Mehdi
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Precondition with key fob

Is it possible to precondition with key fob? I'd like to warm up the i3 in the winter if I am sitting in a coffee shop and planning to leave. I know this can be done using the phone app, but can it be programmed into the key fob buttons?
alohart
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Re: Precondition with key fob

I don't know what's possible, but if you have Bimmercode, look in the Body Domain Controller module in expert mode for possibilities. I found this information:

BDC Body Module:
Change Behavior of 3rd Button on Keyfob (short, med, long press of button)
30D0->RC_DEFAULT_IDG_3RD_BUTTON_SHORT set to option below
30D0->RC_DEFAULT_IDG_3RD_BUTTON_MID set to option below
30D0->RC_DEFAULT_IDG_3RD_BUTTON_LONG set to option below

Change Behavior of 4th Button on Keyfob (short, med, long press of button)
30D0->RC_DEFAULT_IDG_4TH_BUTTON_SHORT set to option below
30D0->RC_DEFAULT_IDG_4TH_BUTTON_MID set to option below
30D0->RC_DEFAULT_IDG_4TH_BUTTON_LONG set to option below

Options:
Wert_00 = No Action
Wert_02 = Open Trunk (rear Boot)
Wert_03 = Panic Alarm
Wert_04 = Follow-Me-Home (find car in dark parking lot)
Wert_05 = Open Frunk (front boot)
Wert_07 = Auxiliary Cooling

I'm not certain of the fob button numbering scheme. There are obviously buttons 1 and 2 which might be door lock and unlock whose functions probably shouldn't and maybe can't be changed.

There might be unlisted options (e.g., Wert_01, Wert_06, and maybe more). "Auxiliary Cooling" is likely what you're looking for although it would refer to climate control which could be cooling or heating depending on the ambient temperature.

Please report what you learn.
Last edited by alohart on Sun Dec 09, 2018 4:10 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Aloha,
Art
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Mehdi
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Re: Precondition with key fob

Thank you very much Art. That worked!
lpbggag
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Re: Precondition with key fob

Yeah, it works for me with my i3 2016!!! Many thanks Alohart (posts: 2188, Joined: Sat Nov 01, 2014 10:36 pm)

Side note: My focus was to adress the problem that when I pause on the road for a fast charge, sometime I just can't access my clim. menu to enable climate function and for now, I just don't know why (I had recently to sit in the car for 30 minutes at -15 Celcious !!!)

Some searches on google point me to a diamond button, which in fact is the emergency button #4 for my i3 on the key fob). So basically. using Bimmercode, Body Domain Controller module in expert mode and set 30D0->RC_DEFAULT_IDG_4TH_BUTTON_MID to Wert_07 (Auxiliary Cooling), that did the job (note that is wasn't working using button #3).

What left to be done is to verify if during fast charge, I can use button #4 to force enabling the clim control... we'll see ;)
darenhayes78
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Re: Precondition with key fob

Just curious if this will work on a Canadian i3? Thank u.
Fisher99
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Re: Precondition with key fob

darenhayes78 wrote: Sun Feb 21, 2021 7:28 am Just curious if this will work on a Canadian i3? Thank u.
Yes, but you have to say "Eh?" after pressing the button... :D
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Tunnelboy
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Re: Precondition with key fob

Hate to resurrect an old thread, but this is now more relevant than ever since 3g has been obsoleted. The phone app is now 100% useless. At least here in the US. I used the Climatize feature almost every single day. With 3g dead and BMW (as expected) saying there is no fix, at least I can climatize within car-keyfob range.

Thanks very much for the information!
appie
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Re: Precondition with key fob

Can't you also just go into the car's option menu and program the diamond shaped button on the keyfob to turn on the climatization? I think that is an easier solution that does not require any kind of programming/parameterization, no OBDII dongle etc.
MKH

Re: Precondition with key fob

Can't you also just go into the car's option menu and program the diamond shaped button on the keyfob to turn on the climatization? I think that is an easier solution that does not require any kind of programming/parameterization, no OBDII dongle etc.
Sure - if you are inside the range of the key fob. Over 50 to 100 feet away from the car, and it won't work. If you live on the 10th floor and your car is in the basement parking garage - not much use.
appie
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Re: Precondition with key fob

I agree with the fact that it will be of no use when you're out of keyfob range, however that's not the question. The question is how to activate climitization with the keyfob, and I simply pointed out you don't need bimmercode to do that...

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