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      01-11-2020, 11:33 PM   #1
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2018 BMW 340i Drive mode settings question

So I'm very green when it comes to BMW ownership and I've only had this car a few days... I haven't seen anything on the subject just browsing but is there a way to assign a driving mode to a driving profile? I'd like to have the car always in sport mode to start just wondering if I need to select that mode every time I drive the car or if there is a setting I can't find that will do that for me. Thanks in advance
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      01-11-2020, 11:34 PM   #2
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There is no way to do that it always starts off in comfort mode.
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      01-11-2020, 11:37 PM   #3
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Well thanks for the clarification. Not a big deal but I wanted to know in case there was something I missed
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      01-12-2020, 03:37 AM   #4
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No problem. You can try coding the car but I haven't heard of anyone coding their car to start in sport. You can see in the coding forums if it's possible but I haven't seen anything like that.
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      01-12-2020, 11:16 PM   #5
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No, but you can code the car to start an eco-pro mode only :-)
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      01-12-2020, 11:19 PM   #6
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No, but you can code the car to start an eco-pro mode only :-)
Lol yikes
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      01-13-2020, 01:04 AM   #7
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So I'm very green when it comes to BMW ownership and I've only had this car a few days... I haven't seen anything on the subject just browsing but is there a way to assign a driving mode to a driving profile? I'd like to have the car always in sport mode to start just wondering if I need to select that mode every time I drive the car or if there is a setting I can't find that will do that for me. Thanks in advance
You really wouldn't want to start in Sport mode. Better to let the engine warm up while driving in comfort mode. I avoid putting mine into Sport mode until I see the oil temperature gauge climbing toward the engine's optimum oil temp of 230-250 degrees F.
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You really wouldn't want to start in Sport mode. Better to let the engine warm up while driving in comfort mode. I avoid putting mine into Sport mode until I see the oil temperature gauge climbing toward the engine's optimum oil temp of 230-250 degrees F.
Really!... I wait too but in sport mode better yet I'm on manual mode on sport mode....lol

Manual mode in sport wait till my temp go up then after that I rev pass 3k...
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You can't code it to start in sport mode like others said but you can code it to not show the graphic on the main screen. If you do that it will only show in your instrument panel. One of the basic options with Bimmercode so it's easy and safe.
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      01-14-2020, 09:45 AM   #10
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So I've heard people talk about Bimmercode but I still don't know what that is...any info? Links? I'd like to disable that feature on the screen for sure


Really hoping it isn't that almost 700 page thread lol
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There is an entire section dedicated to coding here. Bimmercode is an iOS/Android app that pairs with a Bluetooth or wifi obd dongle and allows you to make changes to the car like disable alerts/warnings, lighting, even program sport+ transmission if you don't have it. There are dozens, if not 100+ parameters you can change.

Does not impact warranty, is easy to use and is highly recommended and fun to play with.
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      01-14-2020, 10:13 AM   #12
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Nice thanks. I'll check it out
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      01-14-2020, 01:46 PM   #13
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It's been a while since I've been in that area of the settings, but I thought you can turn off the drive mode settings in the screen display directly in iDrive without the need to code it. Browse through the settings.
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I'm not seeing that option in the menu as is...


I got the BimmerCode but maybe I'm missing it. I can't connect via just Bluetooth. At some point I'm considering a tune so I just bought an Ethernet cable and adapter anyway.
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I'm not seeing that option in the menu as is...


I got the BimmerCode but maybe I'm missing it. I can't connect via just Bluetooth. At some point I'm considering a tune so I just bought an Ethernet cable and adapter anyway.
In mine, which is an older version of iDrive (CIC), it's under Settings -> Control Display -> Driving more info.
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You really wouldn't want to start in Sport mode. Better to let the engine warm up while driving in comfort mode. I avoid putting mine into Sport mode until I see the oil temperature gauge climbing toward the engine's optimum oil temp of 230-250 degrees F.
Seems unnecessary. As long as you dont rev past 3K I dont think the extra throttle response is going to have a materially negative impact.
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You really wouldn't want to start in Sport mode. Better to let the engine warm up while driving in comfort mode. I avoid putting mine into Sport mode until I see the oil temperature gauge climbing toward the engine's optimum oil temp of 230-250 degrees F.
Seems unnecessary. As long as you dont rev past 3K I dont think the extra throttle response is going to have a materially negative impact.
HaHa, I'd rather be safe than sorry and I hope to have and enjoy this car a long time. A BMW engine is freakin expensive!
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