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I was lucky enough to get the US IX 50 very early. I think it is amazing overall, however, if I could have a wish list on things that can be added, changed, included in US, here is what I would suggest (hopefully the BMW executives are reading this.

1-I wish the app would support live, realtime surround cameras (like Tesla does)
2- Allow automatic recording when a person come within a proximity of the car rather than start recording after an alarm is triggered.
3-US does not yet support automatic speed limit changes when using driving assistant pro (you have to keep hitting the set button when speed limit changes)
4-iphone users can't stream or watch videos on screen while car is parked. Strange considering Android users can and IX had an agreement with Apple for auto door unlocking exclusive with Iphone. It would be a great idea while sitting and charging car with nothing to do.
5-When using the driving assistance setting in the main center screen, I wish the display would show better view of the cars approaching in your blind spot. It actually will show the car approaching, however, by the time you see it on the display, the approaching car is already dangerously too close to switch lanes. If this can be adjusted (which it can't now), it would definitely help when changing lanes, in addition to the already included blind spot monitor on the mirror.
6-Selling an aftermarket moonroof screen. I live in S. Florida, even with the moonroof set to max darkness, you can still feel the heat and see the sunlight coming through.
7-Glove box is almost impossible to open at night. The button is off to the side of the box and not illuminated. I know that most glove box buttons are not lit up however, at night you and usually guess the location since most are usually in the center of the glove box,,,this one is not making it almost impossible to find.
8-US is missing the feature that will allow you to record up to 20 or so driving sequences and then "play" them back. Im not referring the back-up assistance as this is something different and there videos posted on both. Also, US does not have sign and traffic light recognition set up.
9- I wish rear windows can be programmed to completely come down. Strange!
10- Driving modes-Personal (at least mine), can not be "personalized" LOL. On my PHEV X3 I was able to customize it.
11-Adaptive suspension does not stayed raised after the car is turned off. You have to raise it each time.
12- I wish (like my PHEV X3) I pop up would appear after the car is turned off which say Climatize Immediately. For instance, when you are running into the grocery store for like 10 mins and want to keep your car cold (especially in S. Florida), you can just press the button to keep the AC running, instead of locking the door and then turning it on using the app. Too many steps.

I love the car overall,,,best car I have EVER owned, but I hope BMW reads this and maybe will make some changed
 

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I would agree on some of your points
To me why is blind spot not displayed on the HUD ? If you do indicate to change lanes and something is in your blind spot you do get the wheel vibration
Your point 11 in the UK the suspension only raises about 1/2" barely noticeable different over there ?
Climatize yes even the i3 has that
The Tesla sentry system appears brilliant are they the only manufacturers to offer that ?. I'm sure there are 20 or so software enginners at Tesla twiddling their thumbs thinking what can we add next

I've heard the software update is imminent I hope it includes manouver assistant and Panorama view at selected GPS points - it can lower the window why not activate the camera far more useful (i4 has it now)
 

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After 1,000 miles on ours I would wholeheartedly agree that that this is the nicest car I've ever owned, let alone been in. Not to be a Tesla-basher but this makes the Model S & X seem like a toy.

Agreed that the blind spot protection could be more robust. I find myself not noticing the light in the side view mirror.

And definitely got a chuckle that you can't personalize Personal mode.

Also, the manual appears misleading in discussing the locking key for the wheel lug nuts. Ours do not have the locking lugs, but the tire wrench is not supplied with the tire repair kit.

We got the front 2 windows and the windshield tinted. Helps tremendously with the Arizona sunshine.
 

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I would agree on some of your points
To me why is blind spot not displayed on the HUD ? If you do indicate to change lanes and something is in your blind spot you do get the wheel vibration
Your point 11 in the UK the suspension only raises about 1/2" barely noticeable different over there ?
Climatize yes even the i3 has that
The Tesla sentry system appears brilliant are they the only manufacturers to offer that ?. I'm sure there are 20 or so software enginners at Tesla twiddling their thumbs thinking what can we add next

I've heard the software update is imminent I hope it includes manouver assistant and Panorama view at selected GPS points - it can lower the window why not activate the camera far more useful (i4 has it now)
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I actually just got off the phone with the BMW rep. I received an email asking for feedback on the IX and spent 30 mins telling him what basically can be improved with a software update. Yeah Maneuver assistance (I forgot thats what it is called). Its frustrating to see some of these featured being demonstrated on YouTube before I bought my car only to find out its not avail.
 

