Complaints about BMW 3 Series - No Reverse
- October 2009
Sam of Austin, TX (10/30/09)
WOW! I thought it was me! I have a 323 ci
and at 85K the reverse stopped working.
Cost me $2500 rebuild. I'm in for a class action suit
Cheryl of Newark, CA (10/28/09)
2000 323i, reverse just went out last night. 125K miles. $4500 for a
Debbie of Chadds Ford, PA (10/27/09)
The complaint against BMW (Contino et al v. BMW of North America,
LLC; case 2:2007cv05755) was settled in June 2008; however, terms of
the settlement are not public.
If you need a copy of the complaint, please reply to this message.
Anonymous of VA (10/26/09)
I have a 2002 325i with 89,000 miles on it. It stopped reversing.
Bottom line, I paid $1,400 and have a new transmission, installed by
the dealership. BMW agreed to eat $5,000 of the bill. It took a
couple calls to BMW North America, but it was worth the time.
Dee of Seminole, FL (10/25/09)
I have just found out I have the same problem, can't go in reverse.
I'm taking my car in tomorrow. Is there a classaction movement again
BMW? Please keep me on your mailing list. I'll also forward my
invoice when the work is done.
Steve of Indianapolis, IN (10/19/09)
Just had the same problem with my 2000 BMW 323i's transmission and
was told that it was gonna cost me 6000 bucks to get it repaired. I
heard about the class action lawsuit, where can I sign up or get
more info? Please help!!
Dick of Tempe, AZ (10/15/09)
I own a 2000 323i BMW with 56,000 miles and was just faced withthe
"no reverse" issue. The dealership wanted $4600 to fix it, but i was
able to use a third party for $2000 who replaced the reverse drum. I
have called BMW Corporate but they are unwilling to do anything.
I've looked at the class action lawsuit and spoke with one of the
attornies. Unfortunately though it was filed as a class action it
was settled privately with the 4 plaintiffs. Very disappointing to
say the least that BMW will not assume responsibility for this
Josh of Macon, GA (10/14/09)
I have a BMW 323i sedan and about a year ago my reverse gear went
out! At first I thought my girlfriend had it in neutral but soon
realized that it was not moving in reverse. The car had 85,000 miles
on it. This is ridiculous!!! I bought a luxury car for a reason. We
canot let them get away with this!
Shashank of Milpitas, CA (10/12/09)
My BMW 323i 2000 popped up the NO REVERSE problem last weekend. I
took it to the local repair shop German Motor Specialist and was
told that this is possibly my transmission problem which can be
fixed by replacing the transmission which will cost me close to $5k
to 6k. That sucks big time to know that BMW cheated all its
customers first by outsourcing the parts to GM and then not
informing its customers about the issue with its faulty
transmission. I wouldn't buy any German Car in future. I don't trust
them at all. My HONDA Odyssey runs just great even better than BMW.
Let me know if there is any Law suit being filed against BMW of
North America for this issue.
Bobby of Anderson, SC (10/8/09)
2000 323I w/ 5L40 Trans (built 8/99). Intermittent "No
Reverse"...started almost a month ago and still continues. Sometimes
it works, sometimes it doesn't. No grinding or noise...just simply
appears to be in neutral (although the digital indicator in the dash
shows "R"). Took it to a trans repair shop and could not duplicate
the problem so just had to pick it up. Got home and guess what...no
reverse. I don't think this is a drum issue that seems to plague the
ZF trans since it works fine 1/2 the time. What could it be?
Brian of San Francisco, CA (9/30/09)
I have a 2000 323i with only 21,000 miles. Never had a problem then
without notice the car would not move in reverse. Forward was fine.
Took it to the shop and was told I need a new transmission.
Please add a section of your website called "what to do" and put a
link to the nhtsa complaints site to make it easy for people to
register a complaint there. I didn't know anything about this until
I went through pages of the complaints on this site. If everyone who
had this problem knew to register a complaint, the NHTSA might order
a recall. I spent hours on the phone and BMW of North America had
the audacity to tell me that they don't initiate recalls. They said
only the NHTSA can do that. That was their response when I told them
there was nothing stopping them from doing a voluntary recall, which
was the morally right thing to do. Thanks!
Lou of Pittsburgh PA (9/30/09)
My 2000 BMW 323i lost its reverse with no warning. My wife was
actually trying to leave our garage when the Bimmer had no reverse.
