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      01-23-2013, 10:00 AM   #771
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Don't know if this has been mentioned put I noticed on the bottom of the rear view mirror a little pinhole that looked like there was a button. I pressed it using a paper clip and a compass appeared at the top right corner of the mirror.
it was mentioned in another thread, but good to consolidate here...yup, compass feature FTW.

Annoying that it defaults to no compass though.
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      01-23-2013, 07:51 PM   #772
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Ive been looking in the menus for this and it didnt make sense that it didnt have it. Tried it with voice and there it was. This is the best one so far.
What is this? Can't get anything up using voice.. Can you take a pic of the screen?

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I've wondered if the brake lights come on too, but have not had a chance to ask someone to tail me down a hill. Anyone out there know?

I would expect the lights to come on to warn people behind me that I'm slowing down, but you never know and the manual doesn't say.
I can confirm yes it does, you can see reflection when dark

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When shifting into reverse while the lights are on, the door-handle lights illuminate.
Apparently a market specific feature (already dicussed on this huge thread!). Doesn't happen for UK models (be interested to know whether anyone in the UK has this - i tried to no avail).
I'd like to know this too. Seems a great feature. Any UK bods got this?

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Here's something I found today -- if you want to turn the set heater off, you don't have to press it three times to cycle from level 2 -> level 1 -> off. You can just hold the button down and it will shut off.
Awesome. Something I always thought a tad annoying to cycle to off! Lol
Also. Does anyone know if/how it remembers your heat seat setting... Sometimes I get in and it's automatically on when I turn the engine on and others not...
The aircon seems to be the same, sometimes it's on (as in the light for actual aircon not just the blowers blowing) ...

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Don't know if this has been mentioned put I noticed on the bottom of the rear view mirror a little pinhole that looked like there was a button. I pressed it using a paper clip and a compass appeared at the top right corner of the mirror.
it was mentioned in another thread, but good to consolidate here...yup, compass feature FTW.

Annoying that it defaults to no compass though.
I think this was also established to be market specific as like others wasn't it? I might have a look tomo and see if I have a hole... Lol
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      01-23-2013, 08:36 PM   #773
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I just found out my car has a front collision warning system. I had no clue. I guess it's nice? Or, I could just drive with my eyes open, ya know.

You should have seen the CA's face when she discovered that my car had the front collision warning system while delivering my car. She was sincerely puzzled. She kept going back and forth between the nav screen and the window sticker just in utter disbelief.
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I just found out my car has a front collision warning system. I had no clue. I guess it's nice? Or, I could just drive with my eyes open, ya know.

You should have seen the CA's face when she discovered that my car had the front collision warning system while delivering my car. She was sincerely puzzled. She kept going back and forth between the nav screen and the window sticker just in utter disbelief.

What does the "front collision warning system" do? Did you order anything close to a driving assistance package?
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What does the "front collision warning system" do? Did you order anything close to a driving assistance package?
When the distance between you and the car in front of you closes in too quickly, it throws up a car icon on the HUD and in the cluster - similar to this pic. If the car gets REAL close, there's also an audible beeping. You can set "early" or "late" warning in Idrive.
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I just found out my car has a front collision warning system. I had no clue. I guess it's nice? Or, I could just drive with my eyes open, ya know.

You should have seen the CA's face when she discovered that my car had the front collision warning system while delivering my car. She was sincerely puzzled. She kept going back and forth between the nav screen and the window sticker just in utter disbelief.

What does the "front collision warning system" do? Did you order anything close to a driving assistance package?



Okay, got a cool one if you have rear entertainment.

You can put a video on all three screens (front and two rear).

But, if you leave the car running and want to go so somewhere for a few minutes, a message will go on the idrive screen complaining the key fob is missing with the engine running.

But, here is a trick if you want to have the video continue to play on all three screens whine you leave the car for a few minutes. Trust me, this looks sweet when you have video on all three screens. In fact, I have a BMW trailer that show the BMW logo on all three screens and it plays in an endless loop. It looks really cool.

But, the idrive message complaining the key is missing screws it all up. So here is what you do:

1. Get video to play on all three screens whine engine running.
2. Exit car (car is in park)
3. Open trunk.
4. Depress lock button on fob to lock car.
5. Press the right side (lock) button on the inside of the trunk lid. This will close trunk and lock car. But, it also keeps nasty idrive message from ruining your front screen display. Make sure you follow step 4 above or this button is deactivated while engine running!
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When the distance between you and the car in front of you closes in too quickly, it throws up a car icon on the HUD and in the cluster - similar to this pic. If the car gets REAL close, there's also an audible beeping. You can set "early" or "late" warning in Idrive.
I experienced this today, for the first time. Not sure it provides any real benefit, because if you're close enough to get the warning, you're probably already aware and braking.

