Cool things I bet you didn't know about the F10

by Bimmerfest.com Member - alex_c on August 14, 2010, 7:31 pm
Ok, after reading the manual in detail, and playing with my car for a few hours, I found some obscure and interesting stuff that I bet some owners didn't know about them. Please feel free to add to this list, and if it is good enought, it could become a sticky.

1) After you move the vehicle in reverse, you don't need to push the safety button on the left of the shifter to move back to Drive. It makes a 3 point u-turn much faster.

2) You can pause, rewind and fast forward your Satellite Radio music, just like a Tivo! While playing a song, Just move the iDrive one click to the left, and select the 4th option down on the new pop-up menu that apears. Also, you can see ALL THE SONGS PLAYING in all the stations if you select Title view instead of Station view with the first icon on that same menu.

3) If you try to drive with your door open, the car will stop, engage the hand-brake and put the vehicle in P, all by itself.

4) If you turn off the engine, the car gets into P by itself. If you were in the Sports program (shift lever to the left), the car selects P, and then moves the lever to the right by itself.

5) There is a 12V power outlet below the glove box compartment. (Glove box closed, look up from the floor, towards the left).

6) If you open the trunk with your key-fob, or with the switch next to the hood release, the trunk unlocks and pops-open. No Convenience Package required...

7) For those with fold-down rear seats (don't know about the rest): When you fold down the center arm rest, there is a little piece behind it that pops open and gives you access to the trunk. That piece has a small compartment inside, suposedly for the Ski Bag.

8) When using the cross-hatch function in the Nav (to find a location in the map by moving the iDrive cursor left-right and up-down) you can move diagonally at any angle if you rotate the iDrive knob while tilting it left, right, up or down.

9) You can play the songs stored in your blackberry and control the playback thru the stereo if you connect your BBerry to the USB/iPod port in the armrest compartment and enable the USB Storage option on your blackberry. This also recharges your Bberry while you drive, and if you had it paired with bluetooth to the car, the playback will pause while you get a call, and resume where you left the song.

10) If you have the 2TB option (Sports Auto Transmission), you can configure Sports mode in the Dynamic Driving Control to only change the Chassis (if you don't have ZDH, only changes the steering wheel tighter) and this gives you a better feel, while saving you gas. If then you want to also change the engine and transmission, just flip the shifter to the left. This way, you don't have to be re-configuring the Sport setting every time.

11) If you floor the accelerator at a red light, you leave almost everyone in the dust and a stupid grin apears automatically in your face...


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52 responses to Cool things I bet you didn't know about the F10

ssj commented:
August 14, 2010, 7:58 pm

"If you open the trunk with your key-fob, or with the switch next to the hood release, the trunk unlocks and pops-open. No Convenience Package required... "

Do I understand this correctly: the trunk opens all the way? The only difference from a power tailgate is that you have to manually close it?

Thanks!
alex_c commented:
August 14, 2010, 8:56 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by ssj View Post
"If you open the trunk with your key-fob, or with the switch next to the hood release, the trunk unlocks and pops-open. No Convenience Package required... "

Do I understand this correctly: the trunk opens all the way? The only difference from a power tailgate is that you have to manually close it?

Thanks!
That is correct, it opens all the way. You have to close it manually.
pharding commented:
August 14, 2010, 9:40 pm

Thank you Alex_C, this is a fascinating thread. I have one for you. If you have the rear view camera, leave the trunk open, and back up the following will happen. You see the sky on the I-Drive screen and the car warns you to close the trunk.
richschneid commented:
August 14, 2010, 10:12 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by ssj View Post
"If you open the trunk with your key-fob, or with the switch next to the hood release, the trunk unlocks and pops-open. No Convenience Package required... "

Do I understand this correctly: the trunk opens all the way? The only difference from a power tailgate is that you have to manually close it?

