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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 11-13-2010, 02:00 AM
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Only for Manual Transmission cars......with the cruise set, you can shift gears without losing the setting. Pressing in the clutch on most cars will cancel the cruise, the BMW doesn't. If you just push the clutch in and hold it, it will cancel the setting in about 10 seconds or so, and let you know with a "DONG".

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What?! These cars are available with a manual?

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Old 11-13-2010, 07:38 AM
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Wow dude! Take it down a 1k! We shouldn't hate on folks here. Ant has said some very relevant things also that i've read. We were all young once, & sometimes twice. I don't agree with everything he says, but same goes for me. I don't expect everyone here to be enamored with my posts. We can't make things so personal on here. I like reading all the posts here, whether or not it applies to me & my car. I've posted some nonsense on here, but as I learned about my car, and the etiquitte on here, its getting better. Let's try to educate, rather than hate.....
I agree 100%. The public display of hatred and lack of common courtesy toward other members by some individuals on this website is the worst I have ever seen on any forum. I am surprised the moderators have allowed it to go on. IMO, the best way to deal with these "haters" is to put them on ignore.
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Old 11-13-2010, 11:33 AM
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How quickly brake dust builds up on the wheels. 300 miles, and the wheels are nearly black. And, they are a real PIA to clean.
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Old 11-13-2010, 11:42 AM
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hi all,

sorry if this is a re-post........

just found out that if you push and hold the button marked "check" on the signaling lever, you will get a message on the front cluster saying "check ok!" and another one below the i-drive screen saying "no faults!" ....

this is cool if u want to check fault messages without going through all the i-drive options to get there...

great posts everyone, cheers
This is a great tip!
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Old 11-13-2010, 12:19 PM
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dude honestly, please shut the **** up now.. i'm really sick of you.. you've stated before that your a humble guy, now all you do is go around and talk about making people think you have a 2010 by changing some parts in random posts that are irrelevant. we get it and nobody cares.. most of us here are driving BMWs because we enjoy them and how they drive; and not because of how people perceive us.

in the beginning you were cute, then annoying. now your just a ****ing douche
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Old 11-13-2010, 10:54 PM
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Old 11-15-2010, 02:28 PM
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You cannot perform the activation / initialization of satellite radio while Bluetooth is active.

The Sirius satellite radio on my new to me 2008 550i was not active when I purchased the car. On Saturday I logged on to the Sirius web page and activated service, and then had them send the activation signal. I did this twice, no luck either time. So, today I called Sirius from the car, and the rep asked me if I was calling on my Bluetooth. I said yes, and he said that the activation signal would not be received if the Bluetooth was active. So, I hung up, turned of my phone, and voila, five minutes later, my satellite radio was working like a charm.

BTW, I was a bit surprised (and delighted) when one of the options on the Sirius web page was a free year of service. I'm not sure if this is because the previous owner never used it or not, but this was a nice surprise!

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Old 11-15-2010, 04:48 PM
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You cannot perform the activation / initialization of satellite radio while Bluetooth is active.

The Sirius satellite radio on my new to me 2008 550i was not active when I purchased the car. On Saturday I logged on to the Sirius web page and activated service, and then had them send the activation signal. I did this twice, no luck either time. So, today I called Sirius from the car, and the rep asked me if I was calling on my Bluetooth. I said yes, and he said that the activation signal would not be received if the Bluetooth was active. So, I hung up, turned of my phone, and voila, five minutes later, my satellite radio was working like a charm.

BTW, I was a bit surprised (and delighted) when one of the options on the Sirius web page was a free year of service. I'm not sure if this is because the previous owner never used it or not, but this was a nice surprise!

Keith
You can also get the best of XM for a small upgrade fee for the balance of your free year.
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Old 11-23-2010, 07:03 AM
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I know that when you stop on a steep uphill and put the clutch in, the car won't roll backwards, but I found out yesterday that it only holds for about two or three seconds, then the brakes release and you roll backward. Is this a feature or is something not working right? A bunch of years ago I had a Subaru, and they had a feature called Hill Holder that did the same thing, but it would hold as long as you kept the clutch in.

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Old 11-23-2010, 07:26 AM
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I know that when you stop on a steep uphill and put the clutch in, the car won't roll backwards, but I found out yesterday that it only holds for about two or three seconds, then the brakes release and you roll backward. Is this a feature or is something not working right? A bunch of years ago I had a Subaru, and they had a feature called Hill Holder that did the same thing, but it would hold as long as you kept the clutch in.

Keith
Holding it just 2 seconds is how it is designed. Not sure why. I remember the Subaru feature as well. Owned one in the late 70s, early 80s.
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Old 11-23-2010, 07:29 AM
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I know that when you stop on a steep uphill and put the clutch in, the car won't roll backwards, but I found out yesterday that it only holds for about two or three seconds, then the brakes release and you roll backward. Is this a feature or is something not working right? A bunch of years ago I had a Subaru, and they had a feature called Hill Holder that did the same thing, but it would hold as long as you kept the clutch in.

Keith
It is a hold feature for hills but only holds as you found out for 2-3 seconds. It also works if you are pointed downhill and want to back up.

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Old 11-23-2010, 08:58 AM
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It is a hold feature for hills but only holds as you found out for 2-3 seconds. It also works if you are pointed downhill and want to back up.

dj
I did NOT know that one (works downhill as well as uphill). The Subaru Hill Holder only worked going uphill. Glad to know the 2-3 second hold is normal, I thought it probably was but wanted to make sure.
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Old 11-23-2010, 11:52 AM
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I know that when you stop on a steep uphill and put the clutch in, the car won't roll backwards, but I found out yesterday that it only holds for about two or three seconds, then the brakes release and you roll backward. Is this a feature or is something not working right? A bunch of years ago I had a Subaru, and they had a feature called Hill Holder that did the same thing, but it would hold as long as you kept the clutch in.

