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      12-11-2013, 01:31 AM   #89
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thumb wheel = no skip, random

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My personal dumb complaint is why I can't hit "next track" from the steering wheel. You either have to be on it on iDrive (which really is not that bad) or you have to reach to the other side of the world to hit next...
+1,000,000,000,000,....,000,000

Thumb wheel implementation mucked up a good thing (including quick redial). They can easily solve this with a software update:

have the first 2 items in the thumb wheel song list be Previous and Next. It does not beat pressing one button to skip, but it'll do till they get rid of the wheel.
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      12-11-2013, 06:48 AM   #90
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Hahaha definitely agreeing with this! Funny. Down the other end of the earth in Australia, 'some' people drive on the left hand side of the road. I find it fantastic it's on the right hand side, perfect for me as I'm right handed and my steering wheel is on the right. I wouldn't want it to be any other way. For someone like me who spends half my day driving around for work, it's a great feature. Can't please everyone I guess?
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      12-11-2013, 11:20 AM   #91
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Hahaha definitely agreeing with this! Funny. Down the other end of the earth in Australia, 'some' people drive on the left hand side of the road. I find it fantastic it's on the right hand side, perfect for me as I'm right handed and my steering wheel is on the right. I wouldn't want it to be any other way. For someone like me who spends half my day driving around for work, it's a great feature. Can't please everyone I guess?
My point has always been that when I'm driving along a highway for hours, what do I want my left hand to have access to...volume or cruise control? Cruise control! I am regularly changing that to pass, brake, etc... but the volume is more set and forget. I guess down under you have it backwards but hey if you like it what's the difference?

Also, anytime BMW and Australia are put together I can't help but think of this (goto 0:50)....
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My point has always been that when I'm driving along a highway for hours, what do I want my left hand to have access to...volume or cruise control? Cruise control! I am regularly changing that to pass, brake, etc... but the volume is more set and forget. I guess down under you have it backwards but hey if you like it what's the difference?

Also, anytime BMW and Australia are put together I can't help but think of this (goto 0:50)....
haha that's great - I hadn't seen that before. Thanks for the laugh
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Can someone illuminate me why would BMW put the volume control on the right side of the steering wheel? Who was the genius that concluded I will be using the navigation more than the volume?? I would like to meet him/her.
I just picked up my f30 320i tonight and I feel your pain, I was coming from an Acura and the volume controls were on the left side. I've gotten used to it after 3 years. Now my car is manual and I like to keep my hand on the shift knob while driving, but now when I need to adjust the volume I need to move my whole arm. Kinda stupid, and I think I've used cruise control 5 times in my life.. it would be ok if they did away with it imo.
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