the post 'Transmission Reprogram DIY'.
I had the same problem and this procedure worked for me.
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Old 05-04-2007, 01:06 PM
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How many miles have you driven since you did the re-program? I.e., I wonder how long it will last? I remember reading another post that said they did the re-program and the transmission lag came back after a while. But I guess it's worth a try.
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Old 05-04-2007, 01:43 PM
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How many miles have you driven since you did the re-program? I.e., I wonder how long it will last? I remember reading another post that said they did the re-program and the transmission lag came back after a while. But I guess it's worth a try.
If resetting solves the problem temporarily, it may be that the adaptive transmission is picking up on something in the way certain people are actually driving and emphasizing it.

I do have to say that the transmission on my 04 330i probably took about 15,000 miles before it felt smooth in D mode from a stand still or rolling stop. It's still one of the least smooth auto transmissions I've ever driven. It may be that I moved from a stick after 20+ years to an auto and I'm just more sensitive to the shifts in the step (the step can actually make me carsick at times, almost like a bad manual transmission driver); or, it may be that the extra power in the BMW affects how smooth the transmission shifts (our Volvo and a Ford Escape we had before the Volvo both shift so smoothly it's almost not noticeable, but neither had the horsepower of the 330i). Still, I noticed the lag/jerkiness on some portions of my test drive of the X3 and not at other times. It's one of the things I'm most concerned about as I wait for my X3 to cross the pond.
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Old 05-06-2007, 02:43 PM
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I just did the transmission reset procedure and it did make a positive difference. Less lag starting off from a stop in "D" and less gear-hunting and lag when slowing to make a turn. We'll see how long it lasts!
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Old 05-06-2007, 07:13 PM
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I also tried the reset procedure and it helped quite a bit. Thanks to all for the info.
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Can someone please link the reset procedure? Or repost for that matter.


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Old 05-08-2007, 11:59 AM
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Can someone please link the reset procedure? Or repost for that matter.


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https://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...smission+reset

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Old 05-08-2007, 01:11 PM
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This problem has been addressed by BMW. Tell the dealer to refer to SIB 24-08-07. This includes a reprogram of the DME and the EGS.
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Old 05-08-2007, 01:19 PM
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is SIB 24-08-07 for the 07 model?
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