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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 08-18-2012, 07:20 AM
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As you approach your BMW, do the interior....

When you walk up to you car do the interior lights and door handle lights illuminate before you grab the door handle? If so how do you turn this function on?
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Old 08-18-2012, 07:36 AM
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Push your unlock button?
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Old 08-18-2012, 07:41 AM
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I doubt that function exists. It would be a waste to have that turn on when you walk past the car to pick up the paper, not to mention 1000 other use cases. If you like the look as you approach the car - and who wouldn't? - you can press the unlock button on the fob discretely while it is in your pocket.
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Old 08-18-2012, 09:39 AM
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My friend has a 2010 lexus. We went out for wings one night. After leaving the wing joint, we started walking toward her car in a dark parking lot. When we were about 10 feet from her car, the interior lights went from off to dim then gradually to full brightness. It was cool as hell. I was wondering if the BMW had a function like that. I see something in the manual called welcome lighting, but I dont understand how that works.
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Old 08-18-2012, 10:14 AM
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Try the coding threads to see if they come up with something. This is a nice safety feature that makes walking to my car at nite a bit safer that I believe the excessively meticulous engineers at BMW wouldn't miss, but the legal team of BMW may have not signed up for.
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Old 08-18-2012, 11:38 AM
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My dad's MY12 Toyota Sienna with Smart Key has this feature. Kind of sad that it's included on a $40k Toyota, but optional on a $60k+ BMW. Comfort Access is a $1k option. Ridiculous
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Old 08-18-2012, 01:29 PM
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optional on a $60k+ BMW. Comfort Access is a $1k option. Ridiculous
Are you saying X5īs with comfort access has this illumination feature? I have comfort access, how come when I approach my car it doesenīt light up?
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Old 08-18-2012, 01:46 PM
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Are you saying X5īs with comfort access has this illumination feature? I have comfort access, how come when I approach my car it doesenīt light up?
Not sure. I don't have it

Just complaining for the sake of complaining abotu BMW
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Old 08-18-2012, 03:30 PM
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Comfort access doesn't include this feature. Using the fob button to unlock will turn on the interior and exterior lights if set to in the iDrive (at least 2011+). The flip side to the lights going on automatically is that you may not necessarily want people around you knowing which car you're heading to. Obviously that could also be a setting but it's not.
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Old 08-18-2012, 10:42 PM
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My friend has a 2010 lexus. We went out for wings one night. After leaving the wing joint, we started walking toward her car in a dark parking lot. When we were about 10 feet from her car, the interior lights went from off to dim then gradually to full brightness. It was cool as hell. I was wondering if the BMW had a function like that. I see something in the manual called welcome lighting, but I dont understand how that works.
I don't want this, let me push the button if I choose.
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Old 08-19-2012, 12:07 AM
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set the light control to AUTO to have courtesy Light turn ON
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Unfortunately welcome lights do not come on as you approach car

... only after you push your remote unlock key fob button, or touch one of the door handles. I was surprised and very much disappointed to find this out on my brand new 2016 535i GT, since it was a great feature on my much less expensive 2011 Toyota Venza. My new car also doesn't unlock the doors when put into "P"ark, and this is not programmable through iDrive. Both are apparently misguided BMW "security" features. Owners of $65,000+++ automobile should be given these options through iDrive! BMW, are you listening... probably not?
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Old 11-24-2015, 10:28 PM
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Sad to see a drivers car being driven towards useless bells and whistles for a generation enamoured with shiny objects....




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Old 11-25-2015, 05:08 AM
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Sad to see the whole car industry being driven towards useless bells and whistles for a generation enamoured with shiny objects....
ard, fixed it for you. I think I'll keep our two X5's, with no navigation, comfort access, interior LED lights, Spotify, CarPlay, Pandora capabilities etc, for a very long time...
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Old 11-25-2015, 07:54 AM
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ard, fixed it for you. I think I'll keep our two X5's, with no navigation, comfort access, interior LED lights, Spotify, CarPlay, Pandora capabilities etc, for a very long time...
Bah, I have this feature on my toyota and I think its great. And no, its not a shiny object.

In general, every luxury brand charges a premium for some features that are "standard" on normal cars, i.e. metallic paint, backup camera, etc.
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Old 11-25-2015, 08:28 AM
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In general, every luxury brand charges a premium for some features that are "standard" on normal cars, i.e. metallic paint, backup camera, etc.
Yes that's true but then have you looked outside the normal BMW area of view and noticed something has changed over time ?

BMW over the years I have experienced a shift from the 1990s: a European driver's car (stiff, taut, responsive, nimble, athletic and meant to be driven around corners/curves) as standard equipment.

Now fast forward 20 years: an American soft cruising car (soft, disconnected, non responsive, weak, and meant to float you over the road) as standard equipment. If you want more of a driver's type care, you can pay for the optional: adaptive drive, dynamic handling package, track handling package, M Sport suspension, larger wheels, electro damper controls, etc......
Sorry to see Mercedes, Audi & BMWs have all gone this way..

