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      09-23-2013, 10:32 AM   #1
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TPMS or FTM?

Hi everyone,

I just recently picked up a new BMW - 2010 E92 335i. I am absolutely in love with it already, of course.

Quick question: How do I know if my car is equipped with TPMS or FTM (Flat Tire Monitoring) system?

I'm sorry if this sounds like a stupid question but I can't figure it out!

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      09-23-2013, 10:45 AM   #2
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Assuming no faults showing, have a look at your valve stems. If they're metal, then TPMS; rubber means FTM. If you have iDrive you could also look there, if you don't have TPMS I assume that it won't show up in the options to reset it. (I think it's under "vehicle information." Finally you could run your VIN through a decoder like at rubmw and see what options your car shipped with (or if you take it to a shop that has autologic tool that will give you a report of currently installed options.)
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Ah, I see. I'll take the easier route first and check for the metal or rubber stems. Thanks for the help!
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If you have the 2006 325i that is in your avatar, you more than likely have FTM.
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If you have the 2006 325i that is in your avatar, you more than likely have FTM.
Whoops, sorry I forgot to update. I recently just purchased a 2010 BMW 335i Coupe.
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Well if the car was originally specked for Canada, it has FTM. If it was imported from the USA, TPMS. Be thankful for FTM, less hassle.

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Just checked my valve stems and they're black rubber, not metal. I guess it's FTM and not TPMS which is what I was hoping for! TPMS sounds to be like a pain.

Thanks for all the help!

Auto Pilot: My car is Canadian not American. And I definitely cheer for the Sens!
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Actually it's German, hah hah, bad joke.

Ottawa is my hometown, go Senators! (not the fat Duffy kind).
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I like the *idea* of TPMS, but I don't like BMW's implementation of it. They have sensors, they have a nice big screen in the dash, but I can't read real time pressure and temperature information, just a green-yellow-red "idiot light"? FAIL. Would have cost them exactly NOTHING to provide good information to the driver. So we as the customers are paying for all these fancy sensors, but we can't actually read the info that they provide.

Of course, we don't have a water temp gauge, oil pressure gauge, volt gauge, or boost/vacuum gauge either. Heck, no reason they couldn't have a configurable gauge panel in the nav screen and give us access to even non-traditional gauges e.g. AFR, IAT, etc... but they don't.
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