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Owner's Manual for the Vehicle.
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Congratulations, and thank you for choosing a BMW.
Thorough familiarity with your vehicle will provide you with enhanced control and
security when you drive it. We therefore have this request:
Please take the time to read this Owner's Manual and familiarize yourself with the
information that we have compiled for you before starting off in your new vehicle. It
contains important data and instructions intended to assist you in gaining maximum
use and satisfaction from the unique range of technical features on your BMW. The
manual also contains information on care and maintenance designed to enhance
operating safety and contribute to maintaining the value of your BMW throughout an
extended service life.
This Owner's Manual should be considered a permanent part of this vehicle. It
should stay with the vehicle when sold to provide the next owner with important
operating, safety and maintenance information.
This manual is supplemented by a Service and Warranty Information Booklet
(US models) or a Warranty and Service Guide Booklet (Canadian models).
We recommend that you read this publication thoroughly.
Your BMW is covered by the following warranties:
– New Vehicle Limited Warranty
– Limited Warranty Rust Perforation
– Federal Emissions System Defect Warranty
– Federal Emissions Performance Warranty
– California Emission Control System Limited Warranty
Detailed information about these warranties is listed in the Service and Warranty
Information Booklet (US models) or in the Warranty and Service Guide Booklet
(Canadian models).
We wish you an enjoyable driving experience.
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Notes on the Owner's Manual
Symbols used
The individual vehicle
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 desire an initial overview
of your vehicle, this can be found in the
first chapter. The detailed list of
contents that directly follows the
summary of contents is intended to
stimulate your curiosity regarding your
BMW and to encourage you to read the
manual.
Indicates instructions or precautions that must be followed
precisely in order to avoid the possibility
of personal injury and serious damage
to the vehicle.<
On buying your BMW, you have
decided in favor of a model with individualized equipment and features. This
Owner's Manual describes all models
and equipment that BMW offers within
the same group.
Contains information that will
assist you in gaining the optimum
benefit from your vehicle and enable
you to care more effectively for your
vehicle.<
We hope you will understand that
equipment and features are included
that you might not have chosen for your
vehicle. Any differences can easily be
identified, since all optional accessories
and special equipment are marked with
an asterisk *.
Should you wish to sell your BMW at
some time in the future, please
remember to hand over the Owner's
Manual to the new owner; it is part of
the vehicle.
If you have any questions, a
BMW center will be glad to advise
you.
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Refers to measures that can
be taken to help protect the
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< Marks the end of a specific item of
information.
* Indicates special equipment, countryspecific equipment and optional extras.
If your BMW features equipment which
is not described in this Owner's Manual
(car radio or telephone, for instance),
Supplementary Owner's Manuals are
enclosed. We ask you to read these
manuals as well.
t Identifies index entries that refer to
owner service procedures or topics on
car care.
Identifies systems or components,
which your BMW center can either
activate or adapt to suit an individual
driver's requirements ("Car Memory",
"Key Memory"). Refer to page 56.<
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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
manual.
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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 (that is,
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, etc.) among gasolines offered for
sale in the United States and Canada.
The use of poor quality fuels may result
in driveability, starting and stalling
problems especially under certain environmental conditions such as high
ambient temperature and high altitude.
Should you encounter driveability problems which you suspect could be
related to the fuel you are using, we
recommend that you respond by
switching to a recognized high-quality
brand.
Failure to comply with these recommendations may result in unscheduled
maintenance.
Follow the relevant safety rules when
you are handling gasoline.<
Important safety information.
Installation and operation of non-BMW
approved accessories such as alarms,
For your own safety, use genuine parts radios, amplifiers, radar detectors,
wheels, suspension components, brake
and accessories approved by BMW.
dust shields, telephones (including
When you purchase accessories tested
operation of any portable cellular phone
and approved by BMW and Original
from within the vehicle without using an
BMW Parts, you simultaneously acquire
externally mounted antenna) or transthe assurance that they have been thorceiver equipment (for instance, CBs,
oughly tested by BMW to ensure
walkie-talkie, ham radio or similar
optimum performance when installed
accessories) may cause extensive
on your vehicle.
damage to the vehicle, compromise its
BMW warrants these parts to be free
safety, interfere with the vehicle's elecfrom defects in material and workman- trical system or affect the validity of the
ship.
