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Old 05-09-2016, 06:52 AM
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Default iDrive Random Language Change

I seem to be having an issue with my 2010 F10 520d SE where the language keeps changing on its own to German and then eventually back to English. I can start the car, the iDrive displays German menus, drive for 20-30 mins and it will change back to English (sometimes). This used to be every so often, but now its every time I start the car. When it is in German, the bluetooth phone connection doesn't work and the display for the parking sensors doesn't show, although it still beeps like normal and it won't let me manually change the language back via the settings menu. When it's in English (rarely), everything works fine.

This has really got me puzzled! It's got to be a software glitch, has anyone come across the same random behaviour? I really don't fancy having to pay BMW's diagnostic prices!

Note: I don't have the nav etc, it's just the basic small screen iDrive system, unsure of the abbreviation for the model.

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Old 09-13-2016, 04:47 PM
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I have the same problem with my 520D - 2010 F10 model.

The language defaults to German after the car has been parked in sunshine, greater than say 20C/68F, or after a journey of 45 minutes or more. Also my radio reception degrades after driving for more than 45 minutes.

Have you figured out a solution yet?

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Old 09-19-2018, 05:37 PM
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Default Any update

Any success, Iím having the same issue.
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Old 03-29-2019, 07:47 AM
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Just had the same issue pop up on my 2011 today. Looks like it was caused by a week battery in my remote / key fob.
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