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Old 10-11-2007, 05:09 PM
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there are still some things i find out about my 7 that i didnt know it could do. im pretty new to the late model BMWs i used to have an e30 and it was like any other car but these new breed of cars just keep amazing me with what they can do. so i ask you bimmer know it alls, what secret moves do the 7 do that most people dont know about?...

-ive read that when youre about to turn off the 7 and hold down the start/stop button it puts on the parking brake and puts the car in park and ejects the key automatically....

any other cool things this car does......
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Most of which occurs when new software is introduced or a new model update such as "facelift" is offered.Much of these newer "tricks" and cool functions are discovered by all of you before we hear about them.Technical Reference materials does not get updated when a software change was made that added any features.Thank you for this post,I now have something that may make a salesman buy me lunch as a bet.Keep them coming,ill get them "salespeople" on behalf of additional charges prior to delivery of vehicle.
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if you dont push the key fob all the way into the ignition and it slips and pops out, it will still start. its happened to me a few times and happens when you push it in at an angle. its like ghetto comfort access.

there is a hidden change compartment in the front of the center console wall. the cd holder in the center pops out and adds extra space in there.

you can make the cd changer flap go up and down by pressing the eject button 2 times quickly in succession and the cd changer wont pop out.

the books to the car (case and all) fit nicely into the rear arm rest.

if you want all the sunshades to pop up just hold the front driver sunshade button for a 3 seconds and they all pop up or down.

if you hold both turn signal stalk buttons in for about 10 seconds, the gas and mpg meter disappear and make it nice and clean all black gauges.

in the trunk where the tools are, there is a place for the valet fob to be put underneath the wrenches.

if you enable DTC button in the Settings menu, you can do a burn out but you can't get the car sideways and it won't take away your power when you need to get going quickly.

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if you dont push the key fob all the way into the ignition and it slips and pops out, it will still start. its happened to me a few times and happens when you push it in at an angle. its like ghetto comfort access.
ill try that one
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if you dont push the key fob all the way into the ignition and it slips and pops out, it will still start. its happened to me a few times and happens when you push it in at an angle. its like ghetto comfort access.

there is a hidden change compartment in the front of the center console wall. the cd holder in the center pops out and adds extra space in there.

you can make the cd changer flap go up and down by pressing the eject button 2 times quickly in succession and the cd changer wont pop out.

the books to the car (case and all) fit nicely into the rear arm rest.

if you want all the sunshades to pop up just hold the front driver sunshade button for a 3 seconds and they all pop up or down.

if you hold both turn signal stalk buttons in for about 10 seconds, the gas and mpg meter disappear and make it nice and clean all black gauges.

in the trunk where the tools are, there is a place for the valet fob to be put underneath the wrenches.

if you enable DTC button in the Settings menu, you can do a burn out but you can't get the car sideways and it won't take away your power when you need to get going quickly.

you owe me some free lunches.

yeah! thats music to my ears...im going to download the updated owners manuel and see whats new .......for now keep those secrets coming......i like the ghetto comfort access and sunshade option...
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when i hold the start/stop button, it only puts the car in park and turns it off. i have to set the parking brake manually. do i need a software update or maybe have the dealer turn this option on? i have 2004 745Li.
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you have to set the parking brake yourself
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thats what i thought. but in the first post bimmer1904 mentioned it setting the brake too.
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oh... do you know about this little trick: when you park your car, with your foot on the brake, hold the start/stop button for a couple of seconds. that will put the car in park, shut it off and eject the key all at the same time.


member JKB posted this....he has the 750 so it might be new......i havent tried it yet, but i will when i get home from work, i have an 04' 745 so well see...
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this feature puts the car in park, turns the engine off and ejects the key. this feature does not set the parking brake. this feature works in any car that has shift by wire.
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this feature puts the car in park, turns the engine off and ejects the key. this feature does not set the parking brake. this feature works in any car that has shift by wire.
lol....my bad, i read the message jkb posted and it doesnt say anything about the parking brake ....i need to get back on the hooked on phonics program and stop the hooked on chronic.
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this is one of the best one
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Try this on Your 750i/Li or 760i/Li

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Hi All,

Has anyone tried this on their 2006/2007 5/6/7 Series:

Insert the Key to into the key fob (DONíT HOLD THE BRAKE).
Press the Start Button ONCE, just so the car electronics start and show the Engine light is on. (Again, Donít START the Engine).
Press and HOLD the GAS PEDAL all the way to the force down click on the gas pedal for 25 seconds.
After those 25 Seconds, proceed to Starting the Engine and drive your car.

