BMW 2008 M3 Owner`s manual

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Owner's Manual
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M3
Owner's Manual for Vehicle
Congratulations, and thank you for choosing a BMW M3.
Thorough familiarity with your vehicle will provide you with
enhanced control and security when you drive it. We therefore
have this request:
Please take the time to read this Owner's Manual and familiarize
yourself with the information that we have compiled for you
before starting off in your new vehicle. It contains important data
and instructions intended to assist you in gaining maximum use
and satisfaction from your BMW M3's unique range of technical
features. The manual also contains information on maintenance
designed to enhance operating safety and contribute to maintaining the value of your BMW M3 throughout an extended service life.
This manual is supplemented by a Service and Warranty Information Booklet for US models or a Warranty and Service Guide
Booklet for Canadian models.
We wish you an enjoyable driving experience.
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The fastest way to find information on a particular topic or item is by using the index, refer to
page 156.
Using this Owner's Manual
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At a glance
Contents
Notes
Reporting safety defects
At a glance
10
Cockpit
76
80
84
Opening and closing
Adjustments
Transporting children safely
Driving
Everything under control
Technology for driving comfort and
safety
Lamps
Climate
Practical interior accessories
Driving tips
98 Things to remember when driving
103 BMW M3 engineering
Driving tips
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35
44
46
59
67
Controls
Controls
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110
116
121
123
127
135
140
Refueling
Wheels and tires
Under the hood
Maintenance
Care
Replacing components
Giving and receiving assistance
Indicator and warning lamps
Mobility
Mobility
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152 Technical data
156 Everything from A to Z
Notes
Notes
Using this Owner's Manual
Symbols used
We have tried to make all the information in this
Owner's Manual easy to find. The fastest way to
find specific topics is to refer to the detailed
index at the back of the manual. If you wish to
gain an initial overview of your vehicle, you will
find this in the first chapter.
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Should you sell your BMW some day, please
remember to hand over the Owner's Manual as
well; it is an important component of your vehicle.
Additional sources of information
Should you have any other questions, your
BMW center will be glad to advise you at any
time.
Information on BMW, e.g. on technical aspects,
can also be found on the Internet at
www.bmwusa.com.
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in gaining the optimum benefit from your
vehicle and enable you to care more effectively
for your vehicle.<
Refers to measures that can be taken to
help protect the environment.<
< Marks the end of a specific item of information.
* Indicates special equipment, country-specific equipment and optional extras, as well as
equipment and functions not yet available at the
time of printing.
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Indicates that you should consult the relevant section of this Owner's Manual for
information on a particular part or assembly.
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If equipment in your BMW is not described in
this Owner's Manual, please refer to the accompanying Supplementary Owner's Manuals.
Editorial notice
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 in exceptional cases that
features described in this Owner's Manual
could differ from those on your vehicle.
Advanced technology, e.g. the use of
modern materials and powerful electronics, requires specially adapted maintenance
and repair methods. You should therefore have
the corresponding work on your vehicle performed only by your BMW center or at a workshop that works according to BMW repair procedures with correspondingly trained
personnel. If this work is not carried out properly, there is a danger of subsequent damage
and related safety hazards.<
Parts and accessories
For your own safety, use genuine parts
and accessories approved by BMW.
When you purchase accessories tested and
approved by BMW and Original BMW Parts, you
simultaneously acquire the assurance that they
have been thoroughly tested by BMW to ensure
optimum performance when installed on your
vehicle.
BMW warrants these parts to be free from
defects in material and workmanship.
BMW will not accept any liability for damage
resulting from installation of parts and accessories not approved by BMW.
At a glance
Please bear in mind that the manual may contain information on accessories and equipment
that you have not specified for your own vehicle.
Sections describing options and special equipment are marked by asterisks * to assist you in
identifying possible differences between the
descriptions in this manual and your own vehicle's equipment.
Maintenance and repair
Controls
When you ordered your BMW, you chose various items of equipment. This Owner's Manual
describes the entire array of options and equipment available with a specific BMW model.
For your own safety
Driving tips
The individual vehicle
Installation and operation of non-BMW
approved accessories such as alarms, radios,
amplifiers, radar detectors, wheels, suspension
components, brake dust shields, telephones,
including operation of any mobile phone from
within the vehicle without using an externally
mounted antenna, or transceiver equipment, for
instance, CBs, walkie-talkies, ham radio or similar accessories, may cause extensive damage
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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.
Mobility
BMW cannot test every product made by 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.
Notes
to the vehicle, compromise its safety, interfere
with the vehicle's electrical system or affect the
validity of the BMW Limited Warranty. See your
BMW center for additional information.<
Service and warranty
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.<
Your BMW is covered by the following warranties:
California Proposition 65 warning
> Federal Emissions Performance Warranty
California law requires us to issue the following
warning:
> California Emission Control System Limited
Warranty
Engine exhaust and a wide variety of
automobile components and parts,
including components found in the interior furnishings in a vehicle, contain or emit chemicals
known to the State of California to cause cancer
and birth defects and reproductive harm. In
addition, certain fluids contained in vehicles and
certain products of component wear contain or
emit chemicals known to the State of California
to cause cancer and birth defects or other
reproductive harm.
Detailed information about these warranties is
listed in the Service and Warranty Information
Booklet for US models or in the Warranty and
Service Guide Booklet for Canadian models.
Battery posts, terminals and related accessories contain lead and lead compounds. Wash
your hands after handling.
If you believe that your vehicle has a defect
which 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, LLC, P.O. Box 1227, Westwood, New
Jersey 07675-1227, Telephone 1-800-8311117.
Used engine oil contains chemicals that have
caused cancer in laboratory animals. Always
protect your skin by washing thoroughly with
soap and water.<
We recommend that you read this publication
thoroughly.
> New Vehicle Limited Warranty
> Rust Perforation Limited Warranty
> Federal Emissions System Defect Warranty
Reporting safety defects
For US customers
The following only applies to vehicles owned
and operated in the US.
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, LLC.
To contact NHTSA, you may call the Vehicle
Safety Hotline toll-free at 1-888-327-4236
(TTY: 1-800-424-9153); go to
http://www.safercar.gov; or write to: Administrator, NHTSA, 400 Seventh Street, SW.,
Washington, DC 20590. You can also obtain
other information about motor vehicle safety
from http://www.safercar.gov
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For Canadian customers
At a glance
Canadian customers who wish to report a
safety-related defect to Transport Canada,
Defect Investigations and Recalls, may call
1-800-333-0510 toll-free from anywhere in
Canada or 1-613-993-9851 from the Ottawa
region and from other countries, or contact
Transport Canada by mail at: Transport Canada, ASFAD, Place de Ville, Tower C,
330 Sparks Street, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0N5.
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Mobility
Driving tips
Controls
You can also obtain other information about
motor vehicle safety from http://www.tc.gc.ca
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At a glance
This overview of buttons, switches and displays
is intended to familiarize you with your vehicle's
operating environment. The section will also
assist you in becoming acquainted with the
control concepts and options available for
operating the various systems.
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Cockpit
Cockpit
Around the steering wheel: controls and displays
1
Convertible: opening and closing
windows jointly 29
2
Convertible: opening and closing
rear windows 28
Low beams 76
3
Opening and closing front
windows 28
Automatic headlamp control* 76
Adaptive Head Light* 77
4
Folding exterior mirrors in and out* 41
5
Adjusting exterior mirrors, automatic curb
monitor* 41
6
Parking lamps/low beams 76
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13 Horn: the entire surface
Turn signals 55
14 Adjusting the steering wheel 42
15
High beams, headlamp flasher 78
Roadside parking lamps* 78
Cruise control 57
16 Releasing the hood 116
17 Opening the luggage compartment lid 24
Computer 60
At a glance
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Settings and information about the
vehicle 61
Instrument lighting 78
Controls
9
Instrument cluster 12
Windshield wipers 56
Rain sensor* 56
10
Switching the ignition on/off and
starting/stopping the engine 46
Driving tips
11 Ignition lock 46
12 Buttons on the steering wheel
Telephone*:
> Press: accepting and ending a
call, starting dialing* selected
phone numbers. Redialing if
no phone number is selected
> Press longer: redialing
Mobility
Volume
Changing radio station
Selecting music track
Scrolling through phone book and
lists with stored phone numbers
Next entertainment source
Recirculated-air mode 82
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Cockpit
Instrument cluster
8
1
Speedometer
2
Indicator lamps for turn signals
3
Indicator and warning lamps 13
4
Tachometer 59
5
Shift Lights* 52
6
Engine oil temperature 60
7
Display for
Display for
> Gear display M dual clutch transmission
with Drivelogic* 49
> With manual transmission:
Computer 60
> Date of next scheduled service, and
remaining distance to be driven 63
> Odometer and trip odometer 59
> Clock 59
> Checking oil level 117
> Outside temperature 59
> Settings and information 61
> Indicator and warning lamps 65
> With dual clutch transmission:
Computer 60
>
9
There is a Check Control
message 65
Fuel gauge 60
10 Resetting the trip odometer 59
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Indicator and warning lamps
At a glance
The concept
Indicator and warning lamps can light up in a
variety of combinations and colors.
Controls
Some lamps are checked for proper functioning
and thus come on briefly when the engine is
started or the ignition is switched on.
What to do in case of a malfunction
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Mobility
Driving tips
A list of all indicator and warning lamps, as well
as notes on possible causes of malfunctions
and on how to respond, can be found starting
on page 140.
Cockpit
Around the center console: controls and displays
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Microphone for voice command system*
and for telephone in hands-free mode*
2
SOS: initiating an Emergency Request
call* 135
3
Reading lamps 79
4
Coupe: glass roof, electric* 30
5
Interior lamps 79
6
Passenger airbag status lamp* 73
7
Hazard warning flashers
8
Flat Tire Monitor FTM* 69
Tire Pressure Monitor TPM* 70
9
Central locking system 23
12
13
Heated seats* 38
Coupe:
Roller sun blind* 87
Convertible:
Opening and closing retractable
hardtop 32
At a glance
1
14 Dynamic Stability Control DSC 68
15 Electronic Damper Control EDC* 68
16 M Engine Dynamics Control POWER 54
10 Radio, refer to separate Owner's Manual
Controls
11 Automatic climate control
Air distribution to the
windshield 81
Air distribution to the upper body
area 81
Air distribution to the footwell 81
Driving tips
Automatic air distribution and flow
rate 81
Cooling function 82
Automatic recirculated-air control
AUC 82
Recirculated-air mode 82
Maximum cooling 81
Mobility
Residual heat mode 82
Air flow rate 81
Defrosting windows 82
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Rear window defroster 82
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Controls
This chapter is intended to provide you with
information for complete control of your vehicle.
All features and accessories that are useful for
driving and your safety, comfort and
convenience, are described here.
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Opening and closing
Opening and closing
Remote control
New remote controls
Your BMW center can supply new remote controls with integrated keys as additional units or
as replacements in the event of loss.
Personal Profile
The concept
Each remote control contains a rechargeable
battery that is automatically recharged when it
is in the ignition lock while the car is being
driven. Use each remote control at least twice a
year for longer road trips in order to maintain the
batteries' charge status. In cars with convenient
access*, the remote control contains a replaceable battery, refer to page 28.
You can set many of your BMW's functions to
suit your personal needs and preferences.
Without any action on your part, Personal Profile ensures that most of these settings are
stored for the remote control currently in use.
When you unlock the car, the remote control
used for the purpose is recognized and the settings stored for it are called up and implemented.
In addition, information about service requirements is stored in the remote control, refer to
Service data in the remote control, page 121.
This means that your personal settings will be
activated for you, even if in the meantime your
car was used by someone else with another
remote control and the corresponding settings.
The individual settings are stored for a maximum of four remote controls. They are stored
for two remote controls if convenient access* is
in use.
Integrated key
Personal Profile settings
The settings called up and implemented when
the car is unlocked depend on which remote
control is used to unlock the car, refer to Personal Profile below.
For more information on specific settings, refer
to the specified pages.
> Response of the central locking system
when the car is unlocked, refer to page 19
> Automatic locking of the vehicle, refer to
page 23
> Automatic call-up of the driver's seat position after unlocking, refer to page 39
Press button 1 to release the key.
The integrated key fits the following locks:
>
Shift Lights, refer to page 52
> Triple turn signal activation, refer to
page 55
> Glove compartment, refer to page 87
> Driver's door, refer to page 22
> Luggage compartment lid, refer to page 24
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> Units of measure for fuel consumption,
distance covered/remaining distances,
and temperature, refer to page 62
> Light settings:
> Pathway lighting, refer to page 76
> Daytime running lamps, refer to page 77
> Automatic climate control: activating/deactivating AUTO program, cooling function
and automatic recirculated-air control, setting temperature, air flow rate and distribution, refer to page 81 ff
Operating from inside
By means of the button for central locking, refer
to page 23.
In the event of a sufficiently severe accident, the
central locking system unlocks automatically. In
addition, the hazard warning flashers and interior lamps come on.
> Entertainment:
> Audio volume, refer to separate Owner's
Manual
> Speed-dependent volume control, refer
to separate Owner's Manual
Central locking system
The concept
The central locking system functions when the
driver's door is closed.
The system simultaneously engages and
releases the locks on the following:
At a glance
> Date format, refer to page 62
Controls
> 12h/24h format of the clock, refer to
page 62
The anti-theft system is also operated at the
same time. It prevents the doors from being
unlocked using the lock buttons or door handles. In addition, if the remote control is used,
the welcome lamps, interior lamps and the
door's courtesy lamps* are switched on or off.
The alarm system* is also armed or disarmed.
For further details of the alarm system, refer to
page 25.
Opening and closing:
Using the remote control
Persons or animals in a parked vehicle
could lock the doors from the inside. You
should therefore take the remote control with
you when you leave the vehicle so that the latter
can be opened from outside.<
Convertible: to operate the retractable
hardtop with the remote control, the
doors and luggage compartment lid must be
closed and the cargo bay partition must be
folded down and engaged on both sides. Refer
also to page 32.<
Driving tips
> Settings for the display in the instrument
cluster:
> Luggage compartment lid
Unlocking
> Fuel filler door
Press the
button.
The interior lamps, the courtesy lamps* and the
welcome lamps come on.
Operating from outside
> Via the remote control
> Via the door lock
> In cars with convenient access*, via the
handles on the driver's and front passenger's doors
Setting unlocking characteristics
You can set whether only the driver's door or
the entire vehicle is to be unlocked when the
button is pressed for the first time.
For operating principle, refer to page 61.
1. Switch on the ignition, refer to page 46.
2. Lightly push button 1 in the turn indicator
lever up or down repeatedly until the sym19
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> Convertible: center armrest and glove compartment
Mobility
> Doors
Opening and closing
bol appears in the display accompanied by
the word "SET".
Convertible: convenient opening*
Within a range of approx. 13 ft/4 m from the
vehicle, you can open the retractable hardtop
using the remote control for convenient access.
Hold the
button down.
The windows and the retractable hardtop are
opened if the doors are closed.
If you continue pressing the
dows move up.
3. Press button 2.
4. Lightly push button 1 in the turn indicator
lever down repeatedly until the symbol
appears in the display.
button, the win-
Watch during the opening process to
ensure that no one is injured. Releasing
the button interrupts the opening process.<
Locking
Press the
button.
Do not lock the vehicle from the outside if
persons are inside the vehicle because it
cannot be unlocked from the inside without
special knowledge.<
Convertible: convenient closing*
5. Press button 2.
6. Use button 1 to select:
>
Press the
button once to unlock only
the driver's door and the fuel filler door.
Press the button twice to unlock the
entire vehicle.
>
Press the
button once to unlock the
entire vehicle.
7. Press button 2.
The setting is stored for the remote control
currently in use.
Within a range of approx. 13 ft/4 m from the
vehicle, you can close the retractable hardtop
and the windows using the remote control for
convenient access.
Hold the
button down.
The retractable hardtop and the windows are
closed.
Watch during the closing process to
ensure that no one is injured. Releasing
the button interrupts the closing process.<
Switching on interior lamps
While the car is locked:
Press the
button.
You can also use this function to locate your
vehicle in parking garages etc.
Coupe: convenient opening
Unlocking the luggage compartment
lid
Hold the
button down.
The windows and the glass roof* are opened.
Press the
button for approx. 1 second.
The luggage compartment lid opens a short
distance, regardless of whether it was locked or
unlocked.
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bol appears in the display accompanied by
the word "SET".
At a glance
The luggage compartment lid swings
backwards and up when opened. Ensure
that there is sufficient clearance. To avoid locking yourself out by accident, do not place the
remote control in the cargo bay. A previously
locked luggage compartment lid is locked again
after closing.
Before and after each trip, check that the luggage compartment lid has not been inadvertently unlocked.<
Convertible: convenient loading*
3. Press button 2.
4. Lightly push button 1 in the turn indicator
lever down repeatedly until the desired
symbol appears in the display.
1. Briefly press the
button and, within one
second, press again and hold until the
retractable hardtop stops in an intermediate
position. The luggage compartment lid
opens slightly.
Controls
Within a range of approx. 13ft/4m from the vehicle you can use the remote control to half close
the retractable hardtop when it is open to ease
loading of the cargo bay.
4. Press the
button for a longer period to
fold the retractable hardtop back in.
Setting confirmation signals
>
Confirmation signal during unlocking
>
Confirmation signal during locking
5. Press button 2.
6. Use button 1 to select:
>
The hazard warning flashers light up
during unlocking/locking.
You can activate or deactivate the confirmation
signals.
For operating principle, refer to page 61.
>
1. Switch on the ignition, refer to page 46.
2. Lightly push button 1 in the turn indicator
lever up or down repeatedly until the sym-
An acoustic signal* sounds during
unlocking/locking.
>
The hazard warning flashers light up and
an acoustic signal* sounds during
unlocking/locking.
Mobility
3. Press down the cargo bay partition until it
engages on both sides and close the luggage compartment lid.
Driving tips
2. Open the luggage compartment lid, press
the cargo bay partition upward and stow the
cargo in the cargo bay.
>
The function is deactivated.
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7. Press button 2.
The setting is stored.
Opening and closing
Malfunctions
The remote control may malfunction due to
local radio waves. If this occurs, unlock and lock
the car at the door lock with the integrated key.
Opening and closing:
Using the door lock
If the car can no longer be locked with a remote
control, the battery in the remote control is discharged. Use the remote control on an
extended trip to recharge the battery, refer to
page 18. The remote control for convenient
access* contains a battery that may have to be
changed, refer to page 28.
For US owners only
The transmitter and receiver units comply with
part 15 of the FCC/Federal Communications
Commission regulations. Operation is governed by the following:
FCC ID:
LX8766S
LX8766E
LX8CAS
You can set the way in which the car is
unlocked, refer to page 19.
Do not lock the vehicle from the outside if
persons are inside the vehicle because it
cannot be unlocked from the inside without
special knowledge.<
Convenient operation
Compliance statement:
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC
Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions:
> This device must 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.<
You can use the door lock to operate the windows and the coupe's glass roof* or the convertible's retractable hardtop.
Hold the key in the position for unlocking or
locking.
During each closing procedure, and when
opening the retractable hardtop, watch
the process and ensure that no one becomes
trapped. Releasing the key stops the operation.<
Manual operation
In the event of an electrical malfunction, you can
lock and unlock the driver's door by turning the
integrated key to the corresponding limit positions in the door lock.
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4. Lightly push button 1 in the turn indicator
lever down repeatedly until the symbol
appears in the display.
This button serves to unlock or lock doors and
the luggage compartment lid when the doors
are closed, but does not activate the anti-theft
system. The fuel filler door remains unlocked.
5. Press button 2.
At a glance
Opening and closing:
From inside
>
The central locking system automatically locks the vehicle after some time if
no door has been opened.
Automatic locking
>
The central locking system automatically locks the vehicle as soon as you
drive off.
For operating principle, refer to page 61.
1. Switch on the ignition, refer to page 46.
2. Lightly push button 1 in the turn indicator
lever up or down repeatedly until the symbol appears in the display accompanied by
the word "SET".
>
The central locking system automatically locks the vehicle after some time if
no door has been opened, or as soon as
you drive off.
>
Driving tips
You can also set the situations in which the car
locks:
Controls
6. Use button 1 to select:
The central locking system remains
unlocked.
7. Press button 2.
The setting is stored for the remote control
currently in use.
> Either unlock the doors together using the
button for the central locking system and
then pull the door handle above the armrest
or
Mobility
Unlocking and opening doors
> pull on the door handle of each door twice:
the first time unlocks the door, the second
time opens it.
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3. Press button 2.
Opening and closing
Locking
> Use the central locking button to lock all of
the doors simultaneously, or
> press down the safety lock button of a door.
To prevent you from being locked out, the
open driver's door cannot be locked using
the lock button.
Persons or animals in a parked vehicle
could lock the doors from the inside. You
should therefore take the remote control with
you when you leave the vehicle so that the latter
can be opened from outside.<
gage compartment lid will open slightly. It can
now be swung upwards.
Opening manually
The integrated key of the remote control, refer
to page 18, fits the luggage compartment lid
lock.
If you open the luggage compartment lid
using the key while the alarm system is
armed, the alarm will be triggered. Switching off
an alarm, refer to page 26.<
Coupe
Luggage compartment lid
In order to avoid damage, make sure there
is sufficient clearance before opening the
luggage compartment lid.<
Opening from inside
Turn the key all the way to the left: the luggage
compartment lid opens.
Convertible
Press the button: the luggage compartment lid
opens unless it has been locked.
Opening from outside
Turn the key all the way to the left beyond the
two resistance points: the luggage compartment lid opens.
Press the button, see arrow, or the
button on
the remote control for a longer period. The lug-
It may be necessary to close the luggage compartment lid with more momentum since the
assisted closing of the luggage compartment
lid does not work if there is an electrical malfunction.
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Make sure that the closing path of the
luggage compartment lid is clear, otherwise injuries may result.<
At a glance
Locking or unlocking separately
Coupe
1
Locking the luggage compartment lid
2
Unlocking the luggage compartment lid
Convertible
Push the switch in the direction of arrow 1.
The luggage compartment lid is locked and
cannot be unlocked using the central locking
system.
If you give the remote control without the integrated key to someone else while the glove
compartment is locked, the luggage compartment lid cannot be opened. This is an advantage when valet parking, for example. Locking
the glove compartment, refer to page 87.
To close the luggage compartment lid,
press it down lightly. The lid is closed
automatically.<
Driving tips
Locking separately
Unlocking separately
Push the switch in the direction of arrow 2.
Emergency release
Controls
The switch is located in the glove compartment.
Alarm system*
The concept
The vehicle alarm system responds:
Pull the lever in the cargo bay. The luggage
compartment lid is unlocked.
> When the car's inclination changes, for
instance if an attempt is made to jack it up
and steal the wheels or to raise it prior to
towing away
Closing
> When there is an interruption in the power
supply from the battery
The handle recesses on the interior trim of the
luggage compartment lid make it easier to pull
down.
The alarm system signals unauthorized entry
attempts for a short time by means of:
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> To movements inside the vehicle: Interior
motion sensor, refer to page 26
Mobility
> When a door, the hood or the luggage compartment lid is opened
Opening and closing
> An acoustic alarm
> Switching on the hazard warning flashers
> Flashing the high beams
Arming and disarming
When you lock or unlock the vehicle, either with
the remote control or at the door lock, the alarm
system is armed or disarmed at the same time.
You can open the luggage compartment lid
using the
button of the remote control even
if the alarm system is armed, refer to page 20.
The lid is locked and monitored again as soon
as it is closed.
Panic mode*
10 seconds. The interior motion sensor and
the tilt alarm sensor are not activated.
> The indicator lamp goes out after unlocking:
your vehicle has not been disturbed while
you were away.
> If the indicator lamp flashes after unlocking
until the remote control is inserted in the
ignition, but for no longer than approx.
5 minutes: your vehicle has been disturbed
while you were away.
Tilt alarm sensor
The tilt of the vehicle is monitored. The alarm
system reacts, e.g. to attempts to steal a wheel
or tow the vehicle.
You can trigger the alarm system if you find
yourself in a dangerous situation:
Interior motion sensor
Press the
Coupe
button for at least three seconds.
To switch off the alarm: press any button.
Switching off an alarm
In order for the interior motion sensor to function properly, the windows and glass roof must
be completely closed*.
> Unlock the car with the remote control, refer
to page 19.
Convertible
> Insert the remote control all the way into the
ignition lock.
Indicator lamp displays
The interior of the car is monitored up to the
height of the seat cushions. Thus the alarm system is activated together with the interior
motion sensor even if the hardtop is open. The
alarm can be triggered unintentionally by falling
objects such as leaves, refer to Avoiding unintentional alarms.
Avoiding unintentional alarms
The tilt alarm sensor and interior motion sensor
may be switched off at the same time. This prevents unintentional alarms, e.g. in the following
situations:
> The indicator lamp under the inside rearview mirror flashes continuously: the system is armed.
> The indicator lamp flashes after locking:
doors, hood or luggage compartment lid are
not properly closed. Even if you do not close
the alerted area, the system begins to monitor the remaining areas, and the indicator
lamp flashes continuously after approx.
> In duplex garages
> During transport on car-carrying trains,
boats/ships or on a trailer
> When animals are to remain in the vehicle
Switching off tilt alarm sensor and
interior motion sensor
Press the
button on the remote control
again as soon as the vehicle is locked.
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If you notice a brief delay while opening or
closing windows, the glass roof or retractable hardtop, the system is checking whether a
remote control is inside the vehicle. Please
repeat the opening or closing procedure, if necessary.<
Convenient access*
Unlocking
At a glance
The indicator lamp lights up briefly and then
flashes continuously. The tilt alarm sensor and
the interior motion sensor are switched off until
the next time the vehicle is unlocked and subsequently locked again.
> Starting the engine
Locking
> Convenient closure
Functional requirement
Touch the surface, arrow 2, with your finger for
approx. 1 second. This corresponds to pressing
the
button.
> The vehicle or the luggage compartment lid
can only be locked when the vehicle detects
that the remote control currently in use is
outside of the vehicle.
To preserve the battery, please make
sure that the ignition and all electrical
consumers are switched off before locking the
vehicle.<
> The vehicle cannot be locked or unlocked
again until after approx. 2 seconds.
Coupe: convenient closure
> The engine can only be started when the
vehicle detects that the remote control currently in use is inside the vehicle.
Comparison to the standard remote
control
In general, there is no difference between using
convenient access or pressing the buttons on
the remote control to carry out the functions
mentioned above. You should therefore first
familiarize yourself with the instructions on
opening and closing starting on page 18.
Special features regarding the use of convenient access are described below.
For convenient closure, keep your finger on the
surface, arrow 2.
Convertible: window and convertible
top operation
With the ignition at radio readiness or beyond,
you can open and close the windows and the
convertible top when a remote control is
located inside the vehicle.
Mobility
> Unlocking the luggage compartment lid
separately
Grasp the handle on the driver's or front passenger's door completely, arrow 1. This corresponds to pressing the
button.
Unlocking the luggage compartment
lid separately
Press the button on the outside of the luggage
compartment lid. This corresponds to pressing
the
button.
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> Unlocking/locking the vehicle
Driving tips
Convenient access supports the following
functions:
Controls
Convenient access enables you to enter your
vehicle without needing to hold the remote control in your hand. All you need to do is wear the
remote control close to your body, e.g. in your
jacket pocket. The vehicle detects the corresponding remote control within the immediate
vicinity or in the passenger compartment.
Opening and closing
If the vehicle detects that a remote control has been accidentally left inside the
locked vehicle's cargo bay after the luggage
compartment lid is closed, the lid will reopen.
The hazard warning flashers flash and an
acoustic signal* sounds.<
Replacing the battery
The remote control for convenient access contains a battery that will need to be replaced from
time to time.
1. Take the integrated key out of the remote
control, refer to page 18.
Switching on radio readiness
Radio readiness is switched on by pressing the
start/stop button, refer to page 46.
Do not depress the brake or the clutch,
otherwise the engine will start.<
Starting the engine
You can start the engine or switch on the ignition when a remote control is inside the vehicle.
It is not necessary to insert a remote control into
the ignition switch, refer to page 46.
2. Remove the cover.
Malfunction
4. Press the cover on to close.
Convenient access may malfunction due to
local radio waves. If this happens, open or close
the vehicle via the buttons on the remote control or using the integrated key. To start the
engine afterward, insert the remote control into
the ignition switch.
Warning lamps
The warning lamp in the instrument
cluster lights up when you attempt to
start the engine: the engine cannot
be started. The remote control is not inside the
vehicle or is malfunctioning. Take the remote
control with you inside the vehicle or have it
checked. If necessary, insert another remote
control into the ignition switch.
3. Insert the new battery with the plus side facing up.
Take the old battery to a battery collection point or to your BMW center.<
Windows
To prevent injuries, watch the windows
while closing them.
Take the remote control with you when you
leave the car, otherwise children could operate
the electric windows and possibly injure themselves.<
Coupe: opening, closing
The warning lamp in the instrument
cluster lights up while the engine is
running: the remote control is no
longer inside the vehicle. After the engine is
switched off, the engine can only be restarted
within approx. 10 seconds.
The indicator lamp in the instrument
cluster comes on: replace the battery
in the remote control.
> Press the switch to the resistance point:
The window opens as long as you press the
switch.
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> Press the switch beyond the resistance
point:
All windows open automatically. Press the
switch again to stop the opening movement.
You can close the windows in the same manner
by pulling the switch.
> Pull the switch:
All windows close as long as you pull the
switch.
Convertible: opening, closing
At a glance
> Press the switch beyond the resistance
point:
The window opens automatically. Press the
switch again to stop the opening movement.
After switching off the ignition
Individually
Convenient operation
For information on convenient operation via the
remote control or the door lock, refer to page 19
or 22. For information on closing with convenient access, refer to Locking on page 20.
Jointly
Despite the pinch protection system
check and clear the window's travel path
prior to closing it, otherwise the safety system
might fail to detect certain kinds of obstructions, such as thin objects, and the window
would continue closing.
Do not install any accessories that might interfere with window movement. Otherwise the
pinch protection system could be impaired.
Convertible: the rear windows are not equipped
with pinch protection. Therefore, watch them
closely when closing to avoid personal injury.<
Closing without pinch protection
If there is an external danger, or if ice on the windows, etc., prevents you from closing the windows normally, proceed as follows:
> Press the switch to the resistance point:
All windows open as long as you press the
switch.
