BMW 2001 325CI Owner`s manual

Contents
From A to Z
Owner's Manual for the Vehicle.
With a quick reference guide
for your convenience.
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Congratulations, and thank you for choosing a BMW.
Thorough familiarity with your vehicle will provide you with enhanced control and
security when you drive it. We therefore have this request:
Read this Owner's Manual to get summarized information, before you start out in
your new BMW. It contains important data and instructions intended to assist you in
gaining maximum use and satisfaction from the unique range of technical features
on your BMW. The manual also contains information on care and maintenance
designed to enhance operating safety and contribute to maintaining the value of
your vehicle throughout an extended service life.
This Owner's Manual should be considered a permanent part of this vehicle. It
should stay with the vehicle when sold to provide the next owner with important
operating, safety and maintenance information.
This manual is supplemented by a Service and Warranty Information Booklet
(US models) or a Warranty and Service Guide Booklet (Canadian models).
We recommend that you read this publication thoroughly.
Your BMW is covered by the following warranties:
– New Vehicle Limited Warranty
– Limited Warranty Rust Perforation
– Federal Emissions System Defect Warranty
– Federal Emissions Performance Warranty
– California Emission Control System Limited Warranty
Detailed information about these warranties is listed in the Service and Warranty
Information Booklet (US models) or in the Warranty and Service Guide Booklet
(Canadian models).
We wish you an enjoyable driving experience.
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We have made every effort to ensure
that you are able to find what you need
in this Owner's Manual as quickly as
possible. The fastest way to find certain
topics is by using the detailed index at
the end. If you wish to gain only an
initial overview of your vehicle, you will
find this in the first chapter.
The detailed table of contents immediately following the index is intended to
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and stimulate you to read about it.
Indicates instructions or precautions that must be followed
precisely in order to avoid the possibility of personal injury and serious
damage to the vehicle.<
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Owner's Manual describes all models
and equipment that BMW offers within
the same group.
Contains information that will
assist you in gaining the optimum
benefit from your vehicle and enables
you to care more effectively for your
vehicle.<
We hope you will understand that
equipment and features are included
which you might not have chosen for
your vehicle. Any possible differences
can easily be identified, since all
optional accessories are marked with
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Should you wish to sell your BMW at
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remember to hand over this Owner's
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If you have any questions, a BMW
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extras.
If your BMW features equipment which
is not described in this Owner's Manual
(car radio or telephone, for instance),
Supplementary Owner's Manuals are
enclosed. We ask you to read these
manuals as well.
Identifies systems or components,
which your BMW center can either
activate or adapt to suit an individual
driver's requirements ("Car Memory",
"Key Memory"). Refer to page 54.<
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Status at time of printing
BMW pursues a policy of continuous,
ongoing development that is conceived
to ensure that our vehicles continue to
embody the highest quality and safety
standards combined with advanced,
state-of-the-art technology. For this
reason, it is possible that the features
described in this Owner's Manual could
differ from those on your vehicle. Nor
can errors and omissions be entirely
ruled out. You are therefore asked to
appreciate that no legal claims can be
entertained on the basis of the data,
illustrations or descriptions in this
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For your own safety
Use unleaded gasoline only. Fuels
containing up to and including
10% ethanol or other oxygenates with
up to 2.8% oxygen by weight (i.e. 15 %
MTBE or 3 % methanol plus an equivalent amount of co-solvent) will not void
the applicable warranties respecting
defects in materials or workmanship.
Field experience has indicated significant differences in fuel quality (volatility,
composition, additives, for example)
among gasolines offered for sale in the
United States and Canada. The use of
poor quality fuels may result in driveability, starting and stalling problems
especially under certain environmental
conditions, such as high ambient
temperature and high altitude.
Should you encounter driveability
problems which you suspect could be
related to the fuel you are using, we
recommend that you respond by
switching to a recognized high-quality
brand.
Failure to comply with these recommendations may result in unscheduled
maintenance.
Follow the relevant safety rules when
you are handling gasoline.<
Important safety information!
wheels, suspension components, brake
dust shields, telephones (including
For your own safety, use genuine parts operation of any portable cellular phone
and accessories approved by BMW.
from within the vehicle without using an
When you purchase accessories tested externally mounted antenna) or transceiver equipment (such as C.B., walkieand approved by BMW and Original
BMW Parts, you simultaneously acquire talkie, ham radio or similar) may cause
the assurance that they have been thor- extensive damage to the vehicle,
compromise its safety, interfere with
oughly tested by BMW to ensure
the vehicle's electrical system or affect
optimum performance when installed
the validity of the BMW Limited
on your vehicle.
Warranty. See your BMW center for
BMW warrants these parts to be free
additional information.
from defects in material and workmanDo not use a key or the remote control
ship.
to lock the doors or the luggage
BMW will not accept any liability for
compartment with anyone inside the
damage resulting from installation of
vehicle. See Owner's Manual for more
parts and accessories not approved by
details.<
BMW.
BMW cannot test every product from
other manufacturers to verify if it can be
used on a BMW safely and without risk
to either the vehicle, its operation, or its
occupants.
Original BMW Parts, BMW Accessories
and other products approved by BMW,
together with professional advice on
using these items, are available from all
BMW centers.
Installation and operation of non-BMW
approved accessories such as alarms,
radios, amplifiers, radar detectors,
Maintenance, replacement, or
repair of the emission control
devices and systems may be performed
by any automotive repair establishment
or individual using any certified automotive part.<
Symbol on vehicle parts
Indicates that you should consult
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Owner's Manual for information on a
particular part or assembly.
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The following only applies to vehicles owned and operated in the US.
REPORTING SAFETY DEFECTS
If you believe that your vehicle has a defect that could cause a crash or could cause injury or death, you should
immediately inform the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in addition to notifying BMW of
North America, Inc., P.O. Box 1227, Westwood, New Jersey 07675-1227, Telephone (201) 307-4000.
If NHTSA receives similar complaints, it may open an investigation, and if it finds that a safety defect exists in a
group of vehicles, it may order a recall and remedy campaign. However, NHTSA cannot become involved in
individual problems between you, your dealer, or BMW of North America, Inc.
To contact NHTSA, you may either call the Auto Safety Hotline toll-free at 1-800-424-9393 (or 366-0123 in
Washington, D.C. area) or write to: NHTSA, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, D.C. 20590. You can
also obtain other information about motor vehicle safety from the Hotline.
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Operation, care
and maintenance
Controls
Controls and features
Car care
Overview
Overview
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Advanced technology
Technology Repairs
Owner service procedures
Data
Technical data
Index
Index
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Cockpit 16
Instrument cluster 18
Indicator and warning lamps 20
Multifunction steering wheel
(MFL) 24
Hazard warning flashers 25
Warning triangle 25
First-aid kit 25
Refueling 26
Fuel specifications 27
Tire inflation pressure 28
Controls and features
Overview
Contents
Opening and closing:
Keys 32
Electronic vehicle
immobilizer 33
Central locking system 34
Opening and closing – from the
outside 34
Opening and closing – from the
inside 38
Luggage compartment lid 39
Luggage compartment 41
Alarm system 42
Electric power windows 44
Sliding/Tilt sunroof 45
Adjusting:
Seats 47
Seat and mirror memory 51
Steering wheel 52
Mirrors 52
Car Memory, Key Memory 54
Passenger safety systems:
Safety belts 55
Airbags 57
Transporting children safely 60
Driving:
Steering/Ignition lock 63
Starting the engine 63
Switching off the engine 64
Parking brake 65
Manual transmission 66
Automatic transmission with
Steptronic 67
Turn signal indicator/Headlamp
flasher 70
Washer/Wiper system 70
Rear window defroster 72
Cruise control 73
Everything under control:
Odometer 75
Tachometer 75
Energy Control 75
Fuel gauge 76
Temperature gauge 76
Service Interval Display 76
Check Control 77
Computer 77
Technology for driving comfort
and safety:
Park Distance Control (PDC) 81
Automatic Stability Control plus
Traction (ASC+T) 82
Dynamic Stability Control
(DSC) 83
Tire Pressure Control (RDC) 85
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Lamps:
Side lamps/Low beams 87
Instrument panel lighting 87
High beams/Parking lamps 88
Fog lamps 88
Interior lamps 88
Controlling the climate
for pleasant driving:
Air conditioner 90
Automatic climate control 96
Seat heating 101
Roller sun blind 101
Interior convenience:
HiFi system 101
Glove compartment 102
Storage facilities 102
Cellular phone 104
Ashtray, front 104
Cigarette lighter 105
Ashtray, rear 105
Clothes hooks 105
Loading and transporting:
Through-loading system 106
Ski bag 107
Cargo loading 108
Roof-mounted luggage rack 109
Operation, care and maintenance
Controls and features
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Special operating instructions:
Break-in procedures 112
Driving notes 113
Catalytic converter 113
Antilock Brake System
(ABS) 115
Disc brakes 117
Brake system 118
Winter operation 119
Power steering 121
Cellular phones 121
Radio reception 121
Wheels and tires:
Tire inflation pressure 122
Tire condition 122
Tire replacement 123
Tire rotation 124
Wheel and tire
combinations 125
Winter tires 126
Snow chains 126
Approved wheel and tire
specifications 127
Under the hood:
Hood 130
Engine compartment 132
Washer fluids 134
Washer nozzles 134
Engine oil 135
Coolant 137
Brake fluid 138
Vehicle Identification
Number 139
Care and maintenance:
The BMW Maintenance
System 140
Caring for your vehicle 141
Airbags 146
Vehicle storage 147
Laws and regulations:
Technical modifications 148
California Proposition
65 Warning 148
ODB interface socket 149
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In case of electrical
malfunction:
Fuel filler door 167
Sliding/tilt sunroof 167
Assistance, giving and
receiving:
Jump-starting 168
Towing the vehicle 169
Adaptive Transmission Control
(ATC) 174
Airbags 175
Automatic Stability Control plus
Traction (ASC+T)/Dynamic
Stability Control (DSC) 175
Radio reception 176
Safety belt tensioner 176
Interior rearview mirror with
automatic dimming
feature 177
Rain sensor 178
Tire Pressure Control (RDC) 179
Self-diagnostics 180
Xenon lamps 181
Technical data
Replacement procedures:
Onboard tool kit 152
Windshield wiper blades 152
Lamps and bulbs 152
Changing a wheel 159
Battery 162
Fuses 166
Microfilter/Activated-charcoal
filter 166
Advanced technology
Repairs
Contents
Engine data 184
Dimensions 185
Weights 186
Capacities 187
Electrical system 188
V-belts 188
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Index
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Everything from A to Z 192
Owner service procedures 199
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Operation, care
and maintenance
Controls
Controls and features
Car care
Overview
Advanced technology
Technology Repairs
Owner service procedures
Data
Technical data
Index
Index
Cockpit 16
Instrument cluster 18
Indicator and warning lamps 20
Multifunction steering wheel
(MFL) 24
Hazard warning flashers 25
Warning triangle 25
First-aid kit 25
Refueling 26
Fuel specifications 27
Tire inflation pressure 28
Overview
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Cockpit
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4 Shift lever/Selector lever* 66
For vehicles equipped with manual
transmission:
To shift into reverse, push the gear
shift lever to the left, overcoming
the slight resistance
Controls
3 Washer/Wiper system 70
Car care
2 d Turn signal indicator 70
> Parking lamps 88
> High beams 88
> Headlamp flasher 70
> Computer 77
Overview
1 Parking lamps/Low beams 87
8 Horn: the entire surface functions as
the horn
9 Adjusting steering wheel 52
10 Front fog lamps 88
Data
7 Rear window defroster 72
Index
6 Central locking system 34
Technology Repairs
5 Hazard warning flashers 25
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Instrument cluster
5 Tachometer and Energy control 75
6 Engine coolant temperature gauge
with "Coolant temperature too high"
indicator 76
7 Indicator and warning lamps
(clockwise) for:
> Parking brake/Brake hydraulic
system/Cornering Brake Control
(CBC/DBC) 20
> Antilock Brake System (ABS) 22
> Brake pads 22
> Tire Pressure Control
(RDC)* 20, 22
> Airbags 21
> Please fasten safety belts 21
> Cruise control 23
11 Indicator for:
> Odometer 75
> Trip odometer 75
> Clock 78
> Service Interval 76
Indicator for computer, operation
using the turn signal lever, refer to
page 77:
> Clock
> Outside temperature
> Average fuel consumption
> Range
> Average speed
12 Indicator for Check Control 77
You can display the outside
temperature and distance driven
in different units of measurement. <
Overview
Controls
4 Indicator lamp for:
> Battery charge current 20
> High beams 23
> Engine oil pressure/Engine oil
level 20, 22
10 Indicator lamp for Automatic
Stability Control plus Traction
(ASC+T)/Dynamic Stability Control
(DSC)* and ADB 22
Car care
3 Speedometer
14 Indicator and warning lamps
(clockwise) for:
> Front fog lamps 23
> Add washer fluid 22
> Coolant level 23
> Electronic Throttle Control
(EML)* 23
> Service Engine Soon 22
Technology Repairs
2 Indicator lamp for turn signal
indicator 23
9 Program display for automatic
transmission* 69
Indicator lamp for automatic
transmission* 21, 69
13 Trip odometer, reset to zero 75
Data
1 Fuel gauge with indicator lamp
for fuel reserve 76
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8 Set button for the clock 78
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and warning lamps
Technology that monitors itself
Red: stop immediately
Many of the systems of your BMW
monitor themselves automatically, both
during engine starts and while you are
driving. Indicator and warning lamps
that are identified by "●" are tested for
proper functioning whenever the ignition key is turned. They each light up
once for different periods of time.
Battery charge ●
The battery is no longer being
charged. There is a malfunction
of the alternator V-belt or in the
charging circuit of the alternator. Please
contact the nearest BMW center.
Tire Pressure Control (RDC) ●
In addition, an acoustic signal is
sounded: a tire failure has
occurred. Reduce vehicle speed immediately to stop the vehicle. Avoid hard
brake applications. Do not oversteer.
For additional information, refer to
page 85.
If the V-belt is defective, do not
continue driving, otherwise, the
engine could be damaged due to overheating. If the V-belt is defective,
increased steering effort is also
required.<
Brake hydraulic system ●
If the lamp comes on when the
parking brake is not engaged:
check the brake fluid level. Before
driving further, be sure to read the
notes on pages 118 and 138.
If a fault should occur in one of these
systems, the corresponding lamp does
not go out after the engine is started, or
it lights up while the vehicle is moving.
You will see how to react to this below.
Engine oil pressure ●
Stop the vehicle immediately
and switch off the engine.
Check the engine oil and top off as
required. If the oil level is correct,
please contact the nearest BMW
center.
Brake warning lamp for Canadian models.
Do not continue driving. If you do
so, the engine could be damaged
because of inadequate lubrication. <
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Indicator and warning lamps
Please fasten safety belts ●
A warning signal will sound at
the same time. Lights up for a
few seconds or until the safety belt is
fastened.
For additional information on safety
belts, refer to page 55.
Airbags ●
Please have the system
inspected by your BMW center.
For additional information, refer to
pages 57, 175.
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Controls
Automatic transmission
Because of a malfunction, the
automatic transmission shifts
only in the emergency program. Please
consult the nearest BMW center.
For additional information, refer to
page 69.
Car care
Brake warning lamp for Canadian models.
Orange: consult the nearest BMW
center
Technology Repairs
Indicator and warning lamps
for CBC, ABS and ASC+T/DSC
and ADB/DBC for Canadian
models.
Parking brake
Comes on when the parking
brake is applied – an acoustic
signal also sounds when starting off.
For additional information, refer to
page 65.
Data
The brake warning lamp and the
yellow indicator lamps both light
up for ABS and ASC+T/DSC:
The entire ABS, CBC, ASC+T/
DSC and ADB system has
failed. Continue driving
cautiously and defensively.
Avoid hard brake applications.
Please have the system checked by
your BMW center as soon as possible.
For additional information, refer to
pages 82, 116.
Red: an important reminder
Index
Red and yellow: continue driving
cautiously
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and warning lamps
Yellow: check as soon as possible
Antilock Brake System (ABS) ●
ABS has been deactivated in
response to system malfunction.
Conventional braking efficiency is available without limitations. Please have
the system inspected by your BMW
center.
For additional information, refer to
page 116.
ABS warning lamp for Canadian
models.
Engine oil level
Lights up while driving:
The oil level is at the absolute
minimum; therefore, add engine oil as
soon as possible. Do not drive more
than 30 miles (50 km) until you do.
For additional information, refer to
page 135.
Engine oil level
Comes on after the engine has
been shut off: add more engine
oil the next time you stop for gas.
For additional information, refer to
page 135.
Brake pads ●
Have the brake pads checked.
For additional information, refer
to page 118.
Tire Pressure Control (RDC) ●
Check tire inflation pressure:
refer to pages 27, 85.
Automatic Stability Control plus
Traction (ASC+T)/Dynamic
Stability Control (DSC) ●
Indicator lamp flashes:
The system is active and governs drive
force and braking force.
The indicator lamp stays lit:
ASC+T has been switched off by
means of the switch or it is defective,
or, the DSC has been turned off, ADB is
operational.
Please consult the nearest BMW center
in the event of a malfunction.
For additional information, refer to
page 82.
Automatic Stability Control plus
Traction (ASC+T)/Dynamic
Stability Control (DSC) and
brake warning lamp ●
The indicator lamps remain on:
The DSC and ADB are switched
off by means of the switch or are defective.
Please consult the nearest BMW
center.
For additional information, refer to
page 82.
Indicator and warning lamps
DSC and ADB for Canadian
models.
Add washer fluid
The washer fluid is too low. Top
off the fluid at the earliest
opportunity.
For additional information, refer to
page 134.
Service Engine Soon ●
If the indicator lamp comes on
either continuously or intermittently, this indicates a fault in the emissions-related electronic systems.
Although the vehicle remains operational, you should have the systems
checked by your BMW center at the
earliest possible opportunity.
For additional information, refer to
page 149.
Service Engine Soon warning
lamp for Canadian models.
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Indicator and warning lamps
Front fog lamps
Lights up whenever you switch
on the front fog lamps.
For additional information, refer to
page 88.
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Cruise control
Lights up when the cruise
control is activated. Available for
operation via the multifunction steering
wheel.
For additional information, refer to
page 73.
Controls
High beams
Comes on when the high beams
are on or the headlamp flasher
is actuated.
For additional information, refer to
pages 70, 88.
Car care
Blue: for your information
Turn signal indicator
Flashes when the turn signal is
on. Rapid flashing indicates a
system malfunction.
For additional information, refer to
page 70.
Data
Add coolant
The coolant level is too low. Top
off the coolant at the earliest
opportunity.
For additional information, refer to
page 137.
Green: for your information
Index
Engine electronics* ●
There is a fault in the engine's
electronic control system. The
electronics will allow you to continue
driving with reduced engine output or
reduced engine speed. Please have the
system inspected by your BMW center.
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steering wheel (MFL)
> Selected radio functions,
> the cruise control,
> selected cellular phone functions.
In order to operate a system via
the MFL, the corresponding
systems must be switched on.<
Refer to the individual accessory
manuals for more detailed descriptions.
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The controls integrated in the multifunction steering wheel are provided
so that you can operate a number of
accessories quickly and without being
distracted from traffic conditions. You
may operate:
1 Radio/Telephone: select
2 Press briefly:
Receive a call, initiate dialing and
terminate a call
Press longer:
Voice recognition*: switch on and off
3 Radio/Telephone: volume
4 Radio/Telephone: scan backward or
scan station keys or scroll through
the phone listings
6 Horn: the entire surface functions as
the horn
7 Cruise control: activate stored setting
(resume)
8 Cruise control: store and
accelerate (+); decelerate and
store (–)
9 Cruise control: activate/interrupt/
deactivate
5 Radio/Telephone: scan forward or
scan station keys or scroll through
the phone listings
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Warning triangle*
First-aid kit*
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To close: fold the cover up.
Some of the articles in the first-aid
kit may be used within a limited
time only. For this reason, check the
expiration dates of each of the items
regularly, and replace any with passed
dates. You can purchase replacements
in any drugstore or pharmacy.
Comply with legal requirements that
cover the availability of a first-aid kit in
the vehicle.<
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To open: pull the handle and fold the
cover down.
Technology Repairs
The turn signal indicator function
takes precedence over the hazard
warning flashers function. Starting from
ignition key position 1, you are therefore able to use the turn signal
indicators, even if the hazard warning
system has been activated.<
Comply with legal requirements
that cover the availability of a
warning triangle in the vehicle.<
The first-aid kit is located under the
passenger seat.
Data
To help you locate the switch in an
emergency, the button is also illuminated whenever the vehicle's lamps are
on.
The warning triangle is stored in a
recess on the left-hand side of the
luggage compartment where it is
quickly available.
Index
The button flashes on and off when the
hazard warning flashers are on.
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Hazard warning flashers
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Fuel filler door
Before filling the tank, shut off the
engine. If you do not, fuel cannot
be filled into the tank and the "Service
Engine Soon" lamp may come on.<
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Close the fuel cap carefully after
refueling until a "click" is heard.
While closing, be sure not to squeeze
the strap which is fastened to the cap.
A loose or missing cap will activate the
Service Engine Soon warning lamp.<
Simple and environmentally
friendly
Open the filler cap carefully to
prevent fuel from spraying out.
Fuel spray may cause injury.<
Press on the rear edge of the fuel filler
door to open and close it.
Keep the filler cap in the bracket
attached to the fuel filler door.
Regarding unlocking it if the central
locking system malfunctions, refer to
page 167.
When refueling, insert the filler nozzle
completely into the filler pipe. Pulling
the nozzle out of the pipe during
refueling
When handling fuels, comply with
all of the applicable safety
precautions and regulations pertaining
to fuels.
Never carry spare fuel containers in
your vehicle. Whether empty or full,
these containers can leak, cause an
explosion, or lead to fire in the event of
a collision.<
> results in premature pump shutoff
> and will reduce the effect of the vapor
recovery system on the pump.
The fuel tank is full, whenever the fuel
nozzle shuts off the first time, as is
specified for proper service.
Fuel tank capacity: refer to page 187.
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Proper inflation pressures are on a
sticker attached to the B-pillar and
visible with the driver's door open.
Check tire pressures
On the next page you will find all the tire
pressure and ambient air temperature
specifications stated in the units usually
used in your country (psi; kilopascal).
For vehicles with RDC (Tire Pressure
Control):
After correcting the tire inflation pressure, reactivate the system. Refer to
page 85.
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Do not use leaded fuels. The use
of leaded fuels will cause permanent damage to the system's oxygen
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> Premium Unleaded Gasoline,
min. 91 AKI.
AKI = Anti Knock Index
Car care
Required fuel:
Check tire inflation pressures,
including the space-saver spare
tire, or spare tire, regularly, at least
every two weeks and before beginning
any extended driving. Otherwise, incorrect tire pressure can lead to tire
damage and accidents.
Inflate the spare tire to the highest
inflation specified for your vehicle.<
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The engine uses lead-free gasoline
only.
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Data
Tire inflation pressure
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Fuel specifications
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inflation pressure
Comply with tire approval
specifications
The inflation pressures in the table
apply to tires from BMW-approved
manufacturers. Your BMW center is
familiar with these manufacturers.
Higher pressures may be specified for
tires made by other manufacturers. You
will find a list of approved tires beginning on page 127.
Your vehicle is equipped with tires that
meet US and European standards. We
recommend the exclusive use of BMWapproved tires.
BMW
Tires
All pressure specifications in
the table are indicated in psi
(kilopascal) for cold tires
(cold = ambient temperature)
All summer tires
30 (210) 35 (240) 35 (240) 42 (290)
325Ci
All winter tires
33 (230) 38 (260) 38 (260) 45 (310)
330Ci
All summer and winter tires
33 (230) 38 (260) 38 (260) 45 (310)
All
Space-saver spare tire
61 (420)
For all-season tires, use the same tire inflation pressure as for summer tires.
When using extra load tires (205/50 R 17), the inflation pressure increases
by 3 psi (20 kilopascal) for summer tires.
330Ci: when using 225/45 R 17 91 W tires, the air pressure decreases by
3 psi (20 kilopascal).
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Data
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Car care
Controls
Overview
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Opening and closing:
Keys 32
Electronic vehicle
immobilizer 33
Central locking system 34
Opening and closing – from the
outside 34
Opening and closing – from the
inside 38
Luggage compartment lid 39
Luggage compartment 41
Alarm system 42
Electric power windows 44
Sliding/Tilt sunroof 45
Adjusting:
Seats 47
Seat and mirror memory 51
Steering wheel 52
Mirrors 52
Car Memory, Key Memory 54
Passenger safety systems:
Safety belts 55
Airbags 57
Transporting children safely 60
Controls
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Technology for driving comfort
and safety:
Park Distance Control (PDC) 81
Automatic Stability Control plus
Traction (ASC+T) 82
Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
with Automatic Differential
Brake (ADB) and Dynamic
Brake Control (DBC) 83
Tire Pressure Control (RDC) 85
Loading and transporting:
Through-loading system 106
Ski bag 107
Cargo loading 108
Roof-mounted luggage rack 109
Operation, care
and maintenance
Controls
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Interior convenience:
HiFi System 101
Glove compartment 102
Storage facilities 102
Cellular phone 104
Ashtray, front 104
Cigarette lighter 105
Ashtray, rear 105
Clothes hooks 105
Controls and features
Owner service procedures
Advanced technology
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Controlling the climate
for pleasant driving:
Air conditioner 90
Automatic climate control 96
Seat heating 101
Roller sun blind 101
Overview
Technical data
Data
Everything under control:
Odometer 75
Tachometer 75
Energy Control 75
Fuel gauge 76
Temperature gauge 76
Service Interval Display 76
Check Control 77
Computer 77
Lamps:
Side lamps/Low beams 87
Instrument panel lighting 87
High beams/Parking lamps 88
Fog lamps 88
Interior lamps 88
Index
Index
Driving:
Steering/Ignition lock 63
Starting the engine 63
Switching off the engine 64
Parking brake 65
Manual transmission 66
Automatic transmission with
Steptronic 67
Turn signal indicator/Headlamp
flasher 70
Washer/Wiper system 70
Rear window defroster 72
Cruise control 73
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3 Door and ignition key
The locks for the luggage compartment lid and the glove compartment
cannot be operated with this key –
this is recommended for valet
parking, for instance.
