Originally Posted by bbarclay410
Ill say something about every one of your complaints.
1. the "menu" button takes you to the home screen. Also, if you hit the option key while in music or nav or whatever, you can edit the split screen content to map or entertainment details or whatever you want.
2. it will shift to 8th gear if you are going fast enough or if in auto/no sport mode. As for the suspension and gas responses, you bought the modern line in a 328i. IF you had bought the SPort line, you would have received a better suspension, also, if you had bought the 335, it would have solved your response issues. BMW steering on the new F30s is electronic like the F10 5-series so its very light. If you put your car in sport plus mode, the steering gets heavier. As for gas mileage, put it in eco pro mode.
3. Night mode? You can turn down the brightness of the idrive in settings. IF you have navigation, there is also a "night" mode available for map view.
4.You can change settings to keep the car from locking the doors automatically. Next, for the unlocking, get your car coded. I have mine coded so that when i hold down the start/stop button, it ejects my key for me and unlocks all doors. BMW makes their car best for the driver, ergo, "The Ultimate Driving Machine" Don't expect them to unlock all your doors since its pointless if you're alone.
5. I suppose you are talking about the auto high beam feature. Im not exactly familiar with this feature but it seems that this, again is something you can change in the settings.
6. Move your chair back and give yourself some space.
7. I know for a fact that there is an up/down button of your steering wheel. Try that.
8. Turn your headlights to auto, once you get into a dark area, your lights and instrument cluster will light up. Why do you need to have it on in the day time? I can see just fine in the day time.
Is this your first BMW? This is much more different and complex than a jeep. Take some time to learn about your car, read a the manual, spend some time reading various topics on the forums here. Most importantly, enjoy your car! We here on the forums are here to help you with anything you need. Trust me, there is a reason why the 3-series has been one of Car and Driver's favorite cars for nearly 30 years.
Thank you for the answers. I think I was not very clear on some of my points.
1. Menu button takes me to the menu screen. I was trying to mean there should be a home screen with the most used information displayed or it can be customized. It can be something displaying entertainment details, range, consumption, time. You always need to be in menus unless you switch to navi.
2. I got the DHP so I believe I have a better suspension then the sportline and variable sport steering. I explain my logic here a few post ago. Auto 8 has the same ratio as the manual 6. The typical manual driver will put in the 6 while cruising at a steady speed on highway so the auto needs to switch to 8 when you are not pushing the gas pedal hard or using cc.
3. Yes there is night/day for the map but not for screen. Of course I can dim the screen using brightness setting. What I am saying why it can`t dim automatically like the HUD does or like the small screen in cluster that changes color. Almost all the cars dim their screens (dot matrix or lcd) when you turn on the headlights.
4. If it locks all the doors, it should unlock all the door according to my logic. Or even better it should unlock the ones it locked
7. There is roller. It goes up and down but then you have to click to select.
8. i think this is because of the oyster color gauges. I use my headlights at auto all the time. The gauges are oyster and numbers are white. There is not a high contrast like the black and white in other lines.
This is my second BMW. I had an Z4(E85) before. It is not fair to compare a 2005 Jeep to a 2013 BMW but believe me it is not as simple as you think. It has power adjustable pedals which I have never seen before in any car. It has an auto high beam which is nice for 2005. More capable 4x4 system not surprisingly.
The surprising thing is that some of things I am mentioning are present on a $20.000 car.