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BMW 3 Series, Sedan
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#3352 of 5378 BMW 3 transmission problems
Jun 27, 2007 (8:59 pm)
If your 3 series from 1999 or 2000 suddenly loses reverse, contact consumer affairs (just Google BMW transmission problem), but don't get it fixed by BMW. Your car and the tranmission may be very valuable as evidence in the class action suit being drawn up just now by the consumer affair attorneys. They certainly would like to disect your transmission (built by General Motors) to show how the defective part was improved in 2001 and the problem went away. I have done a lot of research on my own, and other auto manufacturers that used this transmission took care of the problem. Only BMW denies there is a problem.
#3353 of 5378 Re: BMW problems [lr123]
Jun 27, 2007 (10:32 pm)
I've described my transmission problem and the action I've taken to date pretty extensively on this site. If you enter "ftroha" in the search box of this site, you should access all the information.
#3354 of 5378 Re: BMW 3 transmission problems [kevdaug]
Jun 27, 2007 (10:41 pm)
Glad to know a class action suit is being drawn up, and that other car makers that used the same transmission have made things right with their customers. Thanks for posting this. In the meantime, I'm going to pursue the matter with another small claims court appearance and additional postings on the Internet (Better Business Bureau, complaints.com, and anywhere else I can post).
#3355 of 5378 Re: BMW problems [ftroha]
Jun 29, 2007 (12:43 pm)
My 2000 323 just experienced teh reverse problem. The dealer wants $5200 to fix it. Did you get anywhere arguing your case? Do you know if there is a class action suit in the works?
#3356 of 5378 Re: My reverse gear no long works [ftroha]
Jun 29, 2007 (12:47 pm)
Misery loves company
The reverse gear on my 2000 323 failed Monday. How did you do in court? Can you help me get HASSEL BMW of Freeport NY to repiar it for free (or less than teh $5200 they want)?
#3357 of 5378 Re: My reverse gear no long works [Mr_Shiftright]
Jun 29, 2007 (12:49 pm)
My 2000 323 just lost its reverse gear on Monday
Is tehre a magic word or phrase to get the dealer (HASSEL BMW OF FREEPORT NY) to own up to the defect and fix it?
#3358 of 5378 Re: BMW problems [gbrostek]
Jun 29, 2007 (1:30 pm)
The $5,200 sounds pretty expensive. Suggest you shop around your area transmission shops for a better price, and I recommend checking the BBB website to see who might have complaints filed against them. As for my case, I'm headed back to small claims court in September for another hearing. "kevdaug" on this site mentioned a class action suit being initiated but I don't know anything more about it. I suggest that you search "kevdaug" and "ftroha" within this site regarding the class action and the steps I've taken so far against BMW. Good luck, and it might be a good idea to file a complaint with the BBB through their website as well as here: http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/ The more complaints against BMW concerning the defective transmission, the better.
#3359 of 5378 Re: My reverse gear no long works [gbrostek]
Jun 29, 2007 (2:15 pm)
Sorry to tell you that you are not likely to get anywhere. My quote was $4500 to repair. It is interesting how the cost varies from place to place (people have said their costs have been anywhere from $3500 to $7000). My dealership was able to negotiate $1,000 off the price of the repair. Not really adequate but giving the fact that hardly no one has gotten anywhere, I guess that's better than nothing..
#3360 of 5378 Re: BMW problems [ftroha]
Jun 29, 2007 (5:45 pm)
Aside from the 323i, what other years and models BMW 3 series (318, 325, 328, 330, 335) or other BMW models (5 series, 7 series, M series, Z series) have these defective trannies?
Of these defective trannies, are these JUST the automatic and NOT MANUAL OR IS IT BOTH?? Instead of suing BMW, would it be a better court move to cut out the middle man and go straight after General Motors since they were subcontracted by BMW to build these stupid trannies?
Are these trannies permanently sealed and NOT MEANT FOR SERVICE AND REPAIR? Is there any way to cut the tranny open, fix it, and seal it with gaskets?
#3361 of 5378 Tire Pressure Reset
Jun 30, 2007 (4:31 am)
I'm in a loaner 328xi for a week or so. Happened to check tire pressure and found they gave me a car which was about 8psi under-inflated on every tire. So I went to a gas station and added air to attain proper level showing on driver's door jam. Now a warning indicator is showing in the dash. It's the triangle with an exclamation point in the middle. If memory serves, that's the tire pressure one. I think I need to do a reset, but I couldn't find owner's manual in this car. I can't remember how to do it. I think it is a little tricky. Could I trouble someone to confirm what this symbol means and, if it's what I think it is, post the instructions for the reset procedure.