F30 gear shifter light

imageOk I know a very exciting picture,,,,,but this was something new,,,,F30 328 customer said the gearshift indicator light goes out once in awhile,,,,well I checked the operations functions,,,,and noticed when I started up the car the light was on in the park position,,,,,but once I shift it into drive or reverse the light would go out and wouldn’t come back on,,,,,even if I shut the car off and restarted the car,,,,the car had to go to sleep before it would come back on again,,,,,,I checked for any faults in the system,,,,,found there was a fault for shift indicator light malfunction,,,,,pretty cool,,,,,but there was no test for the malfunction,,,,,,so I just replaced the gear shifter ,,,,no big deal 4 screws under the shift base trim plate,,,,but you have to program and encode the new GWS shifter.

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16 Responses to F30 gear shifter light

  1. Hi, do you have failure gear shifter?

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  2. Edm says:

    Is there any other ways to resolve rather than changing the GWS Shifter ?

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  3. Aljaz says:

    Hi, I have ste same issue. Do you believe flashing GWS ecu with newer I Step could fix this problem? I believe it is a software issue, because light comes back on after car goes to sleep and it goes off only when put in “D”. In “R” or “N” it stays on.

    Thank you for your information.

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  4. Mel says:

    Hi, I have been searching all over the net for solutions to this issue, I have the exact same problem on my 328 where the indicator light will just disappear as soon as D is selected and will stay off until the cars switched off and on again. So this is not a wiring issue? But the gear switch unit itself? And if so, it is very difficult to source a brand new unit and I believe it will be costly, if I were to source a used unit does it still need to be coded? I believe these units are used on a wide range of bmws, does it have to be specifically a 328i unit? Thanks.

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    • On this car the problem was the gear shifter,,,,your might have the same problem,,,,you can not take a used part because you can not recode a used part,,,,all the gear shifter look alike but they are different for each car and model.

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  5. Nadais says:

    Hi folks,
    I’ll buy asap a new gear selector, but, how to program and code the new GWS shifter?
    What are the steps to be followed?
    Thanks in advance

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  6. ejetblue says:

    Hi folks,
    Recently I bought an used shifter, installed it and when I turned on my car, I received 2 errors on IDrive system – Trunk Open and Impossible to move from P. Park led doesn’t come alive instead, so I returned to the seller the GWS shifter.
    I’ll buy another shifter asap, so, after that, how to program and encode the new GWS shifter?
    Thanks in advance.

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