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Old 04-03-2006, 09:05 PM   #1
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i-drive...what is all the fuss?

I have been using the idrive in my e60 for over a week now. It isn't difficult to use at all. I love having all the functions of the car being controlled under my palm. What is all the complaint about when it first came out? Having idrive really clears up the dash a lot by getting rid of all the buttons. I love it!!!
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Old 04-03-2006, 09:08 PM   #2
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Old farts that can barely turn on a computer don't like it.

For everyone else, it's just fine.
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Old 04-03-2006, 09:08 PM   #3
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I agree. I've always wondered why so many people had issues with IDrive. I drive is easier to use than most current cell phones, yet, people have no issues operating them. I attribute such nonsense to laziness on the part of the consumer.
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Old 04-03-2006, 09:14 PM   #4
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My dad has an E60 and I used the iDrive for like 2 minutes and got it instantly. For some people it may take a week or so to learn and the journalists probably have the test cars for only less than a week, so their opnions on iDrive are quite different.

Just make sure you get the latest update because it likes to freeze at times (In my dad's car there was a CD in playing from the last trip. Then when I used his car to fill it up for him, iDrive froze for the whole day and the annoying CD just kept playing. I ended up just muting the stereo.)
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Old 04-03-2006, 10:02 PM   #5
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band wagon. that is the answer, once person said it sucks, another person and then it continued.
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Old 04-03-2006, 10:14 PM   #6
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Old farts that can barely turn on a computer don't like it.

For everyone else, it's just fine.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

The I-drive debuted in the 7-series, a car with a much higher average age for it's buyers (high 40's/ low 50's if I remember). That's says it all. The Stanford engineers of the I-Drive should have taken that into consideration, but oh well.
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band wagon. that is the answer, once person said it sucks, another person and then it continued.

Ahhhhhh, another case of the mob mentality eh? I think you're spot on.
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Old 04-04-2006, 04:47 AM   #8
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Hi, all,

Don't forget that the i Drive in the E60, E87 and E90 is a simplified version of that which originally came out in the 7 series. The latest versions have only 4 directional points as compared to the original version's 8.

Having driven a 5 series with i Drive, I do admit that it is now easier to use than the original version. However, having said that, it's still not intuitive enough and takes far too long to do a simple operation like re-direct air flow or switch stereo settings. Bring back the dash knobs, please!

Personally, I also find the twin cowl dash that comes with i Drive plain ugly.

And yes, I am in the old fart group, being above 40.

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Old 04-04-2006, 09:14 AM   #9
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ahhhh i got to point out that my i-drive freezes and is just annoying to use.

people like me looks past the i-drive when buying a car like the 7. My biggest gripe is that to change the direction of climate control, i have to go into a menu

yeah its learnable but its also annoying the amount of time u take ur eyes of the road
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Old 04-05-2006, 11:28 AM   #10
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My i-drive crashed

Well its a computer after all. Mine went out yesterday. It just stopped working. You can still drive the car but can't access anything in the i-drive. The radio doesn't work but I don't mind listening to the engine untill I get it fixed. Thank heavens its not windows based otherwise this would be a common occurance.
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Well its a computer after all. Mine went out yesterday. It just stopped working. You can still drive the car but can't access anything in the i-drive. The radio doesn't work but I don't mind listening to the engine untill I get it fixed. Thank heavens its not windows based otherwise this would be a common occurance.
It is windows based...
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Old 04-06-2006, 04:22 AM   #12
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Why all the unnecessary complication? i Drive should be an option for those who want it and conventional switchgear be there for those who don't.

BMW is losing it as competitor systems such as M-B's COMMAND and Audi's MMI are lots easier to use, though I am still not a fan of either.
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