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mr_bean 11-27-2012 06:24 PM

New 1er owner with a quick Q
 
I've owned an E46 for some time but had to find something new recently on account of a deer jumping out in front of me while I was going 60 mph. Long story short, I picked up an '09 CPO 128 last week. Love the car aside from a few small gripes.
1. Run flat tires are the bain of my existence, but that's an easy fix.
2. "Drive off assistant." The feature that holds the brakes while you're stopped on a hill to keep the car from rolling before you can release the clutch. This is probably a moot point to most drivers but I'm a long time stick shift driver and an admitted purest when it comes to certain things. More specifically, it bothers me when electronics "dumb down" the car and make it easier not to eff things up (stability control is another gripe of mine, but that's easy to turn off). Is there any was to disable this horrible "feature?" It's driving me nuts!!

Tom K. 11-28-2012 11:20 AM

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Originally Posted by mr_bean (Post 7217797)
2. "Drive off assistant." The feature that holds the brakes while you're stopped on a hill to keep the car from rolling before you can release the clutch. This is probably a moot point to most drivers but I'm a long time stick shift driver and an admitted purest when it comes to certain things. More specifically, it bothers me when electronics "dumb down" the car and make it easier not to eff things up (stability control is another gripe of mine, but that's easy to turn off). Is there any was to disable this horrible "feature?" It's driving me nuts!!

When I got my '08 128i in '08, I also didn't care for the drive off assistant. But after 4 years with it, 2 years with my MT '07 328i wagon and a few days with a new Boxster, I don't even think about it. You'll get used to it soon enough.

The thing that bothers me more on the 128i/328i is the absence of any temperature gauge. While I remember that the water temp gauge on my '99 E46 was so heavily buffered as to be irtually an idiot light, it did give the driver a sense of when the motor was up to operating temperature. The work around for the 128i is to periodically check the oil level through the OBC and when a reading is given, the engine is warm enough to have some fun.

Enjoy your new 128i!

Tom

mr_bean 11-29-2012 04:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Tom K. (Post 7219073)
You'll get used to it soon enough.
Tom

This reminds me of when I was visiting Australia a number of years ago. Every time I asked a local if they actually liked Vegemite they invariably had the same response. In other words, it's crap but you'll deal with it.

Seriously though, I extremely skeptical about your prediction. This system works great but it really isn't for me. Nothing drives me more crazy than "dumbing down" an otherwise pleasant drive. This is precisely the same reason i bought a stick shift in the first place. Please! Somebody tell me it can be disabled.

mr29 01-07-2013 01:17 AM

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Originally Posted by Tom K. (Post 7219073)
When I got my '08 128i in '08, I also didn't care for the drive off assistant. But after 4 years with it, 2 years with my MT '07 328i wagon and a few days with a new Boxster, I don't even think about it. You'll get used to it soon enough.

The thing that bothers me more on the 128i/328i is the absence of any temperature gauge. While I remember that the water temp gauge on my '99 E46 was so heavily buffered as to be irtually an idiot light, it did give the driver a sense of when the motor was up to operating temperature. The work around for the 128i is to periodically check the oil level through the OBC and when a reading is given, the engine is warm enough to have some fun.

Enjoy your new 128i!

Tom

good info to know here

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