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#88 of 232 Re: BMW X3 hesitation on acceleration [dwga]
Nov 05, 2007 (5:17 am)
I received my replacement 2008 BMW X3 last week. This was due to the 2007 X3 transmission issues we had since lease inception. Its early going but for 200 miles this car has been awesome! The transmission is like I would expect from BMW. Dont know if the issue was with the 2007's in general or it is hit or miss. The car has a completely different feel to it. I will post once we hit about 1000 miles.
#89 of 232 Hesitation, lurching
Nov 15, 2007 (9:03 pm)
We leased an 07 X3 last December. Since then we've only put about 3400 miles on it. I was hoping the transmission would 'adapt' eventually but it has not. While pushing the gas peddle at any time there is about a 2 second lag in the acceleration. The tach will rise from roughly 2k to around 5500 before anything actually happens. Also, while laying off the gas pedal there is a noticeable slow down in the car, as it almost lurches forward, its more noticeable at lower speeds. The lag is what is of most concern. One cannot reliably drive this car in any type of aggressive situation. Be it pulling into traffic or passing on the highway. I also own a 2006 Infiniti G35 Coupe. Driving that car, and the FX35 I am considering, is insanely different than driving the X3. Infiniti has their transmissions worked out, they are head and shoulders above our X3. It disturbs me that a car from a company like this would perform like that. I am going to take it to the dealer tomorrow. It is great that I found this board today as I will reference it while talking to them. Hopefully I can get them to give us a 2008 X3, as we enjoy the car, as long as we're not pushing it too hard.
#90 of 232 Re: Hesitation, lurching [tommygun45]
Nov 16, 2007 (7:22 am)
BMW's put out a couple of software updates for the X3's that are affected by the acceleration issue which a lot of folks are having good experiences with. You can go to http://www.bimmerfest.com to the X3 forum and you'll see lots of posts about it. There's an official service bulletin out to the dealers from BMW so they should be able to update your X3 to latest software version through a service appointment.
#91 of 232 any 04 x3 issues
Dec 30, 2007 (6:28 pm)
i'm reading alot of 07 trans. issues,are there any 04 or 05 trany issues. i just bought an 04, certified that is and i love it so far. i haven't experienced any issues yet.
#92 of 232 Re: Hesitation, lurching [sansnil]
Jan 23, 2008 (5:59 am)
The latest version came out in January. I am picking my X3 up today, so I'll see if it helped..... The previous revs made it worse.
#93 of 232 Latest update
Jan 23, 2008 (6:09 am)
An update came out in January, which was just performed on my X3. Picking it up this morning, so we'll see if it helped. Supposed to be for both the engine and DME, which I presume is the engine management module. I'll update.
#94 of 232 Re: BMW X3 hesitation on acceleration [hpowders]
Jan 23, 2008 (1:45 pm)
I got the computer fix last month and it has been a different car ever since. Get the latest upgrade.
#95 of 232 Re: Latest update [kesnow]
Jan 24, 2008 (1:22 pm)
Well, it drives much better, but is not as smooth shifting as I thing it should be.(compared to my last BMW). At least I don't feel as though it will stall every time I step on the gas.
#96 of 232 Re: Latest update [kesnow]
Jan 30, 2008 (4:30 am)
OK, I'm sold. It is a hundred times better than before. Not 100%, but I'll take it. Still kinda lurches off the start, but shifts happen when they should, and actually happen!. If you haven't had it done, DO IT!.
#97 of 232 Re: Latest update --didn't work
Feb 17, 2008 (11:27 am)
We've taken our 07 X3 in 5 times to get the dangerous transmission problem fixed. The first 3 times, the service dept said they couldn't duplicate the problem (hesitation, lack of response to increased throttle, jerky downshifting, surges after a decline/incline transition) and did nothing. the 4th time, the software update was installed. The shifting is still erratic and jerky. All should check out bimmerfest.com thread about this. Many X3 owners are reporting the problems to NHTSA and BBB as their dealerships and BMW-NA are unresponsive and passing the buck. Absolutely incredibly disappointing lack of customer service by BMW and an awful vehicle for $40k. This is our 5th BMW. Unlike the first 4, this is a total