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      01-23-2020, 10:29 PM   #1
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BMW Connected Drive?

Hey guys.

I just picked up a 2016 (late 15) build date M4.

The connected drive is no longer active as I heard it shuts off after 4 years.

My girlfriend just picked up a 2020 X2, so her car has the connected drive, which features weather and live traffic updates.

What features do you use? Is it worth it to reactivate?
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      01-23-2020, 10:40 PM   #2
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You should still be able to locate the car, open it, turn on the ac, flash the lights and honk the horn through the connected app, I don't think the widgets is worth it
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You can do the following

1) Send addresses from your phone to your car
2) Locate your car
3) Turn on the headlights from your phone
4) Honk the horn from your phone
5) Lock and Unlock the car from your phone
6) Ventilate the car (Turns on the fan, not AC)
7) Check the status of the car (if hood is opened, window is opened or door is open, etc).

I feel like it's worth it just for the car tracking, yes it's easy to disable but I feel it's worth it to see where my car is located and to check if I remembered to lock the car.
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Not worth it bro, you can get instantaneous weather updates and alerts on your phone as the same goes for traffic information.

Even though it no longer has these features, it still has the features of car locating etc. just what the other 2 members listed.

The most beneficial is climate ventilation, others are not really important. The locate feature can be turned off by turning off GPS if the car is ever stolen.
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Not worth it bro, you can get instantaneous weather updates and alerts on your phone as the same goes for traffic information.

Even though it no longer has these features, it still has the features of car locating etc. just what the other 2 members listed.

The most beneficial is climate ventilation, others are not really important. The locate feature can be turned off by turning off GPS if the car is ever stolen.
I wish we could turn the AC on instead of just the fan though.
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Send address to car alone is worth it, in my opinion.

Using your phone or computer to type in the address is so much better than doing it in car. It makes the nav so much easier to use (use almost every trip).

Lock remotely, honk horn and flash lights are more situational but very helpful when you need them (ie forgetting if you locked the car, or where exactly you parked it). Use once in a while.

Personally, I would renew.

Also, I thought the subscription is also needed to have the automatic call to police if thereís a crash, or to use the more powerful tracking features available only to Bmw. Hope you never need those but itís nice to have. They should also qualify for discount on your comprehensive insurance.
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I too just lost widgets, but I also can't seem to get traffic updates as well. Related?
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A little google later and yes, traffic is through connected drive as well (used to be through FM)
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So my next question is as follows:

What tier do you guys have? The $50, $150, or $225 tier?
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OP, in the same boat as you. I decided to just go with the basic Connected Package $50 yesterday. The most important features to me were:
- Sending address to car's navigation
- Monitor the vehicle/check the status, since I park outside
- Ventilate the car during the summer, since I park outside
- Utilize the Connected Apps

My car has the NBT EVO 2015-4 Navigation Version, which I just purchased the Map Update off of eBay for the 2019-3 latest Version, so didn't bother getting the Connected Package Plus $150.
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The connected apps are nice, particularly spotify and amazon music.
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I too just lost widgets, but I also can't seem to get traffic updates as well. Related?
What widgets are lost?
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OP, in the same boat as you. I decided to just go with the basic Connected Package $50 yesterday. The most important features to me were:
- Sending address to car's navigation
- Monitor the vehicle/check the status, since I park outside
- Ventilate the car during the summer, since I park outside
- Utilize the Connected Apps

My car has the NBT EVO 2015-4 Navigation Version, which I just purchased the Map Update off of eBay for the 2019-3 latest Version, so didn't bother getting the Connected Package Plus $150.
Is the map update worth it?
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Is the map update worth it?
My area has a lot of new construction and neighborhoods, so figured I might as well for how cheap and easy it was to update.
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OP, in the same boat as you. I decided to just go with the basic Connected Package $50 yesterday. The most important features to me were:
- Sending address to car's navigation
- Monitor the vehicle/check the status, since I park outside
- Ventilate the car during the summer, since I park outside
- Utilize the Connected Apps

My car has the NBT EVO 2015-4 Navigation Version, which I just purchased the Map Update off of eBay for the 2019-3 latest Version, so didn't bother getting the Connected Package Plus $150.
How do you purchase and install this? Would this be the new layout that my GF has in her X2?

