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X5 F15 (2014 - Current)
The all new F15 BMW X5 started production August 2013 as a 2014 model year. The new X5 arrives in sDrive35i (RWD), xDrive35i, xDrive50i and a diesel xDrive 35d.

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Old 02-28-2014, 08:37 AM
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F15 Coding for Dummies

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I'm delighted to say I will be receiving my F15 in 2 weeks. Took forever, but it is now on the train coming to CA from SC.

I know one of the changes I'd like the dealership to do before I drive off the lot is to change the behavior of the unlock button on the key fob. I'd like it to unlock all doors, not just the driver's. My SA confirmed this is an easy 10 minute change.

I am having a difficult time understanding what this "coding" stuff is all about. It seems as though there are things the dealer can do, and then there are things an owner can do by connecting a laptop via a modified ethernet cable and using a program called E-Sys. The latter method seems to provide a ton of customization options.

Questions for the community:
1. Aside from changing the behavior of the key fob, are there other things I can have the dealership change before I take ownership? Could they do the same things E-sys users are doing?

2. Has anyone used the professional service TRIPL3_O Coding? What was your experience?

3. Is there a forum member who knows how to code in the SF Bay Area? I checked the spreadsheet on the other thread, but I don't believe these members do the F15. http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=693949

Thanks for any insight folks. Hoping I can return the favor by sharing my F15 experience soon.

Soon to arrive: 2014 X5, Black Sapphire, Black Dakota, Lux Line, Drive Assistance Package & Plus, ACC Stop & Go + Active Driving Assistant, Lux Seating, Prem Pack, 3rd-row, 4zone, ceramic, parking assistant
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Old 02-28-2014, 09:01 AM
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Hi schoo32, I see you are in my area. I have no clue how to code but you are more than welcome to borrow my cable used for programming. I used it for my M6 and it has been sitting in my garage ever since.

Which service adviser do you use? I have been going to Peter Pan and my SA is a complete effing idiot who wont do anything outside of general warranty work.
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Old 02-28-2014, 09:09 AM
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Thank you BlueLodge400, very generous of you! I got a pretty killer deal from Niello up in Sac, so I'm going to make the trek up there from the east bay to purchase. I'll likely use weatherford for service though.

Depending on the answers I get from the post and the amount of courage I can muster, I may take you up on that offer and give this coding business a try. I'll direct message you in the coming weeks.
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Old 02-28-2014, 09:49 AM
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Hi Schoo32-
I just got back from PCD and I believe the locking/unlocking program on the keyfob is a change that can be done through the iDrive and does not involve coding. My delivery specialist showed me how to do it.... and if you want, I would be happy to get back in the car and figure out the steps (just can't recall them from memory while not in the car). You dealer can do it in a matter of minutes.

There are a number of things you can adjust through the iDrive; some interesting ones include setting the height that the rear lift gate opens through the iDrive (in case you have a low garage ceiling or obstacle), changing the colors of the interior ambient lighting, adjusting the height & brightness of the HUD, enabling/disabling/setting time for the "pathway" lighting after you lock the car, enabling/disabling daytime running lights, and more that I can not remember.

Enjoy your new F15!

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Old 02-28-2014, 11:15 AM
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In my 2002 330xi, all the key functions had to be coded and one filled out a preference sheet at delivery. In my 2011 528i most of the key functions are done via iDrive, and now the 2014 X5 is the same with maybe more options to customize the key without dealer intervention. So in terms of key fob functions you are 99% independent of service dept intervention.
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Old 03-03-2014, 04:27 PM
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Unlocking can be done via idrive you don't need the dealer.

Congrats on the car!!-!-!-9
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Old 03-10-2014, 12:53 PM
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The F15 (2014 YM X5) can coded the same way and with the same features as the other models based on the F chassis.
And I can do that in person or remotely (over the internet).

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Old 03-10-2014, 01:23 PM
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Hi -

I have a 1 week old f15 X5. I would love to have certain things coded in (especially the ability to close the liftgate with the remote). In info on how to get the process would be much appreciated!
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Old 03-11-2014, 08:17 AM
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I'm delighted to say I will be receiving my F15 in 2 weeks. Took forever, but it is now on the train coming to CA from SC.

Soon to arrive: 2014 X5, Black Sapphire, Black Dakota, Lux Line, Drive Assistance Package & Plus, ACC Stop & Go + Active Driving Assistant, Lux Seating, Prem Pack, 3rd-row, 4zone, ceramic, parking assistant
Hi Schoo32 -- did your X5 arrive yet? Mine was "released to transportation" yesterday and I'm wondering how long it will take to arrive here in San Fran. I'm guessing yours is just a couple of days away from arriving at your dealer?
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:24 AM
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Hello Folks.

BradATL, picked it up on Sunday (3/9) from a dealer in Sacramento. It arrived in Oxnard, CA on the 5th or so and made it up to Sacramento by the weekend. Evidently it was the only X5 on that delivery. I don't know if that provides any insight into your delivery. If I remember correctly, the production finished around Feb 15th, and it took 3 weeks for it to arrive in CA and about 4 days for it to arrive at the dealership.

Thank you to those who have responded. The previous posters were absolutely correct, iDrive can control for the unlocking of all doors and the height of the hatch release (I have a low garage ceiling). I did find, however, that automatically folding the side view mirrors upon locking is not something in iDrive. You can customize settings for nearly everything, but it seems as though when something relates to moving parts (i.e. closing of side mirrors or closing of hatch), safety concerns are introduced and as such, the feature is not available. Otherwise, I'm sure I can find the customization I want once I get through all the iDrive menus.

As you saw in my build, I loaded the x5 with most every option (minus cold weather stuff). It is taking me some time to configure everything. For prospective buyers, if you have any questions, I'd be happy to share my experience. The one feature I probably won't use for a while is the active cruise control. I was advised to not use that for 1,200 miles (for engine break-in reasons).

