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zasoan 06-20-2005 07:09 AM

Automatic headlight control sensitivity
Hi all, I've been driving my brand new E90 this week-end and quite often I noticed that the headlights were on while I was in town, in the middle of the afternoon, in open air :confused:
I called BMW this morning and they told me the sensitivity can be adjusted. It is accessible from the Idrive menu or can be done by a dealer if they plug the car.
I was wondering if anyone else came with the same kind of behaviour ?? The fact is it was very sunny this week-end and I think the headlights switched on in the shadow of a building or under (light) trees. But still... I find it a bit to much sensitive :rolleyes:
Any report on this from other owners would be apreciated ! Especially those with I-drive who would have adjusted the sensitivity by themselves :)

ic 06-20-2005 07:21 AM

I don't have iDrive. The headlight turn on even when I move my car from my house (not condo) garage on sunny day and when I go under the bridge on a sunny day as well. I can imagine it is on with the shadow of tall building in the city...

willpooted 06-20-2005 08:16 AM

Yup, any shadow flicks on the auto headlamps. I hope it can really be adjusted.

zasoan 06-21-2005 09:55 AM

Any report from an I-drive user on this ?
(please.... ?)

swanich 06-21-2005 10:21 AM

The Auto lights sensitivity can be set on the iDrive, ive set mine to the least sensitive setting and although its better the lights are still to sensitive.

zasoan 06-21-2005 10:44 AM

Oh that's very interesting, thanks so much for sharing this info.
Could you tell how many levels of sensitivity there is between min and max , and do you remember what the default setting was ?

itznin 06-21-2005 11:52 AM

Where on the I-Drive do you find the setting?

john4.4x5 06-21-2005 12:29 PM


Originally Posted by zasoan
Any report from an I-drive user on this ?
(please.... ?)

To switch the daylight sensors sensitivity: go to the start menu, press the iDrive controller, select Vehicle Settings and press the controller, select Lighting and press the controller, select Auto. Headlamps and press the controller, choose sensitive/normal/slower.

I have mine set to Normal, it works to my liking.

This is also detailed in the owners manual. Lamps detail begins on pg.85 (USA owners manual)


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