As with other Bimmers of this vintage the reverse drum of the
ZF5HP19 transmission shattered. The car has 62300 carefully driven
miles. BMW customer service gave no indication that lost reverse
without warning was a recurring 323i problem.
Rumman of Springfield, VA (9/28/09)
2001 530i with 177k. Reverse went car moves slowly in reverse as
long as its a straight road. Going to put a used trans in and give a
try at rebuilding the one i take out.
Dick of Tempe, AZ (9/24/09)
I picked up my new 2000 323i BMW on July 28, 2000 at the BMW factory
in Munich. I love my car and treat it with kid gloves. To date I
only have 56,541 miles on it and this morning it decided not to go
in reverse. I have it at a shop here and they are saying that it
will be $2,000 to replace the reverse barrel. What am i to do?
Krisztina of US (9/23/09)
I own my car 2000 BMW 3 series for about three years now. It was
driving fine yesterday until I tried to back out of my parking spot
and I just couldn't back up. Shortly, it happened everybody started
telling me that it is a very common problem and It should be a
recall for these BMW. I definately need help with this problem
because I can't get to work I don't have money to fix the
transmission. Please send me all the info all help you can give. I
bought this car for cash and already lost so much value of it. I am
Teresa of Mountain View, CA (9/18/09)
Original owner of 2000 BMW 323i with 93k miles and well maintained.
With no warning, the car wouldn't go into reverse. BMW service
center estimates repairs at $5,600. Now doing research on the class
action lawsuit settled in NJ.
Brian of Atlanta, GA (9/15/09)
2001 BMW 330i w/ 158,000 miles. Reverse just failed today. I'm
concerned because I have a 2000 323it sport wagon w/ 170,000 miles
sitting right next to it in the garage.
Tom of Atlanta, GA
2000 BMW 323i with about 95K miles...just stopped reversing. So it's
all going forward from here. Any repair shop recommendations in ATL
Juan of Miami, FL
Part of the Club just last week. 2000 323ci 116K Miles. Not fun...
Sign me up lets file suit... Maybe I'll go to the local dealership
with a huge sign, to deter customers, and let them know that BMW
doesn't give a crap about their bad tranny.
DD of Indianapolis, IN
Never Fails, in just a couple of weeks I was planning on going to
Texas, and visited my mother hopped in my car a 740i M sport pkg.
Put it in REVERSE, and it just rolled down the drive-way. Drives
fine when going forward.. But REVERSE is a no go.. All this happen
with little warning. The day before I noticed some stuttering, but
nothing apart from this. Sounds like I was fortunate to have made it
all the way to 124k. Never let GM make Transmissions, they should no
David of Painted Post, NY
Responding to Richard of Los Angeles, CA (8/29/09). Sounds like you
selected '3 SERIES' in the Model category of the NHTSA search. If
you search on 323I, you will get 140 reports (including mine) on the
I strongly encourage everyone to go the NHTSA site and formally
register your complaint.
Esther of Los Angeles, CA
I had the same issue that everyone is mentioning and I have really
important information for you. I am currently a law student and my
provide some insight on a class action and the transmission problem.
My issue occurred in 2008 on my 2000 323i with 90k miles at the time
and i ended up paying paying 1700 or 1800 for a brand new
transmission from BMW directly. This is what I did. I wrote a letter
to BMW and attached 55 pages of consumer affair complaints about the
same issue. Called BMW directly and told them of the issue. It took
them a week to get back but they said they would sell me a
transmission at warranty price and I accepted it because I needed to
get the car fix and when they said they would give me a 3yr warranty
on the transmission I took it. However, I did find out that the
transmission in the 1999-2003 BMWs were made in France by GM!!!!
They outsourced!!!! Turns out that the Cadillac had the same
transmission as a BMW. And on top of that the car experienced the
same problem. GM recalled the transmission and gave the owners all
new transmissions or the option at least. But because BMW was a
third party they did not want to take responsibility so they did
nothing about it. I was informed of all this information by my BMW
service rep that I trust very much and has always assisted me and
the man does not give BS.
Now to the class action suit. To file a Class Action suit proper
notification has to be given to everyone who owns a car between the
years they have mentioned in the law suit (i.e., subframe class
action lawsuit). Failure to properly notify may make the settlement
invalid because proper rules of federal civil procedure have been
violated. This issue is very unfair and upsets me that GM had their
right mind to recall but BMW didn't because they could not have
recuperated any money from GM most likely and rather keep the issue
quiet. I really hope a Class Action lawsuit will be opened soon that
represents enough people in the class.
