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Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 11-06-2012, 02:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,209
Posted By darkrail
The port itself is blocked off, but you can get...

The port itself is blocked off, but you can get pretty close.

The spot where I was standing when I took the video is "X" on the attached map.

If you want to actually watch the cars coming...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 10-05-2012, 11:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,450
Posted By darkrail
I ordered the OEM ones from BMW Concord through...

I ordered the OEM ones from BMW Concord through eBay. They're still selling them for $120 on eBay (http://www.ebay.com/itm/320837738938).

They're great, and they happen to be shown in my stock...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 10-02-2012, 03:47 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,487
Posted By darkrail
Nope. I'm no expert, but I think that was only a...

Nope. I'm no expert, but I think that was only a 2011 problem...? Mine's very immediate.

Make sure the test drive you take is in a fairly recent 550i and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. ...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 10-02-2012, 12:02 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,487
Posted By darkrail
In February I traded my 2002 E39 540i for a 2012...

In February I traded my 2002 E39 540i for a 2012 550i M-Sport. No regrets whatsoever.

The only downside I notice is maneuvering in tight spaces and parking. That's when the car feels big to...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 10-01-2012, 11:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 810
Posted By darkrail
The tracking system may be even more messed up...

The tracking system may be even more messed up than usual at the moment.

I'm tracking a Mini right now--presumably the same tracking system as BMW. The phone system was a week late telling me...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 05-29-2012, 11:53 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,053
Posted By darkrail
Mine did this for the first time this past...

Mine did this for the first time this past weekend.

Bright sunny SoCal day, and everything on the dash (analog gauge needles and LED stuff) went into a dim gray. It stayed that way throughout the...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 05-29-2012, 11:36 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,193
Posted By darkrail
I just blast the brightness control for the HUD...

I just blast the brightness control for the HUD when I'm wearing my polarized glasses. The display still seems a little dim through the glasses, but plenty functional.

This may only mean my...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 05-11-2012, 12:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 818
Posted By darkrail
Gorgeous car! My 2012's sat radio is rock...

Gorgeous car!

My 2012's sat radio is rock solid, rain or shine. It usually even works when inside my garage. You should get yours checked out.
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 05-01-2012, 11:34 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 6,241
Posted By darkrail
Everyone's tastes are different, and clearly this...

Everyone's tastes are different, and clearly this car isn't for the OP.

I came directly from eight years in a 540i E39--often cited as the ultimate 5 design--and I like my 2012 550i M-Sport better...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 05-01-2012, 11:13 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 469
Posted By darkrail
I had a spectacular 2002 BMW R1150RT in a...

I had a spectacular 2002 BMW R1150RT in a gleaming blue/purple color. Rode it all over the country and much of Canada.

I REALLY loved it, but clearly not quite as much as the guy in that...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 04-04-2012, 09:29 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,101
Posted By darkrail
Nope, I'm the idiot. I guess I'd never tried...

Nope, I'm the idiot. I guess I'd never tried hitting SAT without the Sport Package. And why would I; I've always known I didn't want paddles!

Sorry for the confusing advice above. Looks like...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 04-03-2012, 04:57 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,101
Posted By darkrail
I think you're confusing two different things...

I think you're confusing two different things that both have "sport" in their name.

The "Sport Package" ($3600 on the 535ix) gets you Dynamic Damper Control (which is great), better seats, black...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 04-02-2012, 01:17 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,101
Posted By darkrail
OP here. Wanted to report that I've had my...

OP here. Wanted to report that I've had my non-paddle 550 for about a month and love it completely and fully. I love grabbing the thick wheel with my Sasquatch hands and letting my fingers...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 03-17-2012, 05:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 624
Posted By darkrail
I'm loving the Bluetooth connection. It streams...

I'm loving the Bluetooth connection. It streams every app I've tried (Pandora, OOTunes, even an MP3 attachment in an email once). When streaming from the Music (iPod) app, the car pauses your song...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 03-16-2012, 03:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,854
Posted By darkrail
Glad it worked out! Incidentally, in my...

Glad it worked out!

Incidentally, in my experience the Bluetooth connection to an iPhone is the most convenient and best sounding way to listen to music. It shouldn't sound best (I think...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 03-13-2012, 07:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,854
Posted By darkrail
Simple things to try, in case you haven't...

Simple things to try, in case you haven't already:


Turn down volume on iPod to about 2/3rds to avoid clipping.
Blow some computer-cleaner compressed air into both plug holes (in car and...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 03-08-2012, 01:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 976
Posted By darkrail
LOL. "Glorious Leader" makes me think North...

LOL. "Glorious Leader" makes me think North Korea. The last three Kims have been, "Supreme Leader," "Dear Leader," and the original, "Great Leader." Maybe the next Kim will be named after your...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 03-06-2012, 12:46 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,340
Posted By darkrail
Make sure you test out HUD as follows before...

Make sure you test out HUD as follows before making your decision:

1) Set a nav destination.

2) Turn OFF voice instructions. (menu, navigation, map, uncheck speaker icon)

3) Turn on some...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 03-04-2012, 07:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,236
Posted By darkrail
I wouldn't be surprised. Greg gave me smart...

I wouldn't be surprised. Greg gave me smart advice even after I had ordered my car elsewhere. Good guy.

Hopefully my car shows up tomorrow.
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 03-03-2012, 09:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,236
Posted By darkrail
My car was (presumably) on the same ship. I...

My car was (presumably) on the same ship. I drove to Oxnard on Thursday and watched it drive off the ship (http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=604736). And my dealer is closer to the...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 03-03-2012, 02:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 753
Posted By darkrail
Dumb question maybe, but were blacked out grills...

Dumb question maybe, but were blacked out grills a factory option? I'll be blacking my own grills out--didn't know there was a way to order it that way.
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 03-03-2012, 11:22 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 7,007
Posted By darkrail
Great thread. Very relevant because A) I'm 6'5 ...

Great thread. Very relevant because A) I'm 6'5 and B) I'm picking my car up today or Monday.

I also automatically put the seat way down and tilt it back, but won't this time. Thanks for...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 03-02-2012, 08:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 467
Posted By darkrail
Once it is on a ship (anywhere from a few days to...

Once it is on a ship (anywhere from a few days to a week or two after production is complete), you'll need to ask your dealer the name of the ship.

Once you have that, you have many options. ...
Forum: Cars - Private Party 03-02-2012, 12:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 938
Posted By darkrail
I went ahead and got the Kelly Blue Book values...

I went ahead and got the Kelly Blue Book values (both for private sale and dealer trade--see images below) so you could see how stupid-cheap my sale price is. And it's in great shape! I sure would...
Forum: Cars - Private Party 03-02-2012, 10:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 938
Posted By darkrail
Thank you. It has now been for sale for 18...

Thank you.

It has now been for sale for 18 hours without a single inquiry. I'm kind of shocked! My hope was to price it low enough that it would vanish the moment I posted the ad. If no one...
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