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M3 convertible
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Thank you for deciding on a BMW M3 convertible.
Thorough familiarity with your vehicle will provide you with enhanced control and
security when you drive it. Therefore, we have one request:
Read the information contained in this Owner's Manual before driving your new
BMW M3 convertible for the first time. It contains important information on vehicle
operation that will enable you to make full use of the advanced technical equipment
of your BMW M3 convertible. In addition, you will receive information on vehicle
maintenance, that help ensure operating and traffic safety, as well providing for the
best possible value retention of your BMW.
For more detailed information refer to the Supplemental Manuals.
BMW M also makes decisive contribution toward greater safety in traffic through its
BMW driver training.
This Owner's Manual should be considered a permanent part of this vehicle. It
should stay with the vehicle when sold to provide the next owner with important
operating, safety and maintenance information.
This manual is supplemented by a Service and Warranty Information Booklet
(US models) or a Warranty and Service Guide Booklet (Canadian models).
We recommend that you read this publication thoroughly.
Your BMW M3 convertible is covered by the following warranties:
– New Vehicle Limited Warranty
– Limited Rust Perforation Warranty
– Federal Emissions System Defect Warranty
– Federal Emissions Performance Warranty
– California Emission Control System Limited Warranty
Detailed information about these warranties is listed in the Service and Warranty
Information Booklet (US models) or in the Warranty and Service Guide Booklet
(Canadian models).
We wish you an enjoyable driving experience.
BMW M
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Cockpit 14
Instrument cluster 15
Indicator and warning lamps 17
Steering wheel with multifunction
buttons 21
Warning triangle 22
First-aid kit 22
Refueling 22
Fuel specifications 24
Tire inflation pressure 24
Controls and features
Overview
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Opening and closing:
Keys 28
Central locking system 28
Opening and closing – via the
door lock 29
lOpening and closing – via the
remote control 30
Opening and closing – from the
inside 33
Luggage compartment lid 34
Luggage compartment 36
Alarm system 37
Electric power windows 39
Convertible top 40
Adjustments:
Correct sitting position 44
Seats 44
Head restraints 46
Entering the rear 47
Safety belts 48
Seat and mirror memory 48
Seat heating 49
Steering wheel 50
Mirrors 50
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Passenger safety systems:
Airbags 52
Transporting children safely 54
Rollover protection system 58
Vehicle Memory, Key
Memory 60
Driving:
Steering/Ignition lock 61
Starting the engine 61
Switching off the engine 62
Parking brake 63
Manual transmission 63
Sequential M gearbox SMG II 64
Indicator/Headlamp flasher 70
Washer/Wiper system/Rain
sensor 71
Cruise control 73
Everything under control:
Odometer 75
Tachometer 75
Engine oil temperature gauge 75
Fuel gauge 76
Temperature gauge 76
Service Interval Display 76
Check Control 77
Clock 77
Computer 78
Technology for driving comfort
and safety:
Park Distance Control (PDC) 80
Dynamic Stability Control
(DSC) 81
Flat Tire Monitor 82
M Engine dynamics control 84
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Interior conveniences:
Glove compartment 95
Storage compartments 96
Cellular phone 96
Ashtray, front 97
Ashtray, rear 97
Wheels and tires:
Tire inflation pressure 109
Tire condition 109
Tire replacement 110
Wheel and tire
combinations 111
Winter tires 112
Snow chains 112
Maintenance:
The BMW Maintenance
System 120
Laws and regulations:
Technical modifications 121
California Proposition
65 Warning 121
OBD interface socket 122
Index
Data
Repairs
Loading and transporting
cargo:
Ski bag 98
Cargo loading 100
Roof-mounted luggage rack for
the hardtop 101
Overview
In the engine compartment:
Hood 113
Engine compartment
essentials 114
Washer fluids 115
Engine oil 116
Coolant 118
Brake fluid 119
Controls
Controlling the climate for
pleasant driving:
Air conditioner 88
Automatic climate control 91
Special operating instructions:
Break-in procedure 104
Driving notes 105
Antilock Brake System 105
Brake system 105
Hardtop 106
Maintenance
Lamps:
Parking lamps/Low beams 85
Instrument lighting 86
High beams/Standing lamps 86
Fog lamps 86
Interior lamps 87
Reading lamps 87
Operation, maintenance
Controls and features
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Engine data 144
Dimensions 145
Weights 146
Capacities 147
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Replacement procedures:
Onboard tool kit 126
Windshield wiper blades 126
Lamps and bulbs 126
Repairing a flat tire 132
Battery 136
Fuses 136
Technical data
Owner service procedures
Contents
Everything from A to Z 150
Giving and receiving
assistance:
Jump-starting 137
Towing the vehicle 139
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Data
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Maintenance
Controls
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Notes on the Owner's Manual
Symbols used
We have made every effort to ensure
that you are able to find what you need
in this Owner's Manual as quickly as
possible. The fastest way to find certain
topics is by using the detailed index at
the end. If you wish to gain only an
initial overview of your vehicle, you will
find this in the first chapter.
We hope that the detailed table of
contents provided on the preceding
pages will stimulate your interest and
encourage you to read the manual.
Indicates precautions that must
be followed precisely in order to
avoid the possibility of personal injury
and serious damage to the vehicle. <
Should you wish to sell your BMW at
some time in the future, please
remember to hand over this Owner's
Manual to the new owner; it is part of
the vehicle.
Should you have any further questions,
your BMW center will be glad to assist
at any time.
Contains information that will
assist you 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.<
t Identifies index entries that refer
to owner service procedures or topics
on vehicle maintenance.
Identifies systems or components,
which can either be activated or
adapted to suit an individual driver's
requirements ("Vehicle Memory", "Key
Memory"). Refer to page 60.
Remember that activation and adjustments on some of these systems can
only be performed at your BMW
center.<
< Marks the end of a specific item of
information.
* Indicates special equipment, countryspecific equipment and optional extras.
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If your BMW features equipment that is
not described in this Owner's Manual (a
car radio or telephone, for instance), we
have enclosed Supplementary Owner's
Manuals. We ask you to read these
manuals as well.
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We hope you will understand that
equipment and features are included
that you might not have chosen for your
vehicle. You can easily identify any
differences with the aid of the asterisk *
used to identify all optional equipment
and accessories.
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BMW pursues a policy of continuous,
ongoing development that is conceived
to ensure that our vehicles continue to
embody the highest quality and safety
standards combined with advanced,
state-of-the-art technology. For this
reason, it is possible that the features
described in this Owner's Manual could
differ from those on your vehicle. Nor
can errors and omissions be entirely
ruled out. You are therefore asked to
appreciate that no legal claims can be
entertained on the basis of the data,
illustrations or descriptions in this
Owner's Manual.
Data
Status at time of printing
On purchasing your BMW, you have
decided in favor of a model with individualized equipment and features. This
Owner's Manual will describe all of the
equipment that the BMW M3 convertible has to offer you.
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Your individual vehicle
Overview
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Status at time of printing
For your own safety
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For your own safety
Use unleaded gasoline only. Fuels
containing up to and including
10% ethanol or other oxygenates with
up to 2.8% oxygen by weight (i.e.
15% MTBE or 3% methanol plus an
equivalent amount of co-solvent) will
not void the applicable warranties
respecting defects in materials or workmanship. Field experience has indicated significant differences in fuel
quality (volatility, composition, additives, others) among gasolines offered
for sale in the United States and
Canada. The use of poor quality fuels
may result in drivability, starting and
stalling problems especially under
certain environmental conditions, such
as high ambient temperature and high
altitude.
Should you encounter driveability problems which you suspect could be
related to the fuel you are using, we
recommend that you respond by
switching to a recognized high-quality
brand.
Failure to comply with these recommendations may result in unscheduled
maintenance.
Obey pertinent safety rules when you
are handling gasoline.<
Important safety information!
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
damages resulting from installation of
parts and accessories not approved by
BMW.
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.
Original BMW Parts, BMW Accessories
and other products approved by BMW,
together with professional advice on
using these items, are available from all
BMW centers.
Installation and operation of non-BMW
approved accessories such as alarms,
radios, amplifiers, radar detectors,
wheels, suspension components, brake
dust shields, telephones (including
operation of any portable cellular phone
from within the vehicle without using an
externally mounted antenna) or transceiver equipment (such as CB, walkietalkie, ham radio or similar) may cause
extensive damage 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.<
Maintenance, replacement, or
repair of the emission control
devices and systems may be performed
by any automotive repair establishment
or individual using any certified automotive part.<
Symbol for vehicle parts
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 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.
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Data
To contact NHTSA, you may either call the Auto Safety Hotline toll-free at 1-800-424-9393 (or 366-0123 in
Washington, D.C. area) or write to: NHTSA, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, D.C. 20590. You can
also obtain other information about engine vehicle safety from the Hotline.
Maintenance
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 (201) 307-4000.
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REPORTING SAFETY DEFECTS
Controls
The following only applies to vehicles owned and operated in the US.
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Overview
Overview
Operation, maintenance
Maintenance
Controls
Controls and features
Repairs
Owner service procedures
Data
Technical data
Index
Index
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14nCockpit
1 Parking lamps/Low beams 85
2 > Turn signal indicators 70
> Standing lamps 86
> High beams 86
> Headlamp flasher 70
> Computer 78
3 Washer/Wiper system/Rain
sensor 71
4 Hazard warning flashers
5 Shift lever 63
7 Central locking system 28
8 Steering wheel 50
9 Horn: the entire surface
10 Fog lamps 86
6 Rear window defroster 89, 93
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Instrument cluster
2 Turn signal indicator 20
3 Speedometer
4 Indicator and warning
lamps 17 to 20
5 Tachometer and
Engine oil temperature 75
6 Engine coolant temperature
gauge 76
8 Clock reset
> Clock 77
> Unit of measure of outside temperature display 78
7 Indicator and warning
lamps 17 to 20
9 Display for sequential M gearbox *
SMG II 66
Index
1 Fuel gauge 76
Data
Repairs
Maintenance
Controls
Overview
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cluster
10 Indicator lamp for Dynamic Stability
Control (DSC) 19
11 Display for
> Odometer 75
> Trip odometer 75
> Clock 77
> Service Interval 76
Display for computer, operation
using the turn signal lever, refer to
page 78:
> Clock
> Outside temperature
> Average fuel consumption
> Range
> Average speed
12 Display for Check Control 77
13 Trip odometer, reset to zero 75
14 Indicator and warning
lamps 17 to 20
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Indicator and warning lamps
If the drive belt is defective, do not
continue driving. The engine could
be damaged due to overheating. If the
drive belt is defective, increased
steering effort is also required. <
Engine oil pressure ●
Stop vehicle immediately and
switch off engine. Check the
engine oil level and top up as required.
Please contact the nearest BMW
center.
Brake warning lamp ●
If the lamp comes on when the
parking brake is not engaged:
check the brake fluid level. Before
driving further, be sure to read the
notes on pages 105 and 119.
Brake warning lamp for Canadian models.
Overview
Data
Do not continue driving, otherwise, the engine could be
damaged because of inadequate lubrication.<
Index
If a fault should occur in one of these
systems, the corresponding lamp does
not go out after the engine is started or
it lights up while the vehicle is moving.
You will see how to react to this below.
Flat Tire Monitor ●
In addition, an acoustic signal is
sounded: a tire failure has
occurred. To come to an immediate
stop, reduce speed, while avoiding any
sudden, jerky braking or steering
maneuvers.
For additional information: refer to
page 82
Controls
Battery charge current ●
The battery is no longer being
charged. There is a malfunction
of the alternator drive belt or in the
charging circuit of the alternator. Please
contact the nearest BMW center.
Maintenance
Red: stop immediately
Indicator and warning lamps that are
identified by "●," are tested for proper
functioning whenever the ignition key is
turned. They each light up once for
different periods of time.
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Technology that monitors itself
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and warning lamps
Red: an important reminder
Parking brake ●
Comes on when the parking
brake is engaged – an additional
acoustic signal sounds when starting
off. For additional information: refer to
page 63
Brake warning lamp for Canadian models.
Lock backrest/Please fasten
safety belts ●
A warning signal will sound at
the same time. Flashes when the backrest is not locked. Lights up when a
safety belt is not fastened or until
passengers fasten safety belts.
For details on locking the backrest:
refer to page 47
For additional information on safety
belts: refer to page 48
Red and yellow: continue to drive; Orange: consult the nearest BMW
drive cautiously
center
The red brake warning lamp
lights up together with the
yellow indicator lamps for ABS
and DSC:
The entire ABS, CBC and DSC
control system has failed.
Continue to drive; drive
cautiously and defensively and
avoid full brake applications. Please
have the system checked by your BMW
center as soon as possible.
For additional information: refer to
pages 81, 105
Sequential M transmission*
SMG II
If the indicator lamp fails to go
out after the engine has been started,
or if it comes on during normal driving:
this indicates a malfunction in the
system. Please consult the nearest
BMW center.
Indicator lamp flashes: a system overload has occurred.
For additional information: refer to
page 69
ABS, CBC and DSC indicator
and warning lamps for Canadian
models.
Airbags ●
Please have the system
inspected immediately at your
BMW center.
For additional information: refer to
page 52
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Indicator and warning lamps
Engine oil level
Comes on after the engine has
been switched off: add engine
oil at your earliest opportunity (when
you stop to refuel). For additional information: refer to page 116
Add washer fluid
The washer fluid is too low. Top
off the fluid at the earliest
opportunity.
For additional information: refer to
page 115
Service Engine Soon ●
If the indicator lamp comes on
either continuously or intermittently, this indicates a fault in the emissions-related electronic systems.
Although the vehicle remains operational, you should have the systems
checked by your BMW center at the
earliest possible opportunity.
For additional information: refer to
page 122
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Controls
Maintenance
Engine oil level
Comes on while driving: the
engine oil level has fallen to the
absolute minimum; refill as soon as
possible. Do not drive more than
30 miles (50 km) until you do.
For additional information: refer to
page 116
Dynamic Stability Control
(DSC) ●
The indicator lamp flashes and
an acoustic signal sounds:
The system is active and governs drive
and braking force.
If the indicator lamp fails to go out after
the engine is started, or if it comes on
during normal driving and stays on:
DSC has been deactivated, either at the
button or in response to a system
malfunction. In the event of a malfunction, have the system checked by your
nearest BMW center.
For additional information: refer to
page 81
Dynamic Brake Control (DBC)
warning lamp for Canadian
models.
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ABS warning lamp for Canadian
models.
Flat Tire Monitor ●
The Flat Tire Monitor has been
deactivated, either at the button
or in response to a system malfunction.
In the event of a malfunction, have the
system checked by your BMW center.
For additional information: refer to
pages 24, 82
Dynamic Brake Control (DBC) ●
Malfunction in DBC system.
Conventional braking efficiency
is available and unrestricted.
Have the system checked and repaired
at your BMW center as soon as
possible.
For additional information: refer to
page 82
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Antilock Brake System (ABS) ●
In addition, an acoustic signal is
sounded: ABS has been deactivated in response to system malfunction. Conventional braking efficiency is
available and unrestricted. Please have
the system inspected at your BMW
center.
For additional information: refer to
page 105
Brake pads ●
Have the brake pads checked.
For additional information: refer
to page 105
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Yellow: check as soon as
possible
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and warning lamps
Service Engine Soon warning
lamp for Canadian models.
Engine electronics ●
There is a fault in the electronic
engine-management system.
You can continue to drive with reduced
engine output or engine speed. Please
have the system inspected at your
BMW center.
Add coolant
Coolant level too low, top up as
soon as possible.
For additional information: refer to
page 118
Rollover protection system ●
The rollover protection system is
deactivated due to a malfunction. Please have the system inspected
immediately at your BMW center.
For additional information: refer to
page 58
Green: for your information
Blue: for your information
Turn signal indicators
Flashes when turn signals are
on. Rapid flashing: indicates a
system malfunction.
For additional information: refer to
page 70
High beam
Comes on when the high beams
are on or the headlamp flasher
is actuated.
For additional information: refer to
pages 70, 86
Cruise control
Lights up when the cruise
control is activated. Available for
operation via the multifunction steering
wheel.
For additional information: refer to
page 73
Front fog lamps
Lights up whenever the fog
lamps are on.
For additional information: refer to
page 86
Check Filler Cap* ●
If the indicator lamp comes on
although the fuel filler cap is
secured correctly: this indicates a
malfunction in the fuel system. Have the
system inspected at your BMW center
at the earliest opportunity.
For additional information: refer to
page 23
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Steering wheel with multifunction buttons
Press briefly:
Accept incoming call, start dialing,
terminate call.
Extended pressure:
Activate and deactivate voice entry.
Cruise control: store and accelerate (+)
or decelerate and store (–).
Cruise control: activate/interrupt/deactivate.
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Controls
Maintenance
> Radio
Press briefly: scans for stations in FM
band
Extended pressure: search function
> CD/MD
Press briefly: jump to next track
Extended pressure: search function
in track
> Cassette
Press briefly: stop track scan or fast
forward
Extended pressure: fast forward
> Phone
Scan personal phone book.
Cruise control: to select a stored
setting.
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The controls are active only when
the corresponding systems and
accessories are switched on.<
Forward:
Volume
Rewind: functions as forward.
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> Selected radio functions
> the cruise control
> selected cellular phone functions
> the voice entry system*.
Switch between phone and radio,
cassette, CD and MD.
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The controls integrated in the Multifunction steering wheel (MFL) are
provided so that you can operate a
number of accessories quickly and
without being distracted from traffic
conditions. You may operate:
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triangle*
First-aid kit*
Refueling
The hazard warning triangle is stored
ready to use in the luggage compartment lid inside the toolbox for the
onboard tool kit.
The first-aid kit is located under the
front passenger's seat.
Fuel filler door
To open the container, loosen the wing
nut.
To fasten: fold the cover up
Always observe all legal regulations requiring a warning triangle
to be carried in the vehicle.<
To release: pull the handle and fold the
cover down.
Several of the items contained in
the first-aid kit have a limited
service life. For this reason, check the
expiration dates of each of the items
regularly, and replace any with passed
dates. You can acquire replacements in
any drugstore or pharmacy.
Always observe all legal regulations
requiring a first-aid kit to be carried in
the vehicle.<
Before filling the tank, switch off
the engine. If you do not, fuel
cannot be filled into the tank and the
Service Engine Soon lamp may come
on.<
Press on the rear edge of the fuel filler
door to open and close it.
If an electrical malfunction occurs, you
can unlock the fuel filler door manually:
Pull the knob with the fuel pump symbol
on the right trim panel of the luggage
compartment.
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Simple and environmentally
friendly
Open the filler cap carefully to
prevent fuel from spraying out.
Fuel spray may cause injury.<
Close the fuel cap carefully after
refueling until a "click" is heard.
While closing, be sure not to squeeze
the strap which is fastened to the cap.
A loose or missing cap will activate the
Check Filler Cap lamp*.<
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Keep the filler cap in the bracket
attached to the fuel filler door.
Controls
Refill early to avoid damaging the
catalytic converter; never attempt
to drive to the last drop of fuel in the
tank.<
Maintenance
> approx. 16.6 gal. (63 liters), incl.
> a reserve capacity of approx. 2.1 gal.
(8 liters).
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Fuel tank capacity
When handling fuels, comply with
all of the applicable safety precautions and regulations pertaining to
fuels.
Never carry spare fuel containers in
your vehicle. Whether empty or full,
these containers can leak, cause an
explosion, or lead to fire in the event of
a collision.<
When refueling, insert the filler nozzle
completely into the filler pipe. Pulling
the nozzle out of the pipe during refueling
Data
> results in premature pump shutoff
> and will reduce the effect of the vapor
recovery system on the pump.
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As long as the filler nozzle is used properly, the fuel tank is full whenever the
nozzle shuts off the first time.
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specifications
Tire inflation pressure
The engine uses lead-free gasoline
only.
Check your tire pressures on a
regular basis – at least twice a
month – and before every extended
journey. Incorrect tire pressure can
otherwise lead to driving instability, tire
damage and accidents.<
Required fuel:
> Premium Unleaded Gasoline,
min. 91 AKI.
AKI = Anti Knock Index
Comply with tire approval
specifications
Never use leaded fuel, as it would
cause permanent and irreversible
damage to the oxygen sensor and the
catalytic converter.<
Proper inflation pressures are on a
sticker attached to the B-pillar and
visible with the driver's door open.
The inflation pressures in the table apply
to BMW approved tire sizes and tire
manufacturers. Your BMW center is
familiar with these pressures. Higher
pressures may be specified for tires
made by other manufacturers.
Your vehicle is equipped with tires
which not only meet US standards, but
All pressures are specified in the usual also European standards. We recomunits of the respective country (psi; kilo- mend the exclusive use of BMW
pascal) for tires at ambient temperature approved tires.
