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      02-17-2020, 05:40 AM   #89
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Have you tried the Adaptive mode? BMW state the Adaptive mode has a comfort bias. Many find due to its ability to 'stiffen' a bit on demand, it is more comfortable to drive, as the body stays more composed.
This is the setting I use most. As you say it adapts to your driving style. I use sport when I want a more spirited drive.

I wish they would allow the last “mode” selected to be saved. I see this can be coded but it should be a standard function.
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Have you tried the Adaptive mode? BMW state the Adaptive mode has a comfort bias. Many find due to its ability to 'stiffen' a bit on demand, it is more comfortable to drive, as the body stays more composed.

I've no experience in the Gxx models with adaptive suspension, but it makes sense as it gives a mid range, similar to the Normal 'middle' mode in my F11. In my car Comfort gives the softest ride, but push on a bit and it is not as composed as running Normal mode, where better body control, without losing 'comfort' makes for the more balanced and better drive.

In technical terms the damper mapping is also more balanced around the spring rate. It has been an issue with the Fxx models with only the two base adaptive settings, not so matched to the spring rate. Adaptive Mode should help improve that, particularly for drivers who want comfort, but drive more enthusiastically.
I haven't used adaptive mode only because it cycles your throttle and transmission mapping as well. It's like the "smart" mode on other brands.
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I haven't used adaptive mode only because it cycles your throttle and transmission mapping as well. It's like the "smart" mode on other brands.
Is that a problem? Don't you want that to happen, if you start working the chassis more during a drive?

I need to get some seat time in an M340i, see how it works in Adaptive mode, compared to how I use the modes in my current car while I drive. Adaptive mode appeals to me.

I can use all the modes in my car, driving a trip through the Highlands. Driving the A9 with average speed cameras, you just sit there cruising/wafting along. Get off the A9 onto the twisty (mountain) stuff, I want the chassis to liven up. Then get back on easy sections, just to back off again. I think 'Adaptive Mode' could become my mode of choice.
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Is that a problem? Don't you want that to happen, if you start working the chassis more during a drive?

I need to get some seat time in an M340i, see how it works in Adaptive mode, compared to how I use the modes in my current car while I drive. Adaptive mode appeals to me.

I can use all the modes in my car, driving a trip through the Highlands. Driving the A9 with average speed cameras, you just sit there cruising/wafting along. Get off the A9 onto the twisty (mountain) stuff, I want the chassis to liven up. Then get back on easy sections, just to back off again. I think 'Adaptive Mode' could become my mode of choice.
I don't want that. I like set parameters which is why I have my mode set to Sport Individual almost all the time. It's more predictable for how I drive. I flip between that and Sport Plus depending on my drive.
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I don't want that. I like set parameters which is why I have my mode set to Sport Individual almost all the time. It's more predictable for how I drive. I flip between that and Sport Plus depending on my drive.
That is what is great about the 'modes' and being able to select our settings. More choice, to suit more drivers.
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That is what is great about the 'modes' and being able to select our settings. More choice, to suit more drivers.
Agreed! I'll fiddle around with adaptive as I get more comfortable with the car. Maybe it will be something I'll use at times.
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after a few thousand miles with comfort+ enabled on adaptive suspension, it does feel as though it softens the bumps even more, definitely a worthwhile option
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after a few thousand miles with comfort+ enabled on adaptive suspension, it does feel as though it softens the bumps even more, definitely a worthwhile option
Do you feel any difference going over a speed bumps in comfort vs comfort+?
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I dont feel much of difference over bumps with Comfort+ enabled. What I do notice is the transmission behavior and throttle input seem a little more relaxed.
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