I have a problem too with my memory settings. Everytime I lock my car, then when I unlock it, the steering wheel would come out of my set position. This is not the tilt feature for getting in and out of the car. So this means that everytime I unlock my car, I have to manually push the memory button to put the steering back to where I set it. Talking about convenience!!!
I bought the car used, so the problem is the key was programmed with the previous owner's settings. Well...they can't reprogram it coz' I do not have the DSP CD Changer anymore, and on the DIS, when they tried to reprogram the key/memory setting, it got stuck with a DSP error.
This is one of my many frustrations with BMW's inefficient and unreliable hi-tech equipment. Below is a copy of what I posted in another forum in replying to a question of what we think of the new 2004 5 series:
I forsee many elecronic failures/breakdowns. BMW owners will have to pay for the testing of new and advanced technology. I don't know about you all, but with the E39 I am already feeling that this is one area where BMW is definitely slacking in reliability. They are rushing into hi-tech stuff for their late models these past few years, I guess to keep up with times and to stay ahead of their competition. They have a long history of building driving machines...but electronics and software....???
I have always been a loyal BMW lover and owner (still struggling to be one!), but lately have been very frustrated with the reliability of their product, eventhough I still believe my car performs and handles exceptionally well. But RELIABILITY counts!
Long before I could afford my first BMW, in my younger years, the closest I got to one was in a showroom or at a carshow. I still remember closing the doors and was so impressed with the solid "chomp". I told myself I wanted a BMW one day, even the doors shut solid! Well...my first BMW came in 1998, it was a used 95 540iA. Doors shut solid all right, "Chomp".
Now I have a 2000 540iA, where did the "Chomp" go??? A friend of mine got a brand new X5 3.0...no "Chomps", doors shut like any other car. Another friend with a 98 528i, same thing. I checked out the new cars in the showroom, most of them lost the "Chomps" except the 7series. I know, some of you will say it's no big deal with how the doors shut, but little things matter and they all add up. Even my windshield doesn't stand up to scratches and the highway anymore. Neither does the paintjob! I used to believe BMWs had the best paintjobs around! Leather seats that squeak with your every move? I have been in other "lesser" cars that doesn't do that!
What I'm saying is, prices are hiking, quality is compromised, and we are paying for the testing of hi-technology. I really want to remain a BMW owner...but I don't know for how long before I lose faith in their product. At some point, I have actually thought of the possibility of another make for my next car...maybe a Porsche....even a Japanese! That is a very unhealthy thought coz' eversince I have driven my first BMW, I knew I would never drive anything less. But when your expectations are met with disappointments, I guess loyalty and faith will slowly diminish.....afterall....I did say I will never drive anything less.
2012 Porsche 911 GTS
2008 Ford F150 Foose Edition
2010 VW Touareg
...2002 Porsche 911 C4S Gone
...2000 BMW 540i Gone
...1995 BMW 540i