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    G30 530i SE in mineral white

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  1. I got a letter from BMW about a month before my warranty expired. Also, I got an email from Sytners (my supplying dealer) just before that.
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    Remote control key battery discharged

    I got this with one of my keys. I took out the 'new' battery and wiped it on a cloth and it's been OK ever since. I presume there was some crud or grease on the battery. Worth a try maybe?
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    iDrive response

    If I accelerate above the set point, then flick the toggle up, the current speed becomes the new set point. I use this feature regularly when leaving 50mph motorway road work zones. (2017 G30 530i).
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    Approved Used BMW with 02/17 Map

    OTA updates are supposed to be included free for the first 3 years, but my Dec 2017 G30 has never received a single one. It took me 3 months of arguing with Customer Services and the dealer (Sytners), but I eventually got 3 years of USB updates enabled (expires soon now!).
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    How to delete Navigation data?

    Maybe BMW use the ECO settings for the certification tests to minimise the CO2 figures (& hence the tax we have to pay, either directly or as contribution towards BMW's 'corporate average' fines/taxes) ?
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    2020-2 maps now available on Download Manager

    My 2008 Dell Vostro 1700 (Core 2 Duo) runs windows 10 Pro OK. As new, it came with Vista. I paid ~£25 for the W8 update, then got the W10 update for free. I've upgraded it with a 256Gb SSD and a bit more memory. It's fine for most browsing/spreadsheets/word processing jobs etc. My download speed shows at ~60Mb/s. BMW map updates usually take ~4hrs for download and unzip to USB. I guess 14yrs puts sjak92's machine in an even older level of processor though.
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    How to delete Navigation data?

    No ECO on mine either (Nov 2017 build)
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    2020-2 maps now available on Download Manager

    Yes, it took me 3+ hrs to download the data, then another hour or so to unzip it onto a (64Gb) USB stick. . The downloaded zip file is over 30Gb, which unzips to ~35Gb on the USB stick.
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    2020-2 maps now available on Download Manager

    BMW include free automatic updates OTA for 3 years from new. Mine is over 2 years old now and has never received a single OTA update. There are lots of others in the same position. Basically, it doesn't work on many cars. I suspect that there is something faulty with the way they are set up at the factory, but BMW have never accepted this. Even USB updates didn't work at first for me, but eventually the dealer got it switched on for my car so that is what I have always used. It's a manual, time consuming process, but at least you get the full new version that way instead of just a few patches.
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    Keyless access break in

    A few months ago a friend of my son's had his internet-linked alarm trigger. He logged in from work to see two people ransacking his house. When he shouted at them through the cameras' audio link one grabbed a knife from his kitchen. They found the keys and stole his Golf R off the drive. It has never been seen again. It was on a lease deal. His insurance company paid off the finance company but he lost the deposit that he'd paid on it. His gap insurance never covered the deposit! When he spoke to the police they reckoned there would have been a third one changing the number plates whilst the other two were in his house. It's fortunate that he wasn't there at the time. At least his loss was only financial.
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    Keyless access break in

    When did they block the OBD start 'option'? My car was built November 2017.
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    Keyless access break in

    Why didn't the alarm go off?
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    BMW Download Manager

    The one in the 'ashtray' works fine on mine.
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    Yes, it's quite common but a but difficult to see in situ. A mulch of dead leaves, moths etc tends to build up there too.
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    In the 100k miles that I owned my E39 (LCI model 525i) I had to change the radiator twice because the bottom tubes distorted (curved severely downwards). Also needed new thermostat (genuine ones have an electric heating element in the base) and new electric fan assembly (genuine ones have the electronic variable speed control, many aftermarket ones don't) and the 'fan' belt. I never changed the expansion tank or the water pump though.