BMW Limited Warranty. See your BMW
center for additional information. <
BMW will not accept any liability for
damage resulting from installation of
Maintenance, replacement, or
parts and accessories not approved by
repair of the emission control
BMW.
devices and systems may be performed
BMW cannot test every product from
by any automotive repair establishment
other manufacturers to verify if it can be
or individual using any certified autoused on a BMW safely and without risk
motive part.<
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.
Symbol on vehicle parts
Indicates that you should consult
the relevant section of this
Owner's Manual for information on a
particular part or assembly.
For your own safety
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The following applies only to vehicles owned and operated in the US.
REPORTING SAFETY DEFECTS
If you believe that your vehicle has a defect that could cause a crash or could cause injury or death, you should
immediately inform the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in addition to notifying BMW of
North America, Inc., P.O. Box 1227, Westwood, New Jersey 07675-1227, Telephone (201) 307-4000.
If NHTSA receives similar complaints, it may open an investigation, and if it finds that a safety defect exists in a
group of vehicles, it may order a recall and remedy campaign. However, NHTSA cannot become involved in individual problems between you, your dealer, or BMW of North America, Inc.
To contact NHTSA, you may either call the Auto Safety Hotline toll-free at 1-800-424-9393 (or 366-0123 in
Washington, D.C. area) or write to: NHTSA, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, D.C. 20590. You can
also obtain other information about motor vehicle safety from the Hotline.
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Operation, care
and maintenance
Controls
Controls and features
Car care
Overview
Overview
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Advanced technology
Technology Repairs
Owner service procedures
Data
Technical data
Index
Index
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Cockpit 16
Instrument cluster 18
Indicator and warning lamps 22
Multifunction steering wheel 26
Sports steering wheel 27
Hazard warning flashers 28
Warning triangle 28
First-aid kit 28
Refueling 29
Fuel specifications 30
Tire inflation pressure 30
Controls and features
Overview
Contents
Locks and security systems:
Keys 34
Electronic vehicle
immobilizer 35
Central locking system 36
Opening and closing –
from the outside 36
Using the key 36
Using the remote control 37
Opening and closing –
from the inside 40
Liftgate 41
Tailgate 41
Alarm system 43
Electric power windows 45
Sliding/Tilt sunroof with glass
moonroof 46
Adjustments:
Seats 48
Steering wheel 52
Mirrors 53
Seat, mirror and steering wheel
memory 55
Car Memory, Key Memory 56
Passenger safety systems:
Safety belts 57
Airbags 58
Transporting children safely 61
Driving:
Steering/Ignition lock 64
Starting the engine 64
Switching off the engine 65
Parking brake 66
Manual transmission 67
Automatic transmission with
Steptronic 68
Turn signal indicator/Headlamp
flasher 70
Washer/Wiper system 71
Rear window defroster 73
Cruise control 74
Everything under control:
Odometer, outside temperature
display 76
Tachometer 77
Energy control 77
Fuel gauge 77
Coolant temperature gauge 78
Service Interval Display 78
Check Control 79
Computer 82
Multi-Information display
(MID) 84
Digital clock in the MID 85
Computer in the MID 88
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Technology for safety and
driving convenience:
Park Distance Control (PDC) 93
Dynamic Stability Control
(DSC) 94
Hill Descent Control (HDC) 95
Lamps:
Side lamps/Low beams 97
Instrument lighting 97
High beams/Parking lamps 98
Fog lamps 98
Interior lamps 98
Reading lamps 99
Controlling the climate for
pleasant driving:
Air conditioner 100
Automatic climate control 106
Seat heating 112
Steering wheel heating 113
Roller sun blind 113
Independent ventilation
system 114
Cabin convenience:
BMW Universal Transmitter 115
Glove compartment 117
Storage compartments 118
Cellular phone 118
Cup holders 119
Glasses compartment 119
Ashtray, front 120
Cigarette lighter, front 120
Ashtray, rear 121
Cigarette lighter, rear 121
Loading and transporting:
Ski bag 122
Cargo area
Fold the rear backrests
down 124
Cargo area cover 124
