Why I dislike my new 2011 BMW 328i
I purchased the new BMW 328i with the premium package on April 30, 2011. I subsequently found that I would often get motion sickness after driving the car. Sometimes this motion sickness would last for hours after driving, and I actually missed work a couple days because of the nausea.
I could not figure out the problem, and thought it may be the new car smell. I have now determined the feature of the BMW car that is causing my motion sickness - ENGINE BRAKING. I have never heard of this term before; from what I have read this feature is unique to BMW automatic transmissions. The problem occurs when you ease off the gas, and occurs even more prominently when you take your foot off the gas -the car slows down dramatically - this causes a jerking sensation to the body and motion sickness in those susceptible. Although I have had motion sickness as a passenger, I have never even remotely ever had motion sickness as a drive of a car before the BMW.
Now I hate to drive the car....I am very careful to VERY gently take my foot of the gas, and apply the brake to stop if possible rather than the engine. It is to the point where I detest stop and go traffic, parking garages, and any circumstance where I must have frequent moving of the gas pedal.
My colleague tells me that he has never heard of this in automatic transmissions; he said that is must be a propriety feature of the BMW. I did notice it in my test drive, probably because I was not in any stop and go traffic.
Another feature I hate about the car is that ultra high pitch sound it makes when you open any door or the trunk, or EVEN closing any door or the trunk. You will not hear the noise outside, but in the garage, to a person who has suffered from tinnitus, the sound is incredibly irritating - to the point I wear ear plugs or ear canceling headphones when taking groceries out of my car, or just in general dealing with the car in my garage. The absence of high pitch noises was a deal breaker for me in any new car I purchased, so I was quiet upset when I discovered that this sound was inherent in the car I just purchased the night I drove it home and parked it in my garage! I heard this ultra high pitch sound and looked all over for its orignaition, thinking it may be the water heater, and then checked outside my home, only to find the sound came from the new car I purchased only an hour earlier!
Then there is the harsh ride of the runflat tires, not to mention the very steep cost of replacing them. However, I just discoved that the dealer had too much PSI in the tires (42/42), so they adjusted the psi to 34/37, and the ride, although still not smooth, is tolerable. Of course, I can always change to all season radial tires, but I can not reengineer the transmission!
Other less things I don't like about the car are the short sun visors that cause the sun to strike my face when driving north in the late afternoon, and even though the auto dimming feature is convenient, I would rather have the capability of turning down the rear view mirror myself as sometimes the dimming feature will not come on when I want it to; i.e., a bright headlight but still not quite dark enough to active the dimming feature.
So I have a $40,000+ car that I hate to drive. The handling is great; it’s nice looking car; the fit and finish is great; I appreciate the features of the I drive, but due to the engine breaking making me ill, I have to seriously consider selling the car. The dealer tells me the car will adjust to my driving and to give it at least six months. I can see how the car may allow me to make a more even start (now often my starts are either too slow or, alternatively, too fast - should I start the car in second?), but I wonder whether any amount of time will cause the car to adjust the engine breaking feature? Are there any manual driving steps or driving tips that could make it bearable for me? Have you heard this problem with ANYBODY else? The BMW dealer said they have not heard of a single person with a complaint of motion sickness with their cars.
Last edited by JeffZX; 07-07-2011 at 06:00 PM.