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The sixth generation 3 series, chassis code F30. 2013 model year 328i and 335i sedans now in production. Read the F30 frequently asked question thread for all your basic question and dive into all the details in the ultimate F30 information thread.

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Old 09-24-2012, 08:22 PM
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Im going to try and get this reprogram done at a BMW dealership I didnt get my car. If they dont know about it, do I let them know about "SI B12 15 12"? And it seems like its a free reprogram.
which dealer are you going to try and get it done at?
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Old 09-25-2012, 03:06 AM
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Yes. And you'll likely need to speak to the manager of the service department as the first two people you speak with won't believe you.

For me, I literally had to show them a thread from this forum along with the bulletin number just to get them to take me seriously. I even had the sales manager offer me the name/number of a local coding guy who could take care of me unofficially.

Go there with a copy of the bulletin and have this thread open in your phone just in case. You'll have to be persistent as it's a new car and a new feature and something the service departments have very little experience with. It's free of charge. You should get a loaner for the day too.

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I read that the recoding only takes at most an hour?

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which dealer are you going to try and get it done at?
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Old 09-25-2012, 06:43 AM
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^^ YES to everything BJ said. I had mine programmed this past Saturday and was put in a loaner. I showed my CA the SB long before I took delivery of my car and made sure the service department knew about it. My car was the second one they did.
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Old 09-25-2012, 07:10 AM
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I read that the recoding only takes at most an hour?
Yes, that's how long it takes to physically do the recode but the process isn't that simple. Service needs to contact BMW for authorization to run the code, and that can take 3-5 hours alone.

I dropped my car off at 8 and had it back by 2. Unless your SA gets advance permission from BMW and has the code ready to go, you're going to be without wheels for several hours.

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Old 09-25-2012, 08:36 AM
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Yes, that's how long it takes to physically do the recode but the process isn't that simple. Service needs to contact BMW for authorization to run the code, and that can take 3-5 hours alone.

I dropped my car off at 8 and had it back by 2. Unless your SA gets advance permission from BMW and has the code ready to go, you're going to be without wheels for several hours.

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I am going to see if they can do this when the car is delivered from the port and they prep it.
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Old 09-25-2012, 09:08 AM
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I called BMW ocala and they are aware of the reprogram, but haven't done it. I have an appointment on Friday.

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Old 09-28-2012, 01:58 PM
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Done! Dropped it off at 8am and it was done at 4pm. I thought this update was also going to remember user last setting for eco/comfort/sport. Where if I turn off my car in Eco mode, it will turn back on with Eco mode. The car still turns on with Comfort on default. But! User last setting of ASS for Comfort and Sports is saved. I cant complain....it was free.
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Old 09-28-2012, 02:55 PM
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Done! Dropped it off at 8am and it was done at 4pm. I thought this update was also going to remember user last setting for eco/comfort/sport. Where if I turn off my car in Eco mode, it will turn back on with Eco mode. The car still turns on with Comfort on default. But! User last setting of ASS for Comfort and Sports is saved. I cant complain....it was free.
That's correct, that's how it works.

Remembers last setting, always, reverts to Comfort mode, always. The only wrinkle is that if you go into Eco Mode it will turn ASS back on (car assumes you want maximum fuel economy) . So as long as you turn ASS off and only toggle between Comfort and Sport modes you will never have to deal with ASS again.

Since my recode last month, never engaged Eco, thus never have turned ASS back on.

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Old 09-29-2012, 05:47 PM
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The dealer was aware of the service bulletin and adjusted my 2012 328i to "last user mode". I do not like the start / stop feature as I do not live in a heavy traffic area and am not stopped often enough to make a difference. I thought it was too abrupt a start / stop when in use. BMW needs to smooth it out. I did notice if I put the car in Eco mode the Start / Stop feature engages.
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Old 09-29-2012, 06:03 PM
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Now that my car is broken in I started to use the ASS and its a lot smoother than the 328i loaner (2012?). I didnt use the ASS before the recode, so I dont know if the recode helped make it smoother.
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Old 09-29-2012, 06:22 PM
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I had this done last week on my 6 GC. I am glad I did. I have no idea why it wasn't programmed this way at design. Oh well at least it got done.
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:00 PM
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Now that my car is broken in I started to use the ASS and its a lot smoother than the 328i loaner (2012?). I didnt use the ASS before the recode, so I dont know if the recode helped make it smoother.
The software update helps; but restarts due to the A/C are still too rough to use ASS for me. I'll be leaving it off for the summer and I'll try again once it gets cooler.
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:06 PM
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iDrive assumes that if you want EcoPro mode you definitely want ASS too so it turns it back on. All other modes it 'sticks' the way you left it. I toggle between Sport and Comfort all day, never affects the ASS setting. I don't use EcoPro or ASS, ever.

