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Old 03-31-2008, 12:02 PM
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rafa has a point. i definitely always try to be as polite and patient as possible but when that gets you nowhere, ask to speak with a supervisor. if that doesn't work, then raise hell and make a scene and ask them for the # to BMW North America and call them right their at the dealer. if you have 3/4 tank full, no way any additives will have that effect on your fuel gauge so that it registers as close to empty.
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Old 03-31-2008, 12:08 PM
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Be strong but tactful. Be assertive (knowledge is power) but tactful. Overall this relationship can somehow be compare with the one we have with our waiters; you donít want to insult/upset the person handling your meal, and your attitude has to do with that.

--if you can't understand this, perhaps I give up.
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Old 03-31-2008, 12:09 PM
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with my current SA there is no need to get aggressive or raise anything. he's a real good guy and takes care of all my concern without any hesitation.
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Old 03-31-2008, 12:24 PM
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I used to have this girlfriend ...anywho, that's another story.

In the other hand, you groom your waiter/bartender and all of the sudden you have a "new" friend (even plates that are not in the menu can be prepare just for you, or you get double shots when all others are getting regular ) --imo
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Old 03-31-2008, 02:12 PM
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Tipping the tech, service manager, and your sa also helps you in the long run.
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Old 04-01-2008, 09:27 PM
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^^^drive it straight through the window and onto the showroom floor. tell your SA you thought you were "out of gas".
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Old 04-01-2008, 09:34 PM
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Tipping the tech, service manager, and your sa also helps you in the long run.
Not Always.
Once I got my car , came for a service first time a gave him a 100, he looked at me like i was an idiot. He didn't want to take, i told him "u make me happy, i'll make u happy". Here is his answers "I can't do anything, my computer doesn't show any problems". I tried again to tip him 2-3 times, NOTHING... telling me same thing.

I guess time to find someone else.(bad investment)
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Old 04-02-2008, 03:56 PM
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Not Always.
Once I got my car , came for a service first time a gave him a 100, he looked at me like i was an idiot. He didn't want to take, i told him "u make me happy, i'll make u happy". Here is his answers "I can't do anything, my computer doesn't show any problems". I tried again to tip him 2-3 times, NOTHING... telling me same thing.

I guess time to find someone else.(bad investment)
Hopefully you were tactful in your approach! I usually give my guys gift cards, or concert/game tickets that I"m not using.(reserved for huge favors after a long relationship)
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Old 04-02-2008, 08:06 PM
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Hopefully you were tactful in your approach! I usually give my guys gift cards, or concert/game tickets that I"m not using.(reserved for huge favors after a long relationship)
I hope it works for you.
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Old 04-13-2008, 02:31 AM
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i give my SA 40 bux ,,,and the guy is very happy ..helps in the long run ..
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Old 04-13-2008, 06:57 AM
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i gave my SA a bottle of henesey in christmas he hooked it up with a new tranny

i actually gave him that after the car was repaired and after i knew tranny replaced
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Old 04-13-2008, 07:28 AM
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Every BMW owner should download and re-read the owner's manual once a year. There are AMAZING things in there.
can you provide a link for the downloads?
Much appreciated
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Old 04-13-2008, 10:25 AM
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^^ search. diz posted one a week ago
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can you provide a link for the downloads?
Much appreciated
http://www.analogstereo.com/bmw_7_owners_manual.htm
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Old 04-16-2008, 12:10 PM
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More Points on Wiper Arm Fold-Out

The procedure for establishing clearance to pull back the wiper arms for changing the blades or cleaning the windshield is covered in the owner's manual for my 03 745i under, I think, "Wiper Fold-Out:"
- Turn car off and remove remote
- Hold wiper stalk up for a few seconds
- Wipers engage to mid arc and stop, where they now have clearance to be pulled back without chipping the edge of the front hood.

I use this feature a lot because the previous owner, or someone, didn't and left a 1/2 " chip on the hood edge.

There are other points, though:
- At first it seems that if the engine hasn't been running recently the wiper fold-out won't work. But you can engage this feature without having to start the car (or run the engine recently) by inserting the remote, pressing the start button (with your foot off the brake), and then press the iDrive to accept the use warning.
- Then remove the remote
- Once you do this, the feature will operate, at least for a few minutes, presumably until the iDrive system goes back to sleep.
- To return the wiper arms to the rest position, reinsert the remote and press down once on the wiper stalk.
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Old 04-28-2008, 12:41 PM
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Here is one: When the climate control is off, pushing the OFF button turns it on without resetting to AUTO mode.

So if you had your fan at certain speed, and your heat blowing at your feet, etc, pushing AUTO to turn it on resets every back to default settings, when pushing OFF to turn it on brings it back the way it was.
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Old 04-28-2008, 01:02 PM
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with my current SA there is no need to get aggressive or raise anything. he's a real good guy and takes care of all my concern without any hesitation.
...with a 30% deductible. Sorry, had to bring that up.
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Old 04-28-2008, 01:06 PM
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im not dealing with my SA for the headlights. im dealing directly with the service manager.
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Old 04-29-2008, 05:06 PM
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Love that Transmission Algorithm reset. Didn't know it. Car has become more responsive to my driving style instead of the grandma (yes she was) who owned it previously!

Thank you so much... !
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Old 04-30-2008, 12:40 PM
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Here's a secret move...washing my car today and I was using a duster to clean the dash. When I dusted over the center speaker on the dash above the iDrive screen the audio went off and reset the nav. Of course, I had to do it 2 more times and it did the same thing. I can only imagine the duster had a static charge that knocked the system out.

Man these cars are delicate.

Also, finally tried the transmission reset trick on my 06, no effect.
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Old 04-30-2008, 12:50 PM
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Washed your car?! @ your house? Has the water ban been lifted in certain parts of the city?
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Old 04-30-2008, 12:54 PM
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OH GOD NO!!! I took it to the $3 wash that happens to cost $7. It actually does a great job. Dry the car, clean the jambs, touch up the wheels, coat the tires, vaccum the inside, looks great. I go once a week then watch the pollen pile on again. I used a mobile service in the past but just didn't feel like he was getting as clean as me for 4x the cost.
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Old 05-12-2008, 04:57 PM
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Auto Parking Brake Cool Feature

Here is one that I am not sure has been covered on here:

If you use the automatic parking brake (the feature that puts the car into a temporary parking brake when the car is stopped, but that releases when you press the accelerator, there are two interesting effects:

1. When the auto brake is on (you get the green parking brake indicator when you are stopped), if you lift your butt off the driver's seat for about 2 seconds, the parking brake goes into full parking brake mode (turning red). Obviously there is a seat weight sensor in the drivers seat; (it is interesting to see if cause any other effects if you lift your rear off the seat);

2. When the auto brake is on, when you press the start/stop button to stop the car, the car (a) shuts the engine; (b) puts the car in park and (3) puts on the emergency brake.
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Old 05-12-2008, 05:02 PM
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[QUOTE=ihparker;3247310]Here is one that I am not sure has been covered on here:

yes it has

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Old 05-20-2008, 05:07 PM
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Reverse Mirror Adjustments

I think most know that having the mirror adjust switch to the left triggers the adjustment of the right mirror to see the curb while backing up. What i found out by accident is that if you push your Seat Memory button (1 or 2 under the Red M on the console) while backing up and the mirror pointing at the curb, it will temporarily adjust back up allowing you to see directly behind you. I find it useful when I want to see the parking meter I'm about to hit, rather than the curb. And Yes, the sensors pick it up most of the the time too, but it's nice to see it in the mirror.

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