Last post on Jan 07, 2012 at 10:12 AM
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BMW 5 Series, Sedan, Wagon
#76 of 78 Re: Transmission Malfunction BWM 528i 2011 [sthakur]
Jan 05, 2012 (11:13 pm)
My car still has the transmission problem although not as bad as previously. The dealer finally admitted that BMW has a transmission problem. They said that re-programming solved 75% of the problems but 25% were still a problem. I am one of the 25% I suppose. However, not all of my visits to the service department were documented by the dealer and they claim that I was negligent and that my problems are not too bad. I appear to have been screwed by the dealer.
#77 of 78 Re: Transmission Malfunction BWM 528i 2011 [nickel2]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Jan 06, 2012 (7:14 am)
I would visit another dealer and call the BMW customer service line. There really isn't any kind of maintenance "negligence" that should cause transmission issues in a less than 2-year-old vehicle.
#78 of 78 Re: Transmission software update -- Oct 28, 2011 [bmwowner5]
Jan 07, 2012 (10:12 am)
I bought a 2011 535i "Launch Edition" when the new models were introduced in June of 2011. I had owned 3 different 3 series cars over the years and liked them all. However, this month I sold my 535i after 11,000 miles because I could just not tolerate the jumpy and jerky transmission on this car anymore. I have had it to two dealers close to 10 times looking at it and even had the BMW tech rep come and drive the car. The transmission has been reset and reprogrammed twice, all with little or no impact.
Those of you hoping and waiting for some software fix, I would suggest you give up hope. After a year of talking to BMW people at dealerships and corporate, this tranny is just the way it is, which is a pretty substandard experience for a $50K+ BMW.
Some cars are better than others (I have driven several during the past year) and some drivers are more tolerant of the low speed jerking and fishing for the right gear that the transmission goes through, but this issue permeates all 2011 535i's in some form.
My experience with BMW on this will probably cause me to not buy any more BMW's for a long, long time.