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Old 02-07-2013, 11:38 AM
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The weather forecast function

For all of this morning, there's been nothing on TV or radio except for yammering about blizzard conditions, 2' of snow, doom, desolation, dogs & cats living together, etc. I thought it was just hype.

Then, I get in my car and it shows me a snowflake by way of warning! It knows, man! It knows!!
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Every BMW is different, like a precious snowflake. Your BMW just wanted you to know that.

Hey Zooks, I see that you have owned a 1970 Mach I. I have owned a 1969 Mach I (4 speed with a 428 SCJ) and a 1970 Boss 302. I miss them both.
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Hey Zooks, I see that you have owned a 1970 Mach I. I have owned a 1969 Mach I (4 speed with a 428 SCJ) and a 1970 Boss 302. I miss them both.
It was a great car that I really miss.

It did come to an unfortunate demise. I flipped it over, the long way, causing quite a traffic jam on the Mass Pike during a Friday rush hour.

Smashed the poor thing flat. I was fine (let's hear it for seat belts, shoulder harnesses, and structurally solid high-back bucket seats). The first cop in the scene went to the closest person he saw standing near the car (me) and as no one was doing much of anything asked, "Is the driver dead?". When I said that I was fine, his rather stunned response was "YOU were in THAT?"
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Glad you lived, but I'm a little sadder for the loss of the Mach I.

My '69 Mach I was a tired old drag car when I bought it my senior year in high school. I spun a rod bearing during a street race and ended up putting a rod through the side of the block! I bought an old 289 and a small input shaft top loader tranny and limped around for another six months before selling it and driving my dad's 1975 Pinto.

I bought the '70 Boss 302 with $2500 of my student loan money in 1980 and my dad made me sell it a year later for $3500 when he had to help me out with tuition.

I never let him forget that Boss 302's now go for between 50 and 100 grand for decent ones.
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For all of this morning, there's been nothing on TV or radio except for yammering about blizzard conditions, 2' of snow, doom, desolation, dogs & cats living together, etc. I thought it was just hype.

Then, I get in my car and it shows me a snowflake by way of warning! It knows, man! It knows!!
That warning thing is hilarious. It is 37 deg or below?....yeah I figured that out on the way to you dear 328xi but thank you for your concern for me
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For all of this morning, there's been nothing on TV or radio except for yammering about blizzard conditions, 2' of snow, doom, desolation, dogs & cats living together, etc. I thought it was just hype.

Then, I get in my car and it shows me a snowflake by way of warning! It knows, man! It knows!!
Zooks...I totally empathize. This storm could rival the storm of 1978...I remember it well. I've called home today to make sure that my elderly mother will be properly taken care of.

In 1978 my father had to "shelter" in a fast food restaurant all night as he couldn't make it all the way home from his job at Boston Edison.

Anyone want to talk about "all season" tires being suitable for Massachusetts now?
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For all of this morning, there's been nothing on TV or radio except for yammering about blizzard conditions, 2' of snow, doom, desolation, dogs & cats living together, etc. I thought it was just hype.

Then, I get in my car and it shows me a snowflake by way of warning! It knows, man! It knows!!
Time to make sure the BMW Snow and Ice Remover is readily available.

You know, that snowflake freaks me out every time I'm not looking at my instrument cluster while driving, and I hear the chime... I think something's wrong. Then I glance at it, and with annoyed relief I'm like "Oh, it's just cold." I think BMW should make the snowflake a slightly different tone, because it also rudely interrupts my seatbelt-is-unfastened chime every time I start the car. Wouldn't be surprised if I'm not the first to suggest this.
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That warning thing is hilarious. It is 37 deg or below?....yeah I figured that out on the way to you dear 328xi but thank you for your concern for me
Must be a German thing. I recently rented a 2012 Beetle and the damn thing was obsessed with 39 degrees F. Every time the outside temp would dip to 39 degrees not only would a little snowflake appear but the car would make a loud audible "ding".

It got on my nerves. At least BMW had the good sense not to have the car ding every time the temp drops below 40 F.


The Beetle was a pretty nice car otherwise. The new Beetle (as opposed to the "New Beetle") is not a bubblesque cartoon like the last one. It actually handled pretty well and was fun to drive. Disappointingly the five cylinder auto that I drove didn't get much better fuel mileage than my 325i.
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Time to make sure the BMW Snow and Ice Remover is readily available.

You know, that snowflake freaks me out every time I'm not looking at my instrument cluster while driving, and I hear the chime... I think something's wrong. Then I glance at it, and with annoyed relief I'm like "Oh, it's just cold." I think BMW should make the snowflake a slightly different tone, because it also rudely interrupts my seatbelt-is-unfastened chime every time I start the car. Wouldn't be surprised if I'm not the first to suggest this.
Hmmm, as I said my snowflake is not accompanied by a "ding". Soon Sunny5280 will be along to say that this is due to "water damage" or maybe it doesn't ding because the car finds me to be "irresponsible", "stupid" and a "complete idiot".

