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July 05, 2017, 09:46:03 AM

threeshoes

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Gear indication in Drive on an auto box
« on: July 05, 2017, 09:46:03 AM »
I'd be interested to know which gear my auto box is using on my XDrive 20i.  For 5 years I've just accepted that Drive is Drive and the only indication you'll get is if you shift the gears, but my wife now has an Audi A1 Steptronic which indicates gears in both in M and D.

Can we get the gear indication in D in a similar fashion on our BMW boxes?

Chris
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July 05, 2017, 11:45:47 AM
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Re: Gear indication in Drive on an auto box
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2017, 11:45:47 AM »
Push the lever to the left then work through the manual box
Thereafter the car will change and indicate gear, though the box is not defaulted this way, everytime you go in and out you'll have to do the same. If you reselect auto the display will disappear.
TBH, I'm not sure if the display stay active, though believe it does and displays M1. M2 etc

July 05, 2017, 05:26:37 PM
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Re: Gear indication in Drive on an auto box
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2017, 05:26:37 PM »
Thanks, snrbrtsn, but that's purely manual.  I'm looking for some hack that will change the 'D' indication in Drive to show gears being used, perhaps like 'D8' to indicate 8th gear while in Drive.

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July 05, 2017, 06:00:34 PM
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Re: Gear indication in Drive on an auto box
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2017, 06:00:34 PM »
VAG have probably patented it so BMW can't use it.  I have it in my Superb 3 and it is very useful. 

On the other hand their cruise control settings are pants!  Up/down for +/- 5mph, tip press for -1mph, pull towards for +1mph or Resume, and away for off!  BMWs system of away for faster and towards for slower is far more intuitive!
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July 05, 2017, 10:27:07 PM
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Re: Gear indication in Drive on an auto box
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2017, 10:27:07 PM »
 :o that sounds like an odd way to do cruise control.

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