Driving tips
You can close the windows in the same manner
by pulling the switch. The rear windows do not
close automatically.
If the closing force exceeds a specific value as a
window closes, the closing action is interrupted
and the window reopens slightly.
Mobility
> Press the switch beyond the resistance
point:
The window opens automatically. Press the
switch again to stop the opening movement.
Pinch protection system
1. Pull the switch past the resistance point and
hold it there. Pinch protection is limited and
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> Press the switch to the resistance point:
The window opens as long as you press the
switch.
Controls
When the remote control is removed or the ignition is switched off, you can still operate the
windows for approx. 1 minute as long as no
door is opened.
Opening and closing
the window reopens slightly if the closing
force exceeds a certain value.
2. Pull the switch again past the resistance
point within approx. 4 seconds and hold it
there. The window closes without pinch
protection.
Coupe: glass roof*, electric
To prevent injuries, watch the glass roof
while closing it.
Take the remote control with you when you
leave the car, otherwise children could operate
the roof and possibly injure themselves.<
For information on convenient operation via the
remote control or door lock, refer to page 19
or 22.
After switching off the ignition
When the remote control is removed or the ignition is switched off, you can still operate the roof
for approx. 1 minute as long as no door has
been opened.
Pinch protection system
If the glass roof encounters an obstruction during closing from approximately the middle of
the opening in the roof, or during closing from
the raised position, the closing movement is
interrupted and the glass roof is opened again
slightly.
Despite the pinch protection system
check and clear the roof's travel path prior
to closing it, otherwise the safety system might
fail to detect certain kinds of obstructions, such
as very thin objects, and the roof would continue closing.<
Closing without pinch protection
Raising
Press the switch.
> The closed glass roof is raised and the sliding visor opens slightly.
> The open glass roof automatically travels
into the raised position. The sliding visor
remains completely open.
Opening, closing
> Press the switch backwards to the resistance point.
The glass roof and the sliding visor open
together as long as you hold the switch in
this position.
If there is an external danger, press the switch
forward past the resistance point. The roof
closes without pinch protection.
Following interruptions in electrical
power supply
After a power failure, there is a possibility that
the glass roof can only be raised. The system
must be initialized. BMW recommends having
this work done by your BMW center.
Closing manually*
In the event of an electrical malfunction, you can
move the glass roof manually:
> Press the switch backwards past the resistance point.
The glass roof and the sliding visor open
automatically. Briefly press the switch again
to stop the opening movement.
You can close the glass roof in a similar manner
by pressing the switch forwards. The sliding
visor remains open and can be closed by hand.
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opening provided. Move the glass roof in
the desired direction.
At a glance
1. Unclip the front of the cover of the interior
lamps using the screwdriver from the
onboard tool kit, refer to page 127.
6. Reinstall the control unit and reattach the
lamp cover.
Convertible: retractable
hardtop
The retractable hardtop combines reliable
weather protection with simple and convenient
operation.
Controls
2. Insert the screwdriver into the openings on
each side to press the clips.
3. Remove the control unit.
4. Unplug the motor. Considerably less effort
will be required for manual operation.
> It is advisable that you close the retractable
hardtop when you park the vehicle. Not only
does the closed hardtop protect the vehicle
interior against unanticipated weather damage, it also offers theft protection. However,
even when the hardtop is closed, valuables
should only be stored in the locked cargo
bay.
Driving tips
The following tips will enhance your driving
pleasure in your convertible:
> When the retractable hardtop is operated,
the luggage compartment lid swings back
and up. Before operating the retractable
hardtop, ensure that there is enough clearance, e.g. when parked in front of a wall.
> If you open the hardtop while it is wet, e.g.
after driving in the rain, water may drip into
the cargo bay. If necessary, remove items
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5. Insert the Allen wrench* supplied with the
onboard tool kit, refer to page 127, into the
> Do not attach rack systems to the luggage
compartment lid, and in particular do not
attach magnetic racks.
Mobility
> Do not attach roof rack systems to the
retractable hardtop, and in particular do not
attach magnetic racks.
Opening and closing
from the cargo bay beforehand to avoid
water stains or soiling.
Do not place any objects on the retractable hardtop or on the luggage compartment lid, otherwise they could fall during movements of the retractable hardtop and cause
damage or injury.
Never move the retractable hardtop when the
rollover protection system is in the activated
position.
Driving when the hardtop is not fully opened or
closed may result in damage or injury.
Do not reach into the mechanism while the
hardtop is opening or closing. Keep children
away from the swiveling area of the retractable
hardtop.<
Opening and closing
When the vehicle is stationary and at radio
readiness or beyond, refer to page 46:
If possible, conserve the battery by only
operating the retractable hardtop when
the engine is running.
Before closing the retractable hardtop, remove
all foreign objects from the windshield frame as
these could prevent the hardtop from closing
properly.<
The retractable hardtop cannot be moved
at temperatures below +14 7/–106. <
The retractable hardtop can only be
opened and closed when the vehicle is
stationary. To avoid causing damage, do not
drive off until the hardtop has stopped moving.<
1
Pull button: open the retractable hardtop.
Push button: close the retractable hardtop.
2
LEDs
Before opening and closing
The side windows move down slightly
when the switch for hardtop operation is
pulled or pushed.<
> Comply with the safety precautions
described above.
> Ensure that the cargo bay partition is folded
down and engaged on both sides, refer to
page 91, otherwise it will not be possible to
open the retractable hardtop.
> Do not place any objects next to or on the
cargo bay partition and close the storage
compartment on the left side of the cargo
bay.
> Do not exceed the maximum loading height
under the cargo bay partition; refer to the
label in the cargo bay showing a line indicating the maximum height.
> Ensure that the luggage compartment lid is
closed.
> The vehicle should be parked on fairly level
ground. Excessive angle is indicated by a
lamp.
If you push or pull the switch for a longer period
after the LED 2 goes out, the windows move up
again.
LEDs
> While the hardtop is being operated, the left
LED lights up green. It goes out as soon as
the top is fully opened or closed.
> If the right-hand LED flashes red when you
release the switch, the opening or closing
action has not yet finished.
> If the right LED lights up red when the
switch is pressed, the cargo bay partition is
folded up, the luggage compartment lid is
not closed, the vehicle is standing on a
strong incline or there is a malfunction. The
retractable hardtop cannot be moved.
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At a glance
The automatic sequence of movements is
interrupted if the switch for hardtop operation is
released. The sequence can be continued in
the desired direction by pushing or pulling the
switch.
2. Press together the top and bottom parts of
the wind deflector until the catch engages,
arrow 2.
A hardtop that is not fully opened or
closed is a safety hazard.
Do not interrupt and resume the closing procedure several times in close succession as this
could damage the mechanism.<
If the hardtop is not fully opened or
closed, the luggage compartment lid cannot be opened and the windows cannot be
moved.<
Convenient operation with remote
control or via door lock
Refer to pages 20 and 22.
3. Push the fastening pin, arrow 3, into the
opening provided on the right side of the
vehicle until it snaps into place. Remove the
protective caps beforehand, if necessary.
4. Push the fastening pin, arrow 4, into the
opening provided on the left side of the
vehicle until it snaps into place.
Controls
Interruption
Wind deflector*
Driving tips
The wind deflector keeps air movements in the
passenger compartment to a minimum when
the hardtop is open and provides an even more
comfortable ride, particularly at high speeds.
Installation
6. Turn the rotary handle in the direction of
arrow 6 as far as the
symbol to insert the
left fastening pin into the holders.
7. Fold up the top section of the wind deflector.
With the wind deflector installed: do not
recline the front-seat backrests too far if
the seat is to be slid all the way back, as this
would damage the wind deflector.<
Only turn the rotary handle within the
range between the two symbols, otherwise the cable system inside the wind deflector
could be damaged.<
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Mobility
1. Remove the wind deflector from the protective cover and unfold it, arrows 1.
5. Turn the rotary handle in the direction of
arrow 5 as far as the first stop to insert the
right fastening pin into the holders.
Reference
The wind deflector is stored in a protective
cover in the cargo bay. Brief instructions for
operation can be found on the protective cover.
Opening and closing
Removing the wind deflector
Proceed in the reverse order as used for installation.
3. Turn the rotary handle to position
arrow 2.
,
Protective caps are provided in the vehicle for
the holders of the wind deflector.
Folding
Fold both sections of the wind deflector forward
and rest them against the front seats, arrow 3.
To protect the seat cushions or to use the bag
holders, you can fold the rear backrest down,
refer to page 92.
Slide the red release lever towards the middle of
the wind deflector and push the two halves
apart.
Loading function
Cargo can still be loaded on the rear seat of the
vehicle even if the wind deflector has been
installed.
1. Lower all windows.
2. Fold down the top section of the wind
deflector, arrow 1.
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Head restraints, refer to page 37.
Safety belt
Before every drive, make sure that all occupants
wear their safety belts. Airbags complement the
safety belt as an additional safety device, but
they do not represent a substitute.
Always maintain an adequate distance
between yourself and the airbags. Always
grip the steering wheel on the rim, with your
hands in the 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock positions,
to minimize the risk of injury to the hands or
arms in the event of the airbag being triggered
off.
No one and nothing is to come between the airbags and the seat occupant.
Do not use the cover of the front airbag on the
front passenger side as a storage area. Make
sure that the front passenger is sitting correctly,
e.g. not resting feet or legs on the dashboard,
otherwise leg injuries can occur if the front airbag is triggered.
Make sure that passengers do not lean their
heads against the side or head airbags, otherwise serious injuries could result if the airbags
suddenly deployed.<
Your vehicle has four seats, each of which is
equipped with a safety belt.
Even if you follow all the instructions, injuries
resulting from contact with airbags cannot be
fully excluded, depending on the circumstances. The ignition and inflation noise may
provoke a mild hearing loss in extremely sensitive individuals. This effect is usually only temporary.
Safety belts, refer to page 40.
For airbag locations and additional information
on airbags, refer to page 72.
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. Make sure that the belt in the lap area sits
low across the hips and does not press against
the abdomen.
The safety belt must not rest against the throat,
run across sharp edges, pass over hard or fragile objects or be pinched. Fasten the safety belt
so that it sits as snugly as possible against the
lap and shoulder without being twisted. Otherwise the belt could slide over your hips and
injure your abdomen in the event of a frontal
collision.
Avoid wearing bulky clothing and regularly pull
the belt in the upper-body area taut, otherwise
its restraining effect could be impaired.<
Controls
Airbags
Adjust the head restraint in such a way
that its center is at approx. ear level. Otherwise, there is an increased risk of injury in the
event of an accident.<
Driving tips
For additional information on transporting children safely, refer to page 44.
A correctly adjusted head restraint reduces the
risk of neck injury in the event of an accident.
Mobility
The ideal sitting position can make a vital contribution to relaxed, fatigue-free driving. In conjunction with the safety belts, the head
restraints and the airbags, the seated position
has a major influence on your safety in the event
of an accident. To ensure that the safety systems operate with optimal efficiency, we
strongly urge you to observe the instructions
contained in the following section.
Head restraint
Seats
Note before adjusting
Never attempt to adjust your seat while
the vehicle is moving. The seat could
respond with unexpected movement, and the
ensuing loss of vehicle control could lead to an
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Sitting safely
At a glance
Adjustments
Adjustments
accident.
On the front passenger seat as well, do not
incline the backrest too far to the rear while the
vehicle is being driven, otherwise there is a danger in the event of an accident of sliding under
the safety belt, eliminating the protection normally provided by the belt.<
Comply with the instructions on head restraint
height on page 37, and on damaged safety
belts on page 40.
Manual adjustment
Observe the adjustment instructions
above to ensure the best possible personal protection.<
4
Backrest
The head restraints are adjusted manually, refer
to Head restraints below.
Lumbar support*
Thigh support
Pull the lever and move the thigh support forward or back.
Electrical adjustment
Observe the adjustment instructions on
page 35 to ensure the best possible personal protection.<
1
Longitudinal direction
2
Height
3
Angle
You can also adjust the contour of the backrest
to obtain additional support in the lumbar
region.
The upper hips and spinal column receive supplementary support to help you maintain a
relaxed, upright sitting position.
> Increase or decrease curvature: press the
switch at the front or rear, respectively.
> Shift curvature up or down: press the switch
at the top or bottom, respectively.
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Backrest width*
Front seats
At a glance
Coupe: height adjustment
Press the front or rear end of the switch.
Backrest width decreases or increases accordingly.
> To raise: pull up.
> To lower: press the button, arrow 1, and
slide the head restraint down.
Coupe: removing
Longitudinal adjustment from outside/
behind
1. Pull up as far as it will go.
Controls
You can change the width of the backrest to suit
your individual preferences by adjusting the lateral-support pads.
2. Press the button, arrow 1, and pull the head
restraint all the way out.
> To lower: press the button downward.
Mobility
Head restraints
> To raise: press the button upward.
A correctly adjusted head restraint reduces the
risk of neck injury in the event of an accident.
Adjust the head restraint in such a way
that its center is at approx. ear level. Otherwise, there is an increased risk of injury in the
event of an accident. Only remove a head
restraint if no one will be sitting on the seat in
question. Reinstall the head restraint before
transporting anyone on that seat. Otherwise,
the passenger will be without protection from
the head restraint.<
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To move the front seats forward or backward
from outside or from one of the rear seats: with
the door open, press the front end 1 or rear end
2 of the switch.
Driving tips
Convertible: height adjustment
Adjustments
Coupe: rear seats
Height adjustment
Convenient entry
> To raise: pull up.
> To lower: press the button, arrow 1, and
slide the head restraint down.
Removing
1. Pull up as far as it will go.
2. Press the button, arrow 1, tilt the rear seat
backrest slightly forward and pull the head
restraint all the way out.
Only remove the head restraints if no passengers will be sitting in the rear. Reinstall
head restraints before transporting passengers
in the rear.<
Entering the rear seats
Coupe
The convenient entry feature includes a memory function for the longitudinal adjustment and
backrest angle.
1. Pull lever 1 and swing the backrest forward.
2. Press the front end 2 of the switch until the
seat has moved into the desired position.
Previous position
Press the rear end 3 of the switch until the seat
automatically stops in its previous position, and
fold the backrest back. If you release the switch
before the previous seat position is reached,
the seat will stop at its current position.
When sliding the seat backward, make
sure no one is injured and no objects are
damaged.
Before driving off, engage both seats and backrests so that they are locked in place. Otherwise
there is a risk of accident due to an unexpected
movement.<
Heated seats*
Convertible
Seat backrest warning lamp:
Comes on when a seat backrest is not
engaged.
Press once for each temperature level.
Three LEDs indicate the highest temperature.
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Convenience mode
2. Briefly press the desired memory button 1
or 2.
The temperature is lowered or the heating is
switched off entirely to save on battery power.
The LEDs stay lit.
The adjusting procedure is halted immediately
when you touch a seat adjustment switch or
one of the memory buttons.
Seat and mirror memory
You can store and call up two different combinations of driver's-seat and exterior-mirror
positions.
Settings for the backrest width and lumbar support are not stored in memory.
Storing
At a glance
1. Unlock and open the driver's door or switch
on radio readiness, refer to page 46.
If you continue driving within approx.
15 minutes, the seat heating is automatically
activated at the previously set temperature.
Safety feature
1. Close the driver's door and switch the ignition on or off, refer to page 46.
2. Press the desired memory button 1 or 2
and keep it pressed until the adjustment
process has been completed.
If the
button was pressed accidentally:
Press the button again; the LED goes out.
Controls
To switch off:
Press button longer.
Call-up with the remote control
The driver's seat position last stored is stored
for the remote control currently in use.
> Call-up when the vehicle is unlocked.
> Call-up when the driver's door is opened.
2. Adjust the seat and exterior mirrors to the
desired positions.
3. Press the
button.
The LED in the button lights up.
4. Press the desired memory button 1 or 2: the
LED goes out.
The driver's seat and exterior mirror positions are stored for the remote control currently in use.
The adjusting procedure is halted immediately
when you touch a seat adjustment switch or
one of the memory buttons.
Activating/deactivating automatic callup
For operating principle refer to page 61.
Mobility
1. Switch on radio readiness or the ignition,
refer to page 46.
When this Personal Profile function is
used, first make sure that the footwell
behind the driver's seat is free of obstacles.
Failure to do so could cause injury to persons or
damage to objects as a result of a rearward
movement of the seat.<
Driving tips
You can select the occasion on which the seat is
reset to that position.
1. Lightly push button 1 in the turn indicator
lever up or down repeatedly until the sym-
Call-up
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Do not call up memory while you are driving, otherwise unexpected seat movement could result in an accident.<
Adjustments
bol appears in the display accompanied by
the word "SET".
safety belt as an additional safety device, but
they do not represent a substitute.
2. Press button 2.
Closing
3. Lightly push button 1 in the turn indicator
lever down repeatedly until the symbol
appears in the display.
Make sure you hear the latch plate engage in
the belt buckle.
The upper belt anchor is suitable for adults of
any stature as long as the seat is adjusted properly, refer to page 35.
Opening
1. Grasp the belt firmly.
2. Press the red button in the buckle.
3. Guide the belt into its reel.
4. Press button 2.
5. Use button 1 to select:
>
Call-up when the vehicle is unlocked.
>
Call-up when the driver's door is
opened.
>
Switch off automatic function.
6. Press button 2.
The setting is stored.
Safety belts
Observe the adjustment instructions on
page 35 to ensure the best possible personal protection.<
Before every drive, make sure that all occupants
wear their safety belts. Airbags complement the
'Fasten safety belts' reminder for front
seats
The indicator lamps come on and an
acoustic signal sounds. Check
whether the safety belt has been fastened correctly.
The 'Fasten safety belts' reminder is issued as
long as the driver's safety belt has not been fastened. The 'Fasten safety belts' reminder is also
activated at road speeds above approx. 5 mph
or 8 km/h if the front passenger's safety belt is
not fastened, if objects are placed on the front
passenger seat, or if driver or front passenger
unfasten their safety belts.
Damage to safety belts
If the safety belts are damaged or
stressed in an accident: have the belt system, including any belt tensioners or childrestraint systems, replaced and the belt
anchors checked. Have this work done only by
your BMW center or at a workshop that works
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Coupe: belt hand-over
Mirrors
The front passenger's mirror is more convex than the driver's mirror. The objects
seen in the mirror are closer than they appear.
Do not gauge your distance from traffic behind
you on the basis of what you see in the mirror;
otherwise there is an increased risk of an accident.<
Even if you have not yet fastened your safety
belt, the belt hand-over will retract if you:
1
Adjustments
> Wait for more than approx. one minute
2
Switching to the other mirror or automatic
curb monitor*
> Start to drive.
3
Folding mirrors in and out*
Closing the respective door reactivates the belt
hand-over if the ignition or radio-readiness is
on.
The setting for the exterior mirrors is stored for
the remote control currently in use. The stored
position is called up automatically when the
vehicle is unlocked.
> Open the corresponding door
Front passenger's seat
The belt hand-over will extend only if the seat is
occupied and after the front passenger's door is
closed.
Manual adjustment
The mirrors can also be adjusted manually:
press the edge of the glass.
Pinch protection system
Folding mirrors in and out*
If the belt hand-over encounters resistance on
moving in or out, it moves back slightly in the
opposite direction and stops in this position. To
reactivate the belt hand-over: open and close
the door or switch the ignition off and on.
At driving speeds up to approx. 12 mph/
20 km/h, you can fold the mirrors in and out by
pressing button 3. This can be beneficial in narrow streets, for example, or for moving mirrors
that were folded in by hand back out into their
correct positions. Mirrors that were folded in are
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Controls
Exterior mirrors
Driving tips
The belt hand-over makes it easier for you to
fasten your safety belt. When you close the
door and switch on radio readiness or the ignition, the belt hand-over extends automatically
and presents the safety belt in a position that is
convenient for fastening it around you. After
you have fastened your safety belt, the belt
hand-over retracts to its original position.
Mobility
The concept
At a glance
Although there is a pinch protection system, always check that the maneuvering
area of the belt hand-over is clear. Otherwise it
cannot be ensured that the system will stop
moving in certain extreme situations.<
Reference
according to BMW repair procedures with correspondingly trained personnel. Otherwise, it is
not guaranteed that the safety devices will function properly.<
Adjustments
folded out automatically at a speed of approx.
25 mph/40 km/h.
Interior and exterior mirrors*,
automatic dimming feature
Before entering an automatic car wash,
fold in the exterior mirrors by hand or with
button 3, to prevent them from being damaged
due to the width of the vehicle.<
Automatic heating
Depending on the outside temperature, both
exterior mirrors are heated automatically when
the engine is running or the ignition is switched
on.
Passenger-side mirror tilt function –
automatic curb monitor*
Activating
1. Push the switch to the position for the
driver's-side mirror, arrow 1.
The automatic dimming feature of the interior
and exterior mirrors* is controlled by two photo
cells in the interior rearview mirror. One photo
cell is in the mirror frame, see arrow; the other is
on the back of the mirror.
In order to ensure that the system functions
correctly, keep the photo cells clean, do not
cover the area between the interior rearview
mirror and windshield, and do not affix adhesive
labels or stickers of any kind to the windshield
directly in front of the mirror.
Steering wheel
Adjustments
2. Engage reverse gear or transmission position R.
The glass of the mirror on the passenger
side tilts slightly down. This allows the
driver to see the area immediately adjacent
to the vehicle, e.g. a curb, when backing into
a parking space.
Do not adjust the steering wheel position
while the car is in motion, otherwise there
is a risk of accident due to an unexpected movement.<
Deactivating
Push the switch to the position for the passenger-side mirror, arrow 2.
1. Fold the lever down.
2. Move the steering wheel to the preferred
height and angle to suit your seated position.
3. Swing the lever back up.
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Mobility
Driving tips
Controls
At a glance
Do not use force to swing the lever
back up, otherwise the mechanism
will be damaged.<
Transporting children safely
Transporting children safely
The right place for children
Do not leave children unattended in the
vehicle, otherwise they could endanger
themselves and/or other persons by opening
the doors, for example.<
Children always in the rear
Accident research has shown that the safest
place for children is on the rear seat.
Children under the age of 13 or smaller
than 5 ft/150 cm may be transported only
in the rear in suitable child-restraint systems
appropriate for their age, weight and size. Otherwise there is an increased risk of injury in the
event of an accident.<
Children 13 years of age or older must be buckled in with a safety belt as soon as there no
longer is any child-restraint system that is
appropriate for their age, size and weight.
Exception for front passenger seat
Should it be necessary to use a childrestraint system on the front passenger
seat, the front and side airbags for the front passenger must be deactivated. Otherwise, a child
traveling on that seat will face a significant risk
of injury if the airbags are triggered off, even
with a child-restraint system.<
or improperly installed child-restraint systems
can increase the risk of injury to children.
Always follow the installation instructions for
the system with the greatest care.
On the front passenger seat
After installing a child-restraint system on
the front passenger seat, make sure that
the front and side airbags for the front passenger are deactivated, otherwise there is an
increased risk of injury if the airbags deploy.<
Backrest width*
The backrest width of the front passenger's seat must be at its widest possible
setting. Do not change the setting after installing the child seat. Otherwise the child seat's
stability on the front passenger's seat is limited.<
1. Adjust the backrest width to its widest setting, refer to page 37.
2. Install the child seat.
Child seat security
For more information on automatic deactivation
of the front passenger airbags refer to page 73.
Installing child-restraint
systems
Observe the child-restraint system manufacturer's instructions when selecting,
installing and using child-restraint systems.
Otherwise the protective effect may be diminished.<
Standard child-restraint systems are designed
to be secured with a lap belt or with the lap-belt
section of a lap-and-shoulder belt. Incorrectly
The rear safety belts and the front passenger's
safety belt can be prevented from being pulled
out in order to fasten child-restraint systems.
To lock the safety belt
1. Secure the child-restraint system with the
belt.
2. Pull the belt strap all the way out.
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3. Allow the belt strap to retract and pull it taut
against the child-restraint system.
At a glance
The safety belt is locked.
To unlock the safety belt
1. Open the belt buckle.
2. Remove the child-restraint system.
LATCH child-restraint fixing
system
LATCH: Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren.
To install and use the LATCH child
restraint system, follow the operating and
safety instructions provided by the manufacturer of the system, otherwise the protective
function of the seat may be compromised.<
For child-restraint systems with tether straps
there are two additional anchors, see arrows.
Coupe: placement of the tether strap
Make sure the upper retaining strap does
not run over sharp edges and is not
twisted as it passes to the top anchor. Otherwise the strap will not properly secure the childrestraint system in the event of an accident.<
Controls
3. Allow the safety belt strap to retract all the
way.
Coupe: child-restraint system with
tether strap
Use the top tether anchors to secure
child-restraint systems only, otherwise
the anchors could be damaged.<
Direction of travel
2
Head restraint
3
Hook for upper retaining strap
4
Anchor
5
Rear window shelf
6
Seat backrest
7
Upper retaining strap of child-restraint system
1. Push the head restraint upward.
2. Guide the upper retaining strap between
the head restraint holders.
Mobility
The anchor points for the lower LATCH
anchors are located behind the labeled protective caps.
1
3. Use the hook to clip the retaining strap to
the anchor.
4. Push the head restraint into its lowermost
position.
5. Pull the retaining strap taut.
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Ensure that both lower LATCH anchors
are correctly engaged and that the child
restraint system is resting firmly against the
backrest, otherwise the protective function of
the seat may be compromised.<
Driving tips
Before installing the child seat, pull the belt out
of the area for the child-restraint fixing system.
Driving
Driving
Ignition lock
Start/stop button
Insert the remote control into the
ignition lock
Pressing the start/stop button switches radio
readiness or the ignition on or off.
Insert the remote control all the way into the
ignition lock.
> Radio readiness is switched on.
Individual electrical consumers can operate.
Convenient access*
Manual transmission: when you press the
start/stop button while the clutch is
depressed, the engine starts.
M dual clutch transmission: when you press the
start/stop button while the brake is depressed,
the engine starts.<
If the car is equipped with convenient access,
only insert the remote control into the ignition
lock under special circumstances, refer to
page 27.
Radio readiness
Removing the remote control from the
ignition lock
Radio readiness is switched off automatically:
Do not forcibly pull the remote control out
of the ignition lock as this may cause
damage.<
Before removing the remote control, push it all
the way in to release the locking mechanism.
> The ignition is switched off if it was on.
Individual electrical consumers can operate.
The time and the outside temperature are displayed in the instrument cluster.
> When the remote control is removed from
the ignition lock
> In cars with convenient access*, by touching the surface above the door lock, refer to
Locking on page 27
Ignition on
All electrical consumers can operate. The
odometer and trip odometer are displayed in
the instrument cluster.
When the engine is off, please switch off
the ignition and any unnecessary electrical consumers in order to preserve the battery.<
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Do not run the engine in closed rooms,
otherwise the inhalation of toxic exhaust
gases can cause unconsciousness and death.
The exhaust gases contain carbon monoxide,
an odorless and colorless, but highly toxic gas.
Never leave an unattended vehicle with the
engine running, otherwise such a vehicle represents a potential safety hazard.
Before leaving the car with the engine running,
place the transmission in neutral and forcefully
apply the parking brake to prevent the car from
moving.<
Avoid frequent starting in quick succession as well as repeated start attempts in
which the engine does not start. Otherwise, the
fuel is not burned or incompletely burned and
there is a danger of overheating and damaging
the catalytic converter.<
Do not wait for the engine to warm up while the
vehicle remains stationary. Start driving right
away, but at moderate engine speeds.
M dual clutch transmission with
Drivelogic
At a glance
Starting the engine
To stop the starting procedure: press the start/
stop button again.
Remote control in the ignition lock or, with convenient access, inside the vehicle, refer to
page 27.
1. Depress the brake.
2. Press the start/stop button.
The engine starts with the selector level in any
position. Driving off: with the engine running,
move the selector level from the middle position
Β in the desired direction.
Every time you start the engine, sequential
mode is activated in program S3 if you lightly
press the selector lever to the right to position
D/S with the brake pedal depressed.
Switching off the engine
Always take the remote control with you
when you leave the vehicle.
When parking, apply the parking brake forcefully, otherwise the vehicle could begin to roll.<
Controls
All indicator and warning lamps as well as displays in the instrument cluster go out.
The starter operates automatically for a certain
time, and stops automatically as soon as the
engine has started.
Driving tips
Radio readiness and ignition off
Manual transmission
1. With the car at a standstill, press the start/
stop button.
2. Shift into first gear or reverse.
Remote control in the ignition lock or, with convenient access, inside the vehicle, refer to
page 27.
1. Depress the brake.
2. Depress the clutch and shift to neutral.
3. Press the start/stop button.
M dual clutch transmission with
Drivelogic
1. Press the start/stop button.
If N is engaged when you switch off the
engine, you are notified visually and acoustically.
2. Forcefully apply the parking brake.
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Manual transmission
4. Removing the remote control from the ignition lock, refer to page 46.
Mobility
3. Forcefully apply the parking brake.
Driving
3. Remove the remote control from the ignition lock, refer to page 46. This automatically engages transmission position P.
Releasing
Before driving into a car wash
The vehicle is able to roll when you perform the
following steps:
1. Insert the remote control, even with convenient access, into the ignition lock.
2. Depress the brake.
3. Engage transmission position N.
4. Switch off the engine.
The vehicle can roll.
Transmission position P is engaged:
> Automatically after approx. 30 minutes
> When you remove the remote control from
the ignition lock
Parking brake
The parking brake is primarily intended to prevent the vehicle from rolling while parked; it
brakes the rear wheels.
Indicator lamp
The indicator lamp is lit, and when you
drive off an acoustic signal sounds in
addition. The parking brake is still
Pull slightly upwards, press the button and
lower the lever.
In exceptional cases, if the parking brake
has to be used to slow or stop the car, do
not pull the lever up too hard. In doing so, continuously press the button of the parking brake
lever.
Otherwise, excessive force on the parking
brake can lock up the rear wheels and cause the
rear of the car to swerve.<
To prevent corrosion and one-sided braking action, occasionally apply the parking
brake lightly when the vehicle is slowly coming
to a stop if the traffic conditions are suitable.
