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      09-24-2014, 06:19 PM   #1
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DCT update, car feels slower. *FIX, maybe*

So alot of DCT 135i owners are a little upset with BMW recently because of the new update that makes the cars feel as if they are not as powerful as they used to be.

(SIB 12 09 12 software update for stalling, idle and surging May 2013)

Although people have said that issues like stalling, rough idle, and lag after coming to a stop have been fixed. Alot of people including myself noticed that the throttle response isnt all there and we also lost alot of noise out of the stock exhaust.

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Apperently theres an ever newer update that brings all this back. (SIB 12 15 14 August 2014)

I came across this thread and found it pretty interesting.

http://www.1addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1033690

Basically when it comes to all this update software stuff I dont know the most, and I am hoping that someone out there knows a bit more than me and can maybe clear some things up for me...

I had my car updated in late May and after that I felt the same thing everyone else felt. I dont really care about the pops out of the exhaust, although I wouldnt mind them. What I really want is if its possible to get some of that throttle response back. Any help is appreciated.


Thanks guys have a good 1!



P.S: My car is currently at the Dealer getting a new shifter installed, and the service guy who is also my friend told me that after its done its going to need to be totally updated so Im hoping that they throw on the new one without me even asking which allows for some stronger throttle response. But incase they dont for whatever reason, having as much info on it as I can would be awesome for when I go pick it up.

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      09-24-2014, 09:41 PM   #2
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Mines being updated with the August 2014 version next week. We'll see how it goes.
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      09-24-2014, 10:22 PM   #3
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      09-25-2014, 10:46 AM   #4
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I'm one of the folks who had the stalling, rough idle, lag issue. I had my car in 9 times since April to have it fixed. Had a PUMA case opened...the whole 9 yards. Along the way BMW replaced the transmission, fuel pumps, wiring harness (head scratcher on that one) and a few other various things all to no avail of course.

Last week the BMW dealer called and said they have a new software fix and to bring in the car. I had it applied and picked up it last Wednesday (also had the VANOS bolts recall done) and I will tell you for me it has absolutely and completely fixed the issues. I wasn't optimistic other than it was a software update and that's what I suspected the issue was the whole time.

I have a KAT Matrix accelerometer and I tested the car afterwards and I get the same performance I had prior to April. Anecdotally, throttle response is what I expect it to be. For me the issue was only with the AC on, with it off my car performed as it should but with the AC on the idle and lag were terrible, to the point of I didn't drive it much cause it was so annoying. Now it works great.

I have the invoice and I'll upload it but it doesn't say what software version was installed only that the DME was updated per the SIB, doesn't specifically state what version or what SIB though. If you have the issue your SA should be able to look it up...

If you have the lag/idle issue with the AC on like then go get the update as fast as you can.

Edit: Just noticed the link to another post in the original post. I had the software update noted in post #49.
http://www.1addicts.com/forums/showt...1033690&page=3

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      09-25-2014, 02:56 PM   #5
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I'm one of the folks who had the stalling, rough idle, lag issue. I had my car in 9 times since April to have it fixed. Had a PUMA case opened...the whole 9 yards. Along the way BMW replaced the transmission, fuel pumps, wiring harness (head scratcher on that one) and a few other various things all to no avail.

Edit: Just noticed the link to another post in the original post. I had the software update noted in post #49.
http://www.1addicts.com/forums/showt...1033690&page=3
I think there's enough noise being generated by the 2011-2013 135 DCT community that it's getting some attention back at BMW. It's gone from "never heard of a problem" to "we updated your software" to "we have a fix if nothing else". I doubt BMW doesn't want to change out a lot of DCTs since they have to ship them over from Germany. Easier to try the software update.