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After 1,000 miles on ours I would wholeheartedly agree that that this is the nicest car I've ever owned, let alone been in. Not to be a Tesla-basher but this makes the Model S & X seem like a toy.

Agreed that the blind spot protection could be more robust. I find myself not noticing the light in the side view mirror.

And definitely got a chuckle that you can't personalize Personal mode.

Also, the manual appears misleading in discussing the locking key for the wheel lug nuts. Ours do not have the locking lugs, but the tire wrench is not supplied with the tire repair kit.

We got the front 2 windows and the windshield tinted. Helps tremendously with the Arizona sunshine.
Could't agree more with you about the X and S feeling like a toy. I have actually said the same exact words to people in describing the build quality comparison between the two! I also got the side windows tinted as well as moonroof (5%),,,its better for sure. I have the center console display set to 'driving assistance' view as default...Its really nice to see the cars all around you, but if they could just expand the range for the cars on your left and right view, it would really make this mode even better.
 

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I actually just got off the phone with the BMW rep. I received an email asking for feedback on the IX and spent 30 mins telling him what basically can be improved with a software update. Yeah Maneuver assistance (I forgot thats what it is called). Its frustrating to see some of these featured being demonstrated on YouTube before I bought my car only to find out its not avail.
JP. I live in Texas and am concerned about the moonroof and heat. You mention you got it tinted. I am concerned that this will affect the opaque - clear function of tithe roof and could void any warranty. Any issues? Thank you for taking the time to post your experience. I should pick mine up next week if all goes well.
 

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts JP!

You mentioned 5% on the moonroof tinting - I'm assuming that is the VLT and if so, whilst that should be helpful to cut down some of the glare and heat during daytime, appreciate your feedback on the visibility of it at night. Is it too dark to see through at night using a 5% VLT? Living in the tropics, I'm struggling with how much tinting I should go without affecting too much of the visibility at night and still be able to see through the moonroof. I'm exploring having transitional film tinting on the moonroof.
 

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts JP!

You mentioned 5% on the moonroof tinting - I'm assuming that is the VLT and if so, whilst that should be helpful to cut down some of the glare and heat during daytime, appreciate your feedback on the visibility of it at night. Is it too dark to see through at night using a 5% VLT? Living in the tropics, I'm struggling with how much tinting I should go without affecting too much of the visibility at night and still be able to see through the moonroof. I'm exploring having transitional film tinting on the moonroof.
Wolverine. If I do the tint on the roof, I am going with a clear ceramic. It would be the same as what they use on the front windshield. It reduces the heat quite a bit. Also thinking of doing the same on the factory tinted rear windows as it provides UV protection as well.
 

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts JP!

You mentioned 5% on the moonroof tinting - I'm assuming that is the VLT and if so, whilst that should be helpful to cut down some of the glare and heat during daytime, appreciate your feedback on the visibility of it at night. Is it too dark to see through at night using a 5% VLT? Living in the tropics, I'm struggling with how much tinting I should go without affecting too much of the visibility at night and still be able to see through the moonroof. I'm exploring having transitional film tinting on the moonroof.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts JP!

You mentioned 5% on the moonroof tinting - I'm assuming that is the VLT and if so, whilst that should be helpful to cut down some of the glare and heat during daytime, appreciate your feedback on the visibility of it at night. Is it too dark to see through at night using a 5% VLT? Living in the tropics, I'm struggling with how much tinting I should go without affecting too much of the visibility at night and still be able to see through the moonroof. I'm exploring having transitional film tinting on the moonroof.
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I did tint with 5% ceramic. I did it for a few reasons. First, Living in South Florida it is incredibly hot 9 months during the year, as such, Im not really the type of person who will use a sun roof/ moon roof because of the heat, and glare from the sun. With my IX, I did not have a choice to not get a moonroof, I think all the original ones came with one. Anyway, I was surprised it did not have a sunscreen which is SO important for glare (for me at least). The 5% tinting makes it much darker, but you can still actually see the sun when you look up. The self tinting moonroof seemed more like gimmick to me because when it is clear, its not completely clear. When it is set to opaque, it does not completely block out the light. If you like using the effect, then I would not tint, however, if the heat is a concern,,the 5% makes a big difference. At night, you will not be able to see anything through the roof, regardless of the tint setting in case you are wondering. Let me know what you decide and good luck!
 