The brake lamps do not light up when the parking brake is applied.<
Manual transmission
applied.
Indicator lamp for Canadian models.
Applying
The lever locks in position automatically.
When shifting into 5th or 6th gear, press
the gearshift lever to the right. Otherwise
the engine could be damaged if you inadvertently shift into 3rd or 4th gear.<
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The concept
The M dual clutch transmission with Drivelogic
is an automated manual transmission with two
clutches and a partial transmission in which an
electro-hydraulic system takes over clutch
action and shifting.
With the M dual clutch transmission, gears are
changed without interruption of the traction
force.
The M dual clutch transmission is operated
using the selector lever and two shift paddles
on the steering wheel.
In traffic congestion or at very low speeds, use
the Low Speed Assistant, refer to the information below.
Low Speed Assistant
The Low Speed Assistant supports you when
driving at very low speeds: the vehicle moves at
walking speed and automatically controls the
engine speed. You can also use the Low Speed
Assistant when rocking the vehicle out of deep
snow. To do so, shift between reverse gear and
the forward position without pressing the brake.
Activating
The transmission offers you the following functions:
1. Engage a drive position.
> Selection between manual and automatic
operation: sequential mode or drive mode
The vehicle rolls at the minimum speed. Do not
press the brake continuously as this may cause
the transmission to overheat.
> Selection between different drive programs, Drivelogic, refer to page 52
> Shift Lights, refer to page 52
> Automatic downshifting and protection
against selecting the wrong gear even in
sequential mode
> Launch Control, refer to page 53
At a glance
M dual clutch transmission
with Drivelogic*
Avoid driving off frequently with high acceleration and do not hold the vehicle on inclines by
pressing lightly on the accelerator while letting
the clutch slip, as this may cause the transmission to overheat.
Controls
Select this only when the vehicle is stationary.
When the gearshift lever is pressed to the left, a
slight resistance has to be overcome.
not continue driving until the transmission has
cooled down.
2. Briefly tap the accelerator.
Deactivating
Brake the vehicle to a stop to deactivate the
Low Speed Assistant.
Driving tips
Reverse gear
Selector lever positions
> Automatic throttle blip
Mobility
> Low Speed Assistant
System limitations
The M dual clutch transmission is equipped
with an overheating protection system that protects the clutch against extreme loads.
> R: reverse gear
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Reference
The indicator lamp lights up yellow
when the transmission becomes too
warm. Avoid high engine loads and
driving off frequently. When the transmission is
overheated, the indicator lamp lights up red and
the fuel supply to the engine is cut off. You can-
Driving
> Β: middle position
> N: neutral
> +: shift up manually
> –: shift down manually
> D/S: change between drive mode and
sequential mode
The selector lever locks in position R. In other
transmission positions, it stays in the middle
position; the gear positions are engaged by
pressing lightly in the desired direction.
The gear position currently engaged is indicated by LEDs in the selector lever.
Shiftlock
When the vehicle is stationary, press the brake
pedal before shifting out of N, otherwise the
desired gear will not be engaged.
R Reverse
Select this only when the vehicle is stationary.
N Neutral
If the driving situation demands, e.g. when
downshifting on a slippery road, the M dual
clutch transmission automatically disengages
and engages the clutch, i.e. it is not necessary
to manually engage the neutral position.
N engages when you open the driver's
door while the engine is running, your
safety belt is not fastened and you activate neither the brake pedal nor the accelerator. To
drive off after closing the driver's door and fastening your safety belt, move the selector lever
to position N first and then to the desired drive
position.<
N remains engaged even after the engine
is switched off if you leave the remote
control in the ignition lock. Use this function in
an automatic car wash, for example, refer to
page 48.<
S sequential mode
Shift up or down using the shift paddles or the
selector lever. You do not need to lift your foot
off the accelerator when doing so.
Shift from sequential mode to drive mode:
Press the selector lever to the right in the D/S
direction.
Shift back to sequential mode: shift using the
shift paddles or the selector lever, or press the
selector level to the right in the D/S direction
again.
On a level road, you can drive off in second gear,
e.g. on slippery roads.
The M dual clutch transmission assists you in
the following situations:
> Upshifts and downshifts are executed only
when they will result in a plausible combination of engine and vehicle speed; thus, for
example, a downshift that would cause the
engine to overrev will not be executed by
the system.
> When the vehicle stops, the transmission
automatically shifts down to first gear.
> Shortly before the vehicle slows down to
below the minimum speed of the gear currently engaged, the transmission automatically shifts down without requiring your
intervention.
Rapid downshifting: in sequential mode, you
can skip several gears to achieve optimal acceleration. To do so, press the accelerator past the
resistance point and pull the left shift paddle
once or press the selector lever forward once.
D drive mode
In drive mode, all forward gears are shifted automatically.
Shift from drive mode to sequential mode: shift
using the shift paddles or the selector lever, or
press the selector level to the right in the D/S
direction.
Shift back to drive mode: press the selector
lever to the right in the D/S direction again.
Kick-down: to accelerate rapidly, e.g. when
passing, press the accelerator down past the
resistance point. This provides maximum acceleration.
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P engages automatically when you switch
off the engine unless N is engaged and
the remote control remains in the ignition lock,
refer to page 46. As soon as you remove the
remote control from the ignition lock, P
engages regardless of the position of the selector lever.<
Via the shift paddles on the steering
wheel
At a glance
P Park
Displays in the instrument cluster
> To shift down, pull the left-hand shift paddle
– briefly.
Unlocking the transmission lock
manually
Selected drive program,
corresponds to the number of illuminated
fields, refer to Drivelogic, page 52
3
The gear currently engaged is displayed
together with a D in drive mode
At very low outside temperatures, this display
may not be functional. The engaged driving
direction is indicated by the LEDs on the selector lever.
Release the transmission lock manually for towing only and forcefully apply the parking brake
beforehand to prevent the vehicle from rolling.
After parking the vehicle, lock the transmission
lock again.
Releasing
Changing gears
1. Unclip the sleeve of the selector lever.
Via the selector lever
2. Pull the sleeve up over the selector lever
until the sleeve is inside out.
> To shift up, pull back the selector lever.
> To shift down, push it forward.
Driving tips
2
If a power failure occurs, e.g. if the battery
is discharged or disconnected, the transmission lock must be released manually, otherwise the rear wheels are blocked and the vehicle cannot be towed.<
3. Push the black cover forward using the
screwdriver from the onboard tool kit, refer
to page 127.
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Mobility
Engaged gear 1 to 7, R, N, P
Reference
1
Controls
> To shift up, pull the right-hand shift paddle
+ briefly.
Driving
from sequential to drive mode, drive program 3
is active.
In drive mode
Five drive programs are available for selection,
from winter program/balanced 1 to sporting and
highly dynamic 5.
In sequential mode
4. Insert the screwdriver into the opening of
the white lever, arrow 1.
You can choose between six drive programs,
from winter program/balanced 1 to sporty
puristic 6.
Program 6 is available when Dynamic Stability
Control is deactivated, refer to page 68. If DSC
is activated, the program changes from 6 to 5.
To maintain driving stability, activate DSC
whenever possible.<
Selecting the drive program via the
button in the center console
5. Pull the screwdriver back all the way, arrow
2. The transmission lock is released.
6. Carefully remove the screwdriver, for example to avoid accidentally engaging the
transmission lock during towing.
After parking the vehicle, lock the transmission lock again. Otherwise there is a
danger of the vehicle rolling.<
Locking
1. Insert the screwdriver into the opening of
the white lever and press forward.
The transmission lock is locked again.
2. Fold back the black cover until it engages
audibly.
3. Clip the sleeve of the selector lever back
into place.
Jump-starting and towing, refer to page 137.
Press the button repeatedly until the desired
drive program is displayed in the instrument
cluster, refer to page 51.
Shift Lights
To achieve the best possible acceleration in
sequential mode when using a sporty driving
style, the Shift Lights in the instrument cluster
indicate the best shift point just before the maximum engine speed is reached.
Drivelogic
Various drive programs are available to you via
Drivelogic.
After every change between sequential and
drive mode, the program selected last in each
case is active. Exception: after the first change
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At a glance
Controls
3. Press button 2.
>
Shift Lights activated.
>
Shift Lights deactivated.
The LEDs flash when the maximum allowable
engine speed is reached. When the maximum
engine speed is exceeded, the fuel supply is cut
off to protect the engine. Avoid engine speeds
in this range at all costs.
5. Press button 2.
Switching the Shift Lights on/off
The brightness of the Shift Lights can be set
using the brightness level of the instrument
cluster, refer to Instrument lighting on page 78.
For operating principle, refer to page 61.
1. Switch on the ignition, refer to page 46.
2. Lightly push button 1 in the turn indicator
lever up or down repeatedly until the symbol appears in the display accompanied by
the word "SET".
The setting is stored for the remote control currently in use.
Driving tips
2. At the latest, shift when the red LEDs 2 light
up.
4. Use button 1 to select:
Brightness of Shift Lights
Launch Control
Launch Control enables you to drive off with an
optimal vehicle acceleration on a high grip road
surface.
Do not use Launch Control too often, as
the higher loads on the vehicle lead to
premature component wear.<
Mobility
1. As the vehicle approaches its maximum
engine speed, the yellow LEDs 1 light up
consecutively to indicate the impending
shift point.
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Launch Control is available when the engine is
at operating temperature, i.e. after driving continuously for at least 6 miles/10 km.
Driving
1. Press the brake while the engine is running.
2. Deactivate Dynamic Stability Control DSC,
refer to page 68.
3. Select sequential mode with Drivelogic
drive program 6.
4. With the vehicle stationary, press the selector lever forward and hold. A flag symbol
appears in the instrument cluster.
M Engine Dynamics Control
With M Engine Dynamics Control you can influence how sportily your vehicle should respond
to movements of the accelerator. Two programs are available to you.
"Normal" program
5. Press the accelerator down all the way. The
engine speed when driving off is controlled.
In the "Normal" program, the engine responds
gently to accelerator movements, which is ideal
for city traffic or on snow, for example.
6. If you wish, you can adjust the drive-off
engine speed by up to approx. 500 rpm:
"Sport" program
The "Sport" program provides for a more spontaneous response of the engine to accelerator
movements.
Selecting a program
> Increase the drive-off engine speed by
approx. 100 rpm: press the lever beyond
the resistance point, arrow 1.
> Decrease the drive-off engine speed by
approx. 100 rpm: pull the lever beyond
the resistance point, arrow 2.
> Reset the drive-off engine speed: press
the lever upward or downward, arrows 3.
7. The vehicle accelerates when you release
the selector lever. Keep the accelerator
pressed all the way down.
8. The transmission shifts up automatically as
long as the accelerator is pressed all the
way down.
Press the POWER button to switch between
the "Normal" and "Sport" programs.
In the "Sport" program, the LED in the POWER
button lights up.
The selected program is stored for the remote
control currently in use and is activated the next
time the engine is started.
Launch Control only becomes available again
after a certain distance has been driven.
Do not use Launch Control during the vehicle
break-in period, refer to page 98.
To maintain driving stability, activate DSC
whenever possible.<
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bol appears in the display accompanied by
the word "SET".
At a glance
Turn signals/
headlamp flasher
High beams
2
Headlamp flasher
3
Turn signals
4. Lightly push button 1 in the turn indicator
lever down repeatedly until the symbol
appears in the display.
Using turn signals
Press the lever beyond the resistance point.
Controls
3. Press button 2.
1
To turn off manually, press the lever to the
resistance point.
Indicating a turn briefly
5. Press button 2.
Press the lever as far as the resistance point for
as long as you wish to indicate a turn.
6. Use button 1 to select:
Press the lever as far as the resistance point.
The turn signals flash three times.
You can activate or deactivate this function.
1. Switch on the ignition, refer to page 46.
Turn signals flash once.
>
Triple turn signal.
7. Press button 2.
The setting is stored for the remote control
currently in use.
Mobility
2. Lightly push button 1 in the turn indicator
lever up or down repeatedly until the sym-
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Triple turn signal activation
>
Driving tips
Unusually rapid flashing of the indicator
lamp indicates that a turn signal indicator
has failed.<
Driving
Wiper system
Activating intermittent wipe or rain
sensor
1
Switching on wipers
2
Switching off wipers or brief wipe
Press the button, arrow 3. The LED in the button lights up.
3
Activating/deactivating intermittent wipe or
rain sensor*
4
Cleaning windshield and headlamps
5
Setting speed for intermittent wipe, or sensitivity of the rain sensor
Switching on wipers
Press the lever upward, arrow 1.
The lever automatically returns to its initial position when released.
Normal wiper speed
Press once.
The system switches to operation in the intermittent mode when the vehicle is stationary.
Fast wiper speed
Press twice or press beyond the resistance
point.
The system switches to normal speed when the
vehicle is stationary.
Intermittent wipe or rain sensor*
If the car is not equipped with a rain sensor, the
intermittent-wipe time is a preset.
If the car is equipped with a rain sensor, the time
between wipes is controlled automatically and
depends on the intensity of the rainfall. The rain
sensor is mounted on the windshield, directly in
front of the interior rearview mirror.
Setting speed for intermittent wipe or
sensitivity of the rain sensor
Turn knurled wheel 5 up or down.
Deactivating intermittent wipe or rain
sensor
Press the button again, arrow 3.
The LED goes out.
Deactivate the rain sensor before entering an automatic car wash. Failure to do
so could result in damage caused by undesired
wiper activation.<
Cleaning windshield and headlamps
Pull the lever, arrow 4.
Washer fluid is sprayed onto the windshield and
the wipers are operated for a short time.
When the vehicle lighting system is switched
on, the headlamps are cleaned at regular and
appropriate intervals.
Do not use the washers if there is any
danger that the fluid will freeze on the
windshield. If you do, your vision could be
obscured. Antifreeze should therefore be
added to the fluid, refer to Washer fluid.
Do not use the washers when the washer fluid
reservoir is empty, otherwise you will damage
the washer pump.<
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Washer fluid
Cruise control is available for use at speeds of
approx. 20 mph or 30 km/h. The car then stores
and maintains the speed that you specify using
the lever on the steering column.
Washer fluid antifreeze is flammable.
Therefore, keep it away from ignition
sources and only store it in the closed original
container that is kept out of reach of children,
otherwise there is a risk of personal injury.
Comply with the instructions on the container.<
Do not use cruise control when driving at
constant speed is prevented by adverse
conditions, e.g. winding roads, dense traffic or
poor road conditions due to, e.g., snow, rain, ice
or loose surfaces. Otherwise you could lose
control of the vehicle and cause an accident as a
result.<
Washer fluid filler neck
One lever for all functions
Only refill washer fluid when the engine is
cool to avoid contact with hot engine
parts. Otherwise, fluid spills constitute a fire
hazard and a risk to personal safety.<
Mix the water and antifreeze before filling
the washer fluid reservoir to make sure
the correct concentration is maintained.<
Capacity
Approx. 4.8 US quarts/4.5 liters.
2
Storing and maintaining speed or decelerating
3
Deactivating cruise control
4
Resuming a speed stored beforehand
Maintaining current speed
Tap the lever, arrow 1, or pull it briefly, arrow 2.
The car's current speed is stored and maintained. It is displayed on the speedometer and
briefly in the instrument cluster. This function is
not available when DSC is switched off.
On uphill gradients, it may prove impossible to
maintain the set speed if current engine power
output is insufficient. If engine braking power is
insufficient on a downhill grade, the stored
speed may be exceeded.
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Mobility
Fill with water and, if required, with a washer
antifreeze, according to manufacturer's recommendations.
Storing and maintaining speed or accelerating
Reference
All washer nozzles are supplied with washer
fluid by the same reservoir.
1
At a glance
The concept
Controls
Cruise control
The windshield washer nozzles are heated
automatically while the engine is running or the
ignition is switched on.
Driving tips
Windshield washer nozzles
Driving
Increasing desired speed
> When you shift or depress the clutch
Repeatedly press the lever to the resistance
point or beyond, arrow 1, until the desired
speed is reached.
> When you deactivate DSC
> When DSC or ABS is intervening
> Each time the lever is pressed lightly to the
resistance point, the desired speed is
increased by approx. 1 mph or 1 km/h.
Cruise control is not deactivated by depressing
the accelerator pedal. Once the accelerator
pedal is released, the stored speed is achieved
again and maintained.
> Each time the lever is pressed beyond the
resistance point, the desired speed is
increased by up to 5 mph or 10 km/h.
Resuming a speed stored beforehand
The system stores and maintains the speed.
Press the button, arrow 4.
The stored speed is resumed and maintained.
Accelerate slightly, increase speed steadily:
When the ignition is switched off, the stored
speed value is cleared and can no longer be
called up.
Press the lever to the resistance point, arrow 1,
until the desired speed is reached.
Displays in the instrument cluster
Accelerating using the lever
Accelerate strongly, increase speed in intervals
of 10:
Press the lever beyond the resistance point,
arrow 1, until the desired speed is reached.
The vehicle accelerates without pressure on
the accelerator pedal. The system stores and
maintains the speed.
Decreasing speed
Repeatedly pull the lever to the resistance point
or beyond, arrow 2, until the desired speed is
displayed.
1
Stored speed
2
Selected speed is displayed briefly
> Each time the lever is pulled to the resistance point, the desired speed is decreased
by approx. 1 mph or 1 km/h.
> Each time the lever is pulled beyond the
resistance point, the desired speed is
reduced by up to 5 mph or 10 km/h until the
minimum speed of 20 mph or 30 km/h is
achieved.
The system stores and maintains the speed.
Deactivating cruise control
Tap the lever upwards or downwards, arrow 3.
The displays on the speedometer disappear.
In addition, the system is automatically deactivated:
> When you brake the vehicle
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Odometer, outside
temperature display, clock
roads, for example, otherwise there is an
increased risk of an accident.<
Odometer and trip odometer
Resetting trip odometer:
With the ignition switched on, press button 1 in
the instrument cluster.
At a glance
Everything under control
1
Knob in the instrument cluster
2
Outside temperature and clock, refer to
Computer on page 60
3
Odometer and trip odometer
If you still want to view the time, outside temperature and odometer reading briefly after the
remote control has been taken out of the ignition lock:
Press button 1 in the instrument cluster.
Controls
When the vehicle is parked
Tachometer
Knob in the instrument cluster
Driving tips
> To reset the trip odometer while the ignition
is switched on
> To display the time, outside temperature
and odometer briefly while the ignition is
switched off
Units of measure
To select the respective units of measure, miles
or km for the odometer as well as 7 or 6 for
the outside temperature, refer to page 62.
The setting is stored for the remote control currently in use.
Setting the time, refer to page 64.
Outside temperature warning
When the displayed temperature sinks to
approx. +377/+3 6, a signal sounds and a
warning lamp lights up. There is an increased
risk of black ice.
Black ice can also form at temperatures
above +377/+3 6. You should therefore drive carefully on bridges and shaded
The prewarning field, arrow 1, and the red warning field, arrow 2, change in relation to the
engine temperature. The permissible engine
speed increases with increased engine temperature. Avoid engine speeds in the prewarning
field, if possible.
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Mobility
Time, outside temperature display
Everything under control
Never drive at engine speeds in the red warning
field. In this range, the engine speed is limited to
protect the engine.
Coolant temperature
A warning lamp will come on if the coolant, and
therefore the engine, becomes too hot.
Check coolant level, refer to page 119.
Engine oil temperature
If the tilt of the vehicle varies for a longer period,
when you are driving in mountainous areas, for
example, the indicator may fluctuate slightly.
Reserve
Once the fuel level has fallen to the reserve
zone of approx. 3.3 US gal/12.5 liters, the indicator lamp and cruising range for the remaining
amount of fuel are displayed briefly. The indicator lamp remains permanently on when the
remaining range is less than approx. 30 miles/
50 km.
Refuel as soon as possible once your
cruising range falls below 30 miles/
50 km, otherwise engine functions are not
ensured and damage can occur.<
Computer
Displays in the instrument cluster
When the engine is at normal operating temperature, the engine oil temperature is between
approx. 1757/806 and approx. 2507/
1206.
Calling up information
If the engine oil temperature is too high, a warning lamp comes on in the instrument cluster.
Fuel gauge
Press the button in the turn indicator lever.
The following items of information are displayed in the order listed:
> Cruising range
> Oil level, refer to Checking oil level on
page 117
> Average fuel consumption
> Speed
Fuel tank capacity: approx. 16.6 US gal/
63 liters.
You can find information on refueling on
page 108.
> No information
M dual clutch transmission:
Outside temperature, time, cruising
range, oil level, average fuel consumption and
speed appear in the top display.<
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Cruising range
Displays the estimated cruising range available
with the remaining fuel. The range is calculated
on the basis of the way the car has been driven
over the last 18 miles/30 km and the amount of
fuel currently in the tank.
Refuel as soon as possible once your
cruising range falls below 30 miles/
50 km, otherwise engine functions are not
ensured and damage can occur.<
Average fuel consumption
The average fuel consumption is calculated for
the time during which the engine is running.
At a glance
To set the corresponding units of measure,
refer to Formats and units of measure on
page 62.
To reset average fuel consumption: press the
button in the turn indicator lever for approx.
2 seconds.
Settings and information
Driving tips
Controls
Operating principle
Button for:
> Selecting display
> Setting values
Button for:
> Confirming selected display or set values
> Calling up computer information 60
3
When the lights are on: instrument lighting
brightness 78
4
Calling up Check Control 65
5
Setting the time 64
6
Setting the date 64
7
Viewing service requirement display 63
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1
2
Reference
Certain settings and information can only be
made or called up when the ignition is switched
on. A number of settings cannot be made while
driving.
Everything under control
8
Setting formats and units of measure,
resetting to factory settings 62
9
Adjusting settings
> Confirmation signals when locking and
unlocking the vehicle 21
> Response during unlocking
procedure 19
> Automatic locking 23
> Pathway lighting 76
> Daytime running lamps 77
>
Fuel consumption: mpg, km/l,
l/100km
> Triple turn signal activation 55
>
> Seat memory 39
>
Time: 12h, 24h format
>
Date: day.month dd.mm,
month/day mm/dd
10 Switching Shift Lights* on/off 53
Exiting displays
The outside-temperature reading and the time
reappear when you press button 2 or if you
make no entries within approx. 15 seconds. If
required, complete the current setting first.
Formats and units of measure
You can set formats and units of measure.
>
Distance covered: mls, km
Temperature: 7, 6
5. Press button 2.
6. Use button 1 to make the setting.
7. Press button 2.
The setting is stored for the remote control
currently in use.
Resetting to factory settings
1. Switch on the ignition, refer to page 46.
You can reset the settings for formats and units
of measure to factory settings.
2. Lightly push button 1 in the turn indicator
lever up or down repeatedly until the symbol appears in the display accompanied by
the word "SET".
1. Lightly push button 1 in the turn indicator
lever up or down repeatedly until the symbol appears in the display accompanied by
the word "SET".
3. Press button 2.
2. Press button 2.
4. Use button 1 to select desired format or
desired unit of measure, e.g. for fuel consumption.
3. Use button 1 to select "RESET".
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2. Push button 1 in the turn indicator lever up
or down repeatedly until the appropriate
symbol appears in the display, accompanied by the words "SERVICE-INFO".
3. Press button 2.
4. Use button 1 to scroll through the individual
service items.
Controls
Service requirements
1. Switch on the ignition, refer to page 46.
Driving tips
4. Press button 2 until
is displayed.
The settings are reset.
The setting is stored for the remote control
currently in use.
The remaining driving distance and the date of
the next scheduled service are displayed briefly
immediately after you start the engine or switch
on the ignition.
The extent of service work required can
be read out from the remote control by
your BMW Service Advisor.<
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Mobility
For certain maintenance operations, you can
view the respective distance remaining or due
date individually in the instrument cluster.
Everything under control
Possible displays
1
Button for selecting functions
7
2
Service requirements
3
Engine oil
4
Roadworthiness test*
The sequence of displayed service items may
vary. The data for the next service appointment
is shown first.
5
Front brake pads
6
Rear brake pads
Clock
Brake fluid
More information on the BMW Maintenance
System can be found on page 121.
symbol appears in the display, accompanied by the time and the word "SET".
Setting the time
2. Press button 2.
To set the 12h/24h format, refer to Formats and
units of measure on page 62.
3. Use button 1 to set the hours.
4. Press button 2 to confirm the entry.
5. Use button 1 to set the minutes.
6. Press button 2 to confirm the entry.
7. Press button 2.
The system accepts the new time.
Date
1. Push button 1 in the turn indicator lever up
or down repeatedly until the appropriate
Setting the date
To set the dd/mm or mm/dd date format, refer
to Formats and units of measure on page 62.
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indicates that Check Control messages have
been stored. You can view the Check Control
messages whenever it is convenient for you.
2. Press button 2.
What to do in case of a malfunction
3. Use button 1 to set the day of the month.
The meaning of each lamp in the event of a malfunction and tips on how to respond are listed
starting on page 140.
4. Press button 2 to confirm the entry.
5. Set the month and the year in the same way.
6. Press button 2.
The system stores the new date.
Hiding Check Control messages
Controls
1. Push button 1 in the turn indicator lever up
or down repeatedly until the appropriate
symbol appears in the display, accompanied by the date and the word "SET".
The concept
Press the button in the turn indicator lever.
Some Check Control messages are displayed
until the malfunctions have been rectified. They
cannot be hidden. If several malfunctions occur
at the same time, they are displayed in succession.
Other messages are automatically hidden after
approx. 20 seconds, but are kept in memory.
Mobility
The Check Control monitors vehicle functions
and alerts you to any malfunctions in the systems monitored. Such a Check Control message includes indicator or warning lamps in the
instrument cluster and, in some circumstances,
an acoustic signal.
Driving tips
Check Control
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Indicator and warning lamps can light up in a
variety of combinations and colors.
Everything under control
Viewing stored Check Control
messages
1. Push button 1 in the turn indicator lever up
or down repeatedly until the appropriate
symbol appears in the display, accompanied by the words "CHECK CONTROL".
2. Press button 2.
"CHECK OK" appears if there are no Check
Control messages.
If a Check Control message has been
stored, the corresponding lamp comes on.
3. Push button 1 to check for other messages.
4. Press button 2.
The display again shows the outside temperature and the time.
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Malfunction
An acoustic warning does not sound until an
object is closer than approx. 24 in/60 cm to the
corner sensors, or closer than approx. 5 ft/
1.50 m to the center sensors.
PDC is a parking aid that can indicate
objects when they are approached
slowly, as is usually the case when parking.
Avoid approaching an object at high speed, otherwise physical circumstances may lead to the
system warning being issued too late.<
Switching on automatically
With the engine running or the ignition switched
on, the system is activated after approx. 1 second when you engage reverse gear. Wait this
short period before driving.
Switching off automatically
After approx. 165 ft/50 m of driving or over
approx. 20 mph/30 km/h, the system switches
off and the LED goes out.
Signal tones
When nearing an object, its position is indicated
correspondingly by an interval tone. As the distance between vehicle and object decreases,
the intervals between the tones become
shorter. If the distance to the nearest object
falls to below roughly 1 ft/30 cm, then a continuous tone sounds.
An interval tone is interrupted after approx.
3 seconds
> if you stop in front of an object that has been
detected by only one of the corner sensors
The indicator lamp in the instrument
cluster comes on. PDC is malfunctioning. Have the system checked.
To avoid this problem, keep the sensors clean
and free of ice or snow in order to ensure that
they will continue to operate effectively. When
using a high-pressure cleaner, do not spray the
sensors for extended periods of time and only
from a distance of at least 4 in/10 cm.
System limitations
Even with PDC, final responsibility for
estimating the distance between the
vehicle and any obstructions always remains
with the driver. Even when sensors are provided, there is a blind spot in which objects can
no longer be detected. The system is also subject to the physical limits that apply to all forms
of ultrasonic measurement, such as those
encountered with trailer towbars and hitches,
thin or wedge-shaped objects, etc. Low objects
that have already been displayed, e.g. curbs,
can disappear again from the detection area of
the sensors before or after a continuous tone
sounds. Higher, protruding objects, e.g. ledges,
cannot be detected. Therefore, always drive
cautiously, otherwise there is a risk of personal
injury or property damage. Loud sound sources
outside or inside the car can drown out the PDC
signal. Therefore, always drive cautiously, otherwise there is a risk of personal injury or property damage.<
Driving stability control
systems
Your BMW has a number of systems that help
to maintain the vehicle's stability even in
adverse driving conditions.
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The PDC assists you with maneuvering in tight
parking spaces. Acoustic signals warn you of
the presence of an object behind your vehicle.
To measure the distance, there are four ultrasonic sensors in the bumpers.
Controls
The concept
Driving tips
> if you are driving parallel to a wall.
Mobility
Park Distance Control PDC*
At a glance
Technology for driving comfort and safety
Technology for driving comfort and safety
Antilock Brake System ABS
Deactivating DSC
ABS prevents locking of the wheels during
braking. Safe steering response is maintained
even during full braking. Active safety is thus
increased.
The ABS is operational every time you start the
engine. Braking safely, refer to page 99.
Electronic brake-force distribution
The system controls the brake pressure in the
rear wheels to ensure stable braking behavior.
Brake assist
When you apply the brakes rapidly, this system
automatically produces the maximum braking
force boost and thus helps to achieve the shortest possible braking distance during full braking. This system exploits all of the benefits provided by ABS.
Do not reduce the pressure on the brake for the
duration of the full braking application.
Dynamic Stability Control DSC
DSC optimizes driving stability and traction. In
addition, the system recognizes unstable driving situations such as understeering and oversteering, and helps keep the vehicle on a safe
course within physical limits by reducing engine
power and applying the brakes on individual
wheels.
The laws of physics cannot be repealed,
even with DSC. An appropriate driving
style always remains the responsibility of the
driver. Therefore, do not reduce the additional
safety margin again by taking risks, as this could
result in an accident.<
Press the DSC OFF button for longer than
approx. 1 second; the indicator lamps for DSC
in the instrument cluster light up. Stabilizing
and drive-output promoting actions are no
longer executed.
You may find it useful to briefly deactivate DSC
under the following exceptional circumstances:
> When driving uphill on snow-covered roads,
in slush or on unplowed, snow-covered
roads
> When rocking a stuck vehicle free or starting off in deep snow or on loose ground
> When driving with snow chains
To increase vehicle stability, activate DSC again
as soon as possible.