Wiring harness? When I used to do field service on computer systems we called that "Shotgun Approach". I can see it as a maybe since the problem with the stutter and lag doesn't happen enough to troubleshoot since it doesn't post a code. The last update did fix a lot of the problems but they never were totally fix. I'm hoping next week the update gets the car running like it's supposed to.
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      10-06-2014, 10:19 PM   #6
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Mines being updated with the August 2014 version next week. We'll see how it goes.
Dropped mine off for the update today. First attempt failed per the SA but said not to worry and will attempt tomorrow. Will update as soon as have something concrete for you all.
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      10-08-2014, 04:18 PM   #7
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      10-14-2014, 05:22 PM   #8
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Dropping car off tomorrow for Vanos bolts, talked with the SA about the update , he didnt have a clue nor did he ever hear of the lag issue etc... He said He will give it to the technician to decide? wtf? Now I know they cant know everything about every car software update but I just didnt get a good feeling they will do this. I'll update once completed. BTW , I take pics of my car right before any service so if they say "we didnt do that" I'll show then they did when I pick it up. They go over the loaner with a fine tooth comb when you take it and pick it up , so I do the same...
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      10-14-2014, 08:00 PM   #9
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Dropping car off tomorrow for Vanos bolts, talked with the SA about the update , he didnt have a clue nor did he ever hear of the lag issue etc... He said He will give it to the technician to decide? wtf? Now I know they cant know everything about every car software update but I just didnt get a good feeling they will do this. I'll update once completed. BTW , I take pics of my car right before any service so if they say "we didnt do that" I'll show then they did when I pick it up. They go over the loaner with a fine tooth comb when you take it and pick it up , so I do the same...
I'm seeing a trend here where people are hesitant with dropping their car off for service at the dealership for fear of damage done by their staff. I guess the dealership I use is the exception and not the norm. Every time I go there for service, I see them do a full check out of the car before taking it in. I have to walk with the staff person and go over every aspect of the car like I was about to rent a car. Any damage they see, the staff person notes on a piece of paper the type of damage (dent, scratch, etc) and the exact location on the car. I have to sign off on this piece of paper before being allowed to go in to the service building. This check in paper becomes part of the paperwork for the service visit.
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      10-15-2014, 10:44 AM   #10
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That is the way is should be done! I waited 20 minutes after they took my car, past my appt. watching others getting taken care of , before I had to ask where he was.
Anyway they have to keep overnight , and I have a new 4 series as a loaner. They did put in the notes regarding the software update , I also asked them to jot down what the version was before hand. On the way there I saw a VO 1M for sale at another dealer , crap that looks awesome... anyone have 58k I can borrow? lol
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      10-16-2014, 04:23 PM   #11
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Jettt or rock did you guys get your car back after the update?
I got the car back. But he wasnt able to tell me what software was put on the car, although he did tell me its the most recent... lol

Its all too tiring to deal with right now.

I guess I can bring it to a dealer and ask them to tell me exactly which update i have and then i can figure out whether or not the car has been feeling different.

But as of now, still feels like the same old.
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I got the car back. But he wasnt able to tell me what software was put on the car, although he did tell me its the most recent... lol

Its all too tiring to deal with right now.

I guess I can bring it to a dealer and ask them to tell me exactly which update i have and then i can figure out whether or not the car has been feeling different.

But as of now, still feels like the same old.

Getting the dealer to tell you what version you're up to is like a state secret.

Mine still feels better coming off a stop. No issues so far.
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      10-17-2014, 03:20 PM   #13
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Got my car back yesterday after Vanos recall. On the invoice it says the tech drove it and the idle fluctuated so that and the issues I mentioned they put in the new version software and noted the old ( i asked) . It does feel a bit better from stop on the gas pedal as far as lag. Performance still seems the same. They did charge me $50 (CPO) for it which I thought was BS. Anyway I'll update later once I drive some more.
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That is BS. $50 for a known problem.
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My car received the SIB 12 15 14 update. Shifts seem more smooth, especially in sport mode. Maybe not as fast? Hard to tell because the added smoothness dulls the perception of it being fast. Throttle tip in seems more linear, but I feel like I need to drive the car in sport mode to get the same response that I had before in regular mode. More time is needed. I don't believe there is any change in engine power, it's just that the throttle is more progressive in the early stages of application.
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I haven't noticed any issues so far. It's been a couple of months. Shifts are still fast but the initial jolt between 2nd and 3rd, 3rd and 4th aren't as abrupt. I doubt there is much difference pre and post update. I still can't put enough rubber on the ground to keep the traction control from kicking in.
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