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zmao 07-17-2012 09:00 PM

2013 BMW X3 Memory Seat
Hi, I received my 2013 BMW X3 three weeks ago and got confused about how its memory seat works. After I set my position to button 1, do I need to manually press that button every time I unlock the car (assuming someone else drove the car last time)? How can it be automatically called up every time I unlock it using my remote? I tried several times but seems like it doesn't work that way. I have to press that button.

I also have an Acura TL which will automatically reset the seat to my position every time I open the door using my remote. Your answer will be much appreciated! Thanks.

valeram 07-17-2012 09:29 PM

Just use the same key that you used when you program the seat and mirrors.

lbjgh 07-18-2012 05:33 AM

Once you have all of the setting (seat, mirror, pre-set buttons the way you like it) exit the car and lock the car with the remote. Like valeram said just unlock using the same set of keys.

Wabbajack 07-18-2012 06:31 AM

Also set a Profile for yourself in iDrive for all your other custom settings.

bren 07-18-2012 07:20 AM

The memory seat in this thing is dumb.

It doesn't work like past BMW's - I can't figure it out either, although honestly I haven't tried very hard. :angel:

zmao 07-18-2012 04:37 PM

Thank you very much! I followed all you guys said but the seat still doesn't automatically reset when open the door using my remote. still need to press button 1 for my position.

siddi 07-18-2012 05:02 PM

Page 33 of the user manual has an option you need to set in your personal profile: "Driver's seat position: automatically retrieved
after unlocking."

I think you need to enable it.

Wabbajack 07-19-2012 07:18 AM

Yep. It's all about the profiles on these cars.

zmao 07-19-2012 07:42 PM

Thank you all for your help! Finally, I talked to my BMW delivery specialist and here's the answer: the key always memorizes your last position (if this option is checked off in your iDrive). The memory buttons on the driver seat is the secondary memory which memorizes your position which may not be your last position. You can also set up your profile with your seat position and other stuff and call it up from the screen. Sounds awfully complicated, doesn't it? Thanks again!

Stephan Franz 09-11-2012 06:41 PM

Thanks ... picked mine up yesterday and this is driving me crazy ... will try your solution.

plancktimebmw 09-15-2012 06:21 PM

same here- it is quite simple on my 3, but for whatever reason, when I go get in my wife's x3(she is 5'2 and i am 6'2), So, I usually begin to enter, expecting the seat to have set while I unlocked it(as in the 3), but alas, get a knee adjustment etc :yikes: and then I remember to press the seat memory(hold) and I'm good to go; I think it used to work during the first few months, not sure what she changed.....

Stephan Franz 09-16-2012 06:37 AM

I finally went back to the dealer to ask for help on this. Now I better understand zmao's reply.
In addition to setting the seat memory using the buttons (this locks in your base settings), iDrive also remembers your last settings. For example, you may have made slight adjustments during a long trip or lent the car to someone using your FOB. The memory buttons get you back to your starting point if needed. Apparently each FOB needs to be individually set up so that it automatically changes the seat position the next time that you unlock the driver door. Go to MAIN MENU / SETTINGS / DOOR LOCKS / and then make sure that LAST SEAT POSITION AUTOMATIC is selected. Then get out, lock the door and repeat the process with the second FOB. In my case I set up my wife's correctly and just assumed that the setting was good for both FOBs. After I went through the process with my FOB everything worked fine. Not intuitive but now that I have gone through the process it makes perfect sense. Having iDrive remember seat, mirror, AC temp, radio station, etc is a great feature.

plancktimebmw 09-16-2012 08:15 AM

thanks for the explanation Stephan :thumbup: ; will give it whirl...

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