The class action law
suit is called Contino v. BMW of North America, LLC. The law suit
was filed by two attorneys. I e-mailed one of them already and will
send you any information but I think that everyone who sees this
post and experience the same issue should e-mail the attorneys or
call their offices. The attorneys are : Gina M. Tufaro, Horwitz,
Horwitz & Paradis, New York, NY, James V. Bashian, Law Office of
James V. Bashian, PC, Fairfield, NJ, for Plaintiffs.
If anyone is a lawyer or know how to find lawsuit go to Westlaw and
find 2008 WL 2940515. If you will like a copy of it please e-mail me
and I will send you a pdf version of the ruling.
John of Cedar Rapids, IA
I own a 2000 323CI. Last month at 123,000 miles I encountered the
same sudden no reverse. The issue was the same as so many others. A
broken reverse drum.
Gary of New Jersey, NJ
Hello, please list my comments in complaints, but also more
importantly and more helpfully in the "repair shops" link area. We
[2001 325ci owner] also were subject to the reverse gear failure of
the ZF5HP19 transmission found commonly in the 3 & 5 series BMW
model years 2000-2004. Fortunately we have many GOOD contacts with
many GOOD auto techs including transmission specialists in our area.
We are making it a quest to be able to help others who experienced
the fate of the failing BMW ZF5HP19 [no-reverse] transmission. If
you are in the NY, NJ, or PA area and have the no-reverse
transmission problem with your BMW, please email me [Gary] at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes, how much did it cost you many are asking! We had ours trans
totally rebuilt for $2500-. The transmission specialist that I will
refer you to will do the same for you, if not better. I hope I can
help out many others with this very fair price as I've heard many
are paying in excess of $5,000........that's just crazy! If you have
this BMW reverse problem, please email me at:
Erik of Norway
Yesterday, the problem accured in my transmission.
Do you have the OEM part number for the part?
You should have it posted on your website =)
Couldn't belive my own eyes when I saw it actually was a own website
for this problem =)
A new gearbox costs about $7500 in norway, so thats out of
And thats without all workhours...
Thanks if you could help me out =)
Richard of Los Angeles, CA
BMW 328i reverse went then when I took it to the shop it worked. 3
months later it is out again. I have read all the sites and still no
class action. I have 3 BMW's in my garage and this really stinks.
I made a complaint on
the NHTSA site and did a search after. I was astounded to find only
14 people had filed a NO REVERSE complaint! COME ONE PEOPLE IT IS
NOT THAT HARD. Just got to http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/index.cfm
and fill it out.
Steve of Cedar Rapids, IA
I experienced the no reverse "feature" just the other day. I own a
2000 323i with the infamous ZF tranny and it has 106,000 miles. I
was backing out of a parking stall and it was just in neutral it
seemed. Stopped put it in neutral, then back in reverse... still
nothing. It drove home just fine. The transmission rebuilding shop
here said they could rebuild it and have done plenty of them... for
$3,000... Any Class Action Law Suit yet?!??!?
Brooke of Columbus, GA
I have had no problems out of my 323ci until last week when all of
the sudden it will not go in reverse. I took it to a transmission
shop and have been told it will be at least $3000 to repair the
problem. I was shocked when I got online and found all the people
with the same problem I am having. I am going to BMW today and see
what they will do about this D-G Clutch drum. Is anyone looking into
a class action lawsuit about this because I am more than willing to
participate. They need to replace this faulty part.
I have a 2000 323ci and
have had absolutely NO problems out of it and ALL OF THE SUDDEN it
will not go in reverse. I took it to a transmission shop and they
said it will be around $3000 to fix it. I have been trying to
understand what caused this problem until I got online tonight and
just happened to google BMW transmission problems. I am overwhelmed
by all of the complaints that I have seen. I think it is ridiculous
that BMW knows about this situation and will not do a recall to
repair these cars. I think its time for a class action!
Steve of Cedar Rapids, IA
I just experienced the "special" reverse feature today on my 2000
BMW 323i. I was backing out of a parking spot after dropping my wife
off at work during my lunch hour and all of a sudden my car revs up.
What the?? I stop, shift to neutral, back to reverse... no go, only
revs up as in neutral. What a wonderful day to spend my lunch. I
drove it home and put it in the garage disgustedly... now to decide
what to do..
