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Old 08-14-2010, 04:31 PM
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Cool things I bet you didn't know about the F10

Ok, after reading the manual in detail, and playing with my car for a few hours, I found some obscure and interesting stuff that I bet some owners didn't know about them. Please feel free to add to this list, and if it is good enought, it could become a sticky.

1) After you move the vehicle in reverse, you don't need to push the safety button on the left of the shifter to move back to Drive. It makes a 3 point u-turn much faster.

2) You can pause, rewind and fast forward your Satellite Radio music, just like a Tivo! While playing a song, Just move the iDrive one click to the left, and select the 4th option down on the new pop-up menu that apears. Also, you can see ALL THE SONGS PLAYING in all the stations if you select Title view instead of Station view with the first icon on that same menu.

3) If you try to drive with your door open, the car will stop, engage the hand-brake and put the vehicle in P, all by itself.

4) If you turn off the engine, the car gets into P by itself. If you were in the Sports program (shift lever to the left), the car selects P, and then moves the lever to the right by itself.

5) There is a 12V power outlet below the glove box compartment. (Glove box closed, look up from the floor, towards the left).

6) If you open the trunk with your key-fob, or with the switch next to the hood release, the trunk unlocks and pops-open. No Convenience Package required...

7) For those with fold-down rear seats (don't know about the rest): When you fold down the center arm rest, there is a little piece behind it that pops open and gives you access to the trunk. That piece has a small compartment inside, suposedly for the Ski Bag.

8) When using the cross-hatch function in the Nav (to find a location in the map by moving the iDrive cursor left-right and up-down) you can move diagonally at any angle if you rotate the iDrive knob while tilting it left, right, up or down.

9) You can play the songs stored in your blackberry and control the playback thru the stereo if you connect your BBerry to the USB/iPod port in the armrest compartment and enable the USB Storage option on your blackberry. This also recharges your Bberry while you drive, and if you had it paired with bluetooth to the car, the playback will pause while you get a call, and resume where you left the song.

10) If you have the 2TB option (Sports Auto Transmission), you can configure Sports mode in the Dynamic Driving Control to only change the Chassis (if you don't have ZDH, only changes the steering wheel tighter) and this gives you a better feel, while saving you gas. If then you want to also change the engine and transmission, just flip the shifter to the left. This way, you don't have to be re-configuring the Sport setting every time.

11) If you floor the accelerator at a red light, you leave almost everyone in the dust and a stupid grin apears automatically in your face...

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Old 08-14-2010, 04:58 PM
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"No Convenience Package required"

"If you open the trunk with your key-fob, or with the switch next to the hood release, the trunk unlocks and pops-open. No Convenience Package required... "

Do I understand this correctly: the trunk opens all the way? The only difference from a power tailgate is that you have to manually close it?

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Old 08-14-2010, 05:56 PM
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"If you open the trunk with your key-fob, or with the switch next to the hood release, the trunk unlocks and pops-open. No Convenience Package required... "

Do I understand this correctly: the trunk opens all the way? The only difference from a power tailgate is that you have to manually close it?

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That is correct, it opens all the way. You have to close it manually.
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Old 08-14-2010, 06:40 PM
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Thank you Alex_C, this is a fascinating thread. I have one for you. If you have the rear view camera, leave the trunk open, and back up the following will happen. You see the sky on the I-Drive screen and the car warns you to close the trunk.
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Old 08-14-2010, 07:12 PM
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"If you open the trunk with your key-fob, or with the switch next to the hood release, the trunk unlocks and pops-open. No Convenience Package required... "

Do I understand this correctly: the trunk opens all the way? The only difference from a power tailgate is that you have to manually close it?