Partition net 125
Cover panels in the cargo
area 126
Power outlets 127
Pull-out cargo floor 128
Cargo loading 129
Roof-mounted luggage rack 130
Operation, care and maintenance
Controls and features
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Special operating instructions:
Break-in procedures 134
Driving your BMW X5 135
General driving notes 136
Catalytic converter 136
Antilock Brake System
(ABS) 137
Disc brakes 140
Brake system 141
Winter operation 141
Power steering 143
Level control system 143
Cellular phone 144
Radio reception 144
Wheels and tires:
Tire inflation pressure 145
Tire condition 145
Tire replacement 146
Tire rotation 147
Wheel and tire
combinations 148
Special features of winter
tires 149
Snow chains 149
Approved wheel and tire
specifications 150
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Care and maintenance:
The BMW Maintenance
System 162
Caring for your vehicle 163
Airbags 168
Vehicle storage 168
Laws and regulations:
Technical modifications 169
California Proposition
65 Warning 169
OBD interface socket 170
Replacement procedures:
Onboard tool kit 174
Windshield wiper blades 174
Lamps and bulbs 175
Changing a wheel 180
Battery 185
Fuses 187
In case of electrical
malfunction:
Fuel filler door 188
Sliding/Tilt sunroof 188
Liftgate 188
Tailgate 189
Assistance, giving and
receiving:
Jump-starting 190
Towing the vehicle 191
Advanced technology
Under the hood:
Hood 151
Engine compartment 152
Washer fluid 156
Washer nozzles 156
Engine oil 157
Coolant 160
Brake fluid 161
Vehicle Identification
Number 161
Owner service procedures
Operation, care and maintenance
Contents
Airbags 196
Adaptive Transmission Control
(ATC) 196
Four-wheel drive 197
Dynamic Stability Control
(DSC) 197
Radio reception 198
Safety belt tensioner 198
DSP sound system 199
Rearview mirrors with automatic
dimmer 199
Rain sensor 200
Front axle 200
Integrated rear suspension 201
Level control system 201
Xenon lamps 202
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Engine specifications 206
Dimensions 207
Weights 208
Capacities 209
Electrical system 210
Drive belts 210
Index
Technical data
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Everything from A to Z 214
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Controls
Controls and features
Car care
Overview
Advanced technology
Technology Repairs
Owner service procedures
Data
Technical data
Index
Index
Cockpit 16
Instrument cluster 18
Indicator and warning lamps 22
Multifunction steering wheel 26
Sports steering wheel 27
Hazard warning flashers 28
Warning triangle 28
First-aid kit 28
Refueling 29
Fuel specifications 30
Tire inflation pressure 30
Overview
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Overview
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3 > Turn signal indicator 70
> Parking lamps 98
> High beams 98
> Headlamp flasher 70
> Computer 82
4 Wiper/Washer system 71
Controls
2 Fog lamps 98
Overview
1 Side lamps/Low beams 97
6 Central locking system 36
7 Hazard warning flashers 28
8 Horn 26
Car care
5 Rear window defroster 73
Index
Data
Technology Repairs
9 Adjusting steering wheel 52
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Instrument cluster
3 Speedometer
4 Indicator lamp for high beams 25
5 Tachometer and Energy Control 77
11 Indicator lamp for Dynamic Stability
Control (DSC) 24
6 Coolant temperature gauge with
"Coolant temperature too high"
indicator 78
12 Indicator lamp for level control
system* 24
7 Indicator and warning lamps
(clockwise) for:
> Parking brake/Brake hydraulic
system, Dynamic Brake Control
(DBC) 22, 24
> Antilock Brake System (ABS) 23
> Brake pads 24
> Airbags 23
> Automatic transmission* 24
> Please fasten safety belts 23
> Cruise control 25
14 Indicator for Check Control 79
13 Odometer and trip odometer 76
Overview
Controls
2 Indicator lamp for turn signals 25
Car care
1 Fuel gauge with indicator lamp for
fuel reserve 77
10 Computer display –
operation via the turn signal lever,
refer to page 82:
> Outside temperature
> Average fuel consumption
> Cruising range
> Average speed
15 Reset button for trip odometer 76
16 Indicator and warning lamps
(clockwise) for:
> Fog lamps 25
> Battery charge current 22
> Engine oil level/Engine oil
pressure 22, 24
> Engine Power Control 24
> Service Engine Soon 24
Technology Repairs
There are two versions, depending on
the equipment on your vehicle.
