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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 07-03-2009, 12:31 PM
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List Something You Discovered About Your Car AFTER You Bought It...

I already have a few "aha's" about my car after I bought it. If everyone lists one or two, I'll bet we all walk away with a couple "I did not know that" things ourselves...

Here's a few I discovered after the purchase:
  • The engine has no oil dipstick!
  • The hood and front side panels are not steel but aluminum!
  • My side view mirrors fold in when I push that little button by the mirror controls!
Anyone else have some??
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Old 07-03-2009, 12:48 PM
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1) The battery needs a lot of TLC if you don't drive the car frequently and for longer distances at highway speeds.

2) Pressing the Start button and holding it in for 1-2 seconds when the engine is running will completely turn the car off (engine and accessories).

3) You can press the start button with the Steptronic in gear and the engine running, and the trans will go into "Park" at the same time the engine shuts off.

I'll think of others, I'm sure.
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Old 04-26-2010, 08:38 AM
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1) The battery needs a lot of TLC if you don't drive the car frequently and for longer distances at highway speeds.
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Old 07-03-2009, 02:37 PM
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[*]My side view mirrors fold in when I push that little button by the mirror controls![/LIST]Anyone else have some??
I was told that they will come out to the set position when you go 20MPH.
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Old 07-03-2009, 08:13 PM
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Old 07-03-2009, 08:31 PM
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Old 01-07-2010, 08:58 AM
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you can't move the car with the door open...
Not sure about this one. I moved forward a few feet with my driver door open with no problem, just this morning. Do you mean something else?
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Old 07-04-2009, 07:05 AM
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I was told that they will come out to the set position when you go 20MPH.
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Mine come out every morning when I pull out of the garage and slowly accelerate not at 20nor 21,22,23,24 but exactly at 25. As soon as the needle hit 25 they start to pop open, never 26 never 24. Since I live on a side street I can go slow enough to observe this.
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Old 07-07-2009, 10:26 AM
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I was told that they will come out to the set position when you go 20MPH.
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vern, i have also read that on some forum. I will try that out as soon as I get my car.

Can anyone confirm this functionality? Thanks for the confirmation Corgidog!

In the 24 hours that I had my car, I didn't have any aha moments. However, I am sure I will find some soon when I get my car in a week or so.
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Old 07-12-2009, 01:41 PM
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vern, i have also read that on some forum. I will try that out as soon as I get my car.

Can anyone confirm this functionality? Thanks for the confirmation Corgidog!

In the 24 hours that I had my car, I didn't have any aha moments. However, I am sure I will find some soon when I get my car in a week or so.
No button on the 07's. Bummer.
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Old 02-23-2010, 09:13 PM
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I was told that they will come out to the set position when you go 20MPH.
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Old 07-03-2009, 10:19 PM
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- missing wallet key. though that's not so much of a feature as an annoyance as they misplaced it! and best part is the sales rep is trying to convince me he is doing me a favour by ordering one as they don't ship with the wallet keys anymore. (only e90s don't ship with wallet keys now)
- i still can't figure out where the brake fluid reservoir is located.
- powered headrests.
- the dashboard dimming switch dims the idrive screen too. seems kind of redundant given the screen has a manual setting for it. surprised the screen doesn't go to night time mode when the headlights are turned on.
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Old 02-18-2011, 11:41 PM
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- missing wallet key. though that's not so much of a feature as an annoyance as they misplaced it! and best part is the sales rep is trying to convince me he is doing me a favour by ordering one as they don't ship with the wallet keys anymore. (only e90s don't ship with wallet keys now)
- i still can't figure out where the brake fluid reservoir is located.
- powered headrests.
- the dashboard dimming switch dims the idrive screen too. seems kind of redundant given the screen has a manual setting for it. surprised the screen doesn't go to night time mode when the headlights are turned on.
The brake fluid reservoir is located under the driver side cabin air filter compartment
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Old 09-19-2014, 07:00 AM
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- missing wallet key. though that's not so much of a feature as an annoyance as they misplaced it! and best part is the sales rep is trying to convince me he is doing me a favour by ordering one as they don't ship with the wallet keys anymore. (only e90s don't ship with wallet keys now)
- i still can't figure out where the brake fluid reservoir is located.
- powered headrests.
- the dashboard dimming switch dims the idrive screen too. seems kind of redundant given the screen has a manual setting for it. surprised the screen doesn't go to night time mode when the headlights are turned on.
The brake fluid reservoir is located on the drivers side engine firewall under the cowl cover where one of your cabin air filters is. At least on my 535iX. They really hid it well!
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Old 07-04-2009, 07:13 AM
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I already have a few "aha's" about my car after I bought it. If everyone lists one or two, I'll bet we all walk away with a couple "I did not know that" things ourselves...

Here's a few I discovered after the purchase:
  • The engine has no oil dipstick!
  • The hood and front side panels are not steel but aluminum!
  • My side view mirrors fold in when I push that little button by the mirror controls!
Anyone else have some??
For me the only real "I didn't know that" after I got the car was I didn't know that I would really like I Drive. I really anticipated I Drive to be a compromise that I needed to make to get a 5 series and thought at best I would tolerate it. I find I Drive to be rather fun to use and for some reason it comes very natural to me. I think the fact that I have an 09 with the buttons on the console, especially the "back" button adds a lot to the ease of I Drive.
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Old 07-04-2009, 07:37 AM
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Old 07-04-2009, 11:10 AM
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Old 07-04-2009, 12:25 PM
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At 100mph it cruises very well. Tough to get it to 100 during a test drive when it's not broken in yet.

It's as quick as hell. The engine has a nice whine to it during acceleration. Especially when the tranny is in manual & sport mode. Our previous 08 535i had the engine de-tuned so the turbo was not active at all engine rpm's.

Tried to get the tires rotated on our 08 535i. Can't. They are different widths.

It's tough to talk your way out of a speeding ticket when you drive a $60K car.
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I found out recently that I can have access to my blackberry phones text messages via idrive.
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Old 07-05-2009, 07:36 AM
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i found out recently that i can have access to my blackberry phones text messages via idrive.
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What do you mean how?
It has it available on the 2010 idrives.
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Old 01-07-2010, 09:06 AM
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I found out recently that I can have access to my blackberry phones text messages via idrive.
So, exactly how do you get your text messages to show up? Everything else works great between my BB and my 535 iDrive, but I have never seen text messages on the iDrive screen.
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I found out recently that I can have access to my blackberry phones text messages via idrive.
I have a 2010 535i and am using an iPhone with it. Is there a way to view text messages on the Nav Screen using the iDrive?
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