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I have a 328i but I understand the update is the same for the 335i. Since I often use EcoPro, the last user setting doesn't affect me that much. When I start the car, I turn on EcoPro and turn off ASS. It's very simple and I've become completely used to it.

If the update included Sport, Comfort, and EcoPro, I would be interested. The way it is now, I'm not.
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It's very simple and I've become completely used to it.
Indeed. It is absolutely trivial to push a couple of buttons.

With all the whining, one would think it was something important - such as the work it takes to twist off the top of an AriZona Tea bottle. Wholly unreasonable.
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Old 09-30-2012, 04:19 PM
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Indeed. It is absolutely trivial to push a couple of buttons.

With all the whining, one would think it was something important - such as the work it takes to twist off the top of an AriZona Tea bottle. Wholly unreasonable.
It was less about the effort involved in hitting the ASS off button and more about BMW trying to shove a feature down our throats that has nothing to do with the driving experience just to help them achieve some lofty mileage target.

Many of us don't care about how many MPG we average or know the price of a gallon of gas. We just want to enjoy our luxury cars without the engine deciding to turn itself off whenever it feels like it.

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Indeed. It is absolutely trivial to push a couple of buttons.

With all the whining, one would think it was something important - such as the work it takes to twist off the top of an AriZona Tea bottle. Wholly unreasonable.
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With all the whining, one would think it was something important - such as the work it takes to twist off the top of an AriZona Tea bottle. Wholly unreasonable.
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The software update helps; but restarts due to the A/C are still too rough to use ASS for me. I'll be leaving it off for the summer and I'll try again once it gets cooler.
I just dropped off mine this morning as well and my SA stated it was the first one he had done. They gave me a 2013 X3 xdrive2.8i loaner and the start-stop system in this thing is a bit smoother than my 2012 328i. Hopefully it will be at least better by the end of the software update (or I can always just turn it off now ) Something the SA said which sounds contradictory to what I recall reading around the forums is that while performing this update, the normal procedure is to scan all of the cars modules to make sure they have the latest software in them as well. Mine was just built at the end of May so I'm not sure this will apply to me but thought it was interesting they claim to check them (unless the way the update occurs requires this). Either way, I'm excited to see the difference!
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I just dropped off mine this morning as well and my SA stated it was the first one he had done. They gave me a 2013 X3 xdrive2.8i loaner and the start-stop system in this thing is a bit smoother than my 2012 328i. Hopefully it will be at least better by the end of the software update (or I can always just turn it off now ) Something the SA said which sounds contradictory to what I recall reading around the forums is that while performing this update, the normal procedure is to scan all of the cars modules to make sure they have the latest software in them as well. Mine was just built at the end of May so I'm not sure this will apply to me but thought it was interesting they claim to check them (unless the way the update occurs requires this). Either way, I'm excited to see the difference!
Yes, they scan and upgrade all of the modules that have updates.
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In order to not delay delivery, I picked up the car today without this update. And let me say that ASS is VERY ANNOYING and VERY BADLY IMPLEMENTED.

And yes, I'm singing a different tune now that I've tried ASS first hand on MT. Earlier I was all about the eco friendly aspect of it. But it just wrecks the driving experience - the start/stop is too jolty (this is probably not even a word).

Will just have to remember to turn it off every time I start, till I get time to drop it off for this update.
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I just dropped off mine this morning as well and my SA stated it was the first one he had done. They gave me a 2013 X3 xdrive2.8i loaner and the start-stop system in this thing is a bit smoother than my 2012 328i. Hopefully it will be at least better by the end of the software update (or I can always just turn it off now ) Something the SA said which sounds contradictory to what I recall reading around the forums is that while performing this update, the normal procedure is to scan all of the cars modules to make sure they have the latest software in them as well. Mine was just built at the end of May so I'm not sure this will apply to me but thought it was interesting they claim to check them (unless the way the update occurs requires this). Either way, I'm excited to see the difference!
Curious which dealership? I'd like to take mine to be reprogrammed and it might be easier if the place has done this at least once.
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:42 AM
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After driving the car now for a couple of days, i have to say i don't mind ASS at all. With the Manual all you have to do is just start to press the clutch and the engine fires right up. Also if you are in stop and go traffic again with the manual you can just depress the clutch a little and then the car never shuts off, so its not issue. I can see where it might be an issue with you Auto types.

In addition I think the 335i may have a smoother system, most likely due to the engine. hardly notice the startup.
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I just had mine done, its way better now. Also seems I got some software changes with the lights flashing more when I open the trunk and such.
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Curious which dealership? I'd like to take mine to be reprogrammed and it might be easier if the place has done this at least once.
Got it done at Irvine BMW...
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