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Old 03-29-2011, 12:58 PM
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X3 in car wash

Hello everyone,

I just purchased a 2011 X3 28i on Saturday (my first BMW) and I'm totally loving it, so today I have joined this community.

I have just finished reading the owner's manual but I'm not completely clear on what to do when taking my X3 to the car wash. The manual says to put the shift lever in neutral and leave the ignition on. I have two related questions:

1 - Do I need to leave the remote inside the car for the ignition to remain on, and if so

2 - is there a danger of the X3's doors automatically locking while it's wheels are moving along the belt, thereby locking me out?

I would really appreciate hearing from other 2011 X3 owners who have already been through this. Thank you so much.
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Old 03-29-2011, 01:05 PM
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#1 Yes
#2 Not unless it gets up to 10 mph or so.
#3 Car Wash

All of the above are just my opinion especially since I don't own one.

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Old 03-29-2011, 01:09 PM
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Thanks for your input. I agree with you about using a car wash but I live in the city and don't have much choice. At least the place i will go to is a hand wash though it still goes through the conveyor for the rinse and dry (no brushes).
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Old 03-29-2011, 01:25 PM
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#3 Car Wash
I've taken it to the car wash.

The alternative is the hand wash, when the guy might screw up my windshield's HUD coating, or might not understand how to operate some other important thing.

On a related note, I've also avoided valet parking so far.
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Old 03-30-2011, 06:56 AM
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A question. Is the HUD coating that sensitive so that just washing the window would damage it? That just doesn't seem like a good thing at all.
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:32 AM
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A question. Is the HUD coating that sensitive so that just washing the window would damage it? That just doesn't seem like a good thing at all.
Honestly, I'm not sure. Someone here said there's a coating "on" the windshield. But looking at the BMW manual now, it says "The shape of the windshield makes it possible
to display a precise image. A film in the windshield prevents double images".

And in the "care" section, they just say to avoid chemicals on the screens (which would mean my Navigation and HUD projector), but don't mention the windshield.

So! Maybe the windshield is safe. But I still want to avoid them rubbing their wet cloths on the Nav and HUD, and scratching them up.


But it's still a new car. I'm sure I'll mellow out in a few months.
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Old 03-30-2011, 03:25 PM
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Ignition will stay on without fob in car, but car cannot be restarted if needed.
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Old 03-30-2011, 04:58 PM
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I discovered a cure for my concern. Keep the valet key from the fob while the car goes through the conveyor then it can be reopened if necessary.
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Old 03-30-2011, 10:46 PM
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You could also disable the useless autolock.
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Old 03-31-2011, 07:16 AM
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That's true. I'm not really concerned about being carjacked.
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