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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 02-23-2012, 10:34 PM
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I drive problems

Need help, we are having a very strange problem with our I-drive. (controller) when you start the vehicle the I-drive will not respond, after driving about 15 miles it works, as if nothing was ever wrong. It was doing it before we replaced the battery, it stopped doing it after they put in the new battery, until it had sat for a few days. Now the problem is back. When you push the center button on the I-drive no response for the first 15 miles. Any suggestions?? http://s1.bimmerfest.com/forums/images/smilies/iono.gif
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Old 02-24-2012, 05:01 AM
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Need help, we are having a very strange problem with our I-drive. (controller) when you start the vehicle the I-drive will not respond, after driving about 15 miles it works, as if nothing was ever wrong. It was doing it before we replaced the battery, it stopped doing it after they put in the new battery, until it had sat for a few days. Now the problem is back. When you push the center button on the I-drive no response for the first 15 miles. Any suggestions?? http://s1.bimmerfest.com/forums/images/smilies/iono.gif
Try this first. With the system on, push and hold the volume button until the systm reboots. Takes at least 20 seconds and then the screen will blank out.

See what happens after that and report back.
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Old 02-25-2012, 01:30 PM
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The I-drive doesn't respond

We tried the Volume button, but it didn't do anything except change the volume and mute. I think I have read something about this before, but it seams like you need to push 2 different buttons to get this function. I have been looking for the article. But thank you so much for trying.
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Old 02-25-2012, 09:45 PM
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Need help, we are having a very strange problem with our I-drive. (controller) when you start the vehicle the I-drive will not respond, after driving about 15 miles it works, as if nothing was ever wrong. It was doing it before we replaced the battery, it stopped doing it after they put in the new battery, until it had sat for a few days. Now the problem is back. When you push the center button on the I-drive no response for the first 15 miles. Any suggestions?? http://s1.bimmerfest.com/forums/images/smilies/iono.gif

I'd have the dealer reload the entire nav/audio software system...
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Old 02-26-2012, 07:07 AM
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We tried the Volume button, but it didn't do anything except change the volume and mute. I think I have read something about this before, but it seams like you need to push 2 different buttons to get this function. I have been looking for the article. But thank you so much for trying.
OK.

Try this:

The CCC can be reset by simultaneously pressing and holding the eject buttons on the
DVD and CD player and the rotary push button for approximately 10 seconds. The CID
becomes blank. The CCC is then restarted.

I would still take it in to the dealer but worth a shot.
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Old 09-13-2012, 07:23 AM
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I am having a similar problem, the I drive button does not work and the all of a sudden starts ringing Radom phone numbers. My phone is connected by blue tooth.

The rotate up and down works fine but the push seems to have a contact problem, anyone actually fixed this?

My thought is that I will have to replace the button probably due to worn out or corroded contacts?
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Old 09-13-2012, 11:12 AM
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^^does the button have this 'erroneous" behaviour when NOT CONNECTED TO A PHONE???

Trying to separate between a bluetooth/phone/software issue and a 'electrical button' issue....
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Old 09-14-2012, 03:57 AM
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It doesn't select the setting menu sometimes.

I will try with out the phone connected and see what happens.
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Old 09-21-2012, 05:41 AM
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Well it still is random when the phone is not connected
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Old 09-21-2012, 07:44 AM
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I'd suspect the iDrive controller and something being spilled on it in the past.
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Old 09-21-2012, 08:19 AM
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I'd suspect the iDrive controller and something being spilled on it in the past.
good point

Redskin- Any chance something was spilled?

DO keep in mind that- at least here in the USA- dealer mechanics ONLY replace parts.

Personally, I'd pop out the control and blast it rpeatedly wiuth electronics contact cleaner- might work, save you some $$$.
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Old 09-23-2012, 03:09 AM
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Good idea

Any tips on getting the button out?
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Old 09-23-2012, 06:36 AM
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Good idea

Any tips on getting the button out?
Yes. Google.

Really, there are probably a dozen places where people have posted notes about removing the idrive control, upgrading, replacing, etc... You could start with any of the many sites that offer BMW parts diagrams, to get a sense of what goes where- maybe even get the actual part number for the control and use that as a search term.... parts diagrams are good because they often have blow up pictures of the hidden clips and fasteners that hold trim pieces in,

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Old 11-04-2012, 09:00 AM
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If there are "dozens" of places, why don't you post them? I haven't found a single one.
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:47 PM
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I drive Button has know stoped working. Still haven't found any tips on removing it. Interestingly my battery needs replacing, I am hoping the I drive issues are as a result of the battery issues. Ard can you send a link?
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:48 PM
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Try this first. With the system on, push and hold the volume button until the systm reboots. Takes at least 20 seconds and then the screen will blank out.

See what happens after that and report back.
This doesn't work on my car, what model do you have?

How do you know that it has worked?
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:53 AM
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Battery change did not help
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:25 AM
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This doesn't work on my car, what model do you have?

How do you know that it has worked?
2011 X5.

Personal experience and BMW documentation.

What are you driving?

Is your car/SAV still under warranty?

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