Ozzie of San Diego, CA
I experienced the "No Reverse" issue only yesterday (I don't drive
Before I took my car to the shop, I thought I'd better do some
research and that's how I came accross your site. So, going full
bore, I looked-up the class action lawsuit that was settled in the
U.S. District Court in NJ last year, Case 2:07-cv-05755-DMC-MF.
I don't know what the nature of the settlement/remedy is - I've put
a call in to the lead attorney's office in NYC this morning. But, I
do have access to the publically available court documents, if you'd
like to post them here.
Chris of Denver, CO
Same deal here. 150,000 miles in October 2007. The reverse gear went
kaput. $2700 and 40,000 miles later it is still running but I'd love
to get that $2700 back. It's help defray the costs of the two power
steering pump replacements ($950) each. The catalytic converter
replacement ($1900) but that was aftermarket.... the list goes
Ibep of Atlanta, GA
I cannot believe that the so called ultimate driving machine is now
about to be called the ultimate driving schiming. Shame on BMW NA.
And BMW Germany. I bought a used 1992 535 $1,600 had the engine
rebuilt for $2500, after three months and 15000 miles, the
transmission is out. It can get passed the 2nd gear, the reverse is
another story I have to wait for at least 5 seconds for it to
engage. I managed to drive to foreign car repair shop. They told me
it is going to cost about $3500 to $4000 for rebuilt tran. I don't
know what to do since this happened at the end of June and up until
now I don't have another car. Can somebody where I can get it done
for less at least $2k. Thanks
Kelvin of NJ
My BMW 323i 82000 miles finally hit the No Reverse Gear problem.
Searching for all solutions or class action. Wonder, anyone knows
where to fixed this problem at a low cost? Damn! BMW is suck now.
Kevin of East Brunswick, NJ
My 2000 BMW 323 with 82000 miles on it. Problem with No Reverse as
others. Damn, anyone know if law suit against BMW for this issue. Or
any best advise of fixing the damn car. Please send me email.
Appreciate your advise.
Joe of Decatur, AL
Happened to me this weekend on my 2000 323i with only 79,000 miles.
I can't believe there are so many people out there with the same
problem. I guess I too am now an official member of this club I wish
I would have known about prior to buying this car. So what do we do
about it? After reading all these complaints on multiple websites, I
can't believe BMW is not doing something about it. My son has a 2001
Xterra that had a problem with the window regulators. Nissan
replaced all 4 regulators at no cost even though the vehicle was out
of warranty. Shame on BMW.
Can anyone recommend a repair shop in Alabama?
Felix of FL
I had the same problem on my 2000 BMW 328CI. But I don't know if
it's a miracle.
*****I added Lucas Transmission Fix in my Transmission.******
NO MORE REVERSE PROBLEMS!!!!
This product does the following:
*Stops automatic transmission slip
*Cleans and lubricates sticking valves for smoother shifting
*Stops leakage around seals
*Extends fluid life up to 3x
*Extends the life of your transmission substantially
*Protects your transmission under all severe service applications.
NOTE: It worked for me...Results may vary on your car...But this
stuff worked for me and I drive now with confidence that it won't be
able to reverse.
I drove to NYC and back with no problems. That' 2400 miles....
Try it...Remember drain some of your existing Transmission oil from
top (under the hood there is like a transmission oil reservoir)
Don't drain from the bottom. Remember only drain as much as the
Lucas Transmission Fix you going to put in.
I saved myself the $7000 they would charge you at a BMW dealer. And
I have $1500-$3000 they would charge you at a local mechanic.
Lucas only cost about $15. It's worth the try....
Svetlana of London
I own BMW 318I and I had NO REVERSE problem about 3 months ago. I
took it to garage where I was told that I can either have the
transmission repaired at cost of GBP 1,800 or have it replaced for
new for £2,000. Recently I also had another problem, this time with
thermometer, which again needed to be replaced. I bought BMW 3 years
ago and it has 80,000 miles on the clock. I bought it because I
always thought that they're really good and reliable cars. I no
longer think that and would not recommend them to anyone.
CS of Houston, TX
wow !!! i am overwhelmed by all the owners with the same problem. i
too just found out about the "reverse" issue" it HAPPENED TO ME
TODAY !! as i described the problem with my car, a co worker told me
about reverse problem & it was confirmed by my mechanic today. I AM
SO ANGRY. my car is 2000 323ci with 99,993 miles. i truly wish there
was a miracle lawyer out there to assist us. TOO MANY PEOPLE & ALL
WITH THE SAME ISSUES... NOT JUST A COINCIDENCE. this has to be a
Judson of Dallas, TX
Any known repair shop in Dallas? I have a shop that seems to know
what's going on, but wants to charge $2850. Is that reasonable? I
saw other for as low as $1400. Thanks for providing all this info.
