This Year BMW celebrates its 100th birthday. On this occasion, we also asked you to imagine your dream car. Some of you had quite innovative ideas:
The best new feature: Self Cleaning Paintwork to restore your car to Showroom Condition after an exhilarating drive through the country.
I’d like to see BMW return to their roots as an Airplane engine manufacturer, creating an entirely new line of hybrid automobile/aircraft. Using the I8 as the basis, include state of the art electrical jet propulsion that would allow for the ultimate driving machine to become the ultimate flying/driving machine.
But we weren’t very surprised to hear that most of you are very satisfied with your BMWs just the way they are. It’s no accident that BMW is called the ultimate driving machine.
I am plain and simple, just an E60 M5 stick shift with AWD, the perfect car when you live in a cold climate. Speed, power and you can drive the car in the winter.
My dream BMW would be the F10 I own now! It has everything that I would want and more. I love my 535 M sport. The only drawback is when I bought the car it didn't come with a rear camera. But I know the people at BimmerTech will fix that.
It's hard to think about another vehicle or feature for BMW because they already cover many types of vehicles and vehicle features, but I would like to see an Ariel Atom type vehicle from BMW with advanced features. It would also be a good idea to make Driver Assistance Plus a Standard feature so that roads can be safer.
And what does BMW actually have in store for the next 100 years?
On March 7th our favorite car manufacturer announced BMW VISION NEXT 100. Its objective: to create cars that truly accompany their drivers – produced from the most innovative materials, highly efficient and sustainable and providing the best tailor-made experience for even most demanding drivers.
BMW’s vision is a vehicle that interacts continuously with the driver. A companion that senses your needs, enhances your perception, adjusts to your individual requirements and supports you in every driving situation.
Moreover, BMW understands that vehicles of the future will be judged increasingly by the impact they have on people and the environment. This is no longer just a question of energy consumption and CO2-emissions. Production processes, sourcing of materials and their recyclability will also play a crucial role.
Last but not least, BMW knows what drivers need when it comes to the driving experience. The company believes that future drivers will have a choice between taking the wheel or sitting back while the car drives itself. Their response is called Ease Mode – fully-automated driving allowing the driver to relax, work or be entertained and Boost Mode – providing the driver with an active driving experience in a vehicle customized to their preferences. Switching from one mode to another will take no more than a touch of the BMW logo in the middle of the steering wheel.
What features will become a reality in 10, 20 or 100 years? All we need do is follow BMW’s newest technology innovations to see where the road takes us. We can’t help but be excited. How about you?
If you feel like your older car isn’t keeping up with the pace, let us bring you up to speed with the latest technological upgrades!
If there’s anything we all share – it’s a love affair with BMW! And there are as many reasons to love our cars as there are BMW owners.
We used Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to share our top 3 reasons with you:
1) There are no bad roads – only opportunities for new driving adventures.
2) It looks good EVERYWHERE.
3) The BMW slogan couldn't be more true. It really is the Ultimate Driving Machine, especially with the BimmerTech upgrades ;)
The responses we got back showed us just how head over heels you are! We hope you enjoy reading these as much as we did.
Some of you value unquestioning obedience:
No matter how I handle her, she never says NO!
Others enjoy the grandeur of a premium driving experience:
Driving a BMW makes you feel like you’ve conquered the world!
Thanks to BimmerTech, my BMW 530d M Sport drives and looks like a Tornado fighter jet.
One reminisced about a past romantic encounter:
I parked up at the beach with my fiancé. The next thing we knew, the police were shining their flashlights in at us. They laughed it off in good spirits, even gave their siren a wale as they left for extra embarrassment. They said they only noticed because the halos were on but the car looked parked. Tip to BMW drivers, if the key is still in – the halos stay on. I found this out the hard way.
Many just couldn’t feel any closer to their cars:
Just like the unspoken love shared between father and child. The love I feel when I start my F80 is indescribable. The worst drive home is still better than a good day at work. Your car is the only girlfriend you can love without your wife getting mad (maybe just a little jealous). BimmerTech loves your car like you do.
Beautiful, slim and curvy … the way the seat hugs me and the way I grip the wheel...it’s breath-taking! Here are some reasons why I love my BMW.
1. It’s a different experience driving a bimmer; switched from a Mercedes to an Inifinity to a BMW. Once you go BMW, you won’t go back.
2. It’s a great ride; as the slogan says, it’s the ultimate driving machine.
3. The ladies love them.
4. It goes "broom, broom".
5. My daughter thinks it’s the best car she’s been in; I have to agree with her on this one.
Here's to the love between man and machine!
BMW recently released their latest software updates, improving multimedia support and compatibility with a wide range of popular mobile devices. You can get all the details directly from BMW here.
The bigger questions are: what’s up with these updates? How do you find out about them? How do you know if they are for your model BMW? And more importantly, can you install the updates on your own or do you have to go to your dealer?
Let me give you a quick run-down on how it works:
There are basically two kinds of BMW software updates. A main software update addresses system-wide issues and features and upgrades any of your car’s electronic control modules (ECUs) that require it. To make sure you are getting exactly the update you need, BMW computers will first check the hardware number on each of your ECUs. For this reason, these main software updates can only be completed by BMW dealers or shops equipped with special programming equipment (like BimmerTech). Unless something is not working correctly or you need the update in order to fix the car or get newer equipment to work, you won’t need this kind of upgrade. In fact, BMW recommends against it unless absolutely necessary, and we agree due to potential complications and risks.