(also refer to the following tire inflation
pressure table).
Check tire pressures
After correcting the tire inflation pressure, reinitialize the Flat Tire Monitor so
that it can monitor the tire inflation
pressure, refer to page 82.
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Tire inflation pressure
41 (280)
41 (280)
36 (250)
48 (330)
48 (330)
46 (320)
Controls
35 (240)
35 (240)
38 (260)
Maintenance
33 (230)
33 (230)
33 (230)
Repairs
ZR 18
ZR 18
ZR 19
ZR 19
R 17 91 H M+S
Data
225/45
255/44
M3 convertible 225/40
255/35
225/45
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Tires
All pressure specifications in
the table are indicated in psi
(kilopascal) with cold tires
(cold = ambient temperature)
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BMW
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Controls
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Overview
Overview
Operation, maintenance
Maintenance
Controls
Controls and features
Repairs
Owner service procedures
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Technical data
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Central locking system
2 Spare master key for storage in a
safe place, such as in your wallet.
This key is not intended for continuous use
3 Door and ignition key
The locks for the luggage compartment lid and the glove compartment
cannot be operated with this key –
this is recommended for valet
parking, for instance
The key set
1 Master key with remote control
This key determines the functions of
the Key Memory, refer to page 60.
You can mark individual keys for
subsequent identification by applying
the colored decals that you received
when accepting delivery of your
vehicle
There is an extended-life battery
in every master key with remote
control that is charged automatically in
the ignition lock as you drive. For this
reason, if you have a master key with
remote control that is otherwise not
used, use that key at least once every
year while driving for an extended
period to charge the battery. Also refer
to page 30.<
The concept
The central locking system engages
and releases the locks on the
> doors
> luggage compartment lid
> fuel filler door and
> glove compartment.
The central locking system is ready for
operation whenever the driver's door is
closed.
The central locking system can be
operated
> from outside via the door lock and
using the remote control
> from inside via the central locking
system button.
If it is operated from inside, the fuel
filler door will not be locked, refer to
page 33.
Operating it from outside simultaneously activates the anti-theft system,
which prevents the doors from being
unlocked via the door lock buttons or
the door release handles. The alarm
system is also armed or disarmed.
Information for your safety: if locked from
inside, the central locking system
unlocks automatically in the event of an
accident. In addition, the hazard warning
flashers and interior lamps come on.
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Opening and closing – via the door lock
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Convenience operation
Overview
With the door closed you can also
operate the power windows and the
convertible top with the door lock.
Controls
To open: with the door closed after
turning the key for the second time,
hold the key in the "Unlock" position.
To close: with the door closed, turn the
key to the "Lock" position and hold it.
Maintenance
Turning the key in the door lock once
unlocks the driver's door, the fuel filler
door and the glove compartment.
Turning the key a second time unlocks
the passenger's door and the luggage
compartment lid.
Manual operation
(in the event of electrical malfunction)
Turn the key all the way to the left or
right to unlock/lock the driver's door.
Repairs
With the key
Watch during the closing process
to be sure that no one is injured.
Releasing the key stops the operation.<
Index
Data
You can have a signal set as an
acknowledgment message that
the vehicle is closed correctly.<
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30nOpening
and closing – via the remote control
The concept
Master key with remote control
The remote control gives you an exceptionally convenient method for
unlocking and locking your vehicle.
Furthermore, it provides two additional
functions which you can only execute
via the remote control:
Since passengers or animals
remaining in the vehicle might be
able to lock the doors from the inside,
take the vehicle's keys with you so that
the vehicle can be opened again from
the outside at any time.<
> Switch on the interior lamp, refer to
page 31.
With this function, you can also
"search for" your vehicle – when
parked in an underground garage, for
instance
> Open the luggage compartment lid,
refer to page 31.
The luggage compartment lid will
open slightly, regardless of whether it
was locked or unlocked.
The anti-theft system is also deactivated/activated simultaneously with the
unlocking or locking of the vehicle, and
the alarm system* is disarmed/armed,
and the interior lamps are switched on/
off.
You can have a signal set as an
acknowledgment message that
the vehicle is closed correctly.<
Master keys with remote control
that are used repeatedly are
always ready for operation, since the
battery in the key is charged automatically in the ignition lock as you drive.
1 Unlock and alarm system
2 Lock and secure, interior lamp activa- If it is no longer possible to unlock the
vehicle via the remote control, the
tion, deactivating tilt alarm sensor
battery is discharged. Use this key
and interior motion sensor
while driving for an extended period in
3 Open the luggage compartment,
order to recharge the battery. Refer
panic mode (trigger alarm)
also to page 28.
Guard the remote control against unauthorized use by only surrendering the
spare key or the door key (refer to
page 28).
In the event of a system malfunction,
please contact your BMW center. You
can also obtain replacement keys
there.<
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Opening and closing – via the remote control
If you want, you can have this
special feature set as key-dependent.<
To lock and secure
Press button.
To deactivate the tilt alarm
sensor* and interior motion
sensor*
Press button a second time immediately after locking.
For additional information: refer to
page 38.
Overview
Press button.
The lid will open slightly, no matter
whether it was locked or unlocked.
Before and after a trip, be sure
that the luggage compartment lid
has not been opened unintentionally.<
Panic mode (trigger alarm)
By pressing button for more than
2 seconds, the alarm can be sounded
in the event of danger, if it is armed.
To switch off the alarm:
Controls
Press the button twice in order to
unlock the entire vehicle.
Maintenance
After locking the vehicle, press button
again.
Repairs
Press button to unlock the driver's door
only.
To open the luggage
compartment lid
Press button.
Data
To switch on the interior lamps
Index
To release
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and closing – via the remote control
External systems
For US owners only
Local systems or devices in the area
may interference with remote control
function.
The transmitter and receiver units
comply with part 15 of the FCC (Federal
Communication Commission) regulations. Operation is governed by the
following:
If this should occur, you can still open
and close the vehicle using the master
key in both the door and luggage
compartment locks.
FCC ID:
LX8EWS
LX8FZVS
LX8FZVE
Compliance statement:
This device complies with part 15 of the
FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions:
> This device may not cause harmful
interference, and
> this device must accept any interference received, including interference
that may cause undesired operation.
Any unauthorized modifications to
these devices could void the
user's authority to operate the equipment.<
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Opening and closing – from the inside
With this button you operate the central
locking system whenever the doors are
closed. The doors and luggage
compartment lid are unlocked or locked
only. The anti-theft alarm system is not
activated.
Since passengers or animals
remaining in the vehicle might be
able to lock the doors from the inside,
take the vehicle's keys with you so that
the vehicle can be opened again from
the outside at any time.<
Overview
Controls
> Either unlock the doors together with
the button for the central locking
system and then pull each of the
release handles above the armrests
or
> pull the release handle for each door
twice: the first pull unlocks the door,
and the second one opens it.
> Either use the central locking button
to lock all doors at once, or
> press the individual door lock buttons
down. As an added design feature to
prevent the driver from being inadvertently locked out of the vehicle,
the driver's door lock button will not
engage as long as the door is open.
Maintenance
To unlock and open the doors
To engage locks
Repairs
The central locking system locks
automatically as soon as you
begin to drive if you desire. You may
also have this adjusted so that it is
specific to keys.<
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Index
Data
If only the driver's door was
unlocked from the outside and
you press the button, then, with the
driver's door still open, the passenger's
door, the luggage compartment lid, the
fuel filler door and the glove compartment will unlock, too.
If the driver's door is closed, it will be
locked.<
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34nLuggage
compartment lid
The lock
To open from outside
Opening from the inside
Only the master keys (refer to page 28)
fit in the lock of the luggage compartment lid.
Press the button in the handle recess
(arrow): the luggage compartment lid
opens slightly.
Secure separately
The luggage compartment is lighted
when the luggage compartment lid is
opened.
If the luggage compartment lid has not
been locked separately, you can open it
with this button in the footwell on the
driver's side when the vehicle is
stationary.
Lock the glove compartment using the
master key.
This also locks the luggage compartment lid and disconnects it from the
central locking system. If you surrender
only the door key (refer to page 28), this
will prevent unauthorized access via the
luggage compartment lid, which is an
advantage for valet parking, for
instance.
Manual operation
(in the event of electrical malfunction)
Turn the master key to the right as far
as it will go, the luggage compartment
lid will open slightly.
The luggage compartment lid is locked
again as soon as you close the lid.
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Luggage compartment lid
Overview
Controls
Repairs
This lever releases the luggage
compartment lid from the luggage
compartment's interior.
Maintenance
Emergency release
Data
The handle recesses (arrows) in the
interior trim panel of the luggage
compartment lid make it easier to pull
the lid down.
To avoid injuries, be sure that the
travel path of the luggage
compartment lid is clear when it is
closed, as with all closing procedures.
Do not drive with the luggage compartment lid open, since exhaust fumes
could penetrate the interior of the
vehicle. Nevertheless, should it be
absolutely necessary to operate the
vehicle with the luggage compartment
lid open (with closed convertible top):
> Close all windows
> Increase the air supply for the air
conditioner or automatic climate
control to a high level, refer to
pages 89, 92.<
Index
To close
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compartment
To secure your luggage, use the
luggage nets* or flexible straps that you
can attach to the fittings at the inner
corners of the luggage compartment.
Refer also to "Cargo loading" on
page 101.
Raise floor plate and hook in
1. Grab it by the handle and pull up
2. Press the button (arrow) to release
the hanger from the handle
3. Hook in the hanger on the rubber
seal of the water gutter (arrow).
Carefully replace the hanger in its
holder when lowering the floor
panel back into place.<
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Alarm system*
Enlarging luggage compartment
With the convertible top closed, you
can enlarge the luggage compartment.
To do this, flip the handle outward and
press it down and toward the front of
the vehicle (arrow). The convertible top
compartment panel is now raised and
secured.
Fold down convertible top
compartment panel
The system responds to unauthorized
vehicle entry and attempted theft by
simultaneously activating the following:
> Sounding an acoustical alarm for
30 seconds
> Activating the hazard warning
flashers for approx. five minutes
> Flashing the high beams on and off in
rhythm with the hazard warning
flashers.
When the vehicle is locked or unlocked
by using a key or with the remote
control, the alarm system is also simultaneously armed or disarmed.
You can have a signal set as
acknowledgment for both arming
and disarming the alarm.<
You can also open the luggage
compartment lid when the system is
armed by pressing the button of the
remote control (refer to page 31). When
it is closed, the lid is once again
secured.
Data
To open the convertible top, the convertible top compartment panel must be
lowered. To do this, fold out the handle
and pull opposite the direction of travel.
Overview
> When a door, the hood or the
luggage compartment lid are opened
> To movement inside the vehicle (interior motion sensor)
> Altering the vehicle tilt, e. g. as would
occur while attempting to steal the
wheels or tow the vehicle (Tilt alarm
sensor system)
> To interruption of battery voltage.
To arm and disarm the
alarm system
Controls
The vehicle alarm system responds:
Maintenance
The concept
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Repairs
Luggage compartment
Index
When opening the convertible top,
refer to page 40, make sure that the
luggage compartment is set up for this,
otherwise you may damage something.<
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system*
> If the indicator lamp flashes for
10 seconds when the system is
disarmed: an attempted entry has
been detected in the period since the
system was armed.
Interior motion sensor
Following triggering of an alarm, the
indicator lamp will flash continuously.
For US owners only
Avoiding unintentional alarms
Indicator lamp displays
> The indicator lamp below the interior
rearview mirror flashes continuously:
The system is armed
> The indicator lamp flashes when it is
armed: the door(s), the hood or
luggage compartment lid are not
completely closed. Even if you do not
close the alerted area, the remaining
areas are deadlocked, and the indicator lamp flashes continuously after
10 seconds. However, the interior
motion sensor is not activated
> If the indicator lamp goes out when
the system is disarmed: no manipulation or attempted intrusions have
been detected in the period since the
system was armed
The tilt alarm sensor and interior motion
sensor may be deactivated at the same
time. Doing this you can prevent any
unwanted alarm, e. g. in parking
garages or when it is being transported
on car trains:
Locking the vehicle twice (= setting the
alarm). Press button 2 on the remote
control twice in succession or lock the
vehicle twice with the key, refer to
page 31.
The indicator lamp lights up briefly and
then flashes continuously. The tilt alarm
sensor and the interior motion sensor
are deactivated as long as the system is
armed. Reset the alarm to reactivate
the tilt alarm sensor and the interior
motion sensor.
Deactivate the interior motion sensor
(see previous column) if children or
animals are to remain in the vehicle.
The transmitter and receiver units
comply with part 15 of the FCC (Federal
Communication Commission) regulations. Operation is governed by the
following:
FCC ID:
LTQSDR2G5
Compliance statement:
This device complies with part 15 of the
FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions:
> This device may not cause harmful
interference, and
> this device must accept any interference received, including interference
that may cause undesired operation.
Any unauthorized modifications to
these devices could void the
user's authority to operate the equipment.<
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Overview
After the ignition has been switched off:
You can still operate the electric power
windows for up to 15 minutes, provided
that no door has been opened.
From ignition key position 1:
To open:
To open:
> Press the switch until you feel resistance: the window continues to move
as long as you continue to hold the
switch
> Press the switch briefly past the pressure point: the window moves automatically. Touching the switch again
stops the opening cycle.
> Press the switch until you feel resistance:
All of the windows will continue to
lower as long as you continue to
press the switch
> Press the switch briefly past the pressure point:
All windows will move automatically.
Pressing the switch again stops the
opening cycle.
To close: you can close the windows in
the same manner by pulling the switch.
Index
To close: you can close the windows in
the same manner by pulling the switch.
Maintenance
To operate all the side windows
Repairs
From ignition key position 1:
For convenience closing via the door
lock, refer to page 29.
Data
To open and close windows
Controls
When leaving the vehicle, always
remove the ignition key from the
lock and remember to close the doors
to prevent children from operating the
power windows and injuring themselves, etc.<
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40nConvertible
top
The completely automatically operated
Driving with the opening or
convertible top combines assured
closing operation not completely
protection against the elements
ended can lead to damage and/or injutogether with simple and easy handling. ries.
If possible, only operate the convertible
So that you will get the most out of
top with the vehicle stopped, as otherenjoying your convertible, here are a
wise the process may be interrupted.
few tips:
Traffic laws applicable in your area take
> It is advisable to close the convertible
precedence when you operate the
top when the vehicle is being parked.
convertible top, otherwise you may be
The closed convertible top not only
breaking the law.
protects the passenger compartment
Before closing the convertible top,
from unforeseeable damage from the
remove any objects from the windshield
weather, it also provides a certain
frame that could keep the convertible
degree of theft protection. In additop from closing properly.
tion, keep valuables only in the
Do not lay objects on the convertible
locked luggage compartment, even
top, since they would fall off when the
with the convertible top closed
convertible top is operated and cause
> Never mount a roof-mounted luggage
damage or injuries.
rack on the convertible top
Do not reach into the convertible top
> At temperatures below 15 7
mechanism during opening and closing.
(–10 6) do not operate the convertKeep children away from the moving
ible top to prevent damage.
parts of the convertible top during operation.<
Never store the convertible top
while it is wet to avoid permanent
damage from moisture.<
To close the electric power
windows while driving, always be
sure to first close either the rear
windows, or all 4 windows at the same
time, otherwise, at high speed, the
windows may not close tightly.<
At higher speeds, the ensuing
vacuum in the passenger
compartment can cause the convertible
top to begin fluttering. Increase the air
supply via the ventilation controls so
that a vacuum does not occur in the
vehicle.<
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Convertible top
From ignition key position 1, with the
vehicle stationary.
If at all possible, only operate the
convertible top if the engine is running.
This saves unnecessary battery wear.
The automatic sequence will be
interrupted immediately if release
the button that operates the top. The
sequence can be continued in the
desired direction by pressing this
button.<
1. Read and comply with the preceding
safety precautions
2. Before opening the convertible top,
make sure that the convertible top
compartment panel in the luggage
During convertible top operation
compartment is lowered, refer to
the rear window moves toward the
page 37
passenger compartment. To prevent
3. Make sure that the luggage compartinjuries, make sure that the closing path
ment lid is closed
of the convertible top is unobstructed.<
Do not close the side power
windows using the buttons if the
convertible top operation has been
interrupted.<
If the convertible top has been
stored in the convertible top
compartment for longer periods, e.g.
during the winter months while the
hardtop is being used, it may be necessary to manually support the first automatic closing operation: if the
convertible top should halt right before
the closing phase is completed, press
against the front part of the convertible
top frame from the outside to help the
closing process along. Keep pressing
the button while doing so until the top
starts up again on its own.<
Overview
Controls
Maintenance
The luggage compartment lid cannot be
opened while the convertible top is in
motion.
Repairs
To open and to close
When operating the convertible top, the
windows will lower slightly when you
press the button, and after the opening
or closing operation has finished, they
will go back up, if you keep holding the
button down for more than 2 seconds
after the indicator lamp has gone out.
Data
2 To open
4. Press and hold the corresponding
button for convertible top operation.
The red indicator lamp will light up
while the convertible top is in motion.
It goes out as soon as the opening or
closing operation has been
completed.
If the red indicator lamp flashes after
the button is released, then the
opening or closing operation is not
yet completed. The sequence can be
continued in the desired direction by
pressing this button.
If the yellow indicator lamp lights up
continuously with the button
pressed, then the convertible top
compartment panel is raised and the
convertible top cannot be moved,
refer to step 2.
Index
1 To close
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42nConvertible
top
If the opening or closing operation
is interrupted, the convertible top
remains in the respective position for
15 minutes, and the sequence can be
continued in the desired direction with
the button. After that, the convertible
top can be moved again and, if it is an
emergency situation, you may have to
help the top along manually. This can
also be done in ignition key position 0.
In certain cases, the luggage compartment lid cannot be opened if the
opening or closing operation has been
interrupted.<
Convenience operation from the
driver's door lock
Refer to page 29.
1. Remove the center piece between
the rear seats. Take the trim off of the
guide rod and flip it forward. Press
down hard on the emergency lock 1.
After a brief pause, the mechanisms
for the convertible top compartment
will be unlocked
Closing manually in the event of
an electrical malfunction
1 Emergency operation
2 Allen wrench
3 Recess
If the mechanisms for the convertible top compartment lid do not
unlock, then insert the Allen wrench 2
into the recess 3 and turn clockwise
until the mechanisms unlock.c
2. If the luggage compartment lid is
closed, open the convertible top
compartment lid up as far as the stop
will allow
Only actuate the convertible top
manually to close it, however
never to open it, as the convertible top
compartment lid cannot be locked and
would open during driving.<
Manual closing is best carried out
with two persons from outside
with the driver's door open and the
driver's seat folded forward. No one is
to be in the rear seat while you are
doing this.<
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Convertible top
The closing operation must be
completed, as otherwise damage
and/or injuries may result.<
Maintenance
Controls
Please consult your BMW center
to have the defect corrected.<
Overview
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Index
Data
Repairs
3. Lift out the convertible top by holding 4. Lift out the cover panel that is in the
on to the lateral guide section 1 and
center of the front convertible top
the front convertible top frame 2.
frame
Position the rear convertible top
5. Put the Allen wrench 2 (refer to
frame vertically and flip the convertpage 42) into the hex slot (arrow)
ible top compartment lid downward
6. Pull down on the front convertible
and lay it down. Flip the rear converttop frame as far as possible.
ible top frame downward
Complete the closing process by
continuing to turn the wrench clockwise. Do this until the front convertible top frame has locked onto the
windshield frame. The rear convertible top frame will automatically be
pressed down onto the convertible
top compartment lid and because of
the tension, will close completely.
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44nCorrect
sitting position
For relaxed and fatigue-free driving you
should select a sitting position that
reflects your personal requirements.
Correct position combines with safety
belts and airbags to enhance occupant
safety in the event of an accident. To
ensure that the vehicle's safety systems
provide you with optimal protection, we
request that you direct your careful
attention to the following section.