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Index
9 Service Interval Display 78
Data
8 Selector lever and program display
for automatic transmission* 68
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Instrument cluster*
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5 Tachometer and Energy Control 77 16
6 Engine coolant temperature
17
gauge 78
7 Indicator and warning lamps
(clockwise) for:
> Parking brake 23
> Brake hydraulic system/Dynamic
Brake Control (DBC) 22, 24
> Antilock Brake System (ABS) 23
> Airbags 23
> Please fasten safety belts 23
> Cruise control 25
8 CHECK button 79
9 Selector lever and program display
for automatic transmission* 68
Service Interval Display 78
Reset button for trip odometer 76
Indicator and warning lamps
(clockwise) for:
> Fog lamps 25
> Battery charge current 22
> Engine oil pressure 22
> Service Engine Soon 24
Overview
Controls
14 Odometer 76
4 Indicator lamp for high beams 25
Car care
13 Indicator for Check Control* 79
3 Speedometer
Technology Repairs
12 Trip odometer 76
2 Indicator lamp for turn signals 25
Data
1 Fuel gauge with indicator lamp for
fuel reserve 77
10 Outside temperature display 76
11 Indicator lamp for Dynamic Stability
Control (DSC) 24
Index
There are two versions, depending on
the equipment on your vehicle.
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and warning lamps
Technology that monitors itself
Red: stop immediately
Many of the systems of your BMW
monitor themselves automatically, both
during engine starts and while you are
driving. Indicator and warning lamps
that are identified by "●" are tested for
proper functioning whenever the ignition key is turned. They each light up
once for different periods of time.
Battery charge current ●
The battery is no longer being
charged. There is a malfunction
of the alternator V-belt or in the
charging circuit of the alternator. Please
contact the nearest BMW center.
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.
If the V-belt is defective, do not
continue driving. The engine could
be damaged due to overheating. If the
V-belt is defective, increased steering
effort is also required.<
Engine oil pressure ●
Stop the vehicle immediately
and switch off the engine.
Check the engine oil level; top up as
required. If the oil level is correct:
please contact the nearest BMW
center.
Parking brake*/
Brake hydraulic system ●
Comes on when you engage the
parking brake. For additional information: refer to page 66.
Comes on although the parking brake
is released: have the brake fluid level
checked. Before continuing your
journey, be sure to read the notes on
pages 141 and 161.
Also comes on in the Check Control
with the message "CHECK BRAKE
LININGS."
Parking brake warning lamp*/
Brake hydraulic system warning
lamp for Canadian models.
Do not continue driving. The
engine could be damaged
because of inadequate lubrication.<
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Indicator and warning lamps
If all three warning lamps come on
yellow:
ABS, CBC, DSC, DBC and HDC have
failed. Continue to drive; drive
cautiously and defensively and avoid
full brake applications.
Have the system checked by your BMW
center as soon as possible.
Parking brake warning lamp* for
Canadian models.
Please fasten safety belts ●
Together with an acoustic signal
or a message* in the Check
Control. Comes on until the safety belts
are fastened. For additional information
on safety belts: refer to page 57.
Airbags ●
Please have the system
inspected by your BMW center.
For additional information: refer to
page 58.
Overview
Controls
Parking brake*
Comes on when you engage the
parking brake.
For additional information: refer to
page 66.
Car care
If the brake warning lamp
comes on red together with the
yellow warning lamps for ABS
and DSC:
ABS, CBC, DSC, DBC, EBV and
HDC have failed. Continue to
drive; drive cautiously and
defensively and avoid full brake
applications.
Have the system checked by the
nearest BMW center.
For additional information: refer to
pages 94 and 139.
Red: an important reminder
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Red or yellow: continue to drive;
drive cautiously
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Index
Data
Warning lamps for Canadian
models.
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and warning lamps
Yellow: check as soon as possible
Engine oil level
Comes on while driving:
The oil level is at the absolute
minimum; refill as soon as possible. Do
not drive more than approx. 30 miles
(50 km) until you add oil.
For additional information: refer to
page 157.
Engine oil level
Comes on after the engine has
been shut off: add engine oil at
your earliest opportunity (when you
stop to refuel).
For additional information: refer to
page 157.
Automatic transmission*
Because of a malfunction, the
automatic transmission shifts
only in the emergency program. Please
consult the nearest BMW center.