Is there perhaps a "ding" muting setting in the on board computer?
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Then, I get in my car and it shows me a snowflake by way of warning! It knows, man! It knows!!
Gee, and all along I thought it was just my car calling me a flake.

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Is there perhaps a "ding" muting setting in the on board computer?
The Owner's Manual deliberately leaves out the part about the "ding" mute setting, so as not to create a traffic hazard and endanger motorists by causing mass chaos and panic when they forget to re-enable the "ding" and find that the temperature has dropped below 37 degrees F, with no audible vehicular warning from their ultimate driving machines.
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It got on my nerves. At least BMW had the good sense not to have the car ding every time the temp drops below 40 F.
No, they got right onto the bus with Audi/VW, at least in 2009. 40 degrees yesterday afternoon when I left a client's office. Dropped to 36 by the time I reached my office, along with the snowflake and chime along the way.

I get the point of the snowflake along the way. I've left my office with the temperature in the 40 and got home with it in the 20s, so I can understand a "Hey, look at the thermometer and think about possible ice" warning. I can understand a black ice warning when I start my car on a 35 degree morning. But I'm with TMC that telling me it's cold on a 13 degree morning does seem a bit over the top.


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Is there perhaps a "ding" muting setting in the on board computer?
If there is I've never seen it referenced. Could also be a year based thing.
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Hmmm, as I said my snowflake is not accompanied by a "ding". Soon Sunny5280 will be along to say that this is due to "water damage" or maybe it doesn't ding because the car finds me to be "irresponsible", "stupid" and a "complete idiot".

Is there perhaps a "ding" muting setting in the on board computer?
He might say something like "If snow melted, thus becoming water, it may have specifically targeted the very sensor warning you about cold weather and the possibility of snow you completely irresponsible idiot" Or...there might be the argument that while you were "threatening" the dealer to help you with the car you also threatened your car to not ding when it was below 37F. Both the dealer and your BMW obliged to your requests.
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The Beetle was a pretty nice car otherwise. The new Beetle (as opposed to the "New Beetle") is not a bubblesque cartoon like the last one. It actually handled pretty well and was fun to drive. Disappointingly the five cylinder auto that I drove didn't get much better fuel mileage than my 325i.
I like the new Beetle as well. I heard the auto is not that great and one should opt instead for the manual trans.
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He might say something like "If snow melted, thus becoming water, it may have specifically targeted the very sensor warning you about cold weather and the possibility of snow you completely irresponsible idiot" Or...there might be the argument that while you were "threatening" the dealer to help you with the car you also threatened your car to not ding when it was below 37F. Both the dealer and your BMW obliged to your requests.
We shouldn't be so hard on the guy. He probably can't help it. I wonder if I just had the 10 speaker stereo turned up too loud and didn't hear the ding. It's warm here today so I probably won't get a chance to listen for it.
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I noticed that the sound system lowers the volume when you come to a stop. How cool is that?
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I noticed that the sound system lowers the volume when you come to a stop. How cool is that?
You can adjust that, too. It's under the speed volume control setting (or something like that). I have been noticing a bunch of little things on my Bimmer since Monday that I sit there and say the same thing, "how cool is that?"
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You can adjust that, too. It's under the speed volume control setting (or something like that). I have been noticing a bunch of little things on my Bimmer since Monday that I sit there and say the same thing, "how cool is that?"
The more I learn about these cars the more I love them. How have I been a car guy this long and never owned a BMW?
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You can adjust that, too. It's under the speed volume control setting (or something like that). I have been noticing a bunch of little things on my Bimmer since Monday that I sit there and say the same thing, "how cool is that?"
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The more I learn about these cars the more I love them. How have I been a car guy this long and never owned a BMW?
You should both check this thread for more:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...ghlight=hidden
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Thanks Zooks! This is really helpful!
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It was a great car that I really miss.

It did come to an unfortunate demise. I flipped it over, the long way, causing quite a traffic jam on the Mass Pike during a Friday rush hour.

Smashed the poor thing flat. I was fine (let's hear it for seat belts, shoulder harnesses, and structurally solid high-back bucket seats). The first cop in the scene went to the closest person he saw standing near the car (me) and as no one was doing much of anything asked, "Is the driver dead?". When I said that I was fine, his rather stunned response was "YOU were in THAT?"
Pictures or it didn't happen!
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Pictures or it didn't happen!
Well I was conceived, in Jacksonville Florida, some years back and I don't think pictures exist (at least I hope to god they don't).

But I'm here, so it must'a happened.

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... my snowflake is not accompanied by a "ding".

I was wrong. It dropped below 40 F today and my snowflake was announced by a "ding".
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Sounds about right! Mine dings when it hits 37 F or below.
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