Some early notes:
- I love the ceramic controls. Well worth the extra $. The iDrive controller feels heavy and solid.
- The self-parking feature is a bit intimidating. I feel like the car goes in pretty "hot" into these spaces. Took me 5 tries before I actually trusted it to park without me stopping it with the brake. Once I mustered the courage to let it do it's thing, it was pretty sweet.
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Those missing functionalities are otherwise available in other regional markets (Europe is one of them). They can be enabled via coding which is what I referred to above.

There is nothing unsafe about getting the mirrors to fold automatically when locking the car (several other makes have that enabled in the US market, MB comes to mind). Ditto for the trunk: the anti-pinch safety remains in effect.

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How do you. Operate self parking. Can you detail
The instructions to follow. I have X5 2014. Don't drive it much. Just testing out the capability of the vechicle
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Auto PDC is the automatic activation of the (ultrasound) sensors below a certain speed to alert you of the presence of obstacles and their distance.

It is the same thing as pressing the PDC button yourself and it is avail in Europe and in Japanese cars in the US market as well but not in BMW US spec'ed cars.
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Old 03-13-2014, 09:34 AM
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Hello Folks

I'm delighted to say I will be receiving my F15 in 2 weeks. Took forever, but it is now on the train coming to CA from SC.

I know one of the changes I'd like the dealership to do before I drive off the lot is to change the behavior of the unlock button on the key fob. I'd like it to unlock all doors, not just the driver's. My SA confirmed this is an easy 10 minute change.

I am having a difficult time understanding what this "coding" stuff is all about. It seems as though there are things the dealer can do, and then there are things an owner can do by connecting a laptop via a modified ethernet cable and using a program called E-Sys. The latter method seems to provide a ton of customization options.

Questions for the community:

2. Has anyone used the professional service TRIPL3_O Coding? What was your experience?
I just finished coding my F15 with TRIPL3_O. He did a great job! I am very happy with the new features of my Vehicle. A very reasonable price for such great features that I will use on a day to day basis. I highly recommend using his services.

Good Luck!
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Indeed, he did out 550 GT and will be doing our X5 any day now
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TRIPLE3_O did our X5 coding early this AM.
An excellent job and very reasonable.
All looks good and when it gets dark I'm going to get to see if what we tried to do to the AutoHighBeams (we have LED) works.
Thanks Okee !!!! You're the best!
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another recommendation on Okee (TRIPL3_O)! He coded both of our E70's. Nice guy, very knowledgeable.
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Old 03-17-2014, 12:32 PM
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How do you. Operate self parking. Can you detail
The instructions to follow. I have X5 2014. Don't drive it much. Just testing out the capability of the vechicle
Took a little while for me to figure this out. Here's what I do.

When I'm approaching a location where I think I can fit, I press the PDC button and the monitor changes to view to sense parking spaces. I drive past the spot, come to a FULL stop, turn on blinker, press PDC, let go of brake. Basically, I'm following the instructions on the screen.

I tried it 4 times over the past weekend. 2 success, 1 semi-fail, 1 dangerous fail. Self-parking seems to have trouble when the curb is not a 90degree angle. The x5 ran up on the curb once. That was the semi-fail.

One time, on a busy street, the self parking started and I had a car approach me from behind. The process did not stop, nor did it stop when a car approached from the lane to my left. Really should be used sparingly, when other cars aren't whizzing by. The warnings say that, and after having a close call, I agree it should be used with lots of caution.
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Just curious if its possible to code for Traffic Jam Assistant assuming the correct hardware packages are in place. I know its not offered in the US but would be nice if it could be added.
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Just curious if its possible to code for Traffic Jam Assistant assuming the correct hardware packages are in place. I know its not offered in the US but would be nice if it could be added.
I would love to know this as well!
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I just finished coding my F15 with TRIPL3_O. He did a great job! I am very happy with the new features of my Vehicle. A very reasonable price for such great features that I will use on a day to day basis. I highly recommend using his services.

Good Luck!
Nogaro,

How much did Tripl3_0 charged you?

Thanks
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I have a question about coding. I have been thinking about getting coding done for awhile but when I was talking with my local BMW dealer they said since they are not using the European software if they disconnect the battery I will loss the coding that was done. Does anyone know if this true? Thanks
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I have a question about coding. I have been thinking about getting coding done for awhile but when I was talking with my local BMW dealer they said since they are not using the European software if they disconnect the battery I will loss the coding that was done. Does anyone know if this true? Thanks
Not true. Think about it -- if this were true, you'd lose your american coding when the battery was disconnected as well. I had my previous E70 X5 coded, and never had a problem at the dealer when they serviced it, including times when they disconnected the battery. Now I've coded my F15 X5, but haven't had it serviced or had the battery disconnected, but I don't anticipate any problems whatsoever.
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Not true. Think about it -- if this were true, you'd lose your american coding when the battery was disconnected as well. I had my previous E70 X5 coded, and never had a problem at the dealer when they serviced it, including times when they disconnected the battery. Now I've coded my F15 X5, but haven't had it serviced or had the battery disconnected, but I don't anticipate any problems whatsoever.
Thankts for the repley I will get it coded somtime in the near future
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Got mine coded a week or so after I got my truck. Some of the enhanced functionality is terrific. Wife loves watching videos while the car is in motion (while I of course keep my eyes firmly affixed on the road). Can throw just about any format of video at it and it'll work.

Closing trunk with the key fob is another useful one, ditto for closing all windows/moonroof either with key fob or comfort access.

I'd love to be a fly on the wall in some of the discussions with BMW lawyers as to whether to enable or disable certain functions for the US market.


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