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X5 E70 (2007 - 2013)
E70 BMW X5 produced between 2007 and 2013. Discuss the E70 X5 with other BMW owners here.

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Old 04-03-2012, 10:31 PM
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Disable easy entry/exit steering wheel movement

I hate the fact the steering wheel moves out of the way every time I turn off the car. It stopped doing this a while ago and I thought I disabled it somehow, but couldn't remember if I did. I prefer the manual adjustment levers for this very reason.

Well today I was trying to adjust my steering wheel when I noticed it no longer adjusted. Moving the little lever did nothing. Then I listened closely and I found the steering wheel was trying to move, but something was stuck. I turned off my car and I noticed the same sound. So my conclusion was my steering wheel adjustment broke, which is why it stopped moving out of the way. I wanted to adjust the wheel, so later in giving up, I hit my steering really hard.

Now the problem: I can adjust my steering wheel again, and it moved out of the way when I turn off my car.

Is there way I can disable this? I would hate to be somewhere remote, only to find the steering wheel stuck in the upright and out of the way position.
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Old 04-04-2012, 02:11 AM
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I hate the fact the steering wheel moves out of the way every time I turn off the car. It stopped doing this a while ago and I thought I disabled it somehow, but couldn't remember if I did. I prefer the manual adjustment levers for this very reason.

Well today I was trying to adjust my steering wheel when I noticed it no longer adjusted. Moving the little lever did nothing. Then I listened closely and I found the steering wheel was trying to move, but something was stuck. I turned off my car and I noticed the same sound. So my conclusion was my steering wheel adjustment broke, which is why it stopped moving out of the way. I wanted to adjust the wheel, so later in giving up, I hit my steering really hard.

Now the problem: I can adjust my steering wheel again, and it moved out of the way when I turn off my car.

Is there way I can disable this? I would hate to be somewhere remote, only to find the steering wheel stuck in the upright and out of the way position.
Unfortunately no, I also would like the ability to disable this as I know down the road this motor will fail, on my wife's Infinity it can be disabled as well as my previous MDX.
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:22 PM
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I've had mine for two days and I already want this to be disabled. It seems like it takes forever for it to move anyway, and like you I know it's just a matter of time before that thing is toast.
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:56 PM
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I agree. It would seem to be very easy for BMW to provide a disable option in the "settings" portion of the i-drive software. Even my Mother's 2008 Taurus offers a disable option for this feature.

I'm constantly surprised how far behind the times BMW is with their software. I guess that's one area where the U.S.-based manufacturers still have an advantage.
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Old 04-05-2012, 04:27 PM
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seems like there would be a fuse that one could take out. Only problem is that it more than likely does more than just the adjustment motor.
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Old 04-05-2012, 05:26 PM
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seems like there would be a fuse that one could take out. Only problem is that it more than likely does more than just the adjustment motor.
True.

But even if it only did the steering wheel, that would disable the ability to adjust the steering at all -- I just want to get rid of the automatic exit/entry motion, not make it so other-sized people cannot drive the vehicle without replacing a fuse.
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:11 PM
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True.

But even if it only did the steering wheel, that would disable the ability to adjust the steering at all -- I just want to get rid of the automatic exit/entry motion, not make it so other-sized people cannot drive the vehicle without replacing a fuse.
The motor should last a long time - we have a 2004Rx and a 2008 RX and the motors have thus far had no problems (each vehicle has over 125000 miles). Don't see why a German car would have a shoddier motor.
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Old 04-05-2012, 08:25 PM
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Don't see why a German car would have a shoddier motor.
Do a Google on BMW window mechanisms... or Auto transmissions... or radiators... etc.
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Old 06-11-2014, 04:06 PM
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There is a way to disable the steering wheel easy exit/entry feature...I had it done when I first bought my X5 in 2012...it takes what I'll call a "cheat code" (combination of unrelated buttons/switches/levers) to make it stop. I had my radiator replaced and now it's active again. Neither the dealership nor BMW genius knows (or is willing to share) how to deactivate it again.
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Old 06-11-2014, 06:23 PM
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Disable easy entry/exit steering wheel movement

I think you can disable it via coding
Disable EINSTIEGSHILFE_HOEHE & EINSTIEGSHILFE_LAENGE and you should be good to go.

Find a coder and he can code this and more.


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Old 06-11-2014, 06:41 PM
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You may be right...I had it disable a couple years ago and don't recall if I did it myself or the dealership did it after I brought it in. Interesting that the customer service reps don't seem to have a clue, even after they talk to the mechanics.
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Old 06-11-2014, 09:52 PM
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Hate the feature as well so what I did was pushed the wheel all the way up, released the lever and then pushed it all the way up again which made the steering wheel move just a tad more even though it seemed that can not be moved any more...this stopped the wheel moving/assisting me while entering/exiting.....
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Old 06-12-2014, 03:59 AM
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Thanks...I will give this a try. Is the wheel now permanently in the full up position (and does it have to stay in that position) to keep the easy exit/enter from working? I ask because I drive with the SW in the full down and extended position.
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Old 06-12-2014, 04:57 AM
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Thanks...I will give this a try. Is the wheel now permanently in the full up position (and does it have to stay in that position) to keep the easy exit/enter from working? I ask because I drive with the SW in the full down and extended position.
It is in the full up position and it stays there does not move anywhere when I open the door/shut engine and exit... Mind you I'm 6'4 (long arms) so I keep it all the way up and pushed all the way in...hopefully it works out for you....
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Old 06-12-2014, 11:51 AM
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Long Arms

Unfortunately, the full up setting doesn't work for me...5'7 and short arms . Thanks for the recommendation, though.
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