Per chance, might you be related to any Coles in Michigan? My brother-in-law might be related to you.
Re the control symbols, once you learn them, they make sense. The vents for example are like a PC that uses 1 (binary for on) and 0 (binary for off). My favorites are the cruise resume ( a speedo with an arrow) and the tire pressure monitor calibrate button (a cross section of a tire with an emergency triangle in it).
Richard NEW 2008 550i Space Gray, Creme Biege/Black/Dk Poplar : Sport Package, Cold Weather, Sport Auto, Nav, HUD, CA, Logic 7, iPod/USB, SAT, HD Radio, Lane departure warning
'06 X3 Black Sapphire/Tan PP, Steptronic, Xexons, Heated seats, Privacy glass, UGDO, Compass, bike rack, iPod adapter
Sold '06 650i Black Sapphire/Cream Beige sport package, 6 speed
'02 M5 Titanium Silver/Black Luxury/Burl
No relatives in Michigan that I'm aware of, but it's a large extended family, so who knows?
I can get used to the control glyphs, but I'll never understand the thinking behind the nav controls. Scrolling the screen by twisting a dial to tab to the right arrow "button", press it some, then scroll to another button and repeat. Try that while driving! Hmm... I wonder if I can pay an installer to transfer the nav from a Lexus?
I could live with these nits, even if the only thing I got to keep from the M5 was the sound of the engine! <-- tears of joy