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BMW X5, Auto Body, Engine, Suspension, SUV
#484 of 678 Nav Screen wont turn on - 03 x5
Sep 11, 2007 (7:47 am)
I notice this morning that my Nav screen won't turn on. The radio controls seems to work but there is no screen whatsoever. When I turn off the car and restart it, I noticed that there is a quick flash on the screen but that was it. The BMW logo didn't even appear like it usually does.
I have a 2003 X5 4.4 and have never had a problem with the Nav screen before.
Any help or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
#485 of 678 Steering column
Sep 12, 2007 (7:20 pm)
I have a 2007 X5 4.8. The steering column rises when car is shut for easy exiting, however it doesn’t always lower to previous position. It is driving me crazy. Sometimes it works other times it doesn’t. Dealer looked at it and of course couldn’t replicate. Does anyone else have this problem? Is their a trick when shutting down?
#486 of 678 Re: Steering column [haaser]
Sep 18, 2007 (8:15 am)
Do you have the steering column's position,that you like to drive it in,stored in memory? try that and let us know
#487 of 678 Re: Nav Screen wont turn on - 03 x5 [falvor88]
Oct 19, 2007 (8:07 am)
I had this exact same problem with a nav system in a 745i. The dealer eventually diagnosed the problem as defective navigation system hardware, so they replaced the nav computer entirely. That is an expensive part that had to be shipped from Germany (probably because the 7 series nav system is part of the iDrive system). BMW had to authorize the replacement, which required the dealer to eliminate every other possibility first. That meant 3 trips to the dealer before they finally replaced the part.
I hope your X5 is still under warranty if they have to replace the nav system. The first step probably will be to update/re-install the nav software to make sure it's not a problem with corrupted software.
#488 of 678 Checking Oil Levels In New BMW Engines
Oct 19, 2007 (8:39 am)
I've read several posts in various places from people who complain that new BMW engines don't have dipsticks, so you can't check the engine oil level. One poster said her dealer told her that they would have to drain out all the the oil, measure it, and refill it to know if it needs oil. How could BMW be so "stupid"? Well, fortunately they're not.
Oil levels in new BMW engines are monitored electronically. If the engine has no dipstick, you check the engine oil level using the onboard computer or the iDrive system. They have an "electronic dipstick" that allows you to check oil levels while the engine is running and even while you drive the car. No more stopping the engine and fumbling around hot, dirty, crowded engine compartments.
Look in the index of the owner's manual under "oil" for instructions.
#489 of 678 Re: 2006 BMW X5 4.4 1st Gear Slows Down [maf1]
Nov 06, 2007 (12:05 pm)
I've had a similar issue with my 2004 X5 4.4L. Only during cold start though. Problem started out as only an upshift issue between gears 1->2. Dealer reprogrammed the transmission. Problem went away. 3 weeks later hard shifting from gears 2->1 only on first cold shift experienced. Dealer again inspected cause, and reprogramming could not resolve. They found the transmission was slipping only at that point, and replaced it under factory warranty. My X5 has 40K miles, and the transmission is from GM ironically.
#490 of 678 Re: 2007 X5 Electrical/Computer Problems [klp65]
Nov 07, 2007 (1:12 pm)
Mine has been at the dealership three times for the electronic brake malfunctioning. They have no idea why it is happening. they continue to change modules and re-program the vehicle. No solution on this end, other than I have contacted an attorney to look into the California lemon law.
#491 of 678 Rear Light Sockets
Nov 13, 2007 (6:51 pm)
I own an 2002 x-5 and a 2002 325. Both cars and my sister's 2001 500 series have had issues with the wiring melting onto the sockets in the tail lights. I had to relpace both sockets in my 325 and had the contact points cleaned up on one of my pack lights. The other side is too far gone and is ready for replacing. The service people at my dealership see this problem rather frequently and have admitted it is a design flaw. I anyone else finding this to be an issue? I feel BMW should be replacing these for us! Thanks!
#492 of 678 Considering 2008 BMW X5
Nov 15, 2007 (11:25 am)
Have heard that the I drive is too hard to learn is this true? would love to hear real world experiences. also is there an issue with finding someone to replace the RFT tires or using a car with these?
#493 of 678 Re: Considering 2008 BMW X5 [swebblucy]
Dec 14, 2007 (6:46 pm)
Is iDrive hard to learn? The answer, apparently, is that iDrive is hard to learn only if you're a journalist for an automotive magazine or for Consumer Reports. They complain incessantly about iDrive being too complicated, usually because they couldn't master it during their 20 minute test drive. A normal human being shouldn't have a problem with iDrive if they have basic computer experience.
The truth is that you will not learn 100% of the iDrive functions the first time you drive the car, but you should be able to learn 75% of the features after a couple drives. The important features (like stereo controls) that you use every day are easy to learn and most of those features also are controlled by buttons on the dashboard or steering wheel. Beyond that, there will be a few obscure options that you don't need to use on a daily basis and you can look those up when you need them (like the ability to use iDrive to check engine oil levels while driving on the highway, or re-setting your tire pressure monitor).
I've had several vehicles with iDrive since it first debuted. I like it because it provides extremely detailed control over the vehicle's features. It's great for people like me who want to configure the vehicle to my own personal preferences. But it requires some thought. You have to learn something new and there is a bit of a learning curve the first time you use it. Apparently, that's a problem for journalists.