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  • I just picked up my 2008 535xi.....it is an awesome car!!...I can't find any central location for the many voice command options, not in the owner's manual or the internet. Can anybody help?
  • The i-drive on my 535i decided to quit working last evening. The car is only 2+months old. Needless to say I'm a tad frustruated. I'm bringing it to the dealer Thursday and am hoping for a quick fix...
    Anyone have a similar problem on a new 5?
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,938
    Did you try saying "Help?" That gets an audible listing of available commands on some cars with voice command.
  • wolfer2wolfer2 Posts: 10
    I had a similar problem on my two month old 535xi. One out of every 10 times or so the I-drive would not come on when I started the car. Then it would suddenly come on after about 15 minutes (apparently it was rebooting or something). I took it in. They said there is a Service Bulletin out on the issue and reloaded all the software. So far, it seems to be working.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,746
    The mirror was the switch.

    Good, it's kind of a strange way to engineer the thing but that's how they do it. It's funny how useful that little curtesy is when you're parking.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • Thanks, that gives me hope for an easy fix.
  • ny540i6ny540i6 Posts: 518
    Issue with the HVAC was solved... as Roadburner suggested, it was a part called the final stage unit.
  • "Help" provides some commands, as does the owner's manual, but not all...thanks.....
  • After less than 20 months and 14k miles on the third manual transmission, this one is popping out of second gear just like the original (lasted 22k) and the second one (remanufactured- lasted 14k) all replaced under factory warranty. I have an appointment to have this looked at and appreciate that the dealership sounds interested in having this fixed under warranty. I am wondering though if this is what I have to look forward to every couple of years ?

    I have posted this situation every time this failure has occurred but no one else seems to have experienced this problem. We really like this car and have not had any other problems in 5 plus years of ownership and the plan is to keep it many many more years and miles.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Can't say that I've ever heard of this problem. My 2002 530i 5-Speed was completely solid for the three years that I had it, ditto the 1999 328i (with the identical 5-Speed that's in your 530i) that I had before it.

    Best Regards,
    Shipo
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,673
    well, it sounds like something is wrong other than the transmission itself. something about the vehicle is putting undo stress on the tranny somehow and wearing it out prematurely. They may never figure it out.

    '13 Stang GT; '15 Fit; '98 Volvo S70; '14 Town&Country

  • Well the diagnosis is in. The iDrive has to be replaced. The dealer had to first get permission from BMW to replace the unit. Then, of course, they have to order the part and have it shipped (at least over-night). They should get the unit tomorrow and maybe I'll have the car back tomorrow evening or Tuesday. Currently I'm driving a 328 loaner. I'm not the least impressed. The engine is nothing to write home about. It also has the standard radio, makes my decision to get the Logic 7 stereo look all the better (that is if I could be listening to it!)
  • I just spoke with a CRM at BMW and she said I should have received a "bluetooth manual" when I bought my 535xi last week...I never did....she said the manual includes all of the voice commands for the car(not just the phone)....is anybody aware of a website that would have this?
  • kamdogkamdog Posts: 28
    I never heard of a 'bluetooth manual', and I picked up my 535i back from ED a week ago. Never heard reference to it on either bimmerfest or e60 Forums either. It sounds like she may have made it up.
  • wolfer2wolfer2 Posts: 10
    Interesting. They told me it was a software problem but I had to leave mine over the weekend. I got a 528 as a loaner. Huge difference on the engine. I noticed the difference in the radio too. Whatever they did to the IDrive, it seems to be working fine now.
  • Hmm...I'm going to check with the BMW Center where I purchased the car to see if it even exists.....thanks.
  • bdkinnhbdkinnh Posts: 292
    Picked up my 535i last night - no Bluetooth manual. I'm sure there is something either in the normal manual or online that gives all the commands.