Activating DSC
Press the DSC OFF button again; the indicator
lamps in the instrument cluster go out.
For better control
If the indicator lamp flashes:
DSC is regulating the drive and braking forces.
If the indicator lamps are on:
DSC is deactivated.
Electronic Damper Control
EDC*
The concept
Whenever there is a change in any significant
parameter such as road surface quality or in an
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"Comfort" program
Select the "Comfort" program if you want comfort-oriented control of the shock absorbers.
"Normal" program
The "Normal" program offers control that is balanced between comfort and sportiness.
"Sport" program
Select the "Sport" program if you want consistently sporty control of the shock absorbers.
Selecting a program
At a glance
You can select between three programs.
The drive-off assistant holds the car in
place for approx. 2 seconds after the
brake is released. Drive off without delay after
releasing the brake. Otherwise, the drive-off
assistant will no longer hold the car in place
after approx. 2 seconds and the car will start to
roll backwards.<
Flat Tire Monitor FTM*
The concept
The Flat Tire Monitor detects pressure loss in a
tire by comparing the rotating speeds of the
individual tires while moving.
In the event of pressure loss, the rolling circumference changes and, thus, the rotating speed
of the affected wheel. This change is detected
and is reported as a flat tire.
Controls
operating condition such as steering, braking,
etc., the damping automatically adjusts to the
new conditions in fractions of a second.
Functional requirement
Press the EDC button repeatedly:
System limitations
> "Comfort": LED off:
The Flat Tire Monitor is unable to warn
the driver of sudden, severe tire damage
caused by external factors, nor can it identify
the gradual loss of pressure that will inevitably
occur in all four tires over a lengthy period of
time.<
> "Sport": both LEDs light up.
The selected program is stored for the remote
control currently in use and is activated the next
time the engine is started.
Drive-off assistant
The drive-off assistant enables you to drive off
smoothly on uphill gradients. It is not necessary
to use the parking brake for this.
1. Hold the car in place by depressing the
brake.
2. Release the brake and drive off without
delay.
In the following situations, the system could be
delayed or malfunction:
> System has not been initialized
> Driving on snowy or slippery road surface
> Performance-oriented style of driving: slip
in the drive wheels, high lateral acceleration
> Snow chains are attached
Initializing the system
The initialization is completed during driving, which can be interrupted at any time.
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> "Normal": one LED lights up.
Mobility
The system must be reinitialized each
time a tire inflation pressure has been corrected or a wheel or tire has been changed.<
Driving tips
In order to assure the reliable reporting of a flat
tire, the system must be initialized for the correct tire inflation pressure.
Technology for driving comfort and safety
When driving resumes, the initialization is continued automatically.
Do not initialize the system while snow chains
are attached.<
1. Start the engine, but do not start driving.
2. Press the button for approx. 4 seconds until
the warning lamp in the instrument cluster
lights up yellow. Warning lamp, refer to Indication of a flat tire on page 70.
Tire Pressure Monitor TPM*
The concept
TPM checks the inflation pressures of the four
mounted tires. The system notifies you if there
is a significant loss of pressure in one or more
tires.
Functional requirement
In order to assure the reliable reporting of a flat
tire, the system must be reset while all tire inflation pressures are correct.
Always use wheels with TPM electronics. Otherwise, the system may malfunction.
Each time a tire inflation pressure has
been corrected or a wheel or tire has been
changed, reset the system.<
3. Start to drive.
Initialization is completed while the car is
moving, without any feedback.
Indication of a flat tire
The warning lamps come on in yellow
and red. In addition, an acoustic signal sounds. There is a flat tire or substantial loss of tire pressure.
1. Reduce your speed and carefully stop the
car. Avoid sudden braking and steering
maneuvers.
2. Identify the damaged tire. To do so, check
the tire pressure using the M Mobility System, refer to Producing the tire inflation
pressure on page 132.
3. Repair the flat tire with the M Mobility System, refer to page 132.
System limitations
TPM cannot warn you in advance of sudden severe tire damage caused by outside influences.<
The system does not work correctly if it has not
been reset; for example, a flat tire may be indicated even though the tire inflation pressures
are correct.
The system is inactive and cannot indicate a flat
tire if a wheel without TPM electronics has been
mounted, or if TPM is temporarily malfunctioning due to other systems or devices using the
same radio frequency.
Resetting the system
Each time a tire inflation pressure has
been corrected or a wheel or tire has been
changed, reset the system.<
1. Start the engine, but do not start driving.
Malfunction
The warning lamps come on in yellow. The Flat Tire Monitor has a malfunction or has failed. Have the system checked as soon as possible.
2. Press the button for approx. 4 seconds until
the warning lamp in the instrument cluster
lights up yellow. Warning lamp, refer to
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Malfunction
The small warning lamp flashes in
yellow and then lights up continuously; the larger warning lamp comes
on in yellow. No punctures can be
detected.
This type of message is shown in the following
situations:
At a glance
Message for low tire inflation pressure on
page 71.
> If there is a malfunction
Have the system checked.
1. Reduce your speed and carefully stop the
car. Avoid sudden braking and steering
maneuvers.
2. Identify the damaged tire or tires. To do so,
check the tire pressure using the M Mobility
System, refer to Producing the tire inflation
pressure on page 132.
If it is not possible to make an identification, contact your BMW center.<
3. Repair the flat tire with the M Mobility System, refer to page 131.
Have the tire replaced by a BMW center or a
workshop that is informed in the handling of
TPM and that works according to BMW repair
procedures with correspondingly trained personnel.
Controls
Message for unsuccessful system
reset
The warning lamp lights up yellow.
The system is not reset after a tire
has been changed, for example.
Check the tire inflation pressure and reset the
system, refer to page 70.
Declaration according to NHTSA/
FMVSS 138
Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems
Each tire should be checked monthly when cold
and inflated to the inflation pressure recommended by the vehicle manufacturer on the
vehicle placard or tire inflation pressure label. If
your vehicle has tires of a different size than the
size indicated on the vehicle placard or tire inflation pressure label, you should determine the
proper tire inflation pressure for those tires. As
an added safety feature, your vehicle has been
equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system, TPMS, that illuminates a low tire pressure
telltale when one or more of your tires are significantly under-inflated. Accordingly, when the
low tire pressure telltale illuminates, you should
stop and check your tires as soon as possible,
and inflate them to the proper pressure. Driving
on a significantly underinflated tire causes the
tire to overheat and can lead to tire failure.
Underinflation also reduces fuel efficiency and
tire tread life, and may affect the vehicle’s han71
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Driving tips
The warning lamps come on in yellow
and red. In addition, a signal sounds.
There is a flat tire or substantial loss
of tire pressure.
> If TPM is temporarily malfunctioning due to
other systems or devices using the same
radio frequency.
Mobility
Message for low tire inflation pressure
> If a wheel without TPM electronics has
been mounted
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3. Start to drive.
After driving a few minutes, the set inflation
pressures in the tires are accepted as the
target values to be monitored. The system
reset is completed during your drive, and
can be interrupted at any time. When driving
resumes, the reset is continued automatically. The indicator lamp goes out after the
system reset is completed.
Technology for driving comfort and safety
dling and stopping ability. Please note that the
TPMS is not a substitute for proper tire maintenance, and it is the driver’s responsibility to
maintain correct tire pressure, even if underinflation has not reached the level at which the
TPMS low tire pressure telltale illuminates.
The TPMS malfunction indicator is combined
with the low tire pressure telltale. When the system detects a malfunction, the telltale will flash
for approximately one minute and then remain
continuously lit. This sequence will continue
upon subsequent vehicle startups as long as
the malfunction exists. When the malfunction
indicator is illuminated, the system may not be
able to detect or signal low tire pressure as
intended. TPMS malfunctions may occur for a
variety of reasons, including the installation of
replacement or alternate tires or wheels on the
vehicle that prevent the TPMS from functioning
properly. Always check the TPMS malfunction
telltale after replacing one or more tires or
wheels on your vehicle to ensure that the
replacement or alternate tires and wheels allow
the TPMS to continue to function properly.
Servotronic
"Servotronic" varies the steering force required
to turn the wheels depending on the speed at
which you are driving.
At low speeds, steering is assisted strongly, i.e.
less effort is required to turn the vehicle. Steering assistance lessens with increasing speed.
Brake Force Display
On the left: normal braking.
On the right: sharp braking.
Airbags
The following airbags are located under the
marked covers:
1
Front airbags
2
Coupe: head airbags
3
Side airbags in the seat backrests
Protective action
Observe the adjustment instructions on
page 35 to ensure the best possible personal protection.<
The front airbags help protect the driver and
front passenger by responding to frontal
impacts in which safety belts alone cannot provide adequate restraint. When needed, the
head and side airbags help provide protection in
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Warning notices and information about the airbags can also be found on the sun visors.
Automatic deactivation of the front
passenger airbags
An analysis of the impression in the front passenger seat cushion determines whether and
how the seat is occupied. The front and side airbags for the front passenger are activated or
deactivated by the system accordingly.
The indicator lamp above the interior
rearview mirror shows the current status
Status of front passenger airbags
The indicator lamp for the front passenger airbags shows the functional status of the front
passenger's front and side airbags in accordance with whether and how the front passenger seat is occupied. The indicator lamp shows
whether the front passenger airbags are activated or deactivated.
> The indicator lamp lights up when a child in
a specially designated child-restraint system is detected, as intended, on the seat.
The front and side airbags for the front passenger are not activated.
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Do not apply adhesive materials to the
cover panels of the airbags, cover them or
modify them in any other way. Do not attach
seat covers, cushions or other objects not specifically approved for seats with integral side airbags to the front seats. Do not hang items of
clothing such as coats or jackets over the backrests. Do not attempt to remove the airbag
retention system from the vehicle. Do not modify the individual components of the system or
its wiring in any way. This includes the upholstered covers on the steering wheel, instrument
panel, seats and roof posts, as well as the sides
of the roof lining. Do not attempt to remove or
dismantle the steering wheel.
Do not touch the individual components immediately after the system has been triggered,
because there is a danger of burns.
In the event of malfunctions, deactivation or
triggering of the airbag restraint system, have
the testing, repair, removal and disposal of airbag generators executed only by a BMW center
or a workshop that works according to repair
procedures of BMW with correspondingly
trained personnel and that has the required
explosives licenses. Unprofessional attempts to
work on the system could lead to failure in an
emergency or to undesired airbag activation,
either of which could result in personal injury.<
Controls
Before transporting a child on the front
passenger seat, read the safety precautions and handling instructions under Transporting children safely, refer to page 44.
The front and side airbags can also be deactivated by adolescents and adults sitting in certain positions; the indicator lamp for the front
passenger airbags comes on. In such cases, the
passenger should change his or her sitting
position so that the front passenger airbags are
activated and the indicator lamp goes out. If the
desired airbag status cannot be achieved by
changing the sitting position, transport the relevant passenger on a rear seat. Do not attach
seat covers, seat cushion padding, ball mats or
other items to the front passenger seat unless
they are specifically recommended by BMW.
Do not place any items under the seat which
could press against the seat from below. Otherwise a correct analysis of the seat cushion is not
ensured.<
Driving tips
The airbags have been designed to not be triggered in every collision situation, e.g. not in
minor accidents or rear-end collisions.
Mobility
of the front passenger airbags, deactivated or
activated, refer to Status of front passenger airbags below.<
Reference
the event of side impact. The relevant side airbag supports the side upper body area. The
head air bag supports the head.
Technology for driving comfort and safety
Most child seats are detected by the
system, especially child seats
required by the NHTSA at the time of vehicle production. After mounting a child seat,
ensure that the indicator lamp for the front
passenger airbag is lit. It indicates that the
child seat has been detected and that the
front passenger airbags are deactivated.<
> The indicator lamp does not come on as
long as a person of sufficient size and in a
correct sitting position is detected on the
seat.
The front and side airbags for the front passenger are activated.
> The indicator lamp does not come on if the
seat is empty.
The front and side airbags for the front passenger are not activated.
Operational readiness of airbag system
Convertible: rollover
protection system
The rollover protection system is activated
automatically in the event of an accident, a critical driving situation, an extreme tilt in the car's
longitudinal axis or upon loss of ground contact.
The protection bars behind the rear head
restraints deploy within fractions of a second.
As a supplementary system to the reinforced
windshield frame, the rollover protection system ensures that the necessary headroom is
maintained for all vehicle occupants.
Always keep the area of movement of the
rollover protection system clear.
In minor accidents, you are protected by the
fastened safety belt and, depending on accident severity, by the safety belt tensioner and
multi-phase airbag retention system.<
Resetting
If the rollover protection system was not
impacted after being automatically activated, it
can be reset by lowering the protection bars to
their original positions. This does not require
tools.
1. Push the locking lever to one side and hold
it there.
As of radio readiness, refer to page 46, the
warning lamp comes on briefly to indicate that
the entire airbag system and the belt tensioners
are operational.
Airbag system malfunction
> Warning lamp does not light up at radio
readiness or beyond.
> Warning lamp remains permanently on.
In the event of a fault in the airbag system,
have it checked without delay, otherwise
there is the risk that the system will not function
as intended even if a sufficiently severe accident occurs.<
2. Push the protection bar halfway down from
above.
3. Release the locking lever.
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4. Push the protection bar down until it snaps
into place.
5. Repeat the procedure for the other protection bar.
Controls
Have the rollover protection system checked
after an unexpected activation.
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Mobility
Driving tips
Never move the retractable hardtop when
the rollover protection system is in the
activated position.
Do not make any modifications to the individual
components of the rollover protection system
or its cabling.
Work on the rollover protection system should
only be performed by a BMW center.
Incorrectly performed work on the system may
lead to system failure or incorrect operation.
To check the system and ensure flawless longterm operation, always observe the service
intervals, refer to page 63.<
Lamps
Lamps
Parking lamps/low beams
Automatic headlamp control*
0
When the switch is in position 3, the low beams
are switched on and off automatically depending on ambient light conditions, e.g. in a tunnel,
in twilight, or if there is precipitation. The Adaptive Head Light* is active. The LED next to the
symbol is illuminated when the low beams are
on. You can also activate the daytime running
lamps, refer to page 77. In the situations
described above, the lamps then automatically
switch from daytime running lamps to low
beams.
Lamps off,
daytime running lamps
1
Parking lamps and daytime running lamps
2
Low-beam headlamps and welcome lamps
3
Automatic headlamp control*, daytime running lamps, welcome lamps and Adaptive
Head Light*
The headlamps may also come on when the
sun is sitting low on a blue sky.
When you open the driver's door with the ignition switched off, the exterior lighting is automatically switched off if the light switch is in
position 0, 2 or 3.
The automatic headlamp control cannot
serve as a substitute for your personal
judgment in determining when the lamps
should be switched on in response to ambient
lighting conditions. For example, the system
cannot detect fog or hazy weather. To avoid
safety risks, you should always switch on the
low-beam headlamps manually under these
conditions.<
Switch on the parking lamps if necessary,
switch position 1.
Welcome lamps
Parking lamps
In switch position 1, the front, rear and side
vehicle lighting is switched on. You can use the
parking lamps for parking.
The parking lamps will discharge the battery. Therefore, do not leave them on for
unduly long periods of time, otherwise the battery might not have enough power to start the
engine. It is preferable to switch on the lefthand or right-hand roadside parking lamps,
refer to page 78.<
If you leave the light switch in position 2 or 3
when you park the car, the parking lamps and
the interior lamps light up briefly when you
unlock the vehicle.
Pathway lighting
If you activate the headlamp flasher after parking the car, with the lamps switched off, the low
beams and the rear lamps come on and remain
on for a certain time.
You can adjust the operating period or deactivate the function.
For operating principle, refer to page 61.
Low beams
The low beams light up when the light switch is
in position 2 and the ignition is on.
1. Switch on the ignition, refer to page 46.
2. Lightly push button 1 in the turn indicator
lever up or down repeatedly until the sym-
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1. Switch on the ignition, refer to page 46.
2. Lightly push button 1 in the turn indicator
lever up or down repeatedly until the symbol appears in the display accompanied by
the word "SET".
At a glance
bol appears in the display accompanied by
the word "SET".
3. Press button 2.
Driving tips
4. Lightly push button 1 in the turn indicator
lever down repeatedly until the symbol
appears in the display.
5. Press button 2.
6. Use button 1 to select:
5. Press button 2.
...
Select the corresponding duration, e.g.
40 seconds.
6. Use button 1 to select:
7. Press button 2.
The setting is stored for the remote control
currently in use.
>
Daytime running lamps activated.
>
Daytime running lamps deactivated.
Daytime running lamps
7. Press button 2.
The setting is stored for the remote control
currently in use.
The daytime running lamps light up in switch
position 0, 1 and 3. They are less powerful than
the low beams.
Adaptive Head Light*
Activating/deactivating daytime
running lamps
For operating principle, refer to page 61.
Mobility
>
The function is deactivated.
The concept
Adaptive Head Light is a variable headlamp
control system that enables better illumination
of the road surface. Depending on the steering
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>
Controls
3. Press button 2.
4. Lightly push button 1 in the turn indicator
lever down repeatedly until the symbol
appears in the display.
Lamps
angle and other parameters, the light from the
headlamp follows the course of the road.
In tight curves at speeds up to 40 mph/70 km/h,
e.g. on mountainous roads or when turning, an
additional, corner-illuminating lamp is switched
on that lights up the inside area of the curve.
Activating Adaptive Head Light
With the ignition switched on, turn the light
switch to position 3, refer to page 76.
The corner-illuminating lamp is switched on
automatically, depending on the steering wheel
angle or turn signal indicator.
To avoid blinding oncoming traffic, the Adaptive
Head Light directs light towards the front passenger side when the vehicle is at a standstill.
Roadside parking lamps, left or right
There is an additional option of switching on the
lamps on the side of the car facing the road
when parked.
Switching on
After parking the vehicle, press the lever up or
down beyond the pressure point for a longer
period, arrow 3.
The roadside parking lamps drain the battery. Therefore, do not leave them on for
unduly long periods of time, otherwise the battery might not have enough power to start the
engine.<
Switching off
When you are reversing, only the corner-illuminating lamps are active and switched on on
both sides.
Press the lever in the opposite direction to the
pressure point, arrow 3.
Malfunction
Instrument lighting
The LED next to the symbol for automatic headlamp control flashes. Adaptive Head Light is
malfunctioning or has failed. Have the system
checked as soon as possible.
You can adjust the brightness of the instrument
lighting only when the parking lamps or the low
beams are switched on.
High beams/roadside parking
lamps
1. Push button 1 in the turn indicator lever up
or down repeatedly until the appropriate
symbol appears in the display, accompanied by the brightness level and the word
"SET".
1
High beams
2
Headlamp flasher
3
Roadside parking lamps*
2. Press button 2.
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Reading lamps
4. Press button 2.
The display again shows the outside temperature and the time.
There are reading lamps at the front and rear*,
next to the interior lamps. To switch on and off,
press the button.
Controls
3. Push button 1 up or down to select the
desired brightness level.
Interior lamps
The interior lamps, footwell lamps*, entry
lamps*, cargo bay lamp and courtesy lamps*
are controlled automatically.
The LEDs for the courtesy lamps are set in the
door handles and illuminate the ground in front
of the doors.
Driving tips
To avoid draining the battery, all lamps
inside the car are switched off about
8 minutes after the ignition is switched off, refer
to Start/stop button on page 46.<
Mobility
Switching interior lamps on/off
manually
To switch off the interior lamps, footwell
lamps*, entry lamps* and courtesy lamps* permanently, press the button for the front interior
lamps for about 3 seconds.
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Interior lamps, front and rear*:
To switch on and off, press the button.
Climate
Climate
1
Airflow directed toward the windshield and
side windows
10 Temperature adjustment, right-hand side
of passenger compartment
2
Air to the upper body area
Draft-free ventilation 83
11 Residual heat
3
Air to the footwell
12 Defrosting windows and removing condensation
4
Air distribution, manual
13 Switching cooling function on/off manually
5
Temperature adjustment, left-hand side of
passenger compartment
14 Rear window defroster
6
Maximum cooling
7
AUTO program
8
Air flow rate, manual
9
Automatic recirculated-air control AUC/
Recirculated-air mode
15 Air grill for interior temperature sensor –
please keep clear and unobstructed
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The following sections inform you in detail
about how to adjust the settings.
Most settings are stored for the remote control
currently in use, refer also to Personal Profile
settings on page 18.
Adjusting air distribution manually
The air distribution can be
switched on and off manually. The
air is directed to the windshield, to
the upper body area and to the
footwell. Automatic air distribution adjustment
is deactivated.
You can switch the automatic air distribution
back on by pressing the AUTO button. This
automatically switches on the cooling function
as well.
Temperature
Set the desired temperatures individually for the driver's and front
passenger's sides.
The automatic climate control
achieves this temperature as quickly as possible regardless of the season, using maximum
cooling or heating power if necessary, and then
maintains it.
At a glance
The automatic climate control goes into recirculated-air mode at the lowest temperature. Air
flows at maximum rate from the vents for the
upper body area. You should therefore open
them for maximum cooling.
AUTO program
The AUTO program adjusts the air
distribution to the windshield and
side windows, towards the upper
body area and into the footwell for you. The air
flow rate and your temperature specifications
will be adapted to outside influences as a result
of seasonal changes, e.g. sunlight or window
condensation.
Controls
AUTO program 7 offers the ideal air distribution
and air flow rate for almost all conditions, refer
to AUTO program below. All you need to do is
select an interior temperature which is comfortable for you.
At outside temperatures above
32 7/0 6 and when the engine is
running, you obtain a maximum
cooling effect as soon as possible.
The cooling is switched on automatically with
the AUTO program.
Adjusting air flow rate manually
Press the left side of the button to
reduce airflow. Press the right side
of the button to increase it.
You can reactivate the automatic mode for the
air flow rate with the AUTO button.
Driving tips
Comfortable interior climate
Maximum cooling
The air flow rate may be reduced or the blower
may be switched off entirely to save on battery
power. The display remains the same.
Switching the system on/off
When you switch between different temperature settings in quick succession, the
automatic climate control does not have
enough time to achieve the set temperature.<
With the blower at its lowest setting, press the
left side of the button to switch off the automatic climate control. All displays are cleared
except for the rear window defroster if it is
switched on.
You can achieve maximum heating power with
the highest setting, regardless of the outside
temperature.
Press any button except REST or rear window
defroster to reactivate the automatic climate
control.
Mobility
Automatic climate control
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The lowest setting effects continuous cooling.
Climate
Automatic recirculated-air control
AUC/Recirculated-air mode
Switch on the desired operating
mode by pressing this button
repeatedly:
> LED off: outside air flows in continuously.
> Left-hand LED on, AUC mode: a sensor
detects pollutants in the outside air. If necessary, the system blocks the supply of outside air and recirculates the inside air. As
soon as the concentration of pollutants in
the outside air has decreased sufficiently,
the system automatically switches back to
outside air supply.
> Right-hand LED on, recirculated-air mode:
the supply of outside air is permanently
shut off. The system then recirculates the
air currently within the vehicle.
If condensation starts to form on the
inside window surfaces during operation
in the recirculated-air mode, you should switch
it off while also increasing the air flow rate as
required.
The recirculated-air mode should not be used
continuously for lengthy periods, otherwise the
quality of the air inside the car will gradually
deteriorate.<
Via the button on the steering wheel
You can switch quickly between the recirculated-air mode and the previous mode using a
button on the steering wheel, refer to page 11.
Residual heat
The heat stored in the engine is
used to heat the passenger compartment, e.g. while stopped at a
school to pick up a child.
> At an outside temperature below 77 7/
25 6
The LED is lit when the function is on.
As of radio readiness, you can set the interior
temperature, the air flow rate and the air distribution.
Defrosting windows and removing
condensation
Quickly removes ice and condensation from the windshield and
front side windows.
Switch on the cooling function as well.
Switching cooling function on/off
The cooling function cools and
dehumidifies the incoming air
before reheating it as required,
according to the temperature setting. This
function is only available while the engine is
running.
The cooling function helps prevent condensation on the windows or removes it quickly.
Depending on the weather, the windshield may
fog over briefly when the engine is started.
The cooling function is automatically switched
on along with the AUTO program.
Rear window defroster
The defroster is switched off automatically after a certain time.
Depending on your vehicle's
equipment, the upper wires serve as an antenna
and are not part of the rear window defroster.
The function can be switched on when the following conditions are met:
> Up to 15 minutes after the engine has been
switched off
> While the engine is at operating temperature
> As long as battery voltage is sufficient
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Microfilter/activated-charcoal filter
1
Use the knurled wheels to smoothly open
and close the air vents
2
Use the lever to change the direction of the
airflow
3
Knurled wheel for more or less cool air from
the vents for the upper body area
Controls
The microfilter traps dust and pollen in the
incoming air. The activated-charcoal filter provides additional protection by filtering gaseous
pollutants from the outside air. Your BMW center replaces this combined filter during routine
maintenance.
At a glance
Ventilation
Ventilation for cooling
Adjust the vent outlets to direct the flow of cool
air in your direction, for instance if it has become
too hot in the car.
Draft-free ventilation
Driving tips
Set the vent outlets so that the air flows past
you and not straight at you.
1
Mobility
Ventilation in the rear
Use the knurled wheel to adjust the temperature
> Turn toward blue: colder
2
Use the knurled wheel to smoothly open
and close the air vents
3
Use the lever to change the direction of the
airflow
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> Turn toward red: warmer
Practical interior accessories
Practical interior accessories
Integrated universal remote
control*
HomeLink is a registered trademark of Johnson
Controls, Inc.<
Programming
The concept
The integrated universal remote control can
replace as many as three hand-held transmitters for various remote-controlled devices,
such as garage doors and gates or lighting systems. The integrated universal remote control
registers and stores signals from the original
hand-held transmitters.
The signal of an original hand-held transmitter
can be programmed on one of the three memory buttons 1. After this, the programmed
memory button 1 will operate the system in
question. The LED 2 flashes to confirm transmission of the signal.
Should you sell your vehicle one day, be sure to
delete the stored programs beforehand for your
safety, refer to page 85.
To prevent possible damage or injury,
before programming or using the integrated universal remote control, always inspect
the immediate area to make certain that no people, animals or objects are within the pivoting or
travel range of the device being operated. Comply also with the safety instructions supplied
with the original hand-held transmitter.<
Checking compatibility
If this symbol appears on the package
or in the instructions supplied with the
original hand-held transmitter, you can
assume that the radio remote control device will
be compatible with the integrated universal
remote control.
For additional information, please contact your
BMW center or call: 1-800-355-3515.
You can also obtain information on the Internet
at:
www.bmwusa.com or
www.homelink.com.
1
Memory buttons
2
LED
Fixed-code hand-held transmitters
1. Switch on the ignition, refer to page 46.
2. When starting operation for the first time:
Press the left and right memory buttons 1
for approx. 20 seconds until the LED 2
flashes rapidly. The three memory buttons
are cleared.
3. Hold the original hand-held transmitter at a
distance of approx. 4 to 12 in/10 to 30 cm
from the memory buttons 1.
The required distance between the
hand-held transmitter and the memory buttons 1 depends on the system of the
respective original hand-held transmitter
used.<
4. Simultaneously press the transmit key on
the original hand-held transmitter and the
desired memory button 1 on the integrated
universal remote control. The LED 2 flashes
slowly at first. As soon as the LED 2 flashes
rapidly, release both buttons. If the LED 2
does not flash rapidly after approx. 15 seconds, alter the distance and repeat this
step.
5. To program other original hand-held transmitters, repeat steps 3 and 4.
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Alternating-code hand-held
transmitters
To program the integrated universal remote
control, consult the operating instructions for
the device to be set. You will find information
there on the possibilities for synchronization.
When programming hand-held transmitters
that employ an alternating code, please observe
the following supplementary instructions:
Programming will be easier with the aid of
a second person.<
Deleting all stored programs
Press the left and right memory buttons 1 for
approx. 20 seconds until the LED 2 flashes rapidly: all stored programs are deleted.
At a glance
If the device fails to function even after
repeated programming, check whether
the original hand-held transmitter uses an alternating-code system. To do so, either read the
instructions for the original hand-held transmitter or hold down the programmed memory
button 1 of the integrated universal remote
control. If the LED 2 on the integrated universal
remote control flashes rapidly and then remains
lit for about two seconds, the original hand-held
transmitter uses an alternating-code system. If
it uses an alternating-code system, program
the memory buttons 1 as described under
Alternating-code hand-held transmitters.<
If you have any questions, please contact
your BMW center.<
Reassigning individual programs
1. Hold the original hand-held transmitter at a
distance of approx. 4 to 12 in/10 to 30 cm
from the memory buttons 1.
The required distance between the
hand-held transmitter and the memory buttons 1 depends on the system of the
respective original hand-held transmitter
used.<
Controls
You can operate the device while the ignition is
switched off.
The corresponding memory button 1 is now
programmed with the signal of the original
hand-held transmitter.
2. Press the desired memory button 1 of the
integrated universal remote control.
3. If the LED 2 flashes slowly after approx.
20 seconds, press the transmit key of the
original hand-held transmitter. Release
both buttons as soon as the LED 2 flashes
rapidly. If the LED 2 does not flash rapidly
after approx. 15 seconds, alter the distance
and repeat this step.
Driving tips
The corresponding memory button 1 is now
programmed with the signal of the original
hand-held transmitter.
1. Park your vehicle within the range of the
remote-controlled device.
Mobility
2. Program the integrated universal remote
control as described above in the section
Fixed-code hand-held transmitters.
3. Locate the button on the receiver of the
device to be set, e.g. on the drive unit.
4. Press the button on the receiver of the
device to be set. After step 4, you have
approx. 30 seconds for step 5.
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5. Press the programmed memory button 1 of
the integrated universal remote control
three times.
Practical interior accessories
Digital compass*
such as a pen or similar item. The following
adjustment options are displayed one after the
other, depending on how long you keep the
adjustment button pressed:
> Press briefly: switch display on/off
> 3 to 6 seconds: set the compass zone
> 6 to 9 seconds: calibrate the compass
1
Adjustment button
2
Display
The display shows you the main or secondary
compass direction in which you are driving.
