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F07 Gran Turismo (2010 - Current)
The 5 Series Gran Turismo -- now available in the USA as a 535i, 550i and 550i xDrive model.

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Old 11-25-2013, 02:54 AM
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Questions and Observations

1. The scale on the nav map display seems to be horribly wrong. I used to be a practicing geologist and make maps for a living and I can tell you something is not right.

2. What in terms of software do I need to get upgraded? Nav is upgraded but anything else?

3. How do I determine if I have bmw apps. I am going to wait until after the first of the year and get the iPhone 5 dock for the center consol.

4. How do I register the car to my self I.e. Associate it with my email address so I can send google maps to it. Last 5 series they help me at the dealership.

5. Going for a service tomorrow with 35k on the odo. Should I have anything done. Computer is telling me 11k before service.

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Old 11-25-2013, 04:03 PM
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Having picked up my vehicle in Germany, I will tell you that the maps there were spot on.

I asked, and never got an answer from corporate, either in the USA, nor Germany when I asked about it being off here. Personally, I think that the nav program is not keyed to the same datum/spheroid as the map data. This could easily be why things don't register properly. I've learned to ignore the distance warnings. I will say that while on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, on some back roads, when I finally turned onto a road that was in the database, I was able to drive for about 1/2-mile before it moved to 'keep on road' logic - basically, the car's indicated trail was paralleling the actual road, then jumped over after awhile to be on the road. This can make it messy if there are roads close to each other! For what they charge for the thing, I think they failed. Knowing it worked fine in Europe, just makes it more annoying. When you have a route active, it will show you the curves in the road (not just the turns)...in Germany, they were spot on...start a curve, the arrow would precede it by just enough...same when it straightened out...it would go back to straight ahead just before the curve ended. It's pretty useless here.

I do not know if the base map logic has been updated...last time I asked, there had been no changes. If you do find they've resolved this, let me know!

The map database you can update yourself...there are several threads on how to do this. The least expensive way is to download the database, and buy a key (about $50 or so). The instructions are pretty straightforward...get the proper files on a USB drive, slap it into the port in the glovebox, enter the code when asked, then update the data to the next disk until done. You can buy the map data from an online dealer (branded BMW) on a 32G usb drive, for around $50 if you dont' want to deal with downloading the 23G or so of data and shuffling drives in and out. The first edition of the 2014 maps has been out for about a month.

If the vehicle is still under warranty, the dealer should be able to transfer the stuff to you. If not, you may need to call them yourself. Mine was new to me, not a used vehicle, so I do not know the procedure.

There are things that should be serviced based on time (things like the brake fluid, coolant, etc.) and others based on miles. Unless you want to pay for it, the service advisor will tell you what will be done for free. My dealer will do a free oil change at 12-months, regardless of mileage, if that hadn't triggered it. Don't know if that's a corporate thing, or just my dealer.
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Old 11-25-2013, 08:01 PM
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To send locations to your car, you need to setup a BMW Assist account. Call them during business hours and they can get you setup: (888) 333-6118

You will need the VIN of the car and an email account.

As for BMW Apps, try putting your VIN into one of those (free) VIN search websites:
http://www.bmwarchive.org/vin/bmw-vin-decoder.html

BMW Assist can do it as well.
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Old 11-28-2013, 02:48 PM
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Soon you will have to be a member of Google to use the maps to car, but as for now you do not. Create your trip to points A, B, C, D or just A and B, Place the Arrow over the A rick click mouse. On the POP up Click on MORE bottom right then down to send. Now another pop up look for CAR on left select BMW.
Then your car phone number and maps send.
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Old 11-28-2013, 02:54 PM
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As to your question about maps, I never noticed. We did buy a GPS to take with us on out of town trips. Let me make this short. When rented in car GPS rent would run $15. a day and after two weeks almost $400 dollars. Now we take about nine trips per year to places all over the USA. So we now have our own GPS and we soon noticed the BMW was tracking two MILES slower than the GPS or the GPS was two MPH faster. I did enjoy the once loved ability of going to Google maps and planning a trips and making roadway selections and changes. YES, I could make road changes and when I sent the created Google map to my BMW my roads changes were there and fun to drive. Now Because of some problems after an install, I have to call BMW service for a track and 90% of the time it is never the roadway I want to drive. As for now I have nothing, no maps, no messages and no selected planed out road trips. OH well, hey the car drives well. My wife's BMW, has her messages appearing from Iphone directly into BMW messaging in her vehicle and the car reads to her the posted messages.