Thanks!
This is also the case on my '06 650i. But now I'm so lazy that I got the power trunk lid on my F10. BMW just spoils us like crazy. It's crazy; crazy like a fox.
TJPark01 commented:
August 14, 2010, 10:26 pm

Do all cars have the vent hot air in a parked car for 30 mins feature? I had no idea about this till I started fiddling with the car.
HWF commented:
August 14, 2010, 11:04 pm

What am I missing? The trunk lid on my 2007 530xi opens all the way when I depress the button on my key fob.
Newmanium commented:
August 14, 2010, 11:39 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by HWF View Post
What am I missing? The trunk lid on my 2007 530xi opens all the way when I depress the button on my key fob.
These aren't necessarily exclusive to the F10, the E60 had a popup trunk and vented hot air for 30 minutes as well. Just cool things.
tim-atl commented:
August 15, 2010, 10:11 am

I don't think a lot of people know about 2). Why doesn't BMW talk about that more in their advertising campaigns?!?!? 9) is an awesome tip, can't wait to see if it works in my 2010 E70!

Excellent thread, thx.

Tim
alex_c commented:
August 15, 2010, 10:15 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by tim-atl View Post
I don't think a lot of people know about 2). Why doesn't BMW talk about that more in their advertising campaigns?!?!? 9) is an awesome tip, can't wait to see if it works in my 2010 E70!

Excellent thread, thx.

Tim
Thank you! That feature is a lot of fun, specially when listening to news, etc. and you miss something, you can rewind and listen again. Also, no more blind (or deaf?) zapping thru the stations. You know what is playing and where before you change the station.
jimefam commented:
August 15, 2010, 10:22 am

I'd like to know more about the car venting hot air after 30 mins. Does it do it every 30 mins or just once? The reason I ask is I'm debating if I should get the ventilated seats or not. It gets pretty hot here in Atlanta during the summer and although my seats are gonna be oyster the car is gonna be jet black. I'm worried about spilling something on the seats with the perforated leather and damaging the fans or getting that smell that comes from moisture.
richschneid commented:
August 15, 2010, 11:13 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by jimefam View Post
I'd like to know more about the car venting hot air after 30 mins. Does it do it every 30 mins or just once? The reason I ask is I'm debating if I should get the ventilated seats or not. It gets pretty hot here in Atlanta during the summer and although my seats are gonna be oyster the car is gonna be jet black. I'm worried about spilling something on the seats with the perforated leather and damaging the fans or getting that smell that comes from moisture.
You have to be careful to make sure you drive far enough after using the programmable fan feature to fully recharge the battery. I didn't usually do that and had to replace my battery after a few years. So, I don't use it anymore. That's one reason I'm getting the ventilated seats on my F10.
alex_c commented:
August 15, 2010, 7:36 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by jimefam View Post
I'd like to know more about the car venting hot air after 30 mins. Does it do it every 30 mins or just once? The reason I ask is I'm debating if I should get the ventilated seats or not. It gets pretty hot here in Atlanta during the summer and although my seats are gonna be oyster the car is gonna be jet black. I'm worried about spilling something on the seats with the perforated leather and damaging the fans or getting that smell that comes from moisture.
You can actually program 2 different timers to have the car cool down at a specific time. For example, if you leave the office at 5, you can program it to start cooling down at 4:45, so when you get to the car, it will not be hot as an oven. Very cool... no pun intended.
jimefam commented:
August 15, 2010, 8:43 pm

That's pretty awesome I'll definitely be using that. Is that standard or part of the active ventilated package? Thanks for the info.
grizzles commented:
August 15, 2010, 8:53 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by jimefam View Post
That's pretty awesome I'll definitely be using that. Is that standard or part of the active ventilated package? Thanks for the info.
standard feature. i started using the feature and have noticed my car is much cooler when i get in.

will the ventilated seats also vent during that time?
alex_c commented:
August 15, 2010, 9:31 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by grizzles View Post
standard feature. i started using the feature and have noticed my car is much cooler when i get in.

will the ventilated seats also vent during that time?
No, they don't. Only fresh air is blown from the dashboard vents.
TX535i commented:
August 16, 2010, 8:29 pm

Here's something I just noticed today. If it's dark outside, the numerals / text in the blackscreen under the instrument cluster (the gear indicator letter, the MPG indicators on the Efficient Dynamics readout, etc.) are the BMW orange. When it's light outside, they are white. Not really a feature I guess, other than the white would be really bright at night whereas the orange is better on the eyes.
Mr. Magic commented:
August 16, 2010, 8:32 pm

Side mirrors deploy automatically at 25 mph if not already extended. Surprised me the other day when I took off and forgot to press the button.
TMQ commented:
August 17, 2010, 4:51 pm

Most of the electronic toys available on the F10 were already available on the E60. Some of them are probably better now (better software, ergonomics, etc.).

