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X5 E70 (2007 - 2013)
E70 BMW X5 produced between 2007 and 2013. Discuss the E70 X5 with other BMW owners here.

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Old 06-11-2011, 10:26 AM
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Accidentaly pressig the "P" while moving ??

Not that I have done it or it has happened to me

but I was wondering, if anyone here know what will happen if while the vehicle is in motion (say 70mph) and the passenger accidentally press the "P" in the transmission....is there any safety built in the car to prevent that ?

I tried doing the same when the vehicle was just rolling from the parking garage, and it just stops, little with a jerk.

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Old 06-11-2011, 11:35 AM
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Good question, I'd like to know that, too.
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Old 06-11-2011, 12:04 PM
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Your drive train will drop out and launch the car into the air doing multiple flips (possibly even a barrel roll). Be very careful not to touch the "P" button.
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Old 06-11-2011, 01:00 PM
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I've accidentally pressed it doing like ~5mph. It did bang into park.
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Old 06-11-2011, 01:56 PM
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I tried it going 30mph and you hear a 'dong" then a warning message saying something not being able to put it in P while moving.
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Old 06-11-2011, 02:11 PM
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Sounds like something best tried on a service loaner ...
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Old 06-11-2011, 02:38 PM
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P as in park nothing happens as speed.
P as in parking brake gives a sudden brake grab then releases, that's if you press it. I wonder what happens if you hold it
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Old 06-11-2011, 02:50 PM
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Your drive train will drop out and launch the car into the air doing multiple flips (possibly even a barrel roll). Be very careful not to touch the "P" button.
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Old 06-11-2011, 06:15 PM
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P as in park nothing happens as speed.
P as in parking brake gives a sudden brake grab then releases, that's if you press it. I wonder what happens if you hold it
If you pull the parking break at any speed, it will engage abs and bring the car to a stop.
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Old 06-11-2011, 06:55 PM
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I wonder what happens if you hold it
It's in the Owner's Manual.
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Old 06-11-2011, 09:19 PM
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I've accidentally pressed it doing like ~5mph. It did bang into park.
I can attest to this.

Also, if you try to back up the vehicle in reverse, with the driver door open (say, if you want to back down the driveway, or are backing a boat down the ramp, etc) the vehicle will automatically go into park by itself. -->
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Old 06-12-2011, 05:39 AM
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Also, if you try to back up the vehicle in reverse, with the driver door open (say, if you want to back down the driveway, or are backing a boat down the ramp, etc) the vehicle will automatically go into park by itself. -->
One of the very few things I don't like about the X5...Anybody know how to disable this "feature"?
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Old 06-12-2011, 02:00 PM
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One of the very few things I don't like about the X5...Anybody know how to disable this "feature"?
I would just like to be able to put the car in Neutral without starting it. I'm sure it could be "coded", but you'd have to find someone who could/would do the coding..
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Old 06-12-2011, 04:52 PM
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Not that I have done it or it has happened to me

but I was wondering, if anyone here know what will happen if while the vehicle is in motion (say 70mph) and the passenger accidentally press the "P" in the transmission....is there any safety built in the car to prevent that ?

I tried doing the same when the vehicle was just rolling from the parking garage, and it just stops, little with a jerk.

Arvind
With the car in motion the "P" button functions in the "P@ss your Pants" mode if activated.
Good question.
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Old 06-12-2011, 05:03 PM
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With the car in motion the "P" button functions in the "P@ss your Pants" mode if activated.
Good question.

The BMW training document for the E70 says:

"The parking lock "P" is engaged by pressing the button at the top of the selector lever when the vehicle speed is < 2 km/h."

I assume that means it will not work above 2 km/h.
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Old 06-12-2011, 07:44 PM
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The BMW training document for the E70 says:

"The parking lock "P" is engaged by pressing the button at the top of the selector lever when the vehicle speed is < 2 km/h."

I assume that means it will not work above 2 km/h.
Where did you get the training doc?
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Old 06-12-2011, 09:04 PM
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I tried this first at about 5mph and it jerks to a stop and parks. Then I tried at 10 nothing, so I tested at 30 all the way to 70 and still nothing. Although I will not try the parking brake at these speeds maybe 20-30 on dry pavement in a parking lot.
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Old 06-13-2011, 07:16 AM
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Although I will not try the parking brake at these speeds maybe 20-30 on dry pavement in a parking lot.

The parking brake operation is documented in the owner's manual.
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Old 06-13-2011, 07:39 AM
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I tried this first at about 5mph and it jerks to a stop and parks. Then I tried at 10 nothing, so I tested at 30 all the way to 70 and still nothing. Although I will not try the parking brake at these speeds maybe 20-30 on dry pavement in a parking lot.
This is good to know that there is a safe-guard in place while driving at high speed. I would have expected that from German engineering though

Understandably, parking brake is a whole different story.

Thanks for sharing the results of your experiments
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Old 06-13-2011, 01:01 PM
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Just make sure your seat belt is fastened. It works on my E60 and F10. BMW just wants to make sure you don't fall out of the vehicle.

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Also, if you try to back up the vehicle in reverse, with the driver door open (say, if you want to back down the driveway, or are backing a boat down the ramp, etc) the vehicle will automatically go into park by itself. --> [/QUOTE]
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Old 06-14-2011, 07:59 AM
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If you drag the brake w/ the door open, you can move the car.
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I thought I heard somewhere (probably on Car Talk) that all modern automatic transmissions have safety interlocks to prevent this. So I checked google and found this regarding shifting into reverse while moving forward:

"The safest bet is to just not do it," said Craig Renneker, Ford's Chief Engineer for transmission programs. As a way of protecting us from ourselves, automakers design a function called Reverse Inhibit into transmissions to prevent inadvertent selection of reverse. "Putting it into reverse [in modern cars] when going forward has no action at all, the car just ignores the request until you get down to a proper speed," said Renneker, using Ford's six-speed automatics as an example; "It'll just say 'hey, I know you want reverse pal, but I'm just not going to give it to you until the appropriate time.'"

http://autos.aol.com/article/reverse-transmission/

Presumably this applies to "park" as well.
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Old 06-14-2011, 12:10 PM
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Just make sure your seat belt is fastened.
Hey, this worked! Thanks for the tip!!!
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Old 06-16-2011, 07:50 AM
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Hit parking brake at 70 to 80 mph in the rain

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The parking brake operation is documented in the owner's manual.
Well, unfortunately, I can tell you what really happens when your darling wife drops a travel sick pill onto the console, it lodges under the park brake, and whilst saying nothing, and you (me then) is concentrating on driving down a french auto route in the rain at 70 to 80 mph, she lifts said P brake button to retreive her pill.

As in any old car, the park brake activated locking the rear wheels, no ABS switched in, and I thought for a split second that the engine had blown, or transmission had locked.
Fortunately, darling wife thought quick, and as instantly pushed it off, just as I realised what was happening.
the car only twitched very slightly, but I think the Frenchy sticking to my Ass nigh on had a Baby, right there, I know my Heart missed a few beats. Question I ask myself is, did Frenchy see any brake lights (I don't think so)
Anyway I'm still here, and life as taught us never to touch those buttons
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Old 06-16-2011, 10:32 AM
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Marlboro, thanks for the hilarious anecdote. As to the Frenchy on your tail, I think you found the automotive equivalent of "I fart in your general direction." (Apologies for the obscure reference if you are not a Python fan).

I'm very sorry to say I am on my third E70, and didn't realize till now that I could do handbrake turns. I expect to have great fun this winter!

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