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E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series E60 Sedan was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E61 wagon followed shortly there after. The E60/E61 5 series is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 04-17-2016, 10:26 PM
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2008 550i iDrive Problems

I bought my first BMW used from a dealership and I never noticed the iDrive as I was too busy inspecting the car for physical damage. My iDrive doesn't work and it stays stuck on the BMW loading screen. I can hear disks spinning and the iDrive attempting to start up but it simply keeps resetting over and over. The only fix I have found is holding the mode button for 5 seconds and iDrive begins to function like nothin was ever wrong with it. If I turn the car off and turn back on within about 30 seconds iDrive will still work like perfectly fine. However anything longer than that results in it going back to just resetting itself over and over.

I've already taken the car to another dealership since I've moved away from the place that I originally bought it from. They told me that I needed a system update and they could give me no other comments on it. Before I decided to waste 1500 dollars I decided to try and do some research but I have had no luck with that. Has anybody had this problem. I have the E60 2008 550i and I was wondering if anybody else might have some knowledge about this or dealt with this problem before.
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Old 04-18-2016, 07:05 AM
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I had a similar issue in my 2008 550 which I purchased used from a private party. The iDrive seemed to constantly recycle each time I tried to use a feature, particularly the Nav set up.
I was able to resolve this by purchasing a 2015 updated Nav disk. Upon insertion of the new 2015 CD/DVD into the unit, the whole system seemed to take a few minutes to reboot but it came up and stayed on and has functioned properly ever since. I was able to locate an OEM update disk on Ebay at a reasonable price.
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Old 04-18-2016, 08:25 AM
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The other issue that can cause your symptoms is the actual DVD drive. A refurbished drive runs under $150 and is a fairly simple DIY. There are a couple of threads about this. Forum Search is your friend.
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Old 04-18-2016, 09:04 AM
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Thanks for all of the responses
I'll be buying an OWM Update disk soon to see if that resolves the problem. The DVD drive works completely fine upon holding down the mode button and I don't think there's anything wrong with it. If all else fails however, I'll give it a try
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Old 04-18-2016, 09:23 AM
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Haven't experienced this issue with my 2008 550i, but please let us know your outcome once resolved.
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Old 05-03-2016, 08:15 AM
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Hey just wanted to keep you all updated. The navigation disks didn't work. I put in both and the screen keeps repeating the same sequence over and over
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Old 05-03-2016, 09:18 AM
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http://www.hitechserv.com/electronic...nger-repair/67

Send your unit here and they can fix.
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Old 05-05-2016, 06:58 AM
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Hey just wanted to keep you all updated. The navigation disks didn't work. I put in both and the screen keeps repeating the same sequence over and over
I've been wondering how things went for you with this; sorry to hear the new disks did not work as they did for me.
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Old 07-11-2016, 10:58 AM
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Took the car to the stealership the problem was the Idrive needed an "update" it's up and running now it was $1200
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Old 07-11-2016, 11:17 AM
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Took the car to the stealership the problem was the Idrive needed an "update" it's up and running now it was $1200

you paid $1200 for this? Yikes!
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Old 07-11-2016, 11:26 AM
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1200 sounds incredibly steep for an Idrive update
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Old 07-11-2016, 12:56 PM
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I agree. But every visit to the dealer ship is always a minimum of 1000 bucks
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Old 07-11-2016, 01:00 PM
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I'm having a hard time imagining what could have required updating to allow it to run properly. I could understand some type of optional "system upgrade" that would allow or introduce new capabilities; but it almost sounds as if you are paying for a repair at that rate, rather than an "update". Seems to me if BMW needs to "update" something, that should be on them; if you/I want to "upgrade" something, that's on us. Subtle distinction, perhaps, but I think an important one.
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