The only really new features are the DHP, camera, and front active seats and rear comfort seats. I also like the dashboard that incorporates the Nav and other info on there.
atmgr commented:
August 17, 2010, 5:27 pm

All those features OP talked about aren't really new. My 2010 e60 has all of them. Not sure whether they were available for earlier e60 or not.
pepiny2k commented:
August 17, 2010, 5:30 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by alex_c View Post
Ok, after reading the manual in detail, and playing with my car for a few hours, I found some obscure and interesting stuff that I bet some owners didn't know about them. Please feel free to add to this list, and if it is good enought, it could become a sticky.

1) After you move the vehicle in reverse, you don't need to push the safety button on the left of the shifter to move back to Drive. It makes a 3 point u-turn much faster.

2) You can pause, rewind and fast forward your Satellite Radio music, just like a Tivo! While playing a song, Just move the iDrive one click to the left, and select the 4th option down on the new pop-up menu that apears. Also, you can see ALL THE SONGS PLAYING in all the stations if you select Title view instead of Station view with the first icon on that same menu.

3) If you try to drive with your door open, the car will stop, engage the hand-brake and put the vehicle in P, all by itself.

4) If you turn off the engine, the car gets into P by itself. If you were in the Sports program (shift lever to the left), the car selects P, and then moves the lever to the right by itself.

5) There is a 12V power outlet below the glove box compartment. (Glove box closed, look up from the floor, towards the left).

6) If you open the trunk with your key-fob, or with the switch next to the hood release, the trunk unlocks and pops-open. No Convenience Package required...

7) For those with fold-down rear seats (don't know about the rest): When you fold down the center arm rest, there is a little piece behind it that pops open and gives you access to the trunk. That piece has a small compartment inside, suposedly for the Ski Bag.

8) When using the cross-hatch function in the Nav (to find a location in the map by moving the iDrive cursor left-right and up-down) you can move diagonally at any angle if you rotate the iDrive knob while tilting it left, right, up or down.

9) You can play the songs stored in your blackberry and control the playback thru the stereo if you connect your BBerry to the USB/iPod port in the armrest compartment and enable the USB Storage option on your blackberry. This also recharges your Bberry while you drive, and if you had it paired with bluetooth to the car, the playback will pause while you get a call, and resume where you left the song.

10) If you have the 2TB option (Sports Auto Transmission), you can configure Sports mode in the Dynamic Driving Control to only change the Chassis (if you don't have ZDH, only changes the steering wheel tighter) and this gives you a better feel, while saving you gas. If then you want to also change the engine and transmission, just flip the shifter to the left. This way, you don't have to be re-configuring the Sport setting every time.

11) If you floor the accelerator at a red light, you leave almost everyone in the dust and a stupid grin apears automatically in your face...
Isn't the feature #9 above the"Smart Phone Integration Option" which is priced at $150 and therefore not standard?
Cheers
alex_c commented:
August 17, 2010, 5:36 pm

I don't think you have #10...

Maybe some of these may not be news if you already had them in your previous vehicle, but some of us who did no have a previous E60 (I had a 2008 E92 and had none of them), or had an older model before, my not be aware of them.
ThereIsNoMafia commented:
August 18, 2010, 11:46 pm

Cool features. Don't like number three though.
Bart001 commented:
August 19, 2010, 9:05 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by TJPark01 View Post
Do all cars have the vent hot air in a parked car for 30 mins feature? I had no idea about this till I started fiddling with the car.
My 2005 E60 had this feature.
MooseF10 commented:
August 19, 2010, 9:28 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by ThereIsNoMafia View Post
Cool features. Don't like number three though.
I bet you would like it if you ever got car jacked Can you imagine the look on the jacker's face when he tries to drive off before he shuts the door.

