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E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series E60 Sedan was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E61 wagon followed shortly there after. The E60/E61 5 series is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 02-10-2013, 01:19 PM
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Decided to resurrect this thread for two reasons. One, there's been a bunch of new owners over the past few months that might learn something new about their car, and also, I found something new about my car. I found that if I push the start button, then depress the clutch (rather than the other way round), the engine will start. Not sure if the same thing happens for a car with the automatic transmission (although, with the brake pedal rather than the clutch).

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I learned this a while ago and decided to experiment. It seems you have only about three seconds roughly to hit the clutch or the car will light up but not start. It's a sweet feature because once you're in you can tap the start button just before you get your feet settled and not waste that extra time.
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Old 02-10-2013, 02:03 PM
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For pre-CIC entertainment: If you push and hold the idrive controller in the direction of the corresponding menu you would like to access, the menu controls will pop up. For example, if you are on the navigation screen and want access the entertainment menu, hold the controller towards the rear (or down on the screen) and that menu will pop up after a few seconds. Way easier than having to press a bunch of buttons or using the voice commands
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Old 02-10-2013, 02:34 PM
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LOL, the first time I washed my 550 after buying it I noticed a camera mounted under the rearview mirror. I originally thought I had Adaptive Cruise. but I looked through the manual and figured I probably had Lane Departure Warning instead (Adaptive Cruise is located in the front bumper), but I didn't have the buttons to activate Lane Departure, so I was stumped. I finally (with the help of friends) figured out that I have High Beam Assist, only the Germans would engineer in a camera just for high beam assist.
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:57 PM
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When using voice commands, 'stop guidance' only works to stop the lady talking about the nav route; it doesn't work on the wife.
Too funny, but true.
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:43 AM
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How quickly brake dust builds up on the wheels. 300 miles, and the wheels are nearly black. And, they are a real PIA to clean.
Agree. Especially the double spoke sport wheels. I also found a couple of things in the trunk today: I believe one may be the power outlet, but the other?

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Old 02-11-2013, 07:15 AM
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:12 AM
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I love that I can load the owners manual in PDF on my Kindle, iPad and iPhone, and it has a clickable table of contents to go right to the relevant page / area.
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:50 PM
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LOVE this thread! I pick up my 545 tomorrow, and I feel like I know the car already.

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Old 02-12-2013, 05:59 AM
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I discovered that with comfort access, you can roll up the windows & sunroof by keeping your finger on the handle to lock it. Just takes a couple seconds to start. The car will also prevent comfort access locking if any door is not completely closed. Figured it out the hard way.
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Old 02-12-2013, 06:34 AM
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When you flip the washer switch to splash water to clean your windshields, the headlights also have their own washer that splashes water on them (it comes out & goes back in).
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Old 02-12-2013, 06:39 AM
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When you flip the washer switch to splash water to clean your windshields, the headlights also have their own washer that splashes water on them (it comes out & goes back in).
And some people HATE that headlight washer feature so much that they desperately have the dealer deactivate it. I just hit the windshield washer stalk in short bursts to clean the glass without activating the headlight washers.
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:22 AM
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The headlight washers on come on when the headlights are on... Soo if you don't want the headlights washed make sure your headlights are turned off... Turn off of auto... Your lights are on more then you think...

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Old 02-12-2013, 05:12 PM
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I discovered that with comfort access, you can roll up the windows & sunroof by keeping your finger on the handle to lock it. Just takes a couple seconds to start. The car will also prevent comfort access locking if any door is not completely closed. Figured it out the hard way.
For the heavily medicated......please clarify. Are you keeping your finger on the door opening handle to lock it? Do you mean the door handle outside?

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Old 02-13-2013, 06:29 AM
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For the heavily medicated......please clarify. Are you keeping your finger on the door opening handle to lock it? Do you mean the door handle outside?

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Put your finger near the keyhole on your drivers door handle. The doors should lock immediately. If you leave your finger there, the windows and sunroof will close. This assumes you have comfort access.
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Old 02-13-2013, 08:05 AM
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For the heavily medicated......please clarify. Are you keeping your finger on the door opening handle to lock it? Do you mean the door handle outside?

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Yes, I meant the door handle outside. The same procedure as locking the door with comfort access but you just leave your finger there a little longer to start the windows.
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:36 PM
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Nope. Got to have the brake pushed to start the engine in my auto.

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I'm pretty sure it works the same as described with the clutch. Happens to me by "accident" every once in a while and I never remember to try it on purpose. Sometimes I get in, push the button - nothing happens - then it starts. I think it starts after I press the brake pedal.
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Old 02-16-2013, 10:38 PM
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I DO have an oil dipstick. This is after 3 years of reading that on the earliest models had one. I was replacing my enigne air filter and saw something coming from the back of the engine bay and started pulling on it because it looked like a dipstick and it was!! BTW my car is an 06 550, so maybe they removed it in 07 and later models.
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Old 02-17-2013, 06:01 AM
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I DO have an oil dipstick. This is after 3 years of reading that on the earliest models had one. I was replacing my enigne air filter and saw something coming from the back of the engine bay and started pulling on it because it looked like a dipstick and it was!! BTW my car is an 06 550, so maybe they removed it in 07 and later models.
Yeah, someone mentioned this in another thread, i wish the I-6 had a secret dipstick.
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Old 02-17-2013, 06:19 AM
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I DO have an oil dipstick. This is after 3 years of reading that on the earliest models had one. I was replacing my enigne air filter and saw something coming from the back of the engine bay and started pulling on it because it looked like a dipstick and it was!! BTW my car is an 06 550, so maybe they removed it in 07 and later models.
Are you sure that isn't the transmission dipstick? Redd fluid on it?
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Old 02-17-2013, 06:57 AM
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Going hrough the First Aid kit and found nearly 1/4 of the volume taken up by two, uh, femine napkins.
That sh*ts hilarious
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Old 02-17-2013, 01:42 PM
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Realized rear sun shade is jammed (stealer wanted $1200 to fix and previous owner declined) and slight slip going from 1st to 2nd that I detailed in this thread: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=676902
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Old 02-17-2013, 02:58 PM
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Are you sure that isn't the transmission dipstick? Redd fluid on it?
I know (at least on mine) that there isn't a transmission dip stick.

I hope to god they added one--it's a royal pain trying to check transmission fluid level without one (i.e. engine on, under the car, taking bolts out to see if oil drains out or not..)
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Old 02-17-2013, 04:02 PM
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If you have the four way flashers on and you activate the left turn signal, the right side flasher turns off and vice versa.
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Old 02-17-2013, 04:05 PM
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If you have the four way flashers on and you activate the left turn signal, the right side flasher turns off and vice versa.
This is awesome during a caravan. It lets the other bimmer drivers know your intentions (lane changes) without having to deactivate the hazards momentarily by hand.
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Old 02-20-2013, 12:54 PM
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I just noticed the driver side make up mirror and how the ceiling light just above it is activated when you slide open the mirror cover.
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