Just had a weird problem. I fired up the car and immediately got a red error message:
[paraphrasing] "ELV Steering Lock Fault. Do not turn off Engine. Car will not restart." I hadn't even put the thing in gear yet. I drove to a gas station (car drove 100% normally) and turned off the car, then tried to retsart.
True to it's word, it would not restart. Steering wheel was locked and it wouldn't let me move the shifter.
I hit the "SOS" button and got connected to BMW Customer Service. They said I had to get flat-bedded to dealer. I was late for a meeting and decided to try something else, so I disconnected the battery and reconnected.
No more ELV fault, car started up fine. I did, however get a yellow Transmission fault warning (and a window anti-trap warning). Those two warnings went away and may have been related to the power disconnect.
Car drove 100% normally. I just dropped off to dealer and will let you know what they say.
I did a little Googling on this , and it appears that the E90 had a similar problem, perhaps linked to Comfort Access (which I have). One thread suggested a software patch fixed this. I'm not sure what SW version I am on.
Anyone else experience this?