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      10-07-2005, 07:28 PM   #1
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Programming your own Car & Key Memory

We picked up our 325xi today, and one of the coolest features is the ability to program your own Car & Key Memory settings. Having owned an E46 and an X3 where the dealer was the only one that could change the Car & Key Memory settings, this makes things ALOT easier. Also, if we change our mind about something, it's an easy 1-minute fix versus taking a trip to the dealer and begging them not to charge us to reprogram.

You can control all the features right from the OBC stalk on the steering column. Our car is a non-Nav car, I wonder if you can do this stuff through the Nav like you can on an E60.

I believe that this is a September software-update change, but I could be mistaken.

Anyone else have a chance to play around with this a bit?

Otherwise, our car is great thus far, and I'll try my best to get some pics once it finally stops raining up here.
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Our 325xiT should be in our posession by mid next week or so... I have been waiting for the software update for the E90, but no word yet. Anxious to try it out! What specific things can you program?
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I can say that in my case, a pre-sept prod with sept update, I cannot change the settings usually only the dealer can do (for example, drive away auto-lock). Bummer. You'll probably have better chance than me since yours is a sept prod.
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      10-08-2005, 10:58 AM   #4
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I'll grab some pics later... I can program just about everything that the dealer used to have to program...

-auto lock when car in motion or if car is not opened after unlocking
-seat memory when opening door or unlocking
-daytime running lights
-visual confirmation when locking/unlocking
-pathway lighting ("follow me home") and adjustments of how long the lights stay on
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sarafil said......"You can control all the features right from the OBC stalk on the steering column. Our car is a non-Nav car, I wonder if you can do this stuff through the Nav like you can on an E60."

Yes.....you can program all of these features with the I-Drive. It's a great feature. Now I don't have to rely on the dealer
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Here are a few shots of what you can do in the car. I'm sorry if a few aren't totally clear.

There are more. It's a great system and very easy to use and change once you figure out what the symbols mean.
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How do u get the key & check mark to appear?
I have iDrive & Nav. does it make a difference?
I can get all settings in my iDrive with exception of DRL.
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How do u get the key & check mark to appear?
I have iDrive & Nav. does it make a difference?
I can get all settings in my iDrive with exception of DRL.
Put key in the slot and press the start button (don't have to start the engine), then cycle through the options on the display using the up/down button on the turn signal lever (not the button on the end of the stalk, but the one on the middle of the stalk that you can push up/down with your thumb). You'll see two options that say "SET"... one is for unit adjustment, the other is for Car & Key Memory.

I'm not sure how I get the key and the check mark to come up... I think that appeared when I put the key in the slot to tell me the key was recognized.
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      10-08-2005, 08:49 PM   #9
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This is so cool! About time, eh???
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For those that recently took delivery; Did the CA have you fill out a programming sheet before you took delivery? For key memeory, DRL, etc..I think I did this for my E46.
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I see u have 325xi, maybe this only works for new cars being released.
Sure doesn't work on my 330i tryed everything & no way to set it.
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For those that recently took delivery; Did the CA have you fill out a programming sheet before you took delivery? For key memeory, DRL, etc..I think I did this for my E46.
When I gave the car to the service advisor when it came in for a PDI, I told him the settings I wanted set (but didn't fill out a form). When the car was done, they were all ok except for the auto-lock not being active on one of the keys. I brought the car back into the shop for them to program that feature, and that's when the tech showed me that I could change them on my own.

It's really quick, and it's something that your Client Advisor should be able to configure with you in a few minutes during the vehicle presentation at delivery.
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I see u have 325xi, maybe this only works for new cars being released.
Sure doesn't work on my 330i tryed everything & no way to set it.

Have you had the September software update performed yet?
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Have you had the September software update performed yet?
Yes couple weeks ago infact had to leave car over night.
To my knowledge not a single thing new from the update?
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Yes couple weeks ago infact had to leave car over night.
To my knowledge not a single thing new from the update?
I wonder if they'll ever be able to make this update to your car or if they can't do it.
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whoa. My car doesn't have this either! oh man. that be a neat feature
if you can do that in the car. I need to go ask my dealership.
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We now have our 325xiT and all of these programmable functions are there. I spent a few minutes yesterday programming our preferences and it was a snap. I think those of us with older (seems a damn shame to even have to say 'older') E90 are being screwed though.
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LEDZEP, so the new 325 you've received has those features, but
your E90 doesn't huh?

AH THAT BITES!!!!! DAMN IT.
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Yep. I have an appointment scheduled for the software update for the E90, but according to the service guy, I still won't have those options. It will only enable their ability to program it for me.

It's not like I'm going to be changing my mind about these settings, but I still feel that BMW is screwing us. We should get a full retro-fit, even if that means a hardware upgrade.
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I just took delivery and it looks like I've got a August Production car without the ability to self-program DRL, autolock and car & key memory. LEDZEP keep us posted on what happens after your software update. I am going to push for a September software update as well.

What did you say to your dealer? I read somewhere that you have to be experiencing an issue with your car before they'll update the software.
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So...sounds like this is a Sept production on.
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So this is fairly easy to find in the menu? I'll be adjusting the settings soon.
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