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Old 08-18-2014, 12:02 PM   #1
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I have had my 2003 330i for less than a year. It's has 140,000 miles. As soon as I got home the check engine light came on. The guy who sold it to me was clearing the codes. One month after I bought it the engine head cracked and I had it replaced with a used engine. When my mechanic was taking out the blown engine he saw that it was zip tied in and wasn't even the original engine. Now about a month ago I went to the beach for a week came home to turn on my car I was so happy to see and several lights came on. The brake the transmission the abs and another. It also went into limp mode. It won't come out of 4th gear. We live out in the middle of no where and squirrels like the eat our cars wires so we assumed that they got in the wiring harness and chewed wires. We get it to the nashville dealership and all they did was look at the wiring harness tell us it was fine and that we needed to replace the transmission and sent us on our way. They didn't even take the time to look for any other places that could have damaged wires. But I don't know anything about cars and they could be right. I was able to drive it about 50 miles to bmw in limo mode as long as I stayed above 40 mph and didn't encounter any hills but when I tried to drive it home it wouldn't make it. I got about 10 mins down the road. Got all the way up to 50mph and then the rpm's just died so I got it towed home. Idk what to do with my car. I haven't found any other situations similar to mine so I thought I would post and see if anyone else had my same issues. Is it the transmission? Or something cheaper and more simple? I just am skeptical about it being the transmission because a car can't break if it's not running.
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Old 08-18-2014, 12:18 PM   #2
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There's nothing we can tell you about your issues because 1.) you are not going to do the work, and 2.) the engine has been swapped with another and another that might not be any better than the engines that came out.

Sorry, you have a mess on your hands. I would be looking for an Authorized BMW Service Center that is not affiliated with the dealership and is also not "Joe's Car Repair" in the seedy part of town. The authorized service center should have trained technicians that get certifications from BMW.

Your transmission seems to be displaying a common error that demands the transmission be opened up. It might do to just have some of the internal parts replaced instead of rebuilding or replacing the entire transmission. Look for and read the NO REVERSE SOLUTIONS thread for lots of excellent information about your transmission. You are not having the No Reverse issue, but the thread tells you more than you will ever think of asking about.

Sadly, it is not true that your car cannot break if it is not running. This is precisely the environment that can let a delicate solenoid or valve inside of the transmission's valve body stick in the wrong position and affect lots of other transmission operations.

My guess is that you need valve body service. I'm not familiar with which transmission your car has. I could look it up, but so can you.
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Old 08-18-2014, 12:34 PM   #3
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Tennessee is a long state and 50 miles from nashville in what direction.

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Old 08-18-2014, 02:20 PM   #4
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http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=1005232

Same problem here
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