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BMW 3-Series 2006



  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Hi toons, no, that's not the sort of communication I would have in email because the whole point of our Forums is to share information publicly amongst our community.

    You should detail the exact issues you are having and what you have done to try to resolve them. I hope someone can offer you some suggestions.
  • toonstoons Posts: 13
    Thanks for prompt reply,

    I bought a new 325i 2006 about two weeks ago from southern ca dealership. I've been able to use the bluetooth features since then after paired with the car.

    However, I have the same problem of not be able to connect the bluetooth everytime I start the car. The frustration part was, somehow, the time you needed the bluetooth the most, it didn't work.

    I emailed the sales person, and informed him that software upgrades may be needed. Let's see what'll happen.

  • bartalk3bartalk3 Posts: 692
    The Park Distance Control that beeps when your rear end is close to something--can you shut that off? I can't recall. If someone pulls up close to you at a stop light, the thing could start beeping incessantly.
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    Wouldn't the rear alarm only work if you were backing up?
    I find it hard to believe they would be so stupid as to have it start beeping while you are stationary at a stop light.
  • kdshapirokdshapiro Posts: 5,751
    Have you had any issues? Assuming the PDC was activiated in drive it could be an interesting way to tell if you are about to be rear-ended.
  • bartalk3bartalk3 Posts: 692
    I haven't ordered the car yet. Thinking of ordering it with the parking distance control, but wanted to get the experience of someone who has it.
  • rhmassrhmass Posts: 263
    We have PDC on both of our cars. It only works when the transimission on "R". It can't be turned off. We find the option works well and don't find the beeping intrusive.
  • toonstoons Posts: 13
    Any advice and/or more explanation on the non-sport mode, sport mode and manual for the steptronic?

    Manual does not clarify this too much. Some discusions only mention more powerful with the sport mode.
  • bartalk3bartalk3 Posts: 692
    rh mass: Thanks for the info on the PDC. Sounds like it might help save the back bumper. Does it beep loud enough to be heard over the engine, etc (my hearing ain't great)?
  • davidd3davidd3 Posts: 582
    Think of non-sport mode as a regular automatic transmission.

    Think of manual mode as a manual transmission without a clutch. It allows you to shift gears, but with a computer override to make sure you do no damage. So it's not a true manual.

    More powerful is an accurate description of sport mode. It's totally automatic. No gears to shift. But the shifting is set up differently than the non-sport mode. Revs much higher between shifts. And oh that sound! Give it a try.

    Non-sport mode is more fuel efficient than sport mode.

    Hope this helps to clear it up.

    No sport mode for me today. It's snowing AGAIN in NY. Schools are closed. Snow tires would be a more appropriate discussion. I'm finding that I can indeed get around OK with RWD + snow tires, just like people said in this forum. Some slipping upon initial acceleration, but no going sideways and no getting stuck. Haven't need to press the DSC button yet.
  • bartalk3bartalk3 Posts: 692
    What is BMW Assist and how does it work? They come to get you if you break down? If you get the premium package, is it standard or you have to pay extra for it? It's good for 4 years or 50,000 miles?

  • bdr127bdr127 Posts: 950
    Think of BMW Assist as BMW's version of OnStar. If your airbags deploy, they'll contact you over the stereo speakers and send emergency services, if necessary. If someone is having a medical emergency in the car, you can press the button to get a BMW Assist operator. If your car is stolen, you can call up their 800 number and they can track its location via GPS.

    BMW Assist comes as part of the Premium Package on the 3-series or as a stand-alone option. On a new car, you get the service free for one year. After that, it works out to something like $20/mo if you want to continue the service.

    BMW Assist should not be confused with Roadside Assistance. That is the service that will pick you up if you are broken down, tow your car, bring you gas, change your flat tire, etc. Roadside Assistance is good for the entire term of the warranty (4yr/50k, or out to 6yr/100k, if you purchase the warranty upgrade).
  • bartalk3bartalk3 Posts: 692
    bdr: Thanks for clearing up BMW Assist and Roadside Assistance.
  • gordonwdgordonwd Posts: 337
    A year of BMW Assist came with my car, and I used it exactly once: on the first day when I got my car home, I pressed the button in my driveway and registered the service with the Assist operator. I never used it again, and really they did not make much attempt to get me to sign up (I did not give them any credit card info during the original signup just in case they tried to "automatically" renew me).

    The basic service is really only good for emergencies. It does not include directions or "concierge" services over the wireless connection. They do give you an 800 number to call for the concierge services, but I had no need for any services at all during that year. Looking back on my entire 40+ year driving career, I can only think of one or two times when I would have needed the emergency services. Hardly seems worth it, but that's my opinion. ;)
  • rhmassrhmass Posts: 263
    Yes the beeping is loud enough, I think, for those in the car. However one won't hear it outside of the car.
    The frequency of beeping increases as the distance between the rear bumper and the object decreases. When it is only 12 inches of space left, the beeping becomes a steady one. So you can actually gauge the distance by the beeping sound. The option works fine really, better than the fancier one in many Japanese cars with the rear-view camera. When you back up, you want to check out your surrounding visually, not to only look at the screen for the rear space, in my opinion.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    "The frequency of beeping increases as the distance between the rear bumper and the object decreases. When it is only 12 inches of space left, the beeping becomes a steady one."

