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BMW 3 Series, Sedan
#5435 of 7013 Re: Park Distance Control [rhmass]
Jan 03, 2006 (8:26 am)
"The frequency of beeping increases as the distance between the rear bumper and the object decreases. When it is only 12 inches of space left, the beeping becomes a steady one."
Hmmm, I really learned to parallel park while I lived in Chicago during the 1980s and early 1990s, and then used that skill again when I lived in Manhattan during the mid 1990s. What the Chicago experience taught me was that one needed to ease your cars' bumper into the bumper of the car behind you, give it a little gas, crank the wheel, ease your front bumper into the rear of the car in front of your, give it a little gas, and then repeat the process. Using that techinque the folks in Chicago have discovered that they could fit their car into spots that were only a few inches longer than the car itself.
I'm thinking that if the PDC tone goes solid when still a foot from the other car is would be pretty useless. I don't suppose the threshold for the solid tone can be set via the iDrive system. I'm thinking something more appropriate like two to three inches would be optimal.
Having said all of that, I never once parked either of my BMWs in that manner, preferring not to touch bumpers at all. Even still, I'm thinking that a two to three inch threshold would be a boon to those of us who still need to parallel park in tight spaces.
#5436 of 7013 Re: Park Distance Control [shipo]
Jan 03, 2006 (12:57 pm)
Having lived in Manhattan, yes, I would agree that in parking one often leaves only about one milimeter distance from the car in front and in back. In less insane places, however, 12 inches seems reasonable.
#5437 of 7013 Re: Park Distance Control [bartalk3]
Jan 03, 2006 (1:01 pm)
Of course, you can still back up a little after you have the solid tone...say half a foot or so.
#5438 of 7013 Re: Park Distance Control [ivan_99]
Jan 03, 2006 (3:15 pm)
I find it helpful to use the PDC when I chase my cats down the driveway; it definitely enhances my target acquisition.
#5439 of 7013 Re: steptronic [davidd3]
Jan 04, 2006 (12:06 am)
1. In a layman's term then, sports mode is used when you want to pass the car or driving up the hills?
2. What is the purpose of the manual mode then besides just to give you a change of how you drive the car? I drove a stick before switching to steptronic, still, does not give the same feel.
3. Switching between these three mode very often would not effect the performance of the car or cause problem later on?
Jan 04, 2006 (8:01 am)
1. Sport mode raises the rpm shift point, but still shifts it for you. Result is faster acceleration and lower mileage. This can be good for passing quickly (like on a 2 lane, etc). Your top gear (6) is not used.
2. Manual mode overrides even sport mode and YOU decide when to shift the car. It will go to, or nearly to redline, and then shift for you, if you don't, in order to protect the engine. It will not feel the same as a stick, but it can still be fun on a twisty.
3. Shouldn't cause a problem. When I've driven a step-equipped BMW, I'll put it in sport mode or manual mode at a stoplight and let er rip when it is green. Once I get to my cruising speed (speed limit? ) I'll flip it back to auto mode (or back to auto/sport mode).
#5441 of 7013 Re: Park Distance Control [div2]
Jan 04, 2006 (8:11 am)
Unfortunately, I don't think your cat will trigger the beeping unless it is a big one as tall as the bumper height! So you may be out of luck.
Seriously, some of these options are not for "ultimate drivers" like you. However it does save me from getting rear bumper scars and the tilt down passenger's side mirror has made my wife the perfect parallel parker now!
There is something to be said for some BMW "frivolous" features.
#5442 of 7013 Re: Park Distance Control [rhmass]
Jan 04, 2006 (8:39 am)
Yes...some of these features are useful.
On my family vehicle, can’t call it a mini-van for some reason, I had a small child standing behind my van at Wal-Mart…didn’t see him…just heard the solid tone when I put it in reverse.
#5443 of 7013 Re: Park Distance Control [rhmass]
Jan 04, 2006 (9:08 am)
Well, I wouldn't mind having PDC on the X3, but it's not needed on something as small as my ti. Of course, BMW makes a PDC retrofit kit for the Compact- but not for the X3...
#5444 of 7013 Re: steptronic [toons]
Jan 04, 2006 (10:46 am)
1. I don't use sports mode for passing or driving up hills. The non-sports mode has plenty of power for that. I tend to use sports mode JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT. For instance, pulling away from a red light or a stop sign as fast as I can, or coming up to speed on an entrance ramp to a highway. Places where you can go from 0 to 50+. It also adds to the enjoyment of the twisties. The engine sounds great in sports mode. After each occassional burst in sports mode, I put it back in non-sports mode for better gas mileage.
2. There's no real purpose to the manual mode. It's just there for those who, although they opted for an automatic transmission, still enjoy shifting gears themselves now and then. While it's not a true manual, a steptronic transmission could be a compromise for a husband and wife who share a car, where the husband wanted a manual transmission and the wife insisted on an automatic transmission.
3. I assume and hope that switching between modes will not cause any problems. I bounce back and forth between sports mode and non-sports mode quite frequently when driving by myself.