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      04-07-2010, 11:07 PM   #1
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keeping the radio on w/ car off.

So earlier today, i was sitting in my car w/ the engine off. I was listening to the radio, and i didn't time it or anything, but after what was probably about 10 minutes, the radio and iDrive screen turn off. This is w/ the key in the ignition slot.

Is there a way to keep the radio from turning off automatically?
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Dont think so. It sleeps after some time (Light on AT lever goes off, etc)
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damn, for real? So i have to just let it shut off, and then push the start button again for it to come back on? that's pretty lame.
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Having the car not start because you drained the battery listening to the radio with the car off is lamer though...
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      04-08-2010, 12:11 AM   #5
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yeah, but 10 min? the car's definitely gotta have more than enough battery power to run the radio for longer than that.
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Yeah they do that. You should be able to push the volume button in though to get it back on again, don't need the key in the slot
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Yeah they do that. You should be able to push the volume button in though to get it back on again, don't need the key in the slot
will it keep shutting off each time?
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What if you push the start button in without pressing the brake. Its like turning the key half way in a regular car. Maybe that way it will know your sitting there listening vs. the car going to sleep after 10 minutes.
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will it keep shutting off each time?
yes, but then other electronics wont be on draining the battery
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What if you push the start button in without pressing the brake. Its like turning the key half way in a regular car. Maybe that way it will know your sitting there listening vs. the car going to sleep after 10 minutes.
I think it won't shut off, but it will eat a lot more battery than just radio mode because all systems will be powered and ready.
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I think it won't shut off, but it will eat a lot more battery than just radio mode because all systems will be powered and ready.
ya, this is what will happen
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I think you should just fiddle with the radio to delay it. Change the volume, track etc.
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I think it won't shut off, but it will eat a lot more battery than just radio mode because all systems will be powered and ready.
Lol, this sounds like starting an F16.
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Lol, this sounds like starting an F16.
as it should be! hahahaha
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I think you should just fiddle with the radio to delay it. Change the volume, track etc.
oh really? does it only shut off if no activity is noticed within the allotted time??
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My E46 when the car is off; you can push the volume button inward and it will turn the radio on. I found this out when i was cleaning the interior, i posted something on the E46 forum and many did not know this but some did and confirmed it. It stays on for a while as well, eventually it does turn off.

Wonder if the E9X are the same. I can check tomorrow.
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oh really? does it only shut off if no activity is noticed within the allotted time??
Yeah, i sort of remember that. You should try it.
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Yeah, i sort of remember that. You should try it.
alright, i'll give it a try next time i'm just chillen in the car for a while.

Thing that sucks though, is that the reason why i'm asking in the first place is i recently got this e91 wagon. I went to the beach today, and laid in the back w/ the hatch open listening to the radio, when i noticed it shut off. if i ever do that again, and i have to keep fiddling w/ the radio every few minutes, it would be a bit of a pain to crawl to the front and push a button haha.
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Power saver mode?
wat?
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What if you push the start button in without pressing the brake. Its like turning the key half way in a regular car. Maybe that way it will know your sitting there listening vs. the car going to sleep after 10 minutes.

I agree with this. Although, I guess I have never had the radio on for very long while just waiting in the car.
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Anyone have a solution to this, its bloody annoying when you are washing the car and the radio keeps going off.
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