What Does It Mean When A BMW Says Drivetrain Malfunction?

When I was driving yesterday my BMW flashed a message saying Drivetrain Malfunction. I’m a little freaked out. That sounds serious. What exactly does Drivetrain Malfunction mean? Should I be worried?

Patrick Price · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Oh no! I’m sorry to hear that you’re having trouble with your BMWs drivetrain! What the Drivetrain Malfunction message on a
means is this: your engine and/or transmission is having a problem. It’s pretty vague and it may or may not be serious.
It’s not uncommon to see that error message when nothing serious is actually wrong. You’ll see it sometimes when you’ve accelerated heavily or too rapidly. You’ll also see it when going up steep inclines. This is fairly normal and shouldn’t be anything to worry about.
However, if you’re seeing it regularly–and it’s not during rapid accelerating or while going up an incline–then you may have a more serious issue involving your engine and/or transmission. You’ll want to have your BMW looked over by a mechanic as soon as possible.
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