There are some niche brands such as Porsche & Land Rover where standard equipment still has the fun factor for a driver's car.

The Porsche Macan is an example of a car that you don't need to buy any options to make the ride better - it has the driver's qualities built in to make you smile as go around a corner....

My new LR Discovery Sport makes me alive again - compared to the Honda I sold/traded in - wow - old British style engineering is still alive - makes me smile every time I go around a corner.....
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Old 11-25-2015, 08:40 AM
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Yes that's true but then have you looked outside the normal BMW area of view and noticed something has changed over time ?

BMW over the years I have experienced a shift from the 1990s: a European driver's car (stiff, taut, responsive, nimble, athletic and meant to be driven around corners/curves) as standard equipment.

Now fast forward 20 years: an American soft cruising car (soft, disconnected, non responsive, weak, and meant to float you over the road) as standard equipment. If you want more of a driver's type care, you can pay for the optional: adaptive drive, dynamic handling package, track handling package, M Sport suspension, larger wheels, electro damper controls, etc......
Sorry to see Mercedes, Audi & BMWs have all gone this way..

There are some niche brands such as Porsche & Land Rover where standard equipment still has the fun factor for a driver's car.

The Porsche Macan is an example of a car that you don't need to buy any options to make the ride better - it has the driver's qualities built in to make you smile as go around a corner....

My new LR Discovery Sport makes me alive again - compared to the Honda I sold/traded in - wow - old British style engineering is still alive - makes me smile every time I go around a corner.....
Agree 1000000000%. Frankly, the only reason why I purchased an e70 was for the "old" feel. I've owned an e46 and e92 and loved them dearly. The f30 left me disappointed--it was definitely "nicer" but lost the edge that put a smile on my face. Frankly, the Lexus IS350 drove better. Its unfortunate that you now have to add expensive packages, i.e. M-sport, "track handling" packages, etc to achieve the feel from the past....and you still wind up short.

Glad to hear that LR and Porsche are sticking to their guns.
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Old 11-25-2015, 05:47 PM
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Rosmoss, just keep a Glock 47 in the door. That's what i do.
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Old 11-25-2015, 08:51 PM
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My friend has a 2010 lexus. We went out for wings one night. After leaving the wing joint, we started walking toward her car in a dark parking lot. When we were about 10 feet from her car, the interior lights went from off to dim then gradually to full brightness. It was cool as hell......
Which 2010 Lexus model has this feature?

I've owned two [recent] Lexus models previously. Both were loaded. Neither had this feature.....
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Old 11-28-2015, 12:34 AM
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Yes that's true but then have you looked outside the normal BMW area of view and noticed something has changed over time ?

BMW over the years I have experienced a shift from the 1990s: a European driver's car (stiff, taut, responsive, nimble, athletic and meant to be driven around corners/curves) as standard equipment.

Now fast forward 20 years: an American soft cruising car (soft, disconnected, non responsive, weak, and meant to float you over the road) as standard equipment. If you want more of a driver's type care, you can pay for the optional: adaptive drive, dynamic handling package, track handling package, M Sport suspension, larger wheels, electro damper controls, etc......
Sorry to see Mercedes, Audi & BMWs have all gone this way..

There are some niche brands such as Porsche & Land Rover where standard equipment still has the fun factor for a driver's car.

The Porsche Macan is an example of a car that you don't need to buy any options to make the ride better - it has the driver's qualities built in to make you smile as go around a corner....

My new LR Discovery Sport makes me alive again - compared to the Honda I sold/traded in - wow - old British style engineering is still alive - makes me smile every time I go around a corner.....
That explains why BMW are getting more popular. Most American buyers don't want stiff suspension. Who do you think fill up all those survey that told BMW to change their ways? It was the owners. I still remember the head of suspension and chassis for the new F15 discussed how the survey from the last gen 5 series basically shifted their tuning to softer ride with similar handling. Why did BMW released a GT version? It was because of China demand for longer wheel base at cost of handling.

Now, did you guys fill the survey to BMW? I sure did.

I have not driven a Cadillac extensively. It seem getting raves review for handling. Guess what? It is not doing that well. I don't think handling drive sales. That is what business will focus on.

Porsche will change as they try to grow. That is the problem. Once you aspire to be certain size, you have to cater to more averaged consumers. Average consumers don't want stiff ride as they do not take their SUV or sedan on high speed turns and etc. It will take time and will be gradual.

Its the new world order until the market change. That may take the newer generations. The car industry actually has been turning toward more harsher ride gain. Believe it or not, Toyota has actually gone the opposite direction and stiffen up their suspension. By the time that affects BMW again, we may be all too old to drive. Lets hope the alternative does not go the same way as BMW too quickly.

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