Auto OFF feature - dealer disabled!!
Ok, great news and I wanted to share it! I am fortunate to have a great service manager at my local dealer. I told him how much I hated the auto off feature and asked that he turn it off. He didn't know that they (dealer) can do it, but I explained to him that based on my knowledge learned here (thanks bimmerfest) that he can do it! He looked it up and found the service bulletin information and was able to recode my car. He said that he saw that there was a note that they are now doing this for all M5s that are coming into the country. He said my car was the 1st that they've done and he's pretty sure that they'll be doing a lot more.
On a side note, I was out with my wife tonight and it was a beautiful night so we had out windows down and were stopped at a light. A nice 2012 5 series pulled up next to me in the next lane over and his engine died. When it started back up it was so noticeable that my wife asked if the guy's car just stalled. Poor guy, I wanted to follow him and enlighten him on my experience. who knows, maybe he'll read this thread.
to all of you who hate this feature, you are not alone... there is hope!! seek it out, make it happen... get rid of that stupid feature forever!!!!!!