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Old 03-16-2013, 08:17 AM
noka noka is offline
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Mein Auto: 2013 x35i M-Sport
Originally Posted by Liverman View Post
We have PDC sensors on the rear on our big F350 truck. My wife loves 'em. Uses 'em to dock with the horse trailer. Definitely an option she wanted on the new X3. When we went in for our test drive to figure out options and colors and such (we already knew we were getting a replacement X3), she saw the camera views and said (just like she said about the pano roof in '05), "I want that!". I started to ask whether she was talking about rear view or top view and she didn't even let me finish, "Both of them!", she said.

Done. Happy wife, happy life. The rear camera is bundled with Park Distance Control for $950 MSRP in 2014. Getting side cameras adds $350. Not a huge change (0.875%) on a vehicle that costs $40K.

Now what I am worried about is that she (or me) will be looking at the camera display and not out the window and run into something the camera can't see. Our new X3 is going to require some serious training time to understand and properly use all the darn gadgets...
The camera is only one tool and eyes out the window is another . I use both and go slow when using PDC and/or camera views. I find the top view great for parallel parking and for centering myself perfectly in a parking spot.
2013 x35i (Space Gray, MSport, CW/CWII, DHP, Premium, Premium Sound, Technology, BMW-Apps)
Retired:'09 C300 4Matic, '09 GTI, '06 750i, '05 C55, '04 R32, '03 M5, '02 GTI, 01 M5, '00 M-Coupe, '00 540i/6, '99 M3 Coupe, '98 M3 Coupe, '96 328i, ..., '86 4000CS Quattro, ... too many to list

Last edited by noka; 03-16-2013 at 08:19 AM.
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