Thanks!
This is also the case on my '06 650i. But now I'm so lazy that I got the power trunk lid on my F10. BMW just spoils us like crazy. It's crazy; crazy like a fox.
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Old 08-14-2010, 07:26 PM
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Do all cars have the vent hot air in a parked car for 30 mins feature? I had no idea about this till I started fiddling with the car.
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Old 08-14-2010, 08:04 PM
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What am I missing? The trunk lid on my 2007 530xi opens all the way when I depress the button on my key fob.
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Old 08-14-2010, 08:39 PM
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What am I missing? The trunk lid on my 2007 530xi opens all the way when I depress the button on my key fob.
These aren't necessarily exclusive to the F10, the E60 had a popup trunk and vented hot air for 30 minutes as well. Just cool things.
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Old 08-15-2010, 07:11 AM
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I don't think a lot of people know about 2). Why doesn't BMW talk about that more in their advertising campaigns?!?!? 9) is an awesome tip, can't wait to see if it works in my 2010 E70!

Excellent thread, thx.

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Old 08-15-2010, 07:15 AM
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I don't think a lot of people know about 2). Why doesn't BMW talk about that more in their advertising campaigns?!?!? 9) is an awesome tip, can't wait to see if it works in my 2010 E70!

Excellent thread, thx.

Tim
Thank you! That feature is a lot of fun, specially when listening to news, etc. and you miss something, you can rewind and listen again. Also, no more blind (or deaf?) zapping thru the stations. You know what is playing and where before you change the station.
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Old 08-15-2010, 07:22 AM
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I'd like to know more about the car venting hot air after 30 mins. Does it do it every 30 mins or just once? The reason I ask is I'm debating if I should get the ventilated seats or not. It gets pretty hot here in Atlanta during the summer and although my seats are gonna be oyster the car is gonna be jet black. I'm worried about spilling something on the seats with the perforated leather and damaging the fans or getting that smell that comes from moisture.

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Old 08-15-2010, 08:13 AM
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I'd like to know more about the car venting hot air after 30 mins. Does it do it every 30 mins or just once? The reason I ask is I'm debating if I should get the ventilated seats or not. It gets pretty hot here in Atlanta during the summer and although my seats are gonna be oyster the car is gonna be jet black. I'm worried about spilling something on the seats with the perforated leather and damaging the fans or getting that smell that comes from moisture.
You have to be careful to make sure you drive far enough after using the programmable fan feature to fully recharge the battery. I didn't usually do that and had to replace my battery after a few years. So, I don't use it anymore. That's one reason I'm getting the ventilated seats on my F10.
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Old 08-15-2010, 04:36 PM
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I'd like to know more about the car venting hot air after 30 mins. Does it do it every 30 mins or just once? The reason I ask is I'm debating if I should get the ventilated seats or not. It gets pretty hot here in Atlanta during the summer and although my seats are gonna be oyster the car is gonna be jet black. I'm worried about spilling something on the seats with the perforated leather and damaging the fans or getting that smell that comes from moisture.
You can actually program 2 different timers to have the car cool down at a specific time. For example, if you leave the office at 5, you can program it to start cooling down at 4:45, so when you get to the car, it will not be hot as an oven. Very cool... no pun intended.
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Old 08-15-2010, 05:43 PM
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That's pretty awesome I'll definitely be using that. Is that standard or part of the active ventilated package? Thanks for the info.
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Old 08-15-2010, 05:53 PM
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That's pretty awesome I'll definitely be using that. Is that standard or part of the active ventilated package? Thanks for the info.
standard feature. i started using the feature and have noticed my car is much cooler when i get in.

will the ventilated seats also vent during that time?
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Old 08-15-2010, 06:31 PM
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standard feature. i started using the feature and have noticed my car is much cooler when i get in.

will the ventilated seats also vent during that time?
No, they don't. Only fresh air is blown from the dashboard vents.
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Old 08-16-2010, 05:29 PM
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Here's something I just noticed today. If it's dark outside, the numerals / text in the blackscreen under the instrument cluster (the gear indicator letter, the MPG indicators on the Efficient Dynamics readout, etc.) are the BMW orange. When it's light outside, they are white. Not really a feature I guess, other than the white would be really bright at night whereas the orange is better on the eyes.
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Old 08-16-2010, 05:32 PM
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Side mirrors deploy automatically at 25 mph if not already extended. Surprised me the other day when I took off and forgot to press the button.
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Old 08-17-2010, 01:51 PM
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Most of the electronic toys available on the F10 were already available on the E60. Some of them are probably better now (better software, ergonomics, etc.).