Operating principle
You can call up various functions by pressing
the adjustment button with a pointed object
> 9 to 12 seconds: set left-hand/right-hand
steering
> 12 to 15 seconds: set the language
Setting compass zones
Set the compass zone corresponding to your
vehicle's geographic location so that the compass can function correctly; refer to the world
map with compass zones.
To set the compass zone, press the adjustment
button for approx. 3-4 seconds. The number of
the compass zone set is shown in the display.
The compass is operational again after approx.
10 seconds.
To change the zone setting, briefly press the
adjustment button repeatedly until the display
shows the number of the compass zone corresponding to your current location.
Calibrating the digital compass
The digital compass must be calibrated in the
following situations:
> An incorrect compass direction is shown.
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> The compass direction shown does not
change although the direction of travel
does.
Coupe:
Roller sun blind*
At a glance
> Not all compass directions are shown.
Procedure
1. Make sure that no large metal objects or
overhead power lines are in the vicinity of
your vehicle and that you have enough
space to drive in a circle.
2. Set the currently valid compass zone.
Setting right-hand/left-hand steering
Tap the button in the center console to raise or
lower the roller sun blind.
Glove compartment
Opening
Controls
3. Press the adjustment button for approx.
6-7 seconds to call up C. Then drive in at
least one full circle at a speed of no more
than 4 mph or 7 km/h.
If calibration is successful, the display
changes from C to a compass direction.
Your digital compass is factory-set to righthand or left-hand steering, in accordance with
your vehicle.
You can set the language of the display:
Press the adjustment button for approx.
12-13 seconds. Briefly press the adjustment
button again to switch between English, "E",
and German, "O".
The setting is automatically saved after approx.
10 seconds.
Pull the handle.
The light in the glove compartment comes on.
Driving tips
Setting the language
To prevent injury in the event of an accident while the vehicle is being driven,
close the glove compartment immediately after
use.<
Mobility
Closing
Fold cover up.
Locking
Convertible: when you lock the vehicle from the
outside, the glove compartment is locked as
well.
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To lock the glove compartment, use the integrated key of the remote control, refer to
page 18.
Practical interior accessories
LED hand lamp
Ventilated storage compartment
In a holder on the left side of the glove compartment.
The storage compartment in the center armrest
can be ventilated: slide the switch backwards.
Insert the hand lamp into the holder with
the lens pointing toward the passenger
compartment to ensure that the lamp cannot be
switched on accidentally.<
The temperature is controlled via the knurled
wheel for adjusting the temperature of air ventilating the rear of the passenger compartment,
refer to page 83.
Connection for external audio device
Center armrest
Storage compartment
The center armrest between the front seats
contains either a compartment or the cover for
the snap-in adapter*, depending on the equipment version. For more information about this
mobile phone base plate refer to the separate
Owner's Manual.
You can connect an external audio device such
as a CD or MP3 player and play audio tracks
over the car's loudspeaker system. You can set
the volume and tone by means of the car radio,
refer to the separate Owner's Manual for Radio.
Connecting
Lift up the center armrest.
Convertible: when you lock the vehicle from the
outside, the center armrest is locked as well.
Connection for audio playback:
TRS connector 1/8 in/3.5 mm
Opening
Press the button, see arrow.
To play audio tracks over the car's loudspeaker
system, connect the headset or line-out port of
the external device to the connector.
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Depending on your vehicle's equipment, you
will find compartments beside the steering column*, in the front doors and in the center console*.
There are nets on the front-seat backrests.
Storage compartments in the rear
console
Cup holders
Use lightweight and shatterproof containers and do not transport hot beverages,
otherwise there is an increased risk of injury in
the event of the accident. Do not force containers that are too large into the cup holders, otherwise damage could result.<
At a glance
Storage compartments inside
the vehicle
Front
Controls
Depending on your vehicle's equipment version, the following storage compartments can
be found in the rear console:
Opening
Briefly press the center of the cover.
> Cup holders
Briefly press the cover in the center and push in
the cup holder.
Rear*
There are two additional cup holders in the rear
console.
Mobility
Coupe: clothes hooks
Press the upper edge to flip open.
Items of clothing hung from the hooks
must not obstruct the driver's view. Do
not hang heavy objects from the hooks, otherwise they could endanger the car's occupants,
e.g. in case of heavy braking or sudden swerving.<
Press the button to open.
Before folding down the rear seat backrest or using the transport bag, remove all
containers from the cup holder and close it. Do
not place objects into the cup holder and do not
use force to close it. Do not use the cup holder
as a grab handle.<
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> Storage compartment with cover
Driving tips
Closing
> Storage tray
Practical interior accessories
Ashtray, front
remote control so that children cannot operate
the cigarette lighter and burn themselves.<
Opening
Ashtray, rear
Opening
Push the ridge on the cover.
Emptying
Push the ridge on the cover.
Emptying
Lift out the insert.
Connecting electrical
appliances
Lift out the insert.
In your BMW, when the engine is running or the
ignition is switched on, you can use electrical
devices such as a flashlight, car vacuum
cleaner, etc., up to approx. 200 watts at
12 volts, as long as one of the following sockets
is available. Avoid damaging the sockets by
attempting to insert plugs of unsuitable shape
or size.
Lighter
Cigarette lighter socket*
To access the socket: take the cigarette lighter
out of the socket.
With the engine running or the ignition switched
on, press in the cigarette lighter.
The lighter can be pulled out as soon as it pops
back out.
Socket in the center armrest
External audio device, refer to page 88.
Hold or touch the hot cigarette lighter by
the knob only. Holding or touching it in
other areas could result in burns.
When leaving the car, always remove the
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When returning the backrest into its seating position, make sure that the seat's
locking mechanism engages properly. Otherwise, cargo could be thrown around in the event
of sharp braking or swerving and endanger the
occupants.<
The lashing eyes in the cargo bay provide you
with a way to attach cargo bay nets* or draw
straps for securing suitcases and luggage, refer
to page 101.
At a glance
Coupe: socket in the cargo bay*
Open the cap.
1. To release the rear seat backrest, pull the
corresponding lever in the cargo bay.
When the hardtop is closed you can enlarge the
cargo bay:
To do so, push the cargo bay partition upward.
2. The unlocked rear seat backrest moves forward slightly. Fold the backrest forward by
the head restraint.
Before opening the hardtop, push the cargo bay
partition down until it engages on both sides.
Before moving the hardtop, ensure that
there are no objects on or next to the
cargo bay partition, otherwise parts of the hardtop may be damaged. Do not exceed the maximum loading height; refer to the sticker in the
cargo bay showing a line indicating the maximum height. Do not use force to push down the
cargo bay partition.<
The retractable hardtop can only be
opened if the cargo bay partition is in its
lowermost position and engaged on both
sides.<
Closing
Controls
Opening
Driving tips
Enlarging the cargo bay
Mobility
Coupe:
Through-loading system
Convertible:
Cargo loading
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Return the rear seat backrest to its upright position and engage it.
Practical interior accessories
Folding down the rear seat backrest
You can fold down the rear seat backrest to
transport light objects in the rear without damaging the seats. Depending on the vehicle
equipment, the mounting points for the cargo
bay net* are found on the back of the seat backrest. To unlock the rear seat backrest: press the
button on the driver's or the opposite side.
Bag holder*
Storage compartment behind the rear
seat backrest
A storage compartment is located behind the
rear seat backrest. To access the storage compartment: remove the insert or fold down the
rear seat backrest.
When the rear seat backrest is folded
down or the insert has been removed,
only transport small light objects in the storage
compartment, otherwise braking maneuvers
and swerving may lead to a safety hazard due to
objects flying about the passenger compartment. Only transport heavy luggage in the
cargo bay if it has been appropriately secured.<
Storage compartments inside
the cargo bay
When the rear seat backrest is folded down, you
will find two bag holders on the cargo bay wall:
1. Fold open the holder by pressing the button.
2. Press the handles of the bag onto the
holder from above.
Only hang light shopping bags or other
suitable objects from the holders, otherwise braking maneuvers and swerving may lead
to a safety hazard due to objects flying about
the passenger compartment. Only transport
heavy luggage in the cargo bay if it has been
appropriately secured.<
For more information on loading the vehicle,
refer to page 100.
Coupe
Depending on your vehicle's equipment, the
following storage spaces can be found in the
cargo bay:
> Left storage compartment, e.g. for storing a
box of cleaning tissues or up to 12 CD jackets, depending on vehicle equipment version
> Net* for securing smaller objects, to be
attached to the fixtures on the floor panel
> Hooks for hanging up, e.g., shopping bags
or tote bags
> Rubber strap on the left trim panel for
securing small objects such as a folding
umbrella
> Net for small objects on the right trim panel
of the cargo bay
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Loading
Depending on your vehicle's equipment, the
following storage spaces can be found in the
cargo bay:
1. Take out the filler piece.
2. Press the button, reach into the recess and
fold down the cover.
> Storage compartment on the left side of the
cargo bay. To open turn handle by 90°
> Net* for securing smaller objects, to be
attached to the fixtures on the floor panel
At a glance
Convertible
> Rubber band* to be attached to the lateral
lashing eyes
Folding up the floor panel
Do not exceed the maximum permissible
load of 55 lbs/25 kg for the storage compartment under the floor panel, otherwise damage could result.<
3. Open the Velcro fastener, spread the ski
bag between the front seats and insert the
skis or snowboards.
The zip fastener makes objects in the ski
bag easier to reach.
Controls
> Stowage compartment under the floor
panel
4. Clip the hooks of the ski bag retaining strap
into the eyelet.
Coupe
Driving tips
Press the floor panel up and secure it with the
catch.
Convertible
To lift, grab hold of the floor panel at the opening at the rear of the panel.
Securing cargo
Mobility
You will find lashing eyelets in the cargo bay for
securing luggage items with nets or tensioning
straps, refer to page 101.
Only place clean skis in the ski bag. Wrap sharp
edges to prevent damage.
Coupe: ski bag*
The ski bag is designed for safe, clean transport
of up to 4 pairs of standard skis or up to
2 snowboards.
With the ski bag you can stow skis with a length
of up to 6 ft 10 in/2.10 m. When skis of 6 ft 10 in/
2.10 m length are loaded, the overall capacity of
the ski bag is reduced due to its tapered design.
After loading, secure the ski bag and its contents. Tighten the retaining strap on the tensioning buckle for this purpose.
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Lashing eyes
Practical interior accessories
Secure the ski bag in the manner
described, otherwise it could endanger
the car's occupants, e.g. in case of heavy braking or sudden swerving.<
To store the ski bag, perform the steps
described for loading in reverse order.
Removing the ski bag
The ski bag can be completely removed, e.g. for
faster drying or to allow you to use other inserts.
Loading
1. For loading using the regular through-loading opening:
Press the button down and remove the
insert from the front.
For loading with the through-loading opening expanded:
Fold down the rear seat backrest, refer to
page 92.
1. Fold down the center panel in the rear seat
backrest.
2. Pull the handle, arrow 1.
2. Front cover: press the two recesses
together and fold the cover down until it
engages.
3. Pull out the insert, arrow 2.
For more information on the various
inserts available, contact your BMW center.<
Convertible: through-loading
opening with integrated
transport bag*
3. In the cargo bay: press the two recesses
together and fold down the cover.
The transport bag is designed for safe, clean
transport of up to 4 pairs of standard skis or up
to 2 snowboards.
When the rear seat backrest is folded up, you
can remove the insert and use the transport bag
with the regular through-loading opening. To
transport larger objects, you can fold down the
rear seat backrest to create an expanded
through-loading opening.
With the transport bag you can stow skis with a
length of up to 6 ft 2 in/1.90 m. When skis of 6 ft
2 in/1.90 m length are loaded, the overall capacity of the transport bag is reduced due to its
tapered design.
4. Undo the Velcro fastener and spread out
the transport bag between the front seats.
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Removing the front cover
6. Load the transport bag. The zipper eases
access to the stored items.
Only place clean skis in the transport bag. Wrap
sharp edges to prevent damage.
You can use the snaps to shorten the transport
bag if you do not need its full length.
You can remove the front cover to use the full
height of the through-loading opening. With the
cover folded down, pull the handle, see arrow,
and remove the cover toward the front. To
replace, insert the cover at an angle from above
and let it snap it into place.
Controls
At a glance
5. Insert the latch plate of the retaining strap
into the belt buckle under the transport bag.
Driving tips
Securing cargo
After loading, secure the transport bag and its
contents. Tighten the retaining strap on the
tensioning buckle for this purpose.
To store the transport bag, perform the steps
described for loading in reverse order.
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Mobility
Secure the transport bag in the manner
described, otherwise it could endanger
the car's occupants, e.g. in case of heavy braking or sudden swerving.<
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This section provides you with information
useful in dealing with specific driving and
operating conditions.
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Things to remember when driving
Things to remember when driving
Break-in period
Moving parts need breaking-in time to adjust to
each other. Please follow the instructions below
in order to achieve the optimal service life and
economy of operation for your vehicle.
Engine and differential
Always obey all official speed limits.
Up to 1,200 miles/2,000 km
Drive at varying engine and road speeds, but do
not exceed an engine speed of 5,500 rpm or a
road speed of 105 mph/170 km/h.
Do not depress the accelerator all the way.
From 1,200 miles/2,000 km to
3,000 miles/5,000 km
Engine and road speeds can be increased gradually up to a traveling speed of 135 mph/
220 km/h. Use the maximum speed only for
brief intervals, e.g. when passing.
Transmission
The transmission begins functioning at an optimal level only after a distance of approx.
300 miles/500 km. Do not exceed engine
speeds of 5,500 rpm during this period.
Tires
Due to technical factors associated with their
manufacture, tires do not achieve their full traction potential until after an initial break-in
period. Therefore, drive cautiously during the
first 200 miles/300 km.
Brake system
Brakes require an initial break-in period of
approx. 300 miles/500 km to achieve optimized
contact and wear patterns between brake pads
and rotors. Drive cautiously during this break-in
period.
Clutch
The function of the clutch reaches its optimal
level only after a distance driven of approx.
300 miles/500 km. During this break-in period,
engage the clutch gently.
Following part replacement
The same break-in procedures should be
observed if any of the components mentioned
above have to be renewed in the course of the
vehicle's operating life.
General driving notes
Clearance
Mind the limited clearance of the BMW
M3, e.g. when driving into underground
parking garages or over obstacles. If equipped
with EDC*, select the "Sport" program, refer to
page 68, when driving off curbs to keep clearance as even as possible. Otherwise the vehicle
may be damaged.<
Close the luggage compartment lid
Operate the vehicle only when the luggage compartment lid is closed. Otherwise, exhaust fumes could enter the interior of
the vehicle.<
If the vehicle must be driven with the luggage
compartment lid open:
1. Close all windows and the glass roof.
2. Greatly increase the air volume of the automatic climate control system, refer to
page 81.
Hot exhaust system
In all vehicles, extremely high temperatures are generated in the exhaust system. Do not remove the heat shields installed
adjacent to various sections of the exhaust system, and never apply undercoating to them.
When driving, standing at idle and while park-
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Driving through water
Drive through water on the road only if it is
not deeper than 1 ft/30 cm, and then only
at walking speed at the most. Otherwise, the
vehicle's engine, the electrical systems and the
transmission may be damaged.<
Use the parking brake on inclines
On inclines, do not hold the vehicle for a
lengthy period using the clutch; use the
parking brake instead. Otherwise greater clutch
wear will result.<
For more information about the drive-off assistant, refer to page 69.
Braking safely
Your BMW is equipped with ABS as a standard
feature. Applying the brakes fully is the most
effective way of braking in situations in which
this is necessary. Since the vehicle maintains
steering responsiveness, you can still avoid
possible obstacles with a minimum of steering
effort.
Pulsation of the brake pedal, combined with
sounds from the hydraulic circuits, indicate that
ABS is in its active mode.
To prevent overheating and the resulting
reduced efficiency of the brake system,
drive long or steep downhill gradients in the
gear in which the least braking is required. Even
light but consistent brake pressure can lead to
high temperatures, brake wear and possibly
even brake failure.<
You can increase the engine's braking effect by
shifting down, all the way to first gear if necessary. This strategy helps you avoid placing
excessive loads on the brake system.
M dual clutch transmission: never drive
with the transmission in neutral or with
the engine switched off; otherwise, engine
braking action will not be present or there will be
no power assistance to the brakes or steering.
Manual transmission: never drive with the
clutch held down, with the transmission in neutral or with the engine switched off; otherwise,
engine braking action will not be present or
there will be no power assistance to the brakes
or steering.
Never allow floor mats, carpets or any other
objects to protrude into the area around the
pedals, otherwise pedal function could be
impaired.<
Corrosion on brake rotors
When the vehicle is driven only occasionally,
during extended periods when the vehicle is not
used at all, and in operating conditions where
brake applications are less frequent, there is an
increased tendency for corrosion to form on
rotors, while contaminants accumulate on the
brake pads. This occurs because the minimum
pressure which must be exerted by the pads
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Controls
The risk of hydroplaning increases with declining tread depth on the tires, refer also to Minimum tread depth on page 113.
Hills
Driving tips
When driving on wet or slushy roads,
reduce road speed. If you do not, a wedge
of water can form between tires and road surface. This situation, known as hydroplaning,
means that the tire can completely lose contact
with the road surface, so that neither the car can
be steered nor the brake be properly applied.<
When roads are wet or there is heavy rain,
briefly exert gentle pressure on the brake pedal
every few miles. Monitor traffic conditions to
ensure that this maneuver does not endanger
other road users. The heat generated in this
process helps dry the pads and rotors to ensure
that full braking efficiency will then be available
when you need it.
Mobility
Hydroplaning
Driving in wet conditions
Reference
ing, take care to avoid possible contact
between the hot exhaust system and any highly
flammable materials such as hay, leaves, grass,
etc. Such contact could lead to a fire, with the
risk of serious personal injuries and property
damage. Do not touch hot exhaust pipes, e.g.
when loading the cargo bay, otherwise there is a
risk of burn injuries.<
Things to remember when driving
during brake applications to clean the rotors is
not reached.
Determining loading limit
This can also lead to a permanent loss in ride
comfort and to squealing noises during braking.
A loss in comfort can also be caused by
extended braking with little pressure on the
pedal.
Should corrosion form on the brake rotors, the
brakes will tend to respond with a pulsating
effect that even extended application will fail to
cure.
For information on brake system technology,
refer to Compound brake on page 103.
When the vehicle is parked
Condensation forms while the automatic climate control is in operation, and then exits
under the vehicle. Traces of condensed water
under the vehicle are therefore normal.
Cargo loading
To avoid loading the tires beyond their
approved carrying capacity, never overload the vehicle. Overloading can lead to overheating and increases the rate at which damage
develops inside the tires. This can ultimately
result in a sudden blow-out.<
Make sure that no liquids are spilled or
leak from their containers in the cargo
bay, as this could result in damage to the vehicle.<
1. Locate the following statement on your
vehicle's placard*:
The combined weight of occupants
and cargo should never exceed
XXX kg or YYY lbs. Otherwise, overloading
can result in damage to the vehicle and
unstable driving conditions.<
2. Determine the combined weight of the
driver and passengers that will be riding in
your vehicle.
3. Subtract the combined weight of the driver
and passengers from XXX kilograms or YYY
pounds.
4. The resulting figure equals the available
amount of cargo and luggage load capacity.
For example, if the YYY amount equals
1,400 lbs. and there will be five 150-lb. passengers in your vehicle, the amount of available cargo and luggage load capacity is
650 lbs:
1,400 lbs. minus 750 lbs. = 650 lbs.
5. Determine the combined weight of luggage
and cargo being loaded on the vehicle. That
weight may not safely exceed the available
cargo and luggage load capacity calculated
in step 4.
6. If your vehicle will be towing a trailer, part of
the load from your trailer will be transferred
to your vehicle. Consult the manual for
transporting a trailer to determine how this
may reduce the available cargo and luggage
load capacity of your vehicle.
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Load
Securing cargo
At a glance
Coupe
Convertible
Controls
The permissible load is the total of the weight of
occupants and cargo/luggage. The greater the
weight of the occupants, the less cargo/luggage can be transported.
Stowing cargo
> Position heavy objects as low and as far forward as possible, ideally directly behind the
respective seat backrests.
> Secure smaller and lighter items using
retaining straps, a cargo bay net* or draw
straps*.
Convertible
> Heavy-duty cargo straps* for securing
larger and heavier objects are available at
your BMW center. Four lashing eyes are
provided for attaching the cargo straps.
Two are located on the cargo bay
sidewalls 1, two more are on the rear cargo
bay panel 2.
Please comply with the information supplied with the cargo straps.
Position and secure the cargo as
described above, so that it cannot endanger the car's occupants, for example if sudden
braking or swerving is necessary.
Never exceed either the approved gross vehicle
weight or either of the approved axle loads, refer
to page 155, as excessive loads can pose a
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Mobility
Coupe
Convertible: before opening the hardtop,
fold down the cargo bay partition. Make
sure the cargo bay is loaded correctly, otherwise parts of the hardtop can be damaged, refer
to page 91.<
Reference
> For very heavy cargo when the rear seat is
not occupied, secure each safety belt in the
opposite buckle.
Driving tips
> Cover sharp edges and corners.
Things to remember when driving
safety hazard, and may also place you in violation of traffic safety laws.
Heavy or hard objects should not be carried
loose inside the car, since they could be thrown
around, for example as a result of heavy braking,
sudden swerves, etc., and endanger the occupants.
Only attach the cargo straps using the lashing
eyes shown in the illustration. Do not secure
cargo with the anchors for tether straps, refer to
page 45, otherwise these could be damaged.<
The roof load must be distributed uniformly and
should not be too large in area. Heavy items
should always be placed at the bottom. Be sure
that adequate clearance is maintained for raising the glass roof, and that objects do not
project into the opening path of the luggage
compartment lid.
Fasten roof-mounted cargo correctly and
securely to prevent it from shifting or falling off
during the trip.
Drive smoothly. Avoid sudden acceleration and
braking maneuvers. Take corners gently.
Coupe roof-mounted luggage
rack*
A luggage rack mounted on the roof
changes vehicle aerodynamics and handling. Exercise restraint when driving with a
roof-mounted luggage rack to avoid the risk of
an accident.<
A special rack system is available as an option
for your BMW. Comply with the directions given
in the installation instructions.
Mounting points
The mounting points are located in the roof.
Loading roof-mounted luggage rack
Because roof racks raise the vehicle's center of
gravity when loaded, they have a major effect on
vehicle handling and steering response.
You should therefore always remember not to
exceed the approved roof load capacity, the
approved gross vehicle weight or the axle loads
when loading the rack.
You can find the applicable data under Weights
on page 155.
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Compound brake
The high-revving V8 engine draws a maximum
power of 420 hp/309 kW and a peak torque of
295 lb ft/400 Nm from a displacement of
244 cu in/4 liters. Its spontaneous response
results in a very wide effective rpm range. The
maximum engine speed lies at 8,400 rpm and is
electronically controlled. Due to the high engine
dynamics, the maximum engine speed is limited to 7,000 rpm when the vehicle is standing.
Your BMW M3 is equipped with a high-performance brake system with perforated compound brake discs.
To keep the brake system in optimal condition,
it is advisable to apply the brakes at regular
intervals as appropriate for the character of the
vehicle.
For technical reasons, the exhaust system
sounds slightly metallic when the engine is
cold.
Refer also to Corrosion on brake rotors on
page 99.
For further information on warming up the
engine, refer to Tachometer on page 59 and
Engine oil temperature on page 60.
Drive train
In your BMW M3, special emphasis was placed
on the direct connection between the engine
and drive. The torsionally rigid execution of the
drive train results in acoustic feedback of the
torque, as is typical in sports cars. Clacking
sounds can arise during load changes. They do
not impair functionality or shorten the lifespan
of any component.
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Mobility
During the warm-up phase, the high-performance V8 engine runs a little more roughly due
to its emissions control system.
Driving tips
Braking correctly
Reference
Warming up the engine
Due to special design features of the perforated
compound brake discs, operating noise is audible during braking. However, this does not
affect the brake's performance, safe operation
or stability under load.
Controls
High performance V8 engine
At a glance
BMW M3 engineering
BMW M3 engineering
Driving on a race track
BMW recommends the following measures
before driving on a race track:
> Participate in a BMW driver training course
> Have the vehicle checked by your BMW
center
Operation on a race track can lead to
increased wear. The BMW M3 is not
designed for use in competitive motorsports.
This wear is not covered by the vehicle warranty.<
The series brake pads and wear indicator are
not designed for operation on a race track. Your
BMW center will be glad to advise you.
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Controls
Driving tips
Mobility
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Mobility
This section helps you maintain your car's
mobility by supplying important information
on vital topics including fuels and lubricants,
wheels and tires, service, maintenance and
roadside assistance.
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Refueling
Refueling
Always switch off the engine before refueling, otherwise, fuel cannot be added to
the tank and a message will be displayed.<
Coupe
Take all precautionary measures and
observe all applicable regulations when
handling fuel. Do not carry any spare fuel containers in your vehicle. They can develop a leak
and cause an explosion or cause a fire in the
event of an accident.<
Fuel filler door
1. Remove the cover from the right-hand sidewall of the cargo bay.
Opening
2. Pull the knob with the fuel pump symbol.
The fuel filler door is released.
Convertible
1. Open fuel filler door. To do so, lightly press
the rear edge.
2. Turn the gas cap counterclockwise.
3. Place the gas cap in the bracket attached to
the fuel filler door.
Closing
Fit the cap and turn it clockwise until you clearly
hear a click.
Do not pinch the band attached to the
cap, otherwise the cap cannot be closed
properly and fuel vapors can escape.<
The warning lamp lights up briefly if
the gas cap is loose or missing. If this
occurs, close the cap correctly.
Manually releasing the fuel filler door
In the event of a malfunction, you can release
the fuel filler door manually:
1. Loosen the right-hand cargo bay trim panel
by turning the screws by 90°, see arrow.
2. Slightly lift the top section of the panel. It is
not necessary to remove the entire panel.
3. Pull the knob with the fuel pump symbol.
The fuel filler door is released.
Observe the following when refueling
When handling fuels, follow the safety
instructions provided at filling stations,
otherwise there is a risk of personal injury or
property damage.<
When refueling, insert the filler nozzle completely into the filler pipe. Avoid lifting the filler
nozzle while filling the tank, as that would lead
to
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The fuel tank is full when the filler nozzle clicks
off the first time.
Fuel tank capacity
Approx. 16.6 US gal/63 liters, including the
reserve capacity of 3.3 US gal/12.5 liters.
Refuel as soon as possible once your
cruising range falls below 30 miles/
50 km, otherwise engine functions are not
ensured and damage can occur.<
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
such as gasoline that is advertised as Top Tier
Detergent Gasoline.
Failure to comply with these recommendations
may also result in unscheduled maintenance.<
Controls
Fuel specifications
At a glance
> reduced efficiency of the fuel-vapor recovery system.
Do not fill the tank with leaded fuel, as this
would cause permanent damage to the
catalytic converter.
Do not fill the tank with E85, i.e. fuel containing
85Ξ ethanol, nor with FlexFuel. Otherwise the
engine and fuel supply system will be damaged.<
Driving tips
Required fuel
Super Premium Gasoline/AKI 93
Always use this premium grade fuel to obtain
maximum fuel economy and performance.
The minimum approved fuel grade is AKI 91.
Do not use any gasoline below the specified minimum fuel grade. Otherwise the
engine could be damaged.<
Use high-quality brands
The use of poor-quality fuels may result in
driveability, starting and stalling problems
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Field experience has indicated significant differences in fuel quality: volatility, composition,
additives, etc., among gasolines offered for sale
in the United States and Canada. Fuels containing up to and including 10 Ξ ethanol or other
oxygenates with up to 2.8Ξ oxygen by weight,
that is, 15 Ξ MTBE or 3Ξ methanol plus an
equivalent amount of co-solvent, will not void
the applicable warranties with respect to
defects in materials or workmanship.
Wheels and tires
Wheels and tires
Tire inflation pressures
Information for your safety
It is not merely the tires' service life, but also
driving comfort and, to a great extent, driving
safety that depend on the condition of the tires
and the maintenance of the specified tire pressure.
Checking pressure
Only check tire inflation pressure when the
tires are cold. This means after a maximum of
1.25 miles/2 km driving or when the vehicle has
been parked for at least 2 hours. When tires are
warm, the tire inflation pressure is higher.
Check the tire inflation pressure regularly
and correct it, if necessary: at least twice a
month and before starting long trips. If you fail
to observe this precaution you may be driving
on tires with incorrect tire pressures, a condition that can not only compromise your vehicle's driving stability, but also lead to tire damage and the risk of an accident. Do not drive on
a flat tire. A flat tire will seriously impair your
vehicle's handling and braking response.
Attempts to drive on a flat tire can lead to loss of
control over the vehicle.<
After correcting the tire inflation pressure,
reinitialize the Flat Tire Monitor, refer to
page 69, or reset the Tire Pressure Monitor,
refer to page 70.<
Inflation pressure specifications
The table below provides all the correct inflation
pressures for the specified tire sizes at ambient
temperature.
The inflation pressures apply to the tire
sizes approved and tire brands recommended by BMW; a list of these is available
from your BMW center.<
For correct identification of the right tire inflation pressures, observe the following:
> Load conditions
> Maximum allowable driving speed
Tire inflation pressures for driving up to
100 mph or 160 km/h
For normal driving up to 100 mph or 160 km/h
and to achieve optimum driving comfort, adjust
pressures to the respective tire inflation pressures listed on the following page in the columns for traveling speeds up to a maximum of
100 mph or 160 km/h.
These tire inflation pressures can also be found
on the driver's-side door post when the driver's
door is open.
The maximum permissible speed for
these tire pressures is 100 mph or
160 km/h. Do not exceed this speed, otherwise
tire damage and accidents could occur.<
Tire inflation pressures for driving
above 100 mph or 160 km/h
In order to drive at maximum speeds in
excess of 100 mph or 160 km/h, adjust
pressures to the respective tire inflation pressures listed on the following page in the columns for traveling speeds including those
exceeding 100 mph or 160 km/h. Otherwise tire
damage and accidents could occur.<
Observe all national and local maximum speed
limits, otherwise violations of the laws could
occur.
