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Old 01-27-2011, 01:18 PM
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Things you didn't know about your F10/11

As per some other model forums, would be great if you can share on this thread little known secrets, facts or oddities that are not obviously in the manual for the benefit of other drivers or potential buyers.....

Things you like, things that annoy you, etc.
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Old 01-27-2011, 03:10 PM
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As per some other model forums, would be great if you can share on this thread little known secrets, facts or oddities that are not obviously in the manual for the benefit of other drivers or potential buyers.....

Things you like, things that annoy you, etc.
I'm annoyed, that unlike the E60, the heated steering wheel turns off if you turn off the power and turn back on within ~10-15 min , whereas the heated seats stay on. In the E60 they both remained on. I now forget to turn it back on until I realize the wheel isn't hot anymore. Not the worst thing, but annoying.
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Old 01-27-2011, 03:57 PM
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I'm annoyed, that unlike the E60, the heated steering wheel turns off if you turn off the power and turn back on within ~10-15 min , whereas the heated seats stay on. In the E60 they both remained on. I now forget to turn it back on until I realize the wheel isn't hot anymore. Not the worst thing, but annoying.
I don't have the heated steering wheel, but I'm wondering, do you usually leave it on the whole time you're driving? For example I turn off my heated seats after 10 minutes or so, after the cabin has warmed up. Point is, I wonder if most people turn off the wheel after a few minutes also, making the "stay on" a moot point. You'd have to turn it on next time anyway.
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Old 01-27-2011, 04:50 PM
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I don't have the heated steering wheel, but I'm wondering, do you usually leave it on the whole time you're driving? For example I turn off my heated seats after 10 minutes or so, after the cabin has warmed up. Point is, I wonder if most people turn off the wheel after a few minutes also, making the "stay on" a moot point. You'd have to turn it on next time anyway.
I leave it on the whole time. But, I also leave the seats on all the time.
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Old 01-27-2011, 04:57 PM
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I leave it on the whole time. But, I also leave the seats on all the time.

Is it that cold in OH
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Old 01-27-2011, 04:59 PM
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Is it that cold in OH
Mid teens last few days in am...cold enough my friend
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As per some other model forums, would be great if you can share on this thread little known secrets, facts or oddities that are not obviously in the manual for the benefit of other drivers or potential buyers.....

Things you like, things that annoy you, etc.
The Dot!!!

We do some of us have it? Why do some of us not have it? Why does the manual fail to explain what it is?
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Old 01-27-2011, 05:05 PM
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Mid teens last few days in am...cold enough my friend
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It was 5 one day last week. Yep, I leave them both on. I may turn the seat down a bar or two, but otherwise, it stays on. I LOVE IT! (Heated Steering Wheel)
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Old 01-27-2011, 05:09 PM
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My wife has named the car "joy" because of the advertising campaign. A local dealer has an ad every morning that begs me to put some "joy" in my garage. The northeast weather has kept "joy" in the garage far too much. I really hate that. A month old and less than 500 miles. 15 inches of snow last night. Tomorrow I drive the Toyota to work.
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Old 01-27-2011, 05:15 PM
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Mid teens last few days in am...cold enough my friend
It was 2 degrees on Monday morning this week. Got up to a high of about 19.

I couldn't even leave the seats on low.
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Old 01-27-2011, 05:20 PM
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The Dot!!!

We do some of us have it? Why do some of us not have it? Why does the manual fail to explain what it is?
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Those with the dot are the chosen ones.
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Old 01-27-2011, 11:47 PM
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The Dot!!!

We do some of us have it? Why do some of us not have it? Why does the manual fail to explain what it is?
I wondered how long it would take for the dreaded dot to resurface. I'm not sure if I am hoping my new F10 has a dot or not. Chosen or unchosen?
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Old 01-28-2011, 06:23 AM
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I appreciate the small glove compartment left of the steering wheel. Don't appreciate the missing compartments above the ashtray.
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Old 01-28-2011, 06:36 AM
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I appreciate the small glove compartment left of the steering wheel. Don't appreciate the missing compartments above the ashtray.
Yes, the ashtray is useless, and the center console isn't much better. I would love to see some better stowage space in the car. Having said that, the cupholders don't suck nearly as bad as I thought they would, and the storage space to the left of the wheel is very large...although I'm not sure what I'm going to put in there.
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Old 01-28-2011, 06:37 AM
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Thing I didn't know but like.....just found the 12v outlet in the trunk. Although I have rarely used the ones in my other cars, it's nice to have.
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Old 01-28-2011, 09:08 AM
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Yes, the ashtray is useless, and the center console isn't much better. I would love to see some better stowage space in the car. Having said that, the cupholders don't suck nearly as bad as I thought they would, and the storage space to the left of the wheel is very large...although I'm not sure what I'm going to put in there.
I keep sunglasses, gloves and a small microfiber towel. Just a suggestion.
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I keep sunglasses, gloves and a small microfiber towel. Just a suggestion.
+1 for sunglasses. Gloves?? It gets cold in Miami? Maybe they're driving gloves, yeah, that's it. Haven't driven my car since Tuesday due to snow -- don't want to get it dirty unless I have to. I'm getting tired of taking the subway to work though, will probably have to break down next week and drive in.
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Old 01-28-2011, 12:24 PM
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I appreciate the small glove compartment left of the steering wheel. Don't appreciate the missing compartments above the ashtray.
I've had my car 4 months and didn't know that compartment was there!!!

But I do have the mysterious DOT
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I keep sunglasses, gloves and a small microfiber towel. Just a suggestion.
I put my sunglasses on and off probably 2-5 times / day. That compartment is quite deep and it was a pain for the first two days to dig around for the glasses. I move them to the door pocket and I'm quite happy now.

Don't worry, I have enough crap..I will figure out something to put in there.
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Old 01-28-2011, 01:21 PM
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+1 for sunglasses. Gloves?? It gets cold in Miami? Maybe they're driving gloves, yeah, that's it. Haven't driven my car since Tuesday due to snow -- don't want to get it dirty unless I have to. I'm getting tired of taking the subway to work though, will probably have to break down next week and drive in.
Yes, they are driving gloves that I use only on long trips, for relief from the sun. Which brings me to another feature I like: the F10 glass blocks 100% of UV rays. I do not k ow whether other manufacturers' glass blocks UV rays also, but I like the fact that the F10's do. Great for your eyes, great for the skin.
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I appreciate the small glove compartment left of the steering wheel. Don't appreciate the missing compartments above the ashtray.
I use it for my sunglasses as well.
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Old 01-29-2011, 03:08 AM
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Yes, they are driving gloves that I use only on long trips, for relief from the sun. Which brings me to another feature I like: the F10 glass blocks 100% of UV rays. I do not k ow whether other manufacturers' glass blocks UV rays also, but I like the fact that the F10's do. Great for your eyes, great for the skin.
I never knew that!
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Call me ignorant but........ What is the DOT?
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Put this in the annoyed category -

I wish the memory seats had an exit mode where by the seat goes backward when the ignition is turned off and then after starting the car again the memory associated with the appropriate key fob returns the seat to the set position. Have the in my Vette and my former Caddy. Very nice feature. It should be a simple firmware fix.
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Old 01-29-2011, 07:58 AM
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Call me ignorant but........ What is the DOT?
See http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...&highlight=dot
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