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      05-12-2019, 02:49 PM   #111
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Small update...

Coding
I recently read a thread on this forum regarding Bimmercode, an app that lets you code your BMW. I've always wanted to turn off the start up warning, back-up camera warning, and enable auto folding mirrors. So I picked up a new Bimmercode-approved bluetooth OBDII unit and paid for the Bimmercode app.

Within a few minutes I was able to active a number of features on my car as well as deactivate all of the warnings I loath dismissing every time I get in the car. In addition I disabled Active Sound. I actually prefer the sound of the stock engine and exhaust over the fake nonsense being pumped into the cabin.



Road Trips
Lately I've taken a number of road trips in the F31. My wife and I had a weekend getaway for our 10 year anniversary. Just yesterday I drove the family on a 400 mile round trip to Sesame Place, a Seasame Street theme park. In a few weeks I'll be mounting the cargo box on the roof and we'll be making a long drive to the Outer Banks.

Gas Mileage
After 4 years of driving around in Comfort mode 95% of the time, I've started switching to Sport more frequently. I've noticed my gas mileage has increased quite a bit in Sport mode (3 to 4 mpg over the course of a tank). Yesterday I took a 400 mile trip and averaged 31 mpg in Sport mode, despite never using 8th gear. I can only guess that non-sport mode shifts too early and keeps RPMs too low, combined with my driving style I'm probably just dumping fuel in the engine at lower RPMs to get it up to speed. I'll be running sport mode from now on as it's more fun AND more efficient for my driving style.

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      05-12-2019, 03:25 PM   #112
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Thanks for the update. I am always in Sport or Sport+ and have gotten similar mileage. I will be taking a 1800 mile round trip mini vacation to Syracuse next month. Bimmercode has made my wagon a much more pleasant place to be.
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      05-15-2019, 10:48 AM   #113
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I'm late to this thread, but glad you are liking the F31. We love ours. Also had an STI and 3 wrx's in the past, and many turbo vw's.

Did the bimmercode thing already, there's some stuff that just stumped our genius... like auto door unlock when turning the ignition off. Needs to be coded, and I did hate all the startup bells, too!

Good stuff, hmmm E30... are you on vortex? I've owned several E30's and older bmw's, too.
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      05-15-2019, 10:48 AM   #114
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Try the BM3 tune. It changes the shift points and the power delivery is more linear. There is a noticeable change after the tune where Comfort mode drives like Sport now, Sport drives like Sport+, etc.

I also upgraded the FMIC/CP/TIP at the same time more for preventative maintenance. The FMIC I felt was necessary since last summer I was feeling the affects of heat soak from daily 90-100 degree temps.
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      05-15-2019, 11:44 AM   #115
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Try the BM3 tune. It changes the shift points and the power delivery is more linear. There is a noticeable change after the tune where Comfort mode drives like Sport now, Sport drives like Sport+, etc.

I also upgraded the FMIC/CP/TIP at the same time more for preventative maintenance. The FMIC I felt was necessary since last summer I was feeling the affects of heat soak from daily 90-100 degree temps.
I second this. BM3 stage 1 really wakes the car up. Highly recommend it for bank for buck upgrades. It's probably a close second to upgraded suspension.
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      05-21-2019, 04:45 PM   #116
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Thanks for the update. I am always in Sport or Sport+ and have gotten similar mileage. I will be taking a 1800 mile round trip mini vacation to Syracuse next month. Bimmercode has made my wagon a much more pleasant place to be.
I wish I had known about it earlier. Agreed that it makes the car more pleasant.

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I'm late to this thread, but glad you are liking the F31. We love ours. Also had an STI and 3 wrx's in the past, and many turbo vw's.

Did the bimmercode thing already, there's some stuff that just stumped our genius... like auto door unlock when turning the ignition off. Needs to be coded, and I did hate all the startup bells, too!

Good stuff, hmmm E30... are you on vortex? I've owned several E30's and older bmw's, too.
I am not on vortex, just r3vlimited. I've tried keeping journals/build threads across forums before and it just becomes a hassle, so I just focus on one now: https://www.r3vlimited.com/board/sho...d.php?t=394272

This past Sunday my E30 placed first in the 80s BMW class of the 36th Deutsche Marque Concours d'Elegance, a local BMW CCA sponsored event. I was quite happy about that. It's my second year attending (placed second last year). Now it's time to knock out some HPDEs over the summer and fall.

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Try the BM3 tune. It changes the shift points and the power delivery is more linear. There is a noticeable change after the tune where Comfort mode drives like Sport now, Sport drives like Sport+, etc.

I also upgraded the FMIC/CP/TIP at the same time more for preventative maintenance. The FMIC I felt was necessary since last summer I was feeling the affects of heat soak from daily 90-100 degree temps.
Cool, I may check those out, thanks.

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I washed and waxed the wagon recently. I installed the cross bars and mounted the cargo box yesterday. We have a few road trips coming up and can use the extra space for the kids' stuff.

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      07-01-2019, 05:46 AM   #117
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We've taken a few trips within the last month. With 2 kids, the car and roof cargo box have been completely full. The car has performed well, minus a CEL, that eventually cleared itself after a fresh tank of gas.

Yesterday I gave the car a thorough cleaning inside and out and removed the cargo box as it won't be needed for a few months. I haven't swapped the summer wheels/tires (factory fitted staggered 441Ms). The 400Ms with all seasons have been fine, though I will probably need to replace the tires in the fall or next year. So maybe I should swap the summer setup on the car to make the winter setup last through next season.

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      10-10-2019, 04:51 PM   #118
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Now that I'm out of the free BMW maintenance I decided to start working on this car myself. Nothing exciting this time. I just changed the oil. I ordered the oil change kit from FCP Euro which included the BMW oil, filter, filter cap wrench, and other bits needed. It took about 20 minutes to do as everything was easily accessible and I didn't have to remove any under-trays.

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      10-10-2019, 11:58 PM   #119
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I love this thread and both your cars.

Roof rack and box going on our f31 soon as well!
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      10-11-2019, 11:30 AM   #120
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Also enjoyed the read.
I feel you on the dealerships.
15 years ago I loved going with my e34 wagon.
They’d specifically ask me to bring it for their special events.

3 years ago it’s pleasant to go but don’t feel as welcome in my e46t. Nor my wife’s e83.

Last week, didn’t feel nice at all when We went with the F31.

The sense of family and enjoyment and appreciation seems to be completely missing now.
Just another SUV seller. Only dealer for 100+ miles sadly.

Since BMW no longer sells wagons, this will probably be my last one as well.
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