Drivetrain Malfunction < 4,000 mi , stranded!
August 24, 2018
X3 xDrive30i 2.0L, 14 Twin Scroll Turbo . New, under 4,000 mi. While parked ,"Drivetrain Malfunction" displayed. Turn off, restarted, car entered total Lockdown Mode: No gears, completely inoperable. Stranded in a commercial parking lot waiting for BMW tow . Took 4 hrs. Service "repair" states software reprogramming, but will not state cause, says they did "all that BMW would allow" ! Rep. hinted that a Bulletin might be coming soon. An Existing Bulletin on Crankshaft Sensor failure lists at least 7 other BMW models with the identical engines affected. The X-3 is not listed among those. 2018 X3 30i Engine is: B46B20M0, Chassis is G01. Dealers' hands appear to be tied while , BMW America appears to have abandoned any commitment to customer safety and security in favor of cost saving to the company, before being compelled to acknowledge engineering faults.
Strongly advise research on Class Action Litigation and Federal NHTSA actions BEFORE purchase. It's gorgeous, the premium package upgrades are awesome
and those things mean NOTHING if it cannot be relied upon to actually make it down the road, and back!
Chassis G01 Engine B46B20M0