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#3319 of 5349 2007 328xi Transmission Failure - Car is less than 2 weeks old
May 27, 2007 (8:19 pm)
I was driving my brand new 328xiT today and the automatic transmission failed in the middle of a very busy road. The transmission would not shift out of 1st gear. I nursed the car to the nearest dealer, BMW of Seattle, where they told me to leave the car because they wouldn't be able to look at it for a few days. They did not have a loaner car I could use. I had to take a cab home.
The car is less than 2 weeks old and we've only put ~100 miles on it. We bought it at BMW of Tacoma/Fife. I have owned a 1997 BMW 318is for 10 years and have had few problems with it. However, I'm really disappointed to have a problem than makes the car unusable after such a short period of time.
Anyone have similar problems with the 2006-2007 3-series? I know than the previous generation had lots of transmission problems (the automatic GM transmission).
Do I have any recourse I have - I just bought the darn thing and it broke already.
I am bummed about the problem and the poor service I received.
#3320 of 5349 Problem temp sensor
Jun 02, 2007 (10:53 am)
got '02 325Ci. AC not functioning b/c outside temp reading is incorrect. try to replace it, but don't know where it's located. does anyone know where it is? thanks for help.
#3321 of 5349 Re: Problem temp sensor [slick505]
Jun 02, 2007 (1:08 pm)
On the E36 3ers the sensor is found in the RH brake cooling duct. In any case, it should be somewhere in that general area.
#3322 of 5349 Re: 2007 328xi Transmission Failure - Car is less than 2 weeks old [seattle
Jun 02, 2007 (2:27 pm)
At the very least I would complain to BMW of NA.
I have heard that this will not likely help, but the dealer should at least give you a loaner car.
Good luck and keep us posted.
Jun 02, 2007 (4:47 pm)
I just read that the latest 3series LACKS an oil dipstick. A little graphic (of questionable accuracy) warns you if the oil is low. To truly check the oil, BMW recommends that you have the dealer drain the oil and measure it cup by cup. !!!!
Is this for real?? can someone confirm? It's the silliest thing I ever heard.
#3324 of 5349 Re: dipstick [walterquint]
Jun 02, 2007 (5:34 pm)
It is true to a point. There was a period when there were either faulty sensors and/or condensation collecting in said sensor, and that incorrect readings were the result. FWIW, I haven't heard of an incident of incorrect reading in several months and so it would seem that the problems have been ironed out.
For my part, I have a problem with the lack of a dip-stick for a different reason. As I am inclined to perform most of my own maintenance, I prefer to remove used oil via the dip-stick tube as opposed to crawling underneath the vehicle. Eliminating the dip-stick has also brought about the elimination of the tube that it is slid through. Grrr.
#3325 of 5349 TPMS / Flat Tire warning light came on in RED
Jun 04, 2007 (9:28 am)
I have had my 328i for about 2 months and 1600 miles. While I was driving this morning, the TPMS/Flat Tire warning light came on in red color. I did not see anything upon visual inspection, so I stopped by a gas station to check tire pressure. 3 of the 4 tires' pressure were around 34 psi, while the 4th was near 40 psi. The label on driver's side door stated 32 psi. (I had driven about 5 miles at this point.) I released some air on the 4th tire so all 4 tires were at 34 psi.
The problem is, I could not reset the TPMS sensor. Each time I pressed reset, the red warning light would come back on again. Is there something other than tire pressure need to be checked on? Do I need to go to a dealer for service? Also, what could have triggered the warning light?
Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
#3326 of 5349 Re: TPMS / Flat Tire warning light came on in RED [jtla]
Jun 04, 2007 (10:01 am)
Check the reset procedure in the owners manual. It is a little tricky but you need to follow the manual's procedure.
I tried last year but needed to R.T.F.M. Duh!
#3327 of 5349 cracked ball joint
Jun 04, 2007 (1:51 pm)
Just told the ever increasing noise on the right rear of my 2006 e90 is a cracked ball joint.None in stock and since they said they are closing the 22nd of June(Jalbert BMW Quebec City), I have to wait until the 26th to order another one from the new dealership.They said it wasn't serious but to drive another two months with that noise will drive me crazy! Is it really not serious and what recourse do I have to remedy the problem?
#3328 of 5349 Re: TPMS / Flat Tire warning light came on in RED [circlew]
Jun 04, 2007 (3:32 pm)
Thanks for the reply. I meant to look at the manual, but did not have it with me. The on-line manual on bimmerfest is a old version and I could not find anything about resetting. Without a spare in trunk, it really got me worried with this red warning light on.
Anyway, I have got it. Like you said, it is a little tricky. You have to press "reset" twice, and on the second time hold for like 10+ seconds (manual said 5 seconds) till the "reset" disappears. Then you go back in the "reset" again, and press it for the third time. A check mark is shown next to the word "reset", and you are done.
Hope this takes care of it. I still have no idea what set the warning off. (I did visual inspection again and still saw no sign of puncture or any foreign object.) Will have to watch out for a few days and check the tire pressure again.