For additional information: refer to
page 70.
Brake pads* ●
Have the brake pads checked.
For additional information: refer
to page 141.
Dynamic Brake Control (DBC) ●
Fault in the DBC system. Please
have the system inspected by
your BMW center.
For additional information: refer to
page 138.
Dynamic Brake Control (DBC)
warning lamp for Canadian
models
Engine electronics*
There is a fault in the engine's
electronic control system. You
can continue to drive with reduced
engine output or engine speed. Please
have the system inspected by your
BMW center.
Service Engine Soon ●
If the indicator lamp comes on
either continuously or intermitLevel control system* ●
tently,
this
indicates a fault in the
The level control system is inactive. Please consult the nearest emissions-related electronic systems.
Although the vehicle remains operaBMW center.
tional, you should have the systems
For additional information: refer to
checked by your BMW center at the
page 143.
earliest possible opportunity.
Dynamic Stability Control
For additional information: refer to
(DSC) ●
page 170.
Indicator lamp flashes:
Service Engine Soon warning
The system is active and governs drive
lamp for Canadian models.
and braking force.
The warning lamp comes on and stays
on while driving:
DSC has been switched off with the
button. If, after repeatedly pressing the
DSC button, the warning lamp still does
not go off, then that means that the
DSC, HDC and the vehicle's roadholding ability are defective.
Please have the system checked by the
nearest BMW center.
For additional information: refer to
pages 94 and 96.
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Fog lamps
Lights up whenever you switch
on the fog lamps.
For additional information: refer to
page 98.
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Controls
Cruise control
Comes on when the cruise
control is activated: available for
operation via the multifunction steering
wheel.
For additional information: refer to
page 74.
Car care
High beams
Lights up when the high beams
are on or the headlamp flasher
is actuated.
For additional information: refer to
pages 70 and 98.
Technology Repairs
Blue: for your information
Turn signal indicator
Flashes when the turn signals
are operated. Rapid flashing
indicates a system malfunction.
For additional information: refer to
page 70.
Data
Green: for your information
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steering wheel
> Selected functions of the radio as
well as the CD and cassette modes,
> recirculated air control of the air
conditioner system
or
> the steering wheel heating,
> the cruise control,
> selected cellular phone* functions
and
> voice recognition*.
In order to operate a system via
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system controls must be activated.<
The illustration shows the maximum
possible number of controls, corresponding to a full range of optional
equipment. Refer to the individual
accessory manuals for more detailed
descriptions.
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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:
1 Press briefly:
Receive a phone call, initiate dialing,
terminate a call.
Press longer:
Turn voice recognition on and off
5 Radio/Telephone: scan forward or
scan station buttons or scroll in the
phone listings
Forward scan in the CD mode and
fast forward in the cassette operation
2 Radio/Telephone: select
6 Horn: the entire surface
3 Radio/Telephone: scan backward or
scan station buttons or scroll in the
phone listings.
Reverse scan in the CD mode and
rewind in the cassette operation
7 Cruise control: activate stored
setting (resume)
4 Radio/Telephone: volume
9 Cruise control: activate/interrupt/
deactivate
8 Cruise control: store and
accelerate (+); decelerate
and store (–)
10 Recirculated air mode and AUC or
steering wheel heating: activate and
deactivate
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Refer to the individual accessory
manuals for more detailed descriptions. 3 Radio/Telephone: volume
4 Radio/Telephone: scan backward or
scan station buttons or scroll in the
phone listings.
Reverse scan in the CD mode and
rewind in the cassette operation
7 Cruise control: activate stored setting
(resume)
8 Cruise control: store and
accelerate (+); decelerate
and store (–)
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6 Horn: the entire surface
9 Cruise control: activate/interrupt/
deactivate
Data
2 Press briefly:
Receive a phone call, initiate dialing,
and terminate a call.
Press longer:
Turn voice recognition on and off
5 Radio/Telephone: scan forward or
scan station buttons or scroll in the
phone listings
Forward scan in the CD mode and
fast forward in the cassette operation
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1 Radio/Telephone: select
In order to operate a system via
the sport steering wheel, the
corresponding system controls must be
activated.<
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> Selected radio functions as well as
the CD and cassette modes,
> the cruise control,
> selected cellular phone* functions
and
> voice recognition*.