Now, do you notice that the car responds better and shifts better, or is this just me????

I know, that in some Audi cars, you can reset the transmissions learning algorithm by doing this. Those with ZF tranny's.

Thanks

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if you dont push the key fob all the way into the ignition and it slips and pops out, it will still start. its happened to me a few times and happens when you push it in at an angle. its like ghetto comfort access.

there is a hidden change compartment in the front of the center console wall. the cd holder in the center pops out and adds extra space in there.

you can make the cd changer flap go up and down by pressing the eject button 2 times quickly in succession and the cd changer wont pop out.

the books to the car (case and all) fit nicely into the rear arm rest.

if you want all the sunshades to pop up just hold the front driver sunshade button for a 3 seconds and they all pop up or down.

if you hold both turn signal stalk buttons in for about 10 seconds, the gas and mpg meter disappear and make it nice and clean all black gauges.

in the trunk where the tools are, there is a place for the valet fob to be put underneath the wrenches.

if you enable DTC button in the Settings menu, you can do a burn out but you can't get the car sideways and it won't take away your power when you need to get going quickly.

you owe me some free lunches.
Those are nice hints!!! escpecially the sunshades trick. Nice one!!! to bad I can't buy you lunch for this one

Trick from Danny Z also sounds nice. perhaps I'll give it a try driving home in a few hours.
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yo! mr. bmw745on19s when i try the ghetto comfort access i get a warning about the transmission and oil or something....can i still drive the 7 with this warning on? i was hesitating on driving the car when i tried it last night....lol
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yo! mr. bmw745on19s when i try the ghetto comfort access i get a warning about the transmission and oil or something....can i still drive the 7 with this warning on? i was hesitating on driving the car when i tried it last night....lol
Yeah. It will say "Please put key back in. If you do not, car will be unable to restart when turned off, please contact BMW dealer" It's bs, I've driven around without the key and it was fine.
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Yeah. It will say "Please put key back in. If you do not, car will be unable to restart when turned off, please contact BMW dealer" It's bs, I've driven around without the key and it was fine.
im going to try when i drive home from work.....its going feel like back in the day when i used to do gta...lol
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this feature puts the car in park, turns the engine off and ejects the key. this feature does not set the parking brake. this feature works in any car that has shift by wire.

it will set the parking brake if your AUTOP was activated
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there is a hidden change compartment in the front of the center console wall. the cd holder in the center pops out and adds extra space in there.
Does anyone even use the cd holder? I haven't picked up my car yet (I hope tuesday) but I would think the room would be more useful, no? How do you get it out? When I test drove the car (I remembered reading this) I tried to pull up and it didn't budge, but I didn't pull that hard because I didn't want to break it.
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Those are nice hints!!! escpecially the sunshades trick. Nice one!!! to bad I can't buy you lunch for this one

Trick from Danny Z also sounds nice. perhaps I'll give it a try driving home in a few hours.
loved that truning off the gauges , looks nice with ony speedometer and tach
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Does anyone even use the cd holder? I haven't picked up my car yet (I hope tuesday) but I would think the room would be more useful, no? How do you get it out? When I test drove the car (I remembered reading this) I tried to pull up and it didn't budge, but I didn't pull that hard because I didn't want to break it.
you press the button and the holder comes up
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you press the button and the holder comes up
what button sunny?
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what i was wondering?
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the hole in the front of the center conslole is actually there to put the lock key for the lug nuts

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