The BMW five-series F-10 was introduced in the United States in model year 2010 and continues production today with the Sedan, xDrive and Wagon/Touring variations as well as some hybrids. As with any newly-introduced luxury car, there are some common problems which owners have continued to identify. Some models of this Bimmer have been known to have their drivetrain malfunction, which affects the speed and power of these high-performance vehicles.
High-mileage vehicles are expected to lose a little of their get up and go, but the F-10 has only been on the market for a few years so these vehicles should still be driving almost like new. Unfortunately, some drivers have complained about a noticeable, sporadic loss of power. Sometimes when they drive it performs like a new Bimmer should, but other times it is sluggish and hesitant. There seems to be no rhyme or reason as to when the vehicle will perform and when it will not.
Drivers have said that they can cure this by simply turning off the vehicle and re-starting. This is a quick-fix however, and does not address the root cause. There could be a number of causes to this problem, though a malfunctioning drivetrain is a common problem identified by BMW repair technicians. Obviously if the “Drivetrain Malfunction” light is on, that is likely the cause. However, this light does not always illuminate even if there IS a problem, and in some cases, the light comes on when there is NOT a drivetrain problem.
In some rare cases, drivers have noticed this problem mostly during short trips. This makes some BMW technicians believe it is a battery problem, and not the drive train. It is best to take your vehicle to a local BMW service garage to properly inspect the vehicle and have it repaired.
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