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BMW and M Power Owners

Discussion in 'Motors' started by panthro, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. BIGWEB

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    Yes I missed that from my Jaguar when I went to my 7 Series still miss it in the X6. I am friendly with a BMW dealer so I will see how much I can get a code for. Is this all I have to do?
     
  2. [TW]Fox

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    If the car is new I am surprised you didn't spec it, it's much cheaper than adding it.
     
  3. Dangerous Dave

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    Yes needs an FSC code and coded to the car, dealer should be able to do it but I would surprised if they knew how to or are willing to do it. A quick look about now it appears that cheaper codes are available might try and enable it on mine as I have the KAFAS camera already.
     
  4. IAmATeaf

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    CarPlay is now a subscription service isn’t it? Like connected drive you pay for it annually so I don’t think it can be coded in but I’m not too sure.
     
  5. Dangerous Dave

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    It has went 3 years subscription on new cars, I suspect it can be coded on these cars aswell but I doubt anyone has tried until the subscription expires. If the X6 has the subscription option he would have been able to activate in the portal. It looks like for it to be added under the subscription system after the car is built the car needs to have enhanced bluetooth

    I don't think it is worth it as BMW haven't implemented it aswell as Mercedes, VAG or JLR where the Carplay screen can scale to the full screen or even split screen over the two displays in the new Land Rovers. It is stuck to 2/3rds of the display which limits the size of Google Maps or Waze, I think the standard iDrive with wireless Spotify app integration and standard NAV is better but if you could get full screen Waze with the directions arrows in the HUD/cluster that would be great.

    Looks like modified software is available for iDrive that enables full screen Carplay makes you wonder why BMW don't offer it.
     
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  6. Jonnycoupe

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    Case in point :cool: RR Velar
     
  7. IAmATeaf

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    BMW trying to milk their customers like this does really boil my urine, especially given that other car manufacturers have implemented thing like CarPlay ages ago and have also done it better.
     
  8. [TW]Fox

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    Subscription carplay seems absolutely bizarre. What an odd way of doing it, its not like anything is provided via a server etc like RTTI :confused:
     
  9. BIGWEB

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    The car was a pre reg. I didn’t set out the buy an x6, I had bought an M4 but the deal on the X6 was insane so swapped to it
     
  10. IAmATeaf

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    Exactly, no doubt a bean counter thought it another way to make some extra euros.
     
  11. Blackhawk47

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    I am getting to grips with iDrive, it is a good infotainment system but hate to say it, the Audi virtual cockpit is better in my opinion. The Audi system just seems easier to use and more intuitive.

    Would never pay for carplay over built in navigation. It would be a nice to have and fair play if your car has a media screen with no built in nav. But who would actually pay extra for it every month?
     
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  12. [TW]Fox

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    I too find little use for Carplay beyond providing navigation where it otherwise wouldn't exist. I have found it useful in rental cars without navigation, but if the car has a good inbuilt navigation system with realtime traffic I don't find Carplay at all useful. I don't want to be looking at messaging services whilst driving which seems to be the main advantage it has over an integrated system.
     
  13. Jonnycoupe

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    I’m liking Waze for the hazards but just leave it running in the background. Stitcher is quite good for podcasts aswell.
     
  14. Philz0r

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    hiya, about to swap my thermostat around in my e46 m3 (2005) and rather than do a full engine flush, just going to replace the lost coolant,

    I was about to order comma g48 green, but after looking at my coolant, its definitely blue.


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    all I can find from the service history is B83.51.2.355.290 1.5ltrs
    what coolant would you recommend?.
     
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  15. Del Lardo

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    What are peoples thoughts on the M4 Competition Pack? Looked a new one yesterday as BMW have 0% APR on 4-series but even with some pushing it's still a car likely to lose £40k in 4 years which doesn't really appeal so I took a 1 year old one out today which should see closer to £20k in depreciation over 3 years (still not ideal). Looking as a replacement for both 5GT & Evora, was impressed with the ride given all the reviews state that it is shocking, engine felt good (though didn't sound great) but couldn't really push engine or handling given it was damp, greasy and cold and the M4's do have somewhat of a reputation!
     
  16. [TW]Fox

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    You presumably already know this, but this is likely because its one of the few cars left on the old F Series platforms first seen in 2008. The 3 Series has recently ended production, I'd imagine the 4 isn't far behind it.
     
  17. Del Lardo

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    Yup, was seeing if they were offering any hefty discounts as well but nothing amazing hence taking a look at 1-2 year old models.
     
  18. Gaygle

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    Can be very skittish in the wet and they sound flat, but look good, go like hell and drive well. If you're worried about depreciation I wouldn't go anywhere near a brand new one.

    You can currently get 2017 models with 10k miles on the clock for ~£40k. They still are under manufacturers warranty, barely used and have already done £25k depreciation in 18 months. In 3 years, a £40k M4 will be with about £25-30k I reckon.
     
  19. Steedie

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    I found the M4 CP very underwhelming to drive. Really poor turbo lag and sounded so disappointing. Felt great in corners and felt nice to drive when not gunning it, but it was just extremely disappointing. Luckily I test drove it properly after BMW initially took me on a very poor test drive which didn't show much of the car off at all, as I was quite close to pulling the trigger at first but thankfully didn't.

    Also, the carbon roof was ridiculously noisy. Both of the drives, all I could hear was creaking and a rattling type noise from the roof. Was infuriating.
     
  20. Simon

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    The roof is bonded in and stiffer than metal, not sure why it would creak. Mine doesnt