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If you long for a more comfortable and safer way to use your BMW system, the iDrive Touch Controller is the retrofit designed to satisfy those needs.
Its primary improvement over the older version is the iDrive touchpad. It lets you write with your finger on the top of the iDrive controller and the handwriting recognition technology decodes the letters. It can be used while:
Typing in the desired address in maps
Looking for a video or song in the multimedia section
Searching contacts or phone numbers
This type of input is much safer than the traditional wheel scroll because you don’t need to distract yourself from the road choosing the right character — just write the letter on the touch-sensitive pad and the audio feedback will identify and confirm it.
In addition, you can use the touchpad to zoom in or out on the map. This is a handy feature when you want to see the area in more detail.
BMW 1 Series:
5-door Hatchback F20 (2010-2018),3 - door Hatchback F21(2010 - 2018),Sedan F52 (2015-2018);
BMW 2 Series:
Active Tourer F45 (2013-2018),Convertible F23 (2014-2018),Coupe F22 (2012-2018),Coupe M2 F87 (2014-2018),Grand Tourer F46 (2014-2018);
BMW 3 Series:
Gran Turismo F34(2012 - 2018),Sedan F30(2011 - 2018),Sedan F35(2011 - 2018),Sedan M3 F80(2012 - 2018),Touring F31(2011 - 2018);
BMW 4 Series:
Convertible F33(2013 - 2017),Coupé F32 (2012-2018),Gran Coupé F36 (2013-2018),M4 Convertible F83 (2013-2018),M4 Coupé F82 (2013-2018);
BMW 5 Series:
Gran Turismo F07 (2008-2017),Sedan F10 (2009-2016),Sedan M5 F90 (2016-2018),Wagon F11 (2009-2017);
BMW 6 Series:
Convertible F12 (2009-2018),Coupé F13 (2010-2015),Gran Coupé F06 (2011-2018);
BMW 7 Series:
Hybrid F04 (2008-2012),Long Sedan F02 (2007-2015),Long Sedan F03 (2008-2012),Sedan F01 (2007-2015);
BMW I3 Series:
BMW X1 Series:
Crossover F48 (2014-2018),Crossover F49 (2014-2018);
BMW X3 Series:
SUV F25 (2009-2017);
BMW X4 Series:
Crossover F26 (2013-2018);
BMW X5 Series:
SUV F15 (2012-2018),SUV F85 (2013-2018);
BMW X6 Series:
Crossover F16 (2013-2018),Crossover M F86 (2013-2018),
The process itself consists of 2 main steps:
Fully plug & play installation
Activation coding (after the installation is finished, it is necessary to schedule a remote coding session
During a coding session, a professional BimmerTech technician programs the car remotely. To prepare for the session, you would need a Windows laptop (in some cases Mac with Windows can work too), additional software and coding cable.
with a BimmerTech technician)
To install the touch controller removing the center console will be necessary. The process will take up to 1 hour.
The kit includes all the iDrive auto parts necessary for a complete installation:
iDrive touch controller
iDrive touch module
The iDrive controller replacement instructions will be ready in your personal account within 72 hours after it’s shipped. They will contain all the details on how to replace iDrive controller in your specific BMW model. But if you will have questions before, during or after installation, you can always contact our support team.