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jkrutch
11-11-2012, 08:03 PM
While my local dealer was doing a locate to try and find a car for me, he came across a 650GC with soft close doors listed as an option. It's not listed anywhere in the ordering info, but I have a fax from him with the options list and it is there. I will post the fax...

XZLR8
11-12-2012, 12:22 PM
Whaaaaat..?

saala
11-12-2012, 05:57 PM
i have been trying to convince my dealer to help me get soft close doors and no luck so far. he says just like coupes the gran coupe will not get soft close in first model year.

please keep us informed if you do get soft close doors on GC.

XZLR8
11-13-2012, 07:08 AM
I received confirmation from my dealership's Sales Manager this morning:

"BMW NA as of November 9th came with mid -year production change which is effective January 3, 2013 and soft close doors has become a stand alone option."

They gave me the option of passing on my GC, which is now on a boat, and re-ordering for a January/February production slot. While I'd like soft-close doors, I'm going to stick with my current order and just bitch about it for the next 24 months. Ha.

djsaad1
11-13-2012, 07:45 AM
No other changes? Just soft close doors? It's still odd that the above car is already on a lot though.

XZLR8
11-13-2012, 07:46 AM
No other changes? Just soft close doors? It's still odd that the above car is already on a lot though.

I was told that the option can now be added to builds, but it will push the build back to January.

djsaad1
11-13-2012, 07:50 AM
Yeah, I am not worried about it that much. It would be nice to have, but not something I would wait for.

Just went to the bmwusa build site, it seems like they updated it. It doesn't have soft close doors yet, but it does work a whole lot better than it used t.

XZLR8
11-13-2012, 07:53 AM
Yeah, I am not worried about it that much. It would be nice to have, but not something I would wait for.

Just went to the bmwusa build site, it seems like they updated it. It doesn't have soft close doors yet, but it does work a whole lot better than it used t.

I noticed that (about the site), too. It was nice of my dealership to offer me an out and rebuild, but like you, I don't think it's worth waiting for. (Plus, I want to get my 2012 CCA rebate, as I plan to use the 2013 CCA rebate on my wife's replacement vehicle.)

saala
11-13-2012, 11:10 AM
when you say starting jan 3rd does that mean cars made into production after jan 3rd?

XZLR8
11-13-2012, 11:28 AM
when you say starting jan 3rd does that mean cars made into production after jan 3rd?

That's what I was told, yes.

saala
11-13-2012, 11:42 AM
i think skipping that option is the only way for me because my ED pick up date is second week of Jan.

XZLR8
11-13-2012, 11:58 AM
i think skipping that option is the only way for me because my ED pick up date is second week of Jan.

Yeah, I don't think you have a choice.

saala
11-17-2012, 01:51 PM
Yeah, I don't think you have a choice.


ask your CA if he can modify your built for Soft Close doors. my dealer did it for me and its not pushing the production date either.

XZLR8
11-17-2012, 04:15 PM
ask your CA if he can modify your built for Soft Close doors. my dealer did it for me and its not pushing the production date either.

Mine was already built when the announcement was made. No worries, though. I should be taking delivery by the end of the month.

Patrys@BimmerTech
01-26-2013, 03:44 PM
The soft close automatic option can be retrofitted if you missed it or forgot to add.

Feel free to emails us if you are interested.

eyeatl
01-31-2013, 09:02 AM
The soft close automatic option can be retrofitted if you missed it or forgot to add.

Feel free to emails us if you are interested.


Can you retrofit a soft close (or power close) option for the trunk latch of an F06?

eyeatl
02-09-2013, 08:01 AM
Can you retrofit a soft close (or power close) option for the trunk latch of an F06?

Bump

Bimmertech -- can you help?

Patrys@BimmerTech
02-09-2013, 08:02 AM
Bump

Bimmertech -- can you help?

Yes, we can do it.

Please contact us by email and send your VIN so we can get back to you with a quote.

eyeatl
02-09-2013, 08:32 AM
Yes, we can do it.

Please contact us by email and send your VIN so we can get back to you with a quote.

That's great news! Thanks!

nwills
02-10-2013, 02:16 PM
i have been trying to convince my dealer to help me get soft close doors and no luck so far. he says just like coupes the gran coupe will not get soft close in first model year.

please keep us informed if you do get soft close doors on GC.

My 2013 650i GC came with soft close!!

grancoupekcg
05-07-2013, 05:50 PM
Soft-close retrofit kit for the Gran Coupe for sale. Complete set from BimmerTech including door locks and wiring harness. I'm in the US for easy shipping to all you Gran Coupe owners in the US!
This is a great option for those of us who didnt have the option when early MY13's were built. Happy to answer any questions! -Karl

mrjoed2
05-17-2013, 06:51 PM
Yes, we can do it.

Please contact us by email and send your VIN so we can get back to you with a quote.

