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      02-20-2013, 08:30 PM   #45
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Here's a link about CA key fob battery. It sounds like your battery in the keyfob needs replaced.
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=247058
Do you have another key that can test this theory?
Thanks, I tried changing batteries to no avail (unless the batteries are cheap...bought them at a dollar store). Will try w/ the other key fob.

Btw, silly question: how do I know when my car's battery needs replacing? It doesn't have a 'status window' I had in my old car so I have no idea. Any warning signs before the car's battery dies?
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      02-21-2013, 08:08 AM   #46
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Thanks, I tried changing batteries to no avail (unless the batteries are cheap...bought them at a dollar store). Will try w/ the other key fob.

Btw, silly question: how do I know when my car's battery needs replacing? It doesn't have a 'status window' I had in my old car so I have no idea. Any warning signs before the car's battery dies?
You will know when the dash gives a warning that your battery is low, even the car was only stationary for one night. It can still start if you are not too unlucky so do not worry too much.
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I confirmed with BMW that my car is not affected via my VIN number - 9/2010 model 35is. Some cars arent and some are it seems.
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      03-11-2013, 07:52 AM   #48
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Got a notification for my vehicle last week. Heading in for the fix next week. Apparently it's a 3 hour job! Lots of re-wiring to fish through from the rear to the front. Tempted not to do it given I've not had an issue, but with my luck, something will happen if I DON'T do it....!

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In addition to the stated possible consequence, I'm wondering if this has anything to do w/ the HVAC prbs?
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In addition to the stated possible consequence, I'm wondering if this has anything to do w/ the HVAC prbs?
Ok, recently got the recall and got it fixed as well. I'm going to start my car the normal way (press brake, then press start button) to see if I no longer need the 'T-Fix' to circumvent the HVAC prb. I'm really hoping that this battery wire glitch recall is the source of this and the various other electrical prbs.
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      03-30-2013, 10:09 AM   #51
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Occasionally, throughout the winter as my car would sit for a couple weeks without being started. A couple times when I started it, the clock needed to be reset. No other symptoms.
Does anyone know exactly what the fix is? Battery cable connector, fuse connector, pre-manufactured cable assembly with connectors?
My dealer said that my car was affected and that they were ready to do the recall immediately (last month). Like the HPFP, I'd like to know going in, exactly what parts to expect and verify.
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      03-30-2013, 01:51 PM   #52
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Does anyone know exactly what the fix is? Battery cable connector, fuse connector, pre-manufactured cable assembly with connectors?
This is stated in my document:
"Cause: bulletin 61 80 13RC 0061760300
Correction: fit repair cable for the battery positive CA
Qty: 1
FP #: 61-12-9-312-133
Description: rep wire B+"
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      03-30-2013, 04:20 PM   #53
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Anyone had this done yet? I'm wondering if they will dismantle enough of the trunk to find my SmartTop module? Not looking forward to having to R&R that...hopefully won't have to.
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Just had our 2009 Z4 fixed. They told me they just replaced the battery cable from the fire wall to the fuse box.
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Ok, recently got the recall and got it fixed as well. I'm going to start my car the normal way (press brake, then press start button) to see if I no longer need the 'T-Fix' to circumvent the HVAC prb. I'm really hoping that this battery wire glitch recall is the source of this and the various other electrical prbs.
Arrgh, the recall didn't fix the HVAC prb. Still need to do the T-Fix to circumvent. That sucks. So annoying.
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      03-31-2013, 09:31 AM   #56
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Thanks for the info. From what I surmise. They are removing the cable, replacing a connector on it, and reinstalling it as a new part # 61-12-9-312-133 . I tried to locate this part on http://bmwfans.info/parts/catalog/E8...tion_box_rear/ but it doesn't show up so I gather it's a new part number replacing either 61 12 9 189 850 or 61 12 9 165 850. I do wish the recall technical instructions were more available but for sure, this forum is the next best or thing. ... and in many ways better since there's no substitute for actual experiences.
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      04-03-2013, 07:19 PM   #57
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Complete Power Failure: SI B61 08 11

Here's a couple links to 15 pages of e90 board and 5 page thread from 2011.
The tin connection has been replaced with silver since 2011 and these earlier build date cars have had either scary symptoms or nuisance issues.
I received my recall yesterday and am going to pre-inspect my front fuse box and corresponding cable connection for discoloration to prepare for this trip to purgatory. Apparently the repairs range from replacement of front fusebox and the entire cable run to the trunk with carpet and seat removal (ugh) down to just short cable run at the fusebox from firewall. I know my symptoms I experienced of brief shutoff/stutter at idle or while cruising and computer settings reverting to default, such as 3 click turnsignal and self locking drive away doorlocks are now going to be resolved.