Seats
Safe with safety belts
Never allow more than one person
to wear a single safety belt. Never
allow infants or small children to ride in
a passenger's lap. Avoid twisting the
belt while routing it firmly across the
pelvis and shoulder, wear it as snugly
against your body as possible. Do not
allow the belt to rest against hard or
fragile objects in your pockets. Do not
route the belt across your neck, or run it
For supplementary information on
transporting children, refer to page 54. across sharp edges. Be sure that the
belt does not become caught or
jammed. Avoid wearing bulky clothing
Sitting correctly with airbags
and pull on the lap belt periodically to
Always maintain an adequate
distance between yourself and the retension it over your shoulders. In the
airbags. Always hold the steering wheel event of a frontal impact, a loose lap
by the rim to keep any chance of injury belt could slide over the hips, leading to
abdominal injury. In addition, the safety
to hands or arms to an absolute
belt's restraint effectiveness is reduced
minimum should the airbag be
if the belt is worn loosely. Expectant
deployed. Never allow any objects,
mothers should always wear their
individuals or animals to obstruct the
areas between passengers and airbags. safety belts, taking care to position the
Never use the front airbag's cover as a lap belt against the lower hips, where it
will not exert pressure against the
storage tray or support for objects of
any kind. Never allow front passengers abdominal area. Leave the rear safety
belts in the holders, if they are not
to rest their feet or legs on the airbag
needed, to avoid unwanted movement
cover.<
from the safety belts at high speeds.<
When adjusting your seat, always
observe the following precautions
Never try to adjust your seat while
operating the vehicle. The seat
could respond with an unexpected
movement, and the ensuing loss of
vehicle control could lead to an accident. Never ride with the backrest
reclined to an extreme angle (especially
important for the front passenger to
remember). If you do so, there is a risk
that you will slide under the safety belt
in an accident, thus reducing the
protection provided by the safety belt.
With the wind deflector in place: never
push the front seats all the way back to
avoid damaging the wind deflector.<
For airbag locations and additional
information on airbags refer to page 53. For information on using the safety
belts, refer to page 48.
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Seats
Thigh support
Adjusting the lumbar support*
2 Forward/backward adjustment
Pull the lever and adjust the position of
the cushion for thigh support as
desired.
You can adjust the backrest's contour
for additional support in the curvature
of your spine's lumbar region.
The upper hips and spinal column
receive supplementary support to help
you maintain a relaxed, upright position.
> Press the front/rear of switch:
increase/decrease curvature
> Press the upper/lower end of the
switch: increase the upper/lower
curvature.
Data
4 Backrest angle
Index
3 Cushion height
Repairs
1 Tilt angle
Maintenance
Controls
Overview
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46nHead
restraints
Front head restraints
2 Tilt angle
Rear head restraints
1 Height
Position the head restraints manually in
the preferred position.
The rear head restraints may only
be lowered if there are no passengers in the rear seats. If you do so, you
are in violation of the law. Raise the rear
head restraints before taking on any
passengers in the back.<
Head restraints reduce the risk
of spinal injury in the event of an
accident.
Adjust the head restraint so that its
center is approximately at the height of
your ears.
When moving the head restraints up or
down, do not grab on between the
head restraint and the upper edge of
the backrest to avoid the possibility of
injury.<
To completely lower the rear head
restraints:
1. Press the button (arrow) and hold it
down
2. Push the head restraint down from
above.
Raising the rear head restraints: raise
the head restraints until you hear them
click into place.
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Entering the rear
The Seat-integrated safety belt system
(SGS) allows for easy access to the
rear.
1. Lift the lever 1 up and tilt the backrest forward
2. Press and hold button 2 in driving
direction until the seat moves to the
desired position
3. After entering the rear, fold back and
lock the backrest
4. Press button 2 opposite the direction
of travel and hold. The seat moves
back into its previous position. If the
button 2 is released beforehand, the
seat stops in the respective position.
Lock both backrests while driving,
otherwise there is a danger of an
unexpected movement causing an
accident.<
The indicator lamp in the instrument
cluster flashes, when the backrest is
not locked, refer to page 18.
Overview
Controls
Do not use the rear head
restraints as storage shelves.
Always keep the travel path for the rollover protection system free and clear.
Under no circumstances should you put
any kind of cover (antimacassar) on the
head restraints (refer also to the
labeling on the head restraints).<
Repairs
For further information, please consult
your BMW center.
Maintenance
You can lock a backrest that has
been tilted forward. This is practical, for example, when entering the
rear seat while the vehicle is parked on
a hill. To do this, press against the
backrest until you hear it click into
place. It does not need to be released
with the lever 1 to tip it back into place
again.<
Data
Do not remove the rear head
restraints as this would damage
them.<
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Index
Head restraints
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belts
Seat and mirror memory
Safety belt height adjustment
The front safety belt automatically
adjusts your body size via the setting of
the head restraint height, refer to
page 46.
Drive with your safety belt on
Even though there is an airbag, wear a
safety belt every time you get in the
vehicle, because airbags enhance
safety by providing added protection.
Before putting your safety belts on
in the rear, take them out of the
holder.<
To close
Make sure you hear the lock engage in
the belt buckle.
To open
If the safety belt system has been
subjected to the stresses involved
in an accident or otherwise damaged:
Have the entire safety belt mechanism
replaced by your BMW center,
including the safety belt tensioner. In
addition, have your BMW center
inspect the safety belt anchors. If a
child-restraint system was in the
vehicle during an accident, consult the
manufacturer's instructions regarding
replacement.<
You can store and recall three different
driver's seat and outside mirror positions.
The setting for the lumbar support
is not stored in memory.<
To store
1. Ignition key in position 1 or 2
2. Adjust your seat and outside mirrors
to the desired position.
3. Press the MEMORY button: the indicator lamp in the button lights up
4. Press memory button 1, 2 or 3, as
desired. The indicator lamp goes out.
1. Press the red button in the belt
buckle
2. Hold the belt
3. Guide the belt back into its reel.
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> Press and hold the desired memory
button (1, 2 or 3) until the adjustment
process is completed.
If you press the MEMORY button
accidentally: press the button
again; the indicator lamp goes out.<
Do not recall a memory position
while the vehicle is moving. If you
do so, there is a risk of accident from
unexpected seat movement.<
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Controls
With the driver's door closed and the
ignition key either removed or in position 0 or 2.
If you make use of this method of
adjustment, be sure that the footwell behind the driver's seat is unobstructed before unlocking the vehicle. If
you fail to do so, any persons or objects
behind the seat could be injured or
damaged by a rearward movement of
the seat.<
The seat cushion and backrest can
be heated with the ignition key in position 2.
You can call up different heating levels
by repeatedly pressing the buttons.
You can also switch the higher heating
modes off directly:
Press the button and hold it slightly
longer.
Maintenance
> Briefly press memory button 1, 2 or 3,
as desired.
Movement stops immediately when
one of the seat-adjustment or
memory buttons is operated during
the adjustment process.
Your BMW center can adjust your
vehicle's systems in such a
manner that your personalized settings
are automatically set for the seat and
outside mirror positions when you
unlock the vehicle with your personal
remote control.<
Data
Driver's door open after unlocking or
ignition key in position 1:
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Index
To recall a stored setting
Seat heating*
Repairs
Seat and mirror memory
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50nSteering
wheel
Mirrors
Convex mirror
The passenger-side mirror
features a convex lens. When estimating the distance between yourself
and other traffic, bear in mind that the
objects reflected in the mirror are closer
than they appear. This means that estimations of the distance to following
traffic should not be regarded as
precise.<
Electric defrosting*
Adjustments
Adjusting outside mirrors
1. Push the locking lever downward
2. Adjusting steering column reach and
rake for your selected seating position
3. Pull the lever back in.
1 Switch for 4-way adjustment
Both mirrors are heated automatically in
ignition key position 2.
2 Selection switch for changing
between mirrors
Manual adjustment
The mirrors can also be adjusted manuDo not adjust the steering wheel
ally: press the edges of the lens.
while the vehicle is moving, otherwise there is a risk of an accident from To store the mirror setting, refer to
"Seat and mirror memory" on page 48.
unexpected movement.<
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Mirrors
Maintenance
Controls
For the mirror to function perfectly,
keep the photocells clean and the area
between the inside rearview mirror and
the windshield free of any obstruction,
like stickers, etc.
Overview
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Passenger-side exterior mirror tilt Interior rearview mirror with
function
automatic dimming feature
You can deactivate this automatic
feature by setting the mirror selector
switch to the "passenger side" position.
Repairs
This mirror automatically dims through
an infinitely variable range and switches
automatically to its clear, undimmed
mode whenever you engage reverse
gear.
There are two photocells for automatic
dimming. One photocell (arrow) is positioned in the mirror's frame, while the
other is slightly offset on the opposite
side of the mirror.
Data
> Move the mirror selector switch 1 to
the "driver's mirror" position
> When the selector lever is placed in
"Reverse," the passenger-side mirror
tilts downward. This brings e. g. the
lower area adjacent to the vehicle
(curbs, etc.) into the driver's field of
vision while parking.
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(automatic curb monitor)
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52nAirbags
The side airbags in the rear
passenger area* of your vehicle
may already have been deactivated
either at the time of manufacture or by a
BMW center. You may have them activated if you desire to do so. Please
contact your BMW center for additional
information.<
For information on the correct sitting
position, refer to page 44.
1 Front airbags on the driver and
passenger sides
2 Side airbags on the driver and
passenger sides (front and rear *)
Protective effect
The front airbags protect the driver and
passenger in the event of a head-on
collision where the protection provided
by the safety belt alone would not be
adequate. The side airbags help
provide protection in the event of a
collision from the side. Each of the side
airbags is designed to help support the
seat occupant's upper body.
The airbags will not be triggered in
the event of a minor accident, a
vehicle rollover, or collisions from the
rear.<
Do not apply adhesive materials to
the cover panels of the airbags,
cover them or modify them in any other
way. Do not attempt to remove the
airbag restraint system from the
vehicle. In the event of a malfunction,
deactivation, or triggered actuation (as
a response to an accident) of the airbag
restraint system, consult your BMW
center for checking, repairs or removal.
Modifications may not be made on
either the wiring or the individual
components in the airbag system. This
includes the padded steering wheel
hub, the instrument panel, the side trim
panels of the front or rear doors and the
roof pillars or the sides of the front
headliner. Do not attempt to remove or
dismantle the steering wheel. To ensure
compliance with official safety regulations, entrust disposal of airbag generators to a BMW center. Unprofessional
attempts to service the system could
lead to failure in an emergency or
undesired airbag activation, either of
which could result in personal injury. Do
not touch the individual components
directly after the system has been triggered, as otherwise there is a danger of
burns.<
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Airbags
Controls
This is the right way a child should sit in
a child-restraint device when rear side
airbags (arrow) are provided.
Data
Repairs
Airbag warning information is also
provided on the sun visors.
Maintenance
Even when all these guidelines are
observed, there is still a small residual
risk of injuries to the face, hands and
arms occurring from airbag deployment
in isolated instances. The ignition and
inflation noise may provoke a mild
temporary hearing loss in extremely
sensitive individuals.
Overview
The rear seat side airbags may already
have been deactivated, either at the
time of manufacture or by a BMW
center. Labels in the rear door opening
should indicate the status of your rear
seat side airbags. If you are uncertain of
their status, or wish to have the airbags
activated or deactivated, please
contact your BMW center.<
Index
At all times, occupants should sit
upright and be properly restrained
(infants and small children in appropriate child-restraint systems; larger
children and adults using the safety
belts). Never let an occupant's head
rest near or on a side airbag because
the inflating airbag could cause a
serious or fatal injury. Please note that
the word "Airbag" imprinted on the door
trim panel indicates the airbag's location.
Accident research shows that the
safest place for children in an
automobile is in the rear seat. However,
a child sitting in the rear seat and not
properly restrained may place his or her
head on or near the side airbag, if so
equipped. For example, a child – even
though belted – may fall asleep with his
or her head against the side airbag. It
may be difficult for a driver to ensure
that children in the rear seat will remain
properly positioned at all times and not
place their heads on or near the side
airbag. Therefore, we recommend that
the rear seat side airbags, if provided,
be deactivated if you plan to transport
children in the rear seat.
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54nAirbags
Transporting children safely
Operational status
The indicator lamp in the instrument cluster shows the airbag
system status starting in ignition
key position 1.
System operational:
> The indicator lamp comes on briefly,
when the ignition key is turned into
position 1 or 2
Commercially available child seats
complying with the legal standard are
designed to be secured with a lap belt
or with the lap belt portion of a combination lap/shoulder belt. Improperly or
inadequately installed restraint systems
can increase the risk of injury to children. Always read and follow the
instructions that come with the system.
System malfunction:
This is the right way a larger child
should sit wearing the safety belt when
rear side airbags (arrow) are provided.
> The indicator lamp fails to come on,
when the ignition key is turned
> The indicator lamp fails to go out
after the engine has been started, or
it comes on during normal driving.
Please respond to any malfunctions in
the system by immediately having it
inspected at your BMW center; otherwise the airbag could fail to respond to
an accident in which both the angle and
the severity of the impact would
normally trigger airbag deployment.
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Lift the respective head restraint and
pass the tether strap between the head
restraint and the seat back.
Adjust the tether strap according to the
child restraint manufacturer's instructions.
Overview
Controls
Maintenance
All rear seating positions in your vehicle
meet the recommendations of SAE
J1819, an industry recommended practice for securing child-restraint systems
in motor vehicles.
Repairs
Younger children should be secured in
an appropriate forward-facing childrestraint system that has first been
properly secured with a safety belt.
Never install a rearward-facing childrestraint system in the front passenger
seat. We strongly urge you to carefully
read and comply with the instructions
for installation and use provided by the
child restraint's manufacturer whenever you use such a device.
Always ensure that all occupants (of all
ages) remain properly and securely
restrained at all times.c
Data
If you use a child-restraint system with
a tether strap, two additional tether
anchorage points (refer to the arrows in
the illustration) have been provided.
They are located under the convertible
top compartment lid. Depending on the
location selected for seating in the rear
passenger area, attach the tether strap
to the corresponding anchorage point
to secure the child-restraint system.
Before installing any childrestraint device or child seat,
please read the following:
Never install a rearward-facing childrestraint system in the front passenger
seat of this vehicle.
Your vehicle is equipped with an airbag
supplemental restraint system for the
front passenger. Because the backrest
on any rearward-facing child-restraint
system (of the kind designed for infants
under 1 year and 20-30 lbs/9-14 kg)
would be within the airbag's deployment range, you should never mount
such a device in the front passenger
seat, as the impact of the airbag against
the child restraint's backrest could lead
to serious or fatal injuries. If it is necessary for a child (not an infant) to ride in
the front seat, certain precautions
should be taken. First, move the
passenger seat as far away from the
instrument panel as possible. This
important precaution is intended to
maximize the distance between the
airbag and the child. Older children
should be tightly secured with the
safety belt.
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Index
Transporting children safely
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children safely
Always follow all manufacturer's
instructions and observe all safety
precautions when installing the LATCH
child-restraint system.
Leave the rear safety belts in the
holders, if they are not needed, to avoid
unwanted movement from the safety
belts at high speeds.<
LATCH child-restraint system
installation
The anchorage points for the LATCH
child-restraint system installation are
located behind the upholstery at the
positions indicated by the arrows.
Carefully slide the brackets through the
gaps in the upholstery at the indicated
locations.
To prevent damage to the upholstery,
you can purchase an insertion aid *
(funnel) from your BMW center.
Firmly press the insertion aid into the
gap between the seat cushion and
backrest, continuing until the two
guides snap into place on the LATCH
brackets in the seat.
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Lock the safety belt
Controls
Maintenance
Child seat security
Overview
Extract the entire length of the belt from
the inertia reel mechanism. Allow the
reel to retract the belt somewhat and
engage the buckle, then tighten the belt
against the child-restraint system. The
retraction mechanism is now locked.
The belt cannot be extracted further.
Always observe the installation instructions provided by the manufacturer of
the child-restraint system.
Unlock the safety belt
All of the rear belt retractors and the
Release the safety belt, remove the
front passenger's safety belt can be
child's seat and retract the safety belt
locked for mounting and securing child- to its end position on the belt retractor.
restraint systems.
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Data
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A label with the appropriate instructions
for this is located in the immediate
vicinity of the buckle latch of each
safety belt.
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58nRollover
protection system
In the event of an accident or some
other critical driving situation (extreme
tilting in the longitudinal or transverse
axis, loss of contact with the ground),
the rollover protection system will be
automatically activated. The protective
bars located in the rear head restraints
extend within fractions of a second.
In addition to the integrated rollover bar
in the windshield frame, the rollover
protection system affords all the vehicle
occupants necessary headroom.
Always keep the travel path for the
rollover protection system free
and clear. Under no circumstances
should you cover the head restraints.
In the event of less serious accidents,
the safety belt will protect you and,
depending on the severity of the accident, so will the safety belt tensioner
and the multi-stage airbag restraint
system as well.<
If, after being automatically triggered,
the protective function is not needed,
then the rollover protection system can
be lowered back into place. No special
tool is needed for this.
2. Pull up on the lever (arrow) toward
the front of the vehicle and keep it in
this position
1. Using a screwdriver from the onboard tool kit, remove the cover
panel; to do this, position the screwdriver under the notch (arrow)
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Rollover protection system
Controls
Maintenance
Repairs
3. Keep pressing down on the protective bar 1 from on top until you hear it
click into place
4. Put the cover panel back in place
and press down firmly
5. Press the rear part of the head
restraint 2 closed.
Data
Have the rollover protection system
checked out by your BMW center after
it has been inadvertently triggered.
Do not move the convertible top
under any circumstances if the
rollover protection system has
extended.
Do not use the rear head restraints as
storage shelves.
Absolutely no modifications are to be
made to any of the rollover protection
system's individual components or any
of its wiring.
Only your BMW center is to carry out
any work on the rollover protection
system.
Work done on the system that is carried
out improperly could lead to failure in
an emergency or accidental airbag activation.
Regarding having the system checked
to ensure long-term operation: be scrupulous in adhering to the Service
Interval Display for maintenance intervals. Every 2 years at the latest, the rollover protection system must be
inspected by a BMW center.<
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Do the same for the second protective
bar. If you are not familiar with any of
the procedures, consult your BMW
center.
Overview
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60nVehicle
Memory, Key Memory
When your vehicle is unlocked with the
remote control, the vehicle recognizes
the individual user by means of a data
exchange with the key, and makes
adjustments accordingly.
In order for you to distinguish between
different keys, colored decals are
supplied together with the keys.
What the system can do
How the system functions
You have probably frequently wished
that you could configure individual
functions of your vehicles to reflect your
own personal requirements. In engineering your vehicle, BMW has
included several user-defined functions in the vehicle's design. Your BMW
center can make these settings for you
in accordance with your wishes.
Your BMW center can provide you with
details on the possibilities that the
Vehicle and Key Memory systems offer.
Examples for Vehicle Memory:
> Various signals that can serve as
acknowledgment for locking and
unlocking the vehicle, refer to
pages 29, 30
> Activating/deactivating operation of
"Follow me home," refer to page 85.
Examples for Key Memory:
> Locking the vehicle after driving off,
refer to page 33
> Automatically moving the seat and
outside mirror into position for that
particular person when unlocking the
vehicle, refer to page 49
> Calling up customized settings for the
automatic climate control when
unlocking using the remote control,
refer to page 92
> After the engine is started, calling up
of the last selected driving program
for each shifting mode, refer to
page 68.
You will see this symbol
throughout the Owner's Manual. It
is to remind you at appropriate places
of the settings that are available to
you.<
There are settings related to the vehicle
("Vehicle Memory") and settings related
to individuals ("Key Memory"). You can
have up to four different basic settings
adjusted for four different persons. The
only requirement is that each person
uses his or her own remote control key.
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Steering unlocked
You will find that it is often easier to turn
the ignition key from position 0 to position 1 when you move the steering
wheel slightly to help disengage the
lock.
Ignition key positions
0 Steering locked
1 Steering unlocked
2 Ignition switched on
Individual electrical accessories are
ready for operation.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Engage the parking brake
Gearshift lever in idling position
Depress the clutch pedal
Turn the key to position 3 to start the
engine. Do not actuate the starter for
too short a time. Do not turn it for
more than approx. 20 seconds.
Release the ignition key immediately
when the engine starts.
Do not allow the engine to warm up by
leaving it running while the vehicle
remains stationary. Instead, drive off
immediately at a moderate engine
speed.
Vehicle with sequential M gearbox *
SMG II: refer to the instructions on
page 64.
Overview
Once the ignition has been switched off
(ignition key in position 0 or removed),
the radio functions are still available for
approx. 20 minutes. Turn the radio back
on to use it.
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Controls
Starting the engine
Maintenance
Steering/Ignition lock
After removing the key, turn the
steering wheel slightly to the left or right
until the lock engages.
If the key is not removed, an acoustic
signal is sounded after the driver's door
has been opened.
Data
The key can be inserted or removed in
this position only.
Do not allow the engine to run in
enclosed spaces. The exhaust
gases contain carbon monoxide, an
odorless and colorless, but highly toxic
gas. Breathing the exhaust gases poses
an extreme health risk, and can lead to
unconsciousness and death.
