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Old 02-11-2012, 08:10 PM
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I (unfortunately) have soft close doors on my E60 and am totally convinced it is THE most pointless feature ever designed into a car. Every time I see the doors in action, I think "I could've done that" (close them, that is), followed by "I wonder how much it'll cost to replace one of those motors when they (inevitably) break." You did well, IMHO, to not opt for soft close doors.
My father used to say the same thing about power windows and door locks.
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Old 02-11-2012, 08:54 PM
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I find auto stop/start pretty easy to live with. Since it only functions when outside temperature is over 37 degrees F, it automatically isn't enabled at all for a few months of the year here in Minnesota. And for the rest of the time, if I want to disable it I find moving my finger a half inch downward after pressing the Start button, then pressing the "disable" switch just below is a trivial thing to do. If I do want to leave it enabled in certain circumstances I find it works seamlessly. All in all I conclude it is an option which can be useful at times, and not really a problem.
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Old 02-12-2012, 06:48 AM
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My father used to say the same thing about power windows and door locks.
Come to think of it my dad used to say the same. He even refused electric seats in his then-new 1988 7 series for fear they'd do the unthinkable (start moving) when they shouldn't. His decision was affirmed 6 months later when he heard an owner of another 7 series complain that his seats would move back during autobahn cruises - so far that he'd have trouble reaching the gas pedal (at least that's better than a scenario that saw him pressed up against the steering wheel!). This, and countless other moments, have underscored (in my mind) that BMW and electronics generally do not mix well - the simpler, the better! Like father, like son, I suppose!

That's why I drive a '10 M5. A totally rational decision on my part.
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Old 02-12-2012, 11:02 AM
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My father told me to switch the alternator in my first car instead of changing the battery every morning....
And that was before Mini was owned by BMW!
Hah, talk about electronics in these.
Less is better.
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