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Old 12-15-2011, 08:09 AM
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Is the Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go a must?

Hello! I live in Toronto, Canada, and it takes me 90 minutes everyday to commute. The traffic is usually heavy, and highways are quite often parking lots during rush hours.

I am going to buy a 2012 535i xDrive Sedan, and the Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go is listed as $1,900. Please let me know if it's worth it? I am also going to order the Tech Package, considering that I tend to get tired with bumper to bumper driving condition.

I really appreciate your suggestions. Thank you in advance!
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Old 12-15-2011, 08:40 AM
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In stop and go traffic, that option would be AWESOME (and probably very safe, much safer than at 130kmh)!!! Go for it 100%! I can only imagine how awesome it would be if the car essentially drove itself when you're in bumper to bumper mess on the 400-series.... It will probably be the best money you will ever spend.
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Old 12-15-2011, 09:06 AM
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I haven't ordered it (it was 2.5K for the year 2011), but I think I am slightly missing it.
Not that much (I don't drive in traffic), but sometimes it would be useful
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Old 12-15-2011, 09:10 AM
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A friend drives a F01 with it.
In lane chancing circumstances it is not very good.
(IE when cars before him change lanes)
On steady and right queus he likes it.
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Old 12-15-2011, 09:16 AM
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Thank you for all your responses!

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A friend drives a F01 with it.
In lane chancing circumstances it is not very good.
(IE when cars before him change lanes)
On steady and right queus he likes it.
I read from somewhere saying that the radar monitors cars in the adjacent lanes as well. Could you give us more details? Do you mean that the car won't brake effectively when another car merges into the lane? Thanks!
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Old 12-15-2011, 09:19 AM
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I read from somewhere saying that the radar monitors cars in the adjacent lanes as well. Could you give us more details? Do you mean that the car won't brake effectively when another car merges into the lane? Thanks!
Yes and while his car leaves a big distance, that is happening in some places all the time.
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Old 12-15-2011, 09:45 AM
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I had it in my S550 and I loved it. When a car would jump in your lane it usually did overeact a little- hitting the brakes to get the correct distance back. Other than that it was a great feature- I just couldn't justify another $2500...
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Old 12-15-2011, 09:59 AM
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No, it's not a must. For $2400 the active and ventilated seats are a better use of the money and you will use it more and get more out of it.
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Old 12-15-2011, 10:06 AM
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No, it's not a must. For $2400 the active and ventilated seats are a better use of the money and you will use it more and get more out of it.
Agree here.
I just assume that everything else is added already, so there are only 3 things left:
1. Active cruise control
2. Night vision camera
3. TV for the rear seats.

Nice to have first two, but could not justify the price..
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Old 12-15-2011, 10:15 AM
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In Canada the Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go is $1900. It IS quite expensive compared to the Tech Package. I guess perhaps because it's a relatively new innovation...

I am going to order M Sport Package, which includes the active seats. I will skip the ventilated seats this time.

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Old 12-15-2011, 10:16 AM
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So much depends on what you plan on doing with the car when you build it. Based on what you posted, I would say it is a must.
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Old 12-15-2011, 10:28 AM
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I have it on my current and I use it everyday for commuting 60 miles. Its an awesome feature and you just set and forget it especially if you have HOV lanes where people can't merge in.
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Old 12-15-2011, 10:37 AM
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No, it's not a must. For $2400 the active and ventilated seats are a better use of the money and you will use it more and get more out of it.
It really depends on your commute. I don't have it and don't need it, because my commute is 10 minutes through empty rural/suburban roads. On a freeway, I go according to the situation and what it permits and don't use cruise control to begin with.

But in stop and go mess, I would recommend it 100% (if it actually works, which I presume it does). I have premium 18-way adjustable seats and I don't miss anything else. They're good enough.
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Old 12-15-2011, 10:56 AM
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Of my packages and options, I use the Active Cruise Control the least. Even at the lowest setting, the threshhold invites other drivers to cut-in. I constantly override the system, then I turn it off.

