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      09-25-2012, 03:54 AM   #1
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Finalising 528i spec, a few questions

What is the difference between sophisto grey metallic 2 and sophisto grey brilliant metallic. I assume one supersedes the other but both are available on the configurator?

Is professional nav worth going for over business nav? Used business nav in a rental recently and it had maps which is something the old business nav's didn't and seemed pretty good. So is prof still worth the upgrade? Doubt I'll use the hard drive for music, easier to keep things up to date on my ipod.

Blind spot monitor. Does it show whenever a car is in your blind spot or only when you indicate and a car is there? Does it stay on all the time if you select it or does it default to off when you turn off the car?

It seems like it works a bit differently from the ones I've used in mercedes and jaguar.

Thanks in advance!
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      10-20-2012, 03:27 AM   #2
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Can anybody give any info on this?

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      10-20-2012, 02:45 PM   #3
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Blind spot monitor. Does it show whenever a car is in your blind spot or only when you indicate and a car is there? Does it stay on all the time if you select it or does it default to off when you turn off the car?
Blind spot only turns on above 50kph (30mph) so it is not on for most slow city driving. Once the threshold speed is reached it is always 'on'.
The white triangle on the mirror housing lights up only when it detects a vehicle either beside your car or rapidly approaching.
If you pass a vehicle it takes extra time before the vehicle is detected. It uses radar for the system.

If you do or don't indicate a turn the steering wheel vibrates and the triangle gets brighter and flashes. Inadvertently, the system has prompted me to leave more space when changing lanes.
There is an on/off button on the left lower dash. The car remembers whatever setting you last used. I leave blind spot on and turn off the lane departure button when in the city but turn them both on when on the highway.
Either way the car remembers the settings when turned off.
I like and rely on the blind spot as an extra safety check.
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