These are the BMWs you should be excited about in 2021

Date Published: January 31, 2021

These are the BMW's you should be excited about in 2021

BMW has an exciting year ahead.  There are several exciting new models in line to launch this year. Here is a list of BMWs that will keep you on your toes:

  • BMW M3 and M4
  • 4 Series Convertible and Gran Coupe
  • BMW 128ti

BMW M3 and M4

The most exciting news for BMW is the release of the new M3 and the M4. Here are the exciting features that this model offers:

  • 3.0-liter-six-cylinder petrol engine.
  • 375kW and 600Nm to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

4 Series Convertible and Gran Coupe

  • Three engines will make up the power plants: two petrol and one diesel
  • The 2.0 diesel engine will offer 140kW and 400Nm

BMW 128ti

  • The BMW 128ti will be powered by a Turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine.
  • The engine will offer 180kW and 380Nm.

Electric cars to look forward to

BMW iX

The BMW will only go into production in 2021.  BMW has reported that the iX is comparable to the X5 in length and width, and is almost the same as the X6 in height.

BMW has stated that the high-voltage battery will offer more than 480 kilometers of range.  The iX is expected to consume less than 21kWh per 100 kilometres.

BMW iX3

The iX3 will go on sale in 2021.  You can recharge your BMW iX3 with 150 kW up to a level of 80% in only 34 minutes. The  recharging process for the BMW iX3 is said to be simpler, faster and more efficient than ever.

BMW i4

The BMW Concept i4 is the first purely electric BMW Gran Coupé. The BMW i4 will only enter into production in 2021. BMW has started that with an expected range of 600 km,  drivers and passengers can look forward to a tremendous sporty driving sensation.

Author: Omega Fumba

Get to know your BMW

Date Published: January 31, 2021

Get to know your BMW

Are you a BMW owner or a hardcore fan? BMWs have some of the most advanced features in the world.  Here is a list with some of the best technological BMW features:

  • Adaptive LED lights
  • BMW Brake Dust
  • BMW Key FOB operation
  • Working your Wipers
  • BMW Service Indicator 
  • BMW Climate Controls
  • BMW Apps
  • Connecting your iPhone and your BMW
  • Connecting your Android and your BMW
  • How to program your BMW key: BMW Cartridge Key (BMWs with a keyhole in the dash)
  • Remote Key Re-Initialize
  • BMW Garage Door Opener Instructions

Adaptive LED lights

The adaptive LED lights were first introduced on the BMW 7 Series in 2012.  This feature is now also available with Xenon headlights on the all new BMW 3 Series.

BMW Brake Dust

BMW brakes offer superior stopping power. However, brake dust can accumulate on the wheels over time.  Even though you may have to make a few more visits to the carwash, the brake dust is a worthy consequence for better safety.

BMW Key FOB operation

The newly redesigned BMW X5 key fob includes person profile settings such as;

  • Locking preferences
  • Mirror positions
  • Memory buttons
  • Seat positions
  • Climate control
  • Navigation views
  • Multimedia settings 

For more instructions on the BMW Key FOB, click here.

Working your Wipers

Learn how to work your BMW wipers.  This video illustrates how to activate the wiper function, set different wiper speeds, activate the rain sensor and turn on the wiper jets.

BMW Service Indicator

iDrive allows you to track your next BMW service date and understand what kind of service is required.  

Here is how this feature works, each time the ignition is turned on, the driving distance or time till the next service visit is displayed in your instrument cluster.  

BMW Climate Controls

Learn more about your BMW Climate Controls feature.  This video illustrates how to activate the different settings of the Parked Car Ventilation feature.

BMW Apps

BMW has an app that you can use to connect to Facebook, Twitter, or web radio into your iDrive display. Click here for instructions.

Connecting your iPhone and your BMW

Modern BMWs allow you to connect your iPhone with your BMW. 

Connecting your Android and your BMW

Modern BMWs have a feature that allows you to pair your Android via bluetooth to your BMW.