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Old 01-02-2014, 05:28 PM
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A few more observations about the 550 GT and I will post some pics soon.

1. Need to be able to extend the visor when deployed to the side windows.
2. Still miss unlock button on the door.
3. Need much larger gas tank...or lighter foot.

The 550 GT motor is mesmerizing. The rush of acceleration is electric.

Lane departure, blind spot and night vision are a waste of money.

Wish I had adaptive cruise control instead.

Heads up display is quite useful.

iDrive is great and highly underrated.
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Old 01-02-2014, 08:17 PM
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Adaptive Cruise control with stop & go plus lane departure are a great combination for reducing stress on the highway. The LD gives you notice of any drift caused by distraction and the stop & go will detect the traffic slowdown or stop as fast as you, sooner if you are distracted. The highways here in SoFla are treacherous, I love the combo of the two features.
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Old 01-08-2014, 08:36 PM
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I can can certainly understand the arguments. I do wish I had adaptive cruise control. Had it on my Ford Taurus SHO. Very nice. The newest iterations that allow you to limp on traffic are very appealing. I am picking up a 2012 X5 V8 with the M Sport Package for my wife on Friday. Her Yukon XL has 108k miles on it and she really likes my GT. The X5 has third row, ventilated seats, premium as well as the M Sport. Wish it had the soft close doors and premium seats but oh well. Good deal. 23k miles. White with tan interior. Will post pics of the two cars.
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Old 01-08-2014, 08:53 PM
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I'd like to see those photos. Feel free to add them to my thread "I parked next to a little car" where I collect photos of my GT and other BMWs.
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Old 01-12-2014, 02:58 AM
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I am getting to the pics. I promised my wife I would have it detailed. One general observation and I would never tell my wife this is that the build quality of my GT is so much better. I love the raw and raucous feel of the v8 x5 but my GT is such a more refined and overall better ride that I am truly surprised at the delta. No regrets on the X5 mind you.
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Old 01-12-2014, 02:51 PM
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It's likely that the ride quality stems from the 'bones'...the GT is built off their most expensive chassis. As things progress, though, the chassis sharing is getting more extensive.

When CFR gets introduced for more parts, it could be a major change in dynamics.
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Old 01-12-2014, 05:53 PM
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The X5 M has a wonderfully aggressive look. It is hard to take the center of gravity down to where the GT operates. The truth of the matter is that many of us have owned SUV's at some point over the last decade. I have no doubt that the X5 M handles like an M roadster compared to a Tahoe or an Expedition. Those M wheels usually give the X5 an out of this world lunar rover look. Best of luck.
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Old 01-13-2014, 04:47 PM
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I rides great, growls and overall sounds like a muscle car. Wifey already nicked a rim. After we had a 1/2, literally, hour discussion on the topic and the dangers. No luck but thanks for the wishes.
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Regarding the OP's question about the scale of the maps being way off. I think what the scale means - 0.25 mls, 800ft, etc. - is that the circle surrounding the arrow representing you on the map has a radius of that scale. So, when you choose 2.5 mls, for example, everything in the circle is within 2.5 miles of you. I use this feature often to estimate the distance to a gas station ahead. I scroll through the scales until the gas station is within the circle, the I know about how far ahead it is. Annoyingly, for no obvious reason, some POI's disappear at some scales. This technique only seems to work up to the 2.5 mile scale.


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