You can keep it alive by maintaining it properly but it will eventually die and, as it stands, they're not really something you can send out to be fixed. When they fail, your only option is to replace it. Fortunately, BMW is good about making parts. They even make parts for classic BMWs.
I watched a car program a few weeks back, Now I cannot remember the make etc, but the vehicle has a faulty electronic [tiptronic or whatever] clutch, It was cheaper to strip off the electronics and convert it back to a peddle and re- program the ECU than fix the faulty oneThe first time I went to the states, I saw many of these "gearbox-fixing" places. That was weird to me,
Then we got a landline and had to wait 3 months to get it connected.
Did you have a party (shared between households) line?
I was in on-base housing so we always had a phone installed (as far as I remember). It was shared with other people. One of my earliest memories involves a phone and my mother's reaction to the assassination of JFK.
I prefer standard transmissions. If the battery is dead, you can jump start it!I'm not sure why my fellow Americans avoid a manual gearbox.
There's a subset of us who prefer them. It can actually be difficult to find them for sale.
God, I remember those. An airman who used to work at the RAF base hospital in Ely, Cambridgeshire in the UK was a friend of the family. He occasionally gave me and my sister a lift to school in Ely, if Mama was busy with other things.....but, I'm glad that vacuum wipers went the way of the DoDo.
At around 150,000 miles, lots of people ended up with serious problems that can only be fixed with new transmission. They made it next to impossible to simply check the fluid level.
There's a guy running a radio program in my area about automobile "safety" who told a lot of people to avoid CVT because it was going to be a headache.If I'd known it had a "Continuous Variable Transmission" I wouldn't have bought it.