I’ve griped before about the lack of specificity in the infamous Service Engine Soon light, but I have to admit, I’ve never encountered anything quite as spooky as this. Motor Trend reports on their long-term BMW 335d (May):
With just under 22,000 miles on the odo, the 335d’s on-board computer triggered a Service Engine Soon light, even though the next service wasn’t due for another 4500 miles. So we took it over to Rusnak BMW in Thousand Oaks, which discovered a 4D11 fault had been stored in the computer. Per BMW regulations, the entire vehicle software required reprogramming, a task that took two days.
Jeebus. Sounds like Windows. On the other hand, Windows never asks you to do this:
Apparently their car reprogrammers require a reprogramming (fresh load of car roms?) of their own every once in a while. They got theirs done recently but the load for the M57Y [3, X5 w/diesel] has a glitch in it.
So he said they were going to hook it up to the machine and have another shop (I guess the one near Greenville, SC) log in and perform the service remotely. After that, everything about the car requires calibrating.
Among the four-letter words I’m tempted to utter is “Beta.”
These cars are new enough that they’re almost certainly still under warranty. I don’t even want to imagine what this reload would cost 60k miles down the road.