    If all else fails, try Google.
  • If you find anything online that contains all the voice commands for our cars, please let me know....the normal manual is missing many of them......
  • The saga continues. So they replaced the computer but were not able to reload the software. It seems that a VIN specific code is now needed to do this. For some reason the dealer did not known this when the new computer was ordered. Equally, BMW did not sent this info to the dealer (at least BMWUSA should have known to send it with the new computer). So, it took another day for the code to be sent via email. Why it took a day I have no idea. Now the car is being programmed, at least so I am told. I am very skeptical that I will have the car this weekend.
    It has taken BMW over a week to fix an iDrive problem. This is crazy. I like the car, but they should be better equipped to handle problems when they arise.
  • I am looking at both the 535i & 550i. The stats for the new 353i are impressive, but am wondering at what point will the turbos need work... and what kind of $ that might be. I have also heard maintainence on the V8 can get pretty steep after 100K. Anyone have experience with high milage on the V8 and required maintainence? What are your thoughts on the twin turbo... would you invest before thay are proven? I never really cared for the 3ers, as I felt they where a bit plain and too small... but this new 335i convertible is absolutly beattiful and is dressed up more than the other 3s!
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,746
    I wouldn't be overly concerned w maintainence because of the Turbo. I myself have gone over 100K on a couple of Saabs with no engine or Turbo breakdowns, it is important to adhere to the mfr's. maintainence intervals.

    I dislike the new 3er convertible because it is too big and heavy, plus the extra weight of the hardtop is way above the cg. I'm more interested in the 135i (soft top) which could be 3 or 400 lbs lighter and have better weight distribution. It'll be a pocket rocket. :shades:

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • I have just been through the same decision process on the 5 series and extensively tested both. I ordered the 550i. The 535 will be close in objective performance but in my subjective tests, I preferred the way the 550 drove. I like the 8 and the smooth torque it delivers. I also liked the sport package which is unique to the 550i in terms of look and M tuned suspension. It felt like a more tame M car to me whereas the 535 felt like a bigger version of my old 3, in which I mean, it is lighter and more "toss-able". To many, that's a benefit. The 535 is also less expensive.
    Drive them both and go with your own subjective opinion.
    Neither is a "wrong" choice.
    Good luck.
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,938
    2008 550i
    6-speed manual
    Carbon Black Metallic
    Sport
    Shades
    Heated seats
    USB/iPod
    Nav
    Satellite
    Logic7

    Sticker $69,045

    Thinking to offer $64,500. Quick and abundant advice, guys, please!!
  • carnaughtcarnaught Posts: 1,610
    Sticker $69,045

    Thinking to offer $64,500. Quick and abundant advice, guys, please!!


    How much is your entertained offer over invoice?
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,938
    Same here. I literally just drove both w/ Sport package. I'm still at the dealership. I prefer the 550i. It may only be a tenth or two quicker than the 535i, but it feels much faster than that; granted, the 550i is equipped with a manual and the 535i is an automatic. I guess it just comes down to, no matter what you do to a 6, it's still not an 8. :) The 550i felt better, and it's even quieter; engine and road noise.
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,938
    It's $1,015 over invoice.
  • carnaughtcarnaught Posts: 1,610
    It's $1,015 over invoice

    Your offer, if accepted would be a great deal. Are the color and options your choice?

    If so, and you're sure about MT and the 550, go for it.
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,938
    It's neither my color nor my options, but I could live with it.

    What I want is
    550i
    Jet Black
    6-speed manual
    Sport
    Nav
    Satellite
    Heated seats
  • carnaughtcarnaught Posts: 1,610
    tayl0rd: I could live with it is not a rousing endorsement.

    I had a 540 and am familiar with the exhilaration of the 8, but I'm REAL happy with the 535, and the gas mileage, with the increasing barrel of oil price, is phenomenal. Therefore, consider your options and don't necessarily rush into the decision.
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,938
    It's not a bad looking color combination at all, the Carbon Black and Cream Beige. I'm just saying I don't cringe when I look at it. And it's more options than I actually want. I probably should just order one, just don't want to wait for it. Stupid me! :)

    I have a V6 equipped car now that gets, IMO, lowsy gas mileage. So I don't think I'd be too disappointed with the 550i's mileage. My other car is equipped with a V8 and manual and gets better mileage than my V6.
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