Abe of CO
just bought a bmw "the ultimate driving machine" it was working fine
like three days ago, now when i put it on reverse it just feels like
its on neutral lol lol.
Joseph of Las Vegas, NV
Aaaarrrgh! Well, I guess I'm part of an inauspicious club. I own a
2000 BMW 740i Sport with 125,000+ miles logged. I just recently, (as
in this week of July 31, 2009), picked up my car from an independent
BMW repair shop for having my radiator and expansion tank replaced
(car was leaking coolant), and having my A/C and Water
Pump-Alternator Belts replaced for the 3rd time in 3 years. Upon my
intention of driving around town the following morning to do some
errands, my E38 would not go into reverse, but drives and shifts
fine when moving forward. I have taken every effort to service and
replace whatever is necessary on this car since buying it Used back
in February 2006. By my calculations (verified from all the receipts
I've kept), I have dropped approximately $11,644.49 into keeping
this vehicle running. And now, I am faced with spending another
$2,500 to $5,000 to either repair, rebuild or replace the 5HP24 ZF
Transmission. With the amount of money I thought I was saving from
buying this 740 below Blue Book, I thought I made out like a bandit.
But in reality, I was a sucker. Now, I think back on that day in
2006 and wish I had picked up an Infiniti G35 or M35 for the same
amount of money I've spent to date (approximately $27,000 when you
factor in the purchase price of the car and the repair/maintenance
costs) on this "Ultimate Driving Machine." The cars are nice but
Angelo of Orlando, FL
I JUST PURCHASE A 323I WAGON LOOK LIKE NEW 82000 MILES IT WAS
RUNNING PERFECT SUDDENLY DOESNT WANT TO TAKE REVERSE MECHANIC TOLD
ME IS GONNA COST ME 3500 TO REPAIR IM NOT HAPPY WITH BMW AND I WILL
NOT RECOMMEND BMW TO NO BODY
Melanie of Hickory, NC
I purchased a used 2000 BMW 328i on Monday, July 20. I finished the
paperwork around 7:30 p.m. and drove it home. At 8:00 the next
morning, I got in it to drive to work and the reverse wouldn't work.
I've owned the car for three days and haven't gotten to drive it
because the mechanic is waiting for the issue to "reproduce." The
car is under warranty, but no work will be authorized until the
mechanic experiences the problem himself.
Fortunately, I kept my 1998 Honda Civic with 249,500 miles on it.
Maria of Olney, MD
Hello! I was so happy to stumble onto your website. My 2000 BMW lost
reverse about four months ago and due to the age and mileage we just
bought a new used car (not a BMW :) But trying to sell the BMW has
been an issue obviously since I don't know what's wrong with it and
car shops want $500 to just drop the transmission to figure it out!
So I googled a search tonight and found your site. I submitted a
complaint to the NHTSA once I read your site. My question is, is
there a class action lawsuit that you are aware of regarding this
problem? It's obviously a pervasive issue from reading the stories
on your site. Thanks! Maria
Alice of Las Vegas, NV
Where to go to get my BMW 2000 323i transmission fixed in Las Vegas
Greg of Tauranga, New Zealand
Hi, It seems that even way down here we're not imunne to the no
reverse virus! Last week my 325i touring with 115 kms (about 70k
miles) decided going backwards is no longer an option. Mine is
German assembled, but second hand via Japan, ZF 19 gearbox.
Bascially the outcome was exactly the same as Bills Tranny Autopsy.
Interestingly though, I took it to an autotrans specialist and he
replaced the drum and the valve body with new for a shade under $NZ
2000 ($USD1225). The valve body was replaced as a pre-cautionary
measure to reduce the chance of it happening again. Too much oil
pressure from faulty valve bodies will only add stress to an already
I found it pays to avoid BMW service agents and talk to the people
who really know how to strip down and rebuild an AutoTrans. My local
BMW guy also never heard of the problem!
Also the specialist pointed out, that the ZF19 box is more usually
suited to the bigger cars, (5 and 7 series)
Good luck with your class actions there, in NZ we don't really have
Jane of RI
my husband has a 2001 bmw 325 ci. the car has 89k miles on it...all
of a sudden he needs a new transmission @ the cost of $5,600.00
what a rip off! where do i sign to join a class action suit against
Richard of Snohomish, WA
Wow!. 2001 X5 went out this morning. Will NEVER buy a Bemer again!