Given your high traffic commute, I recommend the active blind spot detection. When those motorcycles and Ford Festivas sneak-up into your blind spot at dusk, you'll be glad you have this feature. Another essential for a long commute, as TJ Park recommends, are the comfy active-ventillated seats.
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Old 12-18-2011, 10:52 AM
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That option and the rear seat entertainment were the only two options I left off my car. I haven't heard great feedback about a "ghost" driving your car, along with the gap between cars being irritating to most. save the $ and go for Comfort Access or ome other goodie instead. I do like the lane departure option
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Old 12-18-2011, 12:00 PM
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I agree with your choice of the M Sport package. I did not order Active Cruise but i did order HUD and Damper Control which is a separate option. The Damper control let's you change the shock absorber settings - that is something that really changes how the car feels and drives. I would consider Active Cruise over HUD if your commuting that much. If you use the 407, I think it's less of an issue.
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Old 12-18-2011, 12:30 PM
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Hello! I live in Toronto, Canada, and it takes me 90 minutes everyday to commute. The traffic is usually heavy, and highways are quite often parking lots during rush hours.

I am going to buy a 2012 535i xDrive Sedan, and the Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go is listed as $1,900. Please let me know if it's worth it? I am also going to order the Tech Package, considering that I tend to get tired with bumper to bumper driving condition.

I really appreciate your suggestions. Thank you in advance!
Just received my 535 with ACC and I love it! It's a great option and I'd say get it. However, they call it "Stop & Go" but, it's more like Stop, wake up and press Go. It's really made for slow traffic more than stop and go. The system will slow the car to a stop if needed but, the system quickly disengages if you sit without moving for more than 5 seconds. If the system does disengage, you have to press the "Res" button on your steering wheel or, press the gas to resume.

I'm not sure if there is a way to override and make it true "Stop & Go" but, I can see why it's programmed the way it is - the car is so quiet and insulated to outside noise, with ACC you could easily fall asleep in a traffic jam and your BMW will keep driving its self until you get to a wall!

Worth every penny nonetheless.....
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Old 12-18-2011, 03:15 PM
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I'm a member of another forum where people are thinking of ways to reprogram the car to disable the ACC so they can use their radar detectors. A lot of buyers remorse from those who don't drive at 55mph like a grandma in a Buick.
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Old 12-20-2011, 01:02 AM
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I'd honestly say that ACC is probably the best option I have on my car. On really congested roads with people constantly trying to cut in I might prefer to drive the car myself, but on a long run all I have to do is steer. The system make a 6 hour drive infinately safer and the car almost drives itself. It's a little quirky until you get used to it, but I thoroughly recommend it.
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Old 12-20-2011, 05:05 AM
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I find the ACC most useful on long intercity drives on the interstate. It makes the experience much less fatuiging. Wouldn't buy a car without it.
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Old 12-21-2011, 11:34 AM
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Hello! I live in Toronto, Canada, and it takes me 90 minutes everyday to commute. The traffic is usually heavy, and highways are quite often parking lots during rush hours.

I am going to buy a 2012 535i xDrive Sedan, and the Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go is listed as $1,900. Please let me know if it's worth it? I am also going to order the Tech Package, considering that I tend to get tired with bumper to bumper driving condition.

I really appreciate your suggestions. Thank you in advance!
It is a great feature which I pondered a lot and was about to buy it but dropped it because I read somewhere on interference with Radar detectors. I rely on my radar detector but with this feature it may trigger false alarms on radar detector ( is what I read in some posts - could not test it )
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Old 12-21-2011, 04:27 PM
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I don't have the option. There have been in a few situations in which I would have appreciated ACC, but mostly I'm quite pleased to have avoided it. Like the rear TV's and Nightvision, I'm overall glad I didn't spend the cash on these features.
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Old 12-22-2011, 06:10 PM
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Letís not forget about the collision warning part of the feature. While we all strive to be attentive drivers, collision warning would pay for itself if it saved you from just one lapse.
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Old 12-23-2011, 01:33 PM
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Letís not forget about the collision warning part of the feature. While we all strive to be attentive drivers, collision warning would pay for itself if it saved you from just one lapse.
+1. This would justify the price. For stop & go traffic, it's easy to make the driver fatigue, and this option will make the driving so much more relaxing.
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Old 12-23-2011, 02:44 PM
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I have it and I like it a lot. I use it twice daily while commuting. I highly recommend it.
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