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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 01-11-2012, 02:23 PM
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What are your iDrive Shortcuts?

Since the Night/Day nav shortcut was helpful, what are everyone's 6 button shortcuts used for? I've only done a couple of mine so far:

1. Call wife
2. Navigate home
3. EQ for the premium sound
4. Night/Day mode
5. blank
6. blank

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Old 01-11-2012, 02:31 PM
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For whatever reason, I thougth the programmable buttons were only for radio. I should read that manual more closely (RTFM!). )
1-4: Radio stations
5: Grey map/traffic
6: Night mode
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Old 01-11-2012, 02:35 PM
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For whatever reason, I thougth the programmable buttons were only for radio. I should read that manual more closely (RTFM!). )
1-4: Radio stations
5: Grey map/traffic
6: Night mode
Ha! I can see that.

What is "Grey map/traffic"?

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Old 01-11-2012, 02:44 PM
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Ha! I can see that.

What is "Grey map/traffic"?

Jay
It's supposed to show you colored lines where congestion happens - just like Google maps on your computer. But, I am yet to see if this really works. Tried it yesterday by hovering (interactive mode) over to an area of freeway where I know there's traffic, and didn't see any colored lines.
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Old 01-11-2012, 02:47 PM
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speed limit warning chime! (i.e. the screen to change speed)
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Old 01-11-2012, 02:57 PM
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It's supposed to show you colored lines where congestion happens - just like Google maps on your computer. But, I am yet to see if this really works. Tried it yesterday by hovering (interactive mode) over to an area of freeway where I know there's traffic, and didn't see any colored lines.
It works perfectly in Atlanta. It looks almost like red train tracks unless you really study it.
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Old 01-11-2012, 03:11 PM
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Since the Night/Day nav shortcut was helpful, what are everyone's 6 button shortcuts used for? I've only done a couple of mine so far:

1. Call wife
2. Navigate home
3. EQ for the premium sound
4. Night/Day mode
5. blank
6. blank

Jay
My current setup is:
1. Call home/wife.
2. Call wife's cell phone.
3. Blank
4. Change right-side of split-screen Navi to: Map, direction of travel.
5. Change right-side of split-screen Navi to: Entertainment
6. Night/Day mode.

(Note: My #4 and #5 essentially reverse each other...Can't be done on 1-button, Night/Day mode, as they're different selections. At least I didn't figure out a way for it to be a toggle!)
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Old 01-11-2012, 04:01 PM
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All boring ones for me, just radio stations , nothing creative! On another note, noticed the X3 and the 5 , have eight shortcut buttons, is the X5 the bastard stepchild ?
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Old 01-11-2012, 04:29 PM
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1. Split screen
2. Day/night mode
3. Grey/traffic map
4. Random play
5. Assist window contents
6. Navigate Home
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Old 01-11-2012, 04:31 PM
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1-3 phone numbers
4 split screen on/off
5 navigate home
6 "randomize" songs
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Old 01-11-2012, 05:15 PM
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1. go home
2. HDD
3. A2DP music streaming
4. USB/iPod
5. blank
6. Day/night mode
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Old 01-11-2012, 05:28 PM
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1- wife
2- girlfriend
3- stripper
4- urgent care

Etc...

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Old 01-11-2012, 05:35 PM
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1. Nav/entertainment split screen
2. Classic Rock
3. Call home
4. Call business location # 1
5. Call Business location # 2
6. Nav day/night
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Old 01-11-2012, 05:53 PM
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1 day night
2 call wife
3 call work
4 bmw search
5 split screen
6 navigate home
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Old 01-11-2012, 06:57 PM
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1. Sirius stream "Watercolors"
2. Sirius stream "Boston / Philadelphia / Pittsburg traffic".
3. Local AM news station.
4. Locate nearest Diesel station.
5. Toggle iDrive Day / Night mode.
6. Turn off iDrive Display.

#6 is my "legacy" button. Our 2007 and 2008's did not have a Night mode, so I would turn off the iDrive entirely in certain conditions - driving on a 2 lane in swirling snow or pouring rain with oncoming traffic. Though no longer essential, I still find it useful. If my X5 was built late enough to have Combox, I'd probably use this for something to do with BMW Apps.

I use voice commands for everything else.
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Old 01-11-2012, 07:20 PM
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1- Dance Music
2- News Radio
3- HDD
4- Day/Night
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Old 01-11-2012, 07:22 PM
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i have to find this day/night in my 2011 don't recall seeing that option..

i do like the 3d map though feel like I'am in a imax movie
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Old 01-11-2012, 07:24 PM
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1- wife
2- girlfriend
3- stripper
4- urgent care

Etc...

Nothing unusual
Love it.

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Old 01-11-2012, 09:29 PM
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1. Sirius stream "Watercolors"
2. Sirius stream "Boston / Philadelphia / Pittsburg traffic".
3. Local AM news station.
4. Locate nearest Diesel station.
5. Toggle iDrive Day / Night mode.
6. Turn off iDrive Display.

#6 is my "legacy" button. Our 2007 and 2008's did not have a Night mode, so I would turn off the iDrive entirely in certain conditions - driving on a 2 lane in swirling snow or pouring rain with oncoming traffic. Though no longer essential, I still find it useful. If my X5 was built late enough to have Combox, I'd probably use this for something to do with BMW Apps.

I use voice commands for everything else.
Yea, you can assign any of the apps ... Pandora, web radio etc to short cuts but it's pretty easy to get to them from the radio button on the controller.
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Old 01-12-2012, 02:54 AM
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1 - Home
2 - Wife mobile
3 - NPR
4 - Locate Chevron diesel station
5 - Enter new destination by entering street address
6 - Display off

Could use at least two more buttons . . .
7 - Nigh/day mode
8 - Split screen with turn-by-turn directions . . . yes this does show up on the HDD, but my wife likes seeing it too.

BMW could have added an ALT button and doubled the programmable buttons to 10.

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1. Go home
2. Split screen
3. Night mode
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Old 01-12-2012, 07:04 AM
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1. - (used to be a Sirius channel before subscription expired)
2. Phonebook
3. Weather band Channel 3
4. Climate
5. -
6. iDrive screen off.
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Old 01-12-2012, 09:34 AM
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I find it interesting that so many people have the split screen. Do you use it to turn the split screen off (for larger nav) or to change the content of the split?

I haven't changed my split since delivery. Its always up on the the "Entertainment" menu. I think Nav does a good job of interupting and showing the necessary turn guidance so I haven't felt the need to mess with it.

Am I missing anything?

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Old 01-12-2012, 10:05 AM
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I always leave split screen on whether or not the sat nav guidance is in use (I do kinda like to know my current altitude......). When guidance is on (not often), I use the arrow display since my logic actually relies heavily on the arrow and not so much the map to get directions.
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Old 01-12-2012, 03:54 PM
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I find it interesting that so many people have the split screen. Do you use it to turn the split screen off (for larger nav) or to change the content of the split?

I haven't changed my split since delivery. Its always up on the the "Entertainment" menu. I think Nav does a good job of interupting and showing the necessary turn guidance so I haven't felt the need to mess with it.

Am I missing anything?

Jay
Same here, I have it split with the entertainment screen , in fact I used the nav for the first time yesterday, I have the voice off, I thought something was wrong though until when it was time to turn , the arrows popped up over the entertainment screen.
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