Do not leave the vehicle unattended
with the engine running. An unattended vehicle with a running engine
represents a potential safety hazard.<
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Steering locked
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3 Starting engine
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62nStarting
the engine
If the engine does not start on the first
attempt (the engine is very hot or cold,
for instance):
> Press the accelerator pedal halfway
down while engaging the starter.
Cold starts at very low temperatures,
starting at about 5 7 (–15 6) and at
high altitudes above 3,300 feet
(1,000 m):
> For the initial start attempt, allow the
starter to remain engaged somewhat
longer (approx. 10 seconds).
Extended starting attempts, characterized by excessively frequent
or long periods with the starter
engaged, can lead to damage to the
catalytic converter.<
Switching off the engine
Engine idle speed is controlled by the
engine computer system. Increased
speeds at start-up are normal and
should decrease as the engine warms
up. If engine speed does not decrease,
service is required.
To prevent the battery from
discharging, always deactivate electrical devices that are not in use. Switch
the ignition off when the vehicle is not
being driven.
Turn the ignition key to position 1 or 0.
Do not remove the ignition key
while the vehicle is still moving. If
you do so, the steering will lock, making
it impossible to steer the vehicle.
When you leave the vehicle, always
remove the ignition key and engage the
steering lock.
While parking on a downhill road, set
the parking brake, as engaging even
the first or reverse gear may not be
sufficient to prevent the vehicle from
rolling away.<
Vehicle with sequential M gearbox *
SMG II: refer to the instructions on
page 64.
When driving, standing at idle or
when parking, take precautions to
avoid contact between the hot exhaust
system and easily flammable materials
(grass, hay or leaves, for example).
Such contact could lead to a fire,
resulting in serious personal injury and
property damage.<
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To engage
The lever engages automatically, the
indicator lamp in the instrument cluster
comes on when the ignition key is in
position 2, refer to page 18.
To release
To avoid corrosion and one-sided
braking, apply the parking brake lightly
from time to time when coasting to a
standstill (at a traffic signal, for
instance), provided that it is safe to do
so.
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Controls
If, in exceptional circumstances,
it should be necessary to engage
the parking brake while the vehicle is
in motion, do not pull the lever with
excessive pressure. Keep your thumb
pressed against the release button
while carefully pulling the lever up to
apply moderate pressure.
Excessive pressure can lead to overbraking and loss of traction (fishtailing)
at the rear axle.
The brake lamps do not come on when
the parking brake is engaged.
While parking on a downhill road, set
the parking brake, as engaging even
the first or reverse gear may not be
sufficient to prevent the vehicle from
rolling away.<
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Every time you shift gears, always
depress the clutch pedal all the way
down, pushing the gearshift lever into
the desired position.
When shifting gears in the 5th/6thgear plane, be sure to press the
gearshift lever to the right in order to
prevent inadvertent selection of a gear
in the 3rd/4th-gear plane.<
Index
Data
Pull up slightly on the lever, press the
button (arrow) and lower the lever.
Maintenance
The parking brake is designed primarily
to prevent the vehicle from rolling when
it is parked. It operates against the rear
wheels.
Manual transmission
Repairs
Parking brake
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64nManual
transmission
Sequential M gearbox* SMG II
Reverse
The concept
Select only when the vehicle is
stationary. Press the shift lever to the
left to overcome the resistance.
The sequential M gearbox SMG II is an
automated manual gearbox with which
clutching and shifting is assumed by an
electro-hydraulic system.
As you do this, the backup lamps will
turn on automatically when the ignition
key is in position 2.
Do not hold the vehicle in place on
slopes by slipping or "riding" the
clutch. Use the parking brake instead.
Riding the clutch causes the clutch
assembly to wear out sooner.<
The SMG II is operated via two shift
paddles on the steering wheel and the
selector lever in the center console.
> Slip recognition at the rear axle for
increasing driving stability, e.g.
during downshifting on slippery road
surfaces
> Operating safety through protection
against misshifting.
It offers the following functions:
> Sequential and automated shifting
mode
> Ability to choose between different
driving programs (Drivelogic)
> Gradient assistance
> Upshift display (shift lights)
> Throttle blip
> Driving dependent functions:
The respective driving situation (e.g.
cornering, mountain driving, braking)
is detected by sensors and taken into
account accordingly for shifting, e.g.
to achieve optimum gear selection
during deceleration and subsequent
acceleration
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Sequential M gearbox* SMG II
Selector lever position
To drive off:
1. Depress footbrake
2. Engage a driving position
0: Position 0
3. Release footbrake and slowly
Forward position with one-touch mode:
depress accelerator pedal.
R: Reverse position
> S: sequential mode
> A: automated mode
> +: upshifting in sequential mode
> -: downshifting in sequential mode.
The SMG II is ready for operation from
ignition key position 2.
For your safety, it is only possible to
engage a driving position with the
vehicle stopped approx. 2 seconds
after engaging position 0 with the footbrake depressed (shift-lock function).
With the engine running, the gear
indicator in the instrument cluster
flashes to indicate that a driving position is engaged with the driver's door
open or if the hood is not closed properly, refer to page 66.
If none of the pedals is actuated, then
the gearbox is automatically taken out
of gear after approx. 4 seconds.
Switching off engine
If you turn the ignition key to position 1
or 0 with the selector lever in the
forward or reverse position, a gear
automatically remains engaged.
If you turn the ignition key to position 1
or 0 with the selector lever in position 0,
a gong and the flashing gear indicator
in the SMG display remind you that the
vehicle is not secured against rolling.
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Controls
Before exiting the vehicle with the
engine running, move the selector
lever into position 0 and apply the
parking brake.
Never leave the vehicle unattended
with the engine running. An unattended vehicle with a running engine
represents a potential safety hazard.<
Maintenance
1. Depress footbrake
2. Move selector lever into position 0
3. Turn the ignition key to position 3,
refer to page 61.
Repairs
To start the engine:
Starting off is not possible with the
hood open.<
Data
Starting engine and driving off
Then the desired direction of travel
must be selected again with the
selector lever in position 0.<
Index
It is not necessary to hold the footbrake
depressed until starting off, as the
vehicle does not move forward with the
driving position engaged.
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66nSequential
M gearbox* SMG II
R - Reverse position
The warning stops after approx. 10
seconds. If you move the selector lever
into a forward or reverse position
during this time, a gear is automatically
engaged.
Only engage with the vehicle stopped
or at low speed, e.g. for "rocking free"
in deep snow.
0 - Position 0
The SMG II has no park position
for securing the vehicle against
rolling.
The ignition key can be removed in any
selector lever position.<
Always engage the parking brake
when parking on downhill roads.
Engaging a gear may not sufficiently
secure the vehicle against rolling.<
Always engage before starting the
engine.
Display in instrument cluster
The selector lever position, currently
engaged gear and selected driving
program are displayed in the instrument
cluster.
If the driving situation requires, e.g.
when downshifting on slippery roads,
the SMG II automatically disengages
and reengages the clutch, i.e. it is not
necessary to manually engage
position 0.
S - Sequential mode
1 Engaged gear
In the sequential mode all forward
gears are to be shifted by the driver.
2 Selected driving program
(corresponds to the number of illuminated fields), refer to page 68
Changeover from automated to
sequential mode:
3 Tapping the selector lever to the right
switches over into the displayed shift
mode
4 "A" indicates an activated automated
mode.
> Tap the selector lever to the right
toward "S" or
> Change gears with the selector lever
or the shift paddles on the steering
wheel.
You do not need to reduce the throttle
for shifting.
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Sequential M gearbox* SMG II
> To upshift, briefly pull the right
paddle "+"
> To downshift, briefly pull the left
paddle "–".
Shift paddles with various widths
matched to the shape of your
hand are available from your BMW
center.<
Shifting gears with selector lever:
> To upshift, pull the selector lever
backward "+"
> To downshift, push the selector lever
forward "–".
For rapid acceleration, e.g. during
passing, depress the accelerator pedal
completely (kick-down). The gearbox
now downshifts in dependence on the
selected driving program.
Even in the automated mode, you can
help specify the shifting point: if a geardependent minimum speed is
exceeded, you can upshift by slowly
reducing pressure on the accelerator
pedal. In the process, the respective
driving situation is detected by sensors
and taken into account.
Overview
Controls
Changeover from sequential to automated mode: tap the selector lever to
the right toward "A". Watch the display
in the instrument cluster, refer to
page 66.
Maintenance
Shifting gears with shift paddles on
steering wheel:
> Upshifts and downshifts are only
executed when the new gear will
provide a suitable combination of
vehicle and engine speed, i.e., downshifts that would cause the engine to
overrev will not be executed
> During a stop the gearbox is automatically downshifted into the first
gear so that, e.g. before a traffic light,
it is only necessary to accelerate to
continue driving
> When the speed is reduced, the
gearbox is automatically downshifted shortly before a gear-dependent minimum speed is reached
without you taking any action.
In the automated mode all forward
gears are automatically shifted.
Repairs
In the following situations the SMG II
helps you "think" in the sequential
mode:
Each time the engine is started, the
automated mode is activated as soon
as you move the selector lever into the
forward driving position.
Data
You accelerate from higher gears, e.g.
during passing, by manually downshifting.
A - Automated mode
Index
No automatic upshifting is carried out in
the sequential mode.
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68nSequential
M gearbox* SMG II
In the sequential mode you can choose
from six driving programs ranging from
balanced, dynamic to sporty, puristic
driving. The sporty, puristic driving
program can only be activated with the
Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) deactivated, refer to page 82.
To maintain vehicle stability,
always drive with the DSC
switched on whenever possible.<
Drivelogic
Drivelogic makes various driving
programs available to you.
Press the Drivelogic repeatedly until the
desired driving program is shown in the
SMG display of the instrument cluster,
refer to page 66.
In the automated mode you can select
from five driving programs ranging from
convenience mode/winter operation to
sporty and highly dynamic.
In the first automatic driving program,
starting off takes place in second gear,
which is advisable under winter road
conditions with ice and snow.
Following each change between the
sequential and the automated mode,
the last driving program selected in the
respective mode is active.
Exception: instead of the last selected
sequential driving program 6,
program 5 is activated only after the
engine has been started again.
Your vehicle is set so that when
the engine is started, the last
selected driving program saved in your
key is activated for each shifting
mode.<
Gradient assistance
The gradient assistance enables
starting off on grades with virtually no
roll-back. It can be activated in the
sequential and automated mode with
the vehicle stopped and can be used
for both forward and reverse driving.
1. Depress footbrake with vehicle
stopped
2. Activate the gradient assistance by
pulling the left paddle for at least
0.5 seconds. An increase in the
engine speed indicates that the
gradient assistance is activated
Pulling the left paddle again briefly
deactivates the gradient assistance again.<
3. Release the footbrake and start off
within 2 seconds.
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Sequential M gearbox* SMG II
Indicator lamp
Controls
1. When the maximum engine speed is
approached, yellow indicator fields
(shift lights) in the tachometer light
up consecutively to indicate the
approaching upshift time
2. Shift at the latest when the last indicator field lights up red.
Maintenance
To achieve the best possible vehicle
acceleration with a sporty driving style
in the sequential mode, shift lights in
the instrument cluster indicate the
optimum shifting point shortly before
the maximum engine speed is reached.
Repairs
Shift lights
Data
> If it does not go out, or if it lights up
during driving, a fault has occurred.
The available functions may be
limited under certain circumstances.
The gradient assistance must be reactiDrive carefully and with the Dynamic
vated before each use.
Stability Control (DSC) activated.
Have the system checked by the
nearest BMW center
> If the indicator lamp flashes while
driving, the system is overloaded.
Avoid high loads until the indicator
lamp goes out again permanently.
Overview
The transmission indicator lamp
in the instrument cluster goes
out after the engine is started.
Tire replacement, snow chains
Following a tire or wheel change and
after mounting or removing snow
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Index
The vehicle may roll slightly before
it is held by the gradient assistance after releasing the footbrake.
Two seconds after the footbrake is
released, the vehicle begins to roll, as it
is no longer held with the gradient
assistance.<
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70nSequential
M gearbox* SMG II
Indicator/Headlamp flasher
chains, the slip recognition of the
SMG II must "become familiar" with the
changed condition.
Reinitialize the system afterwards.
1. Move the selector lever into
position 0 on a straight stretch of
road at a speed of over 20 mph
(30 km/h)
2. Pull both shift paddles for approx.
2 seconds.
If you do not carry out the initialization,
the system automatically "learns" the
changed condition gradually during
driving. This can become apparent due
to brief opening and closing of the
clutch.
1 High beams
(blue indicator lamp)
2 Headlamp flasher (blue indicator
lamp)
3 Turn signal indicator (green indicator
accompanied by periodic clicking
sound from the relay).
To signal briefly
Press the lever up to but not beyond
the resistance point. It then returns to
the center position when released.
If the flashing indicator lamp and
the clicking from the relay are
both faster than normal, one of the turn
signal indicators has failed.<
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Washer/Wiper system/Rain sensor*
Normal wiper speed
The rain sensor is positioned on the
windshield, directly ahead of the interior rearview mirror.
When the vehicle is stationary, the
wipers switch automatically to intermittent wipe (not on vehicles with rain
sensor).
3 Fast wiper speed
4 Brief wipe
5 Rotary dial for control of the wipe
interval or the sensitivity of the rain
sensor*
Intermittent operation
(not on vehicles with rain sensor)
Controls
When the vehicle is stationary, the
wipers operate at normal speed (not on
vehicles with rain sensor).
Maintenance
2 Normal wiper speed
Fast wiper speed
To adjust the sensitivity of the rain
sensor: turn rotary dial 5.
To deactivate the rain sensor: put lever
in position 0.
Repairs
1 Intermittent operation or rain sensor
> From ignition key position 1 and up,
move the lever to position 1. The
wipers travel once across the windshield, regardless of the weather
> You can leave the lever permanently
in position 1. It is then only necessary
to activate the rain sensor from ignition key position 1 and up. Activate
by briefly turning rotary dial 5.
Overview
Rain sensor
To activate the rain sensor:
0 Wipers retracted
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Deactivate the rain sensor when
passing through an automatic car
wash. Failure to do so could result in
damage caused by undesired wiper
activation.<
Index
Data
You can set the wipe interval at four
stages with rotary dial 5. In addition, the
wipe interval is varied automatically
depending on road speed.
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72nWasher/Wiper
system/Rain sensor*
Do not use the washers if there
is any danger that the fluid will
freeze on the windshield. If you do so,
your vision could be obscured. For this
reason, use an antifreeze agent, refer to
page 115.
Do not use the washers when the reservoir is empty. This could cause damage
to the washer pump.<
Clean the headlamps*
0 Wipers retracted
1 Cleaning windshield
Cleaning windshield
The system sprays washer fluid against
the windshield and activates the wipers
for a brief period.
When the vehicle's lighting system is
switched on, the headlamps will also be
cleaned every fifth time the automatic
windshield washer is activated.
Windshield washer jets
The windshield washer jets are warmed
automatically when the ignition key is in
position 2.
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Cruise control
From ignition key position 2:
Press the button and the indicator lamp
in the instrument cluster (refer to
page 20) will come on. You can now
use the cruise control.
Do not use cruise control on
twisting roads, when high traffic
density prevents driving at a constant
speed, when the road surface is slick
(snow, rain, ice), or when the road
surface is loose (rocks, sand).<
To deactivate the system
Press button as often as you need to
until the indicator lamp in the instrument cluster goes out.
Press button (+) briefly.
The system stores and maintains the
current vehicle speed. Every time you
tap the button, the speed increases by
0.6 mph (1 km/h).
Press and hold button (+).
The vehicle accelerates without pressure on the accelerator pedal. When
you release the button, the system
stores and maintains the current speed.
If, on a downhill gradient, the
engine braking effect is not sufficient, the controlled speed may be
exceeded. Speed can drop on uphill
grades if the engine output is insufficient.<
Controls
You can use cruise control, whenever
the system is active while the engine is
running.
To store and maintain speed
or to accelerate
Maintenance
To activate the system
Repairs
Starting at about 20 mph (30 km/h), you
can maintain and store any vehicle
speed that you specify.
Overview
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Cruise control is also deactivated when
the ignition key is in position 0.
Index
Data
The speed stored in memory is deleted.
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control
To decelerate
To interrupt the cruise control
Recall the stored speed
Press button (–) briefly:
When cruise control is active, every tap
of the button reduces the speed by
approx. 0.6 mph (1 km/h).
When the system is activated, press the
button. The indicator lamp stays on.
You can use the cruise control again
whenever you want by calling up the
speed that was stored last.
Press button:
The vehicle accelerates to and maintains the last speed stored.
Press and hold button (–):
With the cruise control active, the
system automatically reduces the
throttle opening to slow the vehicle.
When you release the button, the
system stores and maintains the
current speed.
In addition, cruise control is interrupted
automatically:
> If the brakes are applied
> When pressing down the clutch pedal
> If you exceed or fall below the
programmed speed for an extended
period (by depressing the accelerator, for example)
> Sequential M gearbox* SMG II, refer
to page 64: when shifting in the
sequential mode.
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Tachometer
Engine oil temperature
1 Odometer
Variable pre-warning zone
2 Trip odometer
The yellow pre-warning zone displays
current permissible engine speeds,
depending on the engine temperature.
As the engine temperature climbs,
some of the sectors for this pre-warning
zones will go out one after the other.
The general operating temperature is
between 1757 (806) and 2507
(1206). During performance-oriented
driving, do not exceed the maximum
temperature of 300 7 (150 6).
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Trip odometer
To reset the trip odometer to zero,
press the button (arrow) with the ignition key in position 1 or higher.
Repairs
Avoid engine speeds in the early
warning zone if possible.
Never allow the engine to operate with
the needle in the red overspeed zone of
the gauge.
To protect the engine, the fuel supply is
interrupted when you approach this
sector.
Data
You can activate the displays shown in
the illustration with the ignition key in
position 0 by pressing the button in the
instrument cluster (arrow).
Index
Odometer
Maintenance
Controls
Overview
Odometer
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gauge
Temperature gauge
Service Interval Display
Once the indicator lamp stays on
continuously, there are still approx.
2 gallons (8 liters) of fuel in the fuel
tank.
Blue
Remaining distance for service
The engine is still cold. Drive at
moderate engine and vehicle speeds.
Fuel tank capacity:
approx. 16.6 gal. (63 liters).
Red
The displays shown in the illustration
appear for a few seconds when the
ignition key is in position 1 or after the
engine is started.
If the tilt of the vehicle varies (when you
are driving in mountainous areas, for
example), the needle may fluctuate
slightly.
Please refuel early, since driving
to the last drop of fuel can result in
damage to the engine and/or catalytic
converter.<
When you switch on the ignition, the
indicator lamp lights up briefly as an
operation check.
When you switch on the ignition, the
warning lamp comes on briefly to
confirm that the system is operational.
If the lamp comes on while operating
the vehicle, the engine has overheated.
Switch off the engine immediately and
allow it to cool down.
Checking coolant level: refer to
page 118.
Between the blue and red zones
Normal operating range. The needle
may rise as far as the edge of the red
sector in normal operation.
The next service due appears with the
message OILSERVICE or INSPECTION,
together with the distance remaining
before the next scheduled service.
The computer bases its calculations of
the remaining distance on the
preceding driving style.
A flashing message and a "–" in front of
the number mean that the service
interval has already been exceeded by
the distance shown on the display.
Please contact your BMW center for an
appointment.
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Check Control
Clock
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Overview
If you wish to have a permanent time
display, you can make this adjustment
in the car radio* display (refer to the
Radio Owner's Manual).
From ignition key position 1 the time of
day appears in the display.
1 Inspect the low-beam and high-beam
headlamps, as well as the parking
lamps
To set back: turn the button to the left.
The adjustment speed will increase the
longer you continue to hold the button.
2 Door open
To change the display mode: press the
knob briefly. Every time you press the
knob, the clock display alternates
between the 12-hour or 24-hour mode.
4 Check brake and tail lamps
After completion of a trip and upon
opening the driver's door, an acoustic
signal will sound yet not be displayed,
as a reminder that the low-beam headlamps have not been turned off.
In ignition key position 0: the time is
displayed for a few seconds after you
press the left button (refer to
"Odometer" on page 75).
Index
3 Luggage compartment lid open
To set ahead: turn the button to the
right.
Repairs
Adjustments
The following information or conditions
are displayed from ignition key
position 2 on, until the cause has been
corrected:
Data
Display
Maintenance
Controls
You can set the time of day, and the
display for the car radio*, as follows.
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Ice warning
If the outside temperature drops to
about 37.5 7 (+3 6), then the
computer will automatically switch to
show the outside temperature. In addition, a signal sounds as a warning and
the display flashes for a brief period.