15 page thread since Feb2013:
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=804545

5 page thread since JUNE2011!!
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=549735

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      04-03-2013, 10:06 PM   #58
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Dang, got mine in the e-mail today and just put the smart top back in after getting some warranty work and maintenance done.

Only takes about 10 minutes to pull it out. Maybe I'll wait a bit to see if something else comes up. Assuming there is no expiration date on the recall and it can wait till fall.
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      04-03-2013, 11:05 PM   #59
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Thanks for the info. From what I surmise. They are removing the cable, replacing a connector on it, and reinstalling it as a new part # 61-12-9-312-133 . I tried to locate this part on http://bmwfans.info/parts/catalog/E8...tion_box_rear/ but it doesn't show up so I gather it's a new part number replacing either 61 12 9 189 850 or 61 12 9 165 850. I do wish the recall technical instructions were more available but for sure, this forum is the next best or thing. ... and in many ways better since there's no substitute for actual experiences.

The part is listed (no pic) on the ECS site

Replacement Wire for B+
Mfg Part# 61129312133
$30.15

I received the recall notice also waiting for my May annual service.
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      04-04-2013, 03:18 PM   #60
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Great tech info. Thank you
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      04-04-2013, 03:40 PM   #61
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I had this done recently, however today, I was cleaning up the z after storage and was scrolling through the iDrive and found a ton of added features (which are non-functional by the way). They obviously updated the software with features from a newer model, which don't work, sadly because there are some pretty nifty looking new features! Took some pics, hopefully they load up ok had to resize them. I posted here, because prior to the recall, these features didn't exist, so presumably, were done after the recall work. Funny though, didn't mention anything about a software update on the work order.....

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      04-04-2013, 07:14 PM   #62
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Just had my Z recall done today while the the car was in for mainteniance and warranty service.
Besides putting 2 scratchs on the bumper and trunk lid, in the clear coat, all went well.
I am making The dealer fix them tomorrow.
I hate having some one else touch and work on my car.
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Also just had this recall performed on my wifes 2009 Z4. Three hour job, replacing firewall to fuse box wiring. Everything seems to be o.k. Never experienced any issues prior to this but the car only has 10K miles on it.
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Also just had this recall performed on my wifes 2009 Z4. Three hour job, replacing firewall to fuse box wiring. Everything seems to be o.k. Never experienced any issues prior to this but the car only has 10K miles on it.
So all the work is under the hood & they don't have to disassemble the trunk lining to do this (except to disconnect the battery)? Just want to make sure I only need to disable (rather than remove) the SmartTop module.
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I had this done recently, however today, I was cleaning up the z after storage and was scrolling through the iDrive and found a ton of added features (which are non-functional by the way). They obviously updated the software with features from a newer model, which don't work, sadly because there are some pretty nifty looking new features! Took some pics, hopefully they load up ok had to resize them. I posted here, because prior to the recall, these features didn't exist, so presumably, were done after the recall work. Funny though, didn't mention anything about a software update on the work order.....

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This is funny... I don't think it's the updated version, though. The Z4 doesn't get the Bang and Olufsen. I saw it in another thread as well from awhile back on someone else's car (in Germany I think?). They probably accidentally loaded the Rolls-Royce program into your iDrive I would go back to your dealer and request a flash back to the BMW version.

Unless, Spirit of Ecstasy is a secret button where a Spirit of Ecstasy comes out of the front roundel, and then turns into a machine gun ala 007.
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This is funny... I don't think it's the updated version, though. The Z4 doesn't get the Bang and Olufsen. I saw it in another thread as well from awhile back on someone else's car (in Germany I think?). They probably accidentally loaded the Rolls-Royce program into your iDrive I would go back to your dealer and request a flash back to the BMW version.

Unless, Spirit of Ecstasy is a secret button where a Spirit of Ecstasy comes out of the front roundel, and then turns into a machine gun ala 007.
Ikr...too funny. They finally got back to me about 10 days ago and said it has something to do with the RR infotainment system and they have NO idea how I got it. They double checked their work logs and no entries were made for that day, for any car, vis-a-vis software downloads....so pretty weird...unless I got some sort of OTA update, I suppose that's a possibility.

They offered to reflash for free obviously, BUT...I said no because whatever got installed addressed an issue I was having with my android phone. Works like a charm now (had to do with a missing bluetooth MAP protocol).

In any case, I think it makes the car sort of 'unique'....and no....the spirit of ecstasy 'lady' doesn't pop out of the hood....although that would be SWEET if it did!

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p.s. you're right...it's definitely NOT the updated idrive version (4.2.2?), not even remotely close.
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