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JP. I live in Texas and am concerned about the moonroof and heat. You mention you got it tinted. I am concerned that this will affect the opaque - clear function of tithe roof and could void any warranty. Any issues? Thank you for taking the time to post your experience. I should pick mine up next week if all goes well.
Hi, I was thinking the same before I did it. I did not want to do the clear because I actually wanted to cut down glare as much a possible. For me, any car I have owned, before this one, I always had the sunscreen closed. If it was up to me I would never choose to get a sunroof /moonroof on a car down here in FL, however, most cars simply include them now as standard. When I had the moonroof tinted, I went to a very good person. He did warn me that there are comments on the internet about moonroofs shattering due to aftermarket tinting. However, he said, and most of the posts say this too, that the moonroof shattering was not a result of tinting, but rather the construction of the moon roof and type of glass used. In his 30 years of tinting (and also doing a ton of Tesla tinting) he has never had it happen once. There was actually a local news story (completely by coincidence) last week about moonroofs here in South FL shattering....Not one person had their roofs tinted. Also, I currently own a BMW X3 PHEV and had the roof tinted the same way when I purchased it 1.5 years ago,,,no issue. Regarding warranty, its really unknown whether BMW will fix it or not if it breaks,,,,just tinting will not void warranty. However, if something happens and BMW does not want to fix it, I called my insurance company to check what they would do. They told me that they would repair it regardless, less policy deductible $250. So based on that, I decided to take the risk and tint...I have had my IX now for 2 months here in the hot sun and no issues or regrets so far. BMW called me a week ago asking for feedback on IX since I was one of the first to take delivery in the US. Among other things I requested a pop in sunscreen
 

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I did tint with 5% ceramic. I did it for a few reasons. First, Living in South Florida it is incredibly hot 9 months during the year, as such, Im not really the type of person who will use a sun roof/ moon roof because of the heat, and glare from the sun. With my IX, I did not have a choice to not get a moonroof, I think all the original ones came with one. Anyway, I was surprised it did not have a sunscreen which is SO important for glare (for me at least). The 5% tinting makes it much darker, but you can still actually see the sun when you look up. The self tinting moonroof seemed more like gimmick to me because when it is clear, its not completely clear. When it is set to opaque, it does not completely block out the light. If you like using the effect, then I would not tint, however, if the heat is a concern,,the 5% makes a big difference. At night, you will not be able to see anything through the roof, regardless of the tint setting in case you are wondering. Let me know what you decide and good luck!
Thanks! As I will most likely not go for such dark tinting, I'm also considering aftermarket panoramic mash. If it is not too much of a hassle, appreciate if you can share the length and width dimensions of the panoramic roof - am searching online for options before the car arrives next month.
 
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I did tint with 5% ceramic. I did it for a few reasons. First, Living in South Florida it is incredibly hot 9 months during the year, as such, Im not really the type of person who will use a sun roof/ moon roof because of the heat, and glare from the sun. With my IX, I did not have a choice to not get a moonroof, I think all the original ones came with one. Anyway, I was surprised it did not have a sunscreen which is SO important for glare (for me at least). The 5% tinting makes it much darker, but you can still actually see the sun when you look up. The self tinting moonroof seemed more like gimmick to me because when it is clear, its not completely clear. When it is set to opaque, it does not completely block out the light. If you like using the effect, then I would not tint, however, if the heat is a concern,,the 5% makes a big difference. At night, you will not be able to see anything through the roof, regardless of the tint setting in case you are wondering. Let me know what you decide and good luck!
JP,
Living in a hot and humid climate like So FL, how does the A/C work?. Is the A/C able to keep up with the heat?
In my living in So CA, I'm assuming it will not have to handle as much of a heavy load unless you travel east.