1 The remote control master keys
determine Key Memory functions.
Refer to page 54
There is an extended-life battery
in every master key that is
charged automatically in the ignition
lock as you drive.
At least once a year, drive for an
extended period with a master key that
you do not use otherwise to charge the
battery. Refer also to page 35.<
Replacement keys
Replacement keys are available exclusively through your BMW center.
Checking vehicle ownership is mandatory, since the keys are part of a security system, refer to "Electronic vehicle
immobilizer" on page 33.
If possible, take all of the master
keys that belong to the vehicle
with you when you pick up your
replacement key.
Whenever you receive a new replacement key, turn that key to position 2 in
the ignition lock once (ignition switched
on) and then back. This allows the electronic vehicle immobilizer to "learn" the
new key.<
2 Store spare key in a safe place, such
as in your wallet. This key is not
intended for constant use
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Overview
Controls
Car care
Your BMW is equipped with a passive
Force applied to the key can
anti–theft system. This electronic immodamage the integrated electronic
bilization system is designed to reduce
the susceptibility of the vehicle to theft circuitry. A damaged key can no longer
be used to start the engine.<
by making it impossible to start the
engine using any means other than the
special keys furnished with the vehicle.
Your BMW center can cancel the electronic system authorization for individual keys (in the event of loss, for
instance). A deactivated key can no
longer be used to start the engine.
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The key to security
At the heart of this system is an electronic chip that is integrated into the
key. The lock mechanism itself is actually a dual-function device, serving as a
communications interface designed to
allow the vehicle's electronics system
to maintain a continuous stream of variable, vehicle-specific signals with the
electronic circuitry in the key. The
system will not release the ignition, fuel
injection and starter unless it recognizes an "authorized" key.
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How the electronics work
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Index
Electronic vehicle immobilizer
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34nCentral
locking system
Opening and closing – from the outside
Convenience operation
The central locking system is ready for
operation whenever the driver's door
is closed. The system engages and
releases the locks on the
You can also operate the power
windows and sliding/tilt sunroof from
the door lock.
> doors
> luggage compartment lid
> fuel filler door at the same time.
The central locking system can be
operated
> from outside via the door lock and
using the remote control
> from inside by pressing a button.
Activating it from inside does not lock
the fuel filler door (see page 38). When
the system is actuated from the
outside, the anti-theft system is activated simultaneously. Both the door
locks and the safety lock buttons
remain locked. The alarm system is also
armed or disarmed.
The central locking system unlocks
automatically in the event of an accident. In addition, the hazard warning
flashers and interior lamps come on.
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Using the key
One turn of the key in the driver's door
lock unlocks the driver's door only.
Turning the key a second time will
unlock the passenger-side door, the
luggage compartment lid and the fuel
filler door.
> To open: with the door closed, hold
the key in the "Unlock" position.
> To close: with the door closed, turn
the key to the "Lock" position and
hold it.
Watch during the closing process
to be sure that no one is injured.
Releasing the key stops the operation.<
Manual operation
(in the event of electrical malfunction)
Turn the key to the extreme left or right
to unlock/lock the door.
You can have a signal set as an
acknowledgment message that
the vehicle is closed correctly.<
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The anti-theft system is also deactivated simultaneously when you unlock
the vehicle, the alarm system is
disarmed, and the interior lamps are
turned on. When you lock the vehicle,
the systems are activated and armed,
and the lamps go off.
You can have a signal set as an
acknowledgment message that
the vehicle is closed correctly.<
Keys with remote control are master
keys. Refer to page 32.
Children might be able to lock the
doors from the inside. For this
reason, always take the vehicle keys
with you so that the vehicle can be
opened again from the outside at any
time.<
Overview
Controls
Car care
Master keys
Master keys that are used repeatedly are always ready for operation since the battery in the key is
charged automatically in the ignition
lock as you drive.
If it is no longer possible to unlock the
vehicle using the remote control, the
battery is discharged. Use this key
while driving for an extended period in
order to recharge the battery. Refer
also to page 32.
To prevent unauthorized use of the
remote control, surrender only the door
and ignition key or the spare key (refer
to page 32) e.g. when leaving the
vehicle for valet parking.
In the event of a system malfunction,
please contact your BMW center. You
can also obtain replacement keys
there.<
Technology Repairs
> Turn on the interior light, refer to
page 36.
With this function, you can also
"search for" your vehicle — when
parked in an underground garage for
instance.
> Open the luggage compartment,
refer to page 37.
The luggage compartment lid will
open slightly, regardless of whether it
was locked or unlocked.
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The remote control gives you an
exceptionally convenient method for
unlocking and locking your vehicle.
Furthermore, it provides two additional
functions that can only be executed by
means of the remote control:
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Using the remote control
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Opening and closing – from the outside
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To unlock the vehicle
To lock and secure
To switch on the interior lamps
Press button 1 to unlook the driver's
door only
Press button 2.
After locking the vehicle, press button 2
again.
Press the button twice in order to
unlock the entire vehicle.
Convenience opening mode
Press and hold button 1. The windows
and the sliding/tilt sunroof are opened.
Switching off tilt alarm* and
interior motion sensor*
Press button 2 again immediately after
locking.
For additional information: refer to
page 43.
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The luggage compartment lid will open
slightly, regardless of whether the lid
was previously locked or unlocked.
Before and after a trip, be sure
that the luggage compartment lid
was not opened unintentionally.<
If this should occur, you can still open
and close the vehicle using the master
key in either the door or luggage
compartment locks.
LX8EWS
LX8FZVS
LX8FZVE
Compliance statement:
This device complies with part 15 of the
FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions:
> This device may not cause harmful
interference, and
> this device must accept any interference received, including interference
that may cause undesired operation.
Any unauthorized modifications or
changes to these devices could
void the user's authority to operate this
equipment.<
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Data
Press button 3.
The proper functioning of the remote
control system may be affected by
other devices or equipment operating in
the immediate vicinity of your vehicle.
FCC ID:
Controls
The transmitter and receiver units
comply with part 15 of the FCC (Federal
Communication Commission) regulations. Operation is governed by the
following:
Car care
For US owners only
By pressing button 3 for two to
five seconds, the alarm can be sounded
in the event of danger, if it has been
armed ahead of time.
Pressing on button 1 will turn the alarm
off.
The LED (light-emitting diode) will light
up briefly whenever you press on the
individual buttons.
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Panic-Mode (triggering alarm)
Non-BMW systems
To open the luggage
compartment lid
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Use this button to operate the central
locking system whenever the doors are
closed. The doors and luggage
compartment lid are unlocked or locked
only. The anti-theft alarm system is not
activated.
To unlock and open the doors
To engage the locks
> Either unlock the doors at the same
time using the button for the central
locking system and then pull each of
the release handles above the
armrests,
or
> pull the release handle for each door
twice: the first pull unlocks the door,
and the second one opens it.
> Either use the central locking button
to lock both doors at once,
or
> press the individual safety lock
buttons down. As an added design
feature to prevent the driver from
being inadvertently locked out of the
vehicle, the driver's door safety lock
button will not engage as long as the
door is open.
Children might be able to lock the
doors from the inside. For this
reason, take the vehicle's keys with you
so that the vehicle can be opened again
from the outside at any time.<
If only the driver's door was
unlocked from the outside and you
press the button, then the passengerside door, the luggage compartment lid
and the fuel filler door will unlock if the
driver's door is open.
The driver's door will be locked if it is
closed.<
If you desire, the central locking
system will secure the locks as
soon as you start to drive. This can be
adjusted to be key-specific.<
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Luggage compartment lid
Controls
To secure separately
Opening from outside
Only the master keys (refer to page 32)
fit in the lock for the luggage compartment lid.
Turn the master key to the right past the
resistance point and then pull it out in
the horizontal position.
Press the button in the handle recess
(arrow):
The luggage compartment lid opens
slightly.
The luggage compartment is lit when
the luggage compartment lid is opened.
Manual operation
(in the event of electrical malfunction)
The luggage compartment is locked
again as soon as you close the lid.
Opening from the inside, refer to
page 40.
Data
Turn the master key to the left to the
stop – the luggage compartment lid will
open slightly.
Index
This locks the luggage compartment lid
and disconnects it from the central
locking system. If you surrender only
the door and ignition key, for valet
parking, for instance (refer to page 32),
this will prevent unauthorized access to
the luggage compartment.
Car care
The lock
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Do not drive with the luggage
compartment lid open, since
exhaust fumes could penetrate the interior of the vehicle. Should it be absolutely necessary to operate the vehicle
with the luggage compartment lid open:
Opening from the inside*
Closing
If the luggage compartment lid has not
been locked separately, you can open it
with this button in the footwell on the
driver's side when the vehicle is
stationary.
The handle recesses in the interior trim
panel of the luggage compartment lid
(arrows) make it easier to pull the lid
down.
> Close all windows and the sliding/tilt
sunroof as well.
> Increase the air supply for the air
conditioner or automatic climate
control to a high level. Refer to
page 90 or 96.<
To avoid injuries, be sure that the
travel path of the luggage
compartment lid is clear when it is
closed, as with all closing procedures.<
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You can turn the floor mat over if needed
(e.g. for transporting soiled objects).
The rubberized side may be washed. It
reduces movement of objects placed on
it.
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Floor mat
To raise and secure the floor panel, lift
it by the ring and use the hanger to
hook it into the rubber seal on the runoff gutter (arrow).
Data
Lift the floor panel up and hook it
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Refer also to "Cargo loading" on
page 108.
Controls
To secure your luggage, use the
luggage nets* or flexible straps that you
can attach to the fittings at the inner
corners of the luggage compartment.
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system*
The concept
The vehicle alarm system responds:
> When a door, the hood or the
luggage compartment lid is opened.
> To movement inside the vehicle
(interior motion sensor).
> To a change of the vehicle's tilt – if
someone attempts to steal the
wheels or tow the vehicle without
authorization, for example.
> If there is an interruption in battery
voltage.
The system responds to unauthorized
vehicle entry and attempted theft by
simultaneously activating the following:
To activate and deactivate the
alarm system
When the vehicle is locked or unlocked
by using a key or with the remote
control, the alarm system is also simultaneously armed or disarmed.
The interior motion sensor and the tilt
alarm sensor are activated approx.
30 seconds after you have finished
locking the vehicle.
If the alarm system has been armed
correctly, the hazard warning flashers
flash once.
You can have a signal set as
acknowledgment for both arming
and disarming the alarm system.<
> Sounding an alarm for 30 seconds.
> The hazard warning flashers are activated for approx. five minutes.
You can also open the luggage
> The high beams flash on and off in
compartment lid when the system is
sync with the hazard warning flashers.
armed by pressing button 3 of the
remote control (refer to page 37). When
it is closed, the lid is once again
secured.
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Indicator lamp displays
The indicator lamp is located under the
interior rearview mirror.
> When the indicator lamp flashes
continuously: the system is armed.
> If the indicator lamp flashes during
arming of the system: the door(s), the
hood or luggage compartment lid are
not properly closed. Even if you do
not close the indicated area, the
system begins to monitor the
remaining areas, and the indicator
lamp flashes continuously after
> 10 seconds. However, the interior
motion sensor is not activated.
> If the indicator lamp goes out when
the system is disarmed: no manipulation or attempted intrusions have
been detected in the period since the
system was armed.
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Alarm system*
Reset the alarm to reactivate the tilt
alarm sensor and the interior motion
sensor.
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Controls
The transmitter and receiver of the interior motion sensor are located in a trim
panel in the vehicle's roof.
For the interior motion sensor to function properly, the windows and sliding/
tilt sunroof must be closed.
However, you should switch off the
interior motion sensor (see previous
column) if you wish to leave the
windows or sliding/tilt sunroof open.
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Interior motion sensor
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Locking the vehicle twice (= arming the
system). Press button 2 on the remote
control twice in succession or lock the
vehicle twice with the key. Refer to
page 34.
The indicator lamp lights up briefly and
then flashes continuously. The tilt alarm
sensor and the interior motion sensor
are deactivated as long as the system is
armed.
Data
The tilt alarm sensor and interior motion
sensor may be switched off at the same
time. You can do this to prevent a false
alarm from being triggered (in garages
with elevator ramps, for instance), or
when the vehicle is transported by
trailer or train:
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Following triggering of an alarm, the
indicator lamp will flash continuously.
Avoiding an unintentional alarm
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10 seconds when the system is
disarmed: an attempted entry has
been detected in the period since the
system was armed.
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power windows
After the ignition has been switched off: Safety feature
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You can still operate the power
windows for up to 15 minutes, as long
as neither of the front doors has been
opened.
Open and close the windows
From ignition key position 1:
> Press the switch up to but not past
the pressure point:
The window will lower slightly or the
rear vent window will open slightly,
as long as you keep pressing the
switch.
> Press the switch briefly past the pressure point:
The window will move automatically.
Pressing the switch again stops the
opening cycle.
Remove the key from the ignition
lock and close the doors when
you leave the vehicle, so that children
cannot operate the power windows and
possibly injure themselves.<
To use the convenience mode via the
door lock or the remote control, refer to
page 34 or 36.
A contact strip is located on the inside
upper frame of each of the windows. If
pressure is exerted against this contact
strip while a window is being raised, the
system will respond by stopping the
window and then retracting it a bit.
Despite this safety feature, be
extremely careful to ensure that
the closing path of the windows is not
obstructed. Otherwise, an object might
not touch the contact strip in some situations (very thin objects, for instance).
You can disable this safety feature by
pressing the switch beyond the resistance point and holding it.<
You can close the windows in the same
manner by pulling the switch. The rear
vent window does not close automatically.
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Sliding/tilt sunroof*
To operate the door lock or the remote
control by using the convenience operating mode, refer to page 34 or 36.
When lifting, the headliner will retract
several inches.
Do not use force to close the
headliner whenever the sunroof is
open, because the mechanism will be
damaged.<
After the ignition has been switched off,
you can still operate the sliding/tilt
sunroof for up to 15 minutes, as long as
no door has been opened.
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Controls
Car care
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From ignition key position 1, press the
switch or slide it to the desired direction
until you feel resistance.
Pressing the switch again briefly stops
the motion immediately.
Data
If the sunroof is completely open, air
disturbances may be caused in the
vehicle when you are driving at higher
speeds. Close the roof as far as necessary until this natural phenomenon
ceases.
Lifting – Opening – Closing
> Press the switch past the pressure
point: the sunroof travels to either the
fully-closed or fully-open position.
> With the sunroof open, press the
switch briefly toward "Lift": the
sunroof automatically extends to its
fully raised position.
Index
Avoid low air pressure or drafts in the
passenger compartment whenever the
sunroof is open or up by keeping the
vent outlets on the instrument panel
open, and if necessary, by increasing
the air supply. Refer to page 92 or 99.
Automatic opening and closing
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Exercise care when closing the
sliding/tilt sunroof and keep it in
your field of vision until it is completely
closed. Failure to do so can result in
injuries.
Remove the key from the ignition lock
and close the doors when you leave the
vehicle so that children cannot operate
the sunroof and possibly injure themselves.<
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sunroof*
Safety feature
Power loss or malfunction
If the sliding/tilt sunroof encounters
resistance at a point roughly past the
middle of its travel when it is closing,
the closing cycle is interrupted and the
sunroof will retract slightly.
In the event of an electrical malfunction,
you can operate the sliding/tilt sunroof
manually, refer to page 167.
At any rate, even with this safety
function, make sure that the
closing path is clear, otherwise, in
borderline cases (e. g. with thin
objects), the limit for triggering the
sunrooof's closing force cannot be
guaranteed. You can override this
safety feature by pressing the switch
beyond the pressure point and holding
it.<
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Correct sitting posture
After a seat adjustment, adjust the
height of the safety belt also. Refer to
page 55.
1 Backward/Forward adjustment
Pull up on the lever and slide your
seat into the desired position.
After releasing the lever, gently move
the seat backward or forward to
ensure that it snaps securely into
place.
2 Cushion height
Pull the lever and apply weight to or
remove weight from the seat to reach
the desired position.
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For long-distance driving, you may wish
to increase the backrest angle slightly
to reduce muscular tension. You should
be able to grasp the steering wheel at
its highest point with your arms slightly
bent.
Data
The ideal sitting posture is achieved
with your head extending from your
spine in a straight line.
Controls
To reduce strain on the spinal column,
sit all the way back in the seat and rest
your back fully against the backrest.
Index
Never try to adjust your seat while
driving the vehicle. The seat could
respond with an unexpected movement, and the ensuing loss of vehicle
control could lead to an accident.
Be sure that the safety belt remains
firmly against your body at all times. In
the event of a frontal impact, a loose lap
belt could slide over the hips, leading to
abdominal injury. In addition, the safety
belt's restraint effectiveness is reduced
if the belt is worn loosely.
Never ride with the backrest reclined to
an extreme angle (especially important
for the front passenger to remember),
otherwise, you run the risk that you will
slide under the safety belt during an
accident, thus negating the protection
the safety belt provides.<
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the seat position, please follow the
instructions below carefully:
Mechanical seat
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3 Backrest angle
Pull the lever and apply weight to or
remove weight from the backrest as
required.
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Adjustments
Removal
Height: adjust by pulling up or pushing
down.
> Pull the head restraint upward to the
stop.
> Press the button (arrow) and remove
the head restraint.
In order to move to the lowest
positions, press button 1.<
Installation
To adjust the angle of the front head
restraints: rotate them in the desired
direction.
> Press the button (arrow) and insert
the head restraint into the guides.
> Adjust the head restraint.
Head restraints reduce the risk of
injury to the cervical vertebra in
the event of an accident.
Adjust the head restraint so that its
center is approximately at the height of
your ears.<
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Lumbar support*
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Lock both backrests while driving,
otherwise there is a danger of an
unexpected movement causing an
accident.<
2 To adjust the tilt angle downward:
Push the lever as often as necessary
to reach the desired angle.
3 Thigh support area:
Pull the lever and adjust the position
of the cushion for thigh support to
suit you.
Controls
The upper hips and spinal column
receive supplementary support to help
you maintain a relaxed, upright posture.
> Press the front/rear of switch:
Increase/decrease curvature.
> Press the upper/lower end of the
switch:
Increase the upper/lower curvature.
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1 To adjust the tilt angle upward:
Pull the lever as often as necessary to
reach the desired angle.
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The outside levers hold the safety belt
in order to make it easier to reach.
You can adjust the backrest's contour
for additional support in the curvature
of your spine's lumbar region.
Data
With this seat, you can also adjust the
tilt angle and the thigh support:
Index
Pull up on the lever and flip the backrest toward the front.
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1 Backward/Forward adjustment
BMW Sports Seat
2 Cushion height
1 Tilt angle
3 Backrest angle
2 Backward/Forward adjustment
The head restraint is adjusted manually. 3 Cushion height
4 Backrest angle
Please refer to the adjustment
Adjust the head restraints (refer to
instructions on page 47 to reduce
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the risk of personal injury.<
page 49) manually.
Please refer to the adjustment
instructions on page 47 to reduce
the risk of personal injury.<
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Seat and mirror memory*
The adjustment setting of the lumbar
support is not saved in the memory.
To store
1 Turn the key to ignition key position 1
or 2.
2 Adjust your seat and outside mirrors
to the desired position.
3 Press the MEMORY button: the indicator lamp in the button lights up.
4 Press memory button 1, 2 or 3, as
desired: indicator lamp goes out.
If you accidentally press the MEMORY
button: press the button again; the
indicator lamp goes out.
Do not select a memory position
while the vehicle is moving. If you
do so, there is a risk of accident from
unexpected seat movement.<
Controls
Car care
If you make use of this method of
adjustment, be sure that the footwell behind the driver's seat is unobstructed before unlocking the vehicle.
Security function:
If you fail to do so, persons or objects
1 With the driver's door closed and the could be injured or damaged if the seat
ignition key either removed or in posi- should move backward.<
tion 0 or 2
2 Maintain pressure on the desired
memory button (1, 2 or 3) until the
adjustment process is completed.
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You can store and recall three different
driver's seat and outside mirror positions.
1 Open the driver's door after
unlocking or turn the ignition key in
posi-tion 1.
2 Briefly press memory button 1, 2 or 3,
as desired.
The adjustment cycle is canceled
immediately if you press a seat
adjustment switch or one of the
memory buttons.
Your BMW center can adjust your
vehicle's systems in such a
manner that your personalized settings
are automatically set for the seat and
outside mirror positions when you
unlock the vehicle with your personal
remote control.<
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Passenger side exterior mirror tilt
function
(automatic curb monitor*)
1 Move the mirror selector switch 1 to
the "driver's mirror" position.
2 When the selector lever is placed in
"Reverse," the passenger-side mirror
tilts downward. This allows the driver
to see the area directly adjacent to
the vehicle during parking (curbs,
etc.).
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Exterior mirrors
1 Push the locking lever downward.
2 Adjust the steering wheel (fore/aft
1 Switch for 4-way adjustment
and up/down) to the desired position.
2 Selection switch for changing
3 Pull the lever back in to clamp the
between mirrors
steering wheel in the new position.
Do not adjust the steering wheel
while the vehicle is moving. If you
do so, there is a risk of accident from
unexpected movement.<
You can deactivate this automatic
feature: set the mirror selection switch
to the "passenger side" position.
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Lighted vanity mirror*
Fold down the sun visor and slide the
cover panel to the side as required.
The mirror lamps operate from ignition
key position 1.
Sun visors
These can be folded down toward the
windshield or swiveled out against the
side window.
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By responding to the effects of ambient
light and the glare from following traffic,
this mirror automatically dims through
an infinitely-variable range.
The mirror switches to its clear,
undimmed mode whenever the transmission is placed in reverse gear
(selector lever in "Reverse").
To ensure that the mirror continues to
operate properly, keep the two photocells clean and unobstructed. One
photocell (arrow) is in the mirror glass,
while the other is offset somewhat on
the other side of the mirror.
For an explanation of the electrochromic technology used in this mirror,
refer to page 177.
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Interior rearview mirror with
automatic dimming feature*
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To reduce glare from vehicles behind
you when you are driving at night, tilt
the mirror by turning the button.
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Both mirrors are automatically
defrosted with the ignition key in
position 2.
Interior rearview mirror
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The mirror on the passenger's
side features a lens with a more
convex surface than the mirror installed
on the driver's side. When estimating
the distance between yourself and
other traffic, bear in mind that the
objects reflected in the mirror are closer
than they appear. Estimations of the
distance to following traffic should
therefore not be regarded as precise.<
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You can also adjust the mirrors manually by pressing against the outer edges
of their lenses.
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How the system functions
You have probably frequently wished
that you could configure individual
functions of your vehicle to reflect your
own personal requirements. In engineering your vehicle, BMW has
included several user-defined functions in the vehicle's design. Your BMW
center can make these settings for you
in accordance with your wishes.
There are settings related to the vehicle
("Car Memory") and settings related to
individuals ("Key Memory"). You can
have up to four different basic settings
adjusted for four different persons. The
only requirement is that each person
uses his or her own remote control key.
When your vehicle is unlocked with the
remote control, the vehicle recognizes
the individual user by means of a data
exchange with the key, and makes
adjustments accordingly.
What the system can do
In order for you to distinguish between
different keys, colored decals are
supplied together with the keys.
Examples for Car Memory:
Your BMW center can provide you with
details on the capabilities of the Car
Memory and Key Memory systems.
A few examples follow below:
> Various signals used as acknowledgement when locking or unlocking
your vehicle.
> Deactivating/activating the FollowMe-Home lamps function.
> Activating/deactivating daytime
running lamps*.
Examples for Key Memory:
> Automatic adjustment of the driver's
power seat.
> Locking your vehicle after starting off.
> When unlocking your vehicle, first
unlock the driver's door, then the rest
of the vehicle.
You will see this symbol throughout the Owner's Manual. It is to
remind you at appropriate places of the
settings that are available to you.<
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To fasten:
Make sure you hear the catch engage in
the belt buckle.
To release:
Press the red button in the buckle. Hold
the belt and guide it back into its reel.
The two rear safety belt buckles which
are integrated in the rear seat are for
passengers sitting on the left and right.
The belt buckle with the word "CENTER"
is intended exclusively for passengers
sitting in the middle.
For care instructions, refer to page 144.
Slide the button downward or upward.
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You can adjust the safety belts to fit
your own physical dimensions by using
the safety belt height adjustment.
Data
Safety belt height adjustment
Fasten your safety belt at the beginning
of every trip.
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Drive with your safety belt on
For your safety, please comply
with the following instructions for
wearing safety belts. If you do not, the
safety belts may not be able to provide
their maximum protection. The
following information also applies to
your passengers:
Never allow more than one person to
wear a single safety belt. Never allow
infants or small children to ride in a
passenger's lap.
Avoid twisting the belt while routing it
firmly across your hips and shoulder.
Do not allow the belt to rest against
hard or fragile objects in your pockets.
Never route the belt across your neck,
do not run it across sharp edges and
ensure that the belt does not become
caught or jammed.
Avoid wearing clothing that prevents
the belt from fitting properly. Pull on the
belt periodically to readjust the tension
across your shoulder. In the event of a
frontal impact, a loose lap belt could
slide over your hips, leading to abdominal injury. In addition, the safety belt's
restraint effectiveness is reduced if the
belt is worn loosely.
Expectant mothers should also wear
the safety belt, taking special care to
place the lap belt over the lower hips,
where it does not exert pressure on the
abdominal area.<
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belts
For child restraint system installation,
refer to page 61.
If the safety belt system has been
subjected to the stresses involved
in an accident or otherwise damaged:
Have the entire safety belt mechanism
replaced by your BMW center,
including the safety belt tensioner. In
addition, have your BMW center
inspect the safety belt anchors. If a
child restraint system was in the vehicle
during an accident, consult the manufacturer's instructions regarding
replacement.<
Please comply with the instructions for the center safety belt on
page 106.<
Child restraint systems*
Do not install a rear-facing child
restraint system in the front
passenger seat of your vehicle. If you
do so, the child could be injured in an
accident when the airbag is triggered.
Children should always ride in the rear
and the restraint systems should be
secured with the outer belts.
The centre seat belt should only be
used when it is necessary to secure
three child restraint systems.
Do not modify the child restraint system
in any way. If you do so, it will not
provide your child with maximum
protection.<
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Airbags
3 Side airbags for driver and passenger
(front and rear*)
Protective effect
The front airbags protect the front-seat
occupants in the event of a severe
frontal collision on which the protection
afforded by the belts alone may no
longer be sufficient. The side impact
Head Protection System and the side
airbags help provide protection in the
event of a collision from the side. Each
of the side airbags is designed to help
support the occupant's upper body.
