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      11-19-2020, 05:02 PM   #1
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Radio Buttons Cracking M4

BMW cheapness showing its ugly head. This car isn't even three years old, always garaged, and the #1 and 8 buttons are starting to crack. Anyone else running into this?
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      11-19-2020, 05:34 PM   #2
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That's a bummer! My iDrive buttons are starting to peel. CA heat definitely doesn't help
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Never had an issue with this in any of my BMWs but I don't have extreme heat or subzero temperatures. Perhaps then I'm sure it wouldn't hold up.

You should be able to pickup those buttons (the whole button strip 1-8) cheap on eBay.
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      11-20-2020, 04:18 PM   #4
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Never had an issue with this in any of my BMWs but I don't have extreme heat or subzero temperatures. Perhaps then I'm sure it wouldn't hold up.

You should be able to pickup those buttons (the whole button strip 1-8) cheap on eBay.
I live in socal where we don't see temperature extremes. This car lives in an underground garages where temperatures range from 60-80F year round and safe from sunlight. Im going with cheap materials on this one. Im gonna ask the dealer to replace them under warranty.
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Never had an issue with this in any of my BMWs but I don't have extreme heat or subzero temperatures. Perhaps then I'm sure it wouldn't hold up.

You should be able to pickup those buttons (the whole button strip 1-8) cheap on eBay.
I live in socal where we don't see temperature extremes. This car lives in an underground garages where temperatures range from 60-80F year round and safe from sunlight. Im going with cheap materials on this one. Im gonna ask the dealer to replace them under warranty.
Yeah sounds like bad luck. Hopefully the dealer will but, don't be surprised if they deny the replacement.
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      11-21-2020, 08:47 PM   #6
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That is warranty. Total quality issue.
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Starting to see it on mine as well. I garage mine most of the time but it does get hot here.
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      12-13-2020, 10:14 PM   #8
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I had this happen a while back and it was covered under warranty. The panel of buttons are replaceable.
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Did you have any luck with the dealer replacement?

The "1" button on my 2018 M3 has the same problem. I thought I had scratched it, or that the dealer scratched it during one of the service visits, but it is really in a difficult place to do that.

Mine looks exactly like your first picture.

I do live in South Florida, so this is likely heat related.
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Did you have any luck with the dealer replacement?

The "1" button on my 2018 M3 has the same problem. I thought I had scratched it, or that the dealer scratched it during one of the service visits, but it is really in a difficult place to do that.

Mine looks exactly like your first picture.

I do live in South Florida, so this is likely heat related.
Did you end up fixing this?
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Did you end up fixing this?
No, I did not. The car is not gone. Got the new G80.
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Heat related.... and probably dry heat also. Same happens to the top of the T shifter knob. The clear cap cracks
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Heat related.... and probably dry heat also. Same happens to the top of the T shifter knob. The clear cap cracks
My car is almost never outside and my garage doesnt get as hot as the car would get if left in the sun but my buttons need to be replaced for a second time. These buttons crack by regular use and since I had already had a set replaced, I was pretty gentle when using them...
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My car is almost never outside and my garage doesnt get as hot as the car would get if left in the sun but my buttons need to be replaced for a second time. These buttons crack by regular use and since I had already had a set replaced, I was pretty gentle when using them...
Interesting........ maybe then it is hand oil? Do us a lot of hand lotion? Something is contributing to the deterioration especially since it is your 2nd time.
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My car is almost never outside and my garage doesnt get as hot as the car would get if left in the sun but my buttons need to be replaced for a second time. These buttons crack by regular use and since I had already had a set replaced, I was pretty gentle when using them...
Interesting........ maybe then it is hand oil? Do us a lot of hand lotion? Something is contributing to the deterioration especially since it is your 2nd time.
No lotion, no oily fingers, just change back and forth between my favorite stations when I drive which hasn't been very much since the pandemic started. My car just hit 38k miles and is 5 years old. The buttons are really thin which probably helps with the touch sensors that are in it. Fortunately the button panel is replaceable and only $126 so I can continue replacing it whenever the need arises after my warranty is over.
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