Great list. Some features have been around for a long time like the programable venting. I had it in 2002 but most did not know about it or use it. Cant wait to try the "TIVO" function on the sat radio when my F10 arrives.
ThereIsNoMafia commented:
August 19, 2010, 4:20 pm

Yeah I have a S&W aftermarket security device (and Permit THANK YOU SECOND AMENDMENT!!!!!!) in my glove box to handle those types of situations. Can you imagine the car jacker's face when he limps away leaving a yellow and brown trail of cowardice behind. Joking aside when I had my mini cooper i was almost car jacked at a red light and made the choice to stomp on the gas and blow the light after that it was time for a security upgrade for my ride.
alex_c commented:
August 19, 2010, 9:56 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by pharding View Post
Thank you Alex_C, this is a fascinating thread. I have one for you. If you have the rear view camera, leave the trunk open, and back up the following will happen. You see the sky on the I-Drive screen and the car warns you to close the trunk.
Haha. I did it and it feels weird looking up on your backup camera.
BMW Power commented:
August 20, 2010, 3:07 pm

The three series also has the "tivo" rewind on the sat radio as of MY2010 and the parked car ventilation.
XDevil commented:
August 20, 2010, 7:32 pm

I am having trouble finding the 12V power outlet. Can someone help me locate it?

Thanks.
alex_c commented:
August 20, 2010, 10:31 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by XDevil View Post
I am having trouble finding the 12V power outlet. Can someone help me locate it?

Thanks.

If you look at the passenger footwell, below the glove box, there is a light. The outlet is next to the front-left corner of the light fixture.

I hope this helps.
aarasteh commented:
August 21, 2010, 9:50 pm

BMW has had the parked car ventilation for years. I have it on my 01 540i. Also #11 comes standard on all BMW models.
Bremen Ben commented:
August 21, 2010, 11:06 pm

All these are not new, but they are not necessarily on all e60s. The feature of gear automatically shifting into P when engine turns off, for example, only becomes available with the 08 LCI model, which is equipped with the electronic shifter.
alex_c commented:
August 22, 2010, 11:03 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bremen Ben View Post
All these are not new, but they are not necessarily on all e60s. The feature of gear automatically shifting into P when engine turns off, for example, only becomes available with the 08 LCI model, which is equipped with the electronic shifter.
Surprisingly, even when most of these things are not new, or exclusive of the F10, there are many owners out there that at least some of them are news. That was the goal of this post, to make most F10 owners aware of some of the cool things available on their car.
Bremen Ben commented:
August 22, 2010, 12:35 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by alex_c View Post
Surprisingly, even when most of these things are not new, or exclusive of the F10, there are many owners out there that at least some of them are news. That was the goal of this post, to make most F10 owners aware of some of the cool thinkgs available on their car.
Quite right!

Except, it's making me want a F10 more now...
pharding commented:
August 22, 2010, 12:56 pm

Another really cool, unheralded feature is the mini glove box to the left of the steering wheel. It is one third the size of the regular glove box in front of the passenger's seat. It is great for sun glasses, tollway transponder, Blackberry, etc.
ProRail commented:
August 22, 2010, 6:41 pm

With a BMW, unlike most cars, it is absolutely essential to RTFM if you want to use all the features to the max. Many of the features cited here have been in Bimmers for years.
DJOzma_FTW commented:
August 22, 2010, 7:20 pm

One more fun fact: the courtesy lights come on when you tap the alarm button on your key.
akhter commented:
August 22, 2010, 10:44 pm

one of the things i loved about my 335i was that when you unlocked the car using the remote, the ambient lighting around the car would light up at night. at a dark outdoor parking lot, it looked amazing with sort of a glow around my alpine white car
val3ntin3s commented:
June 15, 2012, 12:50 am

one cool feature if you can call it that IMO is the fob holder between the two cup holders up front. If my CA didn't put the key there while showing me some of the features of the car when i first got it i would never know what that spot was for.
pal joey commented:
June 15, 2012, 7:49 am

if you put the fob there and forgot it, and then got out and locked the car with your finger touch,would you or anyone else be able to get back into the car using finger touch ?
madurodave commented:
June 15, 2012, 8:04 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by HWF View Post
What am I missing? The trunk lid on my 2007 530xi opens all the way when I depress the button on my key fob.
No backup camera on my 2006 530xi, so I can't see the sky if I try to back up with the trunk open (not sure why you would do that anyway.,,,). I guess we are missing that!
madurodave commented:
June 15, 2012, 8:06 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by jimefam View Post
That's pretty awesome I'll definitely be using that. Is that standard or part of the active ventilated package? Thanks for the info.
Standard. It has been on the 5's for quite a while now. My 2006 530xi has that.
gicamuci commented:
June 15, 2012, 10:06 am