The illustration depicts schematically
the primary directions of vehicle impact
that initiate airbag deployment.
The airbags will not be triggered in
the event of a minor accident, a
vehicle roll-over, or collisions from the
rear.c
System malfunction:
> The indicator lamp fails to come on.
> The indicator lamp comes on briefly
before going out, and then lights up
again.
If there is a system malfunction, there
is a risk that the airbags will not be
triggered within their normal response
range, even if the level of impact would
normally have triggered them.
Have your BMW center inspect the
system immediately.
The airbag indicator lamp also
comes on if the safety belt
tensioners have been triggered.<
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> The indicator lamp comes on briefly
then goes out.
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(front)
The side airbags in the rear
passenger area* of your vehicle
may already have been deactivated
either at the time of manufacture or by a
BMW center. You may have them activated if you desire to do so. Please
contact your BMW center for additional
information.<
System operational:
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1 Front airbags for driver and
passenger
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The indicator lamp in the instrument cluster displays the operational status of the airbag
system from ignition key position 1 and
higher.
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Sitting correctly with airbags
For your safety, comply with the
following instructions for the
airbags. If you do not, the airbags may
not be able to provide their maximum
protection. All passengers in the vehicle
should be aware of and comply with
this information:
The airbags are supplemental restraint
devices designed to provide extra
protection; they are not a substitute for
safety belts. Wear your safety belt at all
times. The airbags will not be triggered
in the event of a minor accident, a
vehicle roll-over, or collisions from the
rear. In these instances, the safety belt
provides optimal protection.
Airbags are located under cover panels
in the steering wheel, in the instrument
panel, in the side trim panels in the
front and rear*, in the roof panels, and
in the sides of the inside roof lining.
Adjust your seat to a position that
provides maximum distance between
you and the steering wheel, the instrument panel and the door while still
allowing comfortable and safe access
to all vehicle controls.
To avoid sustaining hand and arm injuries, always grasp the steering wheel
on the rim with the hands at the 9 and
3 o'clock positions. Do not place your
hands on the center pad.
Never allow any objects to obstruct the
area between the airbag and an occupant.
Do not use the cover panel above the
passenger-side airbag as a storage
area.
Do not apply adhesive materials to the
cover panels of the airbags, cover them
or modify them in any other way.
Do not install a rear-facing child
restraint system in the front passenger
seat of this vehicle.
Children under 13 years of age and
children less than 5 feet (150 cm) tall
should ride only in the rear seat.
Infants or small children should never
be held on the lap of a passenger.
If your vehicle is equipped with side
airbags in the rear passenger area *, be
sure that child restraints are mounted
correctly and provided with the
greatest-possible distance between the
airbags in the side trim panels. Do not
allow children to lean out of the child's
seat in the direction of the side trim
panels. If they do so, serious injuries
can occur if the airbag is triggered.<
At all times, occupants should sit
upright and be properly restrained
(infants and small children in appropriate child restraint systems; larger
children and adults using the safety
belts). Never let an occupant's head
rest near or on a side airbag because
the inflating airbag could cause a
serious or fatal injury. Please note that
the word "Airbag" imprinted on the door
trim panel indicates the airbag's location.
Accident research shows that the
safest place for children in an automobile is in the rear seat. However, a child
sitting in the rear seat and not properly
restrained may place his or her head on
or near the airbag, if so equipped. For
example, a child — even though belted
— may fall asleep with his or her head
against the side airbag. It may be difficult for a driver to ensure that children
in the rear seat will remain properly
positioned at all times and not place
their heads on or near the side airbag.
Therefore, we recommend that the rear
seat side airbags, if so equipped, be
deactivated if children will travel in the
rear seat.
The rear seat side airbags may already
have been deactivated, either at the
time of manufacture or by a BMW
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This is the right way for a larger child to
sit wearing the safety belt when rear
side airbags (arrow) are provided.
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This is the right way for a child to sit in
a child restraint when rear side airbags
(arrow) are provided.
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For additional information concerning
the airbag system, refer to pages 146
and 175.
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Even when all these guidelines are
observed, there is still a small residual
risk of injuries to the face, hands and
arms occurring in isolated instances.
The ignition and inflation noise may
induce a mild temporary hearing loss in
sensitive individuals.
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center. Labels in the door opening
should indicate the status of your rear
seat side airbags. If you are uncertain of
their status, or wish to have the airbags
activated or deactivated, please
contact your BMW center.<
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children safely
LATCH attachment of the child
seat
Remove the cover cap on the outer
mount by pulling it toward the front.
When reattaching it, make sure that the
recess points upward.
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manufacturer's operating and safety
precautions.<
The illustration shows the mounts for a
LATCH child-restraint system in the
right rear seat.
To remove the cover cap easily, flip the
rear backrest forward halfway. (Refer to
page 106).
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Transporting children safely
If you use a child restraint system with a
tether strap, three additional tether
anchorage points (refer to the arrows in
the illustration) have been provided.
Depending on the location selected for
seating in the rear passenger area,
attach the tether strap to the corresponding anchorage point to secure the
child restraint system. Remove the
cover first on the middle location.
All rear seating positions in your vehicle
meet the recommendations of SAE
J1819, an industry recommended practice for securing child restraint systems
in motor vehicles.
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Commercially available child seats
complying with the legal standard are
designed to be secured with a lap belt
or with the lap belt portion of a combination lap/shoulder belt.
Improperly or inadequately installed
restraint systems can increase the risk
of injury to children. Always read and
follow the instructions that come with
the system.
Before installing any child restraint
system or child seat, please read
the following:
Never install a rear-facing child restraint
system in the front passenger seat of
this vehicle.
Your vehicle is equipped with an airbag
supplemental restraint system for the
front passenger. Because the backrest
on any rear-facing child restraint
system (of the kind designed for infants
under 1 year and 20 lbs./9 kg)) would
be within the airbag's deployment
range, you should never mount such a
device in the front passenger seat,
since the impact of the airbag against
the child restraint's backrest could lead
to serious or fatal injuries.
If it is necessary for a child (not an
infant) to ride in the front seat, certain
precautions should be taken. First,
move the passenger seat as far away
from the instrument panel as possible.
This important precaution is intended to
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Adjust the tether strap according to the
child restraint manufacturer's instructions.
maximize the distance between the
airbag and the child. Older children
should be tightly secured with the
safety belt. Younger children should be
secured in an appropriate forwardfacing child restraint system that has
first been properly secured with a
safety belt.
Never install a rear-facing child restraint
system in the front passenger seat.
We strongly urge you to carefully read
and comply with the instructions for
installation and use provided by the
child restraint's manufacturer whenever you use such a device.
Always ensure that all occupants (of
all ages) remain properly and securely
restrained at all times.<
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If the respective seating position is
fitted with a headrest lift the headrest
and pass the tether strap between the
headrest and the seat back.
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Lock the safety belt
Unlock the safety belt
Extract the entire length of the belt from
the inertia reel mechanism. Allow the
reel to retract the belt somewhat and
engage the buckle, then tighten the belt
against the child restraint system. The
retraction mechanism is now locked.
The belt cannot be extracted further.
Always comply with the installation
instructions provided by the manufacturer of the child restraint system.
Release the safety belt, remove the
child's seat and pull the safety belt out
to its end position on the belt retractor.
Child seat security
All of the rear belt retractors and the
front passenger's safety belt can be
locked for mounting and securing child
restraint systems.
Information pertaining to this is located
in the immediate vicinity of the buckle
latch of each safety belt.
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After removing the key, turn the
steering wheel slightly to the left or right
until the lock engages.
If the key is not removed, a signal will
sound after the driver's door has been
opened.
Vehicles with automatic transmission:
Do not move the selector lever from the
"Park" position until the engine is
running (ignition key at position 2).
In order to turn the key back to position 0 or to remove it, move the selector
lever into position "Park" first (Interlock).<
2 Ignition on
Do not run the engine in enclosed
areas. The exhaust gases contain
carbon monoxide, an odorless and
colorless, but highly toxic gas.
Breathing the exhaust gases poses an
extreme health risk, and can lead to
unconsciousness and death.
Do not leave the vehicle unattended
with the engine running. An unattended vehicle with a running engine
represents a potential safety hazard.<
All electrical devices and accessories
are available for use.
3 Starting the engine
Vehicles with manual transmission:
Step on the clutch when starting the
vehicle. A lockout prevents the engine
from starting if the clutch is not
depressed.<
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> Engage the parking brake.
> Put manual-shift gear lever in the
idling position or in P for automatic
transmissions.
> Step on the clutch pedal.
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Before starting
Turning the steering wheel slightly to
the right or left often makes it easier to
turn the key from 0 to 1.
Individual electrical devices are ready
for operation.
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The key can only be inserted or
removed in this position.
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0 Steering lock engaged
Starting the engine
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the engine
Do not press the accelerator pedal
while starting the engine.
Do not actuate the starter for too
short a time, but do not actuate it
for more than approx. 20 seconds.
Release the ignition key immediately
when the engine starts.
Do not allow the engine to warm up by
leaving it running while the vehicle
remains stationary. Instead, begin
driving immediately at a moderate
engine speed.<
Switching off the engine
If the engine does not start on the first
attempt (if it is very cold or hot, for
instance):
> Press the accelerator pedal halfway
down while engaging the starter.
Cold starts at very low temperatures,
starting at about +57 (–156) and
at high altitudes above 3,300 ft
(1,000 meters):
> On the first start attempt, engage the
starter for a longer period (approx.
10 seconds).
> Press the accelerator pedal halfway
down while engaging the starter.
Engine idle speed is controlled by the
engine computer system. Increased
speeds at start-up are normal and
should decrease as the engine warms
up. If engine speed does not decrease,
service is required.
Turn the ignition key to position 1 or 0.
Do not remove the ignition key
while the vehicle is still moving.
If you did so, the steering lock would
engage when the steering wheel is
turned.
Whenever you leave the vehicle, always
remove the ignition key and lock the
steering wheel.
Vehicles with manual transmission:
Always apply the parking brake when
parking on slopes and inclined
surfaces, since placing the shift lever in
1st gear or reverse may not provide
adequate resistance to rolling.
Vehicles with automatic transmission:
Place the selector lever in "Park."<
To prevent the battery from
discharging, always deactivate
electrical devices that are not in
use. Switch the ignition off when the
vehicle is not being driven.
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The lock engages automatically when
you lift the lever, and the indicator lamp
in the instrument panel comes on when
the ignition key is in position 2. Refer to
page 21.
To release
Pull up slightly on the lever, press the
button (arrow) and lower the lever.
To avoid corrosion and one-sided
braking, apply the parking brake lightly
from time to time when coasting to a
standstill (at a traffic signal, for
instance), provided that it is safe to do
so.
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The parking brake is designed primarily
to prevent the vehicle from rolling when
it is parked. It operates against the rear
wheels.
If, in exceptional circumstances,
it should be necessary to engage
the parking brake while the vehicle is
in motion, do not pull the lever with
excessive pressure. Keep your thumb
pressed against the release button
while carefully pulling the lever up to
apply moderate pressure.
Excessive pressure can lead to overbraking and loss of traction (fishtailing)
at the rear axle. The brake lamps do not
come on when the parking brake is
applied.
Vehicles with manual transmission:
Always apply the parking brake when
parking on slopes and inclined
surfaces, since placing the shift lever in
1st gear or reverse may not provide
adequate resistance to rolling.
Vehicles with automatic transmission:
Place the selector lever in "Park."<
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transmission
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Select only when the vehicle is
stationary. Press the shift lever to the
left to overcome the slight resistance.
Press the clutch pedal all the way down
each time you shift, pressing the
manual-shift gear lever into its proper
end position.
As you do this, the backup lamps will
turn on automatically when the ignition
key is in position 2.
Do not hold the vehicle in place on
slopes by slipping or "riding" the
clutch. Use the parking brake instead.
Otherwise, riding the clutch will cause
tremendous wear and tear to the
clutch.<
Depress the clutch when starting the
vehicle, too, otherwise, lockout will
prevent the engine from starting if the
clutch is not depressed.
The shift lever's neutral plane (dot in the
illustration) is located between 3rd and
4th gears.
When shifting from each gear into
"Neutral," the shift lever returns automatically to this neutral position
because of its spring loading.
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Automatic transmission with Steptronic*
Starting the engine
The engine can only be started in
selector lever positions P ("Park") or N
("Neutral").
Range selection
A detent prevents inadvertent shifts into
certain selector lever positions. To
disengage the detent, press the button
on the front of the shift knob (arrow).
P Park
Select only when the vehicle is
stationary. The transmission locks to
prevent the rear wheels from turning.
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You will find additional information
about ATC in the chapter called
"Advanced Technology" on page 174.
P R N D M/S + –
R Reverse
Select only when the vehicle is
stationary.
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The automatic transmission with Steptronic is equipped with Adaptive Transmission Control (ATC). ATC reacts with
precision to your individual driving style
and the current driving conditions. It is
for this reason that various shift
programs are used.
Selector lever positions
If you leave the vehicle with the
engine running, move the selector
lever to the "Park" or "Neutral" position
and apply the parking brake. If you fail
to do this, the vehicle could move. Do
not leave the vehicle unattended with
the engine running. An unattended
vehicle with a running engine represents a potential safety hazard.<
N Neutral
Select only if your journey is interrupted
for a longer period.
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When you move the selector lever from
the "D" position to the left into the M/S
range, the performance-oriented shift
programs of the automatic transmission
are engaged. As soon as you even
begin to move the selector lever toward
the "+" or tap "–", Steptronic shifts the
gear and manual operation becomes
active. Whenever you want to use the
automatic mode again, move the
selector lever to the right into position "D."
While the vehicle is stationary and
before shifting out of "Park" or
"Neutral," depress the brake, otherwise you will not be able to move the
selector lever (Shiftlock).
Hold the footbrake down until starting
off. Otherwise the vehicle will "creep"
when a drive position is engaged.<
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You have the option of driving with a
normal automatic transmission or
switching to manual.
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transmission with Steptronic*
D Drive (automatic shift program)
Upshifts or downshifts will be carried
out by the ATC only at appropriate
engine and road speeds, e. g. the
engine will not downshift if engine
speed is too high. The gear selected
will appear briefly in the instrument
cluster followed by the current gear.
"Kickdown"
In the "Kickdown" mode, you achieve
maximum performance. To activate this
mode, depress the accelerator pedal
beyond the full-throttle position, at
which a resistance point must be
overcome.
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This position is designed for driving
under all normal operating conditions.
All forward gears are available, the
Adaptive Transmission Control (ATC) is
fully operational.
M/S Manual mode and
Sport Program
Shifting from D into M/S activates the
Sport Program and indicates SD in the
gear indicator. This position is recommended for a performance-oriented
driving style.
To accelerate quickly in the
manual mode (to pass another
vehicle, for instance), shift down manually or employ the kickdown mode.<
Shifting from M/S to the selector lever
positions P, R and N is possible only by
going through D.
With the first brief touch, the automatic
transmission shifts from the Sport
Program to the manual mode. When
you move the selector lever forward in
the "+" direction, the transmission shifts
up. When the lever is moved back in the
"–" direction, the transmission shifts
down. M1 to M5 appear in the gear
indicator.
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Automatic transmission with Steptronic*
Electronic transmission control
module
If the indicator lamp comes on,
there is a malfunction in the
transmission system.
If this happens, avoid extreme engine
loads and consult the nearest BMW
center.
Do not work in the engine
compartment when a drive gear
(forward or reverse) is engaged. If you
do this, the vehicle could move.<
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For towing or jump-starting, refer to the
information beginning on page 168.
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Possible displays
Wait a few seconds, then start the
engine.
If the indicator lamp goes out after a
few seconds, normal transmission
performance has been restored. You
may continue to drive as usual.
If the indicator lamp does not go out,
you can place the selector lever in all
positions. However, the vehicle will now
only operate in 3rd and 4th gear.
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Bring the vehicle to a stop. Move the
transmission selector lever to "P." Set
the parking brake and turn the engine
off (ignition key to position 0).
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In the following situations, the Steptronic "thinks" for you in the manual
mode:
> In order to prevent the engine from
overrevving, the transmission shifts
automatically to the next higher gear
just before the engine speed cutoff
point.
> If you do not do anything to intervene, it will automatically downshift
at lower speeds.
> In the kickdown mode, the transmission shifts down to the lowest gear
which is possible, depending on the
engine speed.
> Depending on the situation — when
driving in adverse winter conditions,
for example — you may also start out
in 2nd or 3rd gear.
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signal indicator/Headlamp flasher
Washer/Wiper system
To signal briefly
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Press the lever up to but not beyond
the detent. It will then return to the
center position when released.
1 High beams (blue indicator lamp)
0 Wipers retracted
2 Headlamp flasher (blue indicator
lamp)
1 Intermittent mode or rain sensor
3 Turn signal indicator (green indicator
accompanied by periodic clicking
sound from the relay)
3 Fast wipe
If the indicator lamp and the clicking
from the relay are both faster than
normal, one of the turn signal indicators
has failed.
5 Cleaning windshield
2 Normal wipe
4 Brief wipe
6 Rotary dial for controlling the wipe
interval or the sensitivity of the rain
sensor
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Washer/Wiper system
You can use rotary dial 6 to select from
four wipe intervals.
In addition, the wipe interval is varied
automatically depending on road
speed.
> turn rotary dial 6 briefly or
> use cleaning windshield 5.
To adjust the sensitivity of the rain
sensor:
Turn rotary dial 6.
Deactivating the rain sensor:
Put lever in position 0.
Rain sensor:
The rain sensor is positioned on the
windshield, directly ahead of the interior rearview mirror. When the rain
sensor is activated, the windshield
wiper is controlled automatically,
depending on the degree of wetness on
the windshield (in both snow and rain).
You do not have to be concerned with
switching the windshield wiper on or off
or adjusting the wipe interval between
Turn the rain sensor off when
passing through an automatic car
wash. Failure to do so could result in
damage caused by undesired wiper
activation.<
5 Cleaning windshield
The system sprays washer fluid against
the windshield and activates the wipers
for a brief period.
If you pull the lever only briefly, the
system sprays washer fluid onto the
windshield without activating the
wipers.
Controls
When the vehicle is stationary, the
wipers operate at normal speed (not
on vehicles with rain sensor).
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3 Fast wiper speed
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Intermittent mode:
You can leave the lever permanently in
position 1. It is then only necessary to
activate the rain sensor from ignition
key position 1 and up. To do this,
When the vehicle is stationary, the
wipers switch automatically to intermittent wipe (not on vehicles with rain
sensor).
Data
1 Intermittent mode or rain
sensor*
To activate the rain sensor:
From ignition key position 1 and up, you
can move the lever to position 1. The
wipers travel once across the windshield, regardless of the weather.
2 Normal wiper speed
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intermittent and full wipe. Instead, you
can concentrate fully on the traffic
conditions. This is especially important
under adverse weather conditions.
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system
Rear window defroster
To deactivate
When the vehicle's lighting system is
switched on, the headlamps will also be
cleaned every fifth timecleaning windshield is activated.
Press the button if the indicator lamp is
on.
Do not use the washers if there
is any danger that the fluid will
freeze on the windshield. If you do so,
your vision could be obscured. Use an
antifreeze agent. Refer to page 134.
Do not use the washers if the reservoir
is empty, otherwise, the washer pump
could be damaged.<
Windshield washer jets
The windshield washer jets are heated *
automatically when the ignition key is in
position 2.
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Cleaning headlamps*
The illustration shows the button set-up
for vehicles equipped with automatic
climate control. For other layouts, refer
to page 90.
To activate
Press the button: as long as the indicator lamp remains on, the rear window
defroster continues at high output
(rapid thaw).
After the indicator lamp goes out, the
defroster continues operating at
reduced power for a limited period
before deactivating automatically.
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Cruise control
Starting at about 20 mph (30 km/h), you
can maintain and store any vehicle
speed that you specify.
Do not use cruise control on
twisting roads, when high traffic
density prevents driving at a constant
speed, when the road surface is slick
(snow, rain, ice), or when the road
surface is loose (rocks, sand).<
If, on a downhill gradient, the
engine braking effect is not
sufficient, the set cruise control speed
may be exceeded. Speed can drop on
uphill grades if the engine output is
insufficient.<
Press and hold button 2:
With the cruise control active, the
system automatically reduces the
throttle opening to slow the vehicle.
When you release the button, the
system registers and maintains the
current speed.
Controls
Press and hold button 3:
The vehicle accelerates without pressure on the accelerator pedal. When
you release the button, the system
registers and maintains the current
speed.
Press button 2 briefly:
Whenever cruise control is active, your
speed will reduce by approx. 0.6 mph
(1 km/h) each time you tap the button.
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Press button 3 briefly:
The system registers and maintains the
current vehicle speed. Every time you
tap the button, the speed increases by
approx. 0.6 mph (1 km/h).
To decelerate
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To store and maintain speed or to
accelerate
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Index
From ignition key position 1:
Press button 1. The indicator lamp in
the instrument cluster comes on. You
can now use the cruise control.
Data
To activate the system
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To resume the stored setting
To deactivate the system
Press button 4:
The vehicle accelerates to and maintains the last speed stored. When you
turn the ignition key to position 0, the
stored speed is deleted and the system
is deactivated.
When the cruise control has been interrupted, press button 1 again. The indicator lamp goes out and the stored
speed is deleted.
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To interrupt the cruise control
When the system is activated, press
and hold button 1. The indicator lamp
stays on. You can use the cruise control
again as desired.
In addition, cruise control is canceled
automatically:
> If the brakes are applied.
> When you apply pressure to the
clutch pedal, and when you move the
automatic transmission selector lever
from "Drive" to "Neutral."
> If you exceed or fall below the
programmed speed for an extended
period (by depressing the accelerator, for example).
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Energy Control
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To reset the trip odometer to zero,
press the button (arrow) with the ignition key in position 1 and up.
To protect the engine, the fuel supply is
automatically interrupted in this zone;
you will notice a loss of power.
Controls
When the vehicle is stationary, the
display goes to "Maximum" (zero on
Canadian vehicles).
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Indicates current fuel consumption in
mpg (in l/100 km on Canadian vehicles).
You can check your current driving
style to see whether it is conducive to
economy and minimum exhaust emissions.
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2 Trip odometer
Avoid engine speeds in the red warning
zone of the gauge.
Data
You can activate the displays shown in
the illustration with the ignition key in
position 0 by pressing the button in the
instrument cluster (arrow).
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Odometer
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When you switch on the ignition, the
indicator lamp comes on briefly to
confirm that the system is operational.
Once the indicator lamp stays on
continuously, there are still approx.
2 gallons (8 liters) of fuel remaining in
the fuel tank.
Blue
Remaining distance for service
The engine is still cold. Drive at
moderate engine and vehicle speeds.
The displays shown in the illustration
appear for a few seconds when the
ignition key is in position 1 or after the
engine is started.
Red
When you switch on the ignition, the
indicator lamp comes on briefly to
For fuel tank capacity, refer to page 187. confirm that the system is operational.
If the tilt of the vehicle varies (extended If the lamp comes on while operating
the vehicle: the engine is overheated.
driving in mountainous areas, for
Stop and switch the engine off immediexample), there may be slight fluctuaately and allow it to cool down.
tions of the needle.
Fill the fuel tank well before it is
empty. Driving to the last drop of
fuel can result in damage to the engine
and/or the catalytic converter.<
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Between the blue and red zones
Normal operating range. It is not
unusual for the needle to rise as far as
the edge of the red zone in response to
high outside temperatures or severe
operating conditions. Checking coolant
level: refer to page 137.
The next service due appears with the
message OILSERVICE or INSPECTION,
together with the distance remaining
before the next scheduled service.
The computer bases its calculations of
the remaining distance on the previous
driving style.
A flashing message and a "–" in front of
the number mean that the service
interval has already been exceeded by
the distance shown on the display.
Please contact your BMW center for an
appointment.
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3 Luggage compartment lid open
4 Check brake and tail lamps.
When you open the driver's door after
stopping with the lights still on, a
warning signal sounds for LIGHTS ON.
From ignition key position 1 on, the last
active setting is displayed.
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The displays appear in the following
order:
Time, outside temperature, average fuel
consumption, cruising range, average
vehicle speed.
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2 Door open
From ignition key position 1 on, you can
call up information from the computer
using the button in the turn signal lever.
Every time you press the button briefly
in the direction of the steering column,
you can call up a new function for
display.
Data
1 Inspect the low beam and high beam
headlamps, as well as the side lamps
Mode selection
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The following information and/or conditions are indicated using symbols,
starting with the ignition key position 2,
until the condition has been corrected.
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Clock
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You can adjust the clock and the time
display in the car radio as follows.
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If you wish to have a permanent time
display, you can make this adjustment
in the radio display (refer to the Radio
Owner's Manual).
Adjustments
Outside temperature
From ignition key position 1:
You can change the units of measure
(6/7) for the outside temperature
display by pressing the right-hand reset
button in the instrument cluster while
the temperature display is active.
To set ahead: turn the right button to
the right.
To set back: turn the right button to the
left.
The adjustment speed will increase the
longer you hold the button down.
To change the display mode: press the
knob briefly.
Every time you press the knob, the
clock display alternates between the
12-hour or 24-hour mode.
In ignition key position 0: the time is
displayed for a few seconds after you
press the left button (refer to "Odometer" on page 75).
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Range
If you continue to hold the button on the
turn signal lever, the average fuel
consumption last displayed is recalculated from that point in time.
The computer bases its calculations
of the cruising range on the previous
driving style and the amount of fuel
remaining.
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Average fuel consumption
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Ice warnings do not exclude the
possibility that surface ice can still
occur at temperatures above 37.5 7
(+3 6), e.g. on bridges and shady
roads.<
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This warning will repeat itself whenever
the temperature has reached at least
43 7 (+6 6) since the last warning,
and has then dropped further to
37.5 7 (+3 6).
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If the outside temperature drops to
about 37.5 7 (+3 6), then the
computer will automatically switch to
show the outside temperature. In addition, a signal sounds as a warning and
the display flashes for a brief period.
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Average speed
If you continue to hold the button on the
turn signal lever, the average fuel
consumption last displayed for that
speed is recalculated from that point in
time.
