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X3 F25 (2011 - current)
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Old 04-19-2014, 12:42 PM
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Latest software update

Just thought I'd let you guys know that the latest vehicle firmware upgrade has some subtle, but nice features.

The DME in our vehicle was found to be fault and was just replaced so the dealer updated all the software in the vehicle during the install.

The nav map is much smoother and there are nav options (like cancel guidance) when selecting the info button.

The ASS feature also seems less aggressive to turn off the engine and I've been leaving the feature enabled for now.

Now I just have to re-code the vehicle again as everything was reset to default.



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Old 04-19-2014, 09:29 PM
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How does one get the update?
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Old 04-20-2014, 03:50 PM
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I imagine the dealer would have to do it. There was no charge as it was required for compatability of the replacement part.

You can see if your dealer would be willing to do it but they may not if there are no problems.

I'm only guessing but it's probably not a 5 minute update and takes a bit of time to update all the computers in the car.


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Old 04-20-2014, 04:06 PM
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How does one get the update?
Its been my experience the dealers will generally not update the software unless they have a reason. If you complain about a problem that is fixed with a software update they will then do it.

Last October when I took the car in for my first required service I complained about a number of minor but annoying drivability issues like a pause and then sudden surge when giving it gas from a stop. When I got the car back they reported they updated a number of modules and all the problems I complained about were gone or improved.
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Old 04-21-2014, 11:26 AM
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I complained about the non-linear throttle response on our 2011 at the 30K mile maintenance. I was armed with the specific service bulletin number and a very specific complaint. It seemed that the service advisor wanted to hear the precise words, even going as far as prompting me. Guess they need some real justification for the update. I understand that it takes some number of hours to accomplish the download due to the very slow interface in the vehicle. In our dealer's shop, that means the car sits in an area dedicated to software updates while this is occurring. I got the impression that no other work is performed on the vehicle while in this location. While not costly in terms of a mechanic's time, it does use up space and lengthen the overall service time which also increases the time I'm driving around in their loan car.

So, I can understand why they don't want to do software updates without a real reason. It would be really great if BMW would implement a faster interface in the vehicle. There is no technical barrier to reducing the download time to a few minutes; it should be similar to writing to a flash drive. The good news is that the update fixed most, if not all, of the throttle problem. However, without this web site, I'd have never been aware of the fix and probably would not have pursued a fix, just assumed that it was a characteristic of the vehicle. It would be nice if BMW (and others) were a bit more proactive about notifying their customers of problems like this but, if it's not a real safety issue, they are not forced or otherwise incentivized to do so. Thanks to an active user community!
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Old 04-21-2014, 01:46 PM
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really, it would be cool if the software updates would happen wirelessly through BMW assist.Though, maybe there's some concern about unintended consequences and stuff not working / lawsuits? Plus some cost to implement and send that much data.
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Old 04-21-2014, 03:31 PM
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really, it would be cool if the software updates would happen wirelessly through BMW assist.Though, maybe there's some concern about unintended consequences and stuff not working / lawsuits? Plus some cost to implement and send that much data.
Mercedes did that with my 2013 E350 Cab. Received a letter in the mail that there will be a software update and it was done overnight while parked in my garage. The letter did state that if it was updating while driving that the NAV wouldn't work. Amazing.

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Old 04-22-2014, 05:43 PM
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Just thought I'd upload a couple pics of the changes I noticed. You can see that it shows you the anticipated delay right on the screen now as well as the nav shortcuts when selecting the info icon.



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