Mode selection
Outside temperature
With the ignition key in position 1 and
higher, you can use the button in the
turn signal lever to retrieve information
from the computer for display in the
instrument cluster. By pressing the
button briefly in the direction of the
steering column, you can call up a new
function for display.
You can change the units of measure
(6/7) for the outside temperature
display by pressing the right-hand reset
button in the instrument cluster while
the temperature display is active.
The ice warning does not alter the
fact that surface ice can form at
temperatures above 37.5 7 (+3 6), on
bridges or shaded road surfaces, for
instance.<
The displays appear in the following
order:
Time of day, outside temperature,
average fuel consumption, cruising
range, average vehicle speed.
Starting with ignition key position 1, the
last active setting is displayed.
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Computer
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Cruising range
Overview
The computer bases its calculations of
the cruising range on the preceding
driving style.
Average speed
Maintenance
Repairs
Data
If you continue to hold the button on the
turn signal lever, the average fuel
consumption last displayed is recalculated from that point.
Any time spent when the vehicle is
stationary and the engine is shut off is
ignored for the calculation.
Index
Average fuel consumption
Controls
If you continue to hold the button on the
turn signal lever, the average fuel
consumption last displayed for that
speed is recalculated from that point in
time.
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80nPark
Distance Control (PDC)*
The concept
Acoustic signals
The PDC assists you when you back
into a parking space. A signal warns
you of the distance to an obstacle. To
do this, four ultrasonic sensors in the
rear bumper measure the distance to
the nearest object. The range for the
sensors located at both rear corners
ends approx. 2 ft (60 cm) behind the
bumpers. The range for the two middle
sensors is slightly less than 4.9 ft
(1.50 m).
The distance to the nearest object is
indicated by a tone sounding at various
intervals. As the distance between
vehicle and object decreases, the intervals between the tones become
shorter. A continuous tone indicates the
presence of an object less than 1 ft
(30 cm) away.
The system is activated automatically
about one second after you engage
reverse with the ignition key in position
2. PDC is deactivated when you shift
back out of reverse.
The warning signal is canceled after
approx. three seconds if the distance to
the obstacle remains constant during
this time (if you are moving parallel to a
wall, for instance).
System malfunctions will be indicated
by a continuous high-pitched tone
when the system is activated the first
time. Please have your BMW center
resolve the problem.
The PDC does not remove the
driver's personal responsibility
for evaluating the distance between the
vehicle and any obstacles. Even when
sensors are involved, there is a blind
spot in which objects cannot be
detected. This applies especially in
those cases where the system
approaches the physical limits of ultrasonic measurement, as occurs with
e. g. tow bars and trailer couplings, and
in the vicinity of thin and wedge-shaped
objects.
Certain sources of sound, such as a
loud radio, could drown the PDC signal
tone.<
Keep the sensors clean and free
of ice or snow in order to ensure
that they will continue to operate effectively.
Do not apply high pressure spray to the
sensors for a prolonged period of time.
Always maintain a distance of more
than 4 in (10 cm).<
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Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
> Indicator lamp flashes: the system is
active and is controlling the drive
torque based on driving conditions
> If the indicator lamp fails to go out
after the engine has been started, or
if it comes on during normal driving
and stays on: the system has been
deactivated via the button or is
defective. You can continue to drive
the vehicle normally, but without
DSC. Please consult your BMW
center for repairs.
Overview
Controls
The indicator lamp in the instrument cluster will go out shortly
after the ignition has been
switched on, refer to page 18.
Maintenance
The system starts up automatically
each time you start the engine.
Indicator lamp
Repairs
The system optimizes vehicle stability
during acceleration and when starting
from a full stop, as well as optimizing
traction. In addition, it also recognizes
unstable driving conditions such as
under- or oversteering on curves, and
keeps the vehicle on a steady course
by using the engine and brake system
to intervene at the different wheels,
doing only what it can within the laws of
physics, of course.
The laws of physics cannot be
repealed, even with DSC. The
results of driving irresponsibly rest with
the driver. We therefore urge you to
avoid using the additional safety margin
of the system as an excuse for taking
risks. Do not make any modifications to
the DSC system. Allow only authorized
technicians to perform service procedures on the DSC.<
Data
DSC maintains vehicle stability, even in
critical driving situations.
Index
The concept
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82nDynamic
Stability Control (DSC)
To reactivate the system
The concept
Press the button again; the indicator
lamp goes out.
The Flat Tire Monitor keeps track of the
inflation pressures in your tires as you
drive. The system detects whenever the
inflation pressure in a tire drops off
significantly.
Dynamic Brake Control (DBC)
DBC is an integral component of the
DSC system.
To deactivate the system
Press the button; the indicator lamp
comes on and stays on.
The vehicle does not execute the
stability-enhancement and tractioncontrol functions when DSC is deactivated.
We recommend that you deactivate the
system for increased traction:
Flat Tire Monitor
Controlling the tire pressure is based
on monitoring the rpms that the tires
If you apply the brakes rapidly, this
have relative to each other. A flat tire is
system automatically generates
maximum braking force boost and thus detected and reported because the
rpms suddenly deviate drastically from
helps to achieve the shortest possible
braking distance in "panic braking" situ- one another.
ations. All of the benefits of the ABS
system are exploited under these
circumstances.
Do not reduce the pressure on the
brake pedal for the duration of the
brake application. When the brake
pedal is released, the DBC is deactivated.
> when rocking the vehicle or starting
off in deep snow or on loose surfaces
> or when driving with snow chains.
To maintain vehicle stability,
always drive with the system
switched on whenever possible.<
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Flat Tire Monitor
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1. Check the tire inflation pressure in all
the tires, comparing them with the
inflation pressure table (page 25),
and adjusting their pressure if necessary
2. Turn the ignition key to position 2
Controls
To deactivate the system: tap the
button, the indicator lamp will light up
yellow.
Maintenance
The system is automatically activated in
ignition key position 2 and consequently is on whenever the vehicle is
operated.
Repairs
Repeat this process after any changes
in tire inflation pressure, tire rotation or
replacement.
Activating/deactivating the
system
To activate the system: tap the button
again; the indicator lamp goes out.
Deactivate the system when snow
chains are mounted, since false warnings and undetected losses in pressure
are possible under these kinds of
conditions.
Data
Initializing is necessary to familiarize the
system with the correct inflation pressure.
Index
Initializing the system
Overview
3. Press button as long as you need to
until the indicator lamp in the instrument cluster lights up. After a little
while, the indicator lamp will go out
by itself
4. After a few minutes, the Flat Tire
Monitor will accept the current inflation pressure as the value to be
measured against, and from that
point on, can detect and report a flat
tire.
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84nFlat
Tire Monitor
Flat tire
The indicator lamp in the instrument cluster will light up red in
the event of a flat tire with
ensuing loss in pressure. In addition, an
acoustic signal is sounded. To come to
an immediate stop, reduce speed, while
avoiding any sudden, jerky braking or
steering maneuvers.
Fix the flat tire using the M Mobility
system (refer to page 132).
Resetting the indicator lamp: the red
indicator lamp has to be switched off
manually after putting on a new wheel.
At this point, hold the Flat Tire Monitor
button down until the indicator lamp
goes out. Reinitialize the system afterward.
The Flat Tire Monitor cannot alert
you to severe and sudden tire
damage caused by external factors.
Another factor which the Flat Tire
Monitor does not recognize is the
balanced and very gradual pressure
loss that takes place in all tires over an
extended period of time.<
M Engine dynamics control
Check the tire inflation pressure
on a regular basis and correct if
necessary, refer to page 24.
Under certain circumstances, there
may be false warnings or a delayed
detection of losses in pressure when
driving on snow-covered or slippery
road surfaces.
Performance-oriented driving (slip at
the drive wheels, high levels of lateral
acceleration) can also delay the
appearance of status reports in the Flat
Tire Monitor's display panel.<
System malfunction
As long as there is still a malfunction,
the indicator lamp in the instrument
cluster will stay lit up yellow.
Please contact your BMW center for
additional information.
The system (Sport mode identification)
will cause the engine to respond spontaneously to the motion of the accelerator pedal.
Activating/deactivating
sport-mode identification
Activating: with the key in ignition key
position 2, press the sport button. The
indicator lamp will light up.
The vehicle may gain speed
without any additional pressure on
the accelerator pedal when the system
is activated.<
Deactivating: press the sport button
again; the indicator lamp will go out.
The sport mode is deactivated every
time the engine is started.
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Parking lamps/Low beams
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Low beams
When you switch the ignition off
with the low beam headlamps
on, only the parking lamps will
remain on.
Daytime driving lamps*
The headlamps are automatically
switched on for daytime driving at
ignition key position 2.
Automatic headlight control
cannot serve as a substitute for
the personal judgement in determining
when the lamps should be switched on.
The sensors cannot, for example
"recognize" fog. In such situations
switch on the lamp manually, as otherwise a safety hazard will result.<
You can have the sensitivity of
your vehicle's automatic headlight control adjusted.<
Overview
Controls
Maintenance
With the switch in this position,
the front, rear and side vehicle
lighting comes on. You can use
the parking lamps for parking. For
lighting on one side for parking as an
additional feature, refer to page 86.
The vehicle's external lamps
remain on constantly when you
switch on the front fog lamps after the
headlamps have come on automatically.<
Repairs
Parking lamps
Whenever you open the driver's door,
after having turned the ignition key to
position 0, you will hear an acoustic
signal for a few seconds to remind you
that the lamps have not been switched
off.
When the switch is set to this
position the system automatically switches the low beams on
and off in response to changes in
ambient light (in tunnels, at dusk, etc.)
as well as rain and snow.
Data
"LIGHTS ON" warning
Automatic headlight control*
Index
"Follow me home" lamps:
When you activate the headlamp
flasher after parking the vehicle and
switching off the lights, the low beams
will come on for a brief period. You may
also have this function deactivated if
you wish.<
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86nInstrument
lighting
Turn the rotary dial to control the
lighting when the parking or low beam
lamps are on.
High beams/Standing lamps Fog lamps
1 High beams (blue indicator lamp)
Front fog lamps
The green indicator lamp in the
instrument cluster lights up to
indicate that the front fog lamps
2 Headlamp flasher (blue indicator
lamp)
3 Standing lamps
Standing lamps, left or right
As an additional feature, you can
illuminate your vehicle on either side
for parking, if you wish to do so:
are on.
If the automatic headlight control
is on, the low beams will come on
automatically whenever you switch on
the fog lamps.<
With the ignition key in position 0, push
the lever in the appropriate direction.
The lever engages in the turn signal
position.
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Interior lamps
Reading lamps
The interior lamps operate automatically.
Front reading lamps*
Rear reading lamps
Switch on and off with the button adjacent to each lamp.
With the hardtop* reading lamps are
also located in the rear. Switch on and
off with the button adjacent to each
lamp.
Switching the interior lamps on
and off
Maintenance
Controls
Overview
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Data
Press the button briefly to revert to
normal operation.
To avoid subjecting the battery to
excessive loads, all of the lamps
within the vehicle are automatically
switched off approx. 15 minutes after
you turn the ignition key to position 0.<
Index
If you want the interior lamps to remain
off all the times, press and hold the
button for approx. 3 seconds.
Repairs
Press the button briefly.
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88nAir
conditioner
1 Air onto the windshield and onto the
side windows
4 Air supply (blower) 89
7 Rear window defroster 89
5 Temperature 89
8 Air conditioner 89
2 Airflow for the upper body 89
6 Air distribution 89
9 Recirculated-air mode 89
3 Front footwell ventilation
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Air conditioner
Recirculated-air mode
With the convertible top closed
or with the hardtop* mounted,
press the button. The indicator lamp
remains on. The rear window defroster
switches off automatically.
You can respond to unpleasant
external odors by temporarily
excluding the supply of outside air. The
system then recirculates the air
currently within the vehicle.
The rear defroster automatically
assumes operation within 5
minutes after the engine is started at
outside temperatures below 40 7
(4 6).<
If the windows fog over in the
recirculated-air mode, switch the
recirculated-air mode off and increase
the air supply as required.<
Temperature
You can direct air to flow onto
the windows
, toward the
upper body
and into the
footwell
. All intermediate
settings are possible. In the
setting,
there is a low flow of air onto the
windows to keep them free of condensation.
Repairs
The air is cooled and dehumidified and – depending on the
temperature setting – rewarmed when
the air conditioner system is switched
on.
Depending on the weather, the windshield may fog over briefly when the
engine is started.
Condensation forms in the air
conditioner system during operation, which then exits under the vehicle.
Traces of condensed water of this kind
are thus normal.<
Data
Air distribution
Air conditioner
Index
In order to increase the
temperature of the passenger
compartment, turn it to the
right (red). Temperature regulation will keep the interior temperature
you have selected constant.
Controls
Rear window defroster
You can select blower speeds
from 1 to 4. The heating and
ventilation become more and
more effective as the air
supply settings are increased. In position 0, the blower and the heater are
switched off. By using position 0, you
can totally block the air supply by
pressing the button for the recirculatedair mode.
Maintenance
Air supply (blower)
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90nAir
conditioner
Microfilter
An microfilter, which traps incoming
dust and pollen, has been installed in
your vehicle. Your BMW center will
replace it during routine maintenance.
A substantial reduction in airflow indicates that the filter needs to be
replaced early.
Draft-free ventilation
You can adjust the blower controls for
the upper body area to select the
optimum airflow rates and directions for
your personal requirements:
1 Rotary dials for opening and closing
the vent outlets through an infinitely
variable range
2 Lever for adjusting airflow direction
To defrost windows and remove
condensation
1. Set the blower speed control for the
airflow rate to position 4
2. Turn the rotary temperature control
completely to the right (red)
3. Rotary control for air distribution in
position
4. Switch on the rear window defroster
to defrost the rear window.
3 With the rotary dial you can adjust the
temperature of the outgoing air.
> Turn toward blue – colder
> Turn toward red – warmer.
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Repairs
Maintenance
Controls
Overview
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2 Airflow toward the upper body 92
7 Automatic air distribution 92
3 Front footwell ventilation
8 Individual air distribution 92
4 Recirculated-air mode/Automatic
recirculated-air control (AUC) 93
9 Interior temperature sensor – please
keep clear and unobstructed
6 Temperature 92
10 Display for temperature and air
supply 92
11 Defrost the windshield and side
windows 92
Data
5 Air supply (blower) 92
12 Air conditioner 93
13 Rear window defroster 93
Index
1 Air onto the windshield and onto the
side windows
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92nAutomatic
climate control*
Tips for pleasant driving
Individual air distribution
Air supply (blower)
Use the automatic system (switch on
AUTO button 7). Select the desired
interior temperature.
You also have the option of individually configuring the air
distribution pattern to suit your
own personal preferences.
While the AUTO program is then deactivated, the automatic airflow control
remains in operation. The system
directs air to the windows
, the upper
body
and into the footwells
. You
can reactivate the automatic air supply
by pressing the AUTO button.
By pressing the left or right side
of the button, you can vary the
air supply. This deactivates the automatic air supply – the AUTO display
disappears from the panel. Nevertheless, the automatic air distribution
remains unchanged. You can reactivate
the automatic air supply by pressing the
AUTO button.
Detailed setting options are described
for you in the following sections.
You can make the settings of your
vehicle in such a manner that,
when you unlock the vehicle with the
remote control of your personal key,
your own personalized setting for the
automatic climate control is initiated.<
Automatic air distribution
The AUTO program assumes
the adjustment of the air distribution and the air supply for you and –
in addition to that – adapts the temperature to external influences (summer,
winter) to meet preferences you can
specify.
Temperature
The displayed temperatures are
reference values for the interior
temperature. We recommend 727
(+226) as a comfortable setting, even
if the air conditioner is on. When you
start the vehicle, the system ensures
that the selected temperature is
reached as quickly as possible. It then
maintains this temperature, regardless
of the season.
When you set the lowest blower speed
by pressing the left half of the button,
all of the displays are canceled: the
blower, heating and air conditioner are
switched off, and the air supply is
stopped. You can reactivate the system
by pressing any button for the automatic climate control.
To defrost windows and remove
condensation
This program quickly removes
ice and condensation from the
windshield and side windows.
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Automatic climate control*
> Indicator lamps off: outside air always
flowing into the vehicle
> Left-hand indicator lamp on – automatic mode: the system detects
pollutants in the outside air and
responds by deactivating the outside
airflow as required. The system then
recirculates the air currently within
the vehicle.
Depending on air quality requirements, the system automatically
switches between outside air supply
and recirculation of the air already
within the vehicle
> Right-hand indicator lamp on: the
flow of outside air is permanently
blocked. The system recirculates the
air already within the vehicle.
With the convertible top closed
or with the hardtop* mounted,
press the button. The indicator lamp
remains on. The rear window defroster
switches off automatically.
The rear window defroster automatically assumes operation
within 5 minutes after the engine is
started at outside temperatures below
40 7 (4 6).<
Overview
Controls
By repeatedly pressing the button, you
can select one of three different operating modes.
Rear window defroster
Maintenance
If there are unpleasant odors or
pollutants in the outside air, you
can temporarily block the airflow from
the outside. The system then recirculates the air currently within the vehicle.
If the windows fog over in the
recirculated-air mode, switch the
recirculated air off and increase the air
supply as required.<
Repairs
Condensation forms in the air
conditioner system during operation, which then exits under the vehicle.
Traces of condensed water of this kind
are thus normal.<
Automatic recirculated-air control
(AUC)
Data
The air is cooled and dehumidified and – depending on the
temperature setting – rewarmed when
the air conditioner system is switched
on.
Depending on the weather, the windshield may fog over briefly when the
engine is started.
Window mist will be reduced by
switching on the air conditioner.
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Air conditioner
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94nAutomatic
climate control*
Microfilter, activated-charcoal
filter
The built-in microfilter removes dust
and pollen from the incoming air. The
activated-charcoal filter provides additional protection by filtering gaseous
pollutants from the outside air. Your
BMW center will replace the combined
filter as a standard part of your scheduled maintenance. A substantial reduction in airflow indicates that the filter
needs to be replaced early.
Draft-free ventilation
You can adjust the blower controls for
the upper body area to select the
optimum airflow rates and directions for
your personal requirements:
1 Rotary dials for opening and closing
the vents at any setting desired
2 Selector lever for airflow direction
3 With the rotary dial you can adjust the
temperature of the outgoing air.
> Turn toward blue – colder
> Turn toward red – warmer.
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Maintenance
Controls
Overview
If you turn over only your door key
for valet parking, for example
(refer to page 28), access to the glove
compartment and the luggage
compartment lid is not possible.<
To open
Pull the handle. The glove compartment
will light up.
To close
Repairs
Fold up cover.
To prevent injury in the event of an
accident, close the glove
compartment immediately after use.<
To lock
Index
Data
Lock with one of the master keys. A
master key can also be used for
unlocking.
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96nStorage
compartments
Cellular phone*
Front center armrest*
Beverage holder, coin box
Hands-free system
To release: press the button (arrow) and
lift upward.
A coin box and two beverage holders
are provided in the center console.
In vehicles with telephone preparation *
the cover for the hands-free microphone is located above the interior
rearview mirror on the driver side.
Other compartments and nets
You will find additional storage areas in
the doors and in the center console
above the ashtray. Storage nets are
located on the backrests of the front
seats.
For further information on the cellular
phone, refer to the Supplementary
Owner's Manual.
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Ashtray, rear
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Cigarette lighter
Tap off the ash and gently press the tip
into the funnel.
Controls
Maintenance
Repairs
Extinguishing cigarettes
Data
Press on the edge of the open cover
(arrow): you can now pull the ashtray
upward for removal.
Hold or touch the hot cigarette
lighter by the knob only. Holding
or touching it in other areas could result
in burns.
The cigarette lighter remains operational when the ignition key has been
removed. For this reason, children
should never be left in the vehicle unat- To empty
tended.<
Press on the edge of the raised cover in
the opening direction (arrow). You can
Cigarette lighter socket
now pull the ashtray upward for
removal.
It can be used for attaching power
supplies for flashlights, car vacuum
cleaners and other similar appliances
up to a rating of approx. 200 watts at
12 volts. Avoid damaging the socket
due to inserting plugs of different
shapes or sizes.
Index
To empty
Overview
Press the lighter 1 in. As soon as the
lighter jumps back out, it can be
removed.
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98nSki
bag*
The ski bag allows the safe and clean
transport of up to 3 pairs of standard
skis or up to two snowboards.
The length of the ski bag and the additional space provided in the luggage
compartment make it possible to carry
skis up to 6.8 ft long (2.10 meters).
Because of the tapered shape of the
bag, the ski bag can only accommodate
two pairs of skis up to 6.8 ft long
(2.10 meters).
