Yesterday I was riding on US 441 from Gainesville (FL) to Ocala. There I was going to get on Interstate 75, take that to the Turnpike and head home here to the southeast coast, planned to be about a 4 hour ride. As I enter the southbound on ramp to Interstate 75 I began to upshift. Get in to 2nd gear OK. Now, the shifter doesn't seem to be shifting. I look down and the shifter was looking pretty limp. I get off the interstate at the next exit, pull in to a gas station and remove the side cover of the LT. Shift linkage ball joint sheared at its connection. No roadside repairs here. I call BMW of Daytona Beach (they were the closest as 78 miles away); they had the part(s) and gave me directions to their shop. I did enjoy a leisurely 35mph ride in second gear through the Ocala National Forest and arrived in Daytona 2 1/2 hrs. later. Kudos to Daytona BMW. Fixed my LT quickly and I was on my way home. The ball joint was $4.50. And about 700 miles ago I did my 24k service; checked the linkage as part of it and all was well. Always have a BMW dealership (or two) telephone number programmed in to your cell phone!!