2009 BMW 7 Series Long Term Road Test


2009 BMW 750i: Has This Ever Happened to You?

October 22, 2009

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So I'm driving along with my 2009 Blackberry Pearl Flip (no more butt-dialing!) paired to the 2009 BMW 750i. Joel, a friend from college, is on the line and we're discussing the upcoming NHRA Winternational drag races at Pomona.

Suddenly the line goes dead. Another dropped call, I figure.

But the screen above is not something I usually see with a dropped call. I pick up the phone and Joel is still there, loud and clear. He experienced no interruption, but the call was no longer hands-free through the BMW's speaker system and built-in microphone.

Instead of a dropped call, the Bluetooth connection has inexplicably terminated itself. The BMW hung up on the BlackBerry, so to speak, or vice-versa.

It hasn't happened again but, then again, I haven't made more than one other call.

This unprovoked loss of the Bluetooth handshake is a first for me in the 750i or any other car in our fleet. Anyone else out there had this happen in their own car? I'm not sure if this is a car issue or a phone issue.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 19,102 miles

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