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      10-13-2006, 09:10 AM   #1
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Help: What options use these buttons?

The bottom row of buttons in the center console is different depending on the options installed in the car. I'm thinking it would be nice to use the spare buttons in that row for mods. However to order the correct part I need to know which options use which buttons.

This is the button row I'm talking about:
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There can be up to six buttons, from left to right:

1: Left side heated seat
2: PDC on/off
3: Rear sunscreen
4: <unknown>
5: <unknown> (not used at all?)
6: Right side heated seat

I need help filling in the 4 and 5 blanks. The parts list on RealOEM gives a hint about the 4th being something with navigation or onboard tv/monitor. There's also a LED above the 4th button.

Also the flat cable from this module looks like it contains one lead per button rather than being a digital bus. Can anyone confirm/deny this?
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      10-13-2006, 09:12 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by Zagor
The bottom row of buttons in the center console is different depending on the options installed in the car. I'm thinking it would be nice to use the spare buttons in that row for mods. However to order the correct part I need to know which options use which buttons.

This is the button row I'm talking about:
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There can be up to six buttons, from left to right:

1: Left side heated seat
2: PDC on/off
3: Rear sunscreen
4: <unknown>
5: <unknown> (not used at all?)
6: Right side heated seat

I need help filling in the 4 and 5 blanks. The parts list on RealOEM gives a hint about the 4th being something with navigation or onboard tv/monitor. There's also a LED above the 4th button.

Also the flat cable from this module looks like it contains one lead per button rather than being a digital bus. Can anyone confirm/deny this?
4 or 5 is Hill Descent Mode. I think 4. I'll tell you once definitely after lunch...
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      10-13-2006, 09:17 AM   #3
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http://realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?...48&hg=61&fg=25

Looks like Hill Descent Mode is 4..
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Looks like Hill Descent Mode is 4..
Thanks. I didn't even know that was available as an option. Oddly, the realoem conditionals don't mention hill descent...
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      10-13-2006, 09:43 AM   #5
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Thanks. I didn't even know that was available as an option. Oddly, the realoem conditionals don't mention hill descent...
Yeah I don't think it's an option. It came on my car. I don't know if it comes on all US models, or maybe just all the x-models.. It might be just the x-models, that sounds about right to me..
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Yeah I don't think it's an option. It came on my car. I don't know if it comes on all US models, or maybe just all the x-models.. It might be just the x-models, that sounds about right to me..
Ah, that would explain it.
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Hey, so what mods are you planning on using these buttons for?

I like to install my mods this way as well, it makes for a very nice and clean look/install..
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That still leaves the #5 spot....now I'm curious
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It may not be used at all. In the E90 owners manual it describes and shows all the buttons except #5 spot. It is probably just a blank.
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Hill decent mode (the button that looks like a duck) is only available on models with x drive.
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Hey, so what mods are you planning on using these buttons for?
I'm thinking something like this, but even more discreetly:

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I'm thinking something like this, but even more discreetly:

Did you ever do this? Sounds like a great idea!
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Did you ever do this? Sounds like a great idea!
Yay, nice thread excavation!

Yes and no. I did a mod, but not using those extra buttons since I wasn't able to find a part with more buttons on it.

Instead I put the components (a rocker switch and a LED) on the underside of that panel. It is completely invisible yet easily reachable and the LED reflects nicely in the brushed aluminum below.
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Yay, nice thread excavation!

Yes and no. I did a mod, but not using those extra buttons since I wasn't able to find a part with more buttons on it.

Instead I put the components (a rocker switch and a LED) on the underside of that panel. It is completely invisible yet easily reachable and the LED reflects nicely in the brushed aluminum below.
Did we ever figure out what button #5 is for?
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Sorry for reviving this topic, but I just had to reply.

1: Left side heated seat
2: PDC on/off
3: Rear sunscreen
4: Hill Descent Control on/off
5: Start Stop System on/off
6: Right side heated seat

Mystery solved. I hope people can finally sleep at night again with this knowledge.
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