> Tire sizes for your vehicle
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Coupe: tire inflation pressures
Pressure specifications in psi/kPa
Traveling speeds
including those exceeding
100 mph / 160 km/h
At a glance
Traveling speeds
up to a max. of
100 mph / 160 km/h
All pressure specifications in
the table are indicated in
psi/kilopascal with cold tires.
Cold = ambient temperature
235/40 R 18 M+S
33/230
36/250
33/230
Front: 245/40 ZR 18
Rear: 265/40 ZR 18
36/250
38/260
33/230
-
-
35/240
Front: 245/35 ZR 19
33/230
Rear: 265/35 ZR 19
-
44/300
33/230
-
39/270
-
-
35/240
-
44/300
-
33/230
-
41/280
-
35/240
-
35/240
-
44/300
More details on the permissible load and weights can be found on page 155.
Controls
Tire size
Convertible: tire inflation pressures
Pressure specifications in psi/kPa
Driving tips
Traveling speeds
including those exceeding
100 mph / 160 km/h
All pressure specifications in
the table are indicated in
psi/kilopascal with cold tires.
Cold = ambient temperature
235/40 R 18 M+S
36/250
42/290
36/250
Front: 245/40 ZR 18
Rear: 265/40 ZR 18
42/290
41/280
33/230
-
-
35/240
Front: 245/35 ZR 19
36/250
Rear: 265/35 ZR 19
35/240
-
41/280
-
-
35/240
-
46/320
-
35/240
-
42/290
-
-
38/260
-
35/240
-
46/320
More details on the permissible load and weights can be found on page 155.
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Traveling speeds
up to a max. of
100 mph / 160 km/h
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Tire size
Wheels and tires
Tire identification marks
Knowledge of the labeling on the side of the tire
makes it easier to identify and choose the right
tires.
Tire size
e.g.
245/35 ZR 19
235/40 R 18 100 V
Nominal width in mm
Aspect ratio in Ξ
Radial belt construction
Rim diameter in inches
Load rating,
not on ZR tires
Speed code letter, in
front of the R on ZR tires
Speed code letter
Q = up to 100 mph/160 km/h
T = up to 118 mph/190 km/h
H = up to 131 mph/210 km/h
V = up to 150 mph/240 km/h
W = up to 167 mph/270 km/h
Y = up to 186 mph/300 km/h
Z = over 150 mph/240 km/h
Tire Identification Number
Tires with DOT codes meet the guidelines of
the US Department of Transportation.
DOT code:
e.g.
DOT xxxx xxx 4607
Manufacturer's code
for tire make
Tire size and
tire design
Tire age
Tire age
The manufacturing date of tires is contained in
the tire coding: DOT … 0708 means that the
tire was manufactured in week 7 of 2008.
BMW recommends that you replace all tires
after 6 years at most, even if some tires may last
for 10 years.
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
DOT Quality Grades
Tread wear
Traction AA A B C
Temperature A B C
All passenger car tires must conform to
Federal Safety Requirements in addition
to these grades.<
Tread wear
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 (1γ) 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.
Traction
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.
The traction grade assigned to this tire is
based on straight-ahead braking traction
tests, and does not include acceleration, cornering, hydroplaning, or peak traction characteristics.<
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M+S
Winter and all-season tires.
These have better winter properties than summer tires.
XL
Designation for specially reinforced tires.
Tire condition
Inspect your tires frequently for tread wear,
signs of damage and for foreign objects lodged
in the tread. Check the tread depth.
Minimum tread depth
The tread depth should not drop below 1/8 in/
3 mm, although, for example, European legislation only specifies a minimum tread depth of
1/16 in/1.6 mm. At tread depths below 1/8 in/
3 mm there is an increased risk of high-speed
hydroplaning, even when only small amounts of
water are present on the road surface.
When winter tires wear down past a tread depth
of 1/6 in/4 mm, they become perceptibly less
At a glance
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Wheel/tire damage
Please note that low-profile tires cause wheels,
tires and suspension parts to be more susceptible to road hazard and consequential damages.
Unusual vibrations encountered during normal
vehicle operation can indicate tire failure or
some other vehicle defect. This can, for example, be caused by driving over curbs. The same
applies to any other abnormal road behavior,
such as pulling severely to the right or left.
In these cases, reduce speed immediately and have wheels and tires thoroughly checked. To do so, drive carefully to the
nearest BMW center or tire shop that works
according to BMW repair procedures with correspondingly trained personnel. If necessary,
have the vehicle towed there.
Otherwise, tire damage can pose a lethal hazard
to vehicle occupants and other road users.<
Driving tips
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.<
Wear indicators in the base of the tread groove
are distributed around the tire's circumference;
the letters TWI, for Tread Wear Indicator, on the
tire's sidewalls identify tires that incorporate
these wear indicators. Once the tire tread has
worn down to the wear indicators, the tire has
worn to a depth of 1/16 in/1.6 mm.
Mobility
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 car
tires must meet under the 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.
suitable for winter conditions. In the interest of
safety, new tires should be installed.
New wheels and tires
Have new wheels and tires installed only
by your BMW center or tire shop that
works according to BMW repair procedures
with correspondingly trained personnel. If this
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Temperature
Wheels and tires
work is not carried out properly, there is a danger of subsequent damage and related safety
hazards. Make sure that the new wheels are balanced.<
Recommended tire brands
Retreaded tires
BMW recommends that you do not use
retreaded tires, since driving safety may
be impaired. The causes for this include potentially different tire casing structures and often
wide variations in tire age, which can result in a
limited service life.<
Correct wheels and tires
BMW recommends that you use only
wheel and tire combinations that BMW
has tested and approved for your particular
vehicle. Variations in factors such as manufacturing tolerances mean that even wheels and
tires with identical official size ratings could
actually have different dimensions, which could
lead to body contact and thus to severe accidents. When selecting tires, also take their load
capacity into account. If non-approved wheels
and tires are used, BMW cannot evaluate their
suitability, and therefore cannot guarantee their
driving safety.<
You can inquire about the right wheel/tire combination at your BMW center.
The correct combination of wheels and tires is
also necessary to ensure reliable operation of
various vehicle systems such as ABS or DSC.
To maintain good handling and vehicle
response, use only tires of a single brand and
tread configuration. After a tire has been damaged, mount the previous wheel and tire combination again as soon as possible.
Wheels with Tire Pressure Monitor
TPM electronics
When mounting new tires or changing over
from summer to winter tires, or vice versa, only
use wheels with TPM electronics; otherwise the
Tire Pressure Monitor may not be able to detect
a puncture, refer to page 70. Your BMW center
will be glad to advise you.
Certain makes of tire are recommended by
BMW for each tire size. They are marked with a
clearly visible BMW designation on the sidewall
of the tire.
When properly used, these tires meet the highest standards in terms of safety and handling
characteristics.
Special characteristics of winter tires
BMW recommends winter tires for use in cold
winter driving conditions. Although all-season
M+S tires provide better winter traction than
summer tires, they generally fail to provide the
same levels of cold-weather performance as
winter tires.
Pay attention to speed
Always comply with the speed limit for the
winter tires mounted on your car; failure
to do so could result in tire damage and accidents.<
Storage
Store wheels and tires in a cool, dry place with
as little exposure to light as possible. Always
protect tires against all contact with oil, grease
and fuels. Do not exceed the maximum tire
inflation pressure indicated on the sidewall of
the tire.
Swapping wheels between axles
BMW advises against swapping wheels
between the front and rear axles, even if all tires
have the same size, as this could impair driving
characteristics. With standard-equipment tires
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and other mixed tire sizes, swapping wheels
between the axles is not permissible.
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Snow chains*
Only certain fine-link snow chains have been
tested by BMW, classified as safe for use and
recommended. Consult your BMW center for
more information.
Snow chains must be mounted in pairs and on
the rear wheels only. Observe the manufacturer's instructions when mounting snow
chains. Do not exceed a speed of 30 mph or
50 km/h.
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Ensure that the snow chains are sufficiently
tensioned at all times. If necessary, retension as
specified by the snow chain manufacturer.
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Driving tips
Do not initialize the Flat Tire Monitor if
snow chains are mounted, otherwise the
instrument might issue an incorrect reading.<
Under the hood
Under the hood
Do not work on the car unless you possess the necessary technical knowledge.
If you are unfamiliar with the statutory guidelines, have any work on the vehicle performed
only by a BMW center or by a workshop that
work according to BMW repair procedures with
correspondingly trained personnel. If this work
is not carried out properly, there is a danger of
subsequent damage and related safety hazards.<
Closing
Close the hood from a height of approx. 20 in/
50 cm with momentum. It must be clearly heard
to engage.
Hood
Releasing
Make sure that the closing path of the
hood is clear, otherwise injuries may
result.
If you see any signs while driving your vehicle
that the hood is not completely closed, stop at
once and close it securely.<
Pull the lever.
Opening
To avoid damage, make sure that the
wiper arms are against the windshield
before you open the engine compartment. Do
not open the engine hood before the engine has
cooled down, otherwise injuries may result.<
Press the release handle and open the hood.
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Expansion tank for coolant, refer to
page 119
3
Jump-starting connection, refer to
page 136
2
Washer fluid filler neck for headlamp cleaning system and window washer system,
refer to page 57
4
Filler neck for engine oil, refer to Adding
engine oil
1
Oil level
2
Maximum mark
3
Minimum mark
4
Computer button
Engine oil
Driving tips
Controls
At a glance
Important parts of the engine compartment
The engine oil consumption is dependent on
driving style and driving conditions.
Checking oil level
You can have the oil level reading displayed in
the instrument cluster.
Press button 4 in the turn indicator lever repeatedly until the oil level display appears in the
instrument cluster.
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The oil level can be displayed when the engine
is warm. Continuous short distance travel or a
very sporty driving style may make measurement impossible.
Mobility
Your car is equipped with an electronic oil-level
monitor.
Under the hood
Have the vehicle checked immediately, otherwise the excess oil may
lead to engine damage.<
M dual clutch transmission: the oil level
appears in the top display.<
The oil level must be between the two markings.
A new measurement is taken automatically
each time the engine is started.
Possible displays
5
A value cannot be read at this time. The
engine is not yet warm.
Quick measurement
In addition to the automatic measurement, you
can also determine the current oil level manually, e.g. after adding engine oil, but such measurements are less accurate.
1. Park the vehicle with a warm engine, i.e.
after an uninterrupted drive of at least
6 miles/10 km, on a horizontal surface.
2. Let the engine idle.
3. Press the computer button in the turn indicator lever repeatedly until the oil level display appears in the instrument cluster.
4. Press the computer button for at least
2 seconds.
The oil level is determined. A clock symbol
appears during measurement.
5. After approx. 1 minute, the current oil level
is displayed.
Adding engine oil
1
Oil level OK.
2
Oil level is being checked.
This can take about 1 minute if the car is at
a standstill on a level surface, or about
5 minutes while the car is moving.
If engine oil was added, it can take up to
30 minutes to get an oil level reading.
3
Oil level down to minimum:
Add engine oil at the next opportunity, but
no more than 1 US quart/1 liter, refer also to
Adding engine oil on page 118. Add at least
0.5 US quart/0.5 liters, otherwise the oillevel monitor will be unable to display the
new value reliably.
If the oil level is below the minimum value,
add engine oil immediately to avoid engine
damage.
4
Oil level is too high.
Do not add 1 US quart/1 liter of engine oil until
the display shows an oil level measurement of
"+1qt" or "+1l".
Add oil within the next 125 miles/200 km,
otherwise the engine could be damaged.
Add no more than 1 US quart/1 liter of oil, otherwise too much engine oil can lead to engine
damage. Add at least 0.5 US quart/0.5 liters,
otherwise the oil-level monitor will be unable to
display the new value reliably.<
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Specified engine oils
The quality of the engine oil selected has critical
significance for the operation and service life of
an engine. BMW continuously approves specific oils after confirming their suitability for use
in its vehicles with extensive testing.
Do not use oil additives as these may
cause engine damage.<
Your BMW center will be glad to answer
any questions regarding BMW High Performance Synthetic Oil or approved synthetic
oils.<
You can also call BMW of North America at
1-800-831-1117 or visit the website
www.bmwusa.com to obtain this information.
Do not add coolant to the cooling system
when the engine is hot. Escaping coolant
can cause burns.<
Coolant consists of half water and half additive.
Not all commercially available additives are suitable for your BMW. Ask your BMW center for
suitable additives.
Only use suitable additives, otherwise
engine damage may result. Because
additives are harmful to your health, it is important to follow the instructions on the containers.<
Comply with the appropriate environmental protection regulations when disposing of coolant additives.<
Viscosity ratings
Viscosity is a measure of an oil's flow rating and
is categorized in SAE classes.
Approved oils belong to the 10W-60 SAE
class.<
Alternative oil types
If BMW High Performance Synthetic Oil is not
available, you can add small quantities of other
synthetic oils in between oil changes. Only use
oils with the following specifications:
> Viscosity:
preferred: SAE 10W-60;
alternative: SAE 10W-40, SAE 5W-50 or
SAE 10W-50
At a glance
Coolant
Controls
Have oil changed only at your BMW center or at
a workshop that works according to BMW
repair procedures with correspondingly trained
personnel.
The oils used at BMW factories for your vehicle
type are suitable for virtually any ambient temperature. However, if the vehicle is operated at
temperatures below –47/–206 for extended
periods, your BMW center will be glad to recommend an optimal oil.
Checking coolant level
Driving tips
Oil change
Low ambient temperatures
1. Do not open the engine hood before the
engine has cooled down.
2. Turn the cap of the expansion tank a little
counterclockwise to allow any accumulated
pressure to escape, then continue turning
to open.
3. The coolant level is correct if it is between
the maximum and minimum marks in the
filler neck, refer also to the diagram next to
the filler neck.
Mobility
Keep oils, greases, etc. out of the reach of
children and comply with the relevant
warnings on the containers. Otherwise, health
hazards may result.<
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> Specification:
API SJ/CF, API SK/CF or higher
Under the hood
4. If the coolant is low, slowly add coolant up to
the specified level; do not overfill.
5. Turn the cap until there is an audible click.
6. If the loss of coolant is substantial, have the
cause eliminated as soon as possible.
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The BMW Maintenance System supports the
preservation of the traffic and operating safety
of your BMW. The objective is to optimize
efforts with respect to minimal vehicle maintenance costs.
If and when you come to sell your BMW, a comprehensive record of servicing will prove a significant benefit.
Condition Based Service CBS
Sensors and special algorithms take the different driving conditions of your BMW into
account. Condition Based Service uses this to
determine the current and future service
requirements. By letting you define a service
and maintenance regimen that reflects your
own individual requirements, the system builds
the basis for trouble-free driving.
In the instrument cluster, you can have the
remaining times or distances for selected maintenance tasks and any legally prescribed dates
displayed, refer to page 63:
> Engine oil
Make sure that the date in the instrument
cluster is always set correctly, refer to
page 64; otherwise the effectiveness of Condition Based Service CBS is not assured.<
Service and Warranty Information
Booklet for US models and Warranty
and Service Guide Booklet for
Canadian models
Please consult your Service and Warranty Information Booklet for US models and Warranty
and Service Guide Booklet for Canadian models
for additional information on service requirements.
BMW recommends that you have service
and repair operations performed at your
BMW center.
Take the time to ensure that these service procedures are confirmed by entries in your vehicle's Service and Warranty Information Booklet
for US models and Warranty and Service Guide
Booklet for Canadian models. These entries
verify that your vehicle has received the specified regular maintenance.<
> Brake pads: separately for front and rear
> Brake fluid
Controls
Your vehicle continuously stores servicerequirement information in the remote control
while you are driving. Your BMW Service Advisor can read out this data from the remote control unit, and propose an optimized maintenance approach. Whenever you take your car in
for servicing you should therefore hand your
BMW Service Advisor the remote control unit
that you last used.
Driving tips
Service data in the remote control
Mobility
BMW Maintenance System
At a glance
Maintenance
> Vehicle check
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> Legally mandated inspections depending
on local regulations
Maintenance
Socket for On-Board
Diagnosis OBD
tain vehicle data may be transmitted or
recorded in order to facilitate the corresponding
services.
Primary components that make up exhaust
emissions can be checked by a device via the
OBD socket.
This socket is located on the driver's side to the
left, on the bottom of the instrument panel
underneath a cover.
Exhaust emission values
The warning lamp lights up:
The exhaust emission values have
worsened. Have the car checked as
soon as possible.
Canadian models display this warning
lamp.
The lamp flashes under certain conditions. This
indicates excessive misfiring in the engine. If
this happens, you should reduce your speed
and visit your nearest BMW center as soon as
possible. Severe engine misfiring can quickly
lead to serious damage of emissions-related
components, especially the catalytic converter.
The warning lamp comes on if the gas
cap is not properly tightened and the
OBD system assumes that fuel vapor
is escaping. If the gas cap is then tightened, the
warning lamp should go out within a few days.
Event data recorders
Your vehicle may be equipped with one or several measuring or diagnostic modules or a
device for recording or sending certain vehicle
data or information. In addition, if you have
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BMW recommends cleaning and caring for your
vehicle with products that are approved by
BMW for this purpose.
Your BMW center will be happy to advise you on
the products and services available for cleaning
and caring for your BMW.
Original BMW CareProducts have been
material tested, laboratory checked and
proven in the field, and offer optimal care and
protection for your vehicle.<
Do not use cleaners that contain alcohol
or solvents as these may result in damage.<
Cleaning agents can contain substances
that are dangerous or hazardous to your
health. Therefore, follow the warning and safety
instructions on the packaging. When cleaning
inside the vehicle, always open the doors or
windows of the vehicle. In enclosed areas, provide for sufficient ventilation. Only use products
designed for cleaning vehicles.<
Before driving into a car wash, ensure that it is
suitable for your BMW. Check the following:
> Dimensions of your vehicle, refer to
page 153.
> If necessary: fold in the exterior mirrors,
refer to page 41.
> Maximum permissible tire width.
Preparations before driving into an automatic
car wash:
> Deactivate the rain sensor* to avoid unintentional activation of the wipers.
Controls
Regular cleaning and care contributes significantly to the value retention of your BMW.
Do not use high-pressure car washes,
otherwise water may drip into the vehicle
around the windows.<
> Remove additional attachments, e.g.
spoiler or telephone antennas, if there is a
possibility that they could be damaged.
M dual clutch transmission
Before driving into an automatic car wash, perform the following steps to ensure that the vehicle can roll:
1. Insert the remote control, even with convenient access, into the ignition lock.
Driving tips
Care products
At a glance
Care
2. Engage transmission position N.
Exterior care
3. Release the parking brake.
4. Switch off the engine.
After washing the vehicle, apply the
brakes briefly to dry them, otherwise
water can reduce braking efficiency over the
short term and the brake discs can corrode.<
Automatic car washes
Preference should be given to cloth car washes.
5. Leave the remote control in the ignition lock
so that the vehicle can roll.
Steam jets / high-pressure washers
When using steam jets or high-pressure
washers, ensure that you maintain a sufficient clearance to the vehicle and do not exceed
a temperature of 1407/606.
Insufficient clearance or excessive pressure or
temperature can lead to component damage or
water penetration. Follow the operating instructions of the high-pressure washer.<
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Especially during the winter months,
ensure that the vehicle is washed more
frequently. Heavy soiling and road salt can lead
to vehicle damage.<
Reference
Washing the vehicle
Care
eras, e.g. Park Distance Control, for an
extended period and maintain a distance of at
least 12 in/30 cm.<
essary, remove items from the cargo bay
beforehand to avoid water stains or soiling.<
Paintwork care
Washing the car manually
When washing the vehicle by hand, use large
quantities of water and car shampoo if necessary. Clean the vehicle with a sponge or washing brush, applying light pressure only.
Before cleaning the windshield, deactivate the rain sensor or switch off the ignition to prevent unintentional activation of the
wipers.<
Observe local regulations pertaining to
washing vehicles by hand.<
Regular care contributes to value retention and
protects the paintwork against the long-term
effects of damaging substances.
Region-specific environmental influences can
damage the vehicle paintwork. Therefore, it is
important to adapt the frequency and scope of
car care accordingly.
Immediately remove very aggressive substances, e.g. spilled fuel, oil, grease, tree resin
or bird droppings, to prevent damage to the
paintwork.
Headlamps
Repairing paintwork damage
Do not rub them dry and do not use abrasive or
corrosive cleaning agents.
Immediately repair scratches or similar
damage, such as that caused by stones
hitting the vehicle, where necessary to prevent
rusting.<
Remove contamination, such as insects, by
soaking with shampoo or insect remover and
then rinsing with plenty of water.
Thaw ice with a windshield de-icer and do not
use an ice scraper.
Windows
Clean the inside and outside surfaces of the
windows and the mirrors with window cleaner.
Do not clean the mirrors with cleaners
containing quartz.<
Wiper blades
Clean with soapy water and replace regularly to
avoid streaking.
Wax and preservative residue and contamination on the window can lead to
streaking when operating the windshield wipers, leading to premature wear of the wiper
blades and causing the rain sensor to malfunction.<
Convertible: retractable hardtop
Proceed as you would in a normal car wash.
When you open a wet hardtop, water
drops may run into the cargo bay. If nec-
BMW recommends having paintwork damage
repaired by a professional paint repair workshop according to BMW specifications using
original BMW paint materials.
Preservation
A preservation treatment is necessary when
water no longer beads off of the clean paintwork
surface. Only use products for paintwork preservation that contain carnauba or synthetic
waxes.
Rubber seals
Treat only with water or rubber care products.
Do not use silicon-containing care products on rubber seals, otherwise noise and
damage could occur.<
Chrome parts
Carefully clean vehicle parts, such as the radiator grill, door handles or window frames, with
copious quantities of water and a shampoo
additive. For additional treatment, use a chrome
polish.
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Keep the sensors and cameras on the
outside of the vehicle, e.g. Park Distance
Control, clean and free of ice to ensure that they
remain fully functional.<
Interior care
Upholstery / cloth trim
Vacuum regularly with a vacuum cleaner to
remove superficial dirt.
To treat severe stains, e.g. from beverages, use
a soft sponge or lint-free microfiber cloth in
combination with suitable interior cleaners. Follow the instructions on the packaging.
The floor mats can be removed for cleaning.
When replacing the mats, ensure that the seat
rails do not extend over the floor mats, as this
may damage the mats.
Lint on the floor mats occurs for technical reasons and can be removed by vacuuming
repeatedly.
Interior plastic parts
> Imitation leather surfaces
> Lamp glasses
> Display pane of instrument cluster
> Matt parts
Clean with water and solvent-free plastic
cleaner if necessary.
Clean the upholstery down to the seams
using a sweeping motion. Avoid strong
rubbing.<
Fine wood parts
Opened Velcro fasteners on pants or
other articles of clothing can damage the
seat covers. Ensure that Velcro fasteners are
closed.<
Safety belts
Leather / leather trim
The leather used by BMW is a high quality
natural product. Slight irregularities in the
leather are a typical characteristic of natural
leather.<
Dust and road grit in the pores and folds of the
leather have an abrasive effect, leading to
increased wear and causing the leather surface
to become brittle prematurely. Therefore, frequently clean the leather of dust using a cloth or
vacuum cleaner.
At a glance
You can vacuum the carpets and floor mats or
clean them with interior cleaner if heavily soiled.
Controls
Outside sensors / cameras
Carpets / cargo bay
Clean fine wood trim and fine wood parts with a
damp cloth. Wipe dry with a soft cloth.
Driving tips
Do not use aggressive, acidic, strongly
alkaline and abrasive cleaning agents or
steam jets over 1407/606, otherwise damage may occur.<
Treat the leather twice a year using a leather
lotion as dirt and grease will gradually attack the
leather's protective layer.
Do not clean with cleaning agents as
these may destroy the fabric.<
Interior sensors / cameras
To clean interior sensors and cameras, e.g. of
the High-Beam Assistant, use a lint-free cloth
moistened with glass cleaner.
Mobility
For technical reasons, dust is generated during
braking that is deposited on the light-alloy
wheels. Remove the dust regularly using acidfree rim cleaner.
In particular, ensure that light-colored leather is
cleaned regularly as it has a tendency to soil
more easily.
Displays
To clean the displays, e.g. of the radio or instrument cluster, use a display cleaning cloth or a
soft, non-abrasive, lint-free cloth.
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Light-alloy wheels
Care
Avoid applying excessive pressure when
cleaning the displays, otherwise damage
may occur.<
Do not use chemical or abrasive household cleaning agents. Keep all types of
fluid away from the device. Otherwise, surfaces
or electrical components may be corroded or
damaged.<
CD/DVD drives
Do not use a cleaning CD, as it may damage parts of the drive.<
Vehicle storage
If your vehicle is to be decommissioned for
longer than three months, your BMW center or
a workshop that operates according to BMW
specifications will be glad to advise you.
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Replacing components
At a glance
Onboard tool kit
Coupe
4. Remove the wiper blade in the direction of
the windshield, see arrow.
The onboard tool kit is stored in a compartment
on the right-hand side of the cargo bay.
Remove the cover.
To avoid damage, make sure that the
wiper arms are against the windshield
before you open the engine compartment.<
Controls
3. Fold the wiper blade upwards.
Convertible
Never touch the glass of new bulbs with
your bare fingers, as even minute
amounts of contamination will burn into the
bulb's surface and reduce its service life. Use a
clean tissue, cloth or something similar, or hold
the bulb by its base.<
1. Fold up the wiper arm.
2. Remove the cover. To do so, press the hook
on the bottom, see arrow.
You can obtain a selection of replacement bulbs
at your BMW center.
Only change bulbs while they are cool to
the touch, otherwise you could suffer
burns.<
When working on electrical systems,
always begin by switching off the consumer in question, otherwise short-circuits
could result. To avoid possible injury or equipment damage when replacing bulbs, observe
any instructions provided by the bulb manufacturer.<
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Driving tips
Lamps and bulbs make an essential contribution to vehicle safety. They should, therefore,
be handled carefully. BMW recommends having your BMW center perform any work that you
do not feel competent to perform yourself or
that is not described here.
Mobility
Wiper blades
Lamps and bulbs
Reference
The onboard tool kit is stored in a pouch under
the cargo bay floor panel.
Replacing components
For care of the headlamps, please follow the
instructions in the chapter entitled 'Care'.
the catches towards the rear, see arrows,
and pull the cover forward and out.
If the routine for changing a particular
bulb is not described here, please contact
your BMW center or a workshop that works
according to BMW repair procedures with correspondingly trained personnel.<
Light-emitting diodes LED
Control elements, display components, part of
the exterior lighting and other interior equipment in your vehicle are equipped with covered
light-emitting diodes as light sources. These
light-emitting diodes, which operate using a
concept similar to that applied in conventional
lasers, are officially designated as Class 1 lightemitting diodes.
Do not remove the covers or expose the
eyes directly to the unfiltered light source
for several hours, otherwise this could cause
irritation to the retina.<
Follow the same steps in reverse order to reattach the cover.
Be careful when installing the cover, otherwise leaks could occur and cause damage to the headlamp system.<
Parking lamps and roadside parking
lamps, daytime running lamps
H8 bulb, 35 watts
Xenon lamps
1. Remove the cover, refer to Access to the
lamps.
These bulbs have a very long service life and are
highly unlikely to fail.
2. Turn the bulb approx. 90°, see arrow, and
take it out.
Have any work on the xenon lamp system,
including bulb replacements, performed
only by a BMW center or a workshop that works
according to BMW repair procedures with correspondingly trained personnel. Otherwise, if
such work is carried out improperly, the high
voltage in the system presents the danger of
fatal injuries.<
Access to the lamps
1. Switch off the lamps and take the remote
control out of the ignition lock.
2. Remove the upper cover from the headlamp. To do so, use a screwdriver to press
3. Disconnect the plug, change the bulb and
reconnect the plug.
4. Insert the bulb and turn it until it stops.
5. Reattach the cover.
Corner-illuminating lamp*
H3 bulb, 55 watts
1. Switch off the lamps and take the remote
control out of the ignition lock.
2. Remove the cover, refer to Access to the
lamps.
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Tail lamps
> Turn signal:
PY21W bulb, 21 watts
> Brake lamp in the luggage compartment lid:
H21W bulb, 21 watts
> Other lamps:
W16W bulb, 16 watts
The tail lamps are divided in two parts. One part
is in the luggage compartment lid, the other is in
the fender.
At a glance
3. Push the wire bracket out of the anchor
towards the right and fold it up.
4. Disconnect the plug, change the bulb and
reconnect the plug.
5. Insert the bulb.
Controls
6. Fold the wire bracket down and engage it.
7. Reattach the cover.
Turn signals, front
Turn signal
2
Roadside parking lamp/tail lamp, LED
3
Backup lamp
4
Brake lamp, consisting of two individual
bulbs
5
Brake Force Display
6
Roadside parking lamp/tail lamp, LED
If the bulbs 2 and 6 malfunction, please contact
your BMW center or a workshop that works
according to BMW repair procedures with correspondingly trained personnel.
2. Using a coin, turn both locks of the cover all
the way to the left, arrows 1, and remove the
cover.
Fender-mounted lamps
3. Turn the bulb holder to the left, arrow 2, and
take it out.
1. Left-hand side: use a screwdriver to pry off
the cover in the cargo bay and remove the
cover.
4. Turn the bulb socket in the bulb holder to
the right for removal and replacement.
5. Insert the bulb holder and lock it by turning
it to the right.
6. Attach the cover by positioning the bottom
edge first and then turning both locks all the
way to the right.
Coupe
Mobility
1. Turn the respective wheel inwards.
1
Right-hand side: remove the cover from the
right-hand side panel of the cargo bay.
2. Loosen the bulb holder at the clip, see
arrow, and pull out.
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The turn signal bulb can be changed via a cover
in the wheel arch.
Driving tips
PY24W Silver Vision bulb, 24 watts
Replacing components
5. Reattach the cover in the cargo bay.
Coupe:
Lamps in the luggage compartment lid
3. Turn signal indicator: apply gentle pressure
to the bulb while turning it to the left for
removal and replacement.
1. Using a screw driver, remove the fastening
plugs on the edge and in the handle
recesses of the luggage compartment lid
trim. To do so, first loosen the top part of the
plug, see arrow, and then completely
remove the plug by pulling on its bottom
part. Remove the trim.
Backup lamps and brake lamps: take out
the bulbs and change them.
4. Re-engage the bulb holder so that it audibly
clicks into place.
