You can try to do this yourself by downloading software like Bimmercode or Carly, but I’d prefer to leave this in the hands of those who know what they are doing.
BHPian Stryker recently shared this with other enthusiasts.
Since there are a few questions about coding the BMW, I thought I will put down a few notes on the same. You can get more information in this thread.
I got my car coded by a Ludhiana based coder, who has coded hundreds of BMWs, Audis, Mercs, Skodas, VWs, you name it. Many of TBHPians have got it done through him too. He can be reached via a DM to his Instagram handle @drcodemyvw. The steps are:
1. Buy an RJ45 to OBD connector (Ethernet to OBD) like this one on Amazon, or you can buy one directly from him (which is what I did).
2. Once the cable is with you, connect it to a Windows laptop and to the OBD port on your car.
3. You then allow control of your laptop via remote desktop sharing app like TeamViewer.
4. A VPN driver will be installed on your laptop and then the magic happens remotely.
5. 15 minutes later the car is coded and all the hidden features unlocked.
That’s all there is to it. Simple and easy. Of course, you can try to do this yourself by downloading software like Bimmercode or Carly, but I’d prefer to leave this in the hands of those who know what they are doing. You don’t want to end up messing up something and then not knowing how to undo it.
Here’s a photo of my car during the process:
- The 80/120 kmph alarm was removed – This was the main reason I got this done. Those alarms are extremely loud and very very irritating. Now I can drive in peace and I usually have my own personal alarm sitting right next to me!
- Sports Plus mode – I didn’t know about this mode and after he told me about it, I was like “Yes!” and boy, does it make the car go!
- Comfort Plus mode – Haven’t explored this much, as the regular Comfort mode is quite good.
- Exhaust Flap Control in iDrive – This controls the engine sound and you can set it as “Auto”, “Balanced” or “Sport”. I have left it at Auto, there seems no need to make the engine roar all the time.
- ///M startup animation – Replaces the standard BMW logo with the ///M logo. Looks cool.
- Rear camera zoom – Pretty useful feature to have if you want a closer look at some obstruction behind you.
- Lane change blink to 5 times – The default setting is 3 and this one makes it blink 5 times. That’s all.
- ///M Sport guages and fonts – Changes the default font to a more sportier looking guage and font for the driver’s display.
- One touch closing of tailgate – The default is hold the button on the key fob until it closes, this is changed to just one touch.
- Default startup mode to Eco Pro – The default is Comfort mode, this is changed to Eco Pro mode.
It is perplexing as to why some of these changes require coding. For ex., the blinker change to 5 times or the one touch closing of the tailgate. I mean, why would BMW leave this out by default in the first place? Who makes these decisions?
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