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Old 02-24-2014, 01:45 PM
Don Burgess Don Burgess is offline
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Distance monitor/sensor for front of 328i

I just purchased a 2009 328i and want to know if anyone knows of an aftermarket distance sensor that can be mounted on the front of the car to help prevent running into parking curbs. The front bumper only has about 5 1/2 inches of clearance which is not enough for most curbs! I want something small, unobtrusive and elegant like the car itself. I have seen some stuff on the internet but they all require drilling holes in the bumper and running wires to a monitor on the dashboard. Yuk!!! In the meantime I will try to avoid curbs and park somewhere safe. Thanks.
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Old 02-24-2014, 01:48 PM
fdriller9 fdriller9 is offline
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I just look in the reflection of the cars parked next to me to "see" the curb. Of course, this doesn't always work.
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Old 02-24-2014, 02:13 PM
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You could also just pay attention.

I never understand why this is such an issue and actually comes up quite frequently. I am guessing your car isn't very long (compared to an SUV for example), no need to be on top of the curb. Leave a little space. Done.
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Old 02-24-2014, 03:04 PM
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Thanks. I'm sufficiently chastised now. All good advice.
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Old 02-24-2014, 03:29 PM
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You could also just pay attention.

I never understand why this is such an issue and actually comes up quite frequently. I am guessing your car isn't very long (compared to an SUV for example), no need to be on top of the curb. Leave a little space. Done.
Amen, amen.

My daughter drove a '91 Camaro with a low front spoiler for 7 years and never dinged a curb or parking stop with it. All she had to do was pay attention. That spoiler was so low she even had to go across driveways at a diagonal to keep it from scraping...and she did just that.

And this technique is 100% free!

Well, seriously, I think you can manage this. But when others in the family borrow the car, you may have to have a little orientation briefing with them.
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Old 02-24-2014, 07:04 PM
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Have you noticed the right door mirror tips down

Have you noticed the right door mirror tips down
when in reverse so you can see the curb. The door mirror selection
switch determines if it does this I think it has to be in the left mirror
select position but its one of the other.
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Old 03-01-2014, 11:13 PM
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I just purchased a 2009 328i and want to know if anyone knows of an aftermarket distance sensor that can be mounted on the front of the car to help prevent running into parking curbs. The front bumper only has about 5 1/2 inches of clearance which is not enough for most curbs! I want something small, unobtrusive and elegant like the car itself. I have seen some stuff on the internet but they all require drilling holes in the bumper and running wires to a monitor on the dashboard. Yuk!!! In the meantime I will try to avoid curbs and park somewhere safe. Thanks.

I installed a curb-alert on my 328i and it works perfect. I get a few false alarms when the drive dips but still worth not destroying a $1500. front bumper.

Bought it from Southern Car Parts. $149.00

Charles

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Old 03-02-2014, 07:39 AM
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I installed a curb-alert on my 328i and it works perfect. I get a few false alarms when the drive dips but still worth not destroying a $1500. front bumper.
Nice idea, if there were two sensors, one at each corner. When you park in the first diagonally oriented parking slot and ram one corner of the underside into the concrete wheel stop or curb and scrape, you'll see what I mean. Can't see the darn ends of the car sufficiently (even worse on E90 than my E46) to estimate distance from obstacles, and since I have only owned my E90 for two months I still sometimes stop too far back and stick out too far.

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Old 03-02-2014, 07:51 AM
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Thanks for the tip

I checked out the Southern Car Parts site and the Curb alert unit. It looks like it would work. There are lots of "how to" videos as well. When I know my car at bit better(only had it 4 weeks) I will consider it. For now I will just be very careful. What a great group of BMW owners. Thanks all! Bimmerfest rocks!
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Old 03-02-2014, 12:01 PM
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Can't see the darn ends of the car sufficiently (even worse on E90 than my E46) to estimate distance from obstacles, and since I have only owned my E90 for two months I still sometimes stop too far back and stick out too far.
I just took the time to figure out that the visible portion of the hood disappears from my view 12-13" behind the actual front edge of the car...that ought be be easy enough to guestimate.
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