Keith
What's a clutch?
Sorry couldn't resist. I have driven autos for so long. Completely making a joke here.
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Old 11-23-2010, 11:58 AM
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You can also get the best of XM for a small upgrade fee for the balance of your free year.
What a coincidence but the exact same thing just happened to me. I've had mine since June and never bothered to check until yesterday - and Sirius told me I had 12 free months so I activated it this morning.
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Old 11-26-2010, 06:57 PM
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How to unlock all the doors in the car when inside it. Yes I'm serious.
ha ha ha ... I had the same problem ... look at the very center of your dashboard. you will find a switch for the safety lights (the red triangle) and another one to lock/unlock all the doors simultaneously.
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Old 11-26-2010, 08:04 PM
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I can tune into HD2 and HD3 HD-radio stations where offered (I didn't even realize they were out there until after driving my car for a month), but only when the radio tuner is in manual mode, and by using the steering wheel tune up/down button. I can't tune them using the Idrive controller, or when in preset mode, and I can't set an HD2+ station as a preset. Seems like they should have designed more ways to tune in the HD2+ stations.
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Old 11-26-2010, 10:28 PM
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Old 11-27-2010, 05:05 AM
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I discovered that if I hold the iDrive knob toward Nav it goes straight to the map thus avoiding all the menu clicks. Don't laugh - I've only had the car for five days.
Start learning the voice commands.

I use 'Map ---- Direction of Travel' to get back to the map from anyplace.

Also, 'CD On' to turn the CD on, 'Track 1 (or whatever) to get to the appropriate track'

"102.7 FM" tunes the radio to that station.....

You need to speak a bit clearly, and learn the language. Easiest way to learn is to hit the voice command button (remember to always wait for the beep first) and then say 'options' The guy will then give you the list of commands that work from the current screen location.
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Old 11-27-2010, 07:27 AM
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You really do have an under hood light LOL.
It's in your I drive to check the oil level. There is nothing to see under the hood - day or night!!

AND..... I forgot - they gave you a flashlight in the glove compartment.

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Old 11-27-2010, 07:32 AM
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Start learning the voice commands.

I use 'Map ---- Direction of Travel' to get back to the map from anyplace.

Also, 'CD On' to turn the CD on, 'Track 1 (or whatever) to get to the appropriate track'

"102.7 FM" tunes the radio to that station.....

You need to speak a bit clearly, and learn the language. Easiest way to learn is to hit the voice command button (remember to always wait for the beep first) and then say 'options' The guy will then give you the list of commands that work from the current screen location.
If you say: "sattelite channel" then the channel you want it will go there - but it only goes up to channel 100
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Old 11-27-2010, 08:24 AM
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Start learning the voice commands.

I use 'Map ---- Direction of Travel' to get back to the map from anyplace.

Also, 'CD On' to turn the CD on, 'Track 1 (or whatever) to get to the appropriate track'

"102.7 FM" tunes the radio to that station.....

You need to speak a bit clearly, and learn the language. Easiest way to learn is to hit the voice command button (remember to always wait for the beep first) and then say 'options' The guy will then give you the list of commands that work from the current screen location.
I printed up the three, no four, pages of voice commands in the Owner's Manual and keep it in the door pocket. I read it at red lights. Didn't know about the "Options" option though - thank you for that tip!



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You really do have an under hood light LOL.
It's in your I drive to check the oil level. There is nothing to see under the hood - day or night!!

AND..... I forgot - they gave you a flashlight in the glove compartment.
But...but, if I have to suddenly add windshield washer fluid at midnight in the middle of nowhere...
My 14 year-old pickup truck has a light under the hood. No flashlight holding necessary. Hmm.
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Just discovered 2 things this past Thanksgiving's 4 day weekend.

1) My low washer fluid light came on. I didn't know I could pour an entire gallon of washer fluid into the resovoir, and it still could have taken more!
2) When I turned on the cruise control for the first time, I didn't know a green light spins around the speedometer cluster to the set speed.
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I just took my "new" 08 535 for its first highway excursion. How cool is that cruise control!?! I love that. It's going to take some getting used to it being on a stalk instead of the steering wheel, like my X3 was. But I'll catch on eventually. Man...what a ride on the freeway. Not only the nicest car I've ever owned, probably one of the nicest I've ever ridden in!
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You cannot perform the activation / initialization of satellite radio while Bluetooth is active.

The Sirius satellite radio on my new to me 2008 550i was not active when I purchased the car. On Saturday I logged on to the Sirius web page and activated service, and then had them send the activation signal. I did this twice, no luck either time. So, today I called Sirius from the car, and the rep asked me if I was calling on my Bluetooth. I said yes, and he said that the activation signal would not be received if the Bluetooth was active. So, I hung up, turned of my phone, and voila, five minutes later, my satellite radio was working like a charm.

BTW, I was a bit surprised (and delighted) when one of the options on the Sirius web page was a free year of service. I'm not sure if this is because the previous owner never used it or not, but this was a nice surprise!

Keith
I just activated my 2008 535xiT for the "free year" of Sirius. I couldn't believe my eyes when I spotted that on their website.
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Old 12-28-2010, 07:22 PM
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Once you go satellite, you never go back. I have 2 lifetime subscriptions-one on a removable radio and one in my B-
I discovered that the voice command feature to dial the phone doesn't like it when the sunroof is open.
I haven't used the cruise control yet in the 4 years I've owned the car because I didn't know how it would act when the car's out of gear-I coast before I brake, silly me..
BTW, I didn't catch the flame war, but you should check out the skiing and snowboarding forums if you like to see internet "blood"..
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