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#68 of 232 Re: BMW X3 hesitation on acceleration [arthurw]
Jul 11, 2007 (9:36 pm)
Car Leased in the beginning of Mar/2007
Rallye BMW, Westbury
Here is our latest update with our X3 issue. Our car has been in 3 times for the same problem. Rallye Service tried putting the fix in for the 2nd time. They had their head man worked on the car. The head tech stated he had worked on 4 such cars out of 200 sold this year and not one had come back. To top it all off the head tech test drove the car with my wife for the sole purpose of seeing if she was an erratic driver. She noticed this in the notes of the service advisor. I guess this is such a temperamental car that BMW now needs to start putting folks through driving school? 25+ years of driving experience is not good enough to drive an X3. Maybe itís the shoes we are wearing?
Well, they are getting this piece of crap back once again. My wife is absolutely livid - she was making a U-turn this morning and for several seconds the X3 went into la-la land, nothing, no engine noise, no acceleration, just stayed nice and quite in the intersection while the gas pedal was being pressed down and traffic was heading towards her. The fix was re-applied about a month ago and the car had been performing better. I had noticed many times where the car would hesitate and buck forward from dead stops or in making turns but not as much as before. It had started to get worse recently. I guess the nightmare of a transmission started to 'adapt'. My wife had been ok with the car as she claimed she did not notice any major issues - until this morning. She immediately called our service advisor and after a few hours of phone tag she finally get through to him. He stated he had to talk with the service manager because there were several other car issues. I donít know if he meant X3 issues or general car issues. He assured my wife he would call back by the end of the day. No call. I am sure we will be talking with both Service and Sales in the AM as they must be putting their ducks in a row. I am sorry to say I strongly believe they will have no answers.
All and all the dealership, both sales and service, have been very accommodating - I donít hold it personally against them that they have to sell and service this crap. This is clearly coming from the top down. BMW North America is clearly aware of this major safety issue yet they continue to sell these unsafe vehicles. We have leased for ~15 years and never had any issues. This is the first BMW we have leased. This car is a nightmare. You folks that feel the need to chime in on how great your cars are should feel very lucky as many of us are suffering months of agony and wasted time with this defective product.
BMW appears to be waiting for someone to get seriously injured or killed in this vehicle. I will be contacting my Attorney first thing in the morning to see what my legal options are. Its crystal clear there is no fix for this issue. I own a flawless 2004 330XI, what a disappoint.
#70 of 232 Re: BMW X3 hesitation on acceleration [tidester]
Jul 15, 2007 (6:09 pm)
Has anyone noticed that while the A/C is on the engine makes a horrible sound? I have also had problems with acceleration. I drove in Sport mode with A/C and had the same problem. As soon as the A/C is off the engine sounds better but still has acceleration issues.
#71 of 232 Re: BMW X3 hesitation on acceleration [trr1]
Jul 16, 2007 (7:39 pm)
Well it seems that you are having EXACTLY the same problems as I am. I am going to take this thing in for the 3rd time. I am not going to hesitate lemon law attorney if it does not perform perfectly. You are right-Somebody is going to get hurt with this car! I dont think there is a fix for it!
#72 of 232 Re: BMW X3 hesitation on acceleration [markdi]
Jul 18, 2007 (9:52 am)
I went passed the dealership and went to corporate. They are active in trying to resolve the issue. The car is in for the 4th time. Gut feel is I will be forced to terminate the lease, I cant belive they will fix this. I asked around my office to see if someone knows someone with an X3. One guy said his son has one. Sure enough, he has the same issue. The car was in a few weeks ago. His wife drove the car since dec, 2006 and never complained. He finally drove the car and noticed it had a several sec delay. The car was leased in NJ. It went in for service 2 weeks ago for the first time. All seemed fine. Today he told me the problem is back once again. Seems BMW blew it big time with this car.
#73 of 232 Re: BMW X3 hesitation on acceleration [trr1]
Jul 21, 2007 (1:46 pm)
BMW cant fix our car. Corporate has authorized a new car for us. At least they stand by their product. We hope there will be no issues with the new vehicle.
#74 of 232 Re: BMW X3 hesitation on acceleration [trr1]
Jul 29, 2007 (9:44 am)
"Seems BMW blew it big time with this car."
If you really believe that, it seems strange that you would accept another X3 as a replacement for your "defective" X3.
#75 of 232 Re: BMW X3 hesitation on acceleration [trr1]
Aug 15, 2007 (8:54 pm)
This probably has been asked before, but does the hesitation develop over time or is it something you can notice on a test drive. I kind of noticed a slight hesitation when I test drove the X3, X5, and 328i. All use basically the same engine and I think all start in 2nd gear by default. The X5 was a bit scary because I really had to step on the gas to get out of the way of an oncoming car. The acceleration delay was a bit of a surprise..
But I think what I experienced on these test drives is by design to save gas. Does it get worse over time?
#76 of 232 Re: BMW X3 hesitation on acceleration [dan12]
Aug 16, 2007 (3:09 am)
It may. It did with mine. It also did with 2 other folks I spoke with. It is very inconsistent. The service department said the up and down shifting of the vehicle from different speeds is what enigneering is trying to fix. It seems to be an issue with all implementations of the adaptive transmission. It is a very tempermental transmission, unlike the prior non-adaptive transmission cars. I noticed it on the 3 series loaner cars I have been given.
#77 of 232 Re: BMW X3 hesitation on acceleration [trr1]
Aug 16, 2007 (5:34 pm)
Let's get it straight once and for all .... the X3 has a faulty transmission. The dealer fully admits this and they state it is a software problem. The car needs to be reprogrammed (reference SB 24-08-07). Even after reprogramming the car, the transmission is not great. The shifting is erratic in turns, in stops and on hills. Before the reprogramming the X3 is a horrendous automobile .... after reprogramming the X3 is tolerable but is surely no ultimate driving machine. I look forward to the engineers finding a fix to this maladaptive transmission. Please report your problems to the www.nhtsa.gov