Add Door Release to Phone App for Frozen/Icy Door Handles

Oct 18, 2017
Bethesda, MD
I walked up to my M3 yesterday morning after a night of cold+rain and the driver's side door handle was frozen shut. I was fortunate to be able to get in the front passenger door and reach over to hit the driver's side button.

The design of the door handle provides poor leverage for stuck door handles, so even a little bit of ice will be a problem. But the motorized release mechanism makes up for it, or potentially so.

It seems a no-brainer to add door release control to the phone app.

Any other experiences with frozen door handles? Have any of you been able to unfreeze your door handles by preheating the car? If so, how badly was it frozen and how long did that take?

(This has been discussed prior to M3s going to customers, but now we have some experience under our belts.)