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Old 04-12-2004, 12:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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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You might need a new memory module for the seat adjustments.
Or maybe it just needs reinitializing...you would need your dealer to check it out on the DIS.
Mine has problems with the steering telescope position memory. I just work around it rather than replacing the module for $200.

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