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The controls integrated in the sports
steering wheel 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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The button flashes intermittently when
the hazard warning flashers are on.
To help you locate the button in an
emergency, the button is also illuminated whenever the vehicle's lamps are
on.
1 Open the cover on the left in the
cargo area: lift the handle on the
cover.
2 Pull the tab of the retaining strap
(arrow) and remove the hazard
warning triangle from the support
bracket.
3 To install: slide the hazard warning
triangle into the support bracket and
press on the retaining strap.
Comply with legal requirements
which cover the availability of a
hazard warning triangle in the vehicle.<
First-aid kit*
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The first-aid kit is located under the
front passenger's seat.
To open: pull the handle and fold the
cover down.
To close: fold the cover up.
Some of the articles in the first-aid
kit may be used within a limited
time only. For this reason, check the
expiration dates of each of the items
regularly, and replace any whose
expiration dates have passed. You can
acquire replacements in any drugstore
or pharmacy.
Comply with laws requiring a first-aid
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Refueling
Tank capacity: refer to page 209.
To open the filler door, press on the
front edge.
To unlock the fuel filler door if the
central locking system malfunctions,
refer to page 188.
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.<
Simple and environmentally
friendly
Open the filler cap carefully to
prevent fuel from spraying out.
Fuel spray may cause injury.
Do not top off. Topping off may cause
fuel spillage.<
Keep the filler cap in the bracket
attached to the fuel filler door.
Close the filler 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
message "CHECK FILLER CAP" in the
Check Control* or the Service Engine
Soon lamp.<
Controls
Data
Before filling the tank, shut off the
engine. If you do not, fuel cannot
be filled into the tank and the Service
Engine Soon lamp may come on.<
Index
Fuel filler door
Car care
If the filler nozzle is used correctly, the
fuel tank is full when it shuts off for the
first time.
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When refueling, insert the filler nozzle
completely into the filler pipe. Pulling
the nozzle out of the pipe during refueling
> results in premature pump shutoff
> and will reduce the effect of the
vapor recovery system on the pump.
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specifications
Tire inflation pressure
The engine uses lead-free gasoline
only.
Required fuel:
> Premium Unleaded Gasoline,
min. 91 AKI.
Do not use leaded fuels. The use
of leaded fuels will cause permanent damage to the system's oxygen
sensor and the catalytic converter.<
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You will find tire inflation pressures on
the inside door pillar.
Check tire pressures
All pressure specifications are indicated
in psi (kilopascal) for tires at ambient
temperature (refer also to the next
page).
Check tire inflation pressures
regularly — at least every two
weeks and before beginning a longer
trip. Incorrect tire pressure can otherwise lead to tire damage and accidents.
Check the tire inflation pressure of the
spare wheel. Inflate the spare tire to
the highest inflation of any tire on your
vehicle.<
Comply with tire approval
specifications
The inflation pressures in the table
apply to tires from BMW-approved
manufacturers. Your BMW center is
familiar with these pressures. Higher
pressures may be specified for tires
from other manufacturers. You will find
a list of approved tires beginning on
page 150.
Your vehicle is equipped with tires that
not only meet US standards, but also
European standards. We recommend
the exclusive use of BMW-approved
tires.
