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Old 12-24-2012, 07:10 PM
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Retrofit 4 zone climate control

Has anyone retrofit the 4 zone climate control into their F10?

I ordered a 2013 550 and it was not an available option and BMWNA rejected my requests to special add it.

I really want it. Is this possible?

-Corey
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Old 12-25-2012, 07:01 AM
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Old 12-25-2012, 08:57 AM
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How much? And is it do it yourself or would I need to have someone like you do it?

Thanks.
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Old 12-25-2012, 05:09 PM
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You will need many parts.

1) Front Center Dash Vents are different with the 4 Zone, as there is an extra dial for the passenger to adjust their airflow temperature

2) Two new B pillar trims as the 4 Zone adds vents on each B pillar.

3) The front center armrest unit will need to be changed out as it seems the rear climate controls are all integrated with the trim

The parts aren't the killer, it's the labor to run the wires and vents in areas that don't have vents. Back in MY 2011, it was an a la carte option at $500. That is a steal compared to the cost for you to retrofit it. I too wanted the 4 Zone, but I have to just live without it. Not sure why BMWNA will not allow a special order for that feature. I'll be pissed if they offered it back for 2014.
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Old 12-25-2012, 07:40 PM
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I'll be pissed if they offered it back for 2014.
Oh dude I cannot tell you how pissed I will be if the feature is back for 2014.

My wife thinks I'm being a D bag over this feature, but since I ordered, I've been complaining almost daily about not getting it. I wanted it that much. It adds so much polish to the car and I do take employees and so forth out to lunch quite a bit so wanted it for that.

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Old 12-26-2012, 06:16 PM
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I agree with you. I was upset that my car didn't have one either. I mean who needs 2 shelves back there??? I was told that the 5 GT has the option but only because its built on the 745 chassis...as is the 6 series... They said that the wheel base is too short...I said, "... but it wasn't last year???" I understand your frustration. I was about that frustrated that the 5 series doesn't have the Full LED headlight option or the M-Sport with Alcantara head liner option either
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:27 AM
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I was told that the 5 GT has the option but only because its built on the 745 chassis...as is the 6 series... They said that the wheel base is too short...I said, "... but it wasn't last year???"
Who told you this? MY13, Active Hybrid 5 and M5 have the 4 Zone Climate Control as an option. So the wheelbase on those two are different from a regular F10? I just hate it when people tell you statements that don't make any sense.
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Who told you this? MY13, Active Hybrid 5 and M5 have the 4 Zone Climate Control as an option. So the wheelbase on those two are different from a regular F10? I just hate it when people tell you statements that don't make any sense.
Yes, this is true. And this was part of my ammo to BMWNA but I was still refused the special request of having the option added (which it *clearly* could have been if they weren't being such asses about it).

I wish I knew who to call who would succumb to begging...

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Old 12-27-2012, 11:27 PM
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I don't think AH5 and M5 have different wheelbase that all other F10s. The MY13 AH5 I got last month comes with 4 zone climate as standard feature instead of an option!

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Who told you this? MY13, Active Hybrid 5 and M5 have the 4 Zone Climate Control as an option. So the wheelbase on those two are different from a regular F10? I just hate it when people tell you statements that don't make any sense.
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Old 12-28-2012, 09:01 AM
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I don't think AH5 and M5 have different wheelbase that all other F10s. The MY13 AH5 I got last month comes with 4 zone climate as standard feature instead of an option!
For MY13, only AH5 and M5 get 4 Zone Climate. I have the BMW ordering guide. All other F10s don't get it, not standard nor an option. The frustrating part is that 4 Zone was offered as an option in MY11 & MY12 across the F10 lineup. So what changed for 2013 for BMW to not offer it across the F10 lineup? The wheelbase comment that BMWNA responded with is just BS.
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For MY13, only AH5 and M5 get 4 Zone Climate. I have the BMW ordering guide. All other F10s don't get it, not standard nor an option. The frustrating part is that 4 Zone was offered as an option in MY11 & MY12 across the F10 lineup. So what changed for 2013 for BMW to not offer it across the F10 lineup? The wheelbase comment that BMWNA responded with is just BS.
Just mount a couple of fans on the rear console and the B-pillars . Seriously, it probably isn't used all that much, and the standard rear center console vents do deliver cool air to the rear passengers. Reminds me of my parents 1973 Olds Ninety-Eight "Luxury Sedan". It had an analog clock mounted on the rear of the seat for rear passengers, and it was a real touch of luxury at the time. It was backlit, and the trim surrounding the clock contained the switch for the rear passengers to turn on the rear overhead lights.
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Old 12-29-2012, 07:33 AM
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Wow! This is one of those few (and I mean VERY few) cases where we Canadians actually get something you American guys don't. With the 550 if you order the executive pkg you get the 4-zone climate control.
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