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Old 04-02-2012, 10:40 AM
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Originally Posted by ard View Post
I loaded a 2012 CIC map into my 2012 car- built in 9/2011- and it did NOT need an FSC code.

I suspect that BMW has preloaded FSCs for 2012 maps into all model year 2012 car- even when the 2012 map data was not yet available.

Try it, see what happens. I'd be nice for 2012 owners to know that they can get a 2012 map for $10.

Originally Posted by vlad7777 View Post
Hi everyone,
Just wanted to give an update- I have a 2012 BMW X5 xDrive 35D delivered to me October 31, 2011.
It had 2011 Maps loaded.
I finally purchased 2012 Maps on eBay and was not sure if I needed the FSC Code- but I decide to try without it and it worked!
I had the engine running all the time (approx 2 hours) - but it took th eforst disc, then asked for second and third - then said it was done - but when checked version, the screen was blank (gave me a scare!)
But then I shut the system down completely and restarted again and the version came up as 2012.
All is working perfect.
I do not know which dates have the cut-off for Code free update, but mine had it.
I wish I had tried it...I'd have saved $96.

It seems BMW has preloaded the FSC for the map data on all 2012 Model years..even before that had the data released, they loaded the codes in 2011 for the early builds....
Keep it as simple as possible...but no simpler.
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