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      09-02-2011, 10:45 AM   #1
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different idrive knobs?

why do i see some cars with menu and voice command buttons and some only have the menu button like this:
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      09-02-2011, 12:06 PM   #2
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Wow, never seen those. I've only seen the ones that have six (or is it five?) buttons above. These an older style?
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      09-02-2011, 12:11 PM   #3
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Those are original idrive controllers. They were upgraded in 2009.
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I've got the single button one. It twists all the way around freely.
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i have the 2 button one but what makes some have 2 and some have 1. has anyone ever really noticed
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      09-02-2011, 12:36 PM   #6
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Pre LCI. All depends on the model. Those are much older iDrive knobs
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the one with rubber around and a single button is on 08 e92s i know that much at least.
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I believe after 3/2007, the controller was changed...
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Yes, pre lci, you can have both. In 2009 they changed to the multi button i drives, but before this your car can either have one button or two buttons. My 2008 has one button.

I saw an 07 or an 08 sedan with two buttons after peeking in a car the other day, I only have one. Does anybody know the exact answer?
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Yes, pre lci, you can have both. In 2009 they changed to the multi button i drives, but before this your car can either have one button or two buttons. My 2008 has one button.

I saw an 07 or an 08 sedan with two buttons after peeking in a car the other day, I only have one. Does anybody know the exact answer?

Pre 03/07 = Two Button Haptic Feedback, menu/voice split. If 2007 model, should have rubber, earliest e90 iDrive CCC did not have rubber.
03/07 and Beyond = One menu button; no haptic feedback.

Also for 03/07 builds was the introduction of the 6 touch sensitive buttons..
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I thought cars with 1 button did not have voice command control? I have seen some 05/06 E60s with only 1 button too?
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I thought cars with 1 button did not have voice command control? I have seen some 05/06 E60s with only 1 button too?
No, my May 07 335i E92 has the one button controller but does have voice command. Only access button for that is on the steering wheel.

I want to swap this out for the multi-button controller. will an 09 controller and center console trim piece do the trick? I've heard stories that it's plug n play. I've had the HPFP recall work which includes system reprogramming...
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Pre 03/07 = Two Button Haptic Feedback, menu/voice split

^^^ this is in my build as in my sig... mine has two buttons AND rubber ring (not pictured)
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Me and a friend have exactly the same spec'd 335i coupes. Mine is and 07, his is an 08. I have two button, he has one button. There are a few minor changes to controls such as radio, the # of buttons on idrive, etc, that occurred between 07 and 08 MY vehicles.
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