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Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: West Lafayette, IN
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I've had my '97 540i for a few weeks now, and everything's great except for the driver memory feature -- it seems to have amnesia. It randomly forgets what was stored in certain positions. I haven't been able to identify a pattern, but I'll tell you what has happened and maybe someone here can see something that I don't:
I stored all my settings in position 1. The first time my girlfriend drove the car, I told her to store all of hers in 2 (she's driven BMWs before, she knows how to work these things). I get in the car next, and pressing 1 works. However, the next time she gets in the car, she presses 2 and nothing happens. She's reset her settings twice now, and after I drive the car they get erased.
Then my dad drove my car for a day. He didn't use the memory settings, he just adjusted everything to his satisfaction. He has a 528i, so I know he knows what he's doing. When I got the car back, I pressed 1 and nothing happened. WTF?
I can't for the life of me figure out what's going on. The only other feature linked to the memory settings that I know of is the keys -- the car can be set to move to whatever position was last used with a particular key when the car is unlocked with that key. I have a key and my girlfriend has the other, and when I gave my dad the car he used my key. I don't know if that helps, but I'm laying out everything because I can't figure out what's going on. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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