If you don't have bluetooth and a bluetooth cell phone, the option won't
Without bluetooth, the car would need it's own phone to make the occasional
call to report service needs, and this would suck up all of the phone
numbers available in very short order. But, if you had the bluetooth option
and a suitable cell phone, then there's no reason the car couldn't talk to
your phone while you weren't using it, and report its status to the
dealership for you. If you don't have the bluetooth option, then the car
can't talk to the phone, and the feature -- calling for service -- won't be
Well, I was thinking more along the lines... who would want their car to be
using their cell phone? Who knows what kind of information that system
actually transfers to BMW? I see it as an infringment on my privacy, but
then again, it's an optional feature from what I understand, so it only
communicates if you agree to it.
Agreed. In fact, BMW USA even makes light of this in a recent
advertisement. The guy is driving along listening to some children's
music and his cell phone rings. It is the BMW service advisor (female)
asking if he'd like to make an appointment to have his oil changed.
When asked how she knew it needed that, she says the car told her. He
asks in a panic what else the car told her (fearing she would know he
listens to kiddie music) and she says, "that's all".
But I'll bet it would "phone home" if he misses a shift and over-revs
Yup. The thing is, it's really just about how quickly this info reaches
your dealer: immediately (via cell phone), or later, during your next
service visit (when they hook up a car to the computer and read all fault
codes stored in the ECU memory). But if you have your own communication
tool, you could possibly erase unwanted data before going in for service.
Anyway, that's a whole other story... :)
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