Loading
1. Release the safety belts from their
holders
2. Press lever downward (arrow) and
remove the center piece by pulling it
forward
3. Extend the ski bag between the front
seats. The zipper provides convenient access to stored items. It may
be opened to allow the ski bag to dry
4. Press the release button in the
luggage compartment (arrow)
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Ski bag*
Storing the ski bag
Secure the bag's contents by
tightening down the retaining
strap at the buckle.<
To store the ski bag, perform the above
steps in reverse sequence.
When reattaching the center
piece, guide both bars into the
guide and press the center piece back
into place. Secure the safety belts in
their holders again.<
Data
Please be sure that the skis are clean
before loading them into the bag. Be
careful to avoid damage from sharp
edges.
Repairs
Securing the load
Index
5. Secure the cover panel with the
magnetic retainer on the rear wall
and pull out the ski bag.
Maintenance
Controls
Overview
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100nCargo
loading
Always position and secure the
load correctly. If you do not, it can
endanger the passengers during
braking or evasive maneuvers.
Do not exceed the permissible gross
weight and the permissible axle loads
(refer to page 146), otherwise the
vehicle's operating safety is no longer
assured and you are in violation of the
law.
Do not stow heavy or hard objects in
the passenger compartment without
first securing them. Otherwise they
would be thrown around during braking
and evasive maneuvers and endanger
the occupants.<
Stowing cargo
When transporting cargo in your BMW:
> Load heavy cargo as far forward as
possible – directly behind the backrests or the luggage compartment
partition – and as low as possible
> Cover sharp edges and corners.
You can enlarge the luggage
compartment when the convertible top is closed, refer to page 37. To
do this you have to fold the convertible
top compartment panel up.
We recommend that you always fold
the convertible top compartment panel
down as soon as you have removed
your cargo from the luggage compartment. This way, you can be sure that
you can always operate you convertible
top at any time.
Conversely, when the convertible top is
closed, raise the convertible top
compartment panel before stowing
your cargo in the luggage compartment
to avoid any damage to the convertible
top compartment or your load.<
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Make sure that the load is not too bulky,
and attempt to distribute it evenly.
Always load the heaviest pieces first (on
the bottom). Make sure that no objects
get in the way when the luggage
compartment lid is opening or closing.
Securing the cargo in the luggage A special luggage system is available
compartment
as an option for your BMW. Please
> Secure small, light items with a
luggage compartment net* or elastic
straps, refer to page 35
> For large, heavy pieces, see your
BMW center for load-securing
devices*. Lashing eyes (arrow) are
provided at the corners of the
luggage compartment for attaching
these load-securing devices.
observe the precautions included with
the installation instructions.
Comply with the information enclosed
with the load-securing devices.
Loading and driving notes
Mounting points
Access to the mounting points:
To fold up the cover (arrow), please use
the tool which is provided with the
luggage system.
When carrying cargo on the roof,
always ensure that it is properly
secured. Loose cargo can shift and
even fly off, posing a serious hazard to
other road users.<
Drive smoothly and avoid sudden
acceleration or braking. Do not corner
at high speeds.
Index
Data
Because roof racks raise the center of
gravity of the vehicle when loaded, they
exercise a major effect on its handling
and steering response.
When loading, be sure to remember not
to exceed the approved roof weight or
the approved gross vehicle weight or
Controls
the axle loads. You will find the specifications under "Technical Data" on
page 146.
Overview
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Maintenance
Roof-mounted luggage rack for the hardtop*
Repairs
Cargo loading
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Overview
Overview
Operation, maintenance
Maintenance
Controls
Controls and features
Repairs
Owner service procedures
Data
Technical data
Index
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procedures
To ensure that your vehicle provides
maximum economy throughout a long
service life, we request that you
observe the following suggestions.
Because of its engineering design,
the BMW M3 convertible is an
especially high-quality vehicle. It is in
your best interest to follow the break-in
tips very closely. Doing this, you will
create the basis for a long, optimum
service life.<
Engine and differential
> Up to 1,200 miles (2,000 km): drive at
varying engine and road speeds, but
do not exceed the following engine or
road speeds:
5,500 rpm or 105 mph (170 km/h)
Obey your local and state maximum
speed limits.
Do not depress the accelerator pedal to
the full-throttle position.
Vehicles with SMG II* (refer to
page 64): refrain from using driving
program 6 in the sequential mode
during the break-in period.
> Following the break-in inspection at
1,200 miles (2,000 km), you can
gradually increase engine or road
speeds.
Follow the same break-in procedure if
either the engine or the differential is
replaced in the future.
Tires
Due to technical factors associated
with their manufacture, tires do not
achieve their full traction potential until
an initial break-in period has elapsed.
Thus drive with extra care during the
initial 200 miles (300 km).
Obey your local and state maximum
speed limits.
When the vehicle is operated on
wet or slushy roads, a wedge of
water may form between the tire and
the road surface. This phenomenon is
referred to as aquaplaning, or hydroplaning, and can lead to partial or
complete loss of traction, vehicle
control and braking effectiveness.
Reduce your speed on wet roads.<
Brake system
Approx. 300 miles (500 km) must elapse
before the brake pads and rotors
achieve the optimal pad-surface and
wear patterns required for trouble-free
operation and long service life later on.
To break-in the separate parking brake
drums, apply the parking brake lightly
when coasting to a standstill (at a traffic
signal, for instance), provided that
traffic conditions permit to do so.
To avoid corrosion, repeat this procedure from time to time.
The brake lamps do not come on
when the parking brake is
engaged.
Vacuum for the brake system servo unit
on your BMW is available only when the
engine is running. When you move the
vehicle with the engine off – when
towing, for example – substantially
higher levels of pedal force will be
required to brake the vehicle.<
Clutch
The clutch will also begin to function
optimally after about 300 miles
(500 km). Drive cautiously during this
break-in period and do not press the
clutch or shift at high engine speeds.
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Antilock Brake System
Brake system
Brakes: do not rest your foot on
the brake pedal while driving.
Even light but consistent pedal pressure can lead to high temperatures,
brake wear and possibly even brake
failure.
Aquaplaning: 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
phenomenon is referred to as aquaplaning, or hydroplaning, and can lead
to partial or complete loss of traction,
vehicle control and braking effectiveness.
Driving through water: do not drive
through water on the road if it is deeper
than 1 foot (30 cm), and then only at
walking speed. Otherwise the vehicle
can sustain damage to the engine, the
electrical systems and the transmission.<
The concept
Brake fluid level
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The Antilock Brake System (ABS) keeps Low brake fluid level in the reservoir
the wheels from locking while braking,
combined with longer than usual pedal
thereby enhancing active driving safety. travel may indicate a defect in one of
the brake system's hydraulic circuits.
Overview
Driving notes
Proceed to the nearest BMW
center. Higher brake application
pressure may be necessary when stopping, and the vehicle may exhibit a
slight tendency to pull to one side.
Brake distances may even be longer.
Please remember to adapt your driving
style accordingly.<
Repairs
Pulsation at the brake pedal combines
with sounds from the hydraulic circuits
to indicate to the driver that ABS is in
its active mode.
Maintenance
If you are in a situation that requires full
braking, you will exploit the full benefits
of the ABS system if you apply
maximum brake pressure ("panic
stop"). Since the vehicle maintains
steering responsiveness, you can
nevertheless avoid possible obstacles
with a minimum of steering effort.
Controls
Braking with ABS
Cornering Brake Control (CBC)
Index
Data
CBC is an advanced engineering
design of the ABS. When braking while
cornering at high speed or braking
during high lateral acceleration, or
when braking during a lane change,
vehicle stability is improved and
steering response is enhanced.
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system
Disc brakes
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 of the
rotors and accumulation of contamination on the brake pads. This occurs
because the minimal pressure that must
be exerted by the pads to clean the
rotors by brake applications is not
reached.
Corrosion on brake rotors is signaled by
a running or pulsation during braking;
even extended subsequent braking will
not cure this phenomenon.
It is a good idea to periodically dry the
brakes with a gentle application when
driving in rain and on wet roads. Watch
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 your brake system will
respond with undiminished efficiency
when you need it.
Hardtop*
Extended or steep mountain descents
should be driven in the gear in which
only minimal periodic brake applications are required. This helps avoid
placing excessive loads on the brake
system. Stay within the allowable
engine speed range. For further information, refer to page 75.
Do not coast with the clutch
depressed or with the gearshift
lever in idle position. Do not coast with
the engine shut off. If you do so the
engine provides no braking effect and
there is no power assist for braking or
steering when the engine is not
running.<
Brake pads
For your own safety: use only
brake pads which BMW has
approved for your specific vehicle
model. BMW cannot evaluate nonapproved brake pads to determine if
they are suited for use, and therefore
cannot ensure the operating safety of
the vehicle if they are installed.<
It is not necessary to remove the fabric
top even in the winter, when the
hardtop is generally in constant use.
But you can also remove it at any time
with no problem. Before the fabric top
is stored in the convertible top
compartment, it must be absolutely dry
in order to avoid water spot and mildew
from forming.
The hardtop offers reading lamps and
clothing hooks that can be used just by
pressing. In addition, a roof-rack
assembly is possible. In this regard,
please contact your BMW center.
When suspending articles of
clothing from the hooks, be sure
that they will not obstruct the driver's
vision. Do not hang heavy objects on
the hooks. If you do so, they could
cause personal injury during braking or
evasive maneuvers.<
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Hardtop*
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1. Lower the side windows completely
and flip the sun visors down. If
necessary, remove the antenna rod
to avoid any damage
2. Open the convertible top compartment lid slightly by pressing the
button for the convertible top operation, refer to page 41
3. Remove the trim pieces on both
sides by pulling them off toward the
back (arrow), and reclose the
convertible top compartment lid
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Installation
Storing the hardtop on the floor:
Shove the styrofoam block that
came with the hardtop forward to its
center. The arrow on top of the styrofoam block has to be pointing upward
when you are doing this.<
Index
Data
Storage
Maintenance
Controls
Overview
Two people are required for installation
or removal. Work with extreme caution
in order to avoid paint damage and
damage to the body or hardtop.
To facilitate hardtop installation or
removal, you can obtain a specially
designed hardtop lift* or hardtop rack*
at your BMW center.
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Lift the hardtop carefully. Be
extremely careful not to shift the
seals. Seals that have been shifted out
of place or actually pulled out cause
leaks.<
4. Open both front locking levers on the
hardtop by pressing the buttons
(arrow). The levers will release
slightly. Raise the levers as far as the
stop will allow
5. Before installing, first flip the cover
panels that are located underneath
the left and right interior lamps down.
To do this, press on the slight bump
on the cover panel. There is a holder
in the cover panel to securely store
the trim pieces 1 that have been
removed
6. Open the red release lever as far as
the stop will allow 2
7. Position the hardtop onto the
supports with the help of a second
person. Be sure to put the mountings
exactly into the proper brackets
8. In the back, close the red locking
levers by turning to the inside as far
as the stop located behind the trim
will allow. Flip the cover panels back
into place
9. To lock the hardtop in the front, keep
pressing on the front locking levers
until you hear it engage.
Removal
Follow the same procedure as when
installing, just reverse the steps.
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Incorrect inflation pressure is a frequent
cause of tire damage. It also significantly influences the roadholding ability
of your BMW.
Check tire inflation pressures on a
regular basis (refer to page 24), at
least every two weeks and before every
long trip. If this is not done, incorrect
tire pressures can cause driving instability and tire damage, ultimately
resulting in accidents.<
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Overview
Controls
Do not drive on a deflated (flat) tire.
A flat tire greatly impairs steering
and braking response, and can lead to
complete loss of control over the
vehicle.
Avoid overloading the vehicle so that the
permitted load on the tires is not
exceeded. Overloading can lead to
overheating and increases the rate at
which damage develops inside the tires.
Tire tread – tire damage
You could have a blowout as a result.
Inspect your tires frequently for tread
Unusual vibrations encountered during
wear, signs of damage and for foreign
normal vehicle operation can indicate
objects lodged in the tread. Check the
tire failure or some other vehicle defect.
tread depth.
The type of problem can be caused by
Tread depth should not be allowed to go contact with curbs, etc. This is also true
below 0.12 in (3 mm), even though the
for irregularities in the vehicle's handling
legally specified minimum tread depth is characteristics, such as a pronounced
only 0.063 in (1.6 mm). Tread wear indi- tendency to pull to the left or right.
cators (arrow) are embedded in the base Should this occur, respond by immediof the tire's tread. Their locations are
ately reducing your speed. Proceed
indicated by the legend "TWI" – Tread
carefully to the nearest BMW center or
Wear Indicator – at various points on the professional tire center, or have the
tire's shoulder. When the tread reaches a vehicle towed in to have it and its wheels
depth of 0.063 in (1.6 mm), these indica- and tires inspected.
tors appear to signal that the tires have Tire damage (up to and including blowworn to the minimum legal level. Below outs) can endanger the lives of both the
0.12 in (3 mm) tread depth, there is an
vehicle occupants and other road
increased risk of aquaplaning, even at
users.<
Maintenance
It is not merely the tire's service life, but
also driving comfort and – above all else
– driving safety that depend on the
condition of the tires and the maintenance of the specified tire pressure.
relatively moderate speeds and with only
small amounts of water on the road.
Repairs
The factory-approved radial tires are
matched to the vehicle and have been
selected to provide optimum safety and
driving comfort on your vehicle.
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Data
Information for your safety
Tire condition
Index
Tire inflation pressure
110nTire
replacement
DOT Quality Grades
Traction
Treadwear
Traction AA A B C
Temperature A B C
The traction grades, from highest to
lowest, are AA, A, B, and C.
Those grades represent the tire's ability
to stop on wet pavement as measured
under controlled conditions on specified government test surfaces of
asphalt and concrete. A tire marked C
may have poor traction performance.
All passenger vehicle tires must
conform to Federal Safety
Requirements in addition to these
grades.<
Treadwear
The treadwear grade is a comparative
rating based on the wear rate of the tire
when tested under controlled conditions on a specified government test
course.
For example, a tire graded 150 would
wear one and one-half (1 g) times as
well on the government course as a tire
graded 100. The relative performance
of tires depends upon the actual conditions of their use, however, and may
depart significantly from the norm due
to variations in driving habits, service
practices and differences in road characteristics and climate.
The traction grade assigned to
this tire is based on straightahead braking traction tests, and does
not include acceleration, cornering,
hydroplaning, or peak traction characteristics.<
Temperature
The temperature grades are A (the
highest), B, and C, representing the
tire's resistance to the generation of
heat and its ability to dissipate heat
when tested under controlled conditions on a specified indoor laboratory
test wheel.
Sustained high temperature can cause
the material of the tire to degenerate
and reduce tire life, and excessive
temperature can lead to sudden tire
failure. The grade C corresponds to a
level of performance which all
passenger vehicle tires must meet
under the 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.
The temperature grade for this tire
is established for a tire that is
properly inflated and not overloaded.
Excessive speed, under-inflation, or
excessive loading, either separately or
in combination, can cause heat buildup
and possible tire failure.<
Uniform Tire Quality Grading
Quality grades can be found where
applicable on the tire sidewall between
tread shoulder and maximum section
width. For example:
Treadwear 200 Traction AA
Temperature A
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The right choice
BMW recommends the replacing of all
tires after 6 years at the latest, even if a
tire life of 10 years is possible.
Never mount wheels and tires that
have not been specifically
approved by BMW for use on your
particular model. Although other wheels
and tires may theoretically have the
same dimensions, variations in factors
such as manufacturing tolerances can
result in contact between tire and bodywork, ultimately leading to serious accidents. If non-approved wheels and tires
are used, BMW cannot evaluate their
suitability, and therefore cannot be held
liable for driving safety.<
Storage
Store wheels and tires in a cool, dry
place, protecting them against light
whenever possible. Protect the tires
against contact with oil, grease and
fuel.
The correct wheel and tire combination affects different systems
such as ABS, DSC, Flat Tire Monitor.
The function of these systems is
impaired if improper wheel and tire
combinations are used.
Therefore, only use tires of the same
brand and same tread configuration on
the vehicle and, for example following a
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Following wheel and/or tire changes
you will need to reinitialize both the Flat
Tire Monitor and the sequential M
BMW tests certain tire brands for each
gearbox* SMG II, refer to pages 70, 83.
tire size, classifies them as road-safe
and approves them. Consult your BMW
center for more information. Observe
any country-specific regulations, e.g.
on making a corresponding entry in the
vehicle documents.
Data
Following wheel/tire changes
The use of rims and lug bolts that
do not meet the specifications of
the original factory-installed equipment
will affect the safe operation of your
vehicle and may cause an accident and
personal injury.
Never mix tires of different design, such
as steel-belted radials with radial biasbelted or bias-ply tires, etc. Mixing tire
types will adversely affect roadholding
and can lead to loss of vehicle
control.<
Index
The date on which the tire was manufactured is indicated by the code on the
sidewall:
DOT ... 3501 indicates that the tire was
manufactured in week 35 of the year
2001.
tire failure, restore the approved wheel
and tire combination as soon as
possible.<
Overview
Tire age
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Controls
Wheel and tire combinations
Maintenance
Tire replacement
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112nWinter
tires
Choosing the right tire
BMW recommends winter tires (M+S
radial tires) for driving in adverse winter
road conditions. So-called all-season
tires with the M+S identification mark
do indeed possess better winter traction than summer tires that have the H,
V, W, Y and ZR speed ratings, they
generally fail to provide the same levels
of performance as snow tires.
In the interests of safe tracking and
steering response, install radial tires
made by the same manufacturer and
with the same tread configuration on all
four wheels if you elect to mount winter
tires.
When mounting winter wheels,
observe the different recess on
the front and rear wheels, as otherwise
damage may result.<
*
Snow chains*
Do not exceed specified
maximum speeds
Never exceed the maximum
speed for which the tires are
rated.
Unprofessional attempts by laymen to
service tires can lead to damage and
accidents.
Have this work performed by skilled
professionals only. Your BMW center
will be glad to assist you with both their
expertise and the proper equipment for
your vehicle.<
Tire condition, tire pressure
Once winter tires wear to a tread depth
of less than 0.16 inches (4 mm), their
performance under winter driving
conditions deteriorates noticeably.
Worn tires should therefore be replaced
for safety considerations.
The use of fine-link BMW snow chains
is only permitted in pairs with the winter
tires on the rear wheels. Comply with all
manufacturer's safety precautions
when mounting the chains. Do not
exceed a maximum speed of 30 mph
(50 km/h) with snow chains.
After mounting or removing snow
chains, always reinitialize the sequential
M gearbox* SMG II, refer to page 83.
It is not possible to mount snow
chains on tires with 18- and
19-inch wheels.
Deactivate the Flat Tire Monitor when
using snow chains. Malfunction warnings and undetected losses in pressure
are a possibility when driving with snow
chains.
For further information, refer to
page 82.<
Comply with the specified tire inflation
pressures – and be sure to have the
wheel and tire assemblies balanced
every time you change the tires.
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Hood
Pull the hood downwards and allow the
hood to fall from a minimum height of
12 in (30 cm) so that it audibly engages.
Check for proper locking by pulling on
the hood at the left and right above the
headlamps.
Do not attempt to service your
vehicle if you do not have the
required technical background. Failure
to work in an informed, professional
manner when servicing components
and materials constitutes a safety
hazard for vehicle occupants and other
road users. If you are not familiar with
the guidelines, please have the operations performed by your BMW center.<
To avoid injuries, be sure that the
travel path of the hood is clear
when it is closed, as with all closing
procedures. If it is determined that the
hood is not completely closed while
driving, stop immediately and close it
securely.<
It is not possible to accelerate
from a standing stop using
SMG II* when the hood is open.<
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To close
Pull the release handle and open the
hood.
Data
To open
Pull the lever located under the lefthand side of the instrument panel.
Index
To unlock
Maintenance
Controls
Overview
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114nEngine
compartment essentials
1 Filler neck for windshield and headlamp washer cleaning system 115
2 Coolant expansion tank 118
3 Positive terminal connection (for jump
starting) (positive terminal) 137
4 Engine oil filler neck 116
6 Engine oil dipstick 116
5 Expansion tank for SMG* hydraulic
unit (checking and possible refilling
by your BMW center) 64
7 Filler neck for brake fluid 119
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Washer fluids
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Maintenance
Controls
Overview
Antifreeze agent for the washer
systems is inflammable. For this
reason, keep it away from sources of
flame and store it only in its original
containers. Store it so that it is inaccessible to children. Comply with the
instructions on the containers.<
Headlamp* and windshield
washer system
Approximate capacity is 5.6 US quarts
(5.3 liters).
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Fill with water and – if required – with a
washer antifreeze (according to manufacturer's recommendations).
