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      11-22-2012, 01:08 PM   #1
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Question about the M key covers

I have a $20 Amazon gift card to blow.

With these covers on, is it easy to hit the lock button with the cover on? Or do you have to take the key out?

http://www.amazon.com/BMW-Genuine-Ca...ds=m+key+cover
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      11-22-2012, 01:35 PM   #2
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Soft enough to push lock through the cover.
Easier if you just flip the key out though.

I don't bother doing either.
Comfort access.
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      11-22-2012, 01:47 PM   #3
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Soft enough to push lock through the cover.
Easier if you just flip the key out though.

I don't bother doing either.
Comfort access.
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Be sure to lock tire the screw that holds the whole damn thing together.
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Be sure to lock tire the screw that holds the whole damn thing together.
So true.
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I don't see the point of this cover. A friend has it, his car being the 10 M3 with comfort access, so he rarely takes the key out. but putting in his pocket, in his bag etc etc it's an annoying piece.
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      11-22-2012, 03:52 PM   #7
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i have it. Since I have comfort access, it's mostly a cosmetic piece. The major downside is the screw sometimes comes loose and everything falls apart, so you need to check the screw and tighten it once in a while.

To answer your question, I tried to push the buttons through the cover, it's not very direct. If I need to push the buttons, I usually flip it out to push. Now the question is, do you really need this? Not really, but I don't drive my car everyday, and that key is in my bag and this sleeve prevents the key from getting all scratched up. It's very durable and I've had it for over 2 years now.
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      11-22-2012, 03:57 PM   #8
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id go with the leather one if i were to make another purchase. the m one collects lint and gets fuzzy looking around the outer edge where its sewn together.
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      11-22-2012, 05:02 PM   #9
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Soft enough to push lock through the cover.
Easier if you just flip the key out though.

I don't bother doing either.
Comfort access.
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Another option is these guys: Www.thejacketstore.com.


Got a nice yellow one for Mrs. MMME30W's Honda, fits pretty well.
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      11-25-2012, 11:52 AM   #11
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OK, I guess I'm missing something here - does the car lock itself from a distance? I thought it had to be locked manually, but unlocks automatically.

Sorry, first BMW with comfort access and the car I bought was missing the owner's manual.
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OK, I guess I'm missing something here - does the car lock itself from a distance? I thought it had to be locked manually, but unlocks automatically.

Sorry, first BMW with comfort access and the car I bought was missing the owner's manual.
Locking is done on a CA car either by pressing the 'lock' button on the fob, or resting a finger lightly on the ridged surface on the door handle until it locks.

I dunno if the car locks automatically. Be curious if anyone knows.

PS Owners manuals are available on www.bmwusa.com under the Owner section.
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Locking is done on a CA car either by pressing the 'lock' button on the fob, or resting a finger lightly on the ridged surface on the door handle until it locks.

I dunno if the car locks automatically. Be curious if anyone knows.

PS Owners manuals are available on www.bmwusa.com under the Owner section.
I believe the car can be set to lock automatically after a specified period of time.
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      11-26-2012, 04:23 PM   #14
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I believe the car can be set to lock automatically after a specified period of time.
Looked in the iDrive and couldn't seem to find a setting for that.
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      11-26-2012, 06:48 PM   #15
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Looked in the iDrive and couldn't seem to find a setting for that.
Not even sure it is really a setting. I recall that my car will lock after a set period following an unlock IF you have not opened a door. If you unlock and open a door, the car will not automatically lock again. Was the same way in my '08 550...
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Got the same key fob cover. Flimsy. Cheap looking. Gotta apply super glue to screw or else it always loosens up.
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^^^ That would be perfect with an M logo of some kind.
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Not even sure it is really a setting. I recall that my car will lock after a set period following an unlock IF you have not opened a door. If you unlock and open a door, the car will not automatically lock again. Was the same way in my '08 550...
This is correct. I don't think the car will lock itself if you just leave it. If you have comfort access, you must lightly swipe the door handle to lock the car.

OP, I never found a reason for the cover at first but now I have it, it's pretty useful. My last key got really banged up by being with other keys and what not. More importantly, I wear suits all the time and I don't like the pocket bulge so I don't have all my keys in my pocket. If I leave just the fob in my pocket, I feel like I might lose it. The cover is perfect for countering this.
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OK, I guess I'm missing something here - does the car lock itself from a distance? I thought it had to be locked manually, but unlocks automatically.

Sorry, first BMW with comfort access and the car I bought was missing the owner's manual.
Comfort Access: Lock and unlock by swiping or placing hand on the door handle. This also applies for the trunk.

The doors will not automatically lock with CA. There is an auto lock feature on the car. The setting is for when you unlock the car, but don't open the door, the car will then automatically lock back up in a period of time. This feature is useful for us OCD ppl who can't recall whether we accidentally pushed the unlock button.

there is also another auto lock feature where when the car start moving, all unlocked doors will automatically lock.
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I don't see the point of this cover. A friend has it, his car being the 10 M3 with comfort access, so he rarely takes the key out. but putting in his pocket, in his bag etc etc it's an annoying piece.
I can see how it might be annoying. I use one so I can tell the M key from the other BMW keys in my key bowl. This is what I call a "First World problem."
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Locking is done on a CA car either by pressing the 'lock' button on the fob, or resting a finger lightly on the ridged surface on the door handle until it locks.

I dunno if the car locks automatically. Be curious if anyone knows.

PS Owners manuals are available on www.bmwusa.com under the Owner section.
You can set the car to lock automatically after a timeout via the iDrive. I wouldn't suggest it as its too easy for someone to walk up after you leave (don't know what the specific time frame is). I think that it's designed more to help if you walk off and forget to lock the door.

You should always lock the car with your door handle sensor.
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