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      01-25-2019, 01:18 PM   #1

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F30 - 328D - XDrive - Catastrophic ZF8HP Transmission Failure

My recent issue: My 2014 BMW 328D X-Drive purchased from a local BMW dealer in the GTA (Ontario, CA) has just fallen out of warranty, as of July 2018, has encountered a complete transmission failure, which I will now have to address through a full rebuild or a full replacement. The transmission is stuck in limp-mode (fail-safe): with gears in 3, and on occasion on 5. Driving from a complete stop yields terrible gear slippage. I was advised by my trusted transmission specialist that my transmission needs to be rebuilt (or be replaced with new).

Anyway, what's obvious now is the poor quality monitoring on behalf of BMW and it's agents, and of course ZF's (BMW's Transmission supplier) QC given that my reasonably owned (I have babied this vehicle), BMW-only serviced vehicle, with a mere 90k (just out of warranty) 4.5-year life, now requires a critical repair/replacement of a major component. I even paid for BMW's own multi-point inspection (at my purchasing dealership) prior to my warranty's end, which showed no issues with the car.

I'm so disappointed with this "ultimate driving machine," with major components failing unreasonably too soon, regardless of what measures I take. I feel powerless and am stuck footing the bill on such a critical component, outside what would reasonably be deemed as a reasonable mechanical life cycle. This vehicle was only ever serviced by BMW dealerships in GTA. All records have been maintained. Not sure what more I could've done to anticipate such a mechanical quality failure at only about a length of time and use of approximately 10% out of the end of warranty. I really did not expect this with BMW on this day and age. Can't see me in another one of BMW's products, not after such a catastrophic failure. :*(.

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      01-25-2019, 06:17 PM   #2
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Can't blame you -- I'd be pissed too.

Just curious:
  • Have you had the transmission serviced at all?
  • Were there any leaks or seepage?
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      01-28-2019, 09:47 AM   #3

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I feel your pain. But it can happen with any car. Mechanical things can fail. That is why there are so many posts here about extended warranties with some arguing for them (to protect against your kind of experience) and others arguing that you are better off banking the funds to pay for repairs.

You can try to get BMW to provide you a courtesy adjustment on the cost given how relatively new the car is with so few miles on it. If you try, remember that you can get more flies with honey than with vinegar.
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      01-28-2019, 10:13 AM   #4
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This is the first case of ZF8HP failed that I remember reading on this site. Very sorry for you, but this is deferentially not norm.
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      01-28-2019, 10:57 AM   #5
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It's not unheard of for a dealership to wave the labor in a situation like this. I'd have a respectful conversation, and bring bmwna into it if the dealer doesn't respond positively.
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      01-29-2019, 12:47 PM   #6
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Just asking, didn't you feel anything bad coming from the transmission before all this happened?
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