Index
Data
We recommend that you mix the
washer fluid before adding it to
the reservoir.<
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oil
As with fuel economy, oil consumption
is directly influenced by your driving
style and vehicle operating conditions.
The oil volume between the two marks
on the dipstick corresponds to approx.
1.4 US quarts (1.3 liter).
Checking oil level
Adding engine oil
1. Park the vehicle on a level surface
2. With the engine warmed to its normal
operating temperature, allow it to idle
for at least 15 seconds, then switch
off
3. After approx. 1 minute, pull the
dipstick out and wipe it off with a
clean lint-free cloth, paper towel, or
similar material
4. Carefully push the dipstick all the
way into the guide tube and pull it
out again
5. The oil level should be between the
two marks on the dipstick.
While you should wait until the level has
dropped to just above the lower mark
before adding oil, you should never
allow the oil level to fall below this
mark.
Do not fill beyond the upper mark on
the dipstick. Excess oil will damage the
engine.
Before checking the engine oil level
after topping up, restart the engine and
allow it to run to obtain a correct
display. Then proceed as described
under "Checking engine oil level".
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Engine oil
Comply with the applicable environmental laws regulating the
disposal of used oil.<
Use only oils approved for your vehicle
model.
Maintenance
Ask your BMW center for details
concerning oils that have been
approved. You can also call BMW of
North America at 1-800-831-1117 or
visit this website: www.bmwusa.com
to obtain this information.<
Overview
However, if the vehicle is exposed to
temperatures below –4 7 (–20 6) for
extended periods, please have your
BMW center recommend a suitable oil.
Controls
The oils used by BMW at the factory for
your vehicle model can be used at virtually any ambient temperature.
Alternative oil types
Should it not be possible to purchase
an oil approved by BMW, you can also
use other oils for adding smaller quantities between oil changes as an exception. The following information must be
specified on the package:
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Continuous exposure to used oil
has caused cancer in laboratory
testing. For this reason, thoroughly
wash any areas of skin that come into
contact with oil using soap and water.
Always store oils, grease and similar
materials so that they are inaccessible
to children. Comply with warning labels
and information on containers.<
Low ambient temperatures
The quality of the engine oil is
extremely important for the function
and life of an engine. Based on extensive testing, BMW has approved only
certain types of engine oils.
1. Viscosity
preferred: SAE 10W-60
or as an alternative: SAE 5W-40 or
SAE 10W-40
2. Specification
preferred: API SJ/CF
or as an alternative: API SJ (also SK,
SL, S etc.).
Data
Recommendation: have the oil changed
by your BMW center only.
Prescribed engine oil
Index
BMW engines are designed to
operate without oil additives; the
use of additives could lead to damage
in some cases. This is also true for the
manual transmission, the differential,
and the power steering system.<
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Do not add coolant to the cooling
system when the engine is hot. If
you attempt to do so, escaping coolant
can cause burns.
To avoid the possibility of damage later
on, never use anything other than
factory-approved, nitrite and aminofree extended-duty antifreeze with
corrosion inhibitor. Your BMW center is
familiar with the official specifications.
Antifreeze and anti-corrosion agents
are hazardous to health. You should
always store them in their original
containers and in a location inaccessible to children. Extended-duty antifreeze with corrosion inhibitor contains
ethylene glycol, a flammable
substance. For this reason, do not spill
extended-duty antifreeze with corrosion
inhibitor on hot engine parts. It could
catch fire and cause burns.<
3. If necessary, add coolant. If the
coolant is low, slowly add
coolant until the correct level is
reached — do not overfill.
Comply with the applicable environmental laws regulating the
disposal of extended-duty antifreeze
with corrosion inhibitor.<
Check the coolant level and
add coolant
Check the coolant level when the
engine is cold (approx. 68 7 or
+20 6).
1. Open the cap for the expansion tank
by turning it slightly counterclockwise to allow accumulated pressure
to escape. Then open
2. The coolant level is correct when the
upper end of the red float is at least
even with the upper edge of the filler
neck (refer to the arrow in the illustration), but no more than 0.8 in (2 cm)
above it – that is, up to the second
mark on the float (refer also to the
schematic diagram next to the filler
neck)
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Brake fluid
For adding brake fluid or for
determining and correcting the
cause of brake fluid loss, consult your
BMW center. Your BMW center is
familiar with the specifications for
factory-approved brake fluids (DOT 4).
Maintenance
Controls
Overview
Brake fluid is hygroscopic, that is,
it absorbs moisture from the air
over time.
In order to ensure the safety and reliability of the brake system, have the
brake fluid changed every two years by
a BMW center. Refer also to the Service
and Warranty Information Booklet (US
models) or the Warranty and Service
Guide Booklet (Canadian models).
Brake fluid is toxic and damages the
vehicle's paint. You should always store
it in its original container and in a location inaccessible to children.
Do not spill the fluid and do not fill the
brake fluid reservoir beyond the "MAX"
mark. The brake fluid could ignite upon
contact with hot engine parts and
cause serious burns.<
Repairs
If the brake warning lamp
comes on with the parking
brake released: the brake fluid
level is too low.
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Comply with the applicable environmental laws regulating the
disposal of brake fluid.<
Index
Data
Due to loss in brake fluid, pedal travel
can lengthen and braking efficiency
may be reduced. Comply with the information provided on page 105.
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BMW Maintenance System
For example, 62,000 miles
(100,000 km) short-distance driving are
not equal to the same 62,000 miles
(100,000 ) of long-distance travel.
The BMW Maintenance System
includes the Engine Oil Service and
Inspections I and II.
The BMW Maintenance System has
been designed as a reliable means of
providing maximum driving and operating safety – and as cost-effectively as
possible for you.
Please keep in mind that regular maintenance is not only necessary for the
safety of your vehicle, but also plays a
significant role in maintaining the resale
value of the vehicle.
Service Interval Display
While conventional systems rely on
distance traveled alone to determine
when service is due, the BMW Maintenance System has for years considered
the actual conditions under which the
vehicle operates, because miles can be
traveled in many different ways:
Determining the maintenance intervals
according to the actual loads on the
vehicle covers every kind of operating
situation. Those who are outright
"Sunday drivers," driving fewer than
6,000 miles (10,000 km) per year
should, nevertheless have their oil
changed every 2 years at the most, no
matter what the Service Interval Display
indicates, since engine oil breaks down
over time, regardless of use.
Service and Warranty Information
Booklet (US models)/Warranty
and Service Guide Booklet
(Canadian models)
As a precaution against corrosion, it is
advisable to have the body checked for
damage from rocks or gravel at the
same time, depending upon operating
conditions.
Have your vehicle's maintenance
and repairs performed at your
BMW center. Be sure that all maintenance work is confirmed in the Service
and Warranty Information Booklet (US
models), or in the Warranty and Service
Guide Booklet (Canadian models).
These entries are your verification for
the regular maintenance of your vehicle
and are required for the performance of
warranty repairs.<
Storing the vehicle
If the vehicle is to be stored for longer
than three months, please follow the
instructions in the "Caring for your
vehicle" Manual.
For additional information on required
maintenance intervals and procedures,
please refer to the Service and
Warranty Information Booklet (US
models), or the Warranty and Service
Guide Booklet (Canadian models).
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California Proposition 65 Warning
Light-emitting diodes (LEDs)
California laws require us to state the
following warning:
Engine exhaust, some of its
constituents, and certain vehicle
components contain or emit chemicals
known to the State of California to
cause cancer and birth defects or other
reproductive harm.<
Controls
Light-emitting diodes installed behind
translucent lenses serve as the light
source for many of the controls and
displays in your vehicle. The concept
behind their operation is related to that
employed for lasers, and they are officially designated as Class 1 light-emitting diodes.
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Overview
Technical modifications
Index
Data
Repairs
Maintenance
Do not remove the protective lens
and avoid staring directly at the
unfiltered beam for extended periods
(several hours), as inflammation of the
iris could result.<
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interface socket
An illuminated lamp informs you
of the need for service, not of
the need to stop the vehicle.
However, the systems should be
checked by your BMW center at the
earliest possible opportunity.
If the fuel filler cap is not on tight
enough, the OBD system can
detect leaking vapor and the indicator
will light up. If the fuel filler cap is then
tightened, the indicator will usually go
out after a short period of time.<
If the indicator blinks or flashes, this
indicates a high level of engine misfire.
Reduce speed and contact your
nearest BMW center immediately.
Severe engine misfiring over even a
short period of time can seriously
damage emission-control system
The Onboard Diagnostic (OBD) interface socket is located on the left of the components, especially the catalytic
driver's side at the bottom of the instru- converter.
ment panel and under a cover. The
Service Engine Soon warning
cover has the letters "OBD" on it.
lamp for Canadian models.
The purpose of the OBD system is to
assure proper emission-control system
operation for the vehicle's lifetime by
monitoring emission-related components and systems for deterioration and
malfunction.
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Data
Repairs
Maintenance
Controls
Overview
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Overview
Overview
Operation, maintenance
Maintenance
Controls
Controls and features
Repairs
Owner service procedures
Data
Technical data
Index
Index
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126nOnboard
tool kit
Wiper blades
Lamps and bulbs
The lamps and bulbs make essential
contributions to the safety of your
vehicle. Therefore, comply fully with the
following instructions during bulb
replacement. If you are not familiar with
any of the procedures, consult your
BMW center.
The onboard tool kit is located in the
luggage compartment lid.
Loosen the wingnut to open.
Location the tow fitting, refer to page,
138.
1. Rotate the wiper arm completely out
from the windshield
2. Position the wiper blade at an angle
and pull the release spring (arrow)
3. Fold the wiper blade down and
unhook it toward the windshield
4. Pull the wiper blade past the wiper
arm toward the top
5. Insert a new wiper blade and apply
pressure until you hear it engage.
Use only wiper blades which have
been approved by BMW.<
Do not touch the glass portion of
a new bulb with your bare hands
since even small amounts of impurities
burn into the surface and reduce the
service life of the bulb. Use a clean
cloth, paper napkin, or a similar material, or hold the bulb by its metallic
base.<
A replacement bulb set is available from
your BMW center.
Whenever working on the electrical system, switch off the electrical accessory you are working on or
disconnect the cable from the negative
terminal of the battery. Failure to do this
could result in short circuits.
To prevent injuries and damage when
changing a bulb, be sure to comply with
any instructions provided by the bulb
manufacturer.<
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Lamps and bulbs
Parking lamps
5 watt bulb
Please contact a BMW center in case of
a malfunction.
Because of the extremely high
voltages involved, any work on the
lighting system should be carried out by
technically-qualified personnel only.
Otherwise, there is a risk of fatal
injury.<
Overview
Controls
The service life of these bulbs is very
long and the probability of a failure is
very low, provided that they are not
switched on and off an unusual number
of times. If one of these bulbs should
nevertheless fail, it is possible to
continue driving with great caution
using the fog lamps, provided traffic
laws in your area do not prohibit this.
Maintenance
Please contact a BMW center in case of
a malfunction.
Xenon lamps*
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The H7 bulb is pressurized. Therefore, wear safety glasses and
protective gloves. Failure to comply
with this precaution could lead to injury
if the bulb is damaged during replacement.<
When caring for your headlamps please
observe the notes and instructions
contained in the "Care for your vehicle"
Manual.
Data
> Low beams: H7 bulb, 55 watts
> High beams: H7 bulb, 55 watts
Index
Low and high beams
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128nLamps
and bulbs
Turn signal indicator, front
21 watt bulb
1. Using a screwdriver, release the
inner hook through the upper
opening
2. Remove lamp by pulling it out toward
the front
3. Applying light pressure, turn the bulb
to the left. Remove and exchange the
bulb
4. Insert the 2 pins on the lamp into the
guides on the vehicle
5. Push the lamp in. Carefully apply
pressure until you hear it snap into
place.
Side turn signal indicators
5 watt bulb
1. Use finger pressure against the rear
end of the lamp (arrow) to press it
forward for removal
2. Apply gentle pressure to the bulb
while turning it to the left to remove.
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Lamps and bulbs
Tail lamp assembly
HB4 bulb, 51 watt
Tail lamp 4: bulbs 21/4 watt
Remaining bulbs: 21 watt
The bulb is pressurized. Therefore, wear safety glasses and
protective gloves. Failure to comply
with this precaution could lead to injury
if the bulb is damaged during replacement.<
1 Turn signal indicator
yellow
2 Backup lamp
yellow
The illustration shows the right-hand
luggage compartment opening.
3 Tail lamp
red
4 Tail lamp/brake lamp
red
Bulbs in the fender
All of the bulbs are integrated in a
central bulb holder.
1. Release the bulb holder (arrow)
Index
Data
1. Pull out the cover around the headlamp toward the front
2. Loosen the screw (arrow) and swing
the lamp assembly out
3. Release the spring on the back of the
lamp and turn the cover to the left
4. Release the clamp, remove the
contact base and replace the bulb.
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Front fog lamps
Maintenance
Controls
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130nLamps
and bulbs
2. Take out the bulb holder
3. Unplug the power supply receptacle.
Set the bulb holder aside (on the
luggage compartment floor, for
example)
4. Applying light pressure, turn the bulb
to the left. Remove and exchange the
bulb
5. Plug in the power supply receptacle
6. Reattach the bulb holder until you
hear it snap into place (Illustration).
Bulbs in the luggage
compartment lid
1. Using a screwdriver, loosen the clip
2. Fold the trim panel down (arrow 1).
Disengage the bulb holder (arrow 2)
and remove it
3. Applying light pressure, turn the bulb
to the left. Remove and exchange the
bulb
4. Press the bulb holder into position
until you hear it engage
5. Reinstall the trim with the clip.
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Lamps and bulbs
Please contact a BMW center in case of
a malfunction.
1. Place a screwdriver in the slot and
press toward the left (arrow) to
release the lens
2. Replace the bulb.
Repairs
5 watt bulb
Data
License plate lamps
LED strip in luggage compartment lid.
Index
Center (high-mount) brake lamp
Maintenance
Controls
Overview
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132nRepairing
a flat tire
Precautions in case of a flat tire:
Stop the vehicle as far as possible
from passing traffic; switch on the
hazard warning flashers.
Turn the steering wheel to the straightahead position and engage the steering
lock. Shift into 1st or reverse and
engage the parking brake.
All passengers should be outside the
vehicle and well away from your immediate working area (behind a guardrail,
for instance).
If necessary, set up your warning
triangle or portable hazard warning
lamp on the roadside at an appropriate
distance from the rear of the vehicle.
Comply with all safety guidelines and
regulations.<
M Mobility system
You will find an M Mobility system in
your BMW M3 convertible for repairing
flat tires. With this system you can
apply a sealing liquid to the inside of
the tire that seals off the damaged point
and then continue driving.
The M Mobility system makes transporting a spare wheel superfluous,
thereby reducing the amount of weight
you have to carry around.
Using the M Mobility system
To repair a flat tire using the M Mobility
system, proceed as follows:
> Prepare the M Mobility system for
use, refer to the next column
> This is part of the M Mobility system,
refer to page 133
> Filling with sealant, refer to page 133
> Distributing sealant, refer to
page 134
> Inflating tire to correct pressure, refer
to page 135.
Preparing the M Mobility system
for use
The M Mobility system is located in the
luggage compartment under the floor
panel:
1. Lift the floor panel (refer to page 35)
2. Loosen the M Mobility system from
its storage location.
Before you use the M Mobility
system, read the warnings and
danger notices on the device carefully.<
If possible, leave the foreign object in
the tire.
Pull off the sticker 5 (refer to the second
column on the right) for the speed limit
and apply it to the steering wheel.
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Repairing a flat tire
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1 On/Off switch
2 Connection hose with manometer for
connecting the compressor with the
sealant container or to connect the
compressor to the wheel
Filling with sealant
1. Take off the round cover and take out
hose 4. Unscrew the valve dust cap
from the defective wheel and screw
the hose to the valve. Keep the dust
cap in a safe place
Repairs
This is part of the M Mobility
system
Maintenance
Controls
Overview
Please note that the system's
sealant container must be
replaced every three years by your
BMW center if the device is not used.<
3 Manometer for indicating the tire
pressure
4 Connector hose from the sealant
container to the wheel
Data
5 Sticker with speed limit
6 Plug and cable for the cigarette
lighter socket
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7 Protective gloves (not shown)
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a flat tire
Distributing the sealant
Right afterward, drive at least 1.2 miles
(2 km), so that the liquid sealant distributes evenly throughout the inside of the
tire.
Do not exceed a maximum speed
of 40 mph (60 km/h). If possible,
keep the vehicle speed above 10 mph
(20 km/h).
Stop in a suitable spot.<
2. Flip open the cover and pull out the
enclosed protective gloves. Take out
hose 2 with the manometer and
screw it to the terminal for the
sealant container as shown in the
illustration
3. Make sure that the system has been
switched off (position 0).
Take out plug 6 and plug it into the
cigarette lighter socket in the
passenger compartment (refer to
page 97)
4. Make sure that the screw on the rear
of the pressure gauge 3 is tightened
down. Turn on the M Mobility system
(position I, refer to illustration) and
allow minutes to elapse, to let the
sealant flow in. It does not matter
afterward, what the tire's inflation
pressure is
5. Turn the sealant off.
Disconnect the connector hose from
the sealant container and the wheel
valve. Stow the M Mobility system in
the luggage compartment.
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Repairing a flat tire
Protect valve stems against dirt using
screw-on dust caps. Dirty valve stems
frequently lead to slow pressure loss.
Overview
Controls
Repairs
3. Unscrew the hose from the valve and
stow the M Mobility system in the
luggage compartment. Screw the
dust cap onto the valve again.
Maintenance
You will find corresponding
instructions for using the
M Mobility system on the device.
Replace the defective tire as soon as
possible and have the new wheel
balanced. Reinitialize the Flat Tire
Monitor, and refer to page 83 for further
information. Have the M Mobility
system refilled. Contact your BMW
center for this.<
Do not exceed the maximum
speed limit described below,
otherwise it could lead to accidents.<
When you start driving again, do not
exceed the permissible maximum
speed of 50 mph (80 km/h).
Data
1. Take out the hose with the pressure
gauge and screw it onto the valve.
Take the plug out and plug it into the
cigarette lighter socket in the
passenger compartment
2. Reset the air pressure to 29 psi
(200 kilopascal), and:
> Increase tire pressure: turn on the
M Mobility system (position I). Turn
the unit off while you check the
current setting for the tire inflation
pressure
> Decrease tire pressure: turn the
screw on the back of the manometer, a valve located there will
open
Even if the tire fails to hold the
pressure, you should still carry out
Step 3 before proceeding to drive the
vehicle again, refer to "Distributing
sealant" for more information. Then
repeat Steps 1 through 3.
The use of the M Mobility system may
be ineffective if the damaged area in
the tire is larger than approx. 0.16 in
(4 mm). Please consult the nearest
BMW center if the tire cannot be
temporarily repaired with the M Mobility
system.<
Index
Inflating tire to correct pressure
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Battery posts, terminals, and
related accessories contain lead
and lead compounds. Wash hands after
handling.<
Maintenance
Fuses
Charging the battery
Charge the battery in the vehicle only
when the engine is not running. Use the
connections provided in the engine
compartment (for correct connections,
refer to "Jump-starting" on page 138.
The battery is completely maintenancefree. That means that the original
Return used batteries to a recybattery acid will normally last for the
cling point or your BMW center.
service life of the battery under
Maintain the battery in an upright posimoderate climate conditions.
tion for transport and storage. Secure
the battery against tilting in transit.<
For all questions that regard the
battery, please consult your BMW
center. Since the battery is absolutely
maintenance-free, the following statements are for your information only.<
Do not disconnect the battery
when the engine is running. If you
do so, the ensuing voltage surge will
damage the vehicle's onboard electronics.<
Open the glove compartment and turn
the two white quick-release connections outward.
Do not attempt to repair a burned
fuse or replace it with a fuse
having a different color or amperage
rating. To do this could cause a fire in
the vehicle resulting from a circuit overload.<
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Jump-starting
Overview
Controls
Maintenance
Repairs
Data
When your battery is discharged you
can use two jumper cables to start your
vehicle with power from the battery in a
second vehicle. You can also use the
same method to help start another
vehicle. Use only jumper cables with
fully insulated handles on the terminal
clamps.
Do not touch high-voltage wiring
and cables on a running engine.
There is a risk of fatal injury if you do
this.
Carefully observe the following instructions to avoid personal injury and/or
damage to one or both vehicles.<
Index
Do not use spray starter fluids to start
the engine.
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138nJump-starting
1. Ensure that the battery in the support
vehicle is also rated at 12 volts. This
information is provided on the top of
the battery casing
2. Do not disconnect your battery from
your vehicle's electrical system.
