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Old 02-04-2016, 08:22 AM
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New BMW owner with some questions on my 335i

Just picked up a 2013 BMW 335i xDrive coupe last weekend in Connecticut and drove it back home to Michigan. (Long way to go I know, but this one just happened to have the exact configuration I was looking for: LeMans blue, manual trans, M-sport package, cold weather package, sunroof, no nav.) The car is in great shape with 40K miles on it and drives beautifully.




I am somewhat of a noob to BMW, although my wife and I have previously owned a MINI Cooper S and now a MINI Countryman. Nonetheless, I have a lot to learn about this car. So here are some questions. (Still working my way through the owner's manual, so "RTFM" will be a valid response if the information is in there...)

1. My car has electric seats, but strangely, the lumbar support is missing. It's outlined in the manual, but there is no switch on my seats, just a cutout where the switch is supposed to be. Is this for a reason? Is there no lumbar adjustment at all on these seats? Here's a pic:


2. The toolkit seems like it's missing a few tools. Anyone know what goes in these extra spaces:


3. Why does the headlight switch slide in and out? I can't figure out if there is any function to this.

4. I find it interesting that dash is equipped with an oil temp gauge but no coolant temp gauge. I understand the value of knowing when oil is up to operating temperature (meaning take it easy until it gets there), but it seems to me that coolant temp would be a better indicator of when the engine is actually OVERheating. Every car I've had in the past has had a coolant temp gauge. Is there any way to show current coolant temp through the on-board display?

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Old 02-04-2016, 09:02 AM
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The car will warn you via the iDrive, which you don't have, or the main function display between the speedo and the tac if there is a coolant overheating issue.

The missing lumbar adjustment is very odd.
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Old 02-04-2016, 11:37 AM
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My 335i has the exact same seats as yours (color and everything) and mine too is missing the lumbar support. At least in MX, pretty much every 335 that I have seen is missing that switch.
You have to order it from the dealer when you first buy the car (new obviously). Electric seats and electric lumbar support are 2 different add ons for the car.

On the tools section, you're missing the security stud bolt (standard on MX cars) but I don´t recall what else. Later I'll take a look at mine

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Old 02-04-2016, 12:40 PM
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My 335i has the exact same seats as yours (color and everything) and mine too is missing the lumbar support. At least in MX, pretty much every 335 that I have seen is missing that switch.
You have to order it from the dealer when you first buy the car (new obviously). Electric seats and electric lumbar support are 2 different add ons for the car.
I believe that power seats were standard on the 335i (optional on the 328i) but lumbar was only available as part of the Premium Package. And the last BMW coolant temp gauge I had (1999 E46) was so heavily buffered that it functioned like an idiot light once the car was warmed up - never deviating from the middle until it was too late. Be happy that you have the oil temp gauge as the E90 and E91 328i models don't even have that.

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You are missing the allen wrench for manual opening for the sun roof, and an open wrench which I can not remember it's purpose. These tools are not included in the USA, but if you do a search you can find where to purchase them. The headlight switch is rotary only and should not be pulled out or pushed in.
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You are missing the allen wrench for manual opening for the sun roof, and an open wrench which I can not remember it's purpose. These tools are not included in the USA, but if you do a search you can find where to purchase them.
Thanks, I'll look for them. Manual closing of the sunroof would be good to have! Strange that these would not be included in US models, especially if the molded tool case has spots for them.

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The headlight switch is rotary only and should not be pulled out or pushed in.
Strangely, my switch slides in and out very smoothly, with defined stops, as if it was designed that way. Maybe so it can be tucked away when set to automatic light control?
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Old 02-05-2016, 05:53 AM
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I believe that power seats were standard on the 335i (optional on the 328i) but lumbar was only available as part of the Premium Package.
That would explain it -- my car is not equipped with the premium package.

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And the last BMW coolant temp gauge I had (1999 E46) was so heavily buffered that it functioned like an idiot light once the car was warmed up - never deviating from the middle until it was too late. Be happy that you have the oil temp gauge as the E90 and E91 328i models don't even have that.

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Yeah that's too bad. The Audi TT I was previously driving had a coolant temp gauge, and when my fans died one day, it let me know pretty quick. Another time my front grille completely iced over in a snowstorm, and again I watched the coolant temp creep up until I could pull over and clear the ice to restore airflow.

Our '06 MINI Cooper S had a gauge package, which included both coolant temp and oil pressure. (To your point though, the temp might have just been an idiot light...) When we replaced it with the Countryman, I was disappointed that it has neither! I have no idea how long that car takes to heat up.
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Old 02-05-2016, 07:26 AM
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Tools: you have all the ones that come with the car from factory (us spec) - there's no crank receptacle anymore for moon-roof, therefore not crank provided.
You're better off buying a basic socket set, tire plug kit and a scissor jack to keep in your car at all times.
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I have all the packages so hard to tell but what comes to mind on yours is you might not have the sports pkg. All coupes come with it(sports pkg) suspension and seat bolster wise but not sure about lumbar support which might be in the premium pkg. Want mine? With the autos you can tell if sports pkg as it would have paddle shifters as well.
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I have all the packages so hard to tell but what comes to mind on yours is you might not have the sports pkg. All coupes come with it(sports pkg) suspension and seat bolster wise but not sure about lumbar support which might be in the premium pkg. Want mine? With the autos you can tell if sports pkg as it would have paddle shifters as well.
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Sweet Ride!!! How does the new twin scroll turbo feel & sound?! -Gohan335i7E90
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I believe that power seats were standard on the 335i (optional on the 328i) but lumbar was only available as part of the Premium Package.
Correct. Still the case today.

OP, congrats on the new car. Looks great!
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Sweet Ride!!! How does the new twin scroll turbo feel & sound?! -Gohan335i7E90
Thanks! Feels great, smooth power delivery with seemingly minimal lag. I don't really hear any turbo sound though. But the exhaust note is nice!
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