In this case, one would be wrong. The car was smoking and had black soot on the exhaust pipes, I just had the check engine light. Here's my experience: Purchased 2014 335i M Sport November 2013. I am a bit surprised that with the sophisticated computer in these vehicles a problem like this can not be isolated and identified. Enough to keep me away? If I were you I would go back to the dealer and ask why your light comes on and even more concerning why the computer is telling your engine to go to half power? My '13 328I F30, 9K miles, owned it for 9 months, 0 problems. They sheepishly kept the car.
I had a 2013 x3 35i. I got my Drive Train Malfunction today on a 2012 528xi. Even though the dealer has provided an adequate loaner, I would prefer to know I am driving a reasonably reliable car. As I said-- so far no problems. I drive it real hard, in sport mode some nights when i am bored i stay speed limit, atleast when i am looking at dash :D and don't get me started on how the wife drives it. Car towed to dealer and we will be meeting with them tomorrow to discuss this issue.
Few days ago my car started to vibrate abnormally when I fired up the engine. Car is a 2014 328 M-Sport with 4,500 on the odo after five months of careful ownership. I left the car for further work and got back into my loaner. I was once getting into a gas station driving a Mustang. Most tire shops will realize it can be patched in certain cases. I was going behind a Jeep Cherokee or something like that. Hope I'm not overlooking that.
It has 11000 miles on it. I immediately , returned to the dealership explained my problem. Com what I've read, this is either a computer glitch or a fuel pump issue? The dealer looked at it and said nothing was wrong, they reset the fault and away I went. Brought the car in the next day and after a week in a loaner--waiting for two new fuel injectors--got the car back yesterday. The engine sounded funny and it stopped shifting. Fortunately, in my case, once this electrical connection was fully resolved, I haven't had a single issue ever since - now ~2 years and 30k miles.
My 2014 435i xDrive was in the shop for 2 weeks. Stopped at the store on the way home and when I restarted, the fault had gone away. Got a loaner feb '13 production F30 328i, yesterday with low 3000-ish miles. I drove it almost home ~33 miles this evening. Two cases where the car lost almost all power - could go slow on flat road but could not pull at all. I would step on the gas and car wouldn't accelerate.
I picked up the car in Jersey on Saturday and set out to get down to Ft. You bring your 911 in for a problem that requires a week to fix. They tracked the sensor error to this part. Two weeks ago was accelerating onto a highway and whammo…. I only left it there for maybe 10s, but that must be it.
I received an email today that the parts arrived to the dealership; we'll see how long these repairs take. The radio sporadically cuts off and back on in rapid, continuous cycles. I called the dealer that I bought it from and they have no loaners and they are saying that it's likely due to the -18 below zero -45 with windchill weather. Called dealer next day and they said bring it in if it happens again. The catch-22 here is that if you drive this car legally which I 100% was , meaning proper speed for conditions, proper following distance for conditions, executing passes with safety buffer, such an incident is a non-issue as I experienced it other than the shock factor. But after 4 visits, one would think that the cost of labor, and my time, would cost more. I am a bit surprised that with the sophisticated computer in these vehicles a problem like this can not be isolated and identified.
In other cases, the issue did not 'clear' and I've had the car towed to the nearest dealer. At least the limp mode, warranted or not, is there to prevent any further catastrophic damage. Now diagnosis was computer problem with incorrect fuel air mixture. Impossible to tell based on forum sites like this one. So I started video taping and taking pictures.