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Old 11-24-2014, 03:56 PM
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Remote starter

Has anyone put a remote starter in their BMW? I contacted the dealership to see if I could get one installed and they told me that they don't do it and that they do not recommend it.
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Old 11-25-2014, 07:09 AM
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Welcome to Bimmerfest! I've moved your question over to the General BMW forum, you will get more feedback in here. Because of BMW's EWS drive-away protection the only way I've seen it done is wiring a key into the car and hidden under the dash. Not very clean by any means. Maybe someone else will have more info but I can't say I would recommend it either.

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Old 11-25-2014, 08:03 AM
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Why a remote starter? As idling is not good for the car, BMW recommends (gently) driving off immediately for an efficient warm up.

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Old 11-25-2014, 08:31 AM
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Why a remote starter? As idling is not good for the car, BMW recommends (gently) driving off immediately for an efficient warm up.

Tom
I wouldn't want/put a remote start in a BMW either unless it came from factory.

But let me say, if you are in -30C degree temps, with an ice covered windshield, you can't just get in and drive away.
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Old 11-25-2014, 09:30 AM
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I wouldn't want/put a remote start in a BMW either unless it came from factory.

But let me say, if you are in -30C degree temps, with an ice covered windshield, you can't just get in and drive away.
Isn't that why you guys have engine block heaters and heated seats?

And the OP is from CT, not the Great White North.

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Old 11-25-2014, 11:53 AM
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Isn't that why you guys have engine block heaters and heated seats?

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Heated seats yes, not sure about the block heater, I don't think so.
Maybe a dealership would add it as an accessory but not sure.

The main problem is that sometimes a scraper and washer fluid isn't enough. You need warm air on the defroster for a few minutes just so you can see.
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Old 11-25-2014, 05:57 PM
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Why a remote starter? As idling is not good for the car, BMW recommends (gently) driving off immediately for an efficient warm up.

Tom
Where does BMW state this?
I've always been told to let the engine/oil circulate a couple minutes at least before pulling away on a cold start. At least enough time for oil to completely circulate throughout the engine.
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Old 11-25-2014, 07:05 PM
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Where does BMW state this?.
Owners manual IIRC.

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Old 11-26-2014, 01:24 PM
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Owners manual IIRC.

Tim
Correct. On p. 58 of the '07 3 series manual under "Driving/Starting the Engine" it states:

"Do not allow the engine to warm up by leaving it
running while the vehicle remains stationary.
Instead, begin to drive at a moderate engine
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Old 11-26-2014, 01:39 PM
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Correct. On p. 58 of the '07 3 series manual under "Driving/Starting the Engine" it states:

"Do not allow the engine to warm up by leaving it
running while the vehicle remains stationary.
Instead, begin to drive at a moderate engine
speed."

Tom
You know I saw that too...but I am wondering if that is for emission reasons, not engine wear related?
because it's not like it tells you to keep shutting the car off if you're stuck in a traffic jam or anything, where you could idle for hours off and on.....
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Old 11-26-2014, 03:52 PM
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You know I saw that too...but I am wondering if that is for emission reasons, not engine wear related?
because it's not like it tells you to keep shutting the car off if you're stuck in a traffic jam or anything, where you could idle for hours off and on.....
While I can't place where I read it, I recall BMW recommending a few years back that the motor should be shut off at a long (45 seconds or more) stoplight.

And of course all the new Bimmers all have auto stop/start.

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Old 11-30-2014, 06:18 AM
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In order to respond to the OP questions,
yes you can get a remote start, non OEM but plug and play...

http://www.flashlogic.com/product/pr...product_id/169


And in regards to BMW "recommendations..." Likely related to climate change and all the other green stuff that many folks espouse these days...

Can't for the life of me think there is any detrimental reason for starting your car and letting it idle for a few minutes. I have remote start in a couple of vehicles and it is great...Here is Florida I start it on the way to walking to it...it blows the hot air out of the car and in cooler weather I can start up and get seat heat working a bit ( after all at 50 degrees it is cold!)

FWIW, not used the flash logic, and would consider it if my daily driver was my BMW, but alas,, it is a weekend car and for my daughter to drive around town
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Old 12-03-2014, 10:59 AM
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Driving off under light loading immediately after starting would probably bring the engine to operating temperature faster than having it idle, but remote starting will do it as well along with getting the interior heated and the iced over glass started toward fully defrosted. It can even make it possible to open the door on a car with it's seals frozen solidly to the bodywork.

It can take a good twenty minutes before being able to "begin to drive at a moderate engine speed" unless the car can be preheated by remote starting.
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Old 12-05-2014, 11:11 AM
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My owners manual says to drive the car straight away not to let it idle for warm ups
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