jamiebaruch
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Preconditioning - heated seats

Tue Jan 19, 2016 4:57 am

Does anyone know if you can change a setting to allow for the heated seats to be activated as part of the preconditioning?

Many thanks in advance.

J

psquare
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Re: Preconditioning - heated seats

Wed Jan 20, 2016 2:50 am

I'm not aware of this as a setting. Guess it's also discouraged, as seat hating should only be switched on for occupied seats.

I've got a similar question re heated mirror and rear screen heating as part of recon. This would be a nice to have. As a workaround, when departure time is 10 mins away, I put the car in Ready mode and enable mirror/rear screen heating.

cmj912
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Re: Preconditioning - heated seats

Wed Jan 20, 2016 7:21 am

I've seen several times that the precon feature doesn't allow variations...did I read correctly that it chooses 70F/21C for the cabin warmer? If not, I'll jack that thing up to 80 before I turn the car off and plug it in :)

But yes, you could always run out and switch to ready to turn these things on. With the fabric seats, though, there is no cold-bottom-delay...they are easier to get into. No shock :) and they warm up fast...

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Re: Preconditioning - heated seats

Wed Jan 20, 2016 10:05 am

cmj912 wrote:With the fabric seats, though, there is no cold-bottom-delay...they are easier to get into. No shock :) and they warm up fast...


Bit too fast for my liking. Even when it's very cold outside, I never go beyond setting 1, to be honest.

jamiebaruch
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Re: Preconditioning - heated seats

Wed Jan 20, 2016 3:32 pm

Thanks for replying guys.
Looks like I'll have to do it manually if I want them preheated.
Appreciate the feedback

jadnashuanh
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Re: Preconditioning - heated seats

Wed Jan 20, 2016 5:02 pm

There is no user setting for this, but it MIGHT be something that could be coded...I have not looked nor seen it having been discussed.
Jim DeBruycker
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cmj912
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Re: Preconditioning - heated seats

Thu Jan 21, 2016 6:12 am

psquare wrote:
cmj912 wrote:With the fabric seats, though, there is no cold-bottom-delay...they are easier to get into. No shock :) and they warm up fast...


Bit too fast for my liking. Even when it's very cold outside, I never go beyond setting 1, to be honest.


I don't either! 1 seems toasty enough! I have found that often it is even enough to do the "maximize range" thing and, if you've had the heat on when the car is plugged in, turn it off and just use the seat warmer.

Leasi3
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Re: Preconditioning - heated seats

Thu Jan 21, 2016 11:43 am

A coworker of mine has a 2016 Volt and its equivalent to cabin pre-conditioning heats up the seats and the steering wheel.
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Re: Preconditioning - heated seats

Thu Jan 21, 2016 12:36 pm

cmj912 wrote:I don't either! 1 seems toasty enough! I have found that often it is even enough to do the "maximize range" thing and, if you've had the heat on when the car is plugged in, turn it off and just use the seat warmer.


When mine was in for a software upgrade, I had a loaner i3 with leather seats. Seat heating works slower with leather. From a battery SOC perspective, I guess it's a good thing that I have to turn mine off quicker.

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Re: Preconditioning - heated seats

Thu Jan 21, 2016 3:45 pm

Leasi3 wrote:A coworker of mine has a 2016 Volt and its equivalent to cabin pre-conditioning heats up the seats and the steering wheel.

The Volt has an ICE that can drive the car and a moderately large fuel tank...IOW, a few extra watts is not a big deal. Could BMW have done it? Sure. They opted for more range.
Jim DeBruycker
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