Do you have any pictures/videos you cares to share? 😀
 

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JP,
Living in a hot and humid climate like So FL, how does the A/C work?. Is the A/C able to keep up with the heat?
In my living in So CA, I'm assuming it will not have to handle as much of a heavy load unless you travel east.

Do you have any pictures/videos you cares to share? 😀
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The tint has made a huge difference. The car cools very quickly and really doesn’t struggle too much to maintain temp. Had I not tinted the moonroof or windows, it would have been another story. I wish I could post pics,,,but I can’t….My car was recalled last week for Battery. I got the car in early April, but got the call last week about the battery recall. The car now is just stilling on the lot for the past week doing nothing. At the 30 day mark,,,Im going to Lemon Law it and request a replacement.
 
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The tint has made a huge difference. The car cools very quickly and really doesn’t struggle too much to maintain temp. Had I not tinted the moonroof or windows, it would have been another story. I wish I could post pics,,,but I can’t….My car was recalled last week for Battery. I got the car in early April, but got the call last week about the battery recall. The car now is just stilling on the lot for the past week doing nothing. At the 30 day mark,,,Im going to Lemon Law it and request a replacement.
I read about the battery issues. So sorry that yours was in that group 😦
What will BMW do to expedite another iX assuming you are replacing the iX with another iX.
Can you get all the additional monies spent for tinting, etc on the replacement vehicle?
 

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I read about the battery issues. So sorry that yours was in that group 😦
What will BMW do to expedite another iX assuming you are replacing the iX with another iX.
Can you get all the additional monies spent for tinting, etc on the replacement vehicle?
Unfortunately I am very familiar with the lemon law process. I currently have a BMW X3 PHEV that was just approved for the Lemon Law after is was in service for 6 1/2 months for the same exact reason as my IX. On this one, we are just going to get a payout and buy a Lexus or Volvo. They are currently paying all owners of the recall $1550 per month for every month the car is in service. If I decide to do a replacment,,,,whitch I will after 30 days in service, they will have to Pay or re tinting, and also cover my tire ins policy and wear package that I had purchased. Additionally, from my understanding, when the swap is done, nothing will change regarding my current payments or balance on my Loan (they basically just swap out the car and leave everything else alone). This would out great for me as I would get a 2023 brand new (my current IX 2022 has 6500 miles already). In addition, when I got the car, it was fully loaded at the time, however now there are some new features and since they are now packaged differently, I would wind up getting even more features….So the waiting is going to suck, because I really loved the car, but at the 30 day mark, I can legally execute The Lemon Law and BMW can not do anything about it.
 

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FWIW, I had a 50% tint applied to the sunroof and it worked great over the summer here with temps 90-100+F at keeping the interior cool, with minimal effect on the visibility. Regarding the list, just some random thoughts and I agree with much of it. #1/2, Sentinel feature would be nice, but I know it drains the battery somewhat. #3 I had in my Q7, and I kept it turned off - I much prefer to set the limit manually. The Audi set the speed quickly - as in almost instantly - to a 25 mph school zone for example every time you passed it - at any hour and on weekends and holidays. An immediate reduction to 25 almost got me rear-ended several times. It also read access roads beside the Interstate - often with a 40 mph limit - reducing speed the same way in 80 mph traffic. And it sped up to 80 mph in a work zone reading a hand-lettered "30 mph" sign. No thanks. #6 moonroof screen would be nice as an aftermarket. #7 I have the latch position memorized. #8 you can record 10 videos and play back, so I'm not sure I'd want more but why not make them unlimited to a designated drive for those that want. And I assume you mean stop sign recognition, which would be nice, but the traffic light recognition is pending AFAIK, and like Audi's system is dependent on cities that have a centralized management system in place, like Las Vegas, for the car to actually do anything. #9 the windows don't roll completely down because of the shape of the door, like Audi's Q7, so programming won't help. #10 would be nice to customize all the driving modes, and set any as the default. #11 haven't checked mine, but if the suspension really does lower itself after you park that's a definite "fix now." Again in the Audi the suspension stayed at the height you set it when you parked - for obvious reasons (lowering your front bumper on a curb, for example, or high-centering on a rock off-road). #12 - I actually do get a pop-up to climatize when I turn off the car, and to deactivate the alarm in case someone is in the car. Do you have the latest 07/2022 update (mine is 07/2022.45)? Otherwise good start, and nice improvements to an already awesome vehicle! And sorry to hear about your battery - this really has been badly handled by BMW, in spite of world events.
 
