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My bmw 2012 x1 diesel goes into limp mode from time to time while driving. after the ignition is switched off the gears are back to normal.

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HI
Get the car plugged with a diagnostic machine to see the stored fault code.
this will direct you in the right direction.

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SOURCE: 1996 dodge avenger when cold, the transmission go in limp mode

Is the vehicle's Check Engine Light on? It should briefly light up when you turn the key on (before you start the engine) to show that the light is working correctly. Based on what I've read I believe you should have one or more trouble codes. A place like AutoZone will read the trouble codes for you for free, and you can look them up here - http://www.engine-light-help.com/generic-check-engine-light-codes.html

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SOURCE: Honda Accord 2004 Diesel Problem

i had the same problem and it turned out to be a dirty fuel filter,am sure this will cure the problem,ps they are a nightmare to replace,take it to a dealer

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SOURCE: Peugeot207 1600 Diesel HDI goes into limp mode

This make is not sold in the USA so have little or no info on it. Sorry

Posted on Jun 06, 2012

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Hi Mary, You have not told us the vehicle make or model, or basically anything we can use to determine what fault it may have. Take your vehicle to a reputable garage and ask them to carry out a diagnostic scan. Regards John

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SOURCE: trans mode on my 1995 bmw 540i

take it to the dealer or check your trans fluid or have it se3rviced

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