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      04-03-2012, 05:40 PM   #1
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Cool feature, find something, learn anything?

Seems like every day there is something I learn about this car or find a new feature. I don't know if there is a thread or if I should read the manual but I like hearing about other people's experiences.

Today I was in the trunk and found out where the battery and fuses are! And also some handy tools like a screwdriver that has Philips and Flathead as well as the tow hook.

There is also a button on the trunk itself to open it.

In another thread I learned the 1-8 buttons could be programmed as anything.

Anyone else find other interesting/neat things?
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      04-03-2012, 05:54 PM   #2
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I would like to know what would be the most useful shortcuts o add on the 1-8 buttons
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      04-03-2012, 06:00 PM   #3
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I would like to know what would be the most useful shortcuts o add on the 1-8 buttons
this is what i use:

1 - sport display
2- spa (satellite station)
3- bpm (satellite station)
4- electro (forget the name, satellite station)
5 - nothing yet
6 - check engine oil level
7 - nav to home
8 - nav to work
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      04-03-2012, 06:02 PM   #4
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^electro area...

one weird thing is when you gently touch the button, not pressing it but touch it, it recognizes you have your finger on it, idk...its cool
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^electro area...

one weird thing is when you gently touch the button, not pressing it but touch it, it recognizes you have your finger on it, idk...its cool
That's really cool. I can't wait to test it out!!
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      04-03-2012, 06:26 PM   #6
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this is what i use:

1 - sport display
2- spa (satellite station)
3- bpm (satellite station)
4- electro (forget the name, satellite station)
5 - nothing yet
6 - check engine oil level
7 - nav to home
8 - nav to work

haha u need a nav to work? that kinda morning eh?

i understand the nav to home ... been there, done that ha
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      04-03-2012, 06:33 PM   #7
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haha u need a nav to work? that kinda morning eh?

i understand the nav to home ... been there, done that ha
actually yea. one morning the tunnel was blocked and i had no idea where to go so i had to scramble to type in my work address. cool thing was it actually showed the traffic block on the map so it gave me an alternate route and saved my ass.

only been at my job a few months and take the same route every day.
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      04-03-2012, 11:01 PM   #8
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this is what i use:

1 - sport display
2- spa (satellite station)
3- bpm (satellite station)
4- electro (forget the name, satellite station)
5 - nothing yet
6 - check engine oil level
7 - nav to home
8 - nav to work

haha u need a nav to work? that kinda morning eh?

i understand the nav to home ... been there, done that ha
I have the same setup on my 5 & 6 buttons on my E92. Since the Nav has the traffic info and route-around, it knows about traffic jams b4 I get caught in them. It's pretty handy.
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      04-03-2012, 11:06 PM   #9
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I have the same setup on my 5 & 6 buttons on my E92. Since the Nav has the traffic info and route-around, it knows about traffic jams b4 I get caught in them. It's pretty handy.
Makes sense even if you know your way to work. you never know when there is traffic up ahead on your regular route better safe than sorry.

I guess you could always conduct your meeting from in the car sitting in traffic
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Can you program the 1-8 keys to dial a number? Would be great to have it dial my conference bridge at the push of a button
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Here are few:

* When you initially open the sunroof with one touch it goes back...but not all the way. You have to click it one more time to get it to retract all the way.

* I'm sure this one has already been said, but the easiest way to prevent the engine from shutting off while at a stop light is the move the gear selecter to the left. That will prevent the engine from shutting off.

* Dont forget your car came with a trunk net. You can find it in the trunk under the flip up lid that would normally house a spare tire.
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      04-04-2012, 12:08 AM   #12
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Can you program the 1-8 keys to dial a number? Would be great to have it dial my conference bridge at the push of a button
Yup you sure can.
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When you initially open the sunroof with one touch it goes back...but not all the way. You have to click it one more time to get it to retract all the way.
First thing I found out when I took the car for a test drive. Reminds me of either my old E36 or E46 sunroof. It did the same thing. To me, that is somewhat annoying. Is it possible to open it all the way with one press?
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Apparently the rear-view comes with a compass as standard. If it's true I thought that sounded pretty cool. I'm a sucker for stuff like that.
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Apparently the rear-view comes with a compass as standard. If it's true I thought that sounded pretty cool. I'm a sucker for stuff like that.
There's a little, paper clip-sized hole underneath the right side (US) mirror. Short press it once and the compass display will illuminate. You'll soon see why most people will leave it off. Its a bit of a bright distraction too close to the eye. If you check the onboard manual, you'll find a number of other functions of that pin hole button (search: compass).
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* I'm sure this one has already been said, but the easiest way to prevent the engine from shutting off while at a stop light is the move the gear selecter to the left. That will prevent the engine from shutting off.
There's an easily learned technique of pressing the brake hard after stopping and then immediately lightening the pressure on the brake a bit. This will also obviate the auto-stop function. This technique is documented in the manual.
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1)Nav Home
2)My wife's cell phone
3)My daughter's cell phone
4)My dad's cell phone
5)My business'phone

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So noone is using some of the 1-8 presets for radio stations?
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So noone is using some of the 1-8 presets for radio stations?
3 of mine are.
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Here are few:

* When you initially open the sunroof with one touch it goes back...but not all the way. You have to click it one more time to get it to retract all the way.

* I'm sure this one has already been said, but the easiest way to prevent the engine from shutting off while at a stop light is the move the gear selecter to the left. That will prevent the engine from shutting off.

* Dont forget your car came with a trunk net. You can find it in the trunk under the flip up lid that would normally house a spare tire.
my question is: when you move the gear selector to the left, the display shows like S1, S2, etc. does that mean it's in sport shifting mode? is it any different from just leaving the shifter to the right? i have the sport auto trans.
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I guess you could always conduct your meeting from in the car sitting in traffic
Been there, done that....with a manual transmission...it's quite a circus. I believe it's even more entertaining for fellow drivers on the road trying to watch me.
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