5. Reattach the cover in the cargo bay.
Convertible
1. Turn the screws on the corresponding side,
see arrow, by 90° and remove the cover.
2. While applying light pressure, turn the bulb
holder of the turn signal bulb to the left.
3. Remove and replace the bulb.
2. Unlock the bulb holder by turning it to the
left, see arrow, and take it out.
3. Apply gentle pressure to the bulb while
turning it to the left for removal and replacement.
4. Insert the bulb holder and lock it by turning
it to the right.
5. Attach the luggage compartment lid trim by
inserting the bottom part of the fastening
plug and then fixing the plug with its top
part.
4. Re-engage the bulb holder so that it audibly
clicks into place.
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These lamps use LED technology for operation.
In the event of a malfunction, please contact
your BMW center or a workshop that works
according to BMW repair procedures with correspondingly trained personnel.
Repairing a flat tire with the
M Mobility System
Before using the M Mobility System, follow the instructions on the sealant bottle.<
Remove the label with the speed restriction
from the sealant bottle and apply it to the steering wheel.
Please note the expiry date on the sealant
bottle.<
Components of the M Mobility System
Controls
To repair a flat tire, your BMW M3 includes an
M Mobility System. With this system you can
apply a sealant to the inside of the tire to seal
the damaged section, restore the tire inflation
pressure and continue on your trip.
Safety measures in the event of a flat tire:
Park the vehicle as far away from moving
traffic as possible and on a firm surface. Switch
on the hazard warning flashers.
Apply the parking brake and engage first gear
or reverse. Have all occupants leave the vehicle
and move beyond the danger zone, e.g. behind
the guard rails.
If necessary, erect a warning triangle* or warning flasher* at a suitable distance. Adhere to
country-specific regulations.<
At a glance
License plate lamp, center brake lamp,
rear lamps and side turn signal
indicators
Sealant bottle and label with speed restriction
2
Filling hose from sealant bottle to wheel
3
Connector and cable for the cigarette
lighter socket
4
Holder for the sealant bottle
5
Compressor
6
On/off switch
7
The M Mobility System is located in the cargo
bay under the floor board.
Pressure gauge for displaying the tire inflation pressure
8
If possible, leave any foreign bodies that have
penetrated the tire in place.
Screw on pressure gauge to reduce tire
inflation pressure
9
Instructions on how to use the M Mobility
System can also be found on the device
itself.<
Hose to connect compressor and sealant
bottle or compressor and wheel
The connector, cable and connection hose are
stored in the compressor housing.
Driving tips
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Mobility
Preparations
Replacing components
Using the M Mobility System
To repair a flat tire with the M Mobility System,
proceed as follows:
> Fill the sealant, refer to page 132.
> Distribute the sealant, refer to page 132.
> Produce the tire inflation pressure, refer to
page 132.
Filling the sealant
Strictly follow the specified sequence,
otherwise the sealant may escape under
high pressure.<
1. Shake the sealant bottle.
2. Screw connection hose 9 onto the connector of the sealant bottle.
3. Ensure that screw 8 on the pressure gauge
is closed.
4. Unscrew the dust cap from the valve of the
defective wheel and screw filling hose 2 of
the sealant bottle onto the valve.
5. Insert the sealant bottle into the housing of
the compressor so that the bottle is upright.
Return the M Mobility System to its storage
location in the vehicle.
Distributing the sealant
Immediately drive approx. 2 miles/3 km to
evenly distribute the sealant in the tire.
Do not exceed a speed of 35 mph/
60 km/h. If possible, do not fall below a
speed of 12 mph/20 km/h.<
Producing the tire inflation pressure
1. After driving approx. 2 miles/3 km, stop at a
suitable location.
2. Connect connection hose 9 of the compressor directly to the tire valve.
3. Insert connector 3 into the cigarette lighter
socket in the interior of the vehicle.
4. Adjust the tire inflation pressure to 29 psi/
200 kPa. With the ignition switched on, proceed as follows:
> To increase the inflation pressure:
Switch on the compressor, position I. To
check the current inflation pressure setting, briefly switch off the compressor.
Do not let the compressor run for
more than 10 minutes, otherwise the
device will overheat and may be damaged.<
> To reduce the inflation pressure: turn
screw 8 on the pressure gauge.
6. Ensure that the compressor is switched off,
position 0.
7. Insert connector 3 into the cigarette lighter
socket in the interior of the vehicle, refer to
page 90.
8. With the ignition switched on:
Switch on the compressor and let it run for
approx. 3 minutes to fill the sealant. The
inflation pressure of the tire after filling is
unimportant.
9. Switch off the compressor.
10. Detach the hoses from the sealant bottle
connector and from the tire valve.
If the inflation pressure is not maintained,
drive the vehicle a second time, refer to
Distributing the sealant. Then repeat steps 1 to
4.
Use of the M Mobility System may be ineffectual for tire damage larger than approx. 0.16 in/
4 mm. Please contact the nearest BMW center,
refer to page 135, or a workshop that works
according to BMW repair procedures with correspondingly trained personnel if the tire cannot be made roadworthy with the M Mobility
System.<
The tire inflation pressure must be at least
29 psi/200 kPa. If it is not, do not continue
driving.<
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Disposal
Do not exceed the maximum allowable
speed of 50 mph/80 km/h to avoid the risk
of an accident.<
Have old batteries disposed of by your
BMW center or hand them in to a recycling center. Maintain the battery in an upright
position for transport and storage. Always
secure the battery against tipping over during
transport.<
Changing wheels
The tools for changing wheels are available as optional accessories from your
BMW center.<
Jack mounting points
Power failure
After a temporary power loss, the functioning of
some equipment may be limited and require
reinitialization. Individual settings may likewise
have been lost and will have to be programmed:
> Time and date
These values must be updated, refer to
page 64.
> Radio
Stations must be stored again, refer to the
separate Owner's Manual for Radio.
Controls
Reinitialize the Flat Tire Monitor, refer to
page 69 for more information.
Have the faulty tire and the sealant bottle of the
M Mobility System replaced as soon as possible.<
At a glance
Continuing your trip
> Seat and mirror memory
The positions must be stored again, refer to
page 39.
Vehicle battery
Battery care
The battery is 100 % maintenance-free, the
electrolyte will last for the life of the battery
when the vehicle is operated in a temperate climate. Your BMW center will be glad to advise in
all matters concerning the battery.
> Inside rearview mirror with digital compass
The system must be calibrated, refer to
page 86.
Fuses
Never attempt to repair a blown fuse and
do not replace a defective fuse with a substitute of another color or amperage rating, otherwise this could lead to a circuit overload, ultimately resulting in a fire in the vehicle.<
Mobility
The jacking points are at the positions shown in
the illustration.
Driving tips
> Glass roof
It may happen that the roof can only be
raised. The system must be initialized.
Please contact your BMW center.
Charging the battery
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Only charge the battery in the vehicle via the
terminals in the engine compartment with the
engine off. Connections, refer to Jump starting
on page 136.
Replacing components
Open the cover in the glove compartment and
remove it.
Spare fuses and a pair of plastic forceps are set
in holders on the distributor box.
See the rear of the cover for information on fuse
assignment.
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> Equipment version with full preparation
package mobile phone. This equipment
makes it possible to send an Emergency
Request even if no mobile phone is paired
with the vehicle.
> BMW Assist is activated. Activating
BMW Assist, refer to separate Owner's
Manual.
> Radio readiness is on.
> The BMW Assist system is logged on to a
mobile phone network.
> The Emergency Request system is operable.
Once your service contract for BMW Assist
expires, the BMW Assist system can be deactivated by a BMW center without you having to
visit a workshop. Once the BMW Assist system
has been deactivated, Emergency Requests
are not possible. The BMW Assist system can
be reactivated by a BMW center after a new
contract has been signed.
Sending an Emergency Request
1. Briefly press the cover flap to open.
If the circumstances allow this, remain in the
vehicle until the connection has been established. You will then be able to provide a
detailed description of the situation.
If the current location of your vehicle can be
determined, it will be transmitted to the BMW
Assist Response Center.
If the LED is flashing but the BMW Assist
Response Center cannot be heard over the
hands-free system, it is possible that the
hands-free system is malfunctioning. You may
still be heard by the BMW Assist Response
Center, however.
Under certain conditions, an Emergency
Request is sent automatically immediately after
a severe accident. This Automatic Collision
Notification is not affected by the button being
pressed.
For technical reasons, the Emergency
Request service cannot be guaranteed
for the most unfavorable conditions.<
Controls
Conditions for an Emergency Request:
Once the BMW Assist Response Center has
received your Emergency Request, the
BMW Assist Response Center contacts you
and takes further steps to help you. Even if you
are unable to respond, the BMW Assist
Response Center will be able to initiate further
steps to assist you under certain conditions.
Driving tips
Emergency Request*
At a glance
Giving and receiving assistance
2. Press the SOS button for at least
2 seconds.
The phone numbers of the Roadside Assistance in your home country can be found in the
Contact brochure.
The LED in the button lights up. As soon as the
voice connection to the BMW Assist Response
Center has been established, the LED flashes.
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The BMW Roadside Assistance is there to
assist you around the clock in the event of a
breakdown, including on weekends and public
holidays.
Mobility
Roadside Assistance
Giving and receiving assistance
First aid pouch*
Some of the articles contained in the first aid
pouch have a limited service life. Therefore,
check the expiration dates of the contents regularly and replace any items in good time, if necessary.
Warning triangle*
Coupe
Coupe
The warning triangle is located on the left-hand
side of the cargo bay. Press the tab to take it
out.
Convertible
The first aid pouch is located on the right-hand
side of the cargo bay in a storage area.
Convertible
The warning triangle is located in a holder in the
luggage compartment lid. Press the tabs to take
it out.
The first aid pouch is located in a compartment
under the front passenger's seat.
Jump starting
To open: press the button and fold the cover
down.
To close: fold the cover back up and press it into
the catch.
If the car's own battery is flat, your BMW's
engine can be started by connecting two
jumper cables to another vehicle's battery. You
can also use the same method to help start
another vehicle. Only use jumper cables with
fully-insulated clamp handles.
Do not touch any electrically live parts
when the engine is running, or a fatal accident may occur. Carefully adhere to the following sequence, both to prevent damage to one or
both vehicles, and to guard against possible
personal injuries.<
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1. Check whether the battery of the other
vehicle has a voltage of 12 volts and
approximately the same capacitance in Ah.
This information can be found on the battery.
Your BMW has a special nut as body ground
or negative pole.
At a glance
Preparation
2. Switch off the engine of the assisting vehicle.
Connecting jumper cables
Connect the jumper cables in the correct
order, so that no sparks which could
cause injury occur.<
Your BMW has a jump-starting connection in
the engine compartment which acts as the battery's positive terminal, refer also to the Engine
compartment overview on page 117. The cap is
marked with +.
1. Pull the cap of the BMW jump-starting connection up to remove.
5. Attach the second terminal clamp of the
minus/– jumper cable to the negative terminal of the battery or to the engine or body
ground of the vehicle to be started.
Starting the engine
1. Start the engine of the donor vehicle and
allow it to run for a few minutes at slightly
increased idle speed.
2. Start the engine on the other vehicle in the
usual way.
If the first start attempt is not successful,
wait a few minutes before another attempt
in order to allow the discharged battery to
recharge.
3. Let the engines run for a few minutes.
4. Disconnect the jumper cables by reversing
the above connecting sequence.
Driving tips
There must not be any contact between
the bodies of the two vehicles, otherwise
there is a danger of shorting.<
Controls
3. Switch off any consumers in both vehicles.
If necessary, have the battery checked and
recharged.
3. Attach the second terminal clamp of the
plus/+ jumper cable to the positive terminal
of the battery or a starting-aid terminal of
the vehicle to be started.
4. Attach one terminal clamp of the minus/–
jumper cable to the negative terminal of the
battery or to an engine or body ground of
the assisting vehicle.
Tow-starting, towing away
Observe the applicable laws and regulations for tow-starting and towing vehicles.<
Do not transport any passengers other
than the driver in a vehicle that is being
towed.<
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2. Attach one terminal clamp of the plus/+
jumper cable to the positive terminal of the
battery or a starting-aid terminal of the vehicle providing assistance.
Mobility
Never use spray fluids to start the
engine.<
Giving and receiving assistance
Using a tow fitting
The screw-in tow fitting must always be carried
in the car. It can be screwed in at the front or
rear of the BMW.
Coupe: it is stored in the onboard tool kit underneath the cover on the right-hand side of the
cargo bay, refer to page 127.
Convertible: it is stored in the onboard tool kit
underneath the cargo bay floor, refer to
page 127.
Use only the tow fitting provided with the
vehicle and screw it all the way in. Use the
tow fitting for towing on paved roads only. Avoid
lateral loading of the tow fitting, e.g. do not lift
the vehicle by the tow fitting. Otherwise the tow
fitting and the vehicle could be damaged.<
Access to screw thread
Release the cover panel in the bumper:
Press on the upper part of the cover panel.
headlamps, tail lamps, turn signal indicators and
windshield wipers may be unavailable.
Power steering assistance is not available when
the engine is not running. Thus, braking and
steering will require increased effort.<
Manual transmission
Gearshift lever in neutral position.
M dual clutch transmission with
Drivelogic
Ensure that the parking lock P is not
engaged as the rear wheels will otherwise
be blocked.
When using the car wash function, refer to
page 48, note that the parking lock P is
engaged automatically after approx. 30 minutes, blocking the rear wheels.
If an electrical malfunction occurs or if towing
takes longer than approx. 20 minutes, manually
release the parking lock, refer to page 51.<
When towing, do not exceed a maximum
speed of 30 mph/50 km/h and a maximum distance of 30 miles/50 km, otherwise the
transmission can be damaged.<
Front
BMW recommends transporting the vehicle on
a tow truck with a flat bed.
Towing methods
Do not lift the vehicle by a tow fitting or
body and chassis parts, otherwise damage may result.<
Rear
With a tow bar
The towing vehicle must not be lighter
than the towed vehicle, otherwise it may
be impossible to maintain control.<
The tow fittings used should be on the same
side on both vehicles. Should it prove impossible to avoid mounting the tow bar at an angle,
please observe the following:
> Clearance and maneuvering capability will
be sharply limited during cornering.
Being towed
Make sure that the ignition is switched on,
refer to page 46, otherwise the low-beam
> The tow bar will generate lateral forces if it is
attached offset.
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Manual transmission
With a tow rope
When starting off in the towing vehicle, make
sure that the tow rope is taut.
To avoid jerking and the associated
stresses on vehicle components when
towing, always use nylon ropes or nylon straps.
Attach the tow rope to the tow fittings only, as
attaching it to other parts of the vehicle could
result in damage.<
With a tow truck
Manual transmission:
1. Switch on hazard warning flashers, comply
with local regulations.
2. Switch on the ignition, refer to page 46.
3. Shift into 3rd gear.
At a glance
cles with a catalytic converter should only be
tow-started when the engine is cold.
4. Have the vehicle tow-started with the clutch
depressed and slowly release the clutch.
After the engine starts, immediately
depress the clutch completely again.
5. Stop at a suitable location, remove the tow
bar or rope and switch off the hazard warning flashers.
6. Have the vehicle checked.
M dual clutch transmission with
Drivelogic
Controls
Attach the tow bar to the tow fittings only,
as attaching it to other parts of the vehicle
could result in damage.<
Driving tips
Vehicles with an M dual clutch transmission
cannot be tow-started. Jump-starting, refer to
page 136.
Have the BMW transported with a tow truck
with a so-called lift bar or on a flat bed.
Do not tow the vehicle with just the rear axle
raised as this may cause the steering to turn.
Mobility
M dual clutch transmission:
Have the BMW transported with a tow truck
with a so-called lift bar or on a flat bed.
If possible, do not tow-start the vehicle but
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Tow-starting
Indicator and warning lamps
Indicator and warning lamps
Indicator and warning lamps appear in the display area. See the table for information on
causes and how to react. Note whether a lamp
comes on alone or in combination with another.
Some lamps can light up in different colors.
Corresponding distinctions are made in the
text.
1
2
Cause
What to do
Turn signals
High beams/headlamp flasher
switched on
Fasten safety belts
Fasten your safety belt, refer also to
page 40.
Indication in US models
Parking brake applied
Release the parking brake.
Indication in Canadian models
Parking brake applied
Release the parking brake.
Outside temperature warning
Drive cautiously, refer also to page 59.
Lights up briefly:
Approx. 3.3 US gal/12.5 liters of fuel
remain in the tank
Remains on:
Remaining operating range is no more
than 30 miles/50 km, refer to page 60
Engine refuses to start
Depress the brake or clutch in order to
start the engine, refer to page 47.
Ignition switched on and driver's door
open
Switch off the ignition, refer to page 46,
or close the driver's door.
Parking lamps still on
Switch off the parking lamps, refer to
page 76.
Roadside parking lamps still on
Switch off the roadside parking lamps,
refer to page 78.
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Cause
What to do
Engine compartment lid open
Lights up in red:
Backrest of driver's seat or front passenger's seat not locked
Lock the backrest, otherwise the safety
belt will not provide protection in the
event of an accident.
At a glance
Door open
Lights up in yellow:
Engage the seat backrest. Have it
checked by your nearest BMW center.
Lights up in red:
Roof activation system failure
Roof cannot be moved. If the retractable hardtop does not lock, contact
your nearest BMW center.
Roof activation system malfunctioning
Roof movement incomplete. Please
check if the roof is blocked, then press
or pull the switch again.
Controls
Seat backrest monitor malfunctioning
Roof activation temporarily limited to
closing only.
Cargo bay partition not in lowermost
position
Press down the cargo bay partition until
it engages on both sides.
Vehicle not level, roof activation not
possible
Move the vehicle to a level surface.
Rollover protection system malfunctioning
Have the rollover protection system
checked by your nearest BMW center.
Gas cap missing or loose
Make sure that the gas cap is correctly
positioned and close it until it audibly
clicks. Do not jam the strap between the
gas cap and the vehicle.
Windshield washer fluid level too low
Add washer fluid as soon as possible,
refer to page 57.
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Roof drive overheated
Driving tips
Lights up in yellow:
Reference
1
Indicator and warning lamps
1
2
Cause
What to do
Lights up in red:
Service due
Arrange a service appointment.
Check service requirements, refer to
page 63.
Lights up in yellow:
The engine will start the next time the
start/stop button is touched, possibly
without the brake or clutch being
depressed
Remote control malfunctioning or, in
cars with convenient access, not
detected
The engine cannot be started. Have the
remote control checked, if necessary.
Battery in remote control discharged
Use the remote control for a longer journey or, in cars with convenient access,
replace the battery.
Belt tensioners and/or airbag system
failed
Have the system checked immediately.
Lights up:
Emergency Request system has failed
or is malfunctioning
Have the system checked as soon as
possible.
Lights up in red:
Engine malfunction
Stop the car and switch off the engine.
You cannot continue your journey. Contact your BMW center.
Lights up in yellow:
Full engine power is no longer available
You can continue your journey, but
moderate your speed and exercise due
caution. Have the engine checked as
soon as possible.
Indication in US models:
Warning lamp comes on:
Engine malfunction with adverse effect
on exhaust emissions
Have the car checked as soon as possible.
Indication in Canadian models:
Warning lamp comes on:
Engine malfunction with adverse effect
on exhaust emissions
Have the car checked as soon as possible.
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Cause
What to do
Engine overheating
Carefully bring the car to a stop, switch
off the engine and allow it to cool down.
Do not open the hood, otherwise there
would be a risk of injury by scalding.
Contact your BMW center.
Lights up in yellow:
Engine too hot
At a glance
Lights up in red:
Continue driving at more moderate
speed so that the engine can cool
down. Have the engine checked without delay if the situation reoccurs.
Battery is no longer being charged.
Alternator malfunction
Switch off all unnecessary electrical
consumers. Have the power supply
system checked without delay.
Lights up in yellow:
Battery charge level very low, battery
aged or not securely connected
Controls
Lights up in red:
Have the battery checked as soon as
possible.
Indication in US models
Indication in Canadian models
Parking brake applied
Indication in US models
Lights up in red:
Brake fluid level too low
If brake pedal travel is considerably
longer than usual, stop immediately.
Contact your BMW center.
Driving tips
Parking brake applied
Lights up in yellow:
Have the system checked as soon as
possible.
Indication in Canadian models
Lights up in red:
Brake fluid level too low
If brake pedal travel is considerably
longer than usual, stop immediately.
Contact your BMW center.
Mobility
Drive-off assistant has failed. The car
will not be held in place after the brake
is released
Lights up in yellow:
Drive-off assistant has failed. The car
will not be held in place after the brake
is released
Have the system checked as soon as
possible.
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1
Indicator and warning lamps
1
2
Cause
What to do
Indication in US models
Brake pads worn
Have the condition of the brake pads
checked without delay.
Indication in Canadian models
Brake pads worn
Have the condition of the brake pads
checked without delay.
Indication in US models
Vehicle electronics failed
You cannot continue your journey. Contact your BMW center.
Indication* in Canadian models
Vehicle electronics failed
You cannot continue your journey. Contact your BMW center.
Indication* in Canadian models
Vehicle electronics failed
You cannot continue your journey. Contact your BMW center.
Lights up in red:
Have the system in question checked
without delay.
> Starter failed or
The engine cannot be restarted.
> ignition malfunctioning. Engine
restart only possible when brake is
depressed or
Depress the brake to restart the engine.
> lighting system failed. Low beams/
tail lamps and brake lamps still
operational. All other lamps failed
Lights up in yellow:
> Control of the brake lamps failed or
> fuel supply malfunctioning
> Drive malfunctioning
You can continue your journey, but
moderate your speed and exercise due
caution. Have the system in question
checked without delay.
Transmission limp-home program
active with reduced acceleration. You
can continue your journey, but moderate your speed and exercise due caution. Have the system checked immediately.
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Dynamic Stability Control DSC is regulating the drive and braking forces, refer
also to page 68
Dynamic Stability Control DSC is deactivated, refer also to page 68
Driving stability limited during acceleration and cornering.
Driving style must be readjusted.
Suspension control system failed, refer
also to page 68
Driving stability limited during acceleration and cornering.
You can continue your journey, but
moderate your speed and exercise due
caution. Have the system checked as
soon as possible.
Indication in US models
The driving stability control systems,
including ABS and the Tire Pressure
Monitor, have failed, refer also to
page 67
You can continue your journey.
Reduced braking and driving stability.
Drive at moderate speeds, avoiding
abrupt braking maneuvers. Have the
system checked as soon as possible.
At a glance
What to do
Controls
Cause
The driving stability control systems,
including ABS and the Flat Tire Monitor
or Tire Pressure Monitor*, have failed,
refer also to page 67
You can continue your journey.
Reduced braking and driving stability.
Drive at moderate speeds, avoiding
abrupt braking maneuvers. Have the
system checked as soon as possible.
Indication* in Canadian models
The driving stability control systems,
including ABS and the Flat Tire Monitor
or Tire Pressure Monitor*, have failed,
refer also to page 67
Driving tips
Indication* in Canadian models
You can continue your journey.
Reduced braking and driving stability.
Drive at moderate speeds, avoiding
abrupt braking maneuvers. Have the
system checked as soon as possible.
Vehicles with Flat Tire Monitor*
Light up in yellow and red:
> Tire is deflated
Carefully bring the car to a stop. Comply
with the additional information starting
on page 69.
> Flat Tire Monitor not initialized
Initialize Flat Tire Monitor, refer to
page 69.
Mobility
2
Light up in yellow:
Flat Tire Monitor failed. Punctures are
not indicated
Have the system checked.
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Indicator and warning lamps
1
2
Cause
What to do
Vehicles with Tire Pressure Monitor*
Light up in yellow and red:
There is a flat tire or substantial loss of
tire pressure
Carefully bring the car to a stop. Comply
with the additional information starting
on page 70.
Light up in yellow:
Tire Pressure Monitor not initialized
Check the inflation pressure and reset
the system, refer to page 70.
The small lamp flashes in yellow and
then lights up continuously; the larger
lamp comes on in yellow:
Tire Pressure Monitor has failed. Punctures are not indicated
Have the system checked. Comply with
the additional information starting on
page 71.
Lights up in red:
> Transmission limp-home program
active with restricted range of
gears, possibly with reduced acceleration.
You can continue your journey, but
moderate your speed and exercise due
caution. It may not be possible to continue the trip after stopping. Have the
system checked without delay.
Gears can be engaged without
depressing the brake
Always depress the brake to engage a
gear.
Lights up in yellow:
> Transmission limp-home program
active with reduced range of gears
You can continue your journey, but
moderate your speed and exercise due
caution. Have the system checked
without delay.
> Transmission position P malfunctioning:
Selector lever locked in position P
with engine running or ignition
switched on and brake depressed
Release transmission lock, refer to
page 51. Have the system checked as
soon as possible.
> Brake signal malfunctioning: gear
can be engaged without depressing the brake
To engage a gear while the vehicle is at
a standstill, always step on the brake.
Before leaving the vehicle, switch off
the engine. Have the system checked
as soon as possible.
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Cause
What to do
Transmission overheating
Stop the car and switch off the engine.
Allow the transmission to cool down.
You can continue your journey, but
moderate your speed and exercise due
caution. Have the system checked if the
situation reoccurs.
At a glance
Lights up in red:
Lights up in yellow:
Transmission too hot
Avoid high engine loads. You can continue your journey, but moderate your
speed and exercise due caution.
Brake signal malfunctioning: gear can
be engaged without depressing the
brake
To engage a gear while the vehicle is at
a standstill, always step on the brake.
Before leaving the vehicle, switch off
the engine. Have the system checked
as soon as possible.
Pinch protection system of the power
windows malfunctioning
Have the system checked.
Pinch protection system of the electric
glass roof malfunctioning
Have the system checked.
Cruise control system failed
You can continue your journey. Have
the system checked.
Park Distance Control failed
Have the system checked.
Bulb of exterior lighting system failed
Have the exterior lighting checked as
soon as possible.
Low-beam headlamp failed
Have the low beams checked as soon
as possible.
High-beam headlamp failed
Have the high-beam headlamps
checked.
Driving tips
You can continue your journey. Shift
into the desired position again, if necessary. Have the system checked if the
situation reoccurs.
Mobility
Selector lever malfunctioning
Controls
P is not engaged. Vehicle not prevented from rolling
Adaptive Head Light failed
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1
Indicator and warning lamps
1
2
Cause
What to do
Coolant level too low
Add coolant immediately, refer to
page 119.
Engine oil pressure too low
Stop immediately and switch off the
engine. You cannot continue your journey. Contact your BMW center.
Engine oil level too low
Add engine oil immediately; refer to
page 117 for more information.
Lights up in red:
Service appointment overdue
Arrange a service appointment.
Check service requirements, refer to
page 63.
Lights up in yellow:
Service due
Arrange a service appointment.
Check service requirements, refer to
page 63.
No service due
Check service requirements, refer to
page 63.
Time and date no longer correct
Set the time and date, refer to page 64.
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Controls
Driving tips
Mobility
Reference
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This chapter contains technical data and an
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Technical data
Technical data
Engine data
M3
Displacement
cu in/cmμ
244/3,999
hp
414
Number of cylinders
Maximum power output
at engine speed
Maximum torque
at engine speed
8
rpm
8,300
lb ft/Nm
295/400
rpm
3,900
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Driving tips
Controls
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All dimensions given in inches/mm.
Smallest turning circle dia.: 38 ft 5 in/11.7 m.
Technical data
Convertible
All dimensions given in inches/mm.
Smallest turning circle dia.: 38 ft 5 in/11.7 m.