Hello,

Curious can you do a soft close or power close on a F13 650 coupe trunk?

neversummer78
05-28-2014, 07:16 AM
Soft-close retrofit kit for the Gran Coupe for sale. Complete set from BimmerTech including door locks and wiring harness. I'm in the US for easy shipping to all you Gran Coupe owners in the US!
This is a great option for those of us who didnt have the option when early MY13's were built. Happy to answer any questions! -Karl
How difficult is it to retrofit this kit? Where do you get power for the motorized latch module? I saw a post where a user runs power cables all the way to the trunk which is a lot of work.

Thank you

neversummer78
05-28-2014, 07:18 AM
Yes, we can do it.

Please contact us by email and send your VIN so we can get back to you with a quote.
Seriously? You guys offer kits for automatic/soft close trunk?

doug_999
05-28-2014, 08:29 PM
How difficult is it to retrofit this kit? Where do you get power for the motorized latch module? I saw a post where a user runs power cables all the way to the trunk which is a lot of work.

Thank you

Is this for the soft close doors or the trunk? If it for the doors, don't waste your time/money. With the windows dropping down a bit for open/close, the soft close door option is completely worthless on this car. You can barely shut the doors and they will still close without the use of the soft close feature.

Now my wife's 2014 MDX - my GOD that car could use soft close doors. Probably 50% of the time we need to re-close a door that did not close properly.

neversummer78
05-28-2014, 09:15 PM
Is this for the soft close doors or the trunk? If it for the doors, don't waste your time/money. With the windows dropping down a bit for open/close, the soft close door option is completely worthless on this car. You can barely shut the doors and they will still close without the use of the soft close feature.

Now my wife's 2014 MDX - my GOD that car could use soft close doors. Probably 50% of the time we need to re-close a door that did not close properly.
For soft close doors, I agree that it isn't necessary, and I also heard that it breaks over time. I just thought it might be a good hobby to do over a weekend.

Being an early adopter is pretty lousy, my car doesn't have soft close door and iDrive is still the older version. I also don't get shadow line trim w/ M sport and it comes regular instrument cluster not the full LCD cluster. Also, older steering wheel. If retrofitting them all aren't too bad and not too expensive, then I might do them all. However, according to bimmertech-tech site:

NBT Navigation Retrofit
Activation: Hardware Activation - Voice Control
and Navigation (+ $ 530.67)
Multifunctional Instrument Panel Retrofit
iDrive Touch Controller Retrofit
Soft Close Automatic Retrofit

Total: $8 101.44

May be I should just trade it in. :(

doug_999
05-28-2014, 09:40 PM
Being an early adopter is pretty lousy, my car doesn't have soft close door and iDrive is still the older version. I also don't get shadow line trim w/ M sport and it comes regular instrument cluster not the full LCD cluster. Also, older steering wheel. If retrofitting them all aren't too bad and not too expensive, then I might do them all. However, according to bimmertech-tech site:

Well the full LCD cluster is not as nice as the regular cluster IMHO. Almost gimmicky? Also rumor has it the older steering wheel feels better (better hand positions if you will?) than the newer one. Sometimes change isn't all that great :(

neversummer78
05-28-2014, 11:08 PM
Well the full LCD cluster is not as nice as the regular cluster IMHO. Almost gimmicky? Also rumor has it the older steering wheel feels better (better hand positions if you will?) than the newer one. Sometimes change isn't all that great :(
Thanks, I still like the full LCD cluster and the look of new steering wheel. The one I have looks huge in the cabin and probably better for a car with bigger interior such as 5 series. Well, it was the best looking sedan IMO back in late 2012. :(

doug_999
05-29-2014, 08:21 AM
Thanks, I still like the full LCD cluster and the look of new steering wheel. The one I have looks huge in the cabin and probably better for a car with bigger interior such as 5 series. Well, it was the best looking sedan IMO back in late 2012. :(

Yea, that's what I hate and love about BMW. Each year they add something cool and it always makes you wish you had waited. We forget that you have been able to drive this car now for a year and a half - and someone who has waited for say the 2015 has not gotten to experience that. So eventually you have to just go forward and stay off these boards so you don't know what you are missing ;)

neversummer78
05-29-2014, 11:10 AM
Yea, that's what I hate and love about BMW. Each year they add something cool and it always makes you wish you had waited. We forget that you have been able to drive this car now for a year and a half - and someone who has waited for say the 2015 has not gotten to experience that. So eventually you have to just go forward and stay off these boards so you don't know what you are missing ;)
Thanks for the tips, I should close one eye when reading this board. BMW should keep updates to just software and can be provided to existing owner. Any hardware update e.g. touch pad and instrument cluster should be on LCI.

doug_999
05-29-2014, 12:07 PM
Thanks for the tips, I should close one eye when reading this board. BMW should keep updates to just software and can be provided to existing owner. Any hardware update e.g. touch pad and instrument cluster should be on LCI.

