2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Bluetooth Bummer
June 16, 2014
The 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo doesn't remember me. Or rather, it doesn't remember my phone. Returning to the car with phone in pocket, the Gran Turismo often won't reconnect with my phone as an audio device. In this case, I'd slid back into the driver's seat after a visit to the car wash. I tried to launch a podcast, but no luck. The system indicated that it wasn't connected to my phone as an external audio device.
I tried several fixes. I made a quick phone call, no problem. I tried listening to the program through the phone's speaker, no problem. I power-cycled the phone and audio system with no luck. I swirled the iDrive controller, switched inputs, checked and unchecked boxes. Finally I tried what seems obvious now, but eluded me until then: I simply turned off the GT's Bluetooth function, waited a couple of seconds, then turned it back on. Success connecting with both phone and audio streaming.
This has happened before and each time it seems like a different method re-established the Bluetooth streaming link. But it's irritating when it happens in a car that carries this kind of premium. I don't recall experiencing any Bluetooth kinks in our Kia Forte or Mazda 3, for example.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor @ 11,350 miles