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Unfortunately I am very familiar with the lemon law process. I currently have a BMW X3 PHEV that was just approved for the Lemon Law after is was in service for 6 1/2 months for the same exact reason as my IX. On this one, we are just going to get a payout and buy a Lexus or Volvo. They are currently paying all owners of the recall $1550 per month for every month the car is in service. If I decide to do a replacment,,,,whitch I will after 30 days in service, they will have to Pay or re tinting, and also cover my tire ins policy and wear package that I had purchased. Additionally, from my understanding, when the swap is done, nothing will change regarding my current payments or balance on my Loan (they basically just swap out the car and leave everything else alone). This would out great for me as I would get a 2023 brand new (my current IX 2022 has 6500 miles already). In addition, when I got the car, it was fully loaded at the time, however now there are some new features and since they are now packaged differently, I would wind up getting even more features….So the waiting is going to suck, because I really loved the car, but at the 30 day mark, I can legally execute The Lemon Law and BMW can not do anything about it.
You had both these BMW's recalled for battery issues? For what I have read, the battery issues were on the 2022's. That is a horrible situation to deal with not once, but twice. I'm so sorry about that experience. By as you said, you'll be getting a 2023 and drove 6500 on your 2022, so starting over. Hopefully, BMW got a bit better on building these iX's.

Good luck with everything. 👍👍
 

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You had both these BMW's recalled for battery issues? For what I have read, the battery issues were on the 2022's. That is a horrible situation to deal with not once, but twice. I'm so sorry about that experience. By as you said, you'll be getting a 2023 and drove 6500 on your 2022, so starting over. Hopefully, BMW got a bit better on building these iX's.

Good luck with everything. 👍👍
Yep, both recalled. My X3 is just waiting to be picked up hopefully soon,,,,but im not rushing it because the longer they take to pick it up, the more they have to pay me in terms of reimbursement for car payments (less a nominal usage fee). My goal is to start over with a 2023 IX but right now the customer service person assigned to my case says I cant do it. At the 30 day mark, I can by law. I was just hoping to get it started as soon as possible as I know the order process and delivery will take several months, unless I get lucky and find a cancelled order (like I did with this one) that closely matches what Im looking for.
 
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Yep, both recalled. My X3 is just waiting to be picked up hopefully soon,,,,but im not rushing it because the longer they take to pick it up, the more they have to pay me in terms of reimbursement for car payments (less a nominal usage fee). My goal is to start over with a 2023 IX but right now the customer service person assigned to my case says I cant do it. At the 30 day mark, I can by law. I was just hoping to get it started as soon as possible as I know the order process and delivery will take several months, unless I get lucky and find a cancelled order (like I did with this one) that closely matches what Im looking for.
This will be my first BMW 😬. I hope mine doesn't run into any major issues like your battery issues.
 

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I would agree on some of your points
To me why is blind spot not displayed on the HUD ? If you do indicate to change lanes and something is in your blind spot you do get the wheel vibration
Your point 11 in the UK the suspension only raises about 1/2" barely noticeable different over there ?
Climatize yes even the i3 has that
The Tesla sentry system appears brilliant are they the only manufacturers to offer that ?. I'm sure there are 20 or so software enginners at Tesla twiddling their thumbs thinking what can we add next

I've heard the software update is imminent I hope it includes manouver assistant and Panorama view at selected GPS points - it can lower the window why not activate the camera far more useful (i4 has it now)
Will any software upgrade be pushed out to my iX as Tesla does for their upgrades?
 
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