Below is a collection of postings i posted on another M3 forum hoping someone might be able to help. If your bored enough to read it all and think you can help me feel free to reply. Any help is much appreciated
I don't know where to start with this one, but here we go....
My evo is under warranty. Its recently had a full solonoid pack and new sphere, a new potentiometer on the selector, new SMG software on the computer, and new bonnet switches on the front (some silly safety feature).
When approaching a left turn at about 40mph in 4th gear, I try to manually downshift to 3rd, but the car wont select gear until going straight for a few second. Now, before you all mention it, the top SMG specialist was with me for a test drive and we had disconnected the lateral and longtitudinal sensors in the boot. Therefore, the car should change gear whilst going round the corner. But it doesn't. However, it will go round the same bend at the same speed, driven in the same manner to the right, without any problem selecting 3rd gear.
Is everybody still with me?
The car upshifts with no problem and for the most part, downshifts with no problems apart from 4th to 3rd on left hand bends. Driving tha same bend going from 4th to 2nd, the gears engage perfectly.
Has anyone here had similar problems? and did you fix them?
My BMW dealer has been through the whole Diagnostic CD with me but we haven't found the reason for this. He has also asked me to see if I can locate another SMG1 car near me to do a like for like comparision with. I know most of you are in the States but is there anyone on here from the North West of England?
Less than 24 hours after getting it back from the dealer, whos said there wasn't anything detectable wrong with the car , it lost all forward gears on a roundabout 25 miles away from home. I eventually found first gear, and then second, but used 1/2 a tank of gas getting the car home at 25mph.
So once again, thanks to BMW extended warranty people, I am in possession of the fastest BMW in the showroom...... a hire car. And the main dealer has 4 days to test my M3 to destruction until they fix the fault.
Even though the top mechanic at the dealer sweet talked me by telling me he thought my car belonged to an owners club member, I am absolutely sick to death of this car. I've used it since October and its been rescued 3 times by Emergency call out due to gearbox problems and had a host of other work done..... they have had the car for longer than I have.
I have the car back (again), it is changing gear when it's supposed to, except........round left hand bends. Although the problem seems slightly improved it aint fixed. I shall have to take the car for a good beasting round the country lanes and see how it goes. Apart from that it got me to work and back, so that is an improvement on last week.
....Yet Another Episode,
Its lasted 2 days this time, I tried to down shift from 6th to 5th on the motorway with no throttle input, it just flashed on the dash for about 10 seconds, then something went click under the gear stick and the cog fault light came on. At least this time an error code has been registered. So I had only 5 gears for the rest of the day. I took it straight to the dealer after work tonight and they read the codes and reset the gearbox. The master technician is on vacation till next week but the error report is waiting for him when he gets back
Just got the car back from the main dealers (Williams BMW in Liverpool), they have had it for 5 weeks exactly. And guess what...... its exactly the same
I have complained to BMW UK who have agreed to sent the Regional Techincal Manager to have a look at the car in a few weeks, but in the meantime I have booked it in with another main dealer in a town about 15 miles away to see if they come up with anything new.
I do like the car, but my patience is running thin now, any more hassle and it'll be getting sold