Any time spent when the vehicle is
stationary and the engine is shut off is
ignored for the calculation.
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Park Distance Control (PDC)*
System malfunctions will be indicated
by a continuous high-pitched tone
when the system is activated the first
time. Please refer the problem to your
BMW center.
Keep the sensors clean and free
of ice or snow in order to ensure
that they continue to operate effectively.
Do not subject the sensors to highpressure washers for a prolonged
period of time. Always maintain a
distance of more than 4 in (10 cm).<
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Controls
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The system starts to operate automatically about one second after you select
reverse with the ignition key in position 2. PDC is deactivated when you
shift back out of reverse.
The warning signal is canceled after
approx. three seconds if the distance to
the obstacle remains constant during
this time (if you are moving parallel to
a wall, for instance).
The PDC does not remove the
driver's personal responsibility for
evaluating the distance between the
vehicle and any obstacles. Even when
sensors are involved, there is a blind
spot in which objects cannot be
detected. This applies especially in
those cases where the system
approaches the physical limits of ultrasonic measurement, as occurs with tow
bars and trailer couplings, and in the
vicinity of thin and painted objects.
Certain sources of sound, such as a
loud radio, could drown the PDC signal
tone.<
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The distance to the nearest object is
indicated by a tone sounding at various
intervals. As the distance between
vehicle and object decreases, the
intervals between the tones become
shorter. A continuous tone indicates
the presence of an object less than 1 ft
(30 cm) away.
Data
Acoustical signals
The PDC assists you when you back
into a parking space. A signal warns
you of the distance to an obstacle. To
do this, four ultrasonic sensors in the
rear bumper measure the distance to
the nearest object. The range for the
sensors located at both rear corners
ends approx. 2 ft (60 cm) behind the
bumpers. The range for the two middle
sensors is slightly less than 4.9 ft
(1.50 meters).
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The concept
Indicator lamp
This system enhances driving stability
and traction, especially when you are
just starting off, accelerating or in
curves.
ASC+T recognizes the danger present
in traction loss and will increase driving
stability and traction by reducing the
engine's output, and if necessary, by
applying the brakes to the rear wheels.
The indicator lamp in the instrument cluster goes out shortly
after you switch on the ignition.
Refer to pages 21 and 22.
ASC+T is available as soon as the
engine starts up.
Indicator lamp flashes:
ASC+T controls the drive forces.
If the indicator lamp fails to go out after
the engine is started, or if it comes on
during normal driving and stays on:
There is a system malfunction or the
system was deactivated with the
button. Consequently, interventions to
increase driving stability (as described
in the preceding column) are not available. However, you can still drive the
vehicle as usual, but without ASC+T.
Please consult your BMW center in the
event of a malfunction, refer to
pages 21 and 22.
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Deactivating the ASC+T
Press the button; the indicator lamp
comes on and stays on.
The illustration shows the arrangement
of the buttons if the vehicle is fully
equipped. This may vary, depending on
the equipment actually installed.
In the following rare situations, it may
be effective to deactivate the ASC+T
for a brief period:
> When rocking the vehicle or starting
off in deep snow or on loose
surfaces.
> When driving with snow chains.
Refer also to page 119.
To maintain vehicle stability,
always drive with the ASC+T
activated whenever possible.<
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ASC+T
DSC*
Reactivating the ASC+T
The Concept
Indicator lamp
Press the button again; the indicator
lamp goes out.
DSC maintains vehicle stability, even in
critical driving situations.
The indicator lamp on the instrument panel will go out shortly
after the ignition has been
started. Refer to pages 21 and 22.
The ADB (automatic differential braking)
copies the function of conventional
differential and transverse lock through
brake intervention, and increases traction whenever conditions merit, e. g.
when driving on snow-covered roads.
If the DSC is switched off the ADB will
still be in ready mode.
The indicator lamp and the
brake warning lamp will light up
continously:
The DSC, ADB and DBC have
been turned off with the switch
or are defective.
The vehicle will remain completely
operational, however, without DSC. In
the event of a fault, please see your
BMW center. Refer to pages 21 and 22.
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Controls
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The indicator lamp stays lit:
DSC has been switched off via the
button; ADB is operational.
ADB intervention not indicated.
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The DSC is operational every time you
start the engine. DSC contains the
functions of ADB and CBC, refer to
page 116.
If the indicator lamp flashes:
ASC+T or DSC control the drive and
braking forces.
Indicator and warning lamps for
Canadian models.
Data
For additional details concerning
ASC+T, please refer to the chapter
"Advanced Technology" on page 175.
The system optimizes vehicle stability
during acceleration and when starting
from a full stop, as well as optimizing
traction. In addition, it recognizes
unstable vehicle conditions, such as
understeering or oversteering, and, as
far as is possible within the laws of
physics, helps keep the car on a steady
course by reducing the engine spped
and brake applications to the individual
wheels.
Index
The laws of physics cannot be
repealed, even with ASC+T. It will
always be the driver's responsibility to
drive in a manner that matches road
conditions. We therefore urge you to
avoid using the additional safety margin
of the system as an excuse for taking
risks.<
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Switch off the DSC/Activate the
ADB
Press the DSC button briefly; the indicator lamp lights up continously.
The DSC has been switched off; ADB is
operational.
In the following exceptional circumstances, it may be effective to deactivate the DSC for a short period:
> When rocking the vehicle or starting
off in deep snow or on loose surfaces
> When driving on snow-covered.
grades, in deep snow, or on a snowcovered surface that has been
packed down from being driven on.
> When driving with snow chains.
Refer also to page 119.
Switch the DSC and ADB off
Switch the DSC and ADB back on
Hold down the DSC switch for at least
3 seconds. The indicator and the yellow
brake warning lamps will remain on the
entire time.
Press the button again; the indicator
lamp or the indicator lamps will go out.
In this case, no interventions to
increase stability and traction for
engine and brakes are carried out.
To maintain vehicle stability,
always drive with the DSC on
whenever possible.<
The laws of physics cannot be
repealed, even with DSC. It will
always be the driver's responsibility to
drive in a manner that matches road
conditions. We therefore urge you to
avoid using the additional safety margin
of the system as an excuse for taking
risks.
Whenever the ADB has been activated,
the DSC is deactivated and will not
perform any stabilizing intervention.
Do not make any modifications to the
DSC system. Allow only authorized
technicians to perform work on the
DSC.<
For additional details concerning DSC,
please refer to the chapter "Advanced
Technology" on page 175.
The gain in traction is achieved by a
reduction in stabilizing intervention.
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Tire Pressure Control (RDC)*
Depending on the type of equipment,
the switch either has the letters RDC on
This indicator lamp in the instruit or the RDC-symbol.
ment cluster will inform you if
the tire pressure is not correct.
If the inflation pressure has dropped
significantly over a long period of time
(which is normal for any tire), the indicator lamp will come on with a yellow
lamp.
This alerts you to have the tires inflated
to the specified pressures as soon as
possible.
Activate the system
1 Turn ignition key to position 2 (do not
start the engine).
2 Press the switch long enough for the
yellow indicator lamp in the instrument cluster to light up for a few
seconds.
3 After a few minutes driving time, RDC
sets the current inflation pressure in
the tires as the target values to be
monitored.
If you are prompted to check the
tire pressure shortly after a
correction has been made, this indicates that the corrected values were
not accurate. Please check the inflation
pressure again and make corrections
according to the inflation pressure
table. Then activate the system once
again.<
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In order for the system to "learn" the
correct tire inflation pressure, check the
inflation pressure in all tires according
to the inflation pressure table (page 28)
and make corrections as necessary.
Then activate the system.
Technik
You will only have to repeat this procedure following a correction of the tire
inflation pressure. Otherwise, RDC
functions automatically when the ignition key is in position 2, and thus operates whenever the vehicle is driven.
RDC monitors the tire pressures at all
four wheels, even when the vehicle is
moving. The system provides an alert
whenever the inflation pressure drops
significantly below the specified pressure in one or more tires.
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Pressure Control (RDC)*
In the event of a flat tire
RDC cannot alert you to severe
and sudden tire damage caused
If there is a tire failure with loss of pressure, the indicator lamp comes on with by external factors.<
a red lamp. In addition, an acoustic
Have the tires changed by your
signal is sounded.
BMW center.
If this occurs, reduce vehicle speed
Your BMW center has been trained to
immediately to stop the vehicle in a safe
work with the RDC system and is
location. Avoid hard brake applications.
equipped with the necessary special
Do not oversteer. Replace the wheel
tools.<
and flat tire.
The space-saver spare tire is
provided for temporary use only in
the event of tire pressure loss. It does
not have RDC electronics and is not
monitored. A full-size spare tire that has
the same dimensions as the tires
already mounted on the vehicle is
equipped with the necessary RDC electronics, and will be also monitored once
the tires have been mounted and the
system activated.<
System interference
Local devices using the same radio
frequency can interfere with the RDC.
The yellow indicator lamp will come on
during the malfunction.
The indicator lamp also comes on
> in the event of a system fault.
> if a wheel is mounted without the
appropriate electronics.
> if, in addition to the spare tire, additional wheels with RDC electronics
are on board.
Please contact your BMW center for
additional information.
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Overview
"LIGHTS ON" warning
When you switch the ignition off
with the low beam headlamps
on, only the side lamps will
remain on.
"Follow-me-home lamps:"
If you activate the headlamp
flasher after parking the vehicle, then
the low-beam headlamps will come on
for a short time. You can also have this
function deactivated.<
Controls
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Low beam headlamps
Turn the rotary dial to adjust the
illumination intensity.
Data
With the switch in this position,
the front, rear and side vehicle
lighting is switched on.
For lighting on one side for parking as
an additional feature, refer to page 88.
If you desire, the light switch can be left
in the second position:
When the ignition is switched off, the
external lighting is also switched off.
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Side lamps
Daytime-driving lamps*
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When you open the driver's door after
turning the ignition key to position 0,
buzzer sounds for a few seconds to
remind you that the headlamps have
not been switched off.
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Front fog lamps
A green indicator lamp appears
in the instrument cluster to
indicate that the front fog lamps
2 Headlamp flasher (blue indicator
lamp)
3 Parking lamps
are on.
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The interior lamps operate automatically.
To switch the interior lamps on
and off manually
Parking lamp, left or right
Press the button briefly.
As an additional feature, you can
illuminate your vehicle on either side
for parking, if you wish to do so:
If you want the interior lamps to remain
off all the time, press and hold the
button for approx. 3 seconds.
With the ignition key in position 0, push
the lever in the appropriate direction.
The lever engages in the turn signal
position.
To revert to normal operation, press the
button briefly.
Footwell lamps*
The footwell lamps operate in the same
way as the interior lamps.
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Interior lamps
Controls
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The rading lamps can be switched on
and off with the switch adjacent to each
lamp.
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Reading lamps rear
The reading lamps can be switched on
and off with the switch adjacent to each
lamp.
Data
Reading lamps front
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In order to prevent battery
discharge, all of the lamps in the
vehicle are switched off automatically
approx. 15 minutes after the ignition
key has been turned to position 0.<
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3 Air for the front footwell
There are also vent outlets for the
footwell in the rear as well
4 Air supply
Heating and ventilation are available
starting with position 1. Refer to
page 92
5 Temperature 92
6 Air distribution toward
> the windows
> the upper body
> the footwell
You can also make all intermediate
settings. Refer to page 92
7 Rear window defroster 92
8 Air conditioner 92
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Controls
Car care
2 Air for the upper body area
The side rotary dials open and close
the air supply through an infinitelyvariable range; the levers will change
the direction of the air flow. The
center rotary dial controls the
temperature of the air as it flows out.
Refer to page 92
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1 Air onto the windshield and onto the
side windows
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Data
Air conditioner
Index
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conditioner
Air supply
Rear window defroster
Recirculated-air mode
You can select blower speeds
from 1 to 4. The heating and
ventilation become more and
more effective as the air
supply settings are increased. In position 0, the blower and the heater are
switched off. By using position 0, you
can totally block the interior ventilation
outlets by pressing the button for the
recirculated-air mode.
When the rear window defroster
is activated, the indicator lamp
comes on. The rear window defroster
switches off automatically. Refer to
page 72.
You can respond to unpleasant
external odors by temporarily
blocking the outside air. The system
then recirculates the air already within
the vehicle.
Air conditioner
If the windows fog over in the
recirculated air mode, switch this
mode off and increase the air supply as
required.<
Temperature
In order to increase the
temperature of the passenger
compartment, turn it to the
right (red). Temperature regulation will keep the interior temperature
you have selected constant.
Air distribution
You can direct air to flow onto
the windows
, toward the
upper body
and into the
footwell
. You can also
make all intermediate settings. In the
setting, there is a low flow of air onto
the windows to keep them free of
condensation. The "6 o'clock" setting is
recommended as a normal setting (refer
also to the illustration and overview on
page 90).
The air is cooled and dehumidified and – depending on the
temperature setting – rewarmed when
the air conditioner system is switched
on. Depending on the weather, the
windshield may fog over briefly when
the engine is started.
Use the button to switch the air conditioner off at outside temperatures
below approx. 41 7(+5 6). This will
help to prevent the windows from
fogging up.
If the windows fog over after switching
the air conditioner off, switch it back
on.
Condensation forms in the air
conditioner system during operation, which then exits under the vehicle.
Traces of condensed water of this kind
are thus normal.<
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Overview
Controls
Rapid ventilation
You can adjust the air outlets for the
upper body area to select the optimum
air flow rates and directions for your
personal requirements:
1 Set the blower speed rotary dial for
the air flow rate to position 4.
2 Switch on the air conditioner.
3 Turn the rotary temperature control
completely to the left (blue).
4 Rotary control for air distribution in
position
.
5 Open the air outlets for the upper
body.
Set the outlets so that the air flows past
you and is not directed straight at you.
Rotary dial 3 allows you to mix the air
from the outlets for your upper body by
warming or cooling the air as desired.
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Use rotary dials 1 to open and close the
air outlets through an infinitely-variable
range. You can adjust the direction of
the air flow with levers 2.
Data
Draft-free ventilation
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For additional details on the filter
change, refer to page 166.
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An activated-charcoal microfilter, which
traps incoming dust and pollen, has
been installed in your vehicle. Your
BMW center will replace it during regularly scheduled maintenance. A
substantial reduction in air supply indicates that the filter must be replaced
before normal maintenance.
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Rapid heating
1 Set the blower speed rotary control
for the air flow rate to position 3.
2 Turn the rotary temperature control
completely to the right (red).
3 Rotary control for air distribution in
position
.
Defrost the windshield and side
windows
1 Set the blower speed rotary control
for the air flow rate to position 4.
2 Turn the rotary temperature control
completely to the right (red).
3 Rotary control for air distribution in
position
.
4 Switch on the rear window defroster
to defrost the rear window.
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Heating
When the windows are free of ice and
condensation, we recommend the
following settings:
1 Set the blower speed rotary control
for the air flow rate to position 2.
2 Use the rotary temperature control to
select an interior temperature which
is comfortable for you.
3 Rotary control for air distribution in
position
.
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Data
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Controls
Overview
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3 Air for the front footwell
There are also vent outlets for the
footwell in the rear as well
4 Recirculated air mode/Automatic
recirculated air control (AUC) 99
5 Air supply 99
6 Temperature 98
7 Automatic air distribution 98
8 Individual air distribution 98
9 Air grill for interior temperature
sensor – please keep clear and
unobstructed
10 Display for temperature and air
supply 98
11 To defrost the windshield and side
windows 99
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2 Air for the upper body area
The side rotary dials open and close
the air supply through an infinitelyvariable range; the levers will
change the direction of the air flow.
The center rotary dial adjusts the
temperature of the air as it flows
out, see page 100
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1 Air onto the windshield and onto the
side windows
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Automatic climate control*
13 Rear window defroster 72, 100
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12 Air conditioner 99
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climate control*
Tips for pleasant driving
Automatic air distribution
Temperature
Use the automatic system (switch on
AUTO – button 7). Select an interior
temperature that is comfortable for you
— e.g. 72 7 (+22 6). Whenever the
outside temperature is above 41 7
(+5 6), you can also use the air conditioner 12. This will dry the air as well
as preventing condensation on the
window surfaces – if there are passengers with damp clothing, for example.
Set the air outlets 2 so that the air flows
past you and is not directed straight at
you. Set the rotary dial between the air
outlets 2 for the upper body to a
medium position, since air that is
somewhat cooler promotes driving
without fatigue.
The AUTO program assumes
the adjustment of the air distribution and the air supply for you and in
addition adapts the temperature to
external influences (summer, winter) to
meet preferences you can specify. This
program maintains a comfortable in-car
climate regardless of the season. Select
an interior temperature that is comfortable for you — e. g. 72 7 (+22 6). The
temperature selected and
AUTO for
the air supply appear in display 10,
refer to the overview on page 96. Open
the air outlets for the upper body area.
Switch on the air conditioner in warm
weather. The maximum cooling
capacity is achieved when you set
rotary dial 3 (refer to page 100) to cold.
The figures in the display
provide a general indication of
interior temperature. We recommend
72 7 (+22 6) as a comfortable setting,
even if the air conditioner is on. When
you start the vehicle, the system
ensures that the selected temperature
is reached as quickly as possible. It
then maintains this temperature,
regardless of the season.
Detailed setting options are described
for you in the following section.
Individual air distribution
You can cancel the AUTO
program by selecting specific
distribution patterns to suit your
own individual requirements.
You can direct air to flow onto the
windows
, toward the upper body
, and into the footwell
.
Set rotary dial 3 (refer to "Draft-free
ventilation" on page 100) to a medium
setting, since air that is somewhat
cooler promotes driving without fatigue.
You can use this setting for mixing air to
make minor comfort modifications.
You can set uncontrolled heater
output up to 90 7 (+32 6). The
air conditioner is at full cooling output
at 60 7 (+16 6).<
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Automatic climate control*
To defrost the windshield and
side windows
This program quickly removes
ice and condensation from the
windshield and side windows.
Condensation forms in the air
conditioner system during operation, that then exits under the vehicle.
Traces of condensed water of this kind
are thus normal.<
> Indicator lamps off: fresh air flows
into the vehicle.
> Left-hand indicator lamp on – AUC
mode: the system detects pollutants
in the outside air and responds by
deactivating the outside air supply as
required. The system then recirculates the air already within the vehicle.
Depending on the air quality, the
automatic system then switches back
and forth between outside air supply
and recirculation of the air within the
vehicle.
> Right-hand indicator lamp on: the
supply of outside air is permanently
blocked. The system recirculates the
air already within the vehicle.
If the windows fog over in the
recirculated air mode, switch this
mode off and increase the air supply as
required.<
Controls
If there are unpleasant odors or
pollutants in the outside air, you
can temporarily block the air supply
from the outside. The system then
recirculates the air already within the
vehicle. By repeated actuation of the
button, you can select one of three
different operation modes.
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When you set the lowest blower speed
by pressing the left half of the button,
all of the displays are canceled: the
blower, heating and air conditioner are
switched off, and the air supply is
stopped. You can reactivate the system
by pressing any button for the automatic climate control.
Automatic recirculated air control
(AUC)
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The air is cooled and dehumidified and – depending on the
temperature setting – rewarmed when
the air conditioner system is switched
on.
Depending on the weather, the windshield may fog over briefly when the
engine is started.
Use the button to switch the air conditioner off at outside temperatures
below approx. 41 7 (+5 6). This will
help to prevent the windows from
ogging up.
If the windows fog over after switching
the air conditioner off, switch it back
on.
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Air conditioner
By pressing the left or right half
of the button, you can vary the
air supply. By doing this, you switch off
the automatic control of the air supply.
Nevertheless, the automatic air distribution remains unchanged.
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100nAutomatic
climate control*
Rear window defroster
Microfilter/Activated-charcoal
filter
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When the rear window defroster
is activated, the indicator lamp
comes on. The rear window defroster
switches off automatically. Refer to
page 72.
Draft-free ventilation
The microfilter traps incoming dust and
pollen. The activated-charcoal filter
helps clean the incoming outside air of
gaseous pollutants. Your BMW center
will replace this combined filter during
the regularly scheduled maintenance. A
substantial reduction in air supply indicates that the filter must be replaced
before normal maintenance.
For further information about filter
replacement, refer to page 166.
You can adjust the blower controls for
the upper body area to select the
optimum air flow rates and directions
for your personal requirements:
Use rotary dials 1 to open and close the
air outlets through an infinitely-variable
range. You can adjust the direction of
the air flow with levers 2.
Set the outlets so that the air flows past
you and is not directed straight at you.
Rotary dial 3 allows you mix the air from
the outlets for your upper body by
warming or cooling the air as desired.
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HiFi system*
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When the three indicator lamps are illuminated, the highest heating mode is
activated. One lamp indicates the
lowest heating mode. The temperature
is regulated with a thermostat in each
mode.
You can also switch the higher heating
modes off directly:
Press the button and hold it slightly
longer.
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Special acoustical effects are activated
or deactivated every time you press the
button.
When the system is activated, the
impression of a significantly larger
passenger compartment is created at
all seating areas, together with an
improvement of the stereo effect.
When reception is weak, the system
frequently switches between stereo and
mono operation. Switch it off.
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The illustration depicts the arrangement
of the buttons if the vehicle is fully
equipped. This may vary, depending
on the equipment actually installed.
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You can call up different heating modes
by repeatedly pressing the button.
HiFi system – harman kardon
Data
To actuate, press the button briefly with
the ignition key in position 1.
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The seat cushion and backrest can be
heated with ignition key in position 2.
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Seat heating*
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compartment
Storage facilities
To prevent injury in the event of
a crash, close the glove compartment immediately after use.<
The flashlight is located on the lefthand side of the glove compartment. It
features integral overloadprotection, so
it can be left in its holder continuously.
Be sure that the flashlight is
switched off when it is inserted
into its holder. Failure to comply with
To open
Pull the handle and the lamp comes on. this precaution could lead to overcharging and damage.<
To close
Flip the door up.
To lock
Use one of the master keys. A master
key must also be used for unlocking.
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To open the storage compartment in
the front center armrest: press the
button (arrow) and lift upward.
You will find additional storage
compartments in the doors and in the
center console above the ashtray.
Storage nets are located on the backrests of the front seats.
If you turn over only your door and
ignition keys for valet parking
(refer to page 32), for example, access
to the glove compartment is not
possible.<
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Storage facilities
Controls
Rear center armrest*
Storage package*
A coin box and two cup holders are
provided in the center console.
There is a cup holder (for two drinks)
and a garbage bag holder located in the
rear center armrest.
For your convenience, there are:
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> Beverage holder: press to open.
> Two flip-out sockets on the rear
center console (arrows).
> An eyeglass storage compartment *
(not shown in the illustrations) in the
front center console above the
ashtray.
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Cup holder, coin box
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Handsfree system
To open
To empty
In vehicles with telephone preparation *
or a communications package *, the
trim piece for the hands free microphone is located in the headliner near
the interior lamp.
Press briefly in the direction indicated
by the arrow.
Open the lid and press down (arrow):
You can now pull the ashtray upward
for removal.
To extinguish a cigarette, tap off the
ash and gently press the tip into the
funnel.
For further information on the cellular
phone, refer to the separate Owner's
Manual.
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Clothes hooks
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Cigarette lighter socket
Suitable for attaching power supplies
for flashlights, car vacuum cleaners,
etc., up to a rating of approx. 200 watts
at 12 volts. Avoid damaging the socket
due to inserting plugs of different
shapes or sizes.
Press on the edge of the raised cover in
the opening direction (arrow). You can
now pull the ashtray upward for removal.
Controls
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To empty
Press on the upper edge to flip it up.
For additional information, refer to
page 113.
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Hold or touch the hot cigarette
lighter by the knob only. Holding
or touching it in other areas could result
in burns.
The cigarette lighter remains operational when the ignition key has been
removed. For this reason, children
should never be left in the vehicle unattended.<
Push the cover open.
Data
To open
Index
Press the lighter in. Remove the lighter
as soon as it pops back out.
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Cigarette lighter
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The rear backrest is divided into two
sections (one-third and two-thirds of
the width of the seat). For carrying
longer objects, you can fold down
either section of the backrest separately.
To unlock, pull the lever corresponding
to the section (arrow).
The rear backrest section will move
forward slightly when it is unlocked.
Reach into the gap and pull the
backrest down.
When you fold back the backrest,
be sure that the retainer engages
correctly. If it is not correctly engaged,
transported cargo could enter the passenger compartment from the luggage
compartment during brake applications
or evasive maneuvers and endanger the
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The fittings at the inner corners of the
luggage compartment provide you with
a convenient means of attaching
luggage nets* and flexible straps for
securing suitcases and luggage. Refer
also to "Cargo loading" on page 108.
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Center 3-point-safety belt in the
rear*
You can retract the 3-point-safety belt
in the rear, before folding the throughloading system back:
Loosen the safety belt and put the
buckle latch that is on the end of the
safety belt into the bracket mounted on
the rear window shelf (arrow).
To install a child restraint system
always use the outer belts. The
centre seat belt should only be used
when it is necessary to secure three
child restraint systems.
Do not modify the child restraint system
in any way. If you do so, it will not
provide your child with maximum
protection.<
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Ski bag*
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Please be sure that your skis are clean
before loading them into the bag. Avoid
damage from sharp edges during
loading.
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Controls
Overview
To store the ski bag, perform the above
steps in reverse sequence.
Secure the skis or other objects in
the bag by tightening the strap
with the buckle.<
Data
1 Fold the center armrest outward.
Loosen the trim from the upper
Velcro® fastener and place it on the
armrest.
2 Press button 1 downward and swing
the cover forward.
3 Extend the ski bag between the front
seats. The zipper provides convenient access to stored items. It may
be opened to allow the ski bag to dry.
4 Press knob 2: the cover in the
luggage compartment will unlock.
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The ski bag allows the safe and clean
transport of up to four pairs of skis or
up to two snowboards.
The length of the ski bag and the additional space provided in the luggage
compartment make it possible to carry
skis up to 6.8 feet long (2.10 meters).
Because of the tapered shape of the
bag, the ski bag can only accommodate
two pairs of skis up to 6.8 feet long
(2.10 meters).
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Stowing cargo
If you are transporting a load in your
BMW:
> Load heavy cargo as far forward as
possible – directly behind the backrests or the luggage compartment
partition – and as low as possible.
> Cover sharp edges and corners.
> Do not pile objects higher than the
top edge of the backrest.
