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      08-05-2012, 05:51 PM   #1
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Don't open your doors and drive...

I was at the Olympic marketing event yesterday and one of the staffers was backing up a 335i with the sport package. She was unbelted.

To see where she was going, she opened the driver's door. The car instantly went into park and made that gnashing sound expensive German cars make when several $1000 parts are stressed beyond their limits.

Just fyi...
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I was at the Olympic marketing event yesterday and one of the staffers was backing up a 335i with the sport package. She was unbelted.

To see where she was going, she opened the driver's door. The car instantly went into park and made that gnashing sound expensive German cars make when several $1000 parts are stressed beyond their limits.

Just fyi...
Yeah. Someone reported this happening to them. Supposed to be a safety feature at the expense of the transmission. *shrug
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      08-05-2012, 06:07 PM   #3
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maybe they want us to buy the parking package...
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      08-05-2012, 06:28 PM   #4
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maybe they want us to buy the parking package...
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      08-05-2012, 06:32 PM   #5
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thanks for the head up. I have done that a few times..not anymore.
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      08-05-2012, 07:10 PM   #6
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Thanks for the heads up because I do this all the time to check how close I am to the curb.
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      08-05-2012, 09:21 PM   #7
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Hmm, I wonder the MT has a similar sort of gag response? Things like this are one of the things I dislike about "progress".
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The car is made to do this and it is in the manual. It will not hurt anything.
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      08-05-2012, 10:04 PM   #9
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The car is made to do this and it is in the manual. It will not hurt anything.
Ok, you try it with your $50k car and let us know how it goes.

Maybe post it on YouTube so we can see the guts spilled out on the lot.

Lemme tell ya, this sounded like 200 metal parts missing an interlock, it scared the driver and stopped everyone within 20 feet of the car.
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Ok, you try it with your $50k car and let us know how it goes.

Maybe post it on YouTube so we can see the guts spilled out on the lot.

Lemme tell ya, this sounded like 200 metal parts missing an interlock, it scared the driver and stopped everyone within 20 feet of the car.
Upon more research, I read that this "put in P feature" only occurs when the door is ajar and no seat belt is on. This happens in D and R between 1-3 mph. Any faster and it will not do it. I haven't verified any of this btw.
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      08-05-2012, 11:02 PM   #11
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Lemme tell ya, this sounded like 200 metal parts missing an interlock, it scared the driver and stopped everyone within 20 feet of the car.
We have had a couple threads on this already. It startles the driver, but is designed into the car and is harmless.
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      08-05-2012, 11:17 PM   #12
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Hmm, I wonder the MT has a similar sort of gag response? Things like this are one of the things I dislike about "progress".
I tried and nothing, we have freedom with MT. I think BMW figures that the AT buyers need guidance.
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Because there is no way to do it in a MT, also in a MT you cannot leave the car running in gear it will just stall when you drop the clutch. You could still "park" it in neutral on a slope and forget the parking break though.
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I tried and nothing, we have freedom with MT. I think BMW figures that the AT buyers need guidance.
Glad to hear.. Sometimes I open my E92 (6MT) door while backing up at 2-3mph to make sure the car is aligned straight w/ the parking spot.

+1 for 6MT!
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Willing to believe it's designed in as safety feature to prevent the car from rolling down unattended until 3mph, but I'm not going to test it. I hope to rely on a flawless software. Similar to that, anybody tried already pushing the "P" button on top of the shifter while driving ? (Didn't try this myself and not asking anybody, just curious if somebody by mistake pushed the button). Normally the "P" button should be disabled (software) while driving. (Imaging what happens if badly programmed...)
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Willing to believe it's designed in as safety feature to prevent the car from rolling down unattended until 3mph, but I'm not going to test it. I hope to rely on a flawless software. Similar to that, anybody tried already pushing the "P" button on top of the shifter while driving ? (Didn't try this myself and not asking anybody, just curious if somebody by mistake pushed the button). Normally the "P" button should be disabled (software) while driving. (Imaging what happens if badly programmed...)
I've tried it. Nothing mechanical happens. You just get an error notice on iDrive telling you what a dumbarse you are.
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Thanks Tremolo; so it should be.... Glad to hear....
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There is just no way to tell if I will hit the curb or backing up at the parking lot. I always open my door and stick my head out to check the back when backing up every day. Yes, I have a MT.
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I am curious, i never need to open my doors for parking i just adjust the side mirrors. Isn't that even automatic now when putting the car in reverse ?
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There is just no way to tell if I will hit the curb or backing up at the parking lot. I always open my door and stick my head out to check the back when backing up every day. Yes, I have a MT.
Do you have Top View? I do and it works great.
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      08-06-2012, 08:16 AM   #21
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Do you have Top View? I do and it works great.
This. Parking package FTW.
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yep - parking package solves that problem
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