Rough Shifts? - 2011 BMW 528i Long-Term Road Test

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2011 BMW 528i: Rough Shifts?

May 11, 2011


In the past, I've griped about throttle tip-in on our long-term BMWs. It's been a while since I've driven it, but last night in our 528i, I noticed something else: poor shifts.

It was noticeably jerky, with a quick lurch forward just before it drops unceremoniously into second gear. "That's odd," I thought. It's not consistently repeatable, but it does happen quite often. The roughness of this shift is definitely something I would've noticed (and posted on) before.

Besides the one-two shift, I also found another lumpy transmission spot. After coasting a short while, I'd re-apply the throttle -- not a good wallop on the pedal -- just slight pressure to resume speed. Again, a rough shift.

In luxury cars, I often coast to a super smooth limo stop, but the BMW wouldn't let me. In the last 20 feet or so, the transmission awkwardly downshifts into first gear. It lurches forward enough to feel as though I had a leg spasm and gave a quick jab to the brake pedal. This leads me to believe that perhaps we need to have the car looked at, as it's very un-BMW-like. It's as annoying as our Cruze was when we first took delivery of it.

Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor

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