> If you are transporting very heavy
loads when the rear seat is not occupied, secure the outer safety belts in
the opposite buckles (refer to the
illustration).
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Securing the load
> For small, light items, use the rubberlined non-skid side of the floor mat or
secure with a luggage net* or flexible
straps (refer to page 41).
> For large, heavy pieces, see your
BMW center for load-securing
devices*. Lashing eyes (arrow) are
provided at the inner corners of the
luggage compartment for attaching
these load-securing devices.
> Comply with the information
enclosed with the load-securing
devices.
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Roof-mounted luggage rack*
Because roof racks raise the center of
gravity of the vehicle when loaded, they
exercise a major effect on its handling
and steering response.
You should therefore always remember
not to exceed the approved roof
weight, the approved gross vehicle
weight or the axle loads when loading
the rack. Pertinent specifications are
Secure the roof luggage correctly and
securely to prevent it from shifting or
being lost during driving (danger to
following traffic).
Drive smoothly and avoid sudden
acceleration or braking. Do not corner
at high speeds.
The roof load increases aerodynamic
resistance, which in turn increases fuel
consumption and places additional
stress on the vehicle itself.
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Always load the heaviest pieces first (on
the bottom). Be sure that adequate
clearance is maintained for raising the
sliding/tilt sunroof, and that objects do
not project into the opening path of the
luggage compartment lid.
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Make sure that the load is not too
heavy, and attempt to distribute it
evenly.
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A special roof-rack system is available
for your BMW as an optional extra.
Please comply with the precautions
included with the installation instructions.
listed under "Technical Data,"
page 186.
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Always position and secure the
load correctly. If you do not, it can
endanger the passengers during
braking or evasive maneuvers.
Do not exceed the permissible gross
weight and axle loads (refer to
page 186), otherwise the vehicle's operating safety is no longer assured and
you are in violation of the law.
Do not stow heavy or hard objects in
the passenger compartment without
securing them. Otherwise they would
be thrown around during braking and
Anchors
evasive maneuvers and endanger the
Access to the anchors:
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To open the cover (arrow) please use
the tool included with the roof-rack
system.
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Laws and regulations:
Technical modifications 148
California Proposition
65 Warning 148
OBD interface socket 149
Operation, care
and maintenance
Controls
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Controls and features
Owner service procedures
Advanced technology
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Care and maintenance:
The BMW Maintenance
System 140
Caring for your vehicle 141
Airbags 146
Vehicle storage 147
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Technical data
Data
Wheels and tires:
Tire inflation pressure 122
Tire condition 122
Tire replacement 123
Tire rotation 124
Wheel and tire
combinations 125
Winter tires 126
Snow chains 126
Approved wheel and tire
specifications 127
Under the hood:
Hood 130
Engine compartment 132
Washer fluids 134
Washer nozzles 134
Engine oil 135
Coolant 137
Brake fluid 138
Vehicle Identification
Number 139
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Special operating instructions:
Break-in procedures 112
Driving notes 113
Catalytic converter 113
Antilock Brake System
(ABS) 115
Disc brakes 117
Brake system 118
Winter operation 119
Power steering 121
Cellular phones 121
Radio reception 121
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112nBreak-in
procedures
To ensure that your vehicle provides
maximum economy throughout a long
service life, we request that you comply
with the following recommendations.
Engine and differential
Up to 1,200 miles (2,000 km):
Drive at varying engine and road
speeds, but do not exceed 4,500 rpm
or a speed of 100 mph (160 km/h):
Obey your local and state maximum
speed limits.
Do not apply full throttle and avoid
pressing the accelerator beyond the
kickdown point.
Once you have driven 1,200 miles
(2,000 km), engine speed and vehicle
speed can be gradually increased.
Follow the same break-in procedure if
either the engine or the differential is
replaced in the future.
Tires
Brake system
Due to technical factors associated
with their manufacture, tires do not
achieve their full traction potential until
an initial break-in period has elapsed.
For this reason drive cautiously during
the initial 200 miles (300 km).
Approximately 300 miles (500 km) must
elapse before the brake pads and discs
achieve the optimal pad-surface and
wear patterns required for trouble-free
operation and long service life later on.
Obey your local and state maximum
speed limits.
When the vehicle is operated on
wet or slushy roads, a wedge of
water may form between the tire and
the road surface. This phenomenon is
referred to as aquaplaning, or hydroplaning, and can lead to partial or
complete loss of traction, vehicle
control and braking effectiveness.
Reduce your speed on wet roads.<
To break-in the separate parking brake
drums, apply the parking brake lightly
when coasting to a standstill (at a traffic
signal, for instance), provided that
traffic conditions allow you to do so.
To avoid corrosion, repeat this procedure from time to time.
The brake lamps do not come on
when the parking brake is set.
Vacuum for the brake system servo unit
on your BMW is available only when the
engine is running. When you move the
vehicle with the engine off – when
towing, for example – substantially
higher levels of pedal force will be
required to brake the vehicle.<
Clutch
The clutch will also begin to function
optimally after about 300 miles
(500 km). Engage the gears carefully
during the break-in period.
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To ensure efficient, trouble-free engine
operation and to avoid potential
damage:
> Be sure to comply with the scheduled
maintenance requirements.
> Fill the fuel tank well before it is
empty.
> Tow-start only when the engine is
cold. If you attempt to tow-start with
a warm engine, unburned residual
fuel in the catalytic converter could
ignite and cause damage. It is better
to jump-start the vehicle with outside
assistance.
> Avoid other situations in which the
fuel is not burned, or burns incompletely, such as engaging the starter
frequently or for extended periods, or
repeated start attempts in which the
engine does not start (stopping and
restarting an engine which is running
properly does not present a problem).
Never allow the engine to run with
any of the spark plug cables disconnected.
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It is designed for use with unleaded fuel
only. Even minute quantities of lead
would be enough to permanently
damage both the catalytic converter
and the system oxygen sensor.
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The catalytic converter reduces harmful
exhaust emissions.
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Clothes hooks:
When suspending clothing from the
hooks, be sure that they will not
obstruct the driver's vision. Do not hang
heavy objects on the hooks. If you do
so, they could cause personal injury
during braking or evasive maneuvers.<
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Brakes:
Do not drive with your foot resting
on the brake pedal. Even light but
consistent pedal pressure can lead to
high temperatures, brake wear, and
possibly to brake failure.
Aquaplaning:
When driving on wet or slushy roads,
reduce vehicle speed. If you do not, a
wedge of water may form between the
tires and the road surface. This
phenomenon is referred to as aquaplaning or hydroplaning. It is characterized by a partial or complete loss of
contact between the tires and the road
surface. The ultimate results are loss of
steering and braking control.
Driving through water:
Do not drive through water on the road
if it is deeper than 1 foot (30 cm), and
then only at walking speed. Otherwise,
the vehicle's engine, the electrical
systems and the transmission may be
damaged.
Rear window shelf:
Never use it to store heavy or hard
objects, otherwise, occupants could
be injured if the vehicle is braked hard.
Catalytic converter
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114nCatalytic
converter
Be sure to comply with the
preceding instructions to prevent
unburned fuel from reaching the catalytic converter. If you do not, the catalytic converter could respond by
overheating, leading to serious
damage.
Very high temperatures occur in any
vehicle equipped with a catalytic
converter. Heat shields are installed
adjacent to some sections of the
exhaust system. Never remove these
shields; do not apply undercoating to
their surfaces. When driving, standing
at idle, and parking the vehicle, take
extra care to avoid contact between the
exhaust system and flammable materials (grass, hay, leaves, etc.). Such
contact could lead to a fire, resulting in
serious personal injury and property
damage.<
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Antilock Brake System (ABS)
ABS is designed to meet two essential
requirements during every brake application:
> To help provide vehicle stability.
> To help maintain steering control and
maneuverability – on all types of road
surfaces (asphalt, concrete, mud, on
wet road surfaces, snow, ice).
The ABS system closed-loop control
circuit cycles in fractions of a second.
A pulsation at the brake pedal, together
with the sounds associated with the
hydraulic controls, tells you that the
brake system is within its maximum
limit range and reminds you that you
should adapt road speed to the road
conditions.
Information for your safety
Not even ABS can suspend the laws of
physics. ABS cannot prevent the
consequences of brake applications
with inadequate clearances for safety
between vehicles, when exceeding the
speed limit, or the risks involved when
aquaplaning occurs. Responsibility for
these types of situations remains in the
hands (and at the feet) of the driver. You
should never allow the added safety of
ABS to lull you into a false sense of
security, or mislead you into taking
increased risks.
Do not make any modifications to
the ABS system.
Service procedures on ABS are to be
performed by authorized technicians
only.<
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If you are in a situation that requires full
braking, you will exploit the full benefits
of the ABS system if you apply
maximum brake pressure ("panic
stop"). Since the vehicle maintains
steering responsiveness, you can
nevertheless avoid possible obstacles
with a minimum of steering effort.
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The system can achieve the shortest
braking distances possible under most
conditions (on straight-aways and in
curves, on asphalt, ice, wet road
surfaces, etc.).
On road surfaces that have a loose
surface layer on a firm base with good
traction (on gravel or snow, for
example), or when snow chains are
mounted, braking distances may be
longer than with locked wheels.
However, ABS continues to provide
enhanced vehicle stability and steering
response under these conditions.
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At approx. 6 mph (10 km/h), the system
becomes operative. Whenever the
vehicle's speed drops below approx.
4 mph (6 km/h), the ABS is deactivated.
This means that the wheels can lock in
the final phase of a panic stop – a factor
of no significance in actual use.
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Braking with ABS
ABS enhances active safety by helping
to prevent the wheels from locking
under braking. This is because locked
wheels are dangerous. When the front
wheels slide, the driver loses steering
control over the vehicle. Traction loss at
the rear wheels can cause the rear end
to break into an uncontrolled skid.
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Brake System (ABS)
Antilock Brake System (ABS)/
Cornering Brake Control (CBC)
CBC is an advanced engineering
design of the ABS. When braking while
cornering at high speed or braking
during high lateral acceleration, or
when braking during a lane change,
vehicle stability is improved and
steering response is enhanced.
In the event of a malfunction
If the ABS warning lamp in the
instrument cluster lights up,
refer to page 22. The brake
system then reverts to conventional
operation as on vehicles without ABS.
However, have the brake system
checked by your BMW center as soon
as possible. To prevent undetected
defects and cumulative faults from
adversely affecting the brake system,
refer any problems to your BMW center
at the earliest opportunity.
ABS warning lamp for Canadian
models.
Dynamic Brake Control (DBC)*
DBC is included in the DSC, refer to
information beginning on page 83.
If the brake warning lamp, and
the ABS and ASC+T/DSC indicator lamps come on, refer to
page 21, then the entire ABS,
CBC, ASC+T/DSC control
system has failed. Continue
driving cautiously and defensively. Avoid full brake applications. This could cause the vehicle to
lose stability and you might no longer
be able to control it.
Have the system checked by your BMW
center as soon as possible.
If you step on the brake rapidly, this
system automatically produces
maximum braking force boost and thus
helps to achieve the shortest possible
braking distance during "panic stops."
All of the benefits of the ABS system
are exploited under these circumstances.
Indicator and warning lamps for
CBC, ABS and ASC+T/DSC and
ADB for Canadian models.
In the event of a malfunction,
the yellow brake warning lamp
comes on. Normal braking efficiency and ABS are still fully available.
Have the system checked and repaired
at your BMW center as soon as
possible.
Do not reduce the pressure on the
brake pedal for the duration of the
brake application. When the brake
pedal is released, the DBC is deactivated.
Please observe the section "Information for your safety" concerning
the ABS system, which also applies to
the DSC system.<
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Disc brakes
For your own safety: use only
brake pads that BMW has
approved for your particular vehicle
model. BMW cannot evaluate nonapproved brake pads to determine if
they are suited for use, and therefore
cannot ensure the operating safety of
the vehicle if they are installed.<
Extended or steep mountain descents
should be driven in the gear in which
only minimal periodic brake applications is required. This avoids excessive
strain on the brakes and possible
impairment of the braking effect.
You can further increase the engine's
braking effect by selecting a lower gear,
downshifting as far as first gear.
When driving a vehicle with automatic
transmission, you can still downshift
into first gear. Refer to page 67.
Do not coast with the clutch
depressed or with the shift lever
or selector lever in Neutral. Do not drive
with the engine shut off. The engine
provides no braking effect when the
clutch is depressed or the transmission
is in Neutral, and there is no powerassist for braking or steering when the
engine is not running. Never allow floor
mats, carpets or any other objects to
protrude into the area around the brake,
clutch or accelerator pedals, which can
obstruct pedal travel.<
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antilock brake system ever fails, you
should revert to pumping the brakes
(refer to page 120).
If engine braking should prove to be
inadequate, you should still avoid
extended, continuous braking. Instead
of maintaining low to moderate pressure over an extended period of time,
you should decelerate by applying
more substantial pressure to the brake
pedal (watch for following traffic),
releasing the pedal, and then repeating
the application (staggered braking). The
cooling phases between active braking
intervals prevent the brakes from overheating, thus ensuring that full braking
capacity remains available at all times.
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If the brake discs are corroded, they will
tend to respond to braking with a
pulsating effect that even extended
brake applications will fail to cure.
When driving in wet conditions and in
heavy rain, it is effective to apply light
pressure to the brakes every few miles
When the vehicle is driven only occasionally, during extended periods when or kilometers. Be aware of traffic conditions to ensure that this maneuver does
the vehicle is not used at all, and in
operating conditions where brake appli- not endanger other road users. The
heat which is generated by the brake
cations are less frequent, there is an
increased tendency for corrosion of the applications helps to dry the brake
pads and discs.
discs and accumulation of contamination on the brake pads. This occurs
Maximum braking force is obtained
because the minimal pressure that must while the wheels are not locked, but
be exerted by the pads to clean the
rather when they are still barely turning
discs by brake applications is not
immediately prior to locking. ABS mainreached.
tains this state automatically. If the
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Index
Disc brakes furnish optimum deceleration and braking control and greater
fade resistance under heavy use.
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system
Brake fluid level
Brake pads
If the brake warning lamp
comes on with the parking
brake released:
The brake fluid level is too low in the
reservoir (refer to page 138).
If the warning lamp for the brake
pads lights up:
Only the minimum pad thickness still remains on the brake pads.
Proceed to the nearest BMW center
as soon as possible to have the pads
replaced.
If the brake fluid level is too low and
brake pedal travel has become noticeably longer, there may be a defect in
one of the hydraulic circuits of the
brake system.
Brake warning lamp for Canadian models.
Proceed to the nearest BMW
center. Higher brake application
pressure may be necessary under these
conditions, and brake pedal travel may
be significantly longer. Please
remember to adapt your driving style
accordingly.<
For your own safety: use only
brake pads that BMW has
approved for your particular vehicle
model. BMW cannot evaluate nonapproved brake pads to determine if
they are suited for use, and therefore
cannot ensure the operating safety of
the vehicle if they are installed.<
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Winter operation
Locks
BMW door lock deicer can be used to
free them if frozen. This deicer also
contains lubricant.
After using the deicer, we recommend
you treat the door lock with BMW lock
cylinder lubricant.
surfaces
Snow chains*
BMW snow chains can be mounted on
both summer and winter tires. Mount
them in pairs on the rear wheels only
and comply with the manufacturer's
safety precautions. Do not exceed a
maximum speed of 30 mph (50 km/h).
In this rare situation, it may be effective
to deactivate the ASC+T/DSC system
for a brief period of time. Refer to
page 82.
Use smooth, gentle pressure to control
the accelerator pedal. Avoid excessive
engine speeds and shift to the next
higher gear at an early point. On downhill grades or slopes, shift down to the
next lower gear at an early point. Maintain an adequate distance between
yourself and the vehicle ahead.
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A full range of car care products is
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When starting up from a full stop in
deep snow or when "rocking" the
vehicle to free it, it may be effective to
deactivate the ASC+T/DSC system for
a brief period of time. Refer to page 82.
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Be sure that the coolant mixture
contains the year-round ratio of 50:50
water and extended-duty antifreeze/
corrosion protection. This mixture
provides protection against freezing
down to approx. –34 7 (–37 6).
Replace the coolant every four years.
Starting off
To prevent the weather-stripping from
freezing, apply a spray-on rubber treatment or silicone spray to the door, hood
and luggage compartment lid seals.
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Coolant
Rubber seals and components
Index
The onset of winter is often accompanied by rapid changes in weather.
Adaptations in driving style should be
accompanied by preparations on the
vehicle itself to ensure that your
progress through the winter remains
safe and trouble-free.
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operation
Brakes
Winter road conditions substantially
reduce the amount of traction available
between the tires and the road surface;
the resulting increase in braking
distance is considerable and should
always be kept in mind.
ABS is intended to prevent the wheels
from locking during brake applications,
thus helping to maintain vehicle stability
and steering response.
If the ABS does not respond in a critical
braking situation and the wheels lock:
reduce the pressure on the brake pedal
until the wheels just start to roll again
while still maintaining enough force to
continue braking.
Do not shift down on slick road
surfaces. Doing so could cause
the rear wheels to lose traction and
skid, that could result in the loss of
vehicle control.<
Depress the clutch during hard
braking on road surfaces that
provide only poor or uneven traction.<
Skid control
Depress the clutch and let up on the
accelerator pedal, or place the selector
lever for the automatic transmission in
the "Neutral" position. Countersteer
carefully and attempt to regain control
of the vehicle.
Parking
Engage 1st or reverse gear. If your
vehicle is equipped with an automatic
transmission, place the selector lever in
Park. On vehicles with manual transmission, also apply the parking brake
when parking on inclined surfaces. In
order to prevent the parking brake pads
from locking due to frost or corrosion,
dry them by gently applying the parking
brake as the vehicle is coming to a
stop. Make sure that following traffic is
not endangered.
The brake lamps do not come
on when the parking brake is
applied.<
Then increase the pedal pressure,
reduce the pressure when the wheels
lock, reapply pressure etc.
This staggered braking procedure will
reduce stopping distances while
helping you maintain steering control.
You can then attempt to steer around
hazards after you have reduced pressure on the brake pedal.
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Power steering
Cellular phone*
Radio reception
If the steering response changes, e.g.
high steering effort:
Have your BMW center inspect this
system.
Mobile communications systems
(cellular phone, radio, etc.) are
permitted with an output up to 10 watts
only. Mobile communications devices
not specifically designed for use in your
vehicle may trigger malfunctions while
operating your vehicle. BMW can
neither test nor assume responsibility
for every individual product being
offered on the market. We recommend
that you consult your BMW center
before purchasing any device of this
kind.
The reception and sound quality obtained from mobile radios varies according to a variety of factors, including
the broadcast range of the transmitter
and the directional orientation of the
antenna. Interference factors such as
high-tension power lines, buildings and
natural obstructions can all lead to
unavoidable reception interference,
regardless of how well the vehicle's
sound system is operating.
Please refer to the Owner's Manual
provided with your sound system for
detailed information on its use.
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Before loading the vehicle on a
car-carrier train or driving it
through a car wash, remove the
antenna.<
Car telephones or cellular phones not
approved by BMW can also cause
interference in the radio during a telephone call. This phenomenon assumes
the form of a low-pitched hum
emanating from the speaker system.
Data
To ensure that your BMW continues to
provide reliable and trouble-free operation, do not use a cellular phone or
other radio device with an antenna
located inside the passenger compartment. The antenna should always be
mounted on the outside of the vehicle.
Climatic factors such as intense solar
radiation, fog, rain and snow can also
interfere with reception.
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If the power steering fails,
increased effort will be required to
steer the vehicle.<
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inflation pressure
Tire condition
Information for your safety
It is not merely the tire's service life, but
also driving comfort and – above all else
– driving safety that depend on the condition of the tires and the maintenance
of the specified tire pressure.
Incorrect inflation pressure is a frequent
cause of tire damage. It also significantly influences the roadholding ability
of your BMW.
Be sure to check the tire inflation
pressure – including the spacesaver spare tire or the spare tire – on a
regular basis, at least twice a month
and before doing any extended driving.
Refer to page 27. If this is not done, incorrect tire pressures can cause driving
instability and tire damage, ultimately
resulting in an accident.<
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The factory-approved radial tires are
matched to the vehicle and have been
selected to provide optimum safety and
driving comfort on your vehicle.
Tire tread – tire damage
Inspect your tires frequently for tread
wear, signs of damage and for foreign
objects lodged in the tread. Check the
tread depth.
Tread depth should not be allowed to
go below 0.12 in (3 mm), even though
the legally specified minimum tread
depth is only 0.063 in (1.6 mm). At a
tread depth of 0.063 in (1.6 mm), tread
depth indicators (arrow) in the treadgroove base indicate that the legallypermissible wear limit has been
reached. Below 0.12 in (3 mm) tread
depth, there is an increased risk of
aquaplaning, even at relatively moderate speeds and with only small amounts
of water on the road.
Do not drive on a deflated (flat)
tire. A flat tire greatly impairs
steering and braking response, and can
lead to complete loss of control over
the vehicle.
Avoid overloading the vehicle so that
the permitted load on the tires is not exceeded. Overloading can lead to overheating and increases the rate at which
damage develops inside the tires. You
could have a blowout as a result.
Unusual vibrations encountered during
normal vehicle operation can indicate
tire failure or some other vehicle defect.
This is also true for irregularities in the
vehicle's handling characteristics, such
as a pronounced tendency to pull to the
left or right. Should this occur, respond
by immediately reducing your speed.
Proceed carefully to the nearest BMW
center or professional tire center, or
have the vehicle towed in to have it and
its tires inspected.
Tire damage (up to and including blowouts) can endanger the lives of both the
vehicle occupants and other road
users.<
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Tire replacement
Tread wear
Temperature
The tread wear grade is a comparative
rating based on the wear rate of the tire
when tested under controlled conditions on a specified government test
course.
For example, a tire graded 150 would
wear one and one-half (1 g) times as
well on the government course as a tire
graded 100. The relative performance
of tires depends upon the actual conditions of their use, however, and may
depart significantly from the norm due
to variations in driving habits, service
practices and differences in road characteristics and climate.
The temperature grades are A (the
highest), B, and C, representing the
tire's resistance to the generation of
heat and its ability to dissipate heat
when tested under controlled conditions on a specified indoor laboratory
test wheel.
Sustained high temperature can cause
the material of the tire to degenerate
and reduce tire life, and excessive temperature can lead to sudden tire failure.
The grade C corresponds to a level of
performance which all passenger
vehicle tires must meet under the
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The temperature grade for this tire
is established for a tire that is
properly inflated and not overloaded.
Excessive speed, underinflation, or
excessive loading, either separately or
in combination, can cause heat buildup
and possible tire failure.<
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All passenger vehicle tires must
conform to Federal Safety
Requirements in addition to these
grades.<
The traction grade assigned to
this tire is based on straightahead braking traction tests, and does
not include acceleration, cornering,
hydroplaning, or peak traction
characteristics.<
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard
No. 109. Grades B and A represent
higher levels of performance on the
laboratory test wheel than the minimum
required by law.
Uniform Tire Quality Grading
Quality grades can be found where
applicable on the tire sidewall between
tread shoulder and maximum section
width. For example:
Tread wear 200 Traction AA
Temperature A
Do not use retreaded tires. Driving
safety may be impaired by their
use. This is due to the possible variations in casing structures and, in some
cases, to their extreme age, factors that
can lead to a decrease in their
durability.<
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Treadwear
Traction AA A B C
Temperature A B C
The traction grades, from highest to
lowest, are AA, A, B, and C.
Those grades represent the tire's ability
to stop on wet pavement as measured
under controlled conditions on specified government test surfaces of asphalt and concrete. A tire marked C
may have poor traction performance.
Data
DOT Quality Grades
Traction
Index
To maintain good handling and vehicle
response, use only tires of a single
tread configuration from a single manufacturer. BMW tests and approves
wheel/tire combinations, beginning on
page 127.
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replacement
Tire rotation
Tire age
Between the axles
The date on which the tire was manufactured is indicated by the code on the
sidewall:
DOT ... 4100 means that the tire was
manufactured in week 41 of 2000.
The tread wear patterns at the front end
differ from those at the rear – the actual
patterns will vary according to individual driving conditions. In the interests of
safety and maintaining optimal handling
characteristics, tire rotation is not
recommended.
BMW recommends the replacement of
all tires when the tires are no more than
6 years old, even if a tire life of 10 years
is possible.
Spare tires over 6 years old should be
used only in case of emergency. A tire
in this condition should be replaced by
a new tire immediately, and should not
be mounted together with new tires.
If different tire sizes are mounted
on the front and rear axles (refer
to page 127), the wheels may not be
rotated from one axle to the other.<
If a proposed interaxle rotation of tires
is based on economic considerations,
one should consider whether the costs
for the rotation are likely to be recaptured by any increase in the service life
of the tires that might be realized. In
principle, tire rotation should be performed at short intervals (maximum
3,000 miles/5,000 km). Consult your
BMW center for more information.
Should you decide to rotate the tires,
it is essential to comply with the
following:
Rotate tires on the same side only,
since braking characteristics and road
grip could otherwise be adversely
affected.
Following rotation, the tire inflation
pressure should always be corrected.
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Wheel and tire combinations
Due to the high speeds this vehicle can
reach, the use of specific brands,
specifications and sizes is mandatory.
Consult any BMW center for details.
Comply with local/national regulations.
The codes on radial tires:
Q M+S = up to 100 mph (160 km/h)
T M+S = up to 118 mph (190 km/h)
H M+S = up to 130 mph (210 km/h)
Example:
Codes stamped on light-alloy wheels:
Nominal width
in mm
Aspect ratio in X
Radial tire ID code
Rim diameter in inches
Load rating
(not on ZR tires)
Speed rating
(before R on ZR tires)
Example:
The speed rating indicates the approved
maximum speed for the tire.
Protect tire valve from dirt by using
screw-on valve stem caps. Dirt in the
valves frequently leads to slow leaks.
S =
T =
H =
V =
W =
Y =
ZR =
up to 112 mph (180 km/h)
up to 118 mph (190 km/h)
up to 130 mph (210 km/h)
up to 150 mph (240 km/h)
up to 167 mph (270 km/h)
up to 187 mph (300 km/h)
over 150 mph (240 km/h)
H2
Data
Summer tires:
7 J x 16
Rim width
in inches
Code letter for
flange type
Symbol for full-drop
center rim
Rim diameter in inches
Hump on the 2 rim shoulders
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The correct wheel/tire combination has an effect on the different
systems such as ABS, ATC,
ASC+T/DSC and ADB/DBC, whose
functioning would be otherwise impaired if the incorrect wheel/tire combinations were used.
