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      12-23-2015, 03:24 PM   #1
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Would you buy a M3 not equipped with iDrive?

I make this thread at the risk of sounding like a diva, but please hear me out. LOL.

Sold my E90 M3 a couple months ago for the purpose of buying a property. Property will be closing in the next few days, so i've been looking at new and used vehicles. One particular Craigslist ad had me excited, it was a E92 M3 with DCT and no moonroof... but no interior pictures but didn't think anything of it until later. I noticed the ad was refreshed and this time i discovered it has no iDrive! I completely forgot iDrive was an option. For those who primarily drive their vehicle on the street, would you buy a E9x M3 without iDrive? The dash looks so bare without it.
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      12-23-2015, 03:50 PM   #2
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I think it might depend on which year (CCC or CIC or whatever the newest one is). I have a 2008 with the CCC, and the only thing I use it for is to switch between audio sources. The maps suck - Google maps on your phone is worlds better. The onboard information is pretty useless if you track your own maintenance. I'm not sure if you'd still be able to have bluetooth functionality without the iDrive itself, so that may be something to consider. Overall, I'd probably buy one without the CCC iDrive, but the latest one where you can stream audio over bluetooth I would definitely want, simply for the connectivity it allows (and the entire layout is quite nicer than the 2008 version).
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      12-23-2015, 04:05 PM   #3
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Simply yes. If it has a sunroof? Definitely not.
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      12-23-2015, 04:10 PM   #4
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My 09 E-90 doesn't have iDrive and I really don't think I am missing much. If I take it on a long trip I just use a portable GPS. More stuff to wrong too, if it is installed. All of the functionality, Bluetooth, etc is just part of the stereo or use of other buttons to bring up dash menus.
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      12-23-2015, 04:10 PM   #5
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My M3 doesn't have MDM, M Drive or iDrive and I love it. I call it the, 'Track Edition' but haters call it a Civic.

Extra nannies that add weight to an already fat pig of a chassis.

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      12-23-2015, 04:15 PM   #6
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I love my iDrive... But I'm kinda a diva in that sense lol
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      12-23-2015, 04:19 PM   #7
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Not to sound like a snob, but for other than a track car (or unless dirt cheap) I wouldn't: looks too plain and dated. But I also find reg. 3 series interior rather dated - not that ours is so different, but M-specific goodies freshen it up quite a lot. All imho, of course.
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      12-23-2015, 04:23 PM   #8
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People without iDrive - hell no, it's a waste of $ & just causes more things to go wrong.
People with iDrive - I couldn't live without it.

That's basically what you're going to be told. I have it & I think it's a great option. Buying a used car already equipped you're not going to be paying much more for it but brand new it can get pricey.
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      12-23-2015, 04:32 PM   #9
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If you haven't had it before I would say it's 50/50. If you've had it before, you will hate not having it. It's more than a map guide, it's like a computer screen for all the other features.

Unless it's a track only car, I'd look for one with idrive.
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      12-23-2015, 05:07 PM   #10
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People without iDrive - hell no, it's a waste of $ & just causes more things to go wrong.
People with iDrive - I couldn't live without it.
Fair.

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      12-23-2015, 06:29 PM   #11
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I would look for one with iDrive solely because the resale will be better for people in your exact dilemma. I personally don't use mine all that much but when I go to sell it I'm glad it has it. Most people are going to want fully loaded. Select few look for something completely stripped down.
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      12-23-2015, 06:42 PM   #12
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FWIW I have a couple friends with iDrive that hate it, but YMMV.
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      12-23-2015, 07:31 PM   #13
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I personally love iDrive and would never buy an M3 without it. I like the maps. I don't think they're as bad as people make them out to be. If you to see what horrible outdated technology looks like check out a Lexus of the same vintage. I like the easy access to settings. I mean let's be honest, it's a big heavy car, might as well have some luxuries. Even my GT3 has navigation (on the big center screen AND in the instrument cluster), bluetooth, satellite radio, power seats, power windows, pretty much every luxury you could realistically want except a backup camera. Not having those things on a much heavier and more GT-like M3 seems weird.

And how often do these things fail anyway? In all the time I've read the forums I don't think I've noticed that failing iDrives have been a big concern.
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      12-23-2015, 07:41 PM   #14
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And how often do these things fail anyway? In all the time I've read the forums I don't think I've noticed that failing iDrives have been a big concern.
Seriously. I think people like to say that to make themselves feel better about not having the feature. I was happy that I could customize a few settings within my iDrive including driving settings when using a specific key.
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      12-23-2015, 07:48 PM   #15
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Seriously. I think people like to say that to make themselves feel better about not having the feature. I was happy that I could customize a few settings within my iDrive including driving settings when using a specific key.
Exactly, seems like it would be clunky to do without iDrive if it's even possible? I use it to customize everything, look at service indicators, reset stuff, etc. Not even sure how that works without iDrive.
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Exactly, seems like it would be clunky to do without iDrive if it's even possible? I use it to customize everything, look at service indicators, reset stuff, etc. Not even sure how that works without iDrive.
It's the same as a mini cooper, you use the BC stalk and navigate through the menu.

How barbaric.
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I have an 08 with iDrive but no MDM. My screen is off 90% of the time. If I could somehow just mirror my IPhone on the screen I would.
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      12-23-2015, 08:58 PM   #18
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I have an 05 X3 as a daily with no type of screen, and after driving my M3 with CIC as a 'weekend' car, I take a huge step down on regular drives.

If you're not stoked about no iDrive, you'll regret getting the car without it.
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      12-23-2015, 09:46 PM   #19
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I really don't use my iDrive, except nav when I'm in the mountains to find nice back road... the guidance sucks, my phone is much better. Other than that it's more aesthetically pleasing to me. I'm not a fan of the dash without it.
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      12-23-2015, 10:02 PM   #20
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I Love the clean simple dash with out the second I drive hump but I'm probably in the minority. Biggest issue is no Bluetooth sync so I have to plug in my phone to crank music but at least it's charging then. I always use phone and waze to navigate. For me I was very happy I drive was an option I could skip on the E92 but on the new F8x your stuck with it; no way to deselect sadly.
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      12-23-2015, 10:07 PM   #21
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Def get the idrive
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      12-23-2015, 10:37 PM   #22
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its good/practical to have, but not must. I had idrive on my 335i and I liked it. I do not have idrive on my current M3, I don't mind it. hope it helps
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