Spoke to him this evening, and things have changed.
Now it appears as if reverse is slipping, and it does it every
time it's selected.
It will reverse at tickover on level ground, but if given any
accelerator, it just revs, and the car stops.
It's beginning to sound expensive.
He rang the local BMW main dealer today. They had similar ideas
as yourself about the fault, but they can't check it until next
Had a look on eBay. Steptronic gearboxes seem to go for anything
between £300 and £700. Even at £300 it's not going to be cheap by
the time labour costs are added.
I told him he should have bought an E39. :-)
It's not usually worth doing a repair due to the high labour costs in
removing and stripping - the cost of the parts for a full overhaul is a
modest proportion of this. And I doubt you'd find a repairer who would
guarantee the work without doing a full overhaul.
My preference is to use a specialist who do the work themselves rather
than those who are just fitters of other's work. And that would usually
mean overhauling your own box.
The only one I know of personally is in this area of SW London - close to
Total Transmission Services Ltd
17 Crammer Road
020 7735 6566/6676
It really depends. A secondhand one out of a low mileage wreck could have
lots of life left. But it's a personal decision to be made by the owner.
Wonder if it was on its way out then...
OK. I'd guess at about 1500 quid to have a decent job done.
*OK, who stopped payment on my reality check?
Dave Plowman firstname.lastname@example.org London SW
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