For this reason, use only tires of the
same manufacture and tread configuration. In the event of a flat tire, for
example, remount the approved wheel/
tire combination as soon as possible.<
225/50 R 16 92 W
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Winter tires and all-season tires:
The tire codes will aid you in selecting
the correct tire.
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Codes on the tires and wheels
Use only BMW-approved tires, beginning on page 127.
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The right choice
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tires
Choosing the right tire
BMW recommends winter tires (M+S
radial tires) for driving in adverse winter
road conditions. So-called all-season
tires with the M+S identification mark
do indeed possess better winter traction than summer tires that have the H,
V, W, Y and ZR speed ratings, they
generally fail to provide the same levels
of performance as winter tires.
In the interest of safe tracking and
steering response, install winter tires
made by the same manufacturer having
the same tread configuration on all four
wheels.
Mount only winter tires which have
been approved by BMW. Any BMW
center will be glad to provide you with
information on the best winter tires for
your particular driving conditions.
Do not exceed specified
maximum speeds
Never exceed the maximum speed
for which the tires are rated.
Unprofessional attempts by laymen to
service tires can lead to damage and
accidents.
Have this work performed by skilled
professionals only. Any BMW center
has the required technical knowledge
and the proper equipment and will be
happy to assist you.<
Storage
Always store tires in a cool, dry place.
Store them away from light whenever
possible. Protect the tires against contact with oil, grease and fuel.
Snow chains*
Use narrow-link BMW snow chains on
winter tires only in pairs and only on the
rear wheels. Comply with all manufacturer's safety precautions when mounting the chains.
Tire condition, tire pressure
Winter tires display a perceptible loss in
their ability to cope with winter driving
conditions once the tread wears to
below 0.16 in (4 mm), and therefore in
the interest of safety, should be
replaced.
Comply with the specified tire inflation
pressures – and be sure to have the
wheel and tire assemblies balanced
every time you change the tires.
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Approved wheel and tire specifications
7Jx16
–
–
–
7Jx17
8Jx17
7.5Jx17
8.5Jx17
–
7Jx16
–
–
7Jx17
8Jx17
Space-saver spare tire
T 115/90 R 16 92 M
3.0Bx16
T 125/90 R 16 98 M
3.5Bx16
–
T 125/80 R 17 99 M
3.5Bx17
–
Comply with the specifications for tires and wheels in the vehicle's documents.
If you install tire sizes not approved by the manufacturer, an entry in the
vehicle's documents may be necessary.
Mixed tires
For details concerning tire manufacturers for mixed tires, refer to the
vehicle's documents.
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–
You cannot mount snow chains with the
following tires:
225/50 R 16 92 W
225/50 R 16 92 Q M+S
225/50 ZR 16
225/45 R 17 91 W
225/45 R 17 91 Q/T/H M+S
245/40 ZR 17
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7Jx16
Snow chains*
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Light-alloy wheel
Data
Summer tires
205/55 R 16 91 V
225/50 R 16 92 W
225/50 ZR 16
205/50 R 17 93 W extra load
225/45 R 17 91 W
Front: 225/45 ZR 17
Rear: 245/40 ZR 17
Winter tires (M+S)
205/55 R 16 91 Q
225/50 R 16 92 Q
205/50 R 17 93 Q extra load
225/45 R 17 91 Q
Steel rim
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Tire specifications
BMW 325Ci
All season tires
205/55 R 16 91 H M+S
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wheel and tire specifications
Tire specifications
BMW 330Ci
All season tires
205/50 R 17 93 H/V M+S extra load
Summer tires
205/50 R 17 93 W extra load
225/45 R 17 91 W
Front: 225/45 ZR 17
Rear: 245/40 ZR 17
Winter tires (M+S)
205/50 R 17 93 Q extra load
225/45 R 17 91 Q
Steel rim
Light-alloy wheel
–
7Jx17
–
–
7Jx17
8Jx17
7.5x17
8.5x17
–
Snow chains*
You cannot mount snow chains with the
following tires:
225/45 R 17 91 W
225/45 R 17 91 Q M+S
245/40 ZR 17
Mixed tires
For details concerning tire manufacturers for mixed tires, refer to the
vehicle's documents.
7Jx17
8Jx17
Space-saver spare tire
T 125/80 R 17 99 M
3.5Bx17
–
Comply with the specifications for tires and wheels in the vehicle's documents.
If you install tire sizes not approved by the manufacturer, an entry in the
vehicle's documents may be necessary.
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Do not work on your vehicle without appropriate skills. Always
switch off the engine and allow it to
cool down before working in the engine
compartment. Always disconnect the
battery before working on any electrical
systems or equipment. Comply with all
applicable instructions and warnings.
Failure to work in an informed, professional manner when servicing components and materials constitutes a safety
hazard for vehicle occupants and other
road users. If you are not familiar with
the guidelines, please have the operations performed by your BMW center.<
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To unlock
To open
Pull the lever located under the lefthand side of the instrument cluster.
Pull the release handle and open the
hood.
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To avoid injuries, be sure that the
travel path of the hood is clear
when it is closed, as with all closing
procedures. If it is determined that the
hood is not completely closed while
driving, stop immediately and close
it securely.<
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Allow the hood to fall from a height
of about 12 inches (30 cm) so that it
audibly engages.
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To close
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6 Auxiliary terminal for jump
starting 168
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5 Reservoir for the headlamp* and
windshield washer system 134
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4 Engine oil filler neck 135
Data
3 Coolant expansion tank 137
Index
2 Dipstick for the engine oil 135
Overview
1 Brake fluid reservoir 138
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fluids
Washer nozzles
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Antifreeze for the washer systems
is flammable. For this reason,
keep it away from sources of flame and
store it in its original container. Store it
so that it is inaccessible to children.
Comply with the instructions on the
containers.<
Windshield washer
The spray from the nozzles should be
directed so as to ensure effective cleaning, even at high speeds. Use a needle
to adjust the nozzles as required, or
have them adjusted by your BMW
center.
Headlamp washer system*
Have this system adjusted by your
BMW center as required.
Headlamp* and windshield
washer system
Capacity: approx. 5.6 US quarts
(5.3 liters).
Fill with water and – if required – with a
washer antifreeze (according to manufacturer's recommendations).
We recommend that you mix the
washer fluid before adding it to
the reservoir.<
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Engine oil
As with fuel economy, oil consumption
is directly influenced by your driving
style and vehicle operating conditions.
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Wait until the level has dropped to just
above the lower mark before adding oil.
However, never let the oil drop below
the lower mark.
BMW engines are designed to
operate without oil additives; the
use of additives could lead to damage
in some cases. This is also true for the
manual transmission, the automatic
transmission, the differential and the
power steering.<
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The oil volume between the two marks
on the dipstick corresponds to approx.
1.1 US quarts (1 liter). Do not fill beyond
the upper mark on the dipstick. Excess
oil will damage the engine.
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1 Park the vehicle on a level surface.
2 Shut the engine off after it has
reached normal operating temperature.
3 After approx. 5 minutes, pull the dipstick out and wipe it off with a clean
lint-free cloth, paper towel, or similar
material.
4 Carefully push the dipstick all the way
into the guide tube and pull it out
again.
5 The oil level should be between the
two marks on the dipstick.
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oil
Specified engine oils
Viscosity ratings
The quality of the engine oil is extremely important for the function and
life of an engine. Based on extensive
testing, BMW has approved only certain types of engine oils.
Viscosity is the oil flow rating as established in SAE classes.
Use only approved "BMW High Performance Synthetic Oil."
If you are unable to obtain "BMW High
Performance Synthetic Oil," you may
use small volumes of other approved
synthetic oils for topping up between oil
changes. Use only oils with the specification API SH or higher.
The selection of the correct SAE class
depends on the climatic conditions in
the area where you drive your BMW.
Approved oils are in SAE classes
5W-40 and 5W-30.<
These kinds of oil may be used for
driving in all ambient temperatures.
Ask your BMW center for details
concerning the specific "BMW
High Performance Synthetic Oil" or synthetic oils that have been approved.<
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America at 1-800-831-1117 or visit this
website: www.bmwusa.com to obtain
this information.
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Comply with the applicable environmental laws regulating the disposal of extended-duty antifreeze with
corrosion inhibitor.<
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Continuous exposure to used oil
has caused cancer in laboratory
testing.
For this reason, thoroughly wash any
areas of skin that come into contact
with oil using soap and water.
Always store oils, grease and similar
materials so that they are inaccessible
to children. Comply with warning labels
and information on containers.<
Checking coolant level
Correct coolant level for cold engine
(approx. 68 7 or +20 6):
Unscrew the cap from the expansion
tank.
The coolant level is correct when the
upper end of the red float is at least
even with the upper edge of the filler
neck (refer to the arrow in the illustration), but no more than 0.8 in (2 cm)
above it – that is, up to the second mark
on the float (refer also to the schematic
diagram next to the filler neck).
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Recommendation: have the oil changed
by your BMW center only.
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Do not add coolant to the cooling
system when the engine is hot. If
you attempt to do so, escaping coolant
can cause burns.
To avoid the possibility of damage later
on, never use anything other than factory-approved, nitrite and amino-free
extended-duty antifreeze with corrosion
inhibitor. Your BMW center is familiar
with the official specifications.
Antifreeze and anticorrosion agents are
hazardous to health. You should always
store it in its original container and in a
location that is inaccessible to children.
Extended-duty antifreeze with corrosion inhibitor contains ethylene glycol, a
flammable substance. For this reason,
do not spill antifreeze with corrosion
inhibitor on hot engine parts. It could
ignite and cause burns.<
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Always observe all environmental
protection laws when disposing of
used oil.<
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Brake fluid
Wait until the engine cools before
removing the cap from the expansion
tank. The needle of the coolant
temperature gauge in the instrument
cluster must be located in the blue
zone. If it is not, there is a danger of
scalding.
1 Turn the cap slightly counterclockwise in order to allow accumulated
pressure to escape. Then open.
2 If the coolant is low, slowly add
coolant until the correct level is
reached – do not overfill.
The coolant is a mixture of water and
extended-duty antifreeze with corrosion
inhibitor. Always maintain the prescribed all-season 50:50 mixture ratio
for year-round protection against internal corrosion. No other additives are
required.
Replace the coolant every four years.
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If the brake warning lamp comes on
and the parking brake has been
released:
Check the brake fluid level and if necessary, fill it back up to the "MAX" mark.
For adding brake fluid or for determining and correcting the cause of brake
fluid loss, consult your BMW center.
Your BMW center is familiar with the
specifications for factory-approved
brake fluids (DOT 4).
Brake fluid is hygroscopic, that is,
it absorbs moisture from the air
over time.
In order to ensure the safety and reliability of the brake system, have the
brake fluid changed every two years by
an authorized BMW center. Refer also
to the Service and Warranty Information
Booklet (US models) or the Warranty
and Service Guide Booklet (Canadian
models). Brake fluid is hazardous to
health and damages the vehicle's paint.
You should always store it in its original
container and in a location that is
inaccessible to children.
Do not spill the fluid and do not fill the
brake fluid reservoir beyond the "MAX"
mark. The brake fluid could ignite upon
contact with hot engine parts and
cause serious burns.<
Comply with the applicable
environmental laws regulating
the disposal of brake fluid.<
Brake fluid loss can result in extended
pedal travel. Comply with the information provided on page 118.
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Data
In the engine compartment, on the
right-hand strut dome (arrow).
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The BMW Maintenance System has
been designed as a reliable means of
providing maximum driving and operating safety – and as cost-effectively as
possible for you.
Please keep in mind that regular maintenance is not only necessary for the
safety of your vehicle, but also plays a
significant role in maintaining the resale
value of the vehicle.
Service Interval Display
Advanced technology is employed to
calculate the optimal maintenance
intervals. These are then indicated in
the Service Interval Display. While
conventional systems rely on distance
traveled alone to determine when
service is due, the BMW Maintenance
System has for years considered the
actual conditions under which the
vehicle operates, because miles can be
traveled in many different ways:
From a maintenance point of view,
62,000 miles (100,000 km) of shortdistance urban driving are not equivalent to the same distance covered at
moderate speeds in long-distance
highway travel.
The BMW Maintenance System
includes the Engine Oil Service and
Inspections I and II.
Determining the maintenance intervals
according to the actual use of the
vehicle covers every kind of operating
situation. However, even those who
drive only short distances – i.e. significantly less than 6,000 miles (10,000 km)
annually – should have the engine oil
changed at least every 2 years since oil
deteriorates over time, regardless of
use.
Service and Warranty Information
Booklet (US models)/Warranty
and Service Guide Booklet
(Canadian models)
Warranty and Service Guide Booklet
(Canadian models).
As a precaution against rust, it is advisable to have the body checked for
damage from rocks or gravel at the
same time, depending upon operating
conditions.
Have your BMW center perform
maintenance and repair.
Your BMW center is always informed on
the latest maintenance work and repair
techniques and equipped with the
required special tools. In addition,
checking parts known from experience
to be subject to wear is a permanent
part of the maintenance specifications.
Be sure that all maintenance work is
confirmed in the Service and Warranty
Information Booklet (US models), or in
the Warranty and Service Guide
Booklet (Canadian models). These
entries are your verification for the
regular maintenance of your vehicle
and are required for the performance of
warranty repairs.<
For additional information on maintenance intervals and procedures, please
refer to the Service and Warranty Information Booklet (US models), or the
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Caring for your vehicle
When using an automatic car wash, be
sure that:
> The car wash system is suited for the
dimensions of your vehicle.
> No damage will occur on vehicles
with attached body accessories (such
as spoilers or antennas). Consult the
car wash operator if necessary.
> The wheels and tires of your vehicle
cannot be damaged by the conveyance devices of the car wash system.
> The vehicle is cleaned with minimum
brush pressure, and that ample water
is available for washing and rinsing.
Parts of the vehicle that are inaccessible to the automatic washer – such as
door sills, door and hood edges, etc. –
should be cleaned by hand.
After washing the vehicle, apply
In the winter months, it is especially
the brakes briefly to dry them.
important to be sure that the vehicle is
washed on a regular basis. Large quan- Braking efficiency might otherwise be
tities of dirt and road salt are difficult to reduced by the moisture and the brake
rotors could also be corroded.<
remove, and they also damage the
vehicle.
If spray wands or high-pressure
washers are used, be sure to
maintain an adequate distance between
the spray source and the vehicle's
surface. Inadequate distance and
excessive pressure can damage or
weaken the finish, making it more
susceptible to subsequent attack.
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When cleaning the headlamps,
please observe the following: do
not wipe dry with a cloth (scratches).
Never use abrasives or strong solvents
to clean the covers. Remove dirt and
contamination (such as insects) by
soaking with BMW Car Shampoo and
then rinsing with plenty of water.
Always use a deicer spray to remove
accumulated ice and snow – never use
a scraper.<
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In order to avoid spots, do not wash the
vehicle when the hood is warm, or
during or immediately after exposure to
strong sunlight.
Deactivate the rain sensor when
going through car washes (refer to
page 71), as otherwise the wipers could
be damaged if they inadvertently start
working.<
In addition, moisture could penetrate to
vehicle components, leading to longterm damage.<
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Wipe away tough dirt and loosen and
remove dead insects before washing
the vehicle.
Vehicles with rain sensor:
Clean the windshield regularly. Wax
from automatic car washes or insects
can cause malfunctions in the function
of the rain sensor.
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You can have your BMW washed in
an automatic car wash, even when it
is new. Car wash systems that do not
employ brushes are preferable.
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for your vehicle
Exterior finish
To provide effective corrosion protection, multilayer paintwork is applied at
the factory. Cataphoretic immersion
priming techniques are supplemented
using special body-cavity protectants,
with the application of specially-developed and extensively tested materials.
A layer of flexible PVC is first applied to
the undercarriage. Following this, a
comprehensive undercoating treatment with a wax-based protectant is
applied. Regular maintenance makes
an important contribution to maintaining
the safety and value of your vehicle.
Increasing awareness of the effects of
harmful environmental factors on
vehicle finishes have led paint and
vehicle manufacturers to initiate
ongoing programs designed to further
improve the durability of their finishes.
Despite this, environmental factors that
occur locally or regionally can have
negative effects on the finish of your
vehicle. Use the factors to determine
the frequency and extent of your efforts
to maintain the vehicle finish.
Depending upon material and type of
impact (perforation of paint layer),
physical stresses from sand, road salt,
gravel, etc., can cause corrosion to
start extending beneath the finish,
starting at the point of impact.
Road dirt, tar spots, dead insects,
animal droppings (strong alkali effect)
and tree excretions (resins and pollen)
all contain substances capable of
causing damage when allowed to
remain on the finish of your vehicle for
any period of time. This includes spots,
etching, flaking, and separations in the
top coat.
In coastal regions, high levels of atmospheric salt and humidity promote
corrosion.
In tropical zones, temperatures of over
105 7 (+40 6) in the shade prevail, in
addition to heavy ultraviolet radiation
and high humidity. Under these conditions, light paints can reach temperatures of up to 175 7 (+80 6) and dark
paints up to 250 7 (+120 6).
In industrial areas, deposits of flue dust,
lime, oily soot, precipitation containing
sulfur-dioxide (acid rain) and other
environmental pollutants will damage
the vehicle's finish unless adequate
care is provided – even though this is
generally limited to the outside
horizontal surfaces.
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Caring for your vehicle
Any contamination remaining on the
surface of the vehicle will be especially
conspicuous after washing. Use
cleaning fluid or alcohol with a clean
cloth or cotton pad to remove. Remove
tar spots with tar remover. After
cleaning, the affected areas should be
waxed to ensure continued protection.
Use the cleaning and car-care
products available at your BMW
center.<
You can use a glass cleaner to remove
any wax or silicone that may have been
left on the windows during waxing.
Use the cleaning and car-care
products available at your BMW
center.<
The paint color code for your vehicle
is provided on a sticker located on the
right hand-side under the hood and on
the first page of your Service and
Warranty Information Booklet (US
models) or Warranty and Service Guide
Booklet (Canadian models).
Damage caused by flying stones,
scratches, etc., must be touched up
without delay to prevent rust from
forming.
If corrosion has started to form in an
area with paint damage, remove all rust
and clean the area. Then prime the area
with a BMW Primer Stick. Finally, apply
the finish coat. Wait a few days, then
polish the repaired area. Finish by
applying a wax preservative.
More extensive paint damage should
be repaired professionally in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. Your BMW center uses original
BMW finish materials in accordance
with approved repair procedures.
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Nevertheless, you should immediately
remove especially aggressive
substances. Failure to do so can
lead to changes in the paint's chemical
structure or to discoloration. Gasoline
spilled during refueling, oil, grease and
brake fluid should always be cleaned
away immediately, as should bird droppings.
The best way to determine when the
finish needs to be waxed is by noting
when water stops beading on the
surface.
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You can touch up small areas of paint
damage with a BMW spray paint or a
BMW touchup stick.
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Paint damage
Protect the finish using carnauba or
synthetic-based waxes only.
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Waxing your vehicle
Regular washing is a preventive
measure against long-term effects from
substances that are harmful to the
vehicle's finish, especially if you drive
your vehicle in areas with high levels of
air pollution or aggressive natural
substances (tree resins, pollen).
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for your vehicle
Window care
You can use window and glass cleaner
to clean inside window surfaces and
mirrors without smearing and streaking.
Never use polishing pastes or abrasive
(quartz) cleansers on mirror lenses.
Clean the wiper blades with soapy
water. The wiper blades should be
replaced twice a year – before and after
the winter months. This is especially
important for vehicles with a rain
sensor.
Use only wiper blades approved
by BMW.<
Caring for other vehicle
components and materials
Light-alloy wheels should be treated
with alloy wheel cleaner, especially
during the winter months. However, do
not use aggressive products containing
acids, strong alkalis or abrasive
cleaning agents, nor steam cleaners
operating at temperatures above
140 7 (+60 6). (Follow the manufacturer's instructions.)
If your vehicle has chrome parts *, such
as the window frames and door handles,
clean these parts carefully with ample
clean water and a shampoo supplement
if desired, especially if they have an
accumulation of road salt. Use a chrome
polish for an additional treatment.
Plastic components, vinyl upholstery,
headliners, lamp lenses, the clear cover
of the instrument panel and components with a sprayed dull black surface
can be cleaned with water (add plastic
shampoo as required). Do not allow
moisture to soak through the seats or
headliner. Never use solvents such as
lacquer thinner, heavy-duty grease
remover, fuels, or similar substances.
Do not remove safety belts to clean
them. Clean them with mild soapy
water only. Do not use chemicals or dry
cleaners to clean safety belts, since this
could damage the belt fabric.
After cleaning, never allow the inertia
reel to retract the belts until they are
completely dry. Dirty safety belts
prevent the inertia reel mechanism from
retracting the strap properly, and thus
constitute a safety hazard.
Heavily soiled floor carpets and mats *
can be cleaned with an interior cleaner.
The floor mats can be removed from
the vehicle for cleaning.
Use only a damp cloth to clean trim
panels made of real wood* and other
parts constructed of real wood *. Follow
up by drying with a soft cloth.
Use the cleaning and car-care
products available at your BMW
center.<
Rubber components should be cleaned
with water only; a rubber treatment or
silicone spray may also be applied.
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If the vehicle will be stored for an
extended period or if it is exposed to
intense sunlight, cover all the seats or
the windows to prevent fading.
Use the cleaning and car-care
products available at your BMW
center.<
Because this product is manufactured
using natural materials, you must make
allowance for its special characteristics
and for the peculiarities of its use and
care.
Regular periodic cleaning and care are
essential, as dust and road dirt act as
abrasives in the pores and creases of
the material. This leads to wear spots
and premature brittleness on the
surface of the leather. We therefore
suggest that you clean the leather with
a vacuum cleaner or cloth at frequent
intervals.
For cleaning, use BMW leather cleaning
foam.
Since dirt and grease gradually attack
the protective layer of the leather, the
cleaned surfaces should be treated
with BMW leather care agent. This also
acts as an antistatic agent.
For protection against dampness or
moisture, treat the leather with a
BMW impregnating agent.
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The leather* upholstery used by BMW
is a natural product of the highest
quality, processed using state-of-theart methods to ensure that it will maintain its high quality for years to come,
provided that it is properly cared for.
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Lint on upholstery materials, textile or
leather remnants that have been worn
into the upholstery may be removed
with a lint brush or a Velcroâ brush. A
cleaning glove is available for particularly "stubborn" lint. Stains and fairly
large areas of dirt should be cleaned off
without delay, using lukewarm water
and an interior cleaner, stain remover or
appropriate cleaning fluid. Brush the
fabric afterwards to restore its appearance.
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The tendency of the pile to lie in a
particular direction on velour upholstery
is not a quality defect. Just as with
home textiles or clothing, this cannot be
avoided.
The buildup of an electrostatic charge
on the seat covers, particularly if
atmospheric humidity is low, can give
the occupants an unpleasant electric
shock if they touch metal body parts
after leaving the vehicle. Although this
is not dangerous in any way, it can be
avoided by touching a bare or polished
metal part of the vehicle while getting
out.
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Depressions in the upholstery that
result from everyday use can be
brushed smooth by brushing against
the nap with a lightly dampened brush.
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for your vehicle
We recommend that you perform this
procedure twice a year on leather
exposed to normal use.
Spills should be wiped up immediately.
Remove grease and oil stains by
dabbing with spot remover. Avoid
rubbing.
If the upholstery is to be exposed to
intense sunlight or if the vehicle is to be
stored for an extended period, cover all
leather surfaces (or, better yet, the
windows) to prevent fading.
Use the cleaning and car-care
products available at your BMW
center.<
Airbags
Cleaning agents can contain
substances that are dangerous or
that pose health risks. For this reason,
always comply with the warnings and
danger notices on the packaging.
Open the doors or windows on your
vehicle whenever cleaning the interior.
Never clean your vehicle with solvents
or other materials not specifically
intended for this purpose.<
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1 Front airbags for driver and
passenger
2 Side airbags for driver and passenger
(front)
3 Side airbags for driver and passenger
(front and rear*)
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Controls
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Consult your BMW center regarding
Do not attempt to remove the gas special procedures if you intend to
store the vehicle for more than three
generators of the airbag supplemonths.
mental restraint system from the
vehicle. Testing and servicing must be
performed by trained technicians only.
In the event of a malfunction, deactivation, or triggered actuation (as a
response to an accident) of the airbag
restraint system, consult your BMW
center for repairs or service operations.
Do not modify or tamper with either the
wiring or the individual components in
the airbag system. These include the
padded steering wheel hub, the instrument panel, the side trim panels of the
front or rear doors and the roof pillars or
the sides of the headliner. Do not apply
adhesive materials to these components or cover them over or alter them
in any other way. Do not attempt to
remove or dismantle the steering
wheel.
To ensure compliance with official
safety regulations, entrust disposal of
airbag generators to a BMW center.
Unprofessional attempts to service the
system could lead to failure in an emergency or undesired airbag activation,
either of which could result in personal
injury.<
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Important safety notices
Vehicle storage
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modifications
Any BMW center will be glad to inform
you of the advisability, legal requirements and factory recommendations
regarding technical modifications on
your vehicle. For this purpose, the
BMW center will require the Vehicle
Identification Number and, in some
cases, also the engine number.
California Proposition 65 Warning
California laws require us to state the
following warning:
Engine exhaust, some of its
constituents, and certain vehicle
components contain or emit chemicals
known to the State of California to
cause cancer and birth defects or other
reproductive harm.<
Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs)
Light-emitting diodes installed behind
translucent lenses serve as the light
source for many of the controls and
displays in your vehicle. The concept
behind their operation is related to that
employed for lasers.
Do not remove the protective lens
and avoid staring directly at the
unfiltered beam for extended periods
(several hours), as inflammation of the
iris could result.<
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OBD interface socket
Controls
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The purpose of the OBD system is to
assure proper emission control system
operation for the vehicle's lifetime by
monitoring emission-related components and systems for wear and
malfunction.
Service Engine Soon warning
lamp for Canadian models.
Data
The OBD interface socket for onboard
diagnostics is located on the driver's
side, on the left-hand bottom of the
instrument panel and under a cover
panel. The cover has the letters "OBD"
on it.