How to Programme your BMW key

BMW Cartridge Key (BMWs with no keyhole in the dash)

Simply take the new BMW key fob and hold it against the marked spot on the right side of the steering column. Hold in the start button until it starts the car. 

The start button needs to be pressed the whole time; it could take between 5-20 seconds for the car to start.

Remote key initialize

If a key fails to operate remotely, it will have to be re-initialized (all keys in sequence at the same time)

These are the instructions: 

  1. Get in and “close all doors”
  2. Turn ignition on & off quickly (no more than 5 seconds) to start the process. Next action must take place within 30 seconds
  3. First key – hold down button #2 (unlock) while striking button #1 (lock) three times. Release button #2. Confirmed by door lock operation.
  4. Repeat for second key within 30 seconds of first.
  5. After the last key then cycle the ignition on/off to finalize the process (not necessary to start the engine.

BMW Garage Door Opener Instructions

Did you know that you can program your BMW to act as a garage door opener? Click here for step by step instructions.

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The new rules of car servicing

Date Published: January 22, 2021

The new rules of car servicing

The Competition Commission has released the final guidelines for competition in the South African automotive aftermarket.

Competition Commission releases final automotive guidelines

The new guidelines set by the Competition Commission will take effect on the 1st of July 2021.

The guidelines set by the Competition Commission will create an opportunity for development amongst small, independent and historically disadvantaged service providers. 

The service providers will conduct service, maintenance and repair work while vehicles are in-warranty.  Consumers now have the opportunity to use cheaper, private parts without affecting their car warranty. 

Independent workshops can be between 30% and 50% cheaper than the vehicle manufacturer’s approved dealer without using weaker or pirate parts.

The final guidelines were published in December after the commission has been consulting with the different role players in the business since 2017.  

The release of the guidelines came about after there were many complaints from independent role players and the public.  These complaints were over alleged anti-competitive behavior of the independent role players from the aftersales market.

What are the aims of the new guidelines?

  • Role-players should insure the fair allocation of repair work by insurers.
  • Promote the rights of consumers to use original or non-original spare parts during the lifespan of their vehicle.
  • Remove original-equipment manufacturer(OEM) restrictions in the sale and distribution of original parts.
  • Promote consumer choice in the purchase of maintenance and service plans.
  • Enable access to OEM training and technical information by independent service providers.

Services offered at 3 Service Centre

3 Service Centre is an independent specialist workshop that uses original parts to repair cars. These are the services offered at 3 service centre;

Click here to contact us or ask for a quote.

Author: Omega Fumba

Did you know you can open your garage door with your BMW?

Date Published: January 11, 2020

Here we provide a guide of how you can use your BMW to open your garage door. 

To do this, BMW owners have to use the Homelink platform. The HomeLink platform is part of the most recent BMW models. 

Using this feature means there is no longer the need for a garage door remote and allows an easy way to access your garage or gate.

Here is a step by step guide of what you need to do :

  • Get your garage door remote. Move your BMW outside of the garage. 
  • Be within range of the garage or gate but do not be in the path of the door opening or closing.
  • Get a ladder, open the garage door opener control panel, locate the LEARN Button.
  • Get in your BMW, turn BMW accessories on but do not start the car. Tip: Press the start/stop button but do not put your foot on the brake.
  • On your rear view mirror, press and hold Homelink buttons 1 and 3 at the same time for about ten seconds.  The light will be solid yellow until you see the light flashing green. – now all old code settings are wiped out.
  • Press button 1 until you see the yellow light flashing slowly
  • Now hold your garage door opener/remote 3 inches from the mirror and push the button you want your BMW to use.
  • When the little light on the mirror flashes green rapidly let go of your remote button and push the button to be programmed once.
  • Now go up to control panel on the Garage door opener and press LEARN button
  • You now have about 30 seconds to get down the ladder and push Homelink button 1 on your mirror.
  • If you have another door to program, press Homelink button 2 until a slow blinking yellow light appears.  Repeat steps 7-9.

If you would like to see this on video, click here.

Author: Omega Fumba