The only really new features are the DHP, camera, and front active seats and rear comfort seats. I also like the dashboard that incorporates the Nav and other info on there.
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Old 08-17-2010, 02:27 PM
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All those features OP talked about aren't really new. My 2010 e60 has all of them. Not sure whether they were available for earlier e60 or not.
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Ok, after reading the manual in detail, and playing with my car for a few hours, I found some obscure and interesting stuff that I bet some owners didn't know about them. Please feel free to add to this list, and if it is good enought, it could become a sticky.

1) After you move the vehicle in reverse, you don't need to push the safety button on the left of the shifter to move back to Drive. It makes a 3 point u-turn much faster.

2) You can pause, rewind and fast forward your Satellite Radio music, just like a Tivo! While playing a song, Just move the iDrive one click to the left, and select the 4th option down on the new pop-up menu that apears. Also, you can see ALL THE SONGS PLAYING in all the stations if you select Title view instead of Station view with the first icon on that same menu.

3) If you try to drive with your door open, the car will stop, engage the hand-brake and put the vehicle in P, all by itself.

4) If you turn off the engine, the car gets into P by itself. If you were in the Sports program (shift lever to the left), the car selects P, and then moves the lever to the right by itself.

5) There is a 12V power outlet below the glove box compartment. (Glove box closed, look up from the floor, towards the left).

6) If you open the trunk with your key-fob, or with the switch next to the hood release, the trunk unlocks and pops-open. No Convenience Package required...

7) For those with fold-down rear seats (don't know about the rest): When you fold down the center arm rest, there is a little piece behind it that pops open and gives you access to the trunk. That piece has a small compartment inside, suposedly for the Ski Bag.

8) When using the cross-hatch function in the Nav (to find a location in the map by moving the iDrive cursor left-right and up-down) you can move diagonally at any angle if you rotate the iDrive knob while tilting it left, right, up or down.

9) You can play the songs stored in your blackberry and control the playback thru the stereo if you connect your BBerry to the USB/iPod port in the armrest compartment and enable the USB Storage option on your blackberry. This also recharges your Bberry while you drive, and if you had it paired with bluetooth to the car, the playback will pause while you get a call, and resume where you left the song.

10) If you have the 2TB option (Sports Auto Transmission), you can configure Sports mode in the Dynamic Driving Control to only change the Chassis (if you don't have ZDH, only changes the steering wheel tighter) and this gives you a better feel, while saving you gas. If then you want to also change the engine and transmission, just flip the shifter to the left. This way, you don't have to be re-configuring the Sport setting every time.

11) If you floor the accelerator at a red light, you leave almost everyone in the dust and a stupid grin apears automatically in your face...
Isn't the feature #9 above the"Smart Phone Integration Option" which is priced at $150 and therefore not standard?
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Old 08-17-2010, 02:36 PM
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I don't think you have #10...

Maybe some of these may not be news if you already had them in your previous vehicle, but some of us who did no have a previous E60 (I had a 2008 E92 and had none of them), or had an older model before, my not be aware of them.
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Cool features. Don't like number three though.
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Do all cars have the vent hot air in a parked car for 30 mins feature? I had no idea about this till I started fiddling with the car.
My 2005 E60 had this feature.
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Cool features. Don't like number three though.
I bet you would like it if you ever got car jacked Can you imagine the look on the jacker's face when he tries to drive off before he shuts the door.

Great list. Some features have been around for a long time like the programable venting. I had it in 2002 but most did not know about it or use it. Cant wait to try the "TIVO" function on the sat radio when my F10 arrives.
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