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The sixth generation 3 series, chassis code F30. 2013 model year 328i and 335i sedans now in production. Read the F30 frequently asked question thread for all your basic question and dive into all the details in the ultimate F30 information thread.

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Old 09-26-2012, 09:27 AM
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Is there a way to get rid of the blinker sound on my 2012 328. It's a little annoying

I really don't mind it but whenever my fiance rides in the car the blinker annoys her.
it's kinda loud, since it sounds like an electronic sound I was hoping there's a way to soften the sound.

Does anyone else have a loud blinker issue ?
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:04 AM
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I don't have the 'loud' problem, but I must say that compare to my old 2007 E92 the new F30 sounds rather 'cheap' ... I noticed that immediately during my test drive ...
Now I live with it, it's a small detail, but would love to have the option to adjust it ...
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:22 PM
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I kind of like it but my wife complains about it when she is in the car.
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Boy Tom and Jasper you guys have some issues with you women. Remind them how lucky they are to have men that appreciate a fine machine like a BMW or else they would probably be riding in a Honda....
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try another turn signal relay. It's that cylindrical looking can. I don't know where it is located.
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Old 09-26-2012, 04:22 PM
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try another turn signal relay. It's that cylindrical looking can. I don't know where it is located.
Somewhere in the middle of 1987 I would imagine.

BMWs no longer use a mechanical turn signal relay. The audible feedback from a turn indicator is entirely synthetic and has been since the 1990's. In the E46 era there was a small dedicated speaker in the knee panel below the steering wheel. I have not checked how it's done now--it might actually be piped through a main stereo speaker on a dedicated input.

At one time BMW experimented with different sounds for the indicator feedback--various beeps, chimes, ticks and even chirping birds! Their research determined the sound preferred by the overwhelming majority of drivers was ... the solid "click" of a good mechanical relay. So that's what the electronics reproduce.
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Or, do what seems like 90% of drivers do today, don't use the turn signals at all....

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Yeah, it's synthetic, like that "broing" sound used for the door chime, which I understand was created on an Apple computer after several thousand go throughs. But I have to agree, the turn signal sound sucks, cheap and tinny sounding.
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I have been told that the turn signal sound plays through the driver's door speaker. And yes, it is completely synthetic. Which begs the question of why we cannot be permitted to program a more creative sound for the turn signal flasher, such as a booming bass drum, or a loud crashing gong.

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Yes, the blinker sound on the Audi or VW products sound a lot better.

That is one one of the many reasons I have stopped bothering to drive the 3. I much rather drive the Golf TDI or the Q5.

Cannot wait to get her butt back into a VW/Audi product again. Just another 845 days to lease end.


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Yes, the blinker sound on the Audi or VW products sound a lot better.

That is one one of the many reasons I have stopped bothering to drive the 3. I much rather drive the Golf TDI or the Q5.
I'm guessing some of the other reasons you prefer VW over BMW is that you like the way the VW interior smells.
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To the OP stop whining about the blinker and enjoy your car. Put in ear plugs if it bothers you that much
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LOL.

Talk about first world problems.... I don't like the blinker sound on my new expensive german sport sedan. LOL.
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Have you checked the blinker fluid level? Top it off first but if that doesn't work you may have to change the fluid. Its an easy DYI, you can buy it here: http://kalecoauto.com/index.php?main...products_id=22
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Didnt you guys see that BMW, A driving Obsession - CNBC Documentary on TV? Some poor BMW sound engineer spend days coming up with that turn signal sound, how dare you guys complain about it.
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Didnt you guys see that BMW, A driving Obsession - CNBC Documentary on TV? Some poor BMW sound engineer spend days coming up with that turn signal sound, how dare you guys complain about it.
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Have you checked the blinker fluid level? Top it off first but if that doesn't work you may have to change the fluid. Its an easy DYI, you can buy it here: http://kalecoauto.com/index.php?main...products_id=22
That's awesome.
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To the OP stop whining about the blinker and enjoy your car. Put in ear plugs if it bothers you that much
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It's my fiance complaining not me. my post didn't say anything about me complaining.

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I really don't mind it but whenever my fiance rides in the car the blinker annoys her.
it's kinda loud, since it sounds like an electronic sound I was hoping there's a way to soften the sound.

Does anyone else have a loud blinker issue ?

Jumpin' Jeez! Are you a driver who activates the turn signal >just< as you begin to make the turn 'cause the noise irritates you waiting to make the turn?

That might be a hormonally active sequence....maybe less stress for the perp, otherwise infuriating....


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Somewhere in the middle of 1987 I would imagine.

BMWs no longer use a mechanical turn signal relay. The audible feedback from a turn indicator is entirely synthetic and has been since the 1990's. In the E46 era there was a small dedicated speaker in the knee panel below the steering wheel. I have not checked how it's done now--it might actually be piped through a main stereo speaker on a dedicated input.

At one time BMW experimented with different sounds for the indicator feedback--various beeps, chimes, ticks and even chirping birds! Their research determined the sound preferred by the overwhelming majority of drivers was ... the solid "click" of a good mechanical relay. So that's what the electronics reproduce.
Funny!

My BMW CA was trying to sell me his Harley V-Rod, so we went to his house in a new F30 335i to see his scooter. The turn signal was really annoying him. He said that it would have to be modified or changed or it would be off-putting to a number of his customers.

I'm okay with the turn signal sound; I didn't even notice it. Apparently, it bothers some people more than others.
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I really don't mind it but whenever my fiance rides in the car the blinker annoys her.
it's kinda loud, since it sounds like an electronic sound I was hoping there's a way to soften the sound.

Does anyone else have a loud blinker issue ?
Crank UP the STEREO!
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Funny!

My BMW CA was trying to sell me his Harley V-Rod, so we went to his house in a new F30 335i to see his scooter. The turn signal was really annoying him. He said that it would have to be modified or changed or it would be off-putting to a number of his customers.

I'm okay with the turn signal sound; I didn't even notice it. Apparently, it bothers some people more than others.
It doesn't really bother me, although I wouldn't mind if it were a tad lower.

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Crank UP the STEREO!
Usually do and this car's sound system is great.
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