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      04-17-2009, 04:40 PM   #23
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Hope that this would also be useful..

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/bmwdct/

P.S mkoesel, pardon the citation.
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      04-17-2009, 09:13 PM   #24
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I submitted for the lag as well as my rear differential grind

Lets stick together!

Did you have your differential fluid changed at your 1200 mile service? I had that problem initially and when I took it back my SA mentioned that there was a TSB about what kind of fluid to use and when they put the other stuff back in it fixed the problem. I think I recall a thread about this but I'm not sure.

I submitted a complaint as well about the lag....
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      05-16-2009, 09:56 PM   #25
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How many of you have actually register this problem to the NHTSA?

Let the government force them to fix this.


https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/Consumer.cfm

PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR VIN# or it's meaninglss, per Radiation Joe. Thanks.
It only takes 5 minutes to file a complaint.


If they get a few hundred complaints, then they make take a look at this. They're the reason we go the first fix, otherwise, I'm sure BMW would have called no downshifts during braking, "a design characteristic and normal behavior for the M DCT transmission."
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      06-18-2009, 10:25 AM   #26
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WOW! A DOT Response

Just had this come through on email:


Dear BMW Owners,



My name is Emily Reichard and I am an investigator with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the US Department of Transportation. I am interested in the report you filed with us regarding your 2008 BMW M3 transmission. Can you describe to me what happened when you were driving the vehicle and the specifics of the event (i.e. where, when, at what speeds, how often, etc.)? Did any warning lights or noises occur when this happened? Did the problem ever place you in any unsafe or dangerous situations? If you saw a dealer, what was their remedy for solving the problem and do you find that it worked? Have you been notified of the DCT reprogramming as stated in Recall #08V-595? If so, was it performed and has this remedied the problem? Any other pertinent information regarding this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time and have a great day.





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      06-18-2009, 10:33 AM   #27
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Just had this come through on email:


Dear BMW Owners,



My name is Emily Reichard and I am an investigator with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the US Department of Transportation. I am interested in the report you filed with us regarding your 2008 BMW M3 transmission. Can you describe to me what happened when you were driving the vehicle and the specifics of the event (i.e. where, when, at what speeds, how often, etc.)? Did any warning lights or noises occur when this happened? Did the problem ever place you in any unsafe or dangerous situations? If you saw a dealer, what was their remedy for solving the problem and do you find that it worked? Have you been notified of the DCT reprogramming as stated in Recall #08V-595? If so, was it performed and has this remedied the problem? Any other pertinent information regarding this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time and have a great day.





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Yup. I just got one too. I'll certainly let them know what I experieced, although no longer own the car.

I would like to speak with that complete idiot I spoke to at BMW customer relations again .. a senior manager ... that assured me that what I (and everyone else was experiencing) was completely normal behaviour.
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      06-18-2009, 10:34 AM   #28
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i got the email too! i'm going to submit a few in-car videos of the issue. it's good to finally see the government taking some action on our behalf. we do pay plenty of road taxes after all.
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      06-18-2009, 10:34 AM   #29
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Good news, Tell her that you are not the only one, I did file a report long time ago like a lot of us here. keep us posted...
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Just had this come through on email:


Dear BMW Owners,



My name is Emily Reichard and I am an investigator with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the US Department of Transportation. I am interested in the report you filed with us regarding your 2008 BMW M3 transmission. Can you describe to me what happened when you were driving the vehicle and the specifics of the event (i.e. where, when, at what speeds, how often, etc.)? Did any warning lights or noises occur when this happened? Did the problem ever place you in any unsafe or dangerous situations? If you saw a dealer, what was their remedy for solving the problem and do you find that it worked? Have you been notified of the DCT reprogramming as stated in Recall #08V-595? If so, was it performed and has this remedied the problem? Any other pertinent information regarding this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time and have a great day.





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      06-18-2009, 10:39 AM   #30
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got the same email. writing a response now.
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      06-18-2009, 10:41 AM   #31
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It's probably an obvious thing to suggest, but please, when responding to Ms. Reichard, provide the URL to this thread so she recognizes how widespread this issue is.
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      06-18-2009, 10:48 AM   #32
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I just got the email as well. I am glad somebody is looking into this! I will have to prepare a detailed response to accurately reflect the issues.
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      06-18-2009, 10:49 AM   #33
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It's probably an obvious thing to suggest, but please, when responding to Ms. Reichard, provide the URL to this thread so she recognizes how widespread this issue is.
Great idea!
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      06-18-2009, 10:58 AM   #34
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It's probably an obvious thing to suggest, but please, when responding to Ms. Reichard, provide the URL to this thread so she recognizes how widespread this issue is.
i already received a response from her, and in response to her response, i included a link to this thread.
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      06-18-2009, 11:01 AM   #35
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It's probably an obvious thing to suggest, but please, when responding to Ms. Reichard, provide the URL to this thread so she recognizes how widespread this issue is.
Good idea. She'll need a large cup of coffee to wade through this thread ;-)
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      06-18-2009, 11:30 AM   #36
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I got the email from Emily too (two of them in fact) and will be replying shortly. It's good to see that they are looking into the issue.
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      06-18-2009, 03:35 PM   #37
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I too got the e-mail. Responded with the link to here and to the law-firm class action web site that was previously posted.

Thanks for all your support to those who commented.

Should we forward that e-mail we got to someone at BMW?
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      06-18-2009, 03:37 PM   #38
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Got and replied to the NHTSA letter. I'll have to say I am surprised it made enough of a blip on their very large "radar screen" to warrant the letter.
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Should we forward that e-mail we got to someone at BMW?
i'm sure they're watching already
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      06-18-2009, 04:28 PM   #40
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i'm sure they're watching already
You're probably right, but, you know, you never know.

There's a light near our office that got redlight camera's a few months back. About the same time the lights started screwing up and cycling every other time in about 4-seconds, backing traffic for blocks. My partner and I went through that intersection for months and always commented about the lights and surely the cops were reporting it to the city and we wondered how many redlight tickets must be disputed in court. Finally last week we called and got a traffic engineer that actually called us back to say that yes there was a problem at that intersection. Guess what, today it's fixed. It's hard to believe that no one complained before us, but that seems to be the case.

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You're probably right, but, you know, you never know.
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      06-18-2009, 05:42 PM   #42
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What the?!?! I didnt get an email. Now I feel neglected

Wait...is this only for 2008 models??
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      06-18-2009, 06:06 PM   #43
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I just went to the NHTSA website and found out it does include MY 2009 also. It has been happening to me more and more lately
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      06-18-2009, 07:49 PM   #44
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What the?!?! I didnt get an email. Now I feel neglected

Wait...is this only for 2008 models??
You would only get a reply if you reported the issue at the NHTSA web site as discussed earlier in this thread. Even then, you might not get the request others did.
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