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| Originally posted by mccoid@Nov 22 2004, 12:27 PM |
ghead We are first timers bmw owners and on the forum, sorry if we're in the wrong place but with 1 week 1 day left on our 'warranty' from the garage we're hoping someone can help.
Having purchased a 318i se (2000) 2 & half months ago and having the problem everyone mentions (difficult to get into mainly 1st gear sometimes second) and being told by the garage we bought it from it was a 'characteristic' of the car we've had 2 independant reports done, 1 by Nationwide Breakdown at the week-end and 1 today by bmw main dealer locally. Each says the following and we don't know who to believe:
Garage: It's not broke, won't go worse, try starting in second, only way to check is to strip gear box down, 2 days work £500 - £600 approx - you pay as it's not covered under warranty!
National Breakdown: Couldn't take it for a run but on testing in the workshop found there to be a problem with selecting first gear, take it back to garage
bmw: Took for test drive, definitely something wrong, not character of car/model, problem with gearbox and/or clutch, only way to know - replace both - cost to us £1200 (that's with a 50% goodwill discount on parts from bmw)
Trading standards (in phone-call prior to last visit to garage) Go back ask what they intend to do about the problem, doesn't matter about warranty you are entitled in law to a 'repair'
Problem we have (apart from the obvious!) who do we believe - everyone sounds convincing. Do we stick out for the garage to replace 1st & 2nd gears (as they said they could at a push but couldn't guarantee it would solve problem - we pay) fork out with bmw for a new gear box and/or clutch, cost to us £1200 - cost to garage - nothing.
Nice to know this 'synchro lock' garage referred to does exist though.
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