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      12-15-2012, 11:41 PM   #1
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Is this a transmission warning light?

I just got this warning to the top right of my shift indicator. The car's CPO and <40k miles. I haven't noticed any obvious mechanical difficulty lately. There are no codes, at least not that Dash Command wants to find. I guess my question is, is this, in fact, a transmission warning light, and if so is there a reasonable way for me to pull diagnostics with a K+DCAN cable that goes beyond a basic scan tool?
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      12-15-2012, 11:58 PM   #2
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It's a low fuel level warning - your car is on reserve.

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      12-15-2012, 11:59 PM   #3
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I see no transmission light the only thing I see is low gas.

The little triangle to the right of the letter P can mean many things and its usually low fuel, lower washer fluid, Your traction control turned off.

Use your left stalk that is same as your blinkers and high beam to check systems if you don't have iDrive when ever you have a question about the triangle because I don't see DTC light or the triangle with skidding up top above the fuel symbol so I imagine you haven't turned you traction control off.

Its probably due to your low Fuel but it can even mean low washer fluid something very minimal that's normally what the triangle means even oil changes/annual vehicle inspections or any other scheduled maints.

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is this serious? you've never been low on gas?
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is this serious? you've never been low on gas?
It could be maybe they have had low gas but never payed attention to the triangle just the fuel tank above and get gas immediately.
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      12-16-2012, 12:15 AM   #6
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is this serious? you've never been low on gas?
Although fairly uncommon you have the euro version of this car and it's running low on kryptonite. That's what that notification means.
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      12-16-2012, 12:19 AM   #7
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I'm gonna say not serious but you never know if its not its a good way to get your posts up there quick
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Quite clearly I'm low on fuel. But I've never noticed the caution icon in conjunction.
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Yea that caution triangle comes on for every basic thing and it usually means nothings bad just another idiot light to make everyone think first time I noticed it was on a M3 I test drove which was low on gas but as I said it can mean you washer fluid needs filling also I'd go through your system check to be completely honest I don't pay attention to that thing anymore. I just worry about the ones that are were the fuel symbol is or above that in the dark area were it says your brights or fogs or on
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Transmission Light as I remember on my e36 is a round gear symbol with an asterisk in the middle.
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      12-16-2012, 09:24 AM   #11
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LMFAO!!!!!

Learn what you drive....Read your owners manual
http://www.bmwusa.com/Standard/Conte...modelcode=0944


http://www.bmwusa.com/Standard/Conte...0-eb860ad6ee0b

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First place I looked. The idiot light in question isn't mentioned in mine.
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First place I looked. The idiot light in question isn't mentioned in mine.
Which "idiot light"? As mentioned, the exclamation point within a triangle is the general warning icon, and an explanation may always be found by bringing up Check Control on your dash computer and/or iDrive. The gas tank icon may be also seen on your gas gauge, so it shouldn't be unfamiliar.

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Yes, the general warning. The gas light is quite obvious. Been standard for how many years now? Anyway, my point is it seems irrationally dumb to fire a nondescript and generally much more serious icon anytime ANYTHING is astray, including when the car is simply low on gas. Which is guaranteed to happen twice or ten times per month.
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Could be kryptonite, but more probably the turn signal fluid is low.

Kryptonite . . . Really????
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Yes, the general warning. The gas light is quite obvious. Been standard for how many years now? Anyway, my point is it seems irrationally dumb to fire a nondescript and generally much more serious icon anytime ANYTHING is astray, including when the car is simply low on gas. Which is guaranteed to happen twice or ten times per month.
As I tend to re-fuel well before hitting reserve, I generally see the icon more often for the dreaded "Low Washer Fluid" warning which happens at least twice a year.

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I can't believe this is real.
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yeah yeah yeah. Name me one other car that has an arbitrary warning light in addition to a gas light?
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yeah yeah yeah. Name me one other car that has an arbitrary warning light in addition to a gas light?
So this is your first BMW? Most of us buy them because they aren't like other cars, so perhaps you need to really study your owner's manual rather than assuming your car is like a Honda.

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