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      12-10-2014, 10:33 PM   #1
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anyone use a remote starter for their M? reason I am considering it is because sometimes it only takes me 10 mins to get home. and when it's -10c outside the engine will not properly warm up. I might go a full week before I drive the car for more than 30 mins. so that means 7-10 days of driving 10 mins without the engine ever warming up properly.

any suggestions would be great!
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      12-11-2014, 12:08 AM   #2
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Don't think you'll find many people that can do one on a newer 'push start' 6spd M. And if you do find someone that will do it, I believe the price will deter you. It's not a $199 job. I do remote starts for a living so I can say first hand how nearly impossible this car is to do. Now on the other hand, oddly enough an automatic BMW is probably the easiest car to do. It's literally a plug and play install. Unfortunately no easy solution for the 6spd without major headache and cost, you would also have to give up a key to make it happen on a 6spd. Have you shopped around? Interested to hear your price quote.
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      12-11-2014, 12:29 AM   #3
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it takes me 15 mins to get home too...

Mornings when I leave home: start the car, go back inside, make coffee, take dog out, eat oatmeal. Car's warm by then.

Leaving work: Start car and surf on the phone for 10mins

Sometimes, you just have to beat being lazy. A remote starter is nice on other vehicles but not on this
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it takes me 15 mins to get home too...

Mornings when I leave home: start the car, go back inside, make coffee, take dog out, eat oatmeal. Car's warm by then.

Leaving work: Start car and surf on the phone for 10mins

Sometimes, you just have to beat being lazy. A remote starter is nice on other vehicles but not on this
Wouldn't it be more rewarding and better for the rest of the driveline to just drive around aimlessly rather than sitting in your idling car on your phone?
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Don't think you'll find many people that can do one on a newer 'push start' 6spd M. And if you do find someone that will do it, I believe the price will deter you. It's not a $199 job. I do remote starts for a living so I can say first hand how nearly impossible this car is to do. Now on the other hand, oddly enough an automatic BMW is probably the easiest car to do. It's literally a plug and play install. Unfortunately no easy solution for the 6spd without major headache and cost, you would also have to give up a key to make it happen on a 6spd. Have you shopped around? Interested to hear your price quote.
i heard newer BMWs you cant do remote start ?????

I have waited remote start on my car for years
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I thought it's not good to warm up the engine by just letting it idle. I would just drive an extra 10-15 minutes to make sure the car is fully warmed up. I always just start the car and drive off right away but take it very easy the first few minutes.
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I thought it's not good to warm up the engine by just letting it idle. I would just drive an extra 10-15 minutes to make sure the car is fully warmed up. I always just start the car and drive off right away but take it very easy the first few minutes.
That is the correct way because that warms up both sides of the trans as well as the diff and tires -- but I suppose warming up the engine is better than warming up nothing if the drive would always be too short.

Or people could just find the time to go out and actually enjoy their M3s with some degree of regularity....
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      12-11-2014, 09:18 AM   #8
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Don't think you'll find many people that can do one on a newer 'push start' 6spd M. And if you do find someone that will do it, I believe the price will deter you. It's not a $199 job. I do remote starts for a living so I can say first hand how nearly impossible this car is to do. Now on the other hand, oddly enough an automatic BMW is probably the easiest car to do. It's literally a plug and play install. Unfortunately no easy solution for the 6spd without major headache and cost, you would also have to give up a key to make it happen on a 6spd. Have you shopped around? Interested to hear your price quote.
i heard newer BMWs you cant do remote start ?????

I have waited remote start on my car for years
Actually PUSH BUTTON BMW up to 2014 there is a module made by Flashlogic that literally uses a t-harness. Just unplug factory harness and plug it in between. Program and its done. Takes 30 minutes tops. But it does not support manual transmission, only automatic. Good luck getting a warranty claim on anything in your car when it's installed in there though. That's why many just say it can't be done.
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      12-11-2014, 02:59 PM   #9
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haven't shopped around. thought I'd ask some people with experience rather than going to a shop and someone trying to push me into it.

I do drive the extra 10-15 mins most nights... lol... but oddly enough I'll do that in the summer when the engine will actually hit normal operating temperature before I get home... on a day like today with about a foot of snow on the roads... don't want to be out driving too much... torontonians forget how to drive when it rains, snows, or even cloudy!!!

thanks for the input.
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I though you werent supposed to idle it to warm up....Just drive it from the get go, but keep rmps low.
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      12-11-2014, 08:10 PM   #11
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I though you werent supposed to idle it to warm up....Just drive it from the get go, but keep rmps low.
See my reply above to an earlier person who said the same thing.
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I live in Green Bay and I just start my car, let the RPMs settle to about 700 and then just baby her until oil is the proper temp. I also have a very short commute to work and it doesn't always get fully warmed up. I made it through this winter without any issues.
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i would invest in a cheap winter beater. just the thought of what the op described makes me cringe.
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