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BMW X3, SUV
#72 of 232 Re: BMW X3 hesitation on acceleration [markdi]
Jul 18, 2007 (10:52 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 (2:46 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 (10:44 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 (9:54 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 (4:09 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 (6:34 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
#78 of 232 Re: BMW X3 hesitation on acceleration [tahoe07]
Aug 17, 2007 (5:27 pm)
Strange that the problem is so much worse on the X3 than the other BMWs that also have the adaptive transmission. I would expect that all of them have the same software controlling the transmission as well as the same mechanical parts. While the 328i and the X5 3.0 also start in 2nd gear and are therefore slower to start, I don't see lots of complaints from owners on those boards. I just find it a bit strange.
#79 of 232 Re: BMW X3 hesitation on acceleration [dan12]
Aug 28, 2007 (6:47 am)
I was set on getting the X3 for my wife but after reading all the posts on this forum and others, I changed my mind. Can't afford to take the chance since my wife will be driving it w/daughter on board most of the time. Good thing I read all these the day I was to visit the dealer. Thanks everybody for letting me know.
#80 of 232 Re: BMW X3 hesitation on acceleration [arthurw]
Aug 30, 2007 (10:01 am)
Per BMW: There is a known drivability issue with this vehicle. I am being offered a new vehicle (2008 X3 or other model of comparable value).
#81 of 232 Re: BMW X3 hesitation on acceleration [arthurw]
Aug 30, 2007 (10:07 am)
That's very interesting! Did that come from the Dealer or BMW Corporate?
I'm meeting with my dealer's VP of Quality Assurance next week and would love to be able to cite something officially about this as my X3 consistently hesitates and bumps/jerks when accelerating from stopped or low speeds.