    Hmmm, I really learned to parallel park while I lived in Chicago during the 1980s and early 1990s, and then used that skill again when I lived in Manhattan during the mid 1990s. What the Chicago experience taught me was that one needed to ease your cars' bumper into the bumper of the car behind you, give it a little gas, crank the wheel, ease your front bumper into the rear of the car in front of your, give it a little gas, and then repeat the process. Using that techinque the folks in Chicago have discovered that they could fit their car into spots that were only a few inches longer than the car itself. ;-)

    I'm thinking that if the PDC tone goes solid when still a foot from the other car is would be pretty useless. I don't suppose the threshold for the solid tone can be set via the iDrive system. I'm thinking something more appropriate like two to three inches would be optimal.

    Having said all of that, I never once parked either of my BMWs in that manner, preferring not to touch bumpers at all. Even still, I'm thinking that a two to three inch threshold would be a boon to those of us who still need to parallel park in tight spaces.

    Best Regards,
  • bartalk3bartalk3 Posts: 692
    Having lived in Manhattan, yes, I would agree that in parking one often leaves only about one milimeter distance from the car in front and in back. In less insane places, however, 12 inches seems reasonable.
  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,681
    Of course, you can still back up a little after you have the solid tone...say half a foot or so.
  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    I find it helpful to use the PDC when I chase my cats down the driveway; it definitely enhances my target acquisition.
  • toonstoons Posts: 13
    1. In a layman's term then, sports mode is used when you want to pass the car or driving up the hills?

    2. What is the purpose of the manual mode then besides just to give you a change of how you drive the car? I drove a stick before switching to steptronic, still, does not give the same feel.

    3. Switching between these three mode very often would not effect the performance of the car or cause problem later on?
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    1. Sport mode raises the rpm shift point, but still shifts it for you. Result is faster acceleration and lower mileage. :) This can be good for passing quickly (like on a 2 lane, etc). Your top gear (6) is not used.

    2. Manual mode overrides even sport mode and YOU decide when to shift the car. It will go to, or nearly to redline, and then shift for you, if you don't, in order to protect the engine. It will not feel the same as a stick, but it can still be fun on a twisty. :)

    3. Shouldn't cause a problem. When I've driven a step-equipped BMW, I'll put it in sport mode or manual mode at a stoplight and let er rip when it is green. Once I get to my cruising speed (speed limit? :)) I'll flip it back to auto mode (or back to auto/sport mode).

  • rhmassrhmass Posts: 263
    Unfortunately, I don't think your cat will trigger the beeping unless it is a big one as tall as the bumper height! So you may be out of luck.

    Seriously, some of these options are not for "ultimate drivers" like you. However it does save me from getting rear bumper scars and the tilt down passenger's side mirror has made my wife the perfect parallel parker now!
    There is something to be said for some BMW "frivolous" features.
  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,681
    Yes...some of these features are useful.

    On my family vehicle, can’t call it a mini-van for some reason, I had a small child standing behind my van at Wal-Mart…didn’t see him…just heard the solid tone when I put it in reverse.
  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    Well, I wouldn't mind having PDC on the X3, but it's not needed on something as small as my ti. Of course, BMW makes a PDC retrofit kit for the Compact- but not for the X3...
  • davidd3davidd3 Posts: 582
    1. I don't use sports mode for passing or driving up hills. The non-sports mode has plenty of power for that. I tend to use sports mode JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT. For instance, pulling away from a red light or a stop sign as fast as I can, or coming up to speed on an entrance ramp to a highway. Places where you can go from 0 to 50+. It also adds to the enjoyment of the twisties. The engine sounds great in sports mode. After each occassional burst in sports mode, I put it back in non-sports mode for better gas mileage.

    2. There's no real purpose to the manual mode. It's just there for those who, although they opted for an automatic transmission, still enjoy shifting gears themselves now and then. While it's not a true manual, a steptronic transmission could be a compromise for a husband and wife who share a car, where the husband wanted a manual transmission and the wife insisted on an automatic transmission.

    3. I assume and hope that switching between modes will not cause any problems. I bounce back and forth between sports mode and non-sports mode quite frequently when driving by myself.
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    hehe my wife hates when I go into manual mode whenever we're in those cars. :)

  • cdnpinheadcdnpinhead Forest Lakes, AZPosts: 4,039
    I drive a manual myself, but the other car in the family is an automatic. Where manu-matic (or whatever) is extremely useful is in the mountains. When one is either climbing or descending a 6% pass in Colorado for 5+ miles, with lots of curves, it's aggravating (going uphill) & borderline dangerous (going down) to have the car shift as a function of throttle position and/or engine speed.

    Those who drive in the flatlands all the time would certainly find the ability to hold a vehicle in a specific gear much less useful.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 63,046
    It comes in handy, if your local speed limit is 25mph, and you have hills... I pop my wife's car down a gear, and then I can coast down the hill, without using the brakes, or breaking the speed limit...

    Otherwise, the thrill of it wears off pretty fast..


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  • davidd3davidd3 Posts: 582
    The new issue of Motor Trend has a comparison test between the 330i, the Lexus IS350 and the MB C350. The conclusion in a nutshell: although the 330i is the least powerful, it is nevertheless the best car overall.
  • gordonwdgordonwd Posts: 337
    It's just there for those who, although they opted for an automatic transmission, still enjoy shifting gears themselves now and then.

    Just my opinion, but I don't think that "shifting" these manually-shifted automatics is anything like a manual transmission. Mainly, when I shift my manual from one gear to another, it shifts NOW when I move the lever. With an automatic, and the Steptronic is one of those, there is always that lag while the trans decides what it wants to do, followed by a typically mushy shift. :(

    I know that I've tried this out on various loaners that I've had from my dealer, and I'm just not impressed. Now the SMG (or Audi's DSG) is a horse of a different color and, while I've not driven one, it should have the instant-shift feel of a real manual trans.
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