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Thursday, 19 April 2018 10:16

Harman Kardon vs Hi-Fi vs Standard Audio for BMW

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Wondering what the difference is between all the audio options and speakers for BMW? Don’t worry, we’ve explained everything you need to know right here. It’s important to keep in mind that with all the different models available, there may be minor exceptions to the information you’ll find in this post. We’ve compared the three standard factory variants alongside the Bang & Olufsen system, and BimmerTech’s Premium Audio System Upgrade, in case you’re considering going aftermarket.You can check which system you have by going on www.bmwvin.com and finding your audio option. BMW speaker placement. Please note: The base and Hi-Fi…
Friday, 13 April 2018 09:07

How to check if you have Comfort Access

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Wondering if your BMW has Comfort Access installed? Here are the two simplest ways to find out: 1.) Check if your exterior door handles have a few ridges on top of the handle by the lock (2). These raised lines serve as the contact point to touch when you lock the doors. 2.) Another way to see if a BMW has Comfort Access is to look up its VIN (vehicle identification number) on a website such as bmwvin.com, and checking if it has the S322A option. It’s important to remember, however, that this method only tells us if a BMW…
Tuesday, 13 March 2018 11:57

Why Upgrade your BMW's Amplifier?

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You might think an audio upgrade is usually limited to upgrading the speakers, and maybe throwing in a subwoofer for extra bass. What you might not know is that the car’s amplifier is just as essential in order to achieve HiFi sound. “But what does an amplifier do exactly?” you might be thinking. The primary role of an amp is to increase the amplitude of an (audio) signal, effectively making your music louder. This doesn’t just mean higher overall volume though. For example: outputting more power to the OEM woofers, means stronger bass, without even changing your underseat woofers. In…
Thursday, 22 February 2018 10:03

5 Reasons to Get a Backup Camera for your BMW

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Not sure if you should get a rear-view camera? Worry not, we’ve selected the best advantages of adding a parking camera to your BMW. 1.) Avoid unexpected damage to your car It can be difficult to see every object when you’re in reverse. Bottles, bicycles, basketballs or whatever else you may not expect can end up in the way of your BMW. Even visible objects can sometimes appear further than they appear, which can result in a nasty dent or scratch. 2.) Park straight Maybe it’s just me, but I think there’s something beautiful about a BMW parked perfectly. The…
Thursday, 25 January 2018 10:57

BMW and Daimler Teaming Up to Tackle Uber

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BMW vs Mercedes-Benz is one of the great rivalries of the motoring world. To luxury vehicle lovers what Mitsubishi vs Subaru is to '90s rally fans, and Ferrari vs Lamborghini is to supercar-obsessed children. Behind the scenes, though, BMW Group and Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler look happy to team up to fight off a greater shared threat: Uber. Though regular drivers might see ride-hailing services like Uber or Lyft as something to fall back on when you want a few drinks after work but don't want a DUI, the companies would have us believe that they post a genuine alternative…
Thursday, 04 January 2018 14:08

Why and How To Update Your BMW's Navigation Maps

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There was a time when regular oil changes and a new set of tires once in a while was all the routine maintenance a vehicle needed. But to keep a modern, iDrive-toting BMW at its best, there's a little more to it. Whether updating your iDrive software or uploading the latest maps to the factory navigation system, keeping your BMW's iDrive up-to-date should be a regular task, just like maintaining any other part of your vehicle. In fact, BMW recommend updating your navigation system's maps twice a year, or annually at the very least. To check the map version in…
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A SmartView kit from BimmerTech lets you use iOS and Android apps on your BMW's iDrive display. But with a little imagination (and fair bit of perseverance), it can be the foundation for so much more. Virginian BimmerTech customer and tech fanatic Greg Kashmer found a way to add iOS, Apple TV and Blu-ray functionality to his X1's factory iDrive system. And because that definitely sounds like something worth doing, we asked him to give us a step-by-step account of his journey from factory iDrive to in-car multimedia hub. My ‘Perfected’ Journey I have a 2016 BMW X1 F48 that…
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 13:46

How Convinced Are You by BMW's Electric Vehicles?

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It isn't exactly a secret that BMW has been making a real push towards developing a competitive range of electric vehicles. BMW is already selling far more luxury hybrid and all-electric vehicles in Europe than any other manufacturer, and are planning to increase that number by another 50% next year. Then we hear that BMW has already secured the names iX1 through iX9, ready to launch an electric iX3 SUV in the next few years. Oh, and that it's taking a leading role in developing the FastCharge system, promising three times the charging capacity of existing stations. Recharging could then…
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The Baja 1000 isn't somewhere you'd expect to see a BMW (unless it's a motorcycle, of course). There's something about over 1100 miles of gruesome desert terrain that doesn't exactly scream 'let's get an M3 out there.' So it probably won't come as any surprise that semi-legendary BMW tuning house Turner Motorsport won't be taking one of their track cars to Ensenada as one of the most challenging off-road endurance races going kicks off. But they will be there. Turner drivers Michael Marsal, Markus Palttala, Jay Baier and Will Turner himself will be joined by Dutchman Oskar Slingerland and James…
Friday, 20 October 2017 09:03

Replacing Your BMW Remote Key Fob

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Getting a new set of keys for your BMW used to be pretty simple. Just take your key to the watch / jewelry / shoe / etc. repair guy down the street who also happened to offer while-you-wait key cutting, and get a whole bunch made. Modern remote keys have plenty of security benefits and make it easy to get into your car and hit the road—particularly if your BMW or MINI has the Comfort Access feature. But for all this convenience, they can be a real pain to get copies of. Maybe you want a spare in case you…
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