This weekend, the wife and I decided to go up into N Cali to the Redwoods, Crescent City area. It is just below Oregon. We have been in the Bay Area for almost two years now and haven't ventured out much.
So, after a couple of nice days looking and driving through trees, watching sea lions play and eat a lot of seafood, we decided to head south towards home. That was today and a large storm has stalled in most of north Cali, but I was dead set on getting home in time to get a good night sleep before the game tomorrow. Well, 12 hours later, we are finally home, should have been 6-7 hours max.
We set out early and after I chased/photographed a lot of elk, we were on our way. It was raining pretty good and about 30 minutes into our trek....we slid on some standing water. Immediately, my transmission went bat crazy and a dashboard warning light came on, it said "Trans.failsafe.prog." My car went into some secondary mode that is drive-able to prevent further damage.
This trip is in nothing but thick forests, mountains and coastline, so it is dangerous enough in great conditions. We were 70 miles from the nearest mechanic/town. We had to try and get there, was no other options because no cell service and no one else on the road. About 2 hours later we got to the next town and finally found a mechanic.
The bad news was that he was the only certifiable transmission mechanic in town, the worse news was that he didn't know how to work on BMW's
We have an X5 SUV, so options are limited. We decided to limp another 60 miles to a larger town. It is there we found out the slip caused a solenoid to burn out in the tranny but we should be safe to make it another 250 miles to San Fran(if we drove slow and steady), they could not fix the car there either.
About 9 hours later we finally got home and the car somehow fixed itself, like the computer in it got reset. It no longer says we have a transmission problem in the dashboard computer. I am at a loss, do we spend the 1500.00 to fix it anyways or wait it out to see if really fixed? To see if we need it repaired, it still costs $500 just to look. It drove fine to me once the semi-mechanic reset the computers in it.
Best news of the weekend, we came across a huge Paul Bunyon wood carved statue and a bigfoot tourist trap
Everyone has a plan, until they get hit.
/ Mike Tyson