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  1. johnleb


    April and October is my GUESS.. Why? A couple of years back I did an upgrade in March, the next release came out in April haha. I did the 2018-1 update back in November, I wasn't watching out for it just came across it and did the upgrade.. so ROUGHLY, GUESSING, ESTIMATING... Apr-Oct
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    spot on glad you got it sorted! afaik if you have USB in armrest and in the glovebox, the armrest doesn't doesn't work. I've never heard of it working from the armrest so good to know.
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    robsey29 - not to doubt you - but I would triple check you DON'T have a usb connection in the glovebox. I've done the update 3 times on two different cars, one being a 2012 e92 - same issue as you. We checked the glovebox twice couldn't find a usb port - but low and behold, there was one. Worked first time. Also, ensure you're writing the data to the usb drive correctly. When I did the 2018-1 maps on my 2011 f11, I needed 3 usb sticks, as there are 3 folders in the download, disk 1, disk 2, disk 3, the car prompted each time for the stick it needed. I'm not very experienced but having done if before a few times that is all I can say to help. The stick needs to have the files in the correct location for the car to pick up the update. You're falling at the first hurdle, I'm going to say the fix is just something "dumb" that's not quite right.
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    to do a larger drive you need powershell format /FS:FAT32 X: - where x is your usb drive letter. add /Q after format if you want to do it quickly. oh, you were talking to cs10 - he got his 64gb drive from bmw i think.
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    bmw 5 series m sport f10 juddering

    excellent! good job i'm not a betting man I wouldn't have thought wheel bearings, they're pretty bulletproof on german cars arn't they - as you say dodgy discs causing accelerated wear!
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    I think they should - as you said you bought it from them. Just make sure you're ready for any questions that would question your competence. I'm sure it'll get sorted. I'm sorry for your woes. I guess the only silver lining is that people reading this should be aware they need to update their software first before doing the map update. You'd think there would be some sort of recovery mode that would allow the system to function without the maps .... it must be very distracting to have the system constantly reset. Sorry I can't help further.
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    Impressive specced F10!

    this... thats a touch high, 22k would be a fairer price imo. nice spec though someone went trigger happy on the options list! might be worth shelling out for if you like all the gadgets and keeping the car a long while.. I might personally. I wouldn't be too overly concerned about the long oil change but i'd do the next couple a little more frequently
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    also turn off bluetooth on your phone! some phones have been know to cause reboots... i'm reading the web for you... keep us updated, everything points to upgrading the firmware on the idrive or map data corruption. I think you need to try updating the firmware buddy.
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    found on another forum.. I haven't seen this posted here but it's something that I've found useful on a few ocassions. To completely reboot your car control computer (I-Drive, Navigation, Audio), hold down both eject buttons for the DVD and CD drives while pushing the radio power knob. This causes the system to reboot from scratch but doesn't lose any of your presets or stored information. When you turn the car off and back on again it doesn't completely reboot the system, at least not to this degree. I would consider getting another copy of the maps. Here's how I did it - I bought 3 of these..(or very similar) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kingston-Technology-Traveler-Windows-Casing/dp/B00SOL9ZSA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1518718039&sr=8-1&keywords=16gb+usb+kingston I downloaded the 2018-1 map from the internet - I can't tell you where... but there are loads of webpages if you search, a "torrent" of them with download links for the map data. I copied the data folder for each stick to the usb, formatting as fat32 and loaded them up when the computer asked for disc 2, disc 3 etc... I even did it over a couple of days as i was driving to work. The system checks each stick in turn, then asks for the missing data on the next stick. All perfect. Try this method... use quality branded usb sticks as well. I'm 99% certain the stick or the data is faulty/corrupted in some way that's fooling the error checker. (it does happen!)
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    ok - you can get an idea if it'll restart during the update. put the stick in the glovebox usb port and turn on the car, you should get a message saying software update available and the version numbers. Just wait - it doesn't automatically start updating as soon as it detects the stick, if the system doesn't restart then i'd feel pretty confident about doing the update. But that's just me. Hope that makes sense. Remember I've got an F11 with pro nav and this is what happens when I do the software updates. I expect you'll be the same, but don't blame me if it goes differently! sorry! A software update usually takes around 2-4 minutes, it's not very long. have you tried just disconnecting the battery btw? I'm surprised the dab stations were lost, but I don't have dab.
  11. sorry to sound like an arse but multiple people have already suggested that as the cause of the problem. Get the car up on some ramps at a garage and get them checked. Any garage can check the wear on bushes for all your suspension bits, I think it's even part of an MOT. Every car "suffers" with this type of problem, but heavy large engine BMWs do wear them out quickly. My old E39 530d used to rip through them, they were always getting replaced at a service.
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    bmw 5 series m sport f10 juddering

    i dont know about only using genuine parts, but I'm sure plenty of people run different brakes and discs without issue. When this happened on my e39 it was the bushes for the anti roll bars (ARBs) have your garage checked out all the suspension bushes for play? It's not much help sorry as I would be amazed if this wasn't spotted by all 4 garages. Personally I would only use genuine parts, the brakes bmw use are a little dusty but they stop the car really well, I don't know why people use alternatives to be honest. - price I guess? If the garages have all said the discs, did they actually look at the car? If so why do you doubt them? Perhaps the disc was manufactured incorrectly and has failed? If it's not your bushes Personally, I'd cut my losses and grab some genuine discs if I were you - they are on bmw's ebay shop and not ridiculous amounts of cash. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-Genuine-Lightweight-Front-Brake-Discs-Set-F10-F11-5-Series-34116794429-/171883705706?hash=item280511356a maybe just switch out the front first and see where that gets you? good luck! my money is on worn suspension bushes though as you get the judder when not braking also.
  13. after having it on my f11 i wouldn't really want to do without it unless I had no choice. It's great. I did get rid of the run flats though - it's not just ride quality, they warp rims due to them being so hard they don't soak up any of the shock of a pothole or poor road, causing damage (ask me how I know) anyway - Adaptive drive - I have comfort, normal and sport as mine is the "old" naming system, comfort feels big and bouncy, really makes a difference and is perfect for cruising down the motorway. Normal is just that - not hard or soft, and sport I use quite a bit, great for aggressive speed bumps and if you feel like enjoying the car a bit. I think I do:- 50% Normal 30% comfort 20% sport - only because I live in the countryside and the roads are crap. I do think the system is run off a pully on the engine though - I had my drive belt snap and one of the multitude of errors was adaptive drive failure, so I suspect you pay a small penalty in terms of MPG (i get 33.7mpg on a 530d) but don't quote me on that, i've no idea how it works.
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    do you know there are different versions of the maps depending on your idrive? mine is europe west premium. but there are others other than premium. I wonder if they gave you the right one?
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    am I to assume you've already tried updating the software with the link provided - and it's made no difference? I suspect the map update may have gone wrong, the system is trying to load the broken maps, not being able to, so it restarts, hence the infinite loop you're having. reloading the maps is definately worth it - did you get an fsc code from bmw and did they give you usb drives to update it? you can download the maps off the internet and load them onto 3x usb sticks works perfectly. just so you know - i'm not an expert on this stuff.