Gwendolyn’s due in for a spa day later this month, and while the basic services aren’t particularly pricey — oil change, new filters all around, drop the pan and refresh the transmission fluid — there’s going to have to be some diagnostic work done, because one of those annoying dash lights won’t go away despite a total lack of symptoms. And I have yet to see an incident where this sort of thing didn’t cost me at least $500.
[A] BMW 335i owner recently found out the hard way that changing the radio prevented him from having his transmission serviced. How are these systems related? They aren’t, except the chassis computer wouldn’t let the transmission software be updated unless all systems were validated first. Lacking the original radio, that system couldn’t be validated, so the car couldn’t be fixed. Eventually, the owner found the original radio in a closet, but otherwise, he would have had to buy a new OEM radio to the tune of $700. He couldn’t use another used OEM radio because the OEM radio had to be uniquely paired to the car first, an operation that could only be performed once.
Even lowly Bluetooth can re-pair. Why the hell can’t BMW?