This instructable will uncover the option to add the BMW sports driving mode on all 2006 BMW 530i's with the E60 chassis. The sports driving mode was never offered for this particular model, even though they classify this car model as a sport model, you couldn't get the actual sport driving mode. How this works, and how it's possible, is because this model and other E60 chassis BMW's use the same engines, with the same electronics. Since different models use the same chassis, a lot of the options will be the same. Certain options are not offered on lower end models, even though the capabilities are there. I have only done this hack on a 2006 BMW 530i with the E60 chassis, but I believe this button can be added to any E60 chassis, in the 5series models, in the "I" class.


Screwdriver (Phillips)
Pry Tool or flathead screwdriver
(2) Bushing Contact With Wire Lead (http://www.ecstuning.com/ES164037/)
Momentary button/switch of your choice
18 to 22 gauge wire
Wire Strippers/Cutters
Soldering Iron
Heat shrink

Quick Scope of Work:

What we are going to be doing is actually very simple. We will be taking the dash apart to get to a harness that is connected to the ecu , once we have the dash/ecu out and the back exposed we will be adding two pins to a harness, which will be connected to a momentary switch or button of your choice. After the two wires are inserted in the harness you need to figure out where you want to mount your button/switch. Run wires and button to the desired spot, and mount switch. Put everything back together in reverse order as you took it apart. Now to make sure it works, start your car, push the button you installed and make sure the word sport comes on in the info center in between your gauges.

And there you have it.

Step 1: Remove Dash Piece

Start on the right hand side of the center strip piece. Use a pry tool or a flat head screw driver and insert it in between the strip and the dash and pry it away from the dash, towards yourself. It might take a little more force to get it started than you think. Once you broke the center piece free on that side, work your way to the other side of the strip, pulling the piece towards you. When you feel a section breaking loose move down some on the strip. Once you have broken the whole piece loose, pull it out at an upward angle, like your pointing the vents upward. Once you have the piece out, there is going to be a wire harness you need to unhook.
<p>quick question I want to put a led push button switch so do i just connect the 2 wires to the positive and acc and then ground the third terminal somehere else?</p>
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<p>adding the button doesn't do anything except turn on the light on the dash board, it will not do anything else, the platform is the same but the electronics, programming and calibration is different, also the some systems are different like the abs and transaxle. </p>
<p>Its funny when someone chimes in acting like they know it all and will say how blah blah blah cant work because of blah blah blah. While using terms like a manufacturer would such as &quot;the platform&quot;, while describing complicated-sounding processes like &quot;programming and calibration&quot; only to end up being DEAD WRONG about this widely documented and confirmed hack. BTW, e60 is RWD and doesn't have a transaxle, smart guy. </p>
It definitely works for a 2006 530i, and just as you said yes, it does light up the light that says sport. Something that was not offered on that car for that year, and that is the whole point of this instructable. Why would they put just a light in the car, with all the wiring to the ecu? If it didn't work then how could taping into pins that were empty on the wire harness that was plugged into the ecu make a light emit on the dash? The information center is displaying what the ecu is telling it to, if the car didn't have the capabilities or the electronics to carry out something, then it will not display that it is in &quot;sport mode.&quot; I have had lots of drive time with this car, the steering does get stiffer and the engine's behavior does get more aggressive. As for other models, it is an assumption that it could work, but this instructable was only for the 2006 BMW 530i.
<p>By the engine is more aggressive do you mean the shift mapping changed?</p>
<p>Peeps, he did this to my car. It hands down without a doubt works and is the most awesome thing ever! It completely changes my car when in sport mode. Way tighter steering and much more pickup. It's a totally different car now! You can use my car anytime for more of your genius ideas! </p>
Verdelj it DEFINITELY works for the 06 530i ...everything these people are saying is 100% true..I was skeptical until I did the hack myself...wow...tight suspension, much tighter steering, shorter shifter points, more power, more sensitive gas, everything except the &quot;sport suspension&quot; that cones with the $3,500 sports package...obviously you don't have the right BMW to activate sports mode and you are jealous...to those that do, Congrats!! If you're near Denver I'll install for you, I can even get all the BMW pins/wires/button needed if u want...on I gotta go, I have a 530 I to race... haha...with sport mode I'VE Already beat a g35 and Nissan 350z <br><br>LOVE IT!!
Glad you were a believer, it paid off for you. Like I said in the write up, this has been performed on an actual car and tested, hence the photos I took during installation. Thanks for the comment and happy driving.
Indeed it works for my '07 550 stick ! I did everything exactly the same, but mount the button between seat warmer &amp; DTC. Throttle seems quicker &amp; sure is more fun shifting ..
<p>Oooh, agrressive engines? When will THAT happen on a Silverado (&lt;-dream truck)?</p>
I'd love to see a hack on the new Imprezas like this...
<p>This is a great hack!</p><p>Is there a similar thing I can do to my 20 year old F150?</p><p>I'm guessing... no! Ha ha :)</p>

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