Long-time listener, first-time caller here.
I had pretty much the same problem as Art. I saw the new version of the connected drive website, noticed the lack of car status, and clicked the green checkmark. What could go wrong, it's green and it's a checkmark? I did not expect that that was the connected drive self-destruct button. (After all, I need to confirm just logging out of the website
So my i3 gets removed from connected drive, no in-car services and no remote status info either. I called BMW customer service this past Wednesday to be told for 36 hours that their system was down and to call back later. When I finally called in with system working on their end ,I got a sympathetic and helpful rep who, despite those attributes, couldn't solve my problem at the time. She did, however, escalate my problem to IT and issue my a trouble ticket number and -- fast-forward to today -- my car shows up again on the connected drive website with my subscribed services. Yay! Still no car status on the website anymore, but I think other functionality now restored.
So if anyone else has clicked a friendly-looking checkmark and instead activated self-destruct sequence, I'd call customer service. They seem to be able to ultimately resolve the problem. I would definitely say that the website violates generally accepted best-practices of user interface design of allowing non-reversible catastrophic inputs! Not even a tooltip saying "Don't press this button!"
I also noticed that user gt1 had problems with his/her automated system from late March thru mid-April. I suspect that s/he was probably using Home Assistant or OpenHAB. BMW USA server had either intentionally or accidentally blocked oauth access from these systems for that period. I had the same issue. This problem has resolved itself, but problems that go away by themselves can also come back on their own . . .
So as far as accessing the car from a desktop computer, what can be done?
Well, there's a project on github https://github.com/m1n3rva/bimmer_connected
that might be helpful. It does require some command-line-fu and comfort with python. There's documentation on github to get you started with installation and use. With the demo program, you can type (from appropriate directory): "bimmerconnected status <username> <password> <region>" where region is north_america, china, rest_of_world. This will spew a stream of info about all your connecteddrive vehicles. The program has help
to get other command arguments for data and to send commands to the car.
I've also written a very
rudimentary text-mode interactive interface to the bimmerconnected library. I'm not sure what's the easiest way to share that here . . . if it's just pasting it into a post, I'll be happy to.