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      01-05-2010, 03:51 PM   #1
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Interior transmission area heating issue

Hey everyone,

Have a 2009 335i sedan for about 10 months now, and recently noticed that the area where the shifter is (below center console, right next to ash tray) seems to be heating up significantly after extended driving.

I have the aluminum trim, and I first noticed that the whole area was getting pretty warm to the touch. Yesterday, the aluminum portion was very very warm, borderline hot.

Anyone else experience this? Searched through the forums but can't seem to see if its a known issue or not.

Any ideas?
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Hey everyone,

Have a 2009 335i sedan for about 10 months now, and recently noticed that the area where the shifter is (below center console, right next to ash tray) seems to be heating up significantly after extended driving.

I have the aluminum trim, and I first noticed that the whole area was getting pretty warm to the touch. Yesterday, the aluminum portion was very very warm, borderline hot.

Anyone else experience this? Searched through the forums but can't seem to see if its a known issue or not.

Any ideas?
How many miles do you have on your car? Mine was heating up too, untill I changed the transmission fluid, to a superior brand. Now it doesn't get hot there anymore. Search for my posts on trans fluid change.
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Thanks Turkeybaster.

I only have 7300 miles on it, which is why I am a little concerned. I guess I should have it changed, but probably won't be able to get it covered under my maintenance warranty will it?

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Thanks Turkeybaster.
I only have 7300 miles on it, which is why I am a little concerned. I guess I should have it changed, but probably won't be able to get it covered under my maintenance warranty will I?
You can change it if you want, but you'd have to do it via a private shop. BMW won't touch it untill after 100K miles. Plus the fluid they use is expensive, and as you can see HOT!
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Pop up that trim piece and take it off. Drive around a while and put your hand down there to see specifically what part is getting hot or where the heat is coming from.
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1500miles on my 335d w/AL trim and I've noticed the same thing, I did not notice it with my 330 which had wood trim.


not a biggie imo.
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1500miles on my 335d w/AL trim and I've noticed the same thing, I did not notice it with my 330 which had wood trim.


not a biggie imo.
I originally just thought it was a little strange, and was curious if there could be a bigger underlying issue.

My friend bought the same car as I did, at the same time, with the same package and he does not have the heating issue at all.

He also has the AL trim.
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