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PolkNole 07-03-2009 11:31 AM

List Something You Discovered About Your Car AFTER You Bought It...
 
I already have a few "aha's" about my car after I bought it. If everyone lists one or two, I'll bet we all walk away with a couple "I did not know that" things ourselves...

Here's a few I discovered after the purchase:
  • The engine has no oil dipstick!
  • The hood and front side panels are not steel but aluminum!
  • My side view mirrors fold in when I push that little button by the mirror controls!:yikes:
Anyone else have some??

jesimmons 07-03-2009 11:48 AM

1) The battery needs a lot of TLC if you don't drive the car frequently and for longer distances at highway speeds. :yikes:

2) Pressing the Start button and holding it in for 1-2 seconds when the engine is running will completely turn the car off (engine and accessories).

3) You can press the start button with the Steptronic in gear and the engine running, and the trans will go into "Park" at the same time the engine shuts off.

I'll think of others, I'm sure.

vern 07-03-2009 01:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PolkNole (Post 4319066)
[*]My side view mirrors fold in when I push that little button by the mirror controls!:yikes:[/LIST]Anyone else have some??

I was told that they will come out to the set position when you go 20MPH.
cheers
vern

AC 07-03-2009 07:13 PM

you can't move the car with the door open...

bbal 07-03-2009 07:31 PM

It has no dipstick.

ChrisTO 07-03-2009 09:19 PM

- missing wallet key. though that's not so much of a feature as an annoyance as they misplaced it! and best part is the sales rep is trying to convince me he is doing me a favour by ordering one as they don't ship with the wallet keys anymore. (only e90s don't ship with wallet keys now)
- i still can't figure out where the brake fluid reservoir is located.
- powered headrests.
- the dashboard dimming switch dims the idrive screen too. seems kind of redundant given the screen has a manual setting for it. surprised the screen doesn't go to night time mode when the headlights are turned on.

Corgidog 07-04-2009 06:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vern (Post 4319271)
I was told that they will come out to the set position when you go 20MPH.
cheers
vern

Mine come out every morning when I pull out of the garage and slowly accelerate not at 20nor 21,22,23,24 but exactly at 25. As soon as the needle hit 25 they start to pop open, never 26 never 24. Since I live on a side street I can go slow enough to observe this.

Corgidog 07-04-2009 06:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PolkNole (Post 4319066)
I already have a few "aha's" about my car after I bought it. If everyone lists one or two, I'll bet we all walk away with a couple "I did not know that" things ourselves...

Here's a few I discovered after the purchase:
  • The engine has no oil dipstick!
  • The hood and front side panels are not steel but aluminum!
  • My side view mirrors fold in when I push that little button by the mirror controls!:yikes:
Anyone else have some??

For me the only real "I didn't know that" after I got the car was I didn't know that I would really like I Drive. I really anticipated I Drive to be a compromise that I needed to make to get a 5 series and thought at best I would tolerate it. I find I Drive to be rather fun to use and for some reason it comes very natural to me. I think the fact that I have an 09 with the buttons on the console, especially the "back" button adds a lot to the ease of I Drive.

Patrick 07-04-2009 06:37 AM

AC Schnitzer diesel power upgrade was installed by the previous owner.

600Nm of torque and 270hp is fun on the Autobahn when you want to go 260km/h. :eeps:

djfitter 07-04-2009 10:10 AM

The cruise control doesn't work if you turn DSC off. :confused:

dj

Fighterpilot 07-04-2009 11:25 AM

At 100mph it cruises very well. Tough to get it to 100 during a test drive when it's not broken in yet.

It's as quick as hell. The engine has a nice whine to it during acceleration. Especially when the tranny is in manual & sport mode. Our previous 08 535i had the engine de-tuned so the turbo was not active at all engine rpm's.

Tried to get the tires rotated on our 08 535i. Can't. They are different widths.

It's tough to talk your way out of a speeding ticket when you drive a $60K car.

Kzang 07-04-2009 09:01 PM

I found out recently that I can have access to my blackberry phones text messages via idrive.

jboucher 07-04-2009 11:08 PM

power socket in the trunk!

yahtzee 07-05-2009 06:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kzang (Post 4321978)
I found out recently that I can have access to my blackberry phones text messages via idrive.

Go on.......

Fighterpilot 07-05-2009 09:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jboucher (Post 4322130)
power socket in the trunk!

Power socket in the passenger's foot area as well.

BPO22 07-05-2009 02:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kzang (Post 4321978)
i found out recently that i can have access to my blackberry phones text messages via idrive.

how ?

Kzang 07-05-2009 06:05 PM

What do you mean how?
It has it available on the 2010 idrives.

ikedoc 07-06-2009 08:34 AM

flashlight in the glovebox- a good thing
HPFP issues- a bad thing

Kamdog 07-06-2009 10:58 AM

When you step on the gas, a grin shows up on your face. The harder you step, the bigger the grin.

JagConvert 07-06-2009 12:38 PM

The center console armrest slides forward on the driver's side.
Flashlight in the glovebox . . . Power socket :confused: Guess that's what I get for buying pre-owned. . .

TexDSS 07-06-2009 01:36 PM

1- Pressing Keyfob all the windows and sunroof opens up remotely!
2- programming i-Drive automatically turn on the air circulation twice a day makes it ready before you enter the car.

o6525xia 07-06-2009 02:01 PM

-I can check the check control messages.
-I can check each service item and how long it will be until service.
-It alerts me if the temp. is under 37 degrees Fahrenheit.
-There is no engine oil dipstick.
-I can check the oil level via the Service menu.
-There is speed sensitive volume.
-I can tune the radio 3 different ways.

highyo 07-06-2009 06:26 PM

i think already mentioned but i really like that idea of a ventilation with an alarm. nice for when its really really warm out

rahul09 07-07-2009 09:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vern (Post 4319271)
I was told that they will come out to the set position when you go 20MPH.
cheers
vern

vern, i have also read that on some forum. I will try that out as soon as I get my car. :)

Can anyone confirm this functionality? Thanks for the confirmation Corgidog!

In the 24 hours that I had my car, I didn't have any aha moments. However, I am sure I will find some soon when I get my car in a week or so.

ssamols 07-07-2009 10:11 AM

This is a great feature I did not realize: My wife is so comfortable that she immediatly goes to sleep on our morning commute:rofl:


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