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      05-26-2012, 04:17 AM   #23
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You know what they say about guys with short arms ...or is it Humvees?
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      05-26-2012, 04:58 AM   #24
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It's BMW's way of selling more window motor and regulators.
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      05-26-2012, 09:40 AM   #25
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Sometimes when I go to get in the drivers seat I get in the back seat instead. Stupid rear doors too close.
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      05-26-2012, 09:43 AM   #26
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Yup. You'd think after 6 six years of ownership I'd have this down, but at least once a week, I open the drivers side rear instead of my own window. Hope they fixed this for the F30.
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      05-26-2012, 09:49 AM   #27
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same here. I always hit the back window instead of mine. And the control for the passengers seat is messed up too... you have to twist your arm to hit the window switch.

I loved it on the e36 & e46. you could leave your left arm on the wheel...

I'm also wondering if they fixed this issue on the f30?
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      05-26-2012, 10:14 AM   #28
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I'm always hitting that rear window when I want the front
+1. So Fing annoying
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      05-26-2012, 10:14 AM   #29
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I find the back window switches frequently too. Apparently BMW agreed they were too far away and repositioned them (on the sedan, at least) as part of the 2009 refresh.
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      05-26-2012, 11:12 AM   #30
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+1. On a 2011
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      05-26-2012, 11:13 AM   #31
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I'm always hitting that rear window when I want the front
Same here! It's too low I find as well.
Ahh well..
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      05-26-2012, 11:14 AM   #32
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I thought it was just me that had this problem
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      05-26-2012, 11:16 AM   #33
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I thought it was just me that had this problem
Me too haha. But apparently not after seeing this made it to two pages.
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      05-26-2012, 11:18 AM   #34
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I'm 6'2" and I am always hitting the rear switches instead of the front. I always thought it was because I was tall and had my seat back so far.
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if you were short, then wouldnt your seat be up closer? which would be easier to reach for the front windows. im pretty tall and always roll my back down, they are way to far.
Maybe you guys have short arms then...LOL. I'm only about 5'10" so maybe my seat isn't as far back as you guys, I don't know. Like I said it seems fine to me but this isn't the first time I've heard this complaint on these boards.
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      05-26-2012, 11:19 AM   #35
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Same problem here. They are way too far forward and forget about the mirror controls.
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Maybe you guys have short arms then...LOL. I'm only about 5'10" so maybe my seat isn't as far back as you guys, I don't know. Like I said it seems fine to me but this isn't the first time I've heard this complaint on these boards.
Like stated before its repositioned on your 2011 model.
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      05-26-2012, 12:05 PM   #37
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Same problem here. They are way too far forward and forget about the mirror controls.
+1. The window switches on my '08 128i are about 10" to the rear of those on my E91 and are too far back.

BMW had them on the the center console for many years and never explained why they were moved to the armrests sometime around 2006.

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You mean I'm not the only one :
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I atest to this, I'm always hitting the rear windows when I want the front windows
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      05-26-2012, 01:59 PM   #40
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I loved having all the window controls around the gear shifter in my e46.
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      05-26-2012, 03:08 PM   #41
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Maybe you guys have short arms then...LOL. I'm only about 5'10" so maybe my seat isn't as far back as you guys, I don't know. Like I said it seems fine to me but this isn't the first time I've heard this complaint on these boards.
It's not really a question of being too far away. It is more a question of not being where your arm naturally falls. On most cars if you are naturally resting your arm on the door your fingertips fall right on the front window switches. On this car ('09 335i e90) my fingertips fall right on the rear window switches.

It's not like not being able to reach the front switches. It's just not where your arm naturally falls.
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I'm always hitting that rear window when I want the front
Aye... +2

It was actually my biggest annoyance going from an E46 to E90. After getting used to the window controls being in the center console, I really started to like it. They stuck them back on the door AND made sure to put them out of reach!
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I find the back window switches frequently too. Apparently BMW agreed they were too far away and repositioned them (on the sedan, at least) as part of the 2009 refresh.
i had an 06 e90 and now a 2011 i never noticed they relocated them,, im still not sure they have been relocated. if they did it wasnt enough i have been driving e90's for four years and still often hit the rear window. i came from an e39 and never had this problem, so i know bmw knows where to put them, it must be a conspiracy.
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It's not a huge issue for me as I am not as tall as most of you boys (5'9") so my seat isn't as far back, although I do have a problem with it occasionally.

But it took me forever to get used to the position of the side mirror adjustments and fold button location. It's waaaay up there at the front and I'm constantly fiddling around with everything before I finally get to the button I'm looking for. I also greatly dislike the position of the central door lock button. That just makes zero sense to me.
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