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Old 23rd April 2012, 04:26   #1
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Transmission Malfunction

Out driving and enjoying the beautiful sunny day here in Seattle then Gong, yellow warning message "Transmission Malfunction", "drive moderately, service asap...."

So I kept on driving, then gong - red message"Transmission Malfunction", crap, this time the message stayed on so I started heading towards Bellevue BMW. Downshift, nothing, then bam, downshift gear engaged about 8 seconds later. Worried now engine will quit sometime soon right in the middle of highway.......

I made it to the dealership, parked the beast, wrote up a drop off ticket for service request ASAP tomorrow.

Will keep you all posted. I already miss my beast.
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Dan,

I'm sorry to hear about the problems that you are having. I really hope it is resolved and I'm glad that you have the CPO warranty to back up the beast. Mine was in the shop for 3 days last week but luckily, I was out of town so wasn't really impacted. Please keep us posted and I wish you the best!!

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Dan, that happened to me a few years ago. Turned out it was a sensor went bad. Nothing more. Hope yours isn't any more complex. Keep us posted...
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Dan that sucks! I hope its a quick easy fix, keep us posted please.
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Not good sign that went from yellow to red and stayed on. Besides electronics, there is certainly a mechanical problem here. I suspect SMG pump pressure loss, either due to the pump itself or some solenoid
losing pressure and pump oil level and pressure dropping suddenly.
I think Alan's guess is not correct. Faulty sensors give intermitent problems and not of such severity. I think you are in trouble my friend Dan. Not money wise since you are covered, but certainly you will miss
your beast.

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Hello my friends, thank you for all the kind posts.

Luckily my car is a CPO & I am still under warranty until Sept 2012. Whew!

By the way, the fault message was not constant on. It was intermittent on and off as I was driving.

When I was at the dealership, I let the car sit for 5 minutes, she started right up with no fault message so I shut it down.

After I wrote up the service request paper work, I started the car again and the Transmission Malfunction message popped up again.....

Will keep you all posted.

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You know, I almost hope it is a mechanical problem if you can get it fixed under warranty. A co-worker of mine has a 2007 M5 and his clutch/transmission went out last year - just before his new car warranty ended. So he got a new clutch, etc. for nothing. Otherwise it would have been about $4K. The throwout bearing went out and that made it eat other stuff.

Now he is set for a while. I hope similar good luck finds you Dan.

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You are absolutely correct. I will take anything for free.

Thanks Mark!

By the way Mark, I like what you have inside your garage (cold beer!)

I've got some cold beer too in my garage fridge waiting for you. Come visit!

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I'd like to Dan. But I will be lucky to sneak off island in late summer. Meet you in Louisiana perhaps? Milton must have some cold beer somewhere I'd think.

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Hi Dan!

Sad to hear about the transmission fault.

I would guess that it is either a bad sensor or a failed SMG pump.

Hope it will be fixed quickly.

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