And if they did this, you wouldn't be considering a new car. They want you to consider the new car cause they want your money :)

neversummer78
05-29-2014, 12:48 PM
And if they did this, you wouldn't be considering a new car. They want you to consider the new car cause they want your money :)
yea, but not just after a year tho. :(

K-A
05-30-2014, 05:17 AM
Well the full LCD cluster is not as nice as the regular cluster IMHO. Almost gimmicky? Also rumor has it the older steering wheel feels better (better hand positions if you will?) than the newer one. Sometimes change isn't all that great :(

Yeah, the newer steering wheel looks more snappy, but the old one has a better feel. Fact is, the older M wheel is thicker rimmed, and IMO the thicker the better when it comes to a sport wheel. The new wheel also has a larger diameter for better or worse. I also feel that the new wheel has cheaper feelings plastics on the surrounds and buttons. That said, I'd be happy with the new wheel due to the "fresher" look I guess, but I also would miss and feel regressed from that phat feel of the "old" M wheel.

The aluminum vs shadownline is a wash to me I guess. Although if given a choice I'd probably choose the shadowline, I think the aluminum trim looks equally as good on the GC, in some setups even better. If I were to get a white GC with shadlowline, I'd have to do a blackout grille and maybe another "blackout" mod (other than the usual tinted windows). If I were to get a GC with the aluminum windows, I'd probably keep the grille chrome or put the M6 style grille on it (black slats with chrome ring).

To me, the biggest bother from seeking out a very low mileage CPO 2013 is the old style iDrive (CIC?). The NBT in my 2013 (never mind the even MORE improved 2014) is so superior to the old iDrive to me, that it'd be hard to go back, especially when considering the 6 Series is such an impeccably timeless car, the only thing that can date it is technology (always is).

But, if you can update it to the NBT iDrive, better graphics, speed, et al, for under $600, that might make me consider a 2013 again.

neversummer78
05-30-2014, 09:46 AM
Yeah, the newer steering wheel looks more snappy, but the old one has a better feel. Fact is, the older M wheel is thicker rimmed, and IMO the thicker the better when it comes to a sport wheel. The new wheel also has a larger diameter for better or worse. I also feel that the new wheel has cheaper feelings plastics on the surrounds and buttons. That said, I'd be happy with the new wheel due to the "fresher" look I guess, but I also would miss and feel regressed from that phat feel of the "old" M wheel.

The aluminum vs shadownline is a wash to me I guess. Although if given a choice I'd probably choose the shadowline, I think the aluminum trim looks equally as good on the GC, in some setups even better. If I were to get a white GC with shadlowline, I'd have to do a blackout grille and maybe another "blackout" mod (other than the usual tinted windows). If I were to get a GC with the aluminum windows, I'd probably keep the grille chrome or put the M6 style grille on it (black slats with chrome ring).

To me, the biggest bother from seeking out a very low mileage CPO 2013 is the old style iDrive (CIC?). The NBT in my 2013 (never mind the even MORE improved 2014) is so superior to the old iDrive to me, that it'd be hard to go back, especially when considering the 6 Series is such an impeccably timeless car, the only thing that can date it is technology (always is).

But, if you can update it to the NBT iDrive, better graphics, speed, et al, for under $600, that might make me consider a 2013 again.
According to this post, http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e60-m5-e61-m5-touring-discussion/211260-bimmer-retrofit-presents-new-gen3-nbt-idrive-retrofit-coming-soon-6.html, it is about $3k to upgrade to NBT. However, that is probably a lot of work in E series, but could cost less in F series to upgrade to NBT.

K-A
05-30-2014, 02:00 PM
Ouch, $3K no bueno. If it costed around $500 I'd consider it, otherwise probably would be better to just pay the difference for a 2014 if I want it that bad.

Why the #*$#*$#* does BMW introduce all the technology a year or two later on the 6GC! The F10 is always technically more advanced. The GC is mechanically more advanced at least when it comes to chassis/steering/suspension/N55HP engine, which is ultimately more important (and you sure are paying for that) but always technologically behind it.

doug_999
05-30-2014, 03:27 PM
Ouch, $3K no bueno. If it costed around $500 I'd consider it, otherwise probably would be better to just pay the difference for a 2014 if I want it that bad.

Why the #*$#*$#* does BMW introduce all the technology a year or two later on the 6GC! The F10 is always technically more advanced. The GC is mechanically more advanced at least when it comes to chassis/steering/suspension/N55HP engine, which is ultimately more important (and you sure are paying for that) but always technologically behind it.

They do strange things at BMW - but I suspect there is a reason behind it. I'll never know/understand why the new touch controller took an extra year for the 6 series (I thought it would not fit?) - but it did. Still the 6 got the new dash first (yuck) and yes, thank you for agreeing with me on the steering wheel. My neighbor has had both and echos your comments exactly.

dagoo98
06-05-2014, 09:54 AM
My 2013 650i GC came with soft close!!

What is your build date?