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Drivetrain Malfunction

7784 Views 14 Replies 8 Participants Last post by  SexieWASD
Has the issue with the everlasting problem of “DriveTrain Malfunction” ever been resolved? I have a 2011 X3, 35i, with only 25,000 miles. The day before my warranty expired that message popped up. Took to the dealer and picked up the next day saying “Bye Guys I hope this doesn’t happen again after the warranty ran out. During the years, five loaner cars, many many hours at dealerships, NO BMW SERVICE CENTER HAS FIGURED OUT THE PROBLEM. I have dealt with Corporate and the decision was NOT to fix it or even offer me an extended warranty. That was QUITELY whispered to me. I wish I knew about this site before the purchase as I am thoroughly disappointed with my “dream car” I saved for a loooong time!! I’m petrified to drive long distances as it appears to pop up RANDOMLY!! I wish I had reported this car as a lemon. On top of that the glove compartment fell apart, the moonroof material split in half, and the wonderful drive train malfunction. This happened under warranty. What have others done with their X3 having this issue? I’ve read about all of the problems on this site since 2013. I would tell individuals NOT to ever buy any X3. It’s a shame because I love the car, but it’s no point, as of today, to have a car sitting with only 25,000/2011, with a drivetrain malfunction popping up intermittenly. WHAT HAVE OTHERS DONE (SOLD, TRASHED, REACHED A RESOLUTION)? I’m very very interested in your responses.
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Fine. That’s your opinion. This site is loaded with this problem and I don’t see any resolution . BMW NA explained to me that they usually don’t see this problem THIS early with my mileage. I advise to probably not speak to soon.
Yes the sunroof was replaced under warranty-took one day to accomplish, the glove compacted was reattached since they broke it to begin with and on the LAST day of my warrenty, they kept the car a few more days and changed and cleaned a few things—I actually have 5 pages of work that was done (they say costing them an additional $17,000)—thank goodness I keep all my service records. Even after all that the light came back on. They did more diagnostics and fixed a few fuses. After two months it reappeared again. I shutter to think of the engine seizes!! What I’ve been told is to pull over and restart the car. Sorry, in Washington DC no one has time for that nor do I. I thought I was investing into something to drive 4 hours to see my 92 year old mom. At the time they did the work, the car had only 17,500 and I should have reported it then as a lemon. I just thought better of BMW. I’ve been Lexus And Benz are way more reliable. I just always loved bimmers. Even here people talk of getting rid of those. My mouth fell open after seeing a car a gentleman had just purchased within the last two days—looked VERY expensive and nice to drive, surrounding by two fire trucks and up in flames. Thank God He is alive.
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And yes spark plugs replaced and ignition coils—the works!
I don’t have a lease or car note-I truly hate those! I was trying to hang in there, but at some point??
Drive Train Malfunction

I'm back one year later with X3, 35i, 25,800 Miles. Drive train malfunction. Offers?
Issues are more typical with the 2.8 engines - timing chain etc. My '13 x3 3.5, now at 45K miles, has never given me any issues other than a rattling moonroof (common) and the glovebox door separating, both of which were repaired at no cost to me. These 3L sixes are solid as rocks. If you are covered under warranty, great (I'm assuming you haven't put any money into the car. You say you love your car - with that issue and the time/effort you've put into it to try to resolve it, I'm not sure I would. If the problem can't be found, personally, I would trade the car on something else. If you've begun to pour money into it, the decision should be a no-brainer.
You are exactly right! This is a no brained! Perhaps Lexus will work out better.
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