You can't get Apple Car Play on this, right?
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How do you purchase and install this? Would this be the new layout that my GF has in her X2?

You can't get Apple Car Play on this, right?
Search the below on eBay, includes all steps and instructions:
"BMW Navigation MAP UPDATE 2020 Lifetime FSC CODE+MAP DATA Europe+North America"

This is only for the Map update, you cannot update the software to get the latest layout/version for your year/model F80, as it was introduced on later hardware.
To go that route, you'd have to do a Retrofit or Bimmertech sells an MMI unit.
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How do you purchase and install this? Would this be the new layout that my GF has in her X2?

You can't get Apple Car Play on this, right?
Search the below on eBay, includes all steps and instructions:
"BMW Navigation MAP UPDATE 2020 Lifetime FSC CODE+MAP DATA Europe+North America"

This is only for the Map update, you cannot update the software to get the latest layout/version for your year/model F80, as it was introduced on later hardware.
To go that route, you'd have to do a Retrofit or Bimmertech sells an MMI unit.
Awesome! Thanks!

Now this is a code? Can you get it from BMW direct?

Or are you saying ebay because it's cheaper?
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Awesome! Thanks!

Now this is a code? Can you get it from BMW direct?

Or are you saying ebay because it's cheaper?
It includes a FSC unique code, and download link to the map update file.
You can get it from BMW via the Connected Package Plus $150 as well.

I just chose to go with the basic Connected Package $50 and the map update via eBay instead.
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I opted for the $150 option because the auto map update wasn't an itemized option, it was all or nothing.

I did add two new features that wasn't originally included called "ConnectDrive+" where you can send someone the status, in real time, of your exact distance and arrival time.

And; "Online Speech Processing" which uses the vehicle's 4G LTE connection to complete vehicle commands or complete online searches.





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I too just lost widgets, but I also can't seem to get traffic updates as well. Related?
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The connected apps are nice, particularly spotify and amazon music.
Yes,

BMW Apps (Spotify, Pandora, M Laptimer, Napster, GoPro, ect) function only shows up if you have an active subscription to BMW Assist.

Most folks haven't realized this yet because their vehicle is still under the 4 year, free service.

However, after the inclusive subscription expires, BMW says; fux you, pay me..
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You can do the following

1) Send addresses from your phone to your car
2) Locate your car
3) Turn on the headlights from your phone
4) Honk the horn from your phone
5) Lock and Unlock the car from your phone
6) Ventilate the car (Turns on the fan, not AC)
7) Check the status of the car (if hood is opened, window is opened or door is open, etc).

I feel like it's worth it just for the car tracking, yes it's easy to disable but I feel it's worth it to see where my car is located and to check if I remembered to lock the car.
FYI, the functionality available with the ConnectedDrive app varies depending on what version of iDrive that you have. MY 2016 M3/M4 (and 2017, but not sure) has iDrive 4. 2018 has iDrive 6. Not sure about 2019+, but I think that MY 2020 might be iDrive 7. Someone with MY 2017, 2019, and 2020 cars can chime in here for confirmation.

I have a 2016 M4 with iDrive 4. My wife has a 2018 M3 with iDrive 6 (and touch screen). I have both cars in my BMW Connected App (Android) and it indicates that I have Connected and she has Connected+. If I have the M3 selected, when I go back and select the M4, I get the message "The vehicle with no BMW Connected+ subscription may not support all features."

One the main screen the M3 shows Fuel Level and Range, and whether the vehicle is locked or not. The M4 doesn't show this info.

Under the "Info" tab, the M4 shows "No status available", but gives me a message that I can connect my phone via USB and "information such as mileage and average speed will be shown here". The M3 shows 2 categories, Check Control Messages for Engine oil and tire pressure (OK); and Serviced Required statuses (mileage and date) for Engine oil, Brake fluid, and Vehicle check, along with the current mileage.
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