More common, though, is a partial software update, or media software update. This may cover things like multimedia, Bluetooth, Internet connectivity, or mobile device compatibility improvements, as the most recent update mentioned above provides. Any owner can install this kind of update as long as your car features a Combox, which works with iDrive and enhances many technology features on your BMW. Newer NBT iDrive systems have Combox functionality built-in, making it even easier. But even older models can be retrofitted with iDrive (at Bimmer-Tech.net) and Combox (check out the BimmerTech Combox Retrofit Kit).
If your Combox or NBT iDrive is factory-installed, you would download the update file from BMW using your VIN number. If you installed the BimmerTech Combox Retrofit Kit or BimmerTech NBT Navigation Retrofit Kit, BMW’s records will still reflect that your car doesn’t have the new hardware, and therefore, won’t show that you qualify for the software update. In that case, all you do is get in touch with us and we’ll get you the official BMW update.
Whether you get the update directly from BMW or us, your next step is to simply put the file on a thumb drive or other USB memory stick, plug it into the armrest USB port and go to the Settings menu in iDrive. Locate the Software Update option in the menu and follow the instructions on the screen.
Pretty straight-forward. But there’s one final question: what if you add a Combox or NBT Navigation using a BimmerTech upgrade kit and BMW introduces an essential main software update sometime down the road? No worries. Just remove the Combox/NBT before taking your BMW to your dealer for the update. Then reinstall it when you get it back. If it needs recoding as sometimes happens, just contact our tech team and we’ll get it going again in no time.
Many BMW owners love the fact that they can add some of the latest navigation, audio, camera, Bluetooth, and Internet technologies to their BMW cars with an easy retrofit kit from BimmerTech. No longer are they limited to only factory-installed features. With some basic skills and tools, they can now do most of the aftermarket upgrades themselves — and BimmerTech is here to help.
So, what does it take to do a Do It Yourself (DIY) BMW retrofit? That’s one of our most frequently asked questions, so we thought we’d take a minute and answer it here.
First off, every one of our BMW add-ons is different and requires a varying skill level. If you’ve done any kind of upgrades to your car yourself, you will be able to take on a BimmerTech kit with ease. If you’re just beginning, but are pretty good at DIY, you should be fine — especially because we provide documentation and our super-responsive tech team is on-hand to walk you through your project if you need. And what if you just don’t have that mechanical touch (or the time), but still want to save money with a BimmerTech BMW retrofit kit? Our worldwide network of installers is at your service. After shipping the kit to you, just let us know the local installer of your choice and we’ll work with them to do any remote programming or activation. Dealer-quality or higher — for less! And if we don’t have an installer near you or you just want to use your favorite local audio shop? No problem. They will easily be able to install our kits and we’re happy to guide them if necessary.
Okay, back to what it takes for you to install a BimmerTech upgrade. Our easiest retrofits are software upgrades, like for adding Sirius Radio or BMW Apps, enhancing Bluetooth capability, or upgrading USB functionality. They don’t require any tools or hardware except an Internet-connected Windows laptop or MacBook running Windows. You plug in your computer and we take care of the rest remotely and via Skype, usually in about 20 minutes.
Upgrades like adding a rear view camera, Combox, or navigation require some hardware installation and sometimes a software upgrade or activation (again, which we do remotely). As mentioned, we provide instructions and support as needed to make sure your experience is a good one. Most of our upgrades are plug and play, meaning there are no wires to cut and when called for, we use easy OEM tap-in connectors (the same kind BMW uses) to make installation a snap. Others might require opening a panel, removing trim, or threading some wires from here to there, but it doesn’t get much more complicated than that.
This is your lucky day if you own a 2010 or later BMW and have been wondering just how great Sirius Satellite Radio would sound in your car. Answer: awesome. But that’s not all.
BimmerTech can get you the original satellite retrofit kit for half as much as dealers charge; you can have it up and running in less than 30 minutes without having to leave it at a dealer for hours or overnight; and you will qualify for up to a year subscription to Sirius, free!
As far as the fine print? There is none. BimmerTech makes it unbelievably easy to get that dream upgrade. Here’s the low-down:
All BMWs sold in the U.S. and Canada beginning with the 2010 models* come Sirius-ready. That means if you don’t already have Sirius radio installed, it’s all ready for you to add later. You just need a BMW-certified activation code to upgrade the software. Dealers charge $500 or more for this service and require you to leave your car with them.
When you order from BimmerTech, we get you the same official BMW code for just $275. We then send you an interface cable (at no extra charge and shipped free) so you can connect your Windows laptop or Macbook running Windows, to your car. You then contact our technician via Skype instant messenger and he activates the service in less than 30 minutes.
If you are the original owner of your BMW, Sirius gives you a free one-year All-Access subscription, which you can start enjoying immediately. If you have a certified Pre-Owned BMW, you still qualify for a free three-month Sirius All-Access trial. That means more than 150 satellite radio channels with premium programming like Howard Stern, MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, NASCAR, comedy, and tons more. Plus, you can access all that content and more on your computer, smart phone, or tablet.
Now, what about BMW models E88, E93, or F33 — those without a built-in Sirius antenna? No problem. We sell that, too, and it just takes minutes to install.
It really is that easy. No wonder our Sirius Satellite Radio retrofit kits are some of our most popular!