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X6 E71 / E72 (2008 - current)
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Old 12-23-2008, 09:12 AM
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Love my new X6 ... hate the rear-view camera

Turned in my beloved 650i before leaving on a business trip, then returned to take ownership of an option-packed Mineral Silver X6!

It is taking some adjustment coming from a low riding 650i to a high riding X6, but the level of space and comfort in the X6 is unsurpassed!

However the X6, with its larger boundaries, requires one to re-learn the corners of the car. The view out the rear is somewhat limited given the slope and height of the window. So I rely on the rear-view camera for this.

From the moment I first used the camera at the dealership I noticed how poor the resolution was. This was in the evening, so I figured things would get better during the day. However, even in daylight, the resolution is poor. Not quite out-of-focus, just not sharp.

I have been trying to get used to it and have changed the various option settings it has for overlays (obstacles, pathway lines, etc) but nothing seems to help.

Then, the other day I drove my wife's ML350 which also has a rear-view camera. I could not believe the difference! On the ML everything is clear and sharp. When you look at the road, you see the texture of the asphalt, not just some blacktop. This makes all the difference when using (depending on) the camera to navigate tricky parking lot situations!

I don't know what experience X5 owners or other X6 owners have had, but I hope BMW is listening because the camera simply is NOT to BMW standard.

One thought I had--which in no way should justify the condition--is that maybe due to the overlays BMW has for this camera they needed to reduce the resolution so that the computer that creates the image could cope. If that's the case, I say get rid of the overlays and let me have a decent camera.

I would appreciate feedback from other X5/X6 owners who have experience with current or past BMW rear-view cameras.

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Old 12-23-2008, 09:16 AM
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It seems to me the rear window is about the same size as a 650 vert.

However, I do agree the camera is a weak point. Numerous comments have been posted on various forums.

Congrats on your X6. Post pics!
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Old 12-23-2008, 09:18 AM
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Diplomat discount?

X6 are great looking imho...by chance did you get the Diplomat discount?
And sorry to hear about the poor resolution with the rear view camera.
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Old 12-23-2008, 10:27 AM
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It seems to me the rear window is about the same size as a 650 vert.

However, I do agree the camera is a weak point. Numerous comments have been posted on various forums.

Congrats on your X6. Post pics!
Window may be similar in size, but as car sits much higher it limits visibility. I'll try to get some picture up soon!
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Old 12-23-2008, 10:38 AM
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X6 are great looking imho...by chance did you get the Diplomat discount?
And sorry to hear about the poor resolution with the rear view camera.
I think Mineral Silver is one of the best colors for the X6 as it really accentuates the body creases which other colors tend to hide. Did not get a Diplomat discount, but as a loyal customer the dealership worked something in. However, given the tight supply situation which BMW has decided to create for this car (lets face it, they can produce as many or as few as they wish), MSRP is going to be what most pay for it.

Pics to come...
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Old 01-04-2009, 12:51 PM
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I'm hoping BMW will have some sort of recall. It's a shame to have such a crappy camera on a nice vehicle...
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The rear-view camera in our X5 is just awful, as well. I'll be curious to see if they improve it before adding it to the new 7. As is, it's often useless.

I am interested in the X6, but the rear visibility issue really concerns me. For those of you who have had your X6 a while now, is it something that you adjust to or does the visibility issue remain?
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Old 01-21-2009, 09:40 PM
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I agree, got a X6 3.5 and the rear camera is poor quality. I've adjusted to the rear window, you can't see much. Otherwise a great ride and looks great.
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I agree, got a X6 3.5 and the rear camera is poor quality. I've adjusted to the rear window, you can't see much. Otherwise a great ride and looks great.
How did you adjust the rear window?
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