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BMW 5 Series, Sedan, Wagon
Sep 16, 2011 (6:59 pm)
Just leased a 2011 535xi ... car is loaded, about 70k MSRP. Anyhow, the transmission in this vehicle has the same issues noted throughout this blog. It is beyond annoying ... all the issues occur at low speeds, jerky take off, no response when flooring the pedal, and just a poor overall experience for such a beautiful car.
Anyhow, I called my sales person today, notifed him and of course, he said bring it in for service etc. I am doing it tomorrow, but I only have 158 miles on the car, and haven't even had it two weeks! The issue is so obvious. I am going to ask him to take the car back and rip up the deal, it's unacceptable to have this issue in a $70k BMW.
I just traded in my 2009 Infiniti FX35 .. what was I thinking ??? Why Infiniti aspires to the be Japanese BMW is beyond me.
#50 of 78 Re: 2011 535xi [jayrandall]
Sep 16, 2011 (6:39 pm)
FWIW, they say the transmission computer can take a few thousand miles or more to learn your style. But, do what you wish. My last car was an Infiniti, and I truly hated its transmission, which is the primary reason I sold it. It was replaced at about 1-year, and while better, the rest of the driveline just never was the same - they kept saying, it's within normal parameters.
#51 of 78 Re: 2011 535xi [james27]
Sep 16, 2011 (7:01 pm)
Yeah, but which model Infiniti and year? My 2009 FX's 7 spd tranny was much smoother then this BMW 5 series.
#52 of 78 Re: 2011 535xi [jayrandall]
Sep 16, 2011 (8:33 pm)
I think you are lucky you leased it. You should be able to break the lease. I am certain that they will tell you that everything is OK. I can't believe BMW hasn't solved this problem. I am told that it is software related????
#53 of 78 Re: 2011 535xi [nickel2]
Sep 16, 2011 (8:52 pm)
On what grounds do you think they should break the lease? I know what I am going to say, but what's your argument? Keep in mind, I haven't had the car even two weeks yet.
#54 of 78 Re: 2011 535xi [jayrandall]
Sep 16, 2011 (9:14 pm)
When I first complained to the salesperson who sold the car to me, he said if I had leased the car he could replace the car or I could break the lease. I did not follow up on this since I bought the car and was stuck. Just tell them the car is not performing to your satisfaction and you don't want it. See what they say. Just be insistent. Does your lease agreement include a "your satisfaction" clause? (I am not an attorney) Let me know what happens.
#55 of 78 Re: 2011 535xi - Major Problems? [busiris]
Sep 17, 2011 (6:05 pm)
Picked up 2011 535xi last week. Spoke with sales man, svc mgr, sales mgr before purchase aboutnconcern. They flashed vehicle twice to ensure all ltest firmware and test drove b4 I arrived. So far car is great and driving perectly
#56 of 78 Re: 2011 535xi [nickel2]
Sep 17, 2011 (6:34 pm)
As you read this, don't laugh (or scream too hard):
I went to Fields BMW (Chicago area) Service today. I had called ahead so they were expecting me and knew why I was coming in.
A neanderthal service tech guy joins me for a test drive in my car to verify the problem. He (Skip) could not have been more rude, stubborn or just plain stupid. He immediately notices the 'shudder' when accelerating from a stop. He tells me (as we are driving) that it's probably the gas that is causing the delay, aka, shudder from a stop. He then tells me to run the car to empty, and fill it up with the highest grade of fuel. The gas in the tank was from the free fill-up the dealership provided when I got the car last week. Then, he claims that all the internet information is a lie and bogus. (of course)
Anyhow, I am going back on Tuesday and have a meeting with the service manager. I plan to tell them to fix the issue ASAP, or I am returning the car stat.
More to come.
#58 of 78 Re: 2011 535xi [jayrandall]
Oct 01, 2011 (10:15 am)
I am interested in hearing of your results with the transmission problem. Is there anything new?