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