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View Poll Results: Nix the ASS?
Yeah, told him to kill it. 27 25.47%
I'm giving it a shot. Why not, right? 67 63.21%
Dunno.... 12 11.32%
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      11-17-2012, 10:56 AM   #23
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made an appointment to remove it, it sucks big time
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      11-17-2012, 11:14 AM   #24
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I did. Left my car at the dealership on Wednesday. They gave it back to me saying their software was not up to date since they just got the new software CD on Monday. They do the system upgrades over the weekend so I have to bring it back again on wednesday next week. They had the gall to blame it on me, saying my car was too new!!

I tried to get them to do it when my car came in but they said it cannot be done when you take delivery!

Maybe it's just my dealership. I should probably shop around.
Oh, well, they are RIGHT! lol. Mine was down for almost a week because the programming turned into a fiasco...it caused multiple faults, messed up the computer, and they had get all this NEW software... took forever... and it was because the car was too NEW. So, they are telling you the truth this time! My dealer is just the best... for my inconvenience, they gave me the M Performance Exhaust and put on the black grills for me, no charge. (I only bought the grills). So even though no new car for 8 days, in the end I was one happy camper. For those of you with recently delivered cars, FYI on the software... make sure they are READY on their end before you leave your car!
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      11-17-2012, 11:24 AM   #25
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I'll give the ASS a try for a couple of weeks. If it is not to my liking, and I think it will be the case as I tend to be quite conservative in these instances, I'll dump it!
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      11-17-2012, 11:50 AM   #26
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I need to bring mine back to the dealership to 'remember last'. ASS is really annoying at 10 sec stops and at traffic lights. Sure I can shift to DS but why should I.
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      11-17-2012, 04:17 PM   #27
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I did. Left my car at the dealership on Wednesday. They gave it back to me saying their software was not up to date since they just got the new software CD on Monday. They do the system upgrades over the weekend so I have to bring it back again on wednesday next week. They had the gall to blame it on me, saying my car was too new!!

I tried to get them to do it when my car came in but they said it cannot be done when you take delivery!

Maybe it's just my dealership. I should probably shop around.
Who's your dealer?? I'm in SoCal as well - got my 335 in Santa Ana (not sure if we're supposed to mention dealer names, but I think you can figure it out ). Anyway, they were willing to reprogram it whenever I wanted - only problem is (as has been stated many times) it takes a day or 2. Not sure why, but any time they have to touch the computer, it's at least 1-2 days - wierd.

So I took it back a couple weeks after I picked it up & they took care of it - stays off now. They also fixed my hood release - wouldn't open...

All's well - enjoying the car. I second what others have said - just reference the service bulletin & tell them to take care of it!!
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      11-18-2012, 01:16 PM   #28
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Who's your dealer?? I'm in SoCal as well - got my 335 in Santa Ana (not sure if we're supposed to mention dealer names, but I think you can figure it out ). Anyway, they were willing to reprogram it whenever I wanted - only problem is (as has been stated many times) it takes a day or 2. Not sure why, but any time they have to touch the computer, it's at least 1-2 days - wierd.

So I took it back a couple weeks after I picked it up & they took care of it - stays off now. They also fixed my hood release - wouldn't open...

All's well - enjoying the car. I second what others have said - just reference the service bulletin & tell them to take care of it!!
I have have 2 appointments set up, one for Santa Ana on Monday and one for Long Beach on Wednesday. I'm going to give my LB dealer one last try, if they mess it up, I'm going to go to Santa Ana from now on. After all they're the biggest dealer in socal. My dealer told me it takes 4 hrs, but they like to keep it for the whole day. I'll let you know how long it really takes, some people have been saying 30 mins, others a day+....
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      11-18-2012, 10:16 PM   #29
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I had a f30 loaner, and let me say I found it very annoying, especially driving in New York City. I understand this feature saves very little at the gas pump. If I owned a Bmw with the ASS, I will have it permanently deactivated.
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      11-19-2012, 02:58 AM   #30
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if you wanted fuel efficieny, you should buy a cheaper/more fuel efficient car
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      11-19-2012, 09:18 AM   #31
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I've had my car for over a month and have only turned it off once or twice.

For the most part, it works fine, and when stuck at long traffic lights for 2-3 minutes, you can see where it would be useful.