If the indicator blinks or flashes, this
indicates a high level of engine misfire.
Reduce speed and contact your nearest BMW center immediately. Severe
engine misfire over even a short period
of time can seriously damage emission
control components, especially the
catalytic converter.
If the fuel filler cap is not firmly
screwed on, the OBD system can
detect leaking vapor and the indicator
will light up. If the fuel filler cap is then
tightened, the indicator will usually go
out after a short period of time.<
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An illuminated indicator informs
you of the need for service,
not that you need to stop the
vehicle. Your system should be
checked, however, at the earliest
possible opportunity.
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In case of electrical
malfunction:
Fuel filler door 167
Sliding/tilt sunroof 167
Operation, care
and maintenance
Assistance, giving and
receiving:
Jump-starting 168
Towing the vehicle 169
Owner service procedures
Advanced technology
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Controls and features
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Replacement procedures:
Onboard tool kit 152
Windshield wiper blades 152
Lamps and bulbs 152
Changing a wheel 159
Battery 163
Fuses 166
Microfilter/Activated-charcoal
filter 166
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tool kit
Windshield wiper blades
Lamps and bulbs
The onboard tool kit is located in the
luggage compartment lid.
Loosen the wingnut to open.
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The lamps and bulbs are essential
factors contributing to the safety of
your vehicle. For this reason, follow the
instructions below carefully when
replacing a bulb. If you are not familiar
with any of the procedures, consult
your BMW center.
1 Rotate the wiper arm completely out
from the windshield.
2 Position the wiper blade at an angle
and pull the release spring (arrow).
3 Fold the wiper blade down and
unhook it toward the windshield.
4 Pull the wiper blade past the wiper
arm toward the top.
5 Insert a new wiper blade and apply
pressure until you hear it engage.
Use only wiper blades approved
by BMW.<
Do not touch the glass portion of
a new bulb with your bare hands
since even small amounts of impurities
burn into the surface and reduce the
service life of the bulb. Use a clean
cloth, paper napkin, or a similar material,
or hold the bulb by its metallic base.<
A replacement bulb set is available from
your BMW center.
Whenever working on the
electrical system, switch off the
electrical accessory you are working on
or disconnect the cable from the
negative terminal of the battery. Failure
to do this could result in short circuits.
To prevent injuries and damage, comply
with any instructions provided by the
bulb manufacturer.<
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H7 bulb, 55 watts
2 High beams
H7 bulb, 55 watts
The H7 bulb is pressurized. Therefore, wear safety glasses and
protective gloves. Failure to comply
with this precaution could lead to injury
if the bulb is accidentally damaged
during replacement.<
1 Press the two locks at the front and
turn left to release the bulb holder.
2 Remove and replace the bulb.
Because of the extremely high
voltages involved, any work on the
lighting system including replacement
of the bulb should be performed only by
technicians with the appropriate qualifications. Failure to comply with this
creates a risk of fatal injury.<
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The service life of these bulbs is very
long and the probability of a failure is
very low, provided that they are not
switched on and off an unusual number
of times. Nevertheless, if one of the
lamps should fail, you can continue
driving with great caution using the
front fog lamps if local laws permit this.
Car care
Xenon lamps*
Technology Repairs
1 Low beams
When cleaning the headlamps,
please observe the following: do
not wipe dry with a cloth (scratches).
Never use abrasives or strong solvents
to clean the covers. Remove dirt and
contamination (such as insects) by
soaking with BMW Car Shampoo and
then rinsing with plenty of water.
Always use a deicer spray to remove
accumulated ice and snow – never use
a scraper.<
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The illustration shows the left-hand side
of the engine compartment.
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The illustration shows the left-hand side
of the engine compartment.
Parking lamps
5 watt bulb
1 Turn the bulb holder to the left (arrow)
and remove it.
2 Remove and replace the bulb.
Front turn signal indicators
21 watt bulb
1 Using a screwdriver, release the inner
hook through the upper opening.
2 Remove lamp by pulling it out toward
the front.
3 Applying light pressure, turn the bulb
to the left. Remove and exchange the
bulb.
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4 Insert the 2 pins on the lamp into the
guides on the vehicle.
5 Push the lamp in. Carefully apply
pressure until you hear it snap into
place.
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Front fog lamps
Tail lamps
5 watt bulb
HB4 bulb, 55 watts
Tail lamps (4): 21/4 watt bulbs
Remaining bulbs: 21 watts
The bulb is pressurized. Therefore, wear safety glasses and
protective gloves. Failure to comply
with this precaution could lead to injury
if the bulb is accidentally damaged
during replacement.<
1 Turn signal indicator
white
3 Tail lamp
red
4 Tail lamp/Brake lamp
red
Data
Please contact a BMW center in the
event of a malfunction.
2 Backup lamps
yellow
Index
1 Use finger pressure against the rear
end of the lens (arrow) to press it
forward for removal.
2 Apply gentle pressure to the bulb
while turning it to the left to remove.
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The illustration shows the right-hand
luggage compartment opening.
Bulbs in the fender:
All of the bulbs are integrated in a
central bulb holder.
1 Release the bulb holder (arrow,
partial view) and remove.
2 Unplug the power supply receptacle.
Set the bulb holder aside (on the
luggage compartment floor, for
example).
3 Applying light pressure, turn the bulb
to the left. Remove and exchange the
bulb.
4 Plug in the power supply receptacle.
5 Position the bulb holder for reinstallation. Apply gentle pressure on the
button (arrow, partial view) until you
hear it engage.
Bulbs in the luggage compartment lid:
1 Using a screwdriver, loosen the clip.
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2 Fold the trim panel down (arrow 1).
Disengage the bulb holder (arrow 2)
and remove it.
3 Applying light pressure, turn the bulb
to the left. Remove and exchange the
bulb.
4 Press the bulb holder into position
until you hear it engage.
5 Reinstall the trim with the clip.
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License plate lamps
Interior lamps
LED light bar on the rear window.
5 watt bulb
Front:
Please contact a BMW center in the
event of a malfunction.
1 Place a screwdriver in the slot and
press toward the left (arrow) to
release the lens.
2 Replace the bulb.
Interior lamp (6 watt bulb)
Reading lamps (2 x 6 watt bulbs)
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Data
1 Using a screwdriver, press the lamp
out toward the front.
2 Turn the bulb holder to the left and
remove it.
3 Remove and replace the bulb.
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and bulbs
Footwell lamps
5 watt bulb
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1 Press the lamp out using a
screwdriver.
2 Replace the bulb.
Rear:
Lighted vanity mirror*
Interior lamp (6 watt bulb)
Reading lamp (6 watt bulb)
10 watt bulb
1 Press the lamp out using a
screwdriver.
2 Turn the bulb holder to the left and
remove it.
3 Remove and replace the bulb.
1 Remove the bulb housing – use a
screwdriver if necessary.
Replace the bulb.
Glove compartment lamp
5 watt bulb
1 Press the lamp out using a
screwdriver.
2 Replace the bulb.
Luggage compartment lamps
One lamp each in the bulb holder of the
tail lamp assembly: 10 watt bulb.
1 Apply a screwdriver to the recess and
remove the lens.
2 Replace the bulb.
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Changing a wheel
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To remove the spare tire, lift out
the floor panel in the luggage
compartment completely (refer to
page 41).<
Controls
Your BMW has a spare tire or a spacesaver spare tire for temporary use to
ensure your mobility.
Data
Do not lie under the vehicle or start the
engine when the vehicle is supported
by the jack. Failure to comply with this
creates a risk of fatal injury.<
Index
Take these precautionary
measures if you have either a flat
tire or are changing the tire:
Stop the vehicle as far as possible from
passing traffic. Park on a firm, flat
surface. Switch on the hazard warning
flashers. Turn the steering wheel to the
straight-ahead position, remove the key
and engage the steering lock. Shift into
1st gear or reverse (selector lever in
"Park" with automatic transmission) and
engage the parking brake.
All passengers should be outside the
vehicle and well away from your immediate working area (behind a guardrail,
for instance).
If a warning triangle or portable hazard
warning lamp is available, set it up on
the roadside at an appropriate distance
from the rear of the vehicle. Comply
with all safety guidelines and
regulations.
Change the wheel only on a level, firm
surface which is not slippery. Avoid
jacking the vehicle on a soft or slippery
support surface (snow, ice, loose
gravel, etc.), as it could slide sideways.
Position the jack on a firm support
surface. Do not place wooden blocks or
similar objects under the jack. If this is
done, the jack might not be able to
reach its full support capacity because
of the limited height.
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You will need the following
In order to avoid rattling noises later,
note the position of the tools when you
remove them and return them to their
original position when you are through
using them.
> Jack (1)
Raise the floor panel in the luggage
compartment (refer to page 41) and
loosen the red wing nut (arrow).
When you have completed work,
screw the jack all the way back
down. Fold the handle back and
insert it in its holder.
> Wedge (2)
Located behind the jack on the wall
in the luggage compartment. Loosen
the wing nut to remove it.
> Spare tire or space-saver spare tire
Next to the jack.
Loosen the wing nut (arrow) by hand,
remove the storage shelf and take the
wheel out.
> Lug wrench
In the onboard tool kit on the underside of the luggage compartment lid
(refer to page 152).
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Procedure
1 Read and comply with the safety
precautions provided on the
previous page.
2 Secure the vehicle from rolling:
Place the wedge against the rear
surface of the front tire on the side
opposite the side being raised. If
the vehicle is parked on a downward slope, place the wedge
securely in front of the tire. If the
wheel must be changed on a
surface with a more severe slope,
take additional precautions to
secure the vehicle from rolling.
3 If your wheels are equipped with full
wheel covers*: reach into the ventilation openings and pull off the
cover.
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Controls
Only use original BMW full wheel
covers, otherwise, the trim piece
may not fit securely. The full wheel
cover may not be installed on the
space-saver spare tire since this could
damage the cover.<
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13 If your wheels are equipped with full
wheel covers*: position the wheel
cover with the valve opening over
the valve (arrow) and press it onto
the wheel with both hands.
14 Check and correct the tire's inflation
pressure at the earliest possibility.
For vehicles with Tire Pressure
Control (RDC):
Reactivate the system after
mounting the spare tire or
correcting the air pressure. Refer to
page 85.
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9 Position the new wheel or the
space-saver spare tire on the hub
and screw at least two lug bolts
finger-tight into opposite bolt holes.
10 Screw in the remaining lug bolts.
Tighten all the bolts securely.
11 Lower the jack and remove it from
beneath the vehicle.
12 Tighten the lug bolts in a diagonal
pattern.
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4 Loosen the lug bolts g turn.
5 Position the jack at the jacking point
closest to the flat tire (refer to the
center illustration) so that the jack
base is vertically below the jacking
point and the entire surface of the
head of the jack will move into the
square recess of the jacking point
(refer to the illustration detail) when
the jack is cranked.
6 Crank the vehicle up until the wheel
in question is raised from the
ground.
7 Unscrew the lug bolts and remove
the wheel.
8 Remove accumulations of mud or
dirt from the mounting surfaces of
the wheel and hub; clean the lug
bolts.
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a wheel
The vehicle jack is designed for
changing wheels only. Do not
attempt to raise another vehicle model
with it or to raise any load of any kind.
To do so could cause accidents and
personal injury.
To ensure continued safety, have the
tightness of the lug bolts checked with
a calibrated lug wrench [torque specification: 72 lb.ft (100Nm)] at the earliest
opportunity.<
When storing the wheel, be sure that
you do not damage the retaining pin in
the spare tire recess.
If light-alloy wheels other than original
BMW light-alloy wheels have been
mounted, it may be necessary to use
different lug bolts for those wheels.
Replace the defective tire as soon as
possible and have the new wheel/tire
balanced.
Driving with the space-saver
spare tire
Drive cautiously and do not exceed a
speed of 50 mph (80 km/h).
Be aware that vehicle handling will be
altered. Slower brake response time,
longer braking distances and changed
steering characteristics may be anticipated when approaching limit conditions.
The changes in handling characteristics
will be even more pronounced in
conjunction with winter tires.
Only one space-saver spare tire
may be mounted at a time. Mount
a wheel and tire with the same size
and specifications as the others at the
earliest possible opportunity. Maintain
correct tire pressures. Refer to
page 28.<
For black-painted aluminum wheels *,
use only those balancing weights
approved by BMW for use with lightalloy wheels. Never attempt to balance
these wheels using standard balance
weights.
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Battery
You can read the charge condition
of the battery with the "Magic Eye *"
(a hydrometer):
Battery posts, terminals, and
related accessories contain lead
and lead compounds. Wash hands after
handling.<
> Green: adequate charge.
> Black: not adequately charged. The
battery must be recharged. Please
contact your BMW center for additional information.
> Yellow: replace the battery.
The service life specified for the
battery can be achieved only if it is
always kept adequately charged. If the
vehicle is primarily used for stop-andgo traffic, be sure to check the charge
state often.<
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Charge condition
The battery is located at the right-rear
of the luggage compartment. Remove
the luggage compartment floor panel
(refer to page 41), and give a screwdriver or a coin a f turn counterclockwise to release the two fasteners plus
an additional fastener in the uppercenter side trim panel to release and
remove. In order to remove the storage
tray, slide the side trim panel slightly
upward.
Data
Location
For all questions that regard the
battery, please consult your BMW
center. Since the battery is absolutely
maintenance free, the following is for
your information only.<
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The battery is completely maintenancefree. That means that the original
electrolyte will normally last for the
service life of the battery under
moderate climatic conditions.
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Symbols
You will find the following symbols on
your vehicle battery. To avoid injury,
please comply with the corresponding
precautions whenever you work with or
near the battery.
Before handling the battery,
please read the following
information.
Wear eye protection. Do not
allow particles containing
battery acid or lead to come into
contact with your eyes, your skin, or
your clothing.
Battery acid is extremely corrosive. Wear eye protection and
protective gloves. Do not tip the
battery. Battery acid can leak from the
ventilation openings.
Do not allow children access to
batteries and battery acid.
Never allow sparks or open
flame in the vicinity of the
battery. Avoid sparks from electrical cables or electrical equipment.
Turn the key to position 0 in the ignition
lock when disconnecting or connecting
the battery. Do not short circuit the
battery terminals. This creates a risk of
injury from high-energy sparks.
A highly explosive gas is generated when the battery is
charged.
If you happen to get acid in your
eyes, rinse thoroughly for
15 minutes with clear water.
Consult a physician immediately. If you
get acid spray on your skin or clothing,
rinse with plenty of water. If electrolyte
is accidentally ingested, consult a
physician immediately.
In order to protect the battery
case from ultraviolet radiation,
do not place it in direct sunlight.
A discharged battery can freeze. Store
the battery in areas where temperature
remains above freezing.
Removal and installation
Do not disconnect the battery
when the engine is running. If you
do so, the ensuing voltage surge will
damage the vehicle's onboard
electronics.
Do not make any modifications in the
wires to the positive terminal. If you do
so, the protective function of the safety
battery terminal is no longer ensured.
Repair and disposal must be performed
by trained technicians only.<
When removing the battery, disconnect
the cable on the negative terminal first,
then the cable on the positive terminal.
Loosen the center adjusting screw on
the battery retaining strap (use the
screwdriver included with the onboard
tool kit) and disconnect the strap.
When installing a battery, connect the
positive terminal first, then connect the
negative terminal.
When installing a battery, be sure
that it is mounted properly and that
the retaining bracket is installed with the
center adjustment screw. If this is not
done, the battery will not be adequately
secured in case of an accident.<
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Battery
If the vehicle is parked for more than
12 weeks, remove the battery, recharge
it and store it in a cool yet frost- and
dust-free area. During storage, have the
battery recharged every 3 months.
Also, recharge the battery before it is
reinstalled. If this is not done, the
battery will not be serviceable. Every
time the battery is discharged, especially over extended periods, its service
life is reduced.
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If you plan to park the vehicle for longer
than 4 weeks, disconnect the battery
from the vehicle electrical system by
disconnecting the cable at the negative
terminal. Have the battery recharged
with an appropriate battery charger.
Storage periods during which the
battery is disconnected are not
taken into consideration by the Service
Interval Display for changing the brake
fluid.
For this reason, be sure that the brake
fluid is changed every two years,
regardless of the information displayed.
Please read the pertinent information
on page 138.<
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Before doing any work on the
electrical system, be sure to
unclamp the cable from the battery's
negative terminal. Failure to do so can
result in short circuits, a fire or personal
injury.<
Return used batteries to a recycling center or your BMW center.
Maintain the battery in an upright position for transport and storage. Secure
the battery to prevent it from tilting
during transport.<
Data
Charge the battery in the vehicle only
when the engine is not running.
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Microfilter
A list of fuses, their respective ampere
ratings and the equipment in their
circuits are all indicated below the fuse
holder.
If an electrical accessory should fail,
switch it off and check the fuse.
In the glove compartment
1 Open the glove compartment and
turn the two white quick-release
fasteners outward. Spare fuses and
plastic tweezers are located on the
fuse holder.
2 Use the plastic tweezers to remove
the fuse for the accessory or equipment that has stopped working.
3 If the fuse has blown (the metal strip
is melted and separated), replace it
with a new fuse of the same ampere
rating (color code).
Do not attempt to repair a burned
fuse or replace it with a fuse having
a different color or ampere rating. To do
this could cause a fire in the vehicle
resulting from a circuit overload.<
If a fuse blows repeatedly, refer the
problem to your BMW center for repair.
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position at the top and turn the two
fasteners inward.
Microfilter/Activated-charcoal
filter
1 Open the hood.
2 Loosen the three fasteners (arrow)
with a f turn.
3 Remove the filter cover.
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Sliding/tilt sunroof*
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1 Remove the interior lamp (refer to
page 157), reaching into the opening
and pushing out the panel.
2 Use an Allen wrench from the
onboard tool kit (refer to page 152) to
turn the sunroof's steel crank in the
desired direction.
Data
Manual operation
Pull the knob with the fuel pump symbol
(arrow) on the right trim panel of the
luggage compartment.
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Index
4 Remove the filter by pulling toward
the front and installing a new one.
5 Position the filter cover and secure it
with the three fasteners.
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Do not use spray starter fluids.
Do not touch the parts conducting
electrical current while the engine
is running. Failure to comply with this
creates a risk of fatal injury.<
Carefully comply with the following
instructions to avoid personal injury or
damage to one or both vehicles:
1 Be sure that the battery on the
support vehicle is also rated at
12 volts, and that the capacities of
the two batteries (Ah) are roughly
comparable (printed on casing).
2 Leave your battery connected to the
vehicle electrical system.
3 Make sure that there is no contact
between the bodywork of the two
vehicles – this creates a risk of short
circuits.
4 Start by connecting the jumper cable
from the positive terminal of the
support vehicle to the positive
terminal connector located in your
BMW's engine compartment. The
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If the battery is discharged, the engine
can be started with the use of two
jumper cables and the battery of
another vehicle. Use only jumper cables
with fully insulated grips on the terminal
clamps.
cover of the positive terminal
connector is marked with a "+" sign.
Refer to the illustration. Remove by
pulling the tab (arrow 1).
5 Then connect the negative terminals.
Attach the cable to either the support
vehicle's negative battery terminal (–),
or to a suitable ground on its engine
or bodywork. Then connect the other
end of the cable to a ground on the
engine or on the bodywork of the
vehicle that is to be started. There is
a special nut provided for this on the
BMW (arrow 2).
6 Start the support vehicle's engine
and let it run.
7 Start the engine on the vehicle
needing the jump-start, and allow it
to run as usual. If the first start
attempt is not successful, wait a few
minutes before another attempt in
order to allow the discharged battery
to recharge.
8 Before disconnecting the jumper
cables from your BMW, turn on the
lighting, the rear window defroster
and set the blower to the highest
speed; allow the engine to run
approx. 10 seconds. This will prevent
a voltage surge from the voltage
regulator to the electrical accessories.
9 Then disconnect the jumper cables in
reverse sequence.
Depending on the cause of the fault,
recharge the battery.
Follow the same sequence for
connecting the jumper cables
when helping other vehicles. If you do
not, there is the risk of injury if sparks
are generated at the battery.<
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Towing the vehicle
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Controls
Screw the tow fittings in
completely and tightly. If you do
not, the threads could be damaged.
Do not tow the vehicle by any components of the running gear, or lash them
down in any way. If you do so, the
components could be damaged,
leading to possible accidents.<
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Rear:
Press out the cover panel with a
screwdriver on the top part of the
recess.
Data
Front:
Use a screwdriver to press on the top
part of the recess and pop the cover
panel out.
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The screw-in tow fitting is stored in the
onboard tool kit; be sure that it remains
in the vehicle at all times. This fitting is
designed for installation in the tow
sockets located at the front and rear of
the vehicle. It is intended for towing on
paved road surfaces only. This fitting
should not be used to pull a vehicle out
of deep snow, mud, sand, etc.
Always comply with all applicable
towing laws and regulations.
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Towing with a commercial tow
truck
> Do not tow with sling-type equipment.
> Use wheel lift or flat bed equipment.
> Please comply with applicable state
towing laws.
Never allow passengers to ride in
a towed vehicle for any reason.
Never attach tie-down hooks, chains,
straps, or tow hooks to tie rods, control
arms, or any other part of the vehicle
suspension, as severe damage to these
components will occur, leading to
possible accidents.c
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Operation, care
and maintenance
Controls
Controls and features
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Advanced technology
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Owner service procedures
Data
Technical data
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Index
Adaptive Transmission Control
(ATC) 174
Airbags 175
Automatic Stability Control plus
Traction (ASC+T)/Dynamic
Stability Control (DSC) 175
Radio reception 176
Safety belt tensioner 176
Interior rearview mirror
with automatic dimming
feature 177
Rain sensor 178
Tire Pressure Control (RDC) 179
Self-diagnostics 180
Xenon lamps 181
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In order to include driving conditions in
its calculations, ATC registers curves
and both uphill and downhill gradients.
For example, if you maintain speed
through a curve, the transmission does
not shift up. On uphill gradients, it shifts
up only when the engine speed
increases in order to make more efficient use of power reserves. On downhill gradients, ATC shifts down when
the speed of the vehicle increases and
the driver must apply the brakes.
On vehicles with automatic transmission, the ATC (Adaptive Transmission
Control) uses a number of factors to
calculate the maximally efficient gear.
In this process, it considers your individual driving style as well as current
driving conditions.
ATC recognizes your personal driving
style from the positions and movements
of the accelerator pedal, deceleration
when braking, and lateral acceleration
through curves. Based on different shift
characteristics – from comfort-oriented
to performance-oriented – ATC will
select the appropriate gear.
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In the event of a side collision, the head
and side airbags in the front or rear * are
triggered if necessary.
If differences in the wheel speeds
occur, ASC+T counteracts the danger
of wheelspin by reducing engine
torque; if necessary, ASC+T will also
respond by applying the brakes to the
rear wheels.
The entire process is completed within
fractions of a second.
In addition, DSC permanently monitors
the vehicle's current operating condition and compares it with an ideal
condition that is calculated from the
sensor's signals. If deviations from this
occur (understeering or oversteering,
for instance), DSC can stabilize the
vehicle in fractions of a second by
reducing engine output and with the
assistance of braking intervention at
individual wheels. As a result,
dangerous skids can be prevented even
as they are just beginning. But this is
only possible within the laws of physics.
You may need some time to become
accustomed to this system's intervention. However, it provides optimum
drive force and vehicle stability.
The braking intervention may be
accompanied by sounds specific to
the system.
Controls
Because the inflation process must be
virtually instantaneous, it is accompanied by a certain amount of ignition and
inflation noise, which will be drowned
out by the noise from the accident
itself. The gas required to inflate the
airbags is not dangerous, and the
associated smoke then dissipates.
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Highly sensitive sensors monitor the
number of revolutions of the wheels.
When equipped with DSC, they also
monitor steering angle, lateral acceleration, brake pressure and the movement
of the vehicle around its vertical axis.
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The airbags located under the marked
covers inflate and unfold in a matter of
a few milliseconds. In this process, they
tear through the designed separation
points of the upholstered covers or
press them out.
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Data
Deceleration sensors continuously
monitor the acceleration forces acting
upon the vehicle. If, as the result of a
frontal collision, a deceleration is
reached at which the protection of the
safety belts alone is no longer
adequate, the gas generators of the
driver and passenger-front airbags are
ignited. However, the passenger-side
airbag is only triggered if an additional
sensor has recognized that the
passenger seat is occupied.
ASC+T/DSC*
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reception
Safety belt tensioner
The AM frequency bands (mediumwave, long-wave and short-wave) make
it possible to receive stations from a
great distance, because the broadcast
signals travel not only along the ground
as surface waves, but also as atmospheric waves that are reflected from
the ionosphere.
Frequency modulation (FM) offers
substantially better sound quality than
the other frequencies. However,
because FM transmissions rely on lineof-sight broadcast waves, their effective reception range is limited.
The Radio Data System (RDS) makes
sure that, for broadcast stations
sending on several frequencies, the
radio automatically tunes to the
frequency with the best reception
quality.
The Antenna Diversity system employs
several FM antennas integrated within
the rear window to provide three separate sources for receiving broadcast
waves. An integral processor automatically selects the antenna with the best
FM reception quality at any given time.
The selection of the antenna takes
place within milliseconds, and is
therefore not noticed by the radio
listener.
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The limitations inherent to radio reception in a moving vehicle have been
minimized by a number of innovative
system designs:
The safety belt tensioner makes sure
that the belt tightens during a head-on
collision to ensure that occupants
remain firmly positioned in their seats.
A gas-pressure system retracts the
buckle assembly to tension the
shoulder and lap belts within fractions
of a second. This reduces the tendency
to slide under the lap belt.
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The interior rearview mirror with automatic dimming feature reduces blinding
from following traffic by adapting the
intensity of the reflected images to
correspond to levels of light registered
by the unit's sensors. The mirror reverts
to its undimmed setting as soon as the
light source disappears. One lamp
sensor is mounted on the front of the
mirror housing. This sensor, which is
directed forward, measures light intensity in the area ahead of the vehicle.
The second sensor is integrated within
the mirror's glass. The electronic
control system compares the light
intensity from front and rear. The difference provides the basic parameter
used to modulate an electrical current
and induce chemical changes in a
semisolid layer incorporated in the lens.
