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#11860 of 12737 cig lighter/phone charger
Jun 07, 2007 (3:32 pm)
okay, i'm a new bmw owner, just bought a 2004 cpo 545i.
my wife had a 1995 318i. to charge my cell phone in that car you had to buy a bmw adapter to plug into the cigarette lighter socket, you couldn't just plug in the universal charger like you can on american cars.
question: is that still the case? do i have to buy a special bmw adapter in order to charge my cell phone with the cigarette lighter in the 2004 model? or can i just plug it into the lighter like i can on my jeep? just wondering.
#11861 of 12737 Re: cig lighter/phone charger [zoelman]
Jun 11, 2007 (6:53 am)
do i have to buy a special bmw adapter in order to charge my cell phone with the cigarette lighter in the 2004 model? or can i just plug it into the lighter like i can on my jeep? just wondering.
Just give it a try; if you don't have to use a hammer to fully insert it you should be OK...
#11862 of 12737 Re: cig lighter/phone charger [roadburner]
Jun 11, 2007 (10:52 am)
the guy at BMW i talked with a few days ago said i still need to get an adapter that plugs into the glove box where the flashlight goes - otherwise i could possibly blow fuses and/or cause damage because it's only a 4 amp lighter? so not sure whatz up with this.
#11863 of 12737 Re: cig lighter/phone charger [zoelman]
by kyfdx HOST
Jun 11, 2007 (10:54 am)
I don't need an adapter for my '05 330.. Just plug it right in... Motorola..
Jun 11, 2007 (4:56 pm)
well, i guess i'll give it a try. i do have the warranty.
on another note, how accurate is the gas guage and when you run out of gas? when it says i have xx miles left before running out of gas - is there any grace miles in there? just wondering how exacting it is, or if it says 2 miles left, then, it's just 2 miles left and that's it.
on my jeep, i could run for maybe a dozen or more miles AFTER it said i had zero miles left.
#11865 of 12737 Re: gas guage [zoelman]
Jun 11, 2007 (5:33 pm)
I believe that there are two gallons of fuel left in the tank when the count-down mileage goes to zero. On my 530i I once had occasion to have to drive fifty miles after the count-down hit zero.
#11866 of 12737 Re: gas guage [shipo]
Jun 11, 2007 (7:19 pm)
Real men run out of gas.
#11867 of 12737 Re: gas guage [designman]
Jun 12, 2007 (4:15 am)
Sorry, my bad.
I actually did run out of gas in my 1995 Passat GLX one time. I had my two year old with me and by the time I strollered him up to the closest station, and then strollered him back to the car with a gas can, I saw that he was covered in ticks. Yikes! I threw his little butt in the car and pulled no less than twenty ticks off of him (I found several on me as well). Ever since then I've really tried not to run out of gas.
#11868 of 12737 Re: gas guage [zoelman]
Jun 12, 2007 (6:27 am)
You could always go in and fill your tank when it says you have 2 miles left and calculate how much gas was in the tank (assuming you know the tank capacity).
#11869 of 12737 Re: gas guage [zoelman]
Jun 12, 2007 (6:48 am)
On my '02 E39, I think the "range" starts to flash when it reads less than 9 or 10 miles, and after a couple more miles, I recall filling it in excess of 18 gallons in an 18.5 gallon tank. So maybe "about a dozen" miles remaining is about right (or maybe a half-dozen), but running out of gas is such a PIA, I think it's worth avoiding (real men, notwithstanding!)