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Now that's settled, will US Steptronic be GM or ZF (archive)

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Posted by Kamal on March 07, 1999 at 16:47:52:

In Reply to: Re: Anyone experience complete loss of power? posted by Andy T on March 07, 1999 at 16:19:51:

or Getrag if and when it comes to the US. I believe the 540iA sport has Getrag Steptronic and the M3 SMG has something from BMW/Getrag. Is European Steptronic Getrag or ZF or GM??

: I haven't heard of any problems with the GM five-speed 'box. Referring to the earlier post about the unit being made by "a French company" - it is a GM 'box, built at GM's plant in Strasbourg, Eastern France (close to the Munich and Regensburg BMW factories). The dealer is wrong about it being a Getrag unit; stickshifts are variable ZF or Getrag, not autos. Mind, dealers are frequently wrong about things.

: Why the US E46/E39 gets GM 5-speed autos when the rest of the world gets a ZF unit I don't know. Seems silly. It keeps the price down I suppose.

: If it's any help the US auto M3 used the same ZF unit as all Euro 6-pots.

: Andy T

: : This might have been a freak incident, but I was just wondering if anyone has experienced sudden loss of power?

: : I was driving down to NJ last night to pickup some relatives at the airport, when I got to NY, I stopped at a red light, then when the light turned green, I stepped on the gas, the rpms went sky higy (over 5k) the car didn't start as usuall, instead it inched very slowly forward.
: : I double checked and it was indeed in gear (S 4, automatic)
: : tried switching to D,4,3,2 but still the same thing.

: : after crawling at about 3 mph for about 5 mins, then things
: : went back to normal.

: : no warning light came on and the drive back to MA afterwards was fine.

: : Any reason I should be concerned? Any idea what happened?

: : Jack

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