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F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016)
The sixth generation of the BMW 5 Series Sedan (F10) was produced from 2011 - 2016 with LCI updates arriving in 2014. In the US BMW offered a hatchback 5 Series Gran Truismo (F07) and the rest of the world also go a Station Wagon/Touring version F11.

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Old 05-10-2017, 02:41 PM
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I have a 2011 550. Can the idrive software be updated?

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Old 05-10-2017, 07:43 PM
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I have the same one as well. I think shawnsheridan (member) would know that answer.....
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Old 05-11-2017, 04:12 AM
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Two methods for updating. One is to go to the BMW North America website and download the USB update for your car. It doesn't do much other than fix bugs that have been identified. The other is to get the dealer to update the software to a newer version, which they won't do unless you are having issues.

My car was having a problem where the iDrive would freeze intermittently. For $175, they updated mine to a newer version and it's worked perfect since then.
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Old 05-11-2017, 04:39 AM
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With the update,does it appear like idrive in the newer models?



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Old 05-11-2017, 06:09 AM
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No, you are not getting that (not without an aftermarket purchase of a NBT EVO head unit and installation and coding, none of which a dealer will do).

If you got an independant BMW shop to do it, it will still cost you a few thousand ( not 1 thousand, at least 2-3) to do it.
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It looked slightly different and added a couple menu items that don't do anything because the unit was incapable of using them. It gives me a message about contacting my BMW Service Advisor to add services, but when I called them, they said, "nope, you can't add those on your car because of the build date".
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Old 05-11-2017, 08:13 AM
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In short it won't do what you want, this is why people do the retro fit.
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In short it won't do what you want, this is why people do the retro fit.
Personally, I don't really care that I don't have access to some of the connected drive features and apps, but then again, I'm an old guy who started out driving a Chevy Vega with an AM radio that had the buttons that you pulled out to save the channel. I appreciate the things that my iDrive lets me do, but I really don't stress about the fact that I can't control Pandora or Spotify through my car stereo and I don't miss what I never had when it comes to the other features. I can understand that some people feel that the retrofit effort is worth it though.

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Personally, I don't really care that I don't have access to some of the connected drive features and apps, but then again, I'm an old guy who started out driving a Chevy Vega with an AM radio that had the buttons that you pulled out to save the channel. I appreciate the things that my iDrive lets me do, but I really don't stress about the fact that I can't control Pandora or Spotify through my car stereo and I don't miss what I never had when it comes to the other features. I can understand that some people feel that the retrofit effort is worth it though.

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Old 05-11-2017, 11:20 AM
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I don't understand your point. You do give a good example of mine. A software update would give that Vega FM radio?
I am old also, my first vehicle was a well used 67 C10 3 on the tree. A lot here won't understand that but you should. ;-)
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