Actually a lot of features are from way back models. BMW never advertised them.
I use to have 2 program schedules for parked ventilation on my E34 1994 530i. And not only that.
On the E34 the boot will pop at the press of the button, the one near the engine hood opener (yes they are in the same place since a long time).
Had to enter a 4 digit code so you can start the engine, as seen in "Transporter 2", a 2005 movie. Only it was an Audi... you know... the "never follow" company at that time
Even more... some of the electronics were first to start in E31 8 series cars. Those models were IMO the "in car electronics" trend starters. In E31 there was an option so the car will close the sunroof and windows when driving past the 160km mark, so it will save gas.
I don't have photos of any earlier BMW but from the 94 530. Isn't it nice to see all controls and overall look is still the same ?!!! The orange color I remember, it was in the E28 also.
tdance commented:
June 15, 2012, 10:19 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by val3ntin3s View Post
one cool feature if you can call it that IMO is the fob holder between the two cup holders up front. If my CA didn't put the key there while showing me some of the features of the car when i first got it i would never know what that spot was for.
don't have this on the manual transmission. they took out the cup holders to make room for the throw of the stick.
tdance commented:
June 15, 2012, 10:26 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by pal joey View Post
if you put the fob there and forgot it, and then got out and locked the car with your finger touch,would you or anyone else be able to get back into the car using finger touch ?
my fingertouch lock won't work unless the fob is outside the car when it is touched. Its pretty specific as my son can't touch the rear driverside door sensor and open the car when the key is in my pocket near the front door.
tdance commented:
June 15, 2012, 10:27 am

This one trick is standard on a lot of lux cars but I think is pretty cool - if you hold down the unlock for about 5-8 seconds all of the windows and sunroof open. If you hold the fingersensor to lock the car and hold they close.
val3ntin3s commented:
June 15, 2012, 1:10 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by tdance View Post
my fingertouch lock won't work unless the fob is outside the car when it is touched. Its pretty specific as my son can't touch the rear driverside door sensor and open the car when the key is in my pocket near the front door.
+1

also i found this accidentally one day where if the fob is left in the trunk and I press the button to close the trunk (on the trunk door) the trunk closes halfway down then opens back up and beeps at you. I have both CA and Powerlift Trunk.
val3ntin3s commented:
June 15, 2012, 1:19 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by tdance View Post
don't have this on the manual transmission. they took out the cup holders to make room for the throw of the stick.
yikes, are there any cupholders anywhere in the front for manual?
tdance commented:
June 15, 2012, 1:42 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by val3ntin3s View Post
yikes, are there any cupholders anywhere in the front for manual?
They convert the coin holder/ashtray behind the i-drive control to a demi-cupholder and there is another inside the armrest compartment. So you can have a can of coke but it impedes the use of the idrive, or you only have half an armrest. Not ideal, but it hasn't bothered me too much.
EC7 commented:
June 15, 2012, 3:10 pm

i noticed one of the inner headlamps glow as the steering wheel is turned. this is new to me though.

By the way, i also noticed that there are shutters behind the kidney grill. what is that for, and how does it operate?
val3ntin3s commented:
June 15, 2012, 3:19 pm

i've noticed when my iphone and key fob are in the same pocket, i cant lock/unlock the car via touching the door handles. I'm assuming the car is confused by the radio signal. Anyone else experiencing this?
doctom commented:
June 16, 2012, 5:02 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by val3ntin3s View Post
i've noticed when my iphone and key fob are in the same pocket, i cant lock/unlock the car via touching the door handles. I'm assuming the car is confused by the radio signal. Anyone else experiencing this?
Yes, It seems that way to me to.

Although, sometimes it works OK, but sometimes I have to remove the phone or the key fob to lock/unlock.

And it looks like it's a bigger issue when locking then unlocking the car.
Stonehauler commented:
June 16, 2012, 10:58 am

Speaking of cupholders....WHY did they put the 12v outlet between the cupholders? This is just asking for trouble.

Unfortunately, somewhere along the line in engineering (and yes I am an engineer), the elegant solution became more important than the practical layout.