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      06-24-2009, 09:08 PM   #1
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Do BMW and Porsche have something to do with each other?

My mom has a 2005 Boxster, and she has let me drive it a few times. I've noticed some serious similarities between BMW and Porsche:

- PSM (Porsche Stability Management) has the exact same indicator that BMW's DSC has (triangle with ! and the sweeping arrow)

- Nearly the exact same placement of the turn signal/dashboard car info selector (same exact way you can check messages/other stuff on the instrument cluster of a new BMW). The levers also look exactly like BMWs and are operated in the exact same way.

- Tipping the turn signal slightly only makes it blink 3 times

- The auto-wipers are identical to BMW's, in the location, image on the lever, and the lever itself. Also has the same number of settings.

- The steering feel is very very similar, but there is a noticeable difference between a BMW and a Porsche. That's probably just because how a sports car should feel, and Porsche and BMW do that very well

Do BMW and Porsche get the same/similar electronics from the same company who makes those things, or does one borrow from the other? Or is it just a coincidence? It seems like it isn't, because they're both German car companies.
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      06-24-2009, 09:33 PM   #2
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and no. mostly no. some of those things are sheer coincidence. the turn signal thing is programmable in i-drive BMWs, and is shared with many manufacturers, including GM.

iirc, merc also uses the same traction control warning.
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      06-26-2009, 07:16 AM   #3
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      06-26-2009, 09:28 AM   #4
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You'll see the triangle with the sweeping arrow along with the triangle with the snowflake in signs around Germany. Standard signs.
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      06-29-2009, 02:51 PM   #5
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I GOT IT! I GOT IT! they are both German.
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      06-29-2009, 03:13 PM   #6
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      06-29-2009, 09:50 PM   #7
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hmmm. i don't have an audi or benz 2 compare. so can't help u there buddy.
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made by those emotionless german robots
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They German automobiles. End of similarities.
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      07-05-2009, 10:11 PM   #11
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Wait, wait, let me guess...they both have steering wheels too! lol But seriously, a lot of car have features such as the 1 press = 3 binks turn signal.
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