Switch off all electrical accessories in
both vehicles
3. Make absolutely certain that there is
no contact between the bodywork of
the two vehicles – short circuit hazard
4. Start the engine on the support
vehicle and allow it to run
5. Use one jumper cable (+) to connect
the positive terminal of the battery in
the support vehicle with the auxiliary
positive terminal provided in the
engine compartment of your BMW
specifically for jump-starting. The
cover of the positive terminal
connector is marked with a "+" sign.
Refer to the illustration. Remove by
pulling the tab (arrow 1)
6. Next, connect one end of the other
jumper cable (–) to either the support
vehicle's negative battery terminal or
a suitable ground on its engine or
bodywork. Connect the other end to
the negative battery terminal or a
suitable ground on the vehicle being
started. There is a special nut
provided for this on the BMW
(arrow 2)
Always adhere to this sequence
when connecting jumper cables;
failure to observe this procedure can
lead to sparks at the battery terminals
and pose an injury hazard.<
7. Allow the engine on the support
vehicle to run at a fast idle for several
minutes, then start the engine on the
vehicle with the discharged battery in
the usual manner. If the first start
attempt is not successful, wait a few
minutes before another attempt in
order to allow the discharged battery
to recharge
8. Allow the engines to run for several
minutes before disconnecting the
jumper cables
9. Then disconnect the jumper cables
in the opposite order.
Have the battery recharged at your
BMW center as required.
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Towing the vehicle
139n
Access to tow sockets
Screw the tow fitting in until it
bottoms firmly. If this is not done,
the threads could be damaged.
Do not tow the vehicle by any components of the running gear, or lash them
down in any way. If you do, the components could be damaged, leading to
possible accidents.<
Keep the vehicles in line and avoid
towing at an offset angle. Ensure
that the tow rope connecting the two
vehicles is tight, with no slack, before
starting off.<
Repairs
Rear:
Press out the cover panel with a screwdriver above on the recess.
Data
The tow fitting, which can be
unscrewed, is in the luggage compartment under the floor mat and must
remain in the vehicle. This fitting
is designed for installation in the tow
sockets located at the front and rear of
the vehicle. It is intended for towing on
paved road surfaces only.
It should not be used to pull a vehicle
out of deep snow, mud, sand, etc.
Comply with all applicable towing laws
and regulations at all times.
Index
Tow fitting
Maintenance
Controls
Overview
Front:
Press out the cover panel with a screwdriver above on the recess.
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140nTowing
the vehicle
Use only a nylon towing strap to tow
the vehicle, since the inherent resilience of this material helps protect both
vehicles from sudden jerking movements.
The towed vehicle should always
be the lighter of the two vehicles.
If this is not the case, it will not be
possible to control vehicle handling.<
Tow-starting
For instructions on jump-starting, refer
to page 137.
Never attempt to use your vehicle to
push another vehicle, since damage to
the energy-absorbing bumpers could
result.
Towing a vehicle
1. Gearshift lever in neutral
2. Towing speed:
Max. 45 mph (70 km/h)
3. Towing distance:
Max. 95 miles (150 km)
4. Leave the ignition key at position 1 to
ensure that the brake lamps, turn
signal indicators, horn and windshield wipers remain operative, and
to prevent the steering lock detent
from engaging
5. Switch on the hazard warning system
(observe applicable legal regulations).
Vehicles with sequential M gearbox *
SMG II:
To push or tow, engage selector lever
in position 0.
Never work on the vehicle with a
driving position engaged.c
Find some means of identifying the
vehicle in tow, for instance, place a sign
or warning triangle in the rear window.
Make sure that the ignition key
remains in position 1 even when
the electrical system has failed to
prevent the steering lock from
engaging.
The steering and brakes are without
power-assist when the engine is off.
This means that increased effort is
required for steering and braking.c
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Maintenance
Controls
Overview
Towing the vehicle
Towing with a commercial tow
truck
Repairs
> Do not tow with sling-type equipment
> Use wheel lift or flatbed equipment
> Please comply with applicable state
towing laws
Index
Data
Never allow passengers to ride in
a towed vehicle for any reason.
Never attach tie-down hooks, chains,
straps, or tow hooks to tie rods, control
arms, or any other part of the vehicle
suspension, as severe damage to these
components will occur, leading to
possible accidents.c
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Overview
Overview
Operation, maintenance
Maintenance
Controls
Controls and features
Repairs
Owner service procedures
Data
Technical data
Index
Index
Index
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144nEngine
data
Displacement
Number of cylinders
cu in (cm3)
198.1 (3,246)
6
Max. output
at engine speed
hp (kW)
rpm
333 (248)
7,900
Maximum torque
at engine speed
lb ft (Nm)
rpm
262 (355)
4,900
Compression ratio
e
11.5
Stroke
Bore
in (mm)
in (mm)
3.58 (91)
3.43 (87)
Fuel-injection system
Digital electronic engine-management system
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Dimensions
Index
Data
Repairs
Maintenance
Controls
Overview
145n
Minimum turning circle dia.: 36.1 feet (11.0 m)
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146nWeights
Curb weight (with one person, ready for operation,
full tank of fuel, options not included)
lbs (kg)
3,782 (1,715)
Approved gross vehicle weight
lbs (kg)
4,630 (2,100)
Approved front axle weight
lbs (kg)
2,183 (990)
Approved rear axle weight
lbs (kg)
2,579 (1,170)
Permissible roof weight for the hardtop
lbs (kg)
165 (75)
Luggage compartment capacity with the convertible top
compartment raised
cu ft (l)
9.2 (260)
10.6 (300)
Approved axle weights and approved gross vehicle weight may not be exceeded.
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Capacities
147n
approx. 16.6 (approx. 63)
approx. 2.1 (approx. 8)
Fuel specification: refer to page 24
Windshield washer system/
Headlamp washer system
quarts (liters) approx. 5.6 (approx. 5.3)
Cooling system including heater circuit
quarts (liters) approx. 9.9 (approx. 9.3)
For details: refer to page 118
Engine with oil filter change
quarts (liters) approx. 5.3 (approx. 5.0)
For details: refer to page 117
Manual transmission
quarts (liters) approx. 1.9 (approx. 1.8)
Oil change during running-in check
and during each inspection II
Differential
quarts (liters) approx. 1.2 (approx. 1.1)
Oil change during running-in check
and during each inspection II
Index
Data
Repairs
For details: refer to page 115
Controls
gal. (liters)
gal. (liters)
Maintenance
Fuel tank
Reserve
Overview
Notes
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Overview
Overview
Operation, maintenance
Maintenance
Controls
Controls and features
Repairs
Owner service procedures
Data
Technical data
Index
Index
Index
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Everything from A to Z
A
ABS (Antilock Brake
System) 19, 105
Accessories 10
Activated-charcoal filter 94
Adding
brake fluid 119t
coolant 118t
engine oil 116t
washer fluid 115t
Adjusting
head restraints 46
lumbar support 45
mirrors 50
seats 45
steering wheel 50
temperature 89
thigh support 45
Air conditioner 89, 93
Air distribution 89
automatic 92
Air outlets 88, 91
Air pressure, tires 109
Air supply 89, 92
Airbags 52
warning lamp 18
Alarm system 37
avoiding unintentional
alarm 38
indicator lamp 38
interior motion sensor 37
tilt alarm sensor 37
Antifreeze 118
radiator 118
Antilock Brake System
(ABS) 19, 105
Anti-theft alarm system 37
Anti-theft protection 28
Approved weights 146
Aquaplaning 105, 109
Armrest 96
Ashtray
front 97
rear 97
AUC (Automatic
recirculated-air
control) 93
Automatic climate
control 88, 91
Automatic cruise control 73
Automatic headlight
control 85
Automatic recirculated-air
control (AUC) 93
Automatic windshield
washer 72
Auxiliary terminal for jumpstarting 114t
Average fuel
consumption 79
Average speed 79
Avoiding unintentional
alarm 38
B
Backrest
unlocking 47
Backup lamps 64
bulb replacement 129t
Battery 136
add distilled water 136t
charge current 17
charging 136t
maintenance 136
Belts 48
Beverage holder 96
Blower 89, 92
BMW Maintenance
System 120
Bore 144
Bottle holder, refer to
beverage holder 96
Brake fluid change 76
Brake fluid level 105
indicator lamp 17
Brake lamps
bulb replacement 129t
center 131
Brake system
brake fluid level 105
brake fluid level, warning
lamp 105
brake pads 106
brake pads, indicator
lamp 19
disc brakes 106
indicator lamp 17
malfunction 105
Break-in procedure 104
Bulbs and lamps 126
C
California Proposition
65 Warning 121
Can holder, refer to
beverage holder 96
Capacities 147
Car care, refer to the "Caring
for your vehicle" manual
Car telephone 96
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Controls
Maintenance
D
Dashboard
lighting 86
Data
dimensions 145
engine 144
technical 144
weights 146
Daytime driving lamps 85
Deep water 105
Defroster, rear window 89
Defrosting the windows 92
Digital clock 77
also refer to the "Radio
Owner's Manual"
Dimensions 145
Dimming inside rearview
mirror 51
Dipstick, engine oil 116
Disc brakes 106
Displacement 144
Display lighting 86
Displays 15
Distance warning 80
Door key 28
Door mirror 50
Doors
electrical
malfunction 29t
manual operation 29t
remote control 30
unlocking and locking 29
Draft-free ventilation 90, 94
Driving lamps 85
Driving notes
aquaplaning 105
brakes 105
disc brakes 106
in general 105
DSC (Dynamic Stability
Control) 81
Dynamic Stability Control
(DSC) 81
indicator lamp 19
Repairs
Cornering Brake Control
(CBC) 105
Correct sitting position 44
Cruise control 73
Cruising range 79
Cup holder, refer to
beverage holder 96
Curb weight 146
Data
Cockpit 14
Coin box 96
Combination switch 70
Compression ratio 144
Computer
also refer to the "Onboard
Computer Owner's
Manual" 78
Configure personal settings,
Vehicle Memory, Key
Memory 60
Connecting electrical
appliances 97
Connecting vacuum
cleaner 97
Consumption display 76
Consumption, fuel 79
Control elements 14
Convertible top
electrical
malfunction 42t
Coolant 118, 147
Coolant temperature
gauge 76
Cooling system,
capacities 147
Copyright 4
Index
Car wash systems, refer to
the "Caring for your
vehicle" manual
Cargo loading 100
CBC (Cornering Brake
Control) 105
Cellular phone 96
hands-free system 96
speaker 96
Center (high-mount) brake
lamp 131
Center armrest 96
Central locking system 28
Check Control 77
Checking engine coolant
level 118t
Checking engine oil
level 116t
Child Seat Safety 57
Child-restraint systems 54
Cigarette lighter 97
Clean the headlamps 72
Cleaning windshield 72
Clock 77
also refer to the "Radio
Owner's Manual" or to the
"Onboard Computer
Owner's Manual"
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E
Electric power windows 39
Electrical accessories,
failure 136t
Electrical malfunction
convertible top 42t
doors 29t
fuel filler door 22t
luggage compartment
lid 34t
Electrical outlet 97
Emergency release of
luggage compartment lid
from luggage
compartment's interior 35
Engine
coolant 118
coolant, capacity 147
data 144
displacement 144
output 144
starting 61t
torque 144
Engine compartment 114
Engine coolant,
adding 118t
Engine oil
add 116t
capacity 147
consumption 116
for low ambient
temperatures 117
oil dip stick 116
pressure 17
quality 117
temperature 75
types 117
viscosity 117
Engine oil level
checking 114t
indicator lamp 19
Engine speed 144
Entering the rear of the
vehicle 47
Entry toward rear 47
Eyelets, towing 139t
F
Failure messages 77
Filling capacities 147
Filling the washer
reservoir 115t
First-aid kit 22
Flat tire 109
repairing 132
Flat Tire Monitor 82
indicator lamp 17, 19
Fog lamps 86
bulb replacement 129t
Follow me home lamps 85
Footbrake, refer to brake
system 106
Front fog lamps 86
Front head restraints 46
Front seat adjusting 44
Fuel 24
consumption display 76
gauge 76
preparation 144
Fuel consumption 79
Fuel filler door 22
electrical
malfunction 22t
manual operation 22t
Fuel gauge 76
Fuel quality 24
Fuel tank capacity 147
Fuses, replacing 136t
G
Gas gauge 76
Gasoline 24
Gearshift lever 63
Glove compartment 95
Grilles 88, 91
Gross vehicle weight 146
H
Handbrake 63
Hardtop 106
Hazard warning flashers 14
Hazard warning triangle 22
Head restraints 46
adjusting 46
Headlamp cleaning
system 114, 115
Headlamp covers,
care 127t
Headlamp flasher 86
Headlamp washer system,
capacities 147
Heated mirror 50
Heated seats 49
Heater and
ventilation 88, 91
Heavy loads 100
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Controls
Maintenance
K
Key 28
with remote control 28
Key Memory 60
Low beam headlamp
bulb replacement 127t
Low beams 85
Lower convertible top
compartment panel 37
Luggage compartment 34
bulb replacement 130t
capacity 146
increase volume 37
lighting 34
lower convertible top
compartment panel 37
open from inside 34
open from outside 34
open via remote
control 31
Luggage compartment
lid 34
electrical
malfunction 34t
emergency release from
luggage compartment's
interior 35
manual operation 34t
Luggage rack 101
Lumbar support 45
adjusting 45
Repairs
J
Jump-starting 137
L
Lamp switch 85
Lamps
daytime driving lamps 85
fog lamps 86
high beams 86
interior lamps 87
low beams 85
parking lamps 85
reading lamps 87
standing lamps 86
Lamps and bulbs 126
Language selection, refer to
the separate Owner's
Manual
Lashing eyes 101
LATCH child-restraint
system installation 56
Leather care, refer to the
"Caring for your vehicle"
manual
Length 145
License plate lamps, bulb
replacement 131t
Lighting, refer to lamps
LIGHTS ON warning 85
Load-securing devices 101
Low ambient
temperatures 117
Data
I
Ice warning 78
Identification mark,
tires 111
Ignition key 28
Ignition key positions 61
Ignition lock 61
Imprint 4
Independent ventilation
system, refer to the
"Onboard Computer
Owner's Manual"
Indicator lamps 17
Individual settings, Vehicle
Memory, Key Memory 60
Inflation pressure, tires 109
Inside rearview mirror
automatic dimming 51
INSPECTION 76
Instrument cluster 15
Instrument lighting 86
Instrument panel 14
Interface socket
for Onboard
Diagnostics 122
Interior lamps 31, 87
remote control 31
Interior motion
sensor 37, 38
deactivate 38
Interior temperature,
adjusting 89
Index
Height 145
High beams 70, 86
indicator lamp 20
Holder for beverages 96
Hood release 113t
Horn 14
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M
M Engine dynamics
control 84
M Mobility system 132
M+S-tires 112
Maintenance 76, 120
Malfunction displays 77
Manual operation
convertible top 42t
doors 29t
fuel filler door 22
luggage compartment
lid 34t
Manual transmission 63
Master key 28
MFL (Multifunction steering
wheel 21
MFL (Multifunction steering
wheel) 21
Microfilter 90, 94
Mirror 50
inside rearview 51
outside 50
Mirror memory 48
Mirrors
adjusting 50
automatic curb
monitor 51
heating 50
Mobility system 132
Modifications,
technical 10, 121
Mounting the roof rack 106
Multifunction steering wheel
(MFL) 21
O
OBD interface socket 122
Odometer 75
Oil
additives 117
capacity 147
consumption 116
oil dipstick 116
quality 117
types 117
viscosity 117
Oil change intervals, refer to
the Service and Warranty
Information Booklet (US
models) or the Warranty
and Service Guide Booklet
(Canadian models)
Oil dipstick 116
Oil filter change 147
Oil level
checking 116t
indicator lamp 19
Oil pressure, indicator
lamp 17
OILSERVICE 76
Onboard Computer
also refer to the "Owner's
Manual for Onboard
Computer"
Onboard tool kit 126t
Opening and closing
from inside 33
via the door lock 29
via the remote control 30
Operating vehicle at low
ambient
temperatures 117
Outlets, ventilation 88, 91
Output, engine 144
Outside temperature
display 78
P
Paintwork, care, refer to the
"Caring for your vehicle"
manual
Park Distance Control
(PDC) 80
Parking brake 63
Parking help 80
Parking lamps 85
bulb replacement 127t
PDC (Park Distance
Control) 80
Pollen filter 90, 94
Power windows 39
Prevent accidental alarm 38
R
Radiator 147
Rain sensor 71
Reading lamps 87
Rear entry aid 47
Rear head restraints 46
Rear window
defroster 89, 93
Rearview mirror 50
Recirculated-air
mode 89, 93
Reclining seat 44
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Overview
Controls
Maintenance
T
Tachometer 75
Tail lamps 129
bulb replacement 129t
Tank capacity 147
Technical data 144
Technical
modifications 10, 121
Telephone hookup 96
Temperature display
ice warning 78
interior temperature 92
outside temperature 78
Temperature gauge
engine coolant 76
Temperature
layering 90, 94
Temperature, adjusting 89
Thigh support, adjusting 45
Third brake lamp 131
Tilt alarm sensor 38
deactivate 31
remote control 31
Tire inflation
pressures 24, 25, 109
Tire wear indicator 109
Repairs
Side airbags 52
Side impact Head Protection
System 52
Side turn signals
bulb replacement 128t
Ski bag 98
Snow chains 112
Spare key 28
Speedometer 15
Sport-mode
identification 84
Standing lamps 86
Starting problems 62t
Steering lock 61
Steering wheel with
multifunction buttons 21
Steering wheel,
adjusting 50
Stopping the vehicle 62
Storage areas 96
Storage compartments 96
Stowing cargo 100
Stroke 144
Summer tires 111
Switching off the engine 62
Symbols, used 8
Data
S
Safety belts 47, 48
Safety buttons 33
Seat adjustment
lumbar support 45
thigh support 45
Seat heating 49
Seat memory 48
Seat-integrated safety belts
(SGS) 47
Seats
adjusting 44, 45
Secure glove compartment
and luggage compartment
separately 34
Securing cargo 100
Securing cargo in luggage
compartment 101
Sequential M gearbox
SMG II 64
Service and Warranty
Information Booklet 120
Service Interval
Display 76, 120
Set clock 77
Set interior temperature 92
SGS (Seat-integrated safety
belts) 47
Index
Refueling 22
Releasing
fuel filler door following an
electrical
malfunction 22t
Remote control 30
Removing condensation
from the windows 92
Replace windshield wiper
blades 126t
Replacement key 28
Replacing bulbs 126t
Reporting safety defects 11
Restraint system 54
Rims 111
Rollover protection
system 58
indicator lamp 20
lowering 58t
Roof load capacity 146
Roof-mounted luggage
rack 101
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Tires
marking 111
profile 109
replacing 110
Tires and wheels 111
Tools 126t
Torque 144
Towing eyelets 139t
Towing the vehicle 139t
Track 145
Transmission 63
Transporting children
safely 54
Tread depth, tires 109
Trip odometer 75
Trunk lid, refer to luggage
compartment lid 34
Turn signal indicator 70
bulb replacement 128t
indicator lamp 20
Turning radius 145
U
Uniform Tire Quality
Grading 110
Upholstery material, refer to
the "Caring for your
vehicle" manual
Used batteries 136t
V
Vehicle battery 136
Vehicle Memory 60
Vehicle weight 146
Ventilation 88, 91
draftfree 90, 94
Ventilation while parked,
refer to the "Onboard
Computer Owner's
Manual"
Weights 146
Wheel and tire
combinations 111
Wheelbase 145
Wheelslip control, refer to
DSC 81
Width 145
Windows, convenience
operation 29
Windshield washer reservoir,
capacities 147
Windshield wiper 71
Winter tires 112
Wiper system 71
Work in the engine
compartment 113t
X
Xenon lamps 127
W
Warning lamps 17
Warning messages 77
Warranty and Service
Guide 120
Washing your vehicle, refer
to the "Caring for your
vehicle" manual
Water on roadways 105
Wear indicator in the
tires 109
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Refueling
To ensure that you always have convenient access to all essential information
when you stop for fuel, we recommend
that you take the time to fill out the
adjoining chart by entering the data that
apply to your vehicle.
Consult the index for individual specifications.
Fuel
Designation
Please enter your preferred fuel here.
Engine oil
Quality
The oil quantity between the two marks
on the dipstick is approx. 1.4 US quarts
(1.3 liters).
Tire inflation pressures
Summer tires
front
rear
Winter tires
front
rear
Up to 4 persons
5 persons or 4 plus luggage
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