Never got a false alarm either, in my first 1000+ miles.
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When the distance between you and the car in front of you closes in too quickly, it throws up a car icon on the HUD and in the cluster - similar to this pic. If the car gets REAL close, there's also an audible beeping. You can set "early" or "late" warning in Idrive.
The windshield should go black, and a voice should be heard that says "Don't Panic!" a la Hitchhiker's Guide...
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What is this? Can't get anything up using voice.. Can you take a pic of the screen?
Assuming the moving map is displayed on iDrive, left click twice and you will get this menu. Select "Route Information". If you have Voice control, just say: "Route Information".



The Route Info shows each segment and it's length. As you complete a segment, they will disappear from the list dynamically. You can select any one of the segments and the right hand window (cropped out here) will show the segment on the map.




I use this feature a lot and find it really handy.
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When the distance between you and the car in front of you closes in too quickly, it throws up a car icon on the HUD and in the cluster - similar to this pic. If the car gets REAL close, there's also an audible beeping. You can set "early" or "late" warning in Idrive.

Perfect. This is exactly it. Thank you.

I still fail to see any real world benefits for a warning system like this. It doesn't do any active braking, or even assisted braking for you, like a Volvo would. It's merely a warning icon and chime. WHY? I'm already freaking out about crashing, so while you're stating the obvious is appreciated, it really is unnecessary.
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What does the "front collision warning system" do? Did you order anything close to a driving assistance package?


As the other poster noted. I believe this features has to do with the lane departure warning system. Still not sure.
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Don't know if its a good idea but if I press engine stop button without pressing P it automatically puts car into park...
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As the other poster noted. I believe this features has to do with the lane departure warning system. Still not sure.
This came with the ACC Stop&Go and fitted with that the car will actually brake right before the collision (when ACC is deactivated, otherwise the situation would never happen) but not completely and not enough to save you from impact. So it does more than just warn, but I dont think anyone wants to try and confirm it... or?
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CA + PAssenger door

If the car is unlocked from the passenger door via Comfort Access the seats do not adjust to the passenger's fob setting.

For example: My wife has her key in her purse, I have mine in my pocket. She makes it to the car first and unlocks the car at the passenger door using CA. My seat settings remain.
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Don't know if its a good idea but if I press engine stop button without pressing P it automatically puts car into park...
It won't hurt anything, the transmission is all electronically controlled anyways. The DCT M3s work like this. In fact, there is no "park" button at all in an M3 (maybe M5/M6, too), you just turn off the engine and the parking mechanism engages.

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If the car is unlocked from the passenger door via Comfort Access the seats do not adjust to the passenger's fob setting.

For example: My wife has her key in her purse, I have mine in my pocket. She makes it to the car first and unlocks the car at the passenger door using CA. My seat settings remain.
Very interesting.
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I finally can contribute to this thread! I found an alternate trunk release button besides the one in the glove box. It's above the hood release and below the light switch. It's really difficult to see. It's small but there. I had to push it to made sure it worked. It looked like such a random placed button.
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Displaying current gear in Drive

I saw someone asking how to get the display to read current gear instead of "D". If you move the auto stick to the manual side without touching the paddles or stick up or back, it will display current gear as S1, S2, S3, etc.
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not sure if mentioned already. My car has launch control. Push in the clutch, engage first gear, floor the gas pedal, it will not rev above 3,500 rpm. Release the clutch and hang on, launches like a jet
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not sure if mentioned already. My car has launch control. Push in the clutch, engage first gear, floor the gas pedal, it will not rev above 3,500 rpm. Release the clutch and hang on, launches like a jet

8 Speed Auto: 0
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I want to thank BMW for waiting until I switched to an auto to incorporate that feature.
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not sure if mentioned already. My car has launch control. Push in the clutch, engage first gear, floor the gas pedal, it will not rev above 3,500 rpm. Release the clutch and hang on, launches like a jet

BTW, the 8 speed sport auto has a safety launch feature as well, in case you MT guys don't rrealize all the action you are missing out on.

Find a good strip of pavement (hopefully it's a nice warm and dry outside, to get the tire temperature up to where it's just right). Activate the eco-pro mode, and floor the gas. It won't go over 40mph for the first 2 minutes.
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not sure if mentioned already. My car has launch control. Push in the clutch, engage first gear, floor the gas pedal, it will not rev above 3,500 rpm. Release the clutch and hang on, launches like a jet
I had mention this many pages ago but mine only works in Sport+
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