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Originally Posted by wagnerone
I've had my 2003 BMW 325xi for about 2 weeks now and, after about a week or so I noticed, on a cold start in the morning, the tranmission seems to "slip" every so slightly the first time I put it in drive.
I actually have to reverse out of my parking spot and then put it in drive to do a 2-3 point turn around. It doesn't seem to do anything unordinary backing out, but the first time I put it in drive and push the gas, the RPMs go up as expected, but the car doesn't move for like 1-2 seconds (max). This sometimes happens the 2nd shift into drive in the 2-3 point turn to get out of my parking spot, but typically completely stops after that for the remainder of the time I drive it.
It is actually in the repair shop at the BMW dealer I bought it from right now. It stayed there overnight in order for them to cold start and try to feel what I felt. Of course, it either didn't do it for them or they just didn't feel it. They wanted to keep it another day, but, after talking with them, I'm not sure there is actually anything "wrong". It was clear on the computer check and all fluids were at optimal levels.
I'm used to driving domestic, American vehicles and I understand they are quite different (and in ways I have yet to discover too). I just know that no auto trans I've had in any other vehicle I've driven ever did that without something bad being wrong.
I understand there is a lot more going on in this transmission compared to say, my 1997 Explorer, what with the Steptronic stuff, torque converter, etc., but it seems lame that I feel that slip now and then regardless. This is supposed to be a step beyond the domestic, normal cars I've driven!
Anyway, does this sound like something to be concerned about?
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