If there is a defective part and they know about it they should
stand behind the product.
Danny of CO
Well, it seems this problem just continues and continues. I bought
my BMW 323i back 4 years ago (trading my 96' 318ti). It had 64k
miles on it. 4k miles later, the transmission failed. I was so
pissed, I went off at people at the dealership, and on the phone
with BMWNA customer relations. The dealership did a good faith
discount but still cost me $2600 in a refurb tranny and labor. I
didn't know about this site until recently. The recent Class Action
Suit on the sub-frame got me wondering where is the one on the
failed transmissions? That law firm in NY who was handling the
transmission suit must've screwed up, because there are hundreds of
failed transmissions out there and BMWNA is covering it up!
Jackie of Hartford, CT
Last Sunday I was happy go lucky leaving the mall. I went to back my
vehicle up and BAM NO REVERSE. I couldn't believe it. I thought I
had my car in neutral but after trying it again I releazied that my
reverse gear was not working. The reverse gear failed suddenly and
without warning. The transmission light NEVER CAME ON TO SHOW A SIGN
THAT THERE WAS A ISSUE. I brought the vehicle back to CARMAX where
it was purchased. The service workers were not helpful at all. I was
told that I should have brought the car back within the warranty
period and when I first discovered that there e was a problem with
it. I explained to these people over and over again, that the car
never gave in indication that something was wrong with the
transmission. To make matters worse my warranty just expired at
83,000 miles and I have exactly 86,000 miles on my car. BMW quoted
me a price of btwn 6,000-7,000 for repair. However I did manage to
find a good transmission repair shop who will do the work for 4500.
I am really sad, I really liked my car. I contacted BMW of North
Haven and was told that the Service Manager had the same car as mine
and the same thing happened to him and he continued to drive his car
without reverse for about 1 year. Sad for him- but there still
wouldn’t do anything to help me. I can not afford to take that type
of risk. I have two small children and we need to be in a car that
is safe to drive. Good thing its summer time because I'm not picking
up my kids and dropping them off to school. Some how I have to get
this money together before September. when the kids go back to
school ...Arghh..this really hurts, its un-fair---and sad.... I
thought BMW cars were top of the line----I have since change my
mind....Next time I buying me a Acura, Honda or Toyota…I may even
purchase a Dodge Neon….
Dan of LI, NY
Reverse on my 01 325ci is just about to go. Only have 76k miles.
Dealer wants $6k for new trans. I'm now checking out local trans
shops. I see I'm not the only one getting a raw deal here.
Adam of NC
My beloved x5 just pass me the bill from an EPIC failure of BMW's
design and manufacture process of the ZF transmissions. I'm an owner
of (2) BMWs a 318is and an X5; I still do not know if I'm a glutton
of these cars but the money I have invested in both of them is more
than what they are worth. Well, the 2001 X5 80K transmission failed
without "ANY" zilch,zero,nada notice on Saturday 06/270/9 (a day
that will live in INFAMY) and now I'm looking at a repair quote from
an Indy shop of approximately 4K or more.
Please let me know if I have any type of case against BMW NA to have
them pick up some type of cost to repair the POS transmission. Do I
need to sign on a Class actions suite or something. By the way the
transmission oil have a better warranty that the transmission (it
has a LIFETIME warranty) HAHAHA
PS. I'm also an owner of a Mercedes with 130K on it clock and I have
not received any a hassle at all.
Robert of SC
2000 BMW 323 csi convertible
81,500 mile and reverse gear just died. I am the original owner, and
have had no major issues with the car till now.
I called the local dealer after seeing these postings and the
service tech said he had never heard of any problems with a BMW
Repairs cost more than the car and I will probably trade it in.
Can't get around without a car in LA
Local repair shop want to replace for $6k. I live in a high rent
district, but that is just ridiculous. So I checked on-line and
found you guys
Thanks for all the information and links. I am planning on storming
the dealership and getting them to cut me a deal. Wish me luck. Will
give you my results.
Donald of San Diego, CA
I have a 2001 325i with ZF transmission. Sept 2007 I had 141K miles
on my car returned from a trip to find my reverse gear gone with no
other warning. $4300 later it was rebuilt and the offending part was
a cracked drum as shown on multiple other internet posts...same
problem. Now, 35K miles later, the unit has failed again and the
transmission shop will not do anything other than discount the labor
on another rebuild. This is a crime!
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