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Old 11-19-2010, 09:06 AM
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My trany just sh!t the bed. Complete rebuild and install with a 3 year warranty for $3416.81. So OP, you have options.
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My trany just sh!t the bed. Complete rebuild and install with a 3 year warranty for $3416.81. So OP, you have options.
You've got a good deal I guess,'cause mine was around $4900(13% taxes included) and only 2 years/40.000kms warranty.
When it comes to price,canadians are always paying more expensive than americans.
So your X is back?
If so,how is the ride?
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I thought I'd share my most extremely frustrating situation with this forum. I own a 2004 BMW x5 4.8is, beautiful vehicle with only now 48,000miles on it. My wife and I purchased this vehicle from an independent broker in Seattle when it had only a little more than 35,000 miles on it. Lately the x5 has been doing the infamous "lurch" transmission issue and having problems shifting up after about 3rd gear or so. It happens randomnly and inconsistently and not in sport mode.

I have owned aproximately 7 BMW's, raised on working on my own cars and always maintaining them and I am very meticulous to the point some may call OCD! We bought this X5 to drive my wife and our new 10mth old son in.

Getting to the point, I took it to our local Salem BMW dealer/service location and received the diagnosis that the entire transmission needs to be replaced! What's more shocking is the price they gave me would be anywhere from 9500 to aproximately 10,000 for labor and to replace it. After being in shock and upset I tried to speak to the dealer about any type of break or cost reduction, goodwill or anything for us and was denied from both the dealer and BMW NA. When speaking for over 30minutes to BMW NA about my history with them, and the issue, they just told me they couldn't and wouldn't help me since it is no longer under warranty and hadn't been serviced through them since I've owned it. I tried to explain that the car had less than 50,000 miles on it, the transmission in "BMW" terms is lifetime fluid and not to be serviced, the car has been EXTREMELY well taken care of and maintained with records of all the parts I have purchased for it, as well as m other vehicles. They didn't care, they told me they wouldn't do anything but file a complaint.

I currently own a BMW e39 540i as well, have owned multiple e30's, e36's but this experience has made me decide against ever buying a bmw again. We will probably trade this x5 and may get rid of my 540i also for something else and definitely not a BMW because of this experience. I am so so soooo very dissapointed.

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I changed the plugs in mine with ~62K on the odometer and it made a HUGE difference in the shifting of the tranny. It was like night and day!
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I changed the plugs in mine with ~62K on the odometer and it made a HUGE difference in the shifting of the tranny. It was like night and day!
I am wondering,how would the spark plugs affect transmission,but it's not a first time I read something like this.
Does anybody have an explanation ?
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Nope, I have no clue how spark plugs could or would help an issue related to the transmission or any other drivetrain components. That's about as crazy as finding out we all have muffler bearings (that was sarcasm-no such thing people!).

On a seperate note I am looking into a new transmission and work done at an indy shop, ill update once done. I filled out a survey for my experience with the service department at BMW. The service guy was so upset about what I wrote in regards to the poor customer service he tried calling me over 6 times! They just don't get it, its not the fact that my transmission needs to be replaced, its how they went about the situation and how we were dealt with and treated. Owell, that's what the survey is there for, so they can fix and better themselves hopefully.
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I am wondering,how would the spark plugs affect transmission,but it's not a first time I read something like this.
Does anybody have an explanation ?
The engine computer talks to the transmission computer. All of these systems are integrated. When a shift is being made, the engine has the power momentarily reduced and then restored to soften the shift. That is for both transmission clutch disk life, and for a smoother feel for the driver and passengers. If the engine doesn't respond as the computer expects it to, for whatever reason, the shift can be harder than expected.
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do a search over at bimmerfest, theres a guy who posted about rebuilding his own auto tranny.

hes done a great write up, and for me if i ever have to face that situation i would defiantly find a good independent to get a quote, from the way this guy described it, the job is quite straightforward and the parts being available independently are quite inexpensive.

so time to get the typing fingers going and do your research, i think it will put your mind at rest.
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there is another thread flowing around here talking about this deal
2005 BMW X5 4.8 COMPLETE MOTOR&TRANS

u can even bring him down to $2500
better thn the dealer price w/ 70% off

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To the original poster, if I were you I would try a different dealer. We had a similar situation on a 2000 323cic. With 32k miles the transmission started to slip on downshifts (would hit the rev limiter). We were able to negotiate with our dealer and BMW NA to provide the transmission at no cost and just pay labor.

If it is indeed the transmission that needs to be replaced I would try going that route. As others have said it could also be another underlying issue. It sounds like the dealer you took it to is simply trying to take advantage of you. He made you an offer of paying $10k out of pocket to see if you would bite. I am sure there are BMW customers with 4.8is X5s who would simply say "okay" without even thinking about it.
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