The only time I'll disable it is if I'm in bumper to bumper traffic and the flow of traffic is moving at almost the same interval that the ASS kicks on (IE stop for 3 seconds then go). A few times I've had some weirdness where I've lifted off the brake the second the ASS kicked on and it did a weird stall out dance.

Also, to say you should get a cheaper car if you want something fuel efficient is kind of idiotic. The 3 is one of the most efficient cars in the class and is one of the main reasons I went with this car over the Audi (20k miles a year and the delta adds up for a car that can get 30+ on the highway)
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      11-19-2012, 09:42 AM   #32
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Tested it for a day, but since I have a 6 MT, it just got too annoying. Then I read the section of the manual that stated (paraphrasing) "this system will cause additional wear and tear on the vehicles mechanical and electrical systems" or something to that affect and that was all I needed to hear. BMW created a "PUMA" case for me and I never looked back (except for the few times I accidentally turned ASS on...)
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      11-19-2012, 12:42 PM   #33
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First off, I got my F30 before the dealers were willing to do the re-code. In that time, I think I consciously tried it out all of 2 or 3 times (and a few other times, forgot to manually turn it off while starting the car). I hated it.

As soon as the dealers were offering the PuMA for the recode, I made an appointment. I think was the first to do so at my dealer (and I think I was also the one who told my CA about it. He wasn't aware of it).

And the beauty is, at 'remember last value' I could, in theory, turn it back on. So no harm, no foul.

The one thing I really want to get coded is to nix the warning message. Hate the seat belt beeping (I wear my seat belt, but sometimes it takes me a minute or so to put it on), but even more so, on the parking assist cameras, the damn warning covers up the camera view of front of the car).
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      11-19-2012, 02:42 PM   #34
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I am giving it an honest shot, the days I really don't want it I just toggle into DS mode. It's more fun that way anyway. It's not as annoying as it was when I first experienced it... starting to get used to it... until that one time when it stalled on me &%@*!! But that has only happened once so far so maybe a fluke.
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      11-19-2012, 03:14 PM   #35
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Note with the TSB, it's much smoother AND a more intelligent ASS, doesn't stall at lights like it used to with varying loads...
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      11-19-2012, 03:17 PM   #36
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Note with the TSB, it's much smoother AND a more intelligent ASS, doesn't stall at lights like it used to with varying loads...
Really? Good to know. Now to just figure out a time to leave them with the car.
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I drove my X3 for a while with it enabled, but I didn't like the rough starts, so it is now gone. The 'last user mode' update caused my panic alarm feature to stop working. Not that I ever use it, but it is there, so it should work. My dealer updated the car again and all is working now, including ASS remembering the last setting. Works great.
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      11-19-2012, 04:26 PM   #38
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WHAAAAT? Damn, my stealership lied to me then! They said you cannot get ASS reprogrammed at time of pickup. You're lucky.
Mine was done before Pickup too. It was done as a courtesy since BMW will not re-imburse the dealer until delivery is taken is how they explained it to me.
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      11-19-2012, 07:34 PM   #39
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Whats really amazing about the gen 2 activehybrids is that chances of being stuck from a bad starter is slim. There are 3 starters in that car. 1 is your conventional starter, 2 is your starter/generator and 3rd is the E-machine motor/starter...

I know im off topic.. but just FYI for whoever is thinking about getting a Activehybrid....
Can you go into more detail regarding the 3 starters? I knew about #3, wasn't sure about #1, and this is the first I've heard of #2.
What exactly do you want to know about the system? Where they are located? Or how the DME decides which starter to use?
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What exactly do you want to know about the system? Where they are located? Or how the DME decides which starter to use?
I don't know very much, you seemed like you had more specifics? I wasn't even aware there were three starters?
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I had the dealer turn off this option before delivery. I figured you can always turn it on and it does automatically activate when in Eco pro mode.
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I have a manual and the driver basically controls it because it only activates when the clutch is out - that being said its not a very smooth restart. I did drive an automatic and it was definitely obtrusive and not too slick - I would have it reprogrammed if I got the slushbox.
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      11-21-2012, 07:13 PM   #43
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Just got it back from reprogramming at the dealership. It's SOOOOOO much better. I absolutely LOVE my car again. There is not one thing I would change on it now.

Thank you ALL for your help and a little special thanks to BJ for posting the service bulletin which I brought to the dealership who had no clue about it.
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So how is it with the manual's, I test drove an auto and it was horrible very harsh restart.
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