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Weights
lbs/kg
3,704/1,680
Approved gross weight
lbs/kg
4,586/2,080
Load
lbs/kg
882/400
Approved front axle load
lbs/kg
2,249/1,020
Approved rear axle load
lbs/kg
2,469/1,120
Approved roof load capacity
lbs/kg
165/75
cu ft/liters
15.2/430
Cargo bay capacity
Convertible
M3
Curb weight
lbs/kg
4,145/1,880
Approved gross weight
lbs/kg
5,027/2,280
Load
lbs/kg
882/400
Approved front axle load
lbs/kg
2,337/1,060
Approved rear axle load
Cargo bay capacity
lbs/kg
2,800/1,270
cu ft/liters
7.4-12.4/210-350
Capacities
Controls
Curb weight
Driving tips
M3
At a glance
Coupe
Notes
Fuel tank
US gal/liters
approx. 16.6/63
including reserve of
US gal/liters
approx. 3.3/12.5
Window washer system
For more details: page 57
US qt/liters
approx. 4.8/4.5
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Mobility
including headlamp washers
Fuel grade: page 109
Everything from A to Z
Everything from A to Z
Index
A
ABS Antilock Brake
System 67
Acceleration assistant, refer to
Launch Control 53
Accident, refer to Sending an
Emergency Request 135
Activated-charcoal filter for
automatic climate control 83
Adaptive Head Light 77
Additives
– coolant 119
Adjusting temperature inside
the car, refer to Automatic
climate control 81
Adjusting the thigh support 36
Airbags 72
– indicator/warning lamp 74
– sitting safely 35
Air conditioning mode
– automatic climate control 81
– ventilation 83
Air distribution
– automatic 81
Air flow rate 81
Airing, refer to Ventilation 83
Air pressure, refer to Tire
inflation pressure 110
Air recirculation, refer to
Recirculated-air mode 82
Air supply
– automatic climate control 81
– ventilation 83
Air vents 80
AKI, refer to Fuel
specifications 109
Alarm system 25
– avoiding unintentional
alarms 26
– interior motion sensor 26
– switching off an alarm 26
– tilt alarm sensor 26
All-season tires, refer to
Winter tires 114
Ambient air, refer to
Recirculated-air mode 82
Antifreeze
– coolant 119
– washer fluid 57
Antilock Brake System
ABS 67
Anti-theft alarm system, refer
to Alarm system 25
Anti-theft system 19
Approved axle loads, refer to
Weights 155
Approved gross vehicle
weight, refer to Weights 155
Armrest, refer to Center
armrest 88
Ashtray
– front 90
– rear 90
Assistance systems, refer to
Driving stability control
systems 67
AUC Automatic recirculatedair control 82
Audio device, external 88
Automatic
– air distribution 81
– air flow rate 81
– cruise control 57
– headlamp control 76
Automatic car washes 123
Automatic climate control 80
– automatic air distribution 81
Automatic curb monitor 42
Automatic recirculated-air
control AUC 82
Automatic transmission with
Steptronic
– towing 137
– tow-starting 137
AUTO program for automatic
climate control 81
AUX-In port 88
Average fuel consumption 61
– setting the units 62
Avoiding unintentional
alarms 26
Axle loads, refer to
Weights 155
B
Backrest contour, refer to
Lumbar support 36
Backrests, refer to Seat
adjustment 36
Backrest width adjustment 37
Back seats
– refer to Rear seats 38
Backup lamps
– replacing bulb 129
Backup lamps, refer to Tail
lamps 129
Bag holder 92
Band-aids, refer to First-aid
pouch 136
Bar, refer to Towing
methods 138
Base plate for telephone or
mobile phone
– refer to Snap-in adapter in
the center armrest storage
compartment 88
Battery 133
– charging 133
– disposal 28, 133
– jump starting 136
– remote control 18
– temporary power failure 133
Battery renewal
– remote control 28
– remote control for vehicle 28
Being towed 138
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California Proposition 65
warning 6
Can holders, refer to Cup
holders 89
Capacities 155
Capacity of the cargo bay 155
Car battery, refer to Vehicle
battery 133
Car care, refer to Care 123
Care 123
– automatic car washes 123
– care products 123
– carpets 125
– CD/DVD drives 126
– chrome parts 124
– displays 125
– exterior 123
– fine wood parts 125
– headlamps 124
– high-pressure washer 123
– interior 125
– leather 125
– light-alloy wheels 125
– paintwork 124
– plastic parts 125
– retractable hardtop 124
– rubber seals 124
– safety belts 125
– sensors and cameras 125
– upholstery and cloth
trim 125
– washing the car
manually 124
– windows 124
– wiper blades 124
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C
Cargo, securing 101
Cargo bay
– capacity 155
– convenient access 27
– folding up the floor panel 93
– lamp, refer to Interior
lamps 79
– opening from inside 24
– opening from outside 24
Cargo loading
– securing cargo 101
– stowing cargo 101
– vehicle 100
Car jack
– jacking points 133
Car key, refer to Remote
control 18
Car phone
– installation location, refer to
Center armrest 88
– refer to separate Owner's
Manual
Car shampoo 125
Car wash
– before driving into 48
Catalytic converter, refer to
Hot exhaust system 98
CBS Condition Based
Service 121
Center armrest 88
Center brake lamp
– replacing bulb 131
Center console, refer to
Around the center
console 14
Central locking
– from inside 23
– from outside 19
Central locking system 19
– convenient access 27
– hotel function 25
Changes, technical, refer to
For your own safety 5
Changing bulbs, refer to
Lamps and bulbs 127
Changing wheels 133
Chassis number, refer to
Engine compartment 117
Check Control 65
Mobility
Breaking in the clutch 98
Breaking in the differential,
refer to Engine and
differential 98
Break-in period 98
Bulb changing, refer to Lamps
and bulbs 127
Button for starting the engine,
refer to Start/stop button 46
Buttons on the steering
wheel 11
Reference
Belt hand-over 41
Belts, refer to Safety belts 40
Belt tensioner, refer to Safety
belts 40
Beverage holders, refer to
Cup holders 89
Blinds, refer to Roller sun
blinds 87
Blower, refer to Air flow
rate 81
Bluetooth, refer to separate
Owner's Manual
BMW
– car shampoo 125
BMW Homepage 4
BMW Maintenance
System 121
BMW webpage 4
Bottle holders, refer to Cup
holders 89
Brake assist 68
Brake fluid, refer to Service
requirements 63
Brake Force Display 72
– bulb change 130
Brake lamps
– replacing bulb 129
– two-stage 72
Brake pads 98
– breaking in 98
Brake rotors 99
– brakes 98
– breaking in 98
Brakes
– ABS 68
– BMW Maintenance
System 121
– breaking in 98
– parking brake 48
– service requirements 63
Brakes, refer to Braking
safely 99
Brake system 98
– BMW Maintenance
System 121
– breaking in 98
– disc brakes 99
Breakdown services, refer to
Roadside Assistance 135
Everything from A to Z
Child-restraint fixing system
LATCH 45
Child-restraint systems 44
Child seats, refer to
Transporting children
safely 44
Chrome parts 125
Chrome polish 125
Cigarette lighter, refer to
Lighter 90
Cleaning headlamps 56
– washer fluid 57
Cleaning your BMW, refer to
Care 123
Clock 59
– 12h/24h format 62
– setting time 64
Closing
– from inside 23
– from outside 19
Clothes hooks 89
Cockpit 10
Cold start, refer to Starting the
engine 47
Combined instrument, refer to
Instrument cluster 12
Comfort access, refer to
Convenient access 27
Comfort area, refer to Around
the center console 14
"Comfort" with EDC 69
Compartment for remote
control, refer to Ignition
lock 46
Compass 86
Computer 60
Condensation, refer to When
the vehicle is parked 100
Condition Based Service
CBS 121
Configuring settings, refer to
Personal Profile 18
Confirmation signals for
locking/unlocking the
vehicle 21
Connecting vacuum cleaner,
refer to Connecting
electrical appliances 90
Consumption, refer to
Average consumption 61
Consumption indicator, refer
to Average consumption 61
Controls and displays 10
Convenient access 27
– replacing the battery 28
Convenient loading in
convertible 21
Convenient operation
– glass roof 20
– glass roof with convenient
access 27
– retractable hardtop 20
– windows 20
– windows with convenient
access 27
Convertible
– bag holder 92
– convenient loading 21
– enlarging cargo bay 91
– folding down rear
backrest 92
– retractable hardtop 31
– rollover protection
system 74
– securing cargo 101
Coolant 119
– checking level 119
Coolant temperature 60
Cooling, maximum 81
Cooling fluid, refer to
Coolant 119
Cooling system, refer to
Coolant 119
Copyright 2
Corner-illuminating lamps,
refer to Adaptive Head
Light 77
Cornering lamps, refer to
Adaptive Head Light 77
Correct tires 114
Courtesy lamps, refer to
Interior lamps 79
Cruise control 57
Cruising range 61
Cup holders 89
Curb weight, refer to
Weights 155
D
Dashboard, refer to
Cockpit 10
Dashboard, refer to
Instrument cluster 12
Dashboard lighting, refer to
Instrument lighting 78
Data, technical 152
– dimensions 153
– engine 152
– weights 155
Date
– setting 64
Daytime running lamps 77
Deactivating front passenger
airbags 73
Deadlocking, refer to
Locking 20
Defect
– door lock 22
– fuel filler door 108
– glass roof 30
Digital clock 59
Digital compass 86
Dimensions 153
Directional indicators, refer to
Turn signals 55
Displacement, refer to Engine
data 152
Display lighting, refer to
Instrument lighting 78
Displays, refer to Instrument
cluster 12
Displays and controls 10
Disposal
– coolant 119
– remote control battery 28
– vehicle battery 133
Distance remaining to service,
refer to Service
requirements 63
Distance warning, refer to
Park Distance Control
PDC 67
Door key, refer to Remote
control 18
Door lock 22
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EDC, refer to Electronic
Damper Control 68
Electric
– seat adjustment 36
Electrical malfunction
– door lock 22
– driver's door 22
– fuel filler door 108
– glass roof 30
– luggage compartment lid 24
– M dual clutch transmission
with Drivelogic 51
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Controls
Driving tips
Engine oil
– adding 118
– BMW Maintenance
System 121
– checking level 117
– intervals between changes,
refer to Service
requirements 63
– possible displays 118
Engine output, refer to Engine
data 152
Engine speed, refer to Engine
data 152
Engine starting, refer to
Starting the engine 47
Entry lamps, refer to Interior
lamps 79
Error messages, refer to
Check Control 65
Event data recorders 122
Exhaust system, refer to Hot
exhaust system 98
Exterior mirrors 41
– adjusting 41
– automatic dimming
feature 42
– automatic heating 42
– folding in and out 41
External audio device 88
Eyes
– for tow-starting and towing
away 138
– for tying down loads 101
F
Failure messages, refer to
Check Control 65
Failure of an electrical
consumer 133
False alarm
– avoiding unintentional
alarm 26
– switching off an alarm 26
Fastening safety belts, refer to
Safety belts 40
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E
Electric seat 36
Electric seat adjustment 36
Electric steering wheel lock
– with convenient access 27
Electronic brake-force
distribution 68
Electronic Damper Control
EDC 68
– "Comfort" 69
– "Normal" 69
– "Sport" 69
Electronic oil level check 117
Electronic Stability Program
ESP, refer to Dynamic
Stability Control DSC 68
Emergency operation
– fuel filler door, manual
release 108
Emergency operation, refer to
Closing manually
– glass roof 30
Emergency operation, refer to
Manual operation
– door lock 22
Emergency release
– luggage compartment lid
from inside 25
Emergency Request 135
Emergency services, refer to
Roadside Assistance 135
Engine
– breaking in 98
– data 152
– overheated, refer to Coolant
temperature 60
– speed 152
– starting 47
– starting, convenient
access 27
– switching off 47
Engine compartment 117
Engine coolant, refer to
Coolant 119
Reference
Doors, emergency
operation 22
DOT Quality Grades 112
Draft-free ventilation 83
Drinks holders, refer to Cup
holders 89
Drivelogic 52
Drive mode 50
Drive-off assistance, refer to
Dynamic Stability Control
DSC 68
Drive-off assistant 69
Drive position, engaging, refer
to Selector lever
positions 49
Drive programs, refer to
Drivelogic 52
Driving lamps, refer to Parking
lamps/low beams 76
Driving notes 98
Driving off on hills, refer to
Drive-off assistant 69
Driving stability control
systems 67
Driving through water 99
Driving tips, refer to Driving
notes 98
Dry air, refer to Cooling
function 82
DSC Dynamic Stability
Control 68
Dynamic Stability Control
DSC
– indicator/warning lamp 68
Everything from A to Z
Filter
– refer to Microfilter/activatedcharcoal filter for automatic
climate control 83
First aid pouch 136
Fixture for remote control,
refer to Ignition lock 46
Flashlight, refer to LED hand
lamp 88
Flash when locking/
unlocking 21
Flat tire
– Tire Pressure Monitor
TPM 70
Flat tire, repairing 131
Flat Tire Monitor FTM 69
– indicating a flat tire 70
– indicator/warning lamp 70
– initializing the system 69
– malfunction 70
– snow chains 69, 115
– system limits 69
Flat tires, refer to Tire
condition 113
Fluid reservoir, refer to
Washer fluid reservoir 57
Folding in the mirrors, before
driving into a car wash 41
Folding up the floor panel 93
Footbrake, refer to Braking
safely 99
Footwell lamps, refer to
Interior lamps 79
Forward position, engaging,
refer to Selector lever
positions 49
For your own safety 5
Front airbags 72
FTM, refer to Flat Tire
Monitor 69
Fuel 109
– average consumption 61
– gauge 60
– high-quality brands 109
– quality 109
– specifications 109
– tank contents, refer to
Capacities 155
Fuel clock, refer to Fuel
gauge 60
Fuel display, refer to Fuel
gauge 60
Fuel filler door 108
– releasing in the event of
electrical malfunction 108
Fuses 133
G
Garage door opener, refer to
Integrated universal remote
control 84
Gasoline
– refer to Average
consumption 61
Gasoline, refer to Required
fuel 109
Gasoline display, refer to Fuel
gauge 60
Gasoline engine, checking
engine oil level 117
Gear
– neutral 50
Gear change 51
Gear display, refer to Displays
in the instrument cluster 51
Gearshift lever
– manual transmission 48
Gearshifts
– manual transmission 48
General driving notes 98
Glass roof, electric 30
– closing after electrical
malfunction 30
– convenient operation 20, 22
– initializing 30
– opening, closing 30
– operation with convenient
access 27
– pinch protection system 30
– power failure 30
– raising 30
– remote control 20
Glove compartment 87
– LED hand lamp 88
Grills 80
Gross vehicle weight, refer to
Weights 155
H
Handbrake, refer to Parking
brake 48
Hand lamp, refer to LED hand
lamp 88
Hands-free system 14
Hazard warning flashers 14
Head airbags 72
Headlamp control,
automatic 76
Headlamp flasher 55
– indicator lamp 11, 14, 140
Head restraints 37
– front, removing 37
– rear, removing 38
– sitting safely 35
Heated
– mirrors 42
– rear window 82
– seats 38
Heating
– mirrors 42
– rear window 82
– residual heat 82
– seats 38
Heating and ventilation, refer
to Climate 80
Heating while at a standstill,
refer to Using residual
heat 82
Heavy loads, refer to Stowing
cargo 101
Height, refer to
Dimensions 153
Height adjustment
– seats 36
– steering wheel 42
High beams 78
– headlamp flasher 78
– indicator lamp 140
High-pressure
washer 123, 124
High water, refer to Driving
through water 99
Hills 99
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Jacking points 133
Jumpering, refer to Jump
starting 136
Jump starting 136
K
Key, refer to Remote
control 18
Keyless go, refer to
Convenient access 27
Keyless opening and closing,
refer to Convenient
access 27
Key Memory, refer to Personal
Profile 18
Knock control 109
L
Lamps
– automatic headlamp
control 76
– parking lamps/low beams 76
Lamps and bulbs, replacing
bulbs 127
Lap-and-shoulder belt, refer
to Safety belts 40
Lashing eyes, refer to
Securing cargo 101
LATCH child-restraint fixing
system 45
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At a glance
Controls
J
Driving tips
Ice warning, refer to Outside
temperature warning 59
Identification marks, tire
coding 112
Ignition 46
– switched off 47
– switched on 46
Ignition key, refer to Remote
control 18
Ignition key position 1, refer to
Radio readiness 46
Ignition key position 2, refer to
Ignition on 46
Ignition lock 46
Imprint 2
Indicator and warning
lamps 13
– Tire Pressure Monitor
TPM 71
Indicator and warning lamps,
overview 140
Inflation pressure, refer to Tire
inflation pressure 110
Inflation pressure monitoring,
refer to Tire Pressure
Monitor TPM 70
Initializing
– after power failure 133
– compass, refer to Digital
compass, calibrating 86
– Flat Tire Monitor FTM 69
– glass roof 30
Installation location
– telephone 88
Instrument cluster 12
Instrument lighting 78
Launch Control 53
Leather care 125
LED hand lamp 88
LED light-emitting diodes 128
Length, refer to
Dimensions 153
License plate lamp, replacing
bulb 131
Light-alloy wheels 125
Light-emitting diodes
LED 128
Lighter 90
– connecting electrical
appliances 90
Lighting
– instruments 78
– lamps and bulbs 127
– vehicle, refer to Lamps 76
Light switch 76
Load securing equipment,
refer to Securing cargo 101
Lock buttons, doors, refer to
Locking 24
Locking
– adjusting confirmation
signal 21
– from inside 24
– from outside 20
– without remote control, refer
to Convenient access 27
Locking and unlocking doors
– confirmation signals 21
– from inside 23
– from outside 19
Low-beam headlamps 76
– automatic 76
– indicator lamp, defective
bulb 147
Lower back support, refer to
Lumbar support 36
Mobility
I
Instrument panel, refer to
Cockpit 10
Integrated key 18
Integrated universal remote
control 84
Interior lamps 79
– remote control 20
Interior motion sensor 26
Interior rearview mirror 42
– automatic dimming
feature 42
– compass 86
Intermittent mode of the
wipers 56
Reference
Holders for cups 89
Homepage BMW 4
Hood 116
Hooks for shopping bags 92
Horn 10, 11
Hotel function 25
Hot exhaust system 98
Hydraulic brake assist, refer to
Brake assist 68
Hydroplaning 99
Everything from A to Z
Luggage compartment lid 24
– convenient access 27
– emergency operation, refer
to Opening manually 24
– emergency release 25
– locking or unlocking
separately 25
– opening from inside 24
– opening from outside 24
– opening manually 24
– remote control 20
Luggage rack, refer to Roofmounted luggage rack 102
Lumbar support 36
M
M+S tires, refer to Winter
tires 114
Maintenance, refer to Service
Booklet
Maintenance system 121
Malfunction
– luggage compartment lid 24
– tires 70
Malfunction warnings, refer to
Check Control 65
Manual car wash 124
Manual operation
– door lock 22
– driver's door 22
– fuel filler door 108
– glass roof 30
– luggage compartment lid 24
– transmission lock 51
Manual transmission 48
– tow-starting 139
Master key, refer to Remote
control 18
Maximum cooling 81
Maximum speed
– with winter tires 114
M dual clutch transmission
with Drivelogic 49
– kick-down 50
– Launch Control 53
– neutral 50
– reverse gear 50
– sequential mode 50
– Shift Lights 52
– shiftlock 50
– tow-starting 139
– unlocking transmission lock
manually 51
Measurements, refer to
Dimensions 153
Memory, refer to Seat and
mirror memory 39
M Engine Dynamics
Control 54
Microfilter
– BMW Maintenance
System 121
– for automatic climate
control 83
Microfilter/activated-charcoal
filter
– BMW Maintenance
System 121
Microphone
– telephone 14
– voice input 14
Mirror dimming feature 42
Mirrors 41
– automatic curb monitor 42
– exterior mirrors 41
– heating 42
– interior rearview mirror 42
– memory, refer to Seat and
mirror memory 39
M Mobility Set 131
Mobile phone
– installation location, refer to
Center armrest 88
– refer to separate Owner's
Manual
Mobile phone, installation
location, refer to Center
armrest 88
Mobile phone, refer to the
separate Owner's Manual
Modifications, technical, refer
to For your own safety 5
Monitoring system for tire
pressures, refer to Flat Tire
Monitor 69
Multifunctional steering
wheel, refer to Buttons on
the steering wheel 11
Multifunction switch
– refer to Turn signals/
headlamp flasher 55
– refer to Wiper system 56
N
Neck support, refer to Head
restraints 37
Nets, refer to Storage
compartments 89
Neutral 50
New tires 113
"Normal" 54
"Normal" with EDC 69
Nozzles 80
Number of cylinders, refer to
Engine data 152
Nylon rope, refer to Tow
rope 139
O
OBD socket, refer to Socket
for On-Board Diagnosis 122
Octane ratings, refer to Fuel
specifications 109
Odometer 59
Oil, refer to Engine oil 117
Oil consumption 117
Oil level 117
Old batteries, refer to
Disposal 133
Onboard tool kit 127
Opening and closing
– convenient access 27
– from inside 23
– from outside 19
– using the door lock 22
– via the remote control 19
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Radio
– refer to separate Owner's
Manual
Radio-operated key, refer to
Remote control 18
Radio position, refer to Radio
readiness 46
Radio readiness 46
– switched off 47
– switched on 46
Rain sensor 56
Reading lamps 79
Rear lamps, refer to Tail
lamps 129
– replacing bulb 129
Rear seats
– adjusting head restraints 38
– folding down backrests 91
Rear turn signals
– replacing bulb 129
Rear ventilation 83
Rearview mirror, refer to
Mirrors 41
Rear window defroster 82
Rear window roller blind, refer
to Roller sun blinds 87
Recirculated-air mode 82
Recirculation of air, refer to
Recirculated-air mode 82
Reclining seat, refer to
Backrest 36
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Paintwork care 124
Park assistant, refer to Park
Distance Control 67
Park Distance Control PDC 67
Parking
– vehicle 47
Parking aid, refer to Park
Distance Control PDC 67
Parking brake 48
– indicator lamp 48
Parking lamps 76
Parking lamps/low beams 76
Passenger-side mirror tilt
function 42
Pathway lighting 76
Personal Profile 18
Pinch protection system
– glass roof, electric 30
– windows 29
Placing a call, refer to
telephone owner's manual
Polish 125
Pollen
– refer to Microfilter/activatedcharcoal filter for automatic
climate control 83
Power failure 133
Power windows 28
Power windows, refer to
Windows 28
Pressure, tires 110
Controls
R
Driving tips
P
Refueling 108
Releasing
– hood 116
Remaining distance, refer to
Cruising range 61
Remote control 18
– battery renewal 28
– convenient access 27
– garage door opener 84
– luggage compartment lid 20
– malfunction 22, 28
– removing from the ignition
lock 46
– service data 121
Replacement remote
control 18
Replacing bulbs, refer to
Lamps and bulbs 127
Replacing tires 113
Replacing tires, refer to New
wheels and tires 113
Reporting safety defects 6
Reserve warning, refer to Fuel
gauge 60
Residual heat 82
Restraint systems
– for children 44
– refer to Safety belts 40
Retractable hardtop 31
– convenient operation 20
– opening and closing 32
– remote control 20
Reverse gear 50
– manual transmission 49
Roadside Assistance 135
Roadside parking lamps 78
Roadworthiness test, refer to
Service requirements 63
Roller sun blinds 87
Rollover protection system,
convertible 74
– resetting 74
Roof load capacity 155
Roof-mounted luggage
rack 102
Rope, refer to Tow-starting,
towing away 139
Mobility
Pressure monitoring, tires 69
– Flat Tire Monitor 69
Pressure monitoring of tires,
refer to Tire Pressure
Monitor TPM 70
Programmable buttons on the
steering wheel 11
Protection function, refer to
Pinch protection system
– glass roof, electric 30
– windows 29
Providing medical assistance,
refer to First aid pouch 136
Puncture
– Flat Tire Monitor 69
Reference
Outlets
– refer to Ventilation 83
Output, refer to Engine
data 152
Outside-air mode
– automatic climate control 82
Outside temperature
display 59
– changing units of
measure 62
– in computer 62
Outside temperature
warning 59
Overheated engine, refer to
Coolant temperature 60
Everything from A to Z
S
Safety-belt height
adjustment 40
Safety belts 40
– belt hand-over 41
– damage 40
– indicator/warning lamp 40
– reminder 40
– sitting safely 35
Safety systems
– airbags 72
– Antilock Brake System
ABS 67
– brake system 68
– driving stability control
systems 67
– Dynamic Stability Control
DSC 68
– rollover protection system,
convertible 74
– safety belts 40
Screw thread for tow
fitting 138
Sealant, filling 132
Seat adjustment
– electric 36
– mechanical 36
Seat and mirror memory 39
Seat belt reminder, refer to
'Fasten safety belts'
reminder 40
Seat heating 38
Seats 35
– adjusting electrically 36
– adjusting the seats 36
– heating 38
– memory, refer to Seat and
mirror memory 39
– saving a setting, refer to Seat
and mirror memory 39
– sitting safely 35
Securing cargo 93, 95
Securing the vehicle
– from inside 23
– from outside 19
Selector lever positions 49
Sequential M Gearbox with
Drivelogic
– Drivelogic drive programs 52
Sequential mode 50
Service, refer to Roadside
Assistance 135
Service car, refer to Roadside
Assistance 135
Service data in the remote
control 121
Service Interval Display, refer
to Condition Based Service
CBS 121
Service requirement display,
refer to Condition Based
Service CBS 121
Service requirements 63
Settings
– clock, 12h/24h format 62
Settings and information 61
Shifting 51
Shifting gears
– manual transmission 48
Shift lever 49
Shift Lights 52
Shiftlock 50
Shift paddles on steering
wheel 51
Shift-up display, refer to Shift
Lights 52
Shock absorber control, refer
to Electronic Damper
Control EDC 68
Side airbags 72
Side windows, refer to
Windows 28
Signal horn, refer to
Horn 10, 11
Sitting safely 35
– with airbags 35
– with head restraint 35
– with safety belts 35
Ski bag 93
Ski bag for convertible, refer to
Through-loading opening
with integrated transport
bag 94
Sliding/tilt sunroof, refer to
Glass roof, electric 30
Slot for remote control 46
Smokers' package, refer to
Ashtray 90
Snap-in adapter, refer to
Center armrest storage
compartment 88
Snow chains 115
Socket, On-Board Diagnosis
OBD 122
Socket, refer to Connecting
electrical appliances 90
SOS, refer to Sending an
Emergency Request 135
Spare fuses, 133
Spare fuses, refer to
Fuses 133
Speed
– with winter tires 114
Speedometer 12
"Sport" 54
"Sport" with EDC 69
Spray nozzles, refer to
Cleaning windshield and
headlamps 56
Stability control, refer to
Driving stability control
systems 67
Start/stop button 46
– starting the engine 47
– switching off the engine 47
Starting, refer to Starting the
engine 47
Starting assistance, refer to
Jump starting 136
Starting difficulties
– jump starting 136
Starting the engine
– start/stop button 46
Status of this Owner's Manual
at time of printing 5
Steam jet 123, 124
Steering wheel 42
– adjustment 42
– buttons on steering
wheel 11
– lock 46
– locking with convenient
access 27
– shift paddles 51
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Controls
Driving tips
Tachometer 59
Tail lamps 129
– replacing bulb 129
Tank contents, refer to
Capacities 155
Technical data 152
– capacities 155
– dimensions 153
Technical modifications, refer
to For your own safety 5
Telephone
– installation location, refer to
Center armrest 88
– refer to separate Owner's
Manual
Temperature
– automatic climate control 81
– coolant, refer to Coolant
temperature 60
Temperature display
– outside temperature 59
– outside temperature
warning 59
– setting the units 62
Tempomat, refer to Cruise
control 57
Tires
– age 112
– air loss 71
– breaking in 98
– changing, refer to Changing
wheels 133
– condition 113
– damage 113
– inflation pressure 110
– labels 112
– minimum tread depth 113
– new wheels and tires 113
– pressure monitoring, refer to
Flat Tire Monitor 69
– pressure monitoring, refer to
Tire Pressure Monitor
TPM 70
– puncture 70
– replacing 113
– size 112
– storage 114
– tread depth 113
– wear indicators, refer to
Minimum tread depth 113
– wheel/tire combination, refer
to Correct wheels and
tires 114
– winter tires 114
Tools, refer to Onboard tool
kit 127
Top, refer to Retractable
hardtop 31
Torque, refer to Engine
data 152
Tow bar 138
Tow fitting 138
– screw thread 138
Tow fittings for tow-starting
and towing away 138
Towing 137
– with manual
transmission 138
– with M dual clutch
transmission 138
Towing and tow-starting 137
Towing methods 138
Tow rope 139
Tow-starting 137, 139
Mobility
T
Tensioning straps, refer to
Securing cargo 101
The individual vehicle 5
Third brake lamp, refer to
Center brake lamp 131
Through-loading opening with
integrated transport bag 94
Through-loading system 91
Tilt alarm sensor 26
Tilt function, passenger-side
mirror 42
Tire inflation pressure 110
– loss 70
Tire pressure monitoring,
refer to Flat Tire Monitor 69
Tire Pressure Monitor
TPM 70
– resetting the system 70
– system limitations 70
– warning lamp 71
Tire puncture, refer to Flat Tire
Monitor 70
Tire Quality Grading 112
Reference
Steering wheel buttons, refer
to Shift paddles 51
Storage 126
Storage compartments 89
Storage nets 92
Storing seat positions, refer to
Seat and mirror memory 39
Storing tires 114
Stowage, refer to Storage
compartments 89
Summer tires, refer to Wheels
and tires 110
Surface ice, refer to Outside
temperature warning 59
Switches, refer to Cockpit 10
Switching off
– engine 47
Switching the cooling function
on and off 82
Symbols 4
Everything from A to Z
TPM, refer to Tire Pressure
Monitor 70
Traction control, refer to
Dynamic Stability Control
DSC 68
Transmission
– Drivelogic 52
– Launch Control 53
– manual transmission 48
– reverse gear 50
– Shift Lights 52
– unlocking transmission lock
manually 51
Transmission lock, unlocking
manually 51
Transporting children
safely 44
Transport securing devices,
refer to Securing cargo 101
Tread depth, refer to Minimum
tire tread 113
Trip-distance counter, refer to
Trip odometer 59
Triple turn signal activation 55
Trip odometer 59
Trunk lid, refer to Luggage
compartment lid 24
Turning circle, refer to
Dimensions 153
Turn signal indicators
– indicator/warning lamp 12
– triple turn signal 55
Turn signals 55
Tying down loads, refer to
Cargo loading 101
U
Uniform Tire Quality Grading/
UTQR 112
Units
– average consumption 62
– temperature 62
Universal garage door opener,
refer to Integrated universal
remote control 84
Universal mobile phone
preparation package, refer
to separate Owner's Manual
Universal remote control 84
Unlatching, refer to
Unlocking 27
Unlocking
– from inside 23
– from outside 19
– luggage compartment lid 27
– without remote control, refer
to Convenient access 27
V
Vehicle
– battery 133
– breaking in 98
– cargo loading 100
– Identification Number, refer
to Engine compartment 117
– measurements, refer to
Dimensions 153
– parking 47
– weight 155
Vehicle jack 133
Vehicle storage 126
Ventilation 83
– draft-free 83
– in the rear 83
Ventilation, refer to Climate 80
Vents, refer to Ventilation 83
Volume
– fuel tank, refer to
Capacities 155
W
Warning and indicator
lamps 13
Warning and indicator lamps,
overview 140
Warning messages, refer to
Check Control 65
Warning triangle 136
Washer fluid 57
– content of the reservoir 57
Washer fluid reservoir 57
Waste tray, refer to Ashtray 90
Water on roads, refer to
Driving through water 99
Water penetration 123, 124
Wear indicators in tires, refer
to Minimum tread depth 113
Weights 155
Welcome lamps 76
Wheel/tire combination, refer
to Correct wheels and
tires 114
Wheelbase, refer to
Dimensions 153
Wheels, new 113
Wheels and tires 110
Width, refer to
Dimensions 153
Wind deflector 33
Windows 28
– convenient operation 20
– convenient operation with
convenient access 27
– opening, closing 28
– pinch protection system 29
Windshield
– cleaning 56
Windshield wash 56
– filling capacity, reservoir 155
– nozzles 57
– reservoir for washer fluid 57
– washer fluid 57
Windshield wiper blades,
changing 127
Windshield wipers, refer to
Wiper system 56
Winter tires 114
– storage 114
Wiper blade replacement 127
Wiper system 56
Work in the engine
compartment 116
Wrench/screwdriver, refer to
Onboard tool kit 127
X
Xenon lamps
– replacing bulb 128
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Reference
Mobility
Driving tips
Controls
At a glance
Your individual vehicle
– settings, refer to Personal
Profile 18
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