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My wife's 2013 X3 just stopped and gave a drivetrain malfunction error in the middle of the road while she was driving.

I was unable to move it and could not push it.

I tried the emergency electronic release but after 20 minutes realized no matter what I did it would not work.

Then I remembered the manual release screw under the car!

This video helped.... But I had to remove the panels underneath with a 8mm socket to gain access to the Allen wrench screw.

Let me say..... what a pain in the ass!

Finally got the car out of gear and towed home. To make matters worse warranty just expired 3 months ago, car now has 53,000. I swear BMW does this on purpose.

No I am trying to diagnose the problem..

I am hoping its something simple... I have seen where the ignition coils have failed locking out the transmission to prevent damage...

ANy help would be appreciated. I cant believe how dangerous this car is designed. I was stuck in one spot for 1 hour trying to disengage the gear lock. I hope this helps someone else. The car was unable to be moved or towed until the lock is disabled.

Anyone have any idea on what it could be?...
You need to get the BMW codes read out - this can be caused by many things.
 

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Opened the oil cover... the car is turning but not starting.
When I look in the oil cover the timing chain is not moving!

Now I'm thinking the car is got a big mechanical failure...

For some reason the mechanic's code reasder could not communicate with the computer to pull the codes with his BMW scanner.

Ill keep updating as I figure it out. Any suggestions are welcome.
So the engine is turning over, but looking into the oil cap nothing is moving?

Sounds like a timing chain failure...
 
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