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      04-23-2013, 06:46 PM   #1
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Major Problem! - Please Help!

Major Issue:

I was cruising down the road and all of a sudden a yellow gear and exclamation mark symbol appear on my dash. My vehicle is a 2008 BMW 328XI. I continued to pull over into a parking lot and shut off the vehicle entirely. I then proceed to turn the vehicle on and shift into reverse and drive and my BMW will not move what so ever.

I have called many different import and German shops around the Memphis, TN area and over the phone they all mention it being electrical, transmission, missing fluids, etc.

I want to hear people's personal experiences and what their causes and cost were.

Thank you!

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      04-23-2013, 11:24 PM   #2
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      04-24-2013, 03:03 AM   #3
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yellow gear is transmission, you will need a code reader to get the EGS code of the failure, as they said it could be a number of things (wiring harness came off, ground wire broke, internal trans failure, circuit board fried, trans cracked and lost all fluid, etc)
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      04-24-2013, 07:39 PM   #4
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I finally got my vehicle to a local Euro shop. They ran the codes (can't remember them off the top of my head), but it is transmission problems. They could not exactly pin point the error so I am having to take it to BMW tomorrow.

Yesterday I was not able to get it to drive forward or reverse. But after this morning, when my car got towed to the shop, the mechanics got my vehicle to "drive" but not reverse.

So I guess it is a waiting game now to see what BMW says. It won't be until next Tuesday until they can get to my car.

Gosh this sucks!!!

Anyway, my quote from this one local shop is approx $7400 for a new transmission and labor.. FML
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      04-25-2013, 06:44 AM   #5
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could be an old battery.
electrical problems on these cars can confuse the heck out of people.
make sure you have a NEW battery. Not just a charged battery, a NEW battery.
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      04-25-2013, 04:19 PM   #6
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$7400 for a tranny is a tough pill to swallow. Ouch.
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      04-25-2013, 09:42 PM   #7
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No way a tranny on a non-m car is 7,400. That's DCT replacement territory.
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      04-25-2013, 09:52 PM   #8
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That is just what some local Euro shop quoted me.

My car was dropped off at Roadshow BMW in Memphis today and they can't get to my vehicle until Tuesday the 30th. We will see what they say. Damn
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      04-26-2013, 03:17 PM   #9
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Goddamn that sucks hard. Keep us posted on how things go, OP, and best of luck to you.
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      04-26-2013, 03:42 PM   #10
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Man this sucks. Did you have any signs where the tranny would slip gears or something? Keep us posted and good luck!
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This DIY might be relevant to your issues

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=511799

If it works intermittently and failed with no warning signs, probably something related to wiring.
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      04-28-2013, 08:56 PM   #12
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I will keep everyone posted when I find the solution. They are supposed to be getting to my vehicle tomorrow, we will see.

I will mention to whomever is checking my car if they can not figure out the problem about the wiring and such. Hopefully that is the issue, it'd be really freaking cheap fix. Although I've had to pay for stupid shop inspection fees, etc.
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Got a call back from BMW. The advisor says that it is either the Mechatronic or some kind of valve inside of the Mechatronic.

Dealership prices.
$1,100 for valve.
$3,400 for Mechatronic.

Anyone ever had this issue?
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Got a call back from BMW. The advisor says that it is either the Mechatronic or some kind of valve inside of the Mechatronic.

Dealership prices.
$1,100 for valve.
$3,400 for Mechatronic.

Anyone ever had this issue?
What is the Fault code number?
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Got a call back from BMW. The advisor says that it is either the Mechatronic or some kind of valve inside of the Mechatronic.

Dealership prices.
$1,100 for valve.
$3,400 for Mechatronic.

Anyone ever had this issue?
As Casca said sometimes it is the wiring or connectors need to be cleaned.
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What is the Fault code number?
I will need to go up to BMW tomorrow. I was busy all day and couldn't get to them.

My father was the one that went up to BMW and they gave him the options I listed, but the dealership is agreeing that it is just the valve that is causing the problem.

I will update more tomorrow! Such a slow process because I have classes and work. Blah
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      05-02-2013, 07:59 AM   #17
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Major Issue:

I was cruising down the road and all of a sudden a yellow gear and exclamation mark symbol appear on my dash. My vehicle is a 2008 BMW 328XI. I continued to pull over into a parking lot and shut off the vehicle entirely. I then proceed to turn the vehicle on and shift into reverse and drive and my BMW will not move what so ever.

I have called many different import and German shops around the Memphis, TN area and over the phone they all mention it being electrical, transmission, missing fluids, etc.

I want to hear people's personal experiences and what their causes and cost were.

Guessing you have an automatic xmission. Those have a row of solenoids inside, and auto trans ain't rocket science to fix, but noooooooooooooo....BMW won't work on 'em.

They just replace, at HIGH cost. Sonofabeech!

Also, you mentioned the mechatronic [seal]. A commmon enough issue, here are a couple o'procedures. DIY's abound, but maybe you prefer to have it fixed.

ZF's doc

BMW's doc

Also, keep this handy procedure filed away for future use.

Should you change your tranny fluid, take a peek @ this.

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Edit: OK, this is getting stupid fast. The first link above is: w-w-w.b-i-m-m-e-r-b-o-o-s-t.com/content.php?1414-First-high-torque-N54-(335i-135i)-steptronic-transmission-build-completed-by-Level-10-Transmisisons-700-pound-feet-capable

Remove dashes for a valid link.

BUT! Board software replaces b-i-m-m-e-r-b-o-o-s-t [in your mind, remove the dashes - Golly! There's the site!] with *********** every time. 'Why, oh why?' I cry. There is no answer.

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      05-03-2013, 02:15 PM   #18
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BMW fixed my vehicle. It ended up being the valve in the Mechatronic system!

Total cost : $1,100. Eh, probably should not have cost that much but whatever. It's finally fixed.
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