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      02-13-2013, 03:29 PM   #1
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Cool Snowflake Triangle

I am new to BMW. Recently purchased 2012 E90 xdrive. When I turn push on the ignition, a triangle lights up with a snowflake in center. This will occassionally show up when I first start driving, no ice nearby. It stys on for 2-5 seconds. I cannot find the icon in the owners man. The dealership told me its for slippage on ice. Any ideas would be appreciated
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      02-13-2013, 03:30 PM   #2
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Means it is below 41 degrees F outside temperature. Possible ice.



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I am new to BMW. Recently purchased 2012 E90 xdrive. When I turn push on the ignition, a triangle lights up with a snowflake in center. This will occassionally show up when I first start driving, no ice nearby. It stys on for 2-5 seconds. I cannot find the icon in the owners man. The dealership told me its for slippage on ice. Any ideas would be appreciated
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      02-13-2013, 03:40 PM   #3
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Means it's cold lol. Plays the little gong too right? At first I thought you were talking about a triangle with an arrow around it. That means traction control is kicking in and you're slipping in the rear.
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      02-13-2013, 03:42 PM   #4
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Just means its cold outside so drive carefully, these cars are basically mothers.
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      02-13-2013, 03:52 PM   #5
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It's time to turn the heated seats on. You could try and code the warning signal to activate the heated seats. This will get the coder's out there something to think about!
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      02-13-2013, 03:58 PM   #6
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From the '07 online manual:

"Outside temperature warning
When the displayed temperature sinks to
approx. +37oF/+3oC, a signal sounds and a
warning lamp lights up. There is an increased
risk of black ice."

The warning lamp is the snowflake.

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      02-13-2013, 04:03 PM   #7
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I just looked in the 2012 owner's manual. The reason you couldn't find the symbol is because they put the wrong symbol in the picture!

Check Page 76: http://cache.bmwusa.com/PDF_f7be0eac...d-33e5debb749a
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      02-13-2013, 05:13 PM   #8
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Thumbs up Thanks

I appreciate the help. It is interesting that the dealer could not answer that?! This is the same dealer that told me I could put regular fuel.
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      02-13-2013, 05:21 PM   #9
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switch dealers


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I appreciate the help. It is interesting that the dealer could not answer that?! This is the same dealer that told me I could put regular fuel.
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      02-13-2013, 05:37 PM   #10
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I appreciate the help. It is interesting that the dealer could not answer that?! This is the same dealer that told me I could put regular fuel.
yup, regular fuel works infact, corn oil from shoprite works great adds turbo boost.

Stay on this forum and you'll be ok.
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      02-13-2013, 05:39 PM   #11
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I appreciate the help. It is interesting that the dealer could not answer that?! This is the same dealer that told me I could put regular fuel.
Did you ever open the fuel door!
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      02-13-2013, 05:43 PM   #12
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Means it is below 41 degrees F outside temperature. Possible ice.
37 not 41
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      02-13-2013, 06:37 PM   #13
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You're low on snowflakes!!!

Please fill up with more snowflakes before you drive again.



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In my '08 it pops up under 37degrees.
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I hate that thing. Ends up scaring me half the time it goes off - making me think something is wrong, until I look down and see that snowflake.

<Sigh> 3 degrees C isn't even that cold.
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I hate that thing. Ends up scaring me half the time it goes off - making me think something is wrong, until I look down and see that snowflake.

<Sigh> 3 degrees C isn't even that cold.
Cold enough that the road a foot below the sensor could be icy.
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      02-13-2013, 11:22 PM   #17
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Since this snow year has sucked, when it comes on in my car is just my car effing with me. I mean two effing years in a row I put my blizzaks just to get the middle finger by Mother Nature. I will take my snow tires off and put in my 19s just to have a blizzard!!
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funny thread....

low on snowflakes......good one!




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      02-14-2013, 12:51 AM   #19
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Cold enough that the road a foot below the sensor could be icy.
In my experience, the only way a road is icy at 3C is if it was previously colder and snowed.

And even if that were the case, I sure don't need the car to tell me it is icy out.

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Every time my car "dings" all I hear is "cha-ching" lol. I'm always relieved to see that it is just the snowflake
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I still think it's a warning for an in-coming Stargate worm hole.

I watch too much TV.
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In my experience, the only way a road is icy at 3C is if it was previously colder and snowed.

And even if that were the case, I sure don't need the car to tell me it is icy out.
Yeah, but your car doesn't know if it's snowed or someone wet the road and it froze or anything. It is just trying to be helpful. VW's have been doing the same thing for a decade now. Sure, it causes you to panic for a second because you think something is wrong, but then realize that it's just a little chilly.
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