As a result, it is no longer necessary to
dim the mirror manually, and the driver
can concentrate completely on traffic
conditions.
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The semisolid reacts chemically to this
electrical current, thus providing
dimming of the mirror through an infinitely-variable range (electrochromic
technology).
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Interior rearview mirror with automatic dimming feature *
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sensor*
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When the system is set to the "Intermittent" wiper speed, the wipers react
immediately – if water is splashed onto
the windshield by vehicles traveling
ahead of you, for example. As a result,
the rain sensor provides a contribution
to driving safety and comfort.
Depending on the degree of wetness
on the windshield, the rain sensor
controls the operation of the windshield
wipers.
Infrared light is carried along the
surface of the windshield in an optical
conductor in such a manner that it is
reflected completely when the windshield is dry. The quantity of reflected
light is measured.
If there is moisture on the glass, the
amount of light reflected is reduced
since the infrared light at the surface of
the windshield can escape. The quantity of reflected light is thus a means of
gauging the degree of wetness on the
windshield.
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Controls
Car care
Technology Repairs
Behind the valve stem in every wheel,
there is an extended-life electronic chip
that contains a pressure sensor, a
transmitter and a battery. The pressure
is measured in extremely short time
intervals and then transmitted by a
radio signal. If an irregularity is
detected, the transmission rate is
increased.
Data
This system regularly checks tire pressure and monitors all four tires even
while driving, so you do not have to.
Located near each wheel and
embedded in the vehicle body is an
antenna that receives signals from the
wheel. A central electronics system
evaluates the quadruple signals and
forwards any changes.
The RDC provides an important contribution to driving safety.
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Tire Pressure Control (RDC)*
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180nSelf-diagnostics
All of the important electrical and electronic systems in the vehicle are tested
regularly and automatically – the driver
does not have to perform any extra
operations or adjustments.
The indicator lamps come on briefly
after the ignition has been turned on.
While you are driving, the functional
status of the actuator motors (for the
windshield wipers, power windows,
seats, sliding/tilt sunroof, etc.) is
constantly being analyzed by electrical
measurements in the relays.
In the same manner, the electrical
resistance of the airbag ignition generators and all of the remaining airbag
components is measured at all times.
Any fault in this system would be
detected immediately by a current fluctuation that would necessarily accompany it. The fault would be indicated
immediately by the airbag warning
lamp.
Even after you shut off the engine, the
overall functional status of your vehicle
is monitored. For example, all of the
flaps of the heating and ventilation
system travel to the nearest limit position. This way you can be assured that
the defrost function is always available,
even if, for example, a defect crops up
in the air conditioner/automatic climate
control during the night while the
engine has been turned off.
You will hear the sounds of the air flaps
as the air conditioner/automatic climate
control carries out its self-diagnostic
functions after the ignition has been
shut off. All of the other self-diagnostics
functions operate silently in the background.
Any possible faults detected during
these self-diagnostics can be read out
and corrected by your BMW center
during the next regularly scheduled
maintenance.
A calibration cycle runs every tenth time
the engine is shut off. During this cycle,
the actuator motors of all the heating
and ventilation flaps travel to their limit
stops in both directions. The limit
positions and the return travel paths are
checked in this manner in order to
ensure that appropriate adjustments for
the operating elements can be made at
any time.
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Controls
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Technology Repairs
In a xenon lamp, an electric arc replaces
the filament in order to generate intense
illumination. A gas mixture in a quartz
glass tube with metal vapor is ignited by
a high electric voltage. The arc that is
generated is then sustained by a lower
voltage. When the lamp is turned on,
there is a brief warm-up period.
Maximum brightness is attained in
approx. 15 seconds.
Xenon lamps make a significant contribution to highway safety since other
highway users, bicyclists and motorcyclists in the right lane, and pedestrians are more easily detected.
Data
The xenon lamp provides forward illumination with significantly more brightness and uniformity than the traditional
halogen lamp.
Vehicles with xenon lamps are equipped
with automatic headlamp range control.
As a result, the lane ahead of you is
always optimally lighted, even under
varying load conditions, and drivers in
oncoming traffic are not blinded.
Index
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Xenon lamps provide significantly
improved visibility, especially during
adverse weather conditions and difficult
driving situations (e. g. driving at night in
heavy rain or through road repair areas
where there are no lane markers).
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Operation, care
and maintenance
Controls
Controls and features
Car care
Overview
Advanced technology
Technology Repairs
Owner service procedures
Data
Technical data
Index
Index
Engine data 184
Dimensions 185
Weights 186
Capacities 187
Electrical system 188
V-belts 188
Overview
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184nEngine
data
BMW 325Ci
BMW 330Ci
Displacement
Number of cylinders
cu in (cmm)
152.2 (2,494)
6
181.8 (2,979)
6
Maximum output
at engine speed
hp (kW)
rpm
184 (135)
6,000
225 (165)
5,900
Maximum torque
at engine speed
lb-ft (Nm)
rpm
175 (237)
3,500
214 (290)
3,500
Compression ratio
e
10.5
10.2
Stroke
Bore
in (mm)
in (mm)
2.95 (75)
3.31 (84)
3.53 (89.6)
3.31 (84)
Fuel-injection system
Digital-electronic engine-management system
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Minimum turning radius: 34.4 feet (10.5 m)
Index
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Data
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Car care
Controls
Overview
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186nWeights
BMW 325Ci
BMW 330Ci
Curb weight (with one person, ready for operation, full tank of fuel, options not included)
with manual transmission
lbs. (kg)
3,252 (1,475)
3,351 (1,520)
with automatic transmission
lbs. (kg)
3,340 (1,515)
3,395 (1,540)
Approved gross vehicle weight
with manual transmission
with automatic transmission
lbs. (kg)
lbs. (kg)
4,310 (1,955)
4,398 (1,995)
4,409 (2,000)
4,453 (2,020)
Approved front axle weight
lbs. (kg)
1,973 (895)
1,973 (895)
Approved rear axle weight
lbs. (kg)
2,447 (1,110)
2,491 (1,130)
Approved roof load capacity
lbs. (kg)
165 (75)
165 (75)
Luggage compartment capacity
cu ft (l)
14.5 (410)
14.5 (410)
Approved axle loads and approved gross vehicle weight may not be exceeded.
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Capacities
gal. (liters)
gal. (liters)
approx. 16.6 (approx. 63) Fuel specification: page 27
approx. 2.1 (approx. 8)
Windshield/Headlamp washer system
quarts (liters)
approx. 5.6 (approx. 5.3) Specifications: page 134
Cooling system including heater circuit
quarts (liters)
approx. 8.9 (approx. 8.4) Specifications: page 137
Engine oil filter change
quarts (liters)
approx. 6.9 (approx. 6.5) BMW High Performance
Synthetic Oil Specifications:
page 136
Technology Repairs
Lifetime fluid, no fluid
change required
Data
–
Index
Manual and automatic transmission,
transfer box and differential
Controls
Fuel tank
reserve
Car care
Notes
Overview
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188nElectrical
system
Battery
12V, 80 Ah
Spark plugs
NGK BKR 6 EQUP
Bosch FGR 7 DQP
V-belts
Water pump – generator –
Power steering
V-belt 6 PK x 1538
A/C compressor
V-belt 5 PK x 863
You can obtain Original BMW
parts and accessories, as well as
professional advice from your BMW
center.<
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Data
Technology Repairs
Car care
Controls
Overview
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and maintenance
Controls
Controls and features
Car care
Overview
Advanced technology
Technology Repairs
Owner service procedures
Data
Technical data
Index
Index
Everything from A to Z 192
Owner service procedures 199
Overview
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Everything from A to Z
A
ABS (Antilock Brake
System) 22, 115
ABS, fault 116
Accessories 6
Activated-charcoal
filter 100, 166
Adaptive Transmission
Control (ATC) 67, 174
Adding
engine oil 135
washer fluid 134, 187
Adjusting
backrest 48
head restraints 48
lumbar support 49
steering wheel 52
temperature 92, 98
Air conditioner 90
Air distribution 92, 98
Air nozzles 90, 96
Air outlets 90, 96
ventilation 90, 96
Air pressure 122
Air supply 92, 99
Airbags 21, 57, 146, 175
sitting properly 58
Alarm system 42
Antenna 121
Diversity 176
Antifreeze 137
radiator 119
Antilock Brake System
(ABS) 22, 115
Anti-theft alarm system 42
Approved weight and load
capacities 186
Approved wheel and tire
specifications 127
Aquaplaning 113, 122
Armrest 102
ASC+T (Automatic Stability
Control plus
Traction) 22, 82, 175
Ashtray
front 104
rear 105
ATC (Adaptive Transmission
Control) 67, 174
Attach vacuum cleaner 105
AUC (Automatic
recirculated-air
control) 99
Automatic car washes 141
Automatic climate
control 96
remove window
condensation 99
Automatic cruise control 73
Automatic dimming, interior
rearview mirror 53
Automatic recirculated-air
control (AUC) 99
Automatic Stability Control
plus Traction
(ASC+T) 22, 82, 175
Automatic transmission with
Steptronic 21, 67
Automatic windshield
washer 71
Average consumption 79
Average speed 80
Avoiding unwanted
alarm 43
Axle loads 186
BMW sports seat 49
Bore 184
Brake fluid 138
Brake hydraulic system 20
Brake lamps, bulb
replacement 155
Brake pads 22
Brake system 118
Brakes 117
malfunctions 118
Break-in procedures 112
Bulb replacement 152
Bulbs 152
B
Backrest, releasing 49
Backup lamps 66
bulb replacement 155
Battery 163, 188
capacity 188
charge current 20
charging 165
discharged 168
removal and
installation 164
Battery safety terminal 164
Battery terminal 164
Belts 55
Blower 92, 99
BMW High Performance
Synthetic Oil 136
BMW Maintenance
System 140
C
California Proposition
65 Warning 148
Capacities 187
Car Memory 54
Car radio 121
refer also to the separate
Owner's Manual
Car radio
reception 121, 176
Car vacuum cleaner 105
Car wash 141
Care
exterior 142
interior 144
Care of upholstery 145
Care of wool velour 145
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E
Electric power seat 50
Electric power windows 44
Electrical accessories,
failure 166
Electrical system 188
Electronic vehicle
immobilizer 33
Elements of operation 16
Emergency operation
doors 34
fuel filler door 167
slidling/tilt sunrrof 167
Energy Control 75
Engine compartment 132
Engine coolant 137, 187
Engine data 184
Overview
Controls
Draft-free
ventilation 93, 100
Drive belts 188
Driving hints 113
Driving in winter 119
Driving lamps 87
DSC (Dynamic Stability
Control) 22, 82, 175
Dynamic Brake Control
(DBC) 116
Dynamic Stability Control
(DSC) 22, 82, 175
Car care
Data
dimensions 185
engine 184
technical 184
weights 186
Daytime-driving lamp 87
DBC (Dynamic Brake
Control) 116
Deep water 113
Defroster, rear
window 92, 100
Defrosting the
windows 94, 99
Digital clock 78
Dimensions 185
Dipstick 135
Disc brakes 117
Displacement 184
Display lighting 87
Displays 18
Distance warning 81
Diversity Antenna
system 176
Divided rear backrest 106
Door key 32
Door locks, care 119
Doors
emergency operation 34
remote control 35
unlocking and locking 34
DOT Quality Grades 123
Technology Repairs
D
Data
Clock, refer also to the Radio
or Onboard Monitor
Owner's Manual
Clothes hooks 105
Cockpit 16
Code, refer to the Radio
Owner's Manual
Coin box, cup holder 103
Combination switch 70
Compression 184
Computer 77
Computer, refer also to the
Onboard Monitor Owner's
Manual
Configure settings 54
Consumption 79
Consumption display 76
Contents 10
Convenience operation
sliding/tilt sunroof 34
windows 34
Coolant 119, 137, 187
antifreeze 119
Coolant temperature
gauge 76
Cooling system 187
Copyright 4
Cornering Brake Control
(CBC) 21, 116
Cruise control 73
Cruising range 79
Curb weight 186
Current, check indicator 20
Index
Cargo
loading 108
securing 108
Caring for the vehicle's
finish 143
Cassette operation, refer to
the Radio Owner's Manual
Catalytic converter 113
CBC (Cornering Brake
Control) 21, 116
CD operation, refer to the
Radio Owner's Manual
Cellular phone 104, 121
refer also to the separate
Owner's Manual
Center (high-mount) brake
lamp 157
Center 3-point-safety belt in
the rear 106
Center armrest 102
Central locking system 34
button 38
Changing a wheel 159
Changing tires 159
Check Control 77
Child restraint systems 56
Child seat 56
Child seat security 62
Cigarette lighter 105
Cleaning headlamps 72
Cleaning windshield 71
Clock 78
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Engine oil 135
adding 135
capacity 187
consumption 135
level check 135
pressure 20
quality 136
specifications 136
viscosity 136
Engine speed 184
Engine, starting 63
Engine, switching off 64
Entry to the rear 49
Exterior mirrors 52
Eyelets, towing 169
F
Failure messages 77
Fault displays 77
Fault, ABS 116
Filling capacities 187
Filling the washer
reservoir 187
First-aid kit 25
Fittings, towing and tow
starting 169
Flashlight 102
Flat tire 122, 159
Floor mat 41
Floor panel, lift and hook 41
Fog lamps 88
Folding rear backrest 106
Follow-Me-Home lamps 87
Footbrake 117
Footwell lamps 88
bulb replacement 158
Front fog lamps, bulb
replacement 155
Front seat, adjusting 47
Frost protection,
radiator 137
Fuel 27
Fuel consumption 79
Fuel consumption
display 76
Fuel filler cap 26
Fuel filler door 26
unlock in case of electrical
fault 167
Fuel gauge 76
Fuel quality 27
Fuel reserve indicator
lamp 76
Fuel specifications 27
Fuel tank capacity 187
Fuel tank gauge 76
Functional status 180
Fuses 166
G
Gasoline 27
Gasoline gauge 76
Glove compartment 102
Glove compartment lamp
bulb replacement 158
Gross vehicle weight 186
Hood 130
release 130
Horn 17
Hubcap 161
Hydraulic Brake assistent,
refer to DBC
I
H
Handbrake 65
Handsfree system 104
Hazard warning flashers 25
Hazard warning triangle 25
Head restraints 48
Headlamp cover,
care 141, 153
Headlamp flasher 70, 88
Headlamp washer
system 72, 134, 187
Headlamps 87
Heated seats 101
Heating, rapid 94
Heavy loads 108
Height 185
HiFi system – harman
kardon 101
High beams 23, 70, 88
bulb replacement 153
High Performance Synthetic
Oil 136
High-mount brake lamp 157
Ice warning 79
Icy roads 79
Identification,
tires 125, 127
Ignition key 32
Ignition lock 63
Imprint 4
Indicator lamps 20
Inflation
pressure 27, 85, 122
monitoring 27, 85, 179
INSPECTION 76
Instrument cluster 18
Instrument panel 16, 18
Instrument panel lighting 87
Interaxle tire rotation 124
Interface socket for Onboard
Diagnostics 149
Interference, cellular
phones 121
Interior lamps 36, 88
bulb replacement 157
remote control 36
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Key Memory 54
Keys 32
with remote control 32
L
Lamp switch 87
Lamps 152
LAMPS ON warning 87
Lashing eyes 108
LATCH attachment of the
child seat 60
Leather care 145
Length 185
License plate lamp, bulb
replacement 157
Lift the floor panel up and
hook it 41
M
M+S tires 126
Maintenance 76
Malfunction displays 77
Manual transmission 66
N
Navigation system, refer to
the Onboard Monitor
Owner's Manual
Neckrest 48
P
O
OBD interface socket 149
Obstruction protection 44
Odometer 75
Oil
additives 135
capacity 187
consumption 135
dipstick 135
quality 136
specifications 136
viscosity 136
Paint blemishes 142
Paint, care 142
Paintwork
minor repairs 143
waxing 143
Park Distance Control
(PDC) 81
Parking aid 81
Parking brake 65
Parking lamps 88
Parking, winter 120
Overview
Controls
Car care
K
Oil change intervals, refer to
the Service and Warranty
Information Booklet/
Warranty and Service
Guide Booklet
Oil filter change 187
Oil level
check 135
indicator lamp 20
Oil pressure, indicator
lamp 20
OILSERVICE 76
Onboard tool kit 152
Opening and closing
from the inside 38
from the outside 34
Outside temperature
display 78
Technology Repairs
Jack 159
Jump-starting 168
Manually controlled
recirculated-air 99
Memory 51
MFL (Multi-function steering
wheel) 24
Microfilter 93, 166
Mirror memory 51
Mirrors 52
Mobile phones 121
Modifications,
technical 6, 148
Multi-function steering
wheel (MFL) 24
Data
J
Light switch 87
Light-alloy wheel 127
Lighter 105
Loads, securing 108
Load-securing devices 108
Louvers 90, 96
Low beams 87
bulb replacement 153
Lug bolts 161
Lug wrench 160
Luggage compartment 41
capacity 186
floor mat 41
remote control 37
secure separately 39
Luggage compartment
lamps, bulb
replacement 158
Luggage compartment
lid 39
emergency release 39
Luggage compartment
lighting 39
Luggage rack 109
Lumbar support 49
Index
Interior motion
sensor 36, 43
Interior rearview mirror 53
automatic dimming
feature 53, 177
Interlock 63
Intermittent wipe 70
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PDC (Park Distance
Control) 81
Performance 184
Pocket flashlight 102
Pollen 93, 100
Power seat 50
Power steering 121
Power windows 44
safety feature 44
Pressure monitoring,
tires 85, 179
Pressure, tires 27, 122
Q
Quality Grades 123
R
Radiator 187
Radio Data System
(RDS) 176
Radio reception 121, 176
Radio, refer also to the
separate Owner's Manual
Rain sensor 71, 178
RDC (Tire Pressure
Control) 85, 179
RDS (Radio Data
System) 176
Reading lamps 89
Rear backrest, folding 106
Rear lamps 155
Rear window
defroster 72, 92, 100
Rear-entry assist 49
Rearview mirror 52
Recirculated air mode 92
Reclining seat 47
Refueling 26
Remote control 35
Removing condensation
from the windows 94, 99
Replacement keys 32
Reporting safety defects 7
Restraint system 56
Reverse 17, 66
Roller blind, sun
protection 101
Roof load capacity 186
Roof-mounted luggage
rack 109
Rubber parts 119
S
Safety belt tensioner 176
Safety belts 55
height adjustment 55
Safety buttons 38
Safety feature 44
Safety terminal, battery 164
Seats 47
adjusting 47
electric power 50
heating 101
mechanical 47
memory 51
sitting properly 58
Securing the load 108
Selector lever, automatic
transmission 67
Self-defrosting mirrors 52
Self-diagnostics 180
Service and Warranty
Information Booklet 140
Service Interval Display 76
Shiftlock 67
Side airbags 57
Side impact Head Protection
System 57
Side lamps 87
bulb replacement 154
Sitting properly with
airbag 58
Ski bag 107
Skid control 120
Sliding/tilt sunroof 45
closing following an
electrical malfunction 167
convenience operation 34
Slippery roads 119
Snow chains 119, 126
Socket 105
for flashlights 105
for power supplies 105
for vacuum cleaner 105
Spare key 32
Spare tire 159
Spark plugs 188
Speaker 104
Specifications, fuel 27
Speed control 75
Speed display 18
Speed, average 80
Speedometer 18
Sports seat 49
Starting assistance 168
Starting
problems 113, 168
Starting the engine 63
Steel rim 127
Steering 121
Steering lock 63
Steering wheel 52
adjusting 52
Steptronic 67
Stopping the vehicle 64
Storage compartments 102
Storage facilities 102
Storing your vehicle 147
Stroke 184
Summer tires 125, 127
Sun roller blind 101
Sun visors 53
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V
Vacuum cleaner 105
Vanity mirror, bulb
replacement 158
V-belts 188
Vehicle battery 163, 188
Vehicle care
exterior 142
interior 144
Vehicle Identification
Number (VIN) 139
Vehicle immobilizer 33
Vehicle painting 142
Vehicle starting 63
Vehicle storage 147
Vehicle vacuum cleaner,
attaching 105
Vehicle weight 186
Warning flashers 25
Warning lamp "Please fasten
safety belts" 21
Warning lamps 20
Warning messages 77
Warning triangle 25
Warranty and Service Guide
Booklet 140
Washer fluids 134, 187
Washer nozzles,
adjusting 134
Washer reservoir, filling 134
Washer system 70
Washing your vehicle 141
Water on roadways 113
Waxing, paintwork 143
Wear indicator in the
tires 122
Weights 186
Wheel lug wrench 159
Wheel rims 125, 127
Wheel, changing 159
Wheelbase 185
Wheels and tires 125, 127
Width 185
Overview
Controls
W
Car care
U
Uniform Tire Quality
Grading 123
Used batteries 165
Ventilation 90, 93, 96
draft-free 93, 100
Vinyl upholstery, care 144
Voice recognition 24
Technology Repairs
Tachometer 75
Tail lamp assembly, bulb
replacement 155
Tail lamps 155
Tank capacity 187
Technical data 184
Technical
modifications 6, 148
Telephone hookup 104
Telephone, refer also to the
separate Owner's Manual
Temperature display
outside temperature 78
Temperature gauge
engine coolant 76
Temperature
layering 93, 100
Temperature,
adjusting 92, 98
Thigh support
adjustment 49
Third brake lamp 157
Three-point-safety belt in the
rear 106
Through-loading
system 106
Trip odometer 75
Trunk lid, refer to luggage
compartment lid
Turn signal indicator 23, 70
bulb replacement 154
Turning radius 185
Two-way radios 121
Data
T
Tilt sensor alarm
system 36, 43
remote control 36
Tire
codes 125, 127
condition 122
damage 122
inflation
pressure 27, 122
replacement 123
rotation 124
tread 122
Tire pressure
checking 27
monitoring 85, 179
Tire Pressure Control
(RDC) 85, 179
Tire Quality Grading 123
Tools 152
Torque 184
Towing eyelets 169
Towing the vehicle 169
Track 185
Traction Control System,
refer to DSC 82
Transmission 66
Transmitter key 32
Transporting children
safely 60
Tread depth, tires 122
Tread wear indicator 122
Index
Switching off the engine 64
Symbols 4, 164
Synthetic oils 136
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Windows
convenience operation 34
remote control 35
removing
condensation 99
Windows, defrosting 94
Windows, removing
condensation 94
Windshield washer nozzle
adjustment 134
Windshield washer reservoir,
filling 134, 187
Windshield washer,
automatic 71
Windshield wiper 70
blade replacement 152
Winter operation 119
Winter tires 125, 126, 127
Wiper blade
replacement 152
Wiper system 70
Work in the engine
compartment 130
X
Xenon lamps 153, 181
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Changing the
microfilter 12, 151, 166
Changing tires 159
Checking air pressure 27
Checking engine oil
level 135
D
Defrost setting 94
Defrosting the
windows 94, 99
F
First-aid kit 25
Fittings, towing and tow
starting 169
Flat tire 159
G
Glove compartment lamp,
bulb replacement 158
H
Hazard warning flashers 25
Hazard warning triangle 25
Headlamp cover, care 153
High beam headlamps, bulb
replacement 153
Hood release 130
M
Maintenance 140
Microfilter,
changing 12, 151, 166
I
O
Indicator lamps 20
Inflation pressures 27, 122
Interior lamps, bulb
replacement 157
Oil
level 135
quality 136
specifications 136
viscosity 136
Onboard tool kit 152
Overview
Controls
LATCH attachment of the
child seat 60
License plate lamp, bulb
replacement 157
Low beam headlamps, bulb
replacement 153
Luggage compartment
lamps, bulb
replacement 158
Luggage compartment lid
emergency release 39
Car care
L
Repairs
Electrical accessories,
failure 166
Electrical failure
fuel filler door 167
sliding/tilt sunroof 167
Emergency closing
sliding/tilt sunroof 167
Emergency release
doors 34
fuel filler door 167
luggage compartment
lid 39
Engine coolant, adding 138
Engine oil
add 135
level 135
quality 136
specifications 136
viscosity 136
Eyelets, towing 169
Jack 159
Technology
C
E
J
Footwell lamps, bulb
replacement 158
Front fog lamps, bulb
replacement 155
Fuel filler door, manual
release after electrical
fault 167
Fuses, replacing 166
Data
B
Backup lamps, bulb
replacement 155
Battery
add distilled water 163
charging 165
Brake fluid, adding 138
Brake lamps, bulb
replacement 155
Brakes, brake faults 118
Difficult steering 121
Doors, emergency
actuation 34
Index
A
Adding brake fluid 138
Adding engine coolant 138
Adding engine oil 135
Avoiding unintentional
alarm 43
199n
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P
T
Parking lamps, bulb
replacement 154
Pressure, tires 27
Tail lamp assembly, bulb
replacement 155
Tire
changing 159
checking air pressure 27
damage 122
Tools 152
Towing eyelets 169
Towing the vehicle 169
Turn signal indicator, bulb
replacement 154
R
Rear lamps 155
Releasing the fuel filler
door 167
Releasing the hood 130
Removing condensation
from the windows 94, 99
Replacement key 32
Replacing bulbs 152
Replacing windshield wiper
blades 152
Return used batteries 165
Rotating the tires 159
Windows,
defrosting 94, 99
Windshield washer,
filling 134
Windshield wiper blades,
replacing 152
Work in the engine
compartment 130
U
Unintentional alarm,
avoiding 43
Use of antifreeze,
radiator 138
S
V
Sliding/tilt sunroof, closing
after electrical fault 167
Space-saver spare tire 159
Spare key 32
Spare tire 159
Starting problems 64, 113
Switching off the tilt sensor
alarm system 43
Vanity mirror, bulb
replacement 158
W
Warning lamps 20
Washer fluid, adding 134
Washer nozzles,
adjusting 134
Washer reservoir, filling 134
Wheel lug wrench 159
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Refueling
So that you will have important
specifications available when you
stop to refuel, we recommend
that you supplement this table
with data which apply to your
vehicle.
BMW recommends Castrol
Fuel
Designation
Premium Unleaded
Gasoline
AKI: minimum
91
Engine oil
Quality
The oil volume between the
two marks on the oil dipstick
corresponds to approx.
1.1 US quarts (1 liter).
Tire inflation pressures
Summer
Front
Rear
Winter
Front
Rear
4 persons
5 persons or 4 plus luggage
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driving experience.
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