Hi Kathy, good to see you back and still..........
with BMW, thought maybe you had enough since we didn't see you here anymore.
These cars just keep getting better and better, may this one be your best yet!
Re: Hi Kathy, good to see you back and still..........
Still smiling Geez Tech! And still appreciate ALL your help way back when!!!!!!!!!!!http://forums1.roadfly.com/preferenc....php?img=99662
You're NOT going to believe this.....
.... tonight I go to start up the 650, and it's a bit slow to turn over ... and then it starts on the second attempt ... and then I get a nastygram in the I-Drive screen warning of a TRANSMISSION FAULT (only drive moderately .... etc., etc.,)
Drove it home cuz it was late, wouldn't shift on it's own (auto trans), and couldn't shift it by throwing it into manual steptronic mode.....
Hoping it was a glitch and will be fine in the morning.
IS IT ME - - - OR WHAT?????????!!!!!!!!!!http://forums1.roadfly.com/preferenc....php?img=99662
Re: You're NOT going to believe this.....
Good to have you back....but sorry to hear about this latest episode. Can't wait to hear the reaction from the dealer,
2004 645ci SMG - still going strong with DINAN upgrades being installed in May
It "may" be fine in the morning...................
...depending on how far you drove.
It sounds like the battery was weak on start up, a low voltage situation will affect the transmission and cause it to go into limp home mode were it is locked into 3rd gear.
If the car is driven for short trips you may want one of the BMW battery chargers, but I would guess you would already have one by now as this could have happened with any of the other ones.
If you take it in for this make sure they run through the "energy diagnosis" test plan as this can help lead them to the reason the battery was getting discharged.
Since the cigarette lighters get turned off after 15 minutes I doubt it was anything like a cell phone charger.
Maybe make sure the battery cables are tight on the battery or let them worry about it, I haven't seen many battery draw issues on the 6 series, maybe it is just a bad battery?
It was fine in the morning
Good info on the battery. I am only driving short distances these days as I've moved downtown and am only a few miles from my office.
Another thought though ... since it had been parked at a valet parking garage ... I'm wondering if perhaps they didn't hit the "stop" button the second time to completely kill the radio, etc., and if that had been left on while I was in my dinner meeting. That could have drained the battery some.....
I am good friends with the head of service at my dealer. He told me about 'limp home' mode as well. We're monitoring the situation to see what transpires...........http://forums1.roadfly.com/preferenc....php?img=99662
So you have comfort access?
Then this is a possibility as you can walk away from the car with the ignition on.
I haven't tested it yet to see how long it will remain on but I would hope that when the system doesn't see a key near by that it would time out after 20 minutes then shut the car down.
Or does the valet leave the key in it?
If you get the charger from the dealer they need to sell you the one that has alligator clips on it, not the one the that goes in the cigarette lighter as that is shut down in 20 minutes.
I would highly reccomend one if your trips are now shorter, if they run that test plan Imentioned it may come up as "unfavorable driving habits" since the battery may not fully recharge between trips.
The rule used to be that it took about 15 miles to re-charge the battery after a start up, not sure on these more modern and complex cars, but it could be more.
Re: So you have comfort access?
Thanks for the insights. I now live only 3 miles from my office and it is mostly all downtown city driving. So.... my daily commute isn't getting things all that revved up! I will look into the charger as a backup..... just in case!http://forums1.roadfly.com/preferenc....php?img=99662