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

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Old 02-13-2014, 11:18 AM
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The radio presets aren't just for the radio. They can be programmed to call the wife, banker, or boyfriend. Just bring up that person in iDrive, and instead of hitting Call, press and hold a preset button. I suspect this works for all kinds of iDrive functions, now that I think about it, e.g. checking oil level and other hard-to-find functions. I still need to play with it a bit.


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Old 02-13-2014, 11:20 AM
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The radio presets aren't just for the radio. They can be programmed to call the wife, banker, or boyfriend. Just bring up that person in iDrive, and instead of hitting Call, press and hold a preset button. I suspect this works for all kinds of iDrive functions, now that I think about it, e.g. oil level and other hard-to-find functions. I still need to play with it a bit.


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Old 02-13-2014, 02:27 PM
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That space in the trunk is for installation of the cd changer.


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Old 02-13-2014, 06:44 PM
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Old 02-13-2014, 10:09 PM
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Old 02-14-2014, 12:17 AM
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Probably been mentioned before, but the center console arm rest on the driver side can slide forward. Much more comfortable. Thought I broke it the first time it happened about 6 months into ownership lol.
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Old 02-14-2014, 02:09 PM
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I discovered the windshield squirters are not that great.
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Old 02-16-2014, 08:50 AM
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The reverse lights suck. Searching for an upgrade.
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Old 02-17-2014, 03:47 AM
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I just ordered these to try to solve the poor backup light problem. I'll let you know how they work.....
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Old 02-17-2014, 06:04 AM
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Great! Thanks.

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Old 02-17-2014, 06:26 AM
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I can't turn the outside lights completely off with the car running. Anyone know how to do that?

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Old 02-23-2014, 04:45 PM
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I learned many things:

1) I can spend most of a Sunday reading a single post (read all 32 pages today)

2) I now know several neat 'tricks' for my car, thanks!


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I have the only BMW (per two different dealerships) WITHOUT the rack mounting things on the roof. Every other BMW I've seen has the four little pre-made cutouts you can screw a rack into. I asked two dealerships why I don't have those and both said they didn't know and they hadn't seen a car without them before.

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Old 02-23-2014, 04:52 PM
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I have the only BMW (per two different dealerships) WITHOUT the rack mounting things on the roof. Every other BMW I've seen has the four little pre-made cutouts you can screw a rack into. I asked two dealerships why I don't have those and both said they didn't know and they hadn't seen a car without them before.
I read your post and and it made me wonder about the 550i I bought about a week ago. Ran out to the garage, wtf, I don't have them either. My e39 540i had them!?

So much for my Thule roof rack from the 540i...
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Old 02-23-2014, 05:37 PM
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How about having the wide band weather channels? Came in real handy while I was navigating ice and snow storms in the Carolinas with my 06 530xit.
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Old 02-23-2014, 05:51 PM
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How about having the wide band weather channels? Came in real handy while I was navigating ice and snow storms in the Carolinas with my 06 530xit.
The weather band was coded in on my 2012 E92.
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Old 02-23-2014, 06:08 PM
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I read your post and and it made me wonder about the 550i I bought about a week ago. Ran out to the garage, wtf, I don't have them either. My e39 540i had them!?

So much for my Thule roof rack from the 540i...
So much for my one-of-kind feature! Haha

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Old 02-23-2014, 07:05 PM
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Roof-mounted luggage rack*
A special rack system is available as an option
for your BMW.
The mounting points are located in the door
openings or on the roof rails*.
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Old 02-24-2014, 07:07 AM
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That space in the trunk is for installation of the cd changer.


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I'm not sure which space you're referring to but the cd changer for an E60 goes in the glovebox.
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Old 02-24-2014, 07:09 AM
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I discovered the windshield squirters are not that great.
Mine are just fine, both headlights and windshield. Yours might have something plugging it up.
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Old 02-24-2014, 07:11 AM
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I can't turn the outside lights completely off with the car running. Anyone know how to do that?

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Turning my knob to center turns everything off. I'm not sure if that is pre-LCI or not.
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Old 02-24-2014, 07:30 AM
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Upgradding the maps on the nav system is crazy expensive
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:33 AM
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Turning my knob to center turns everything off. I'm not sure if that is pre-LCI or not.
You mean your headlight knob? Nope; doesn't work for me as I tried that right from the start. However, I have not tried turning it to off, and then starting the car.
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:34 AM
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Mine are just fine, both headlights and windshield. Yours might have something plugging it up.
It just seems weak, with 2 big streams per jet.
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Old 02-24-2014, 10:00 AM
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It just seems weak, with 2 big streams per jet.
Mine are perfect horizontal fans, you should try cleaning them

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Old 02-24-2014, 10:06 AM
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Will do; I didn't know how they were supposed to be. Now I do!
I wonder if I should just put a bunch of dish soap in the reservoir? I don't imagine they come out too easily to clean them manually? Thanks!
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