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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 05-11-2006, 01:04 PM
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I-DRIVE Climate Vent Settings



I have been attemting to use the IDrive to set up the various features in the car with success EXCEPT for one section that has me completely stumped.

In the Climate Control there is an option for Vent Settings. The Owner's Manual is pretty vague...or I am just not too bright. This Section advises that I can set the controller for driver/passenger temperature (I think maybe for the automatic mode).

I am not too sure what function(s) this setting provides? It allows me to change the temperature (red/blue) with what appears to be a increase in intensity (bars) yet is this for automatic operation? Manual operation? I just don't get it. If it is for the Auto settings, why would I be allowed to redistrbute either heat or AC.

I guess I am just rambling on...but ANY input could probably help me out. Thanx !
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Old 05-11-2006, 01:32 PM
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The way I understand it is that the AUTO button will override anything you have set in the iDrive vent settings screen. Hope this helps!
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Old 05-11-2006, 02:51 PM
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Okay, so maybe I'm making this harder than it needs to be.

So, the vent settings made from the I-Drive (airflow and Temp) will be the defaults the cars utilizes UNLESS i have activated the Auto Climate control ? Okay, I get it.*
(*dimly lit lightbulb above head)
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Old 05-11-2006, 08:26 PM
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Okay, so maybe I'm making this harder than it needs to be.

So, the vent settings made from the I-Drive (airflow and Temp) will be the defaults the cars utilizes UNLESS i have activated the Auto Climate control ? Okay, I get it.*
(*dimly lit lightbulb above head)
This is correct,check the bottom left corner of nav screen and you will see your vent settings,these are now default. Once you hit auto you will have to reset your vents and temp which now should should show A A meaning max to dash,@ least this is what I make of it
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Old 05-12-2006, 06:06 AM
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You guys both have it right! Also, those vent settings are driver specific and remembered by the keys.
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Old 05-12-2006, 09:12 PM
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This is all correct except that the vent temp setting (red & blue bars) is only for the center vents and is not affected by any other setting including auto on or auto off. The vent temp will remain as you set it independent of any other settings.
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Old 05-13-2006, 10:02 AM
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I thought the controls for the center vents could allow cool air to blow from them while heating the car with the ohter vents or warm air to blow while cooling with the other vents.

Make sense?
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Old 05-14-2006, 06:35 PM
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Vent Settings

I agree that the BMW owner's manual that comes with the car does not cover this issue very well. I set my levels using South Georgia logic. However, the automatic setting on the I Drive does seem to rule the car.
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Old 05-14-2006, 07:17 PM
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Usually, you are correct. The exception would be in a month that has an "R" in it, or when the outside temperature drops below 37 degrees Fahrenheit. In those case ONLY, the I-Drive setting override the Auto settings, unless you are wearing lederhosen and whistling the Horst Wesel Lied. If that is the case, you have 45 seconds to override the Auto settings (via bluetooth), but only if your foot is on the brake and you have not yet touched "Accept" on the I drive screen. (Anecdotally, I have heard that playing Wagner on the CD paayer - but not the changer - gives you an extra 15 seconds, but I have not yet confirmed this personally).

I understand this may be corrected in CIP 47, but this is just a rumor at this point.

Sheesh, don't any of you guys read the manual?
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