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    BMW 520D M-Sport (2016)

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  1. Malcolm

    iDrive Coding via USB

    Hi Guys, New to the forum and specifically Coding too. I have come across some sellers (eBay) offering USB Coding for iDrive's where they send you a .bin file via email to then ingest into the car via the USB port enabling certain functions within the iDrive system. I was wanting to know if: 1. Is it safe to use this approach? 2. Can I create the .bin file myself using software rather than paying someone for the services? I have considered the cable approach, but would not know where to start, but I do think it can be cost effective for me considering we own 3 BMW's within the family. Thanks
  2. Hi Graham, Seems your one of a few people who have pinpointed the issue being around the Passenger Air Bag Module, but mine seems to be coming from the centre top of the dashboard. It is due in with the dealers this week and hopefully I will ask them to provide some info on the fix so I can share on here.
  3. A friend has an F10 (2013) and no creaks either and even to push on the Dash it seems solid without any noise, but I do the same on sisters 420D (2017) and I can replicate the same sound despite she not hearing it at all whilst driving. Must be a common thing, but I guess only those who spot it are concerned and its one of them sound unless highlighted to you you wouldn't notice and it wouldnt be a concern.
  4. As an update guys, the dealership accepted to resolve the issue without any concerns and it is booked in for next week as I needed a loan car. Apparently the After Sales Manager who contacted me said he mentioned it to his technician who instantly asked if it was an F10 as it's a known thing.... hopefully they'll get it sorted and I will post my findings once car is returned. I wasn't really too concerned with whether or not BMW would accept to fix the issue, but more to do with creating a domino effect where they remove the Dash and before you know it they loosen other trims and the sounds get worse....LOL
  5. Yes I agree and will that, seems its a common issue too as the more I google this the more posts I feed with the same problem. My only concern is if the dash etc is dismantled and not correctly reassembled then could this cause further creaks...lol If so it would be ideal to see if anyone has managed to apply a fix without going to that extent.
  6. Hi Ricky, Thanks for your input. Would you know if they had to remove the Dashboard to do this and was it a job via the dealership?
  7. Malcolm

    New BMW Owner

    Thanks Loadmaster
  8. Thanks again and hopefully I will follow with some positive results soon.
  9. Thanks Dakota for the video and yes it does seem simple to access. With regards the AUC Warranty as the car still has Manufacture Warranty until May 2019 I assumed it would be covered, unless once if becomes Approved Used it overrides the original warranty on the car? Also I highlighted the issues straight away with the dealership so hopefully they should honour something surely. I did hear rattles whilst the test drive, but the salesman said it was due to the Trade Plates he placed on the dashboard causing the sound, shame on me for not asking him to move them and then see....
  10. Hi All, I have searched the forum and found a couple of post regarding similar issues, but no fix confirmed and was hopping someone could shed some further light on my issue. This is my first post following a recently purchased (AUC) 520D (2016). I only purchased the car on Friday (31.08.18) and on my way home realised a slight creaking sound from the front internal part of my car, assuming this would be something in the compartments I continued to drive home only to realise there wasn't anything left around to cause this, but it was coming from the Dashboard area and I could replicate the exact sound by applying some light pressure on the Dashboard. The sound seems to be coming from under the dash just above the SAT NAV screen near the centre speaker, but can be replicated whilst applying pressure on any part of the dash. Over the weekend I have become so frustrated with the sound that it's actually annoying whilst driving not only for myself but passengers too. The sound is only there on local roads (rough surfaces etc) and also whilst turing, but not at all whilst on Motorway or driving above 40MPH. Following some searched online I have noticed numerous members experiencing similar issues, but I am struggling to find any solution to this issue. My car is still under the Manufacture Warranty as well as the Approved; however I'm not too sure how BMW would address this and where removing a Dashboard could potentially cause further creaks and squeaks down the line. Has anyone who had this issue managed to get it resolved and what would your suggestions be with BMW potentially removing the Dashboard to look into it?
  11. Malcolm

    New BMW Owner

    Hi All, First of all I'd like to say what a great forum and some fantastic advice on here. Following many reads I decided to purchase my replacement from a Jaguar XF to a BMW 520D M-Sport (F10) 2016 from BMW (AUC). Great car (despite few niggles which I will post in relevant sections) and I look forward to sharing my experiences and learning more about my car via this forum. Malcolm