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Tire inflation pressure
Overview
32 (220)
32 (220)
39 (270)
Controls
32 (220)
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All sizes
Technology Repairs
X5
Data
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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Locks and security systems:
Keys 34
Electronic vehicle
immobilizer 35
Central locking system 36
Opening and closing
– from the outside 36
Using the key 36
Using the remote control 37
Opening and closing
– from the inside 40
Liftgate 41
Tailgate 41
Alarm system 43
Electric power windows 45
Sliding/Tilt sunroof with glass
moonroof 46
Adjustments:
Seats 48
Steering wheel 52
Mirrors 53
Seat, mirror and steering wheel
memory 55
Car Memory, Key Memory 56
Passenger safety systems:
Safety belts 57
Airbags 58
Transporting children safely 61
Driving:
Steering/Ignition lock 64
Starting the engine 64
Switching off the engine 65
Parking brake 66
Manual transmission 67
Automatic transmission with
Steptronic 68
Turn signal indicator/Headlamp
flasher 70
Washer/Wiper system/Rain
sensor 71
Rear window defroster 73
Cruise control 74
Everything under control:
Odometer, outside temperature
display 76
Tachometer 77
Energy control 77
Fuel gauge 77
Coolant temperature gauge 78
Service Interval Display 78
Check Control 79
Computer 82
Multi-Information Display
(MID) 84
Digital clock in the MID 85
Computer in the MID 88
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Operation, care
and maintenance
Controls
Car care
Controls and features
Owner service procedures
Advanced technology
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Controlling the climate for
pleasant driving:
Air conditioner 100
Automatic climate control 106
Seat heating 112
Steering wheel heating 113
Roller sun blind 113
Independent ventilation
system 114
Loading and transporting:
Ski bag 122
Cargo area
Fold the rear backrests
down 124
Cargo area cover 124
Partition net 125
Cover panels in the cargo
area 126
Power outlets 127
Pull-out cargo floor 128
Cargo loading 129
Roof-mounted luggage rack 130
Overview
Technical data
Data
Lamps:
Side lamps/Low beams 97
Instrument lighting 97
High beams/Parking lamps 98
Fog lamps 98
Interior lamps 98
Reading lamps 99
Cabin convenience:
BMW Universal Transmitter 115
Glove compartment 117
Storage compartments 118
Cellular phone 118
Cup holders 119
Glasses compartment 119
Ashtray, front 120
Cigarette lighter, front 120
Ashtray, rear 121
Cigarette lighter, rear 121
Index
Index
Technology for safety and
driving convenience:
Park Distance Control (PDC) 93
Dynamic Stability Control
(DSC) 94
Hill Descent Control (HDC) 95
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3 Door and ignition key
The lock for the glove compartment
cannot be operated with this key.
This is recommended for valet
parking, for instance.
1 The master keys with remote control
determine the functions of the Key
Memory. Refer to page 56.
There is an extended-life battery
in every master key which is
charged automatically in the ignition
lock as you drive.
For this reason, if you have a master
key that is otherwise not used, use that
key approx. once every year while
driving for an extended period. This will
charge the battery. Refer also to
page 37.<
Replacement keys
Replacement keys are available exclusively through your BMW center. Since
the keys belong to a security system,
your BMW center is obligated to ensure
that a person requesting a key is authorized to do so (refer to "Electronic
vehicle immobilizer" on the following
page).
If possible, take all of the master
keys that belong to the vehicle
with you when you pick up your
replacement key.
Whenever you receive a new replacement key, turn that key to position 2 in
the ignition lock once (ignition switched
on) and then back. This allows the electronic vehicle immobilizer to "learn" the
new key.<
2 Spare key for storage in a safe place,
such as in your wallet. This key is not
intended for continuous use.
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Overview
Controls
Car care
Your BMW is equipped with a passive
Force applied to the key can
anti-theft system. This electronic immodamage the integrated electronic
bilization system is designed to reduce
the susceptibility of the vehicle to theft circuitry. A damaged key can no longer
be used to start the engine.<
by making it impossible to start the
engine using any means other than the
special keys furnished with the vehicle.
Your BMW center can cancel the electronic system authorization for individual keys (in the event of loss, for
instance). A deactivated key can no
longer be used to start the engine.
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The key to security
At the heart of this system is an
electronic chip that is integrated into
the key. The lock mechanism itself is
actually a dual-function device, simultaneously serving as a communications
interface designed to allow the security
system to maintain a continuous stream
of variable, vehicle-specific signals with
the electronic circuitry in the key. The
system will not release the ignition, fuel
injection and starter unless it recognizes an "authorized" key.
Data
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How the electronics work
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Index
Electronic vehicle immobilizer
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36nCentral
locking system
Opening and closing – from the outside
Convenience operation
The central locking system is ready for
operation as soon as you close the front
doors. The system engages and
releases the locks on the
You can also operate the windows and
sliding/tilt sunroof via the door lock.
> doors
> liftgate/tailgate
> fuel filler door.
The central locking system can be
operated
> from outside via the driver's door lock
as well as via the remote control.
> from inside via the button for the
central locking system.
If the system is locked from inside, the
fuel filler door remains unlocked. Refer
to page 40.
When the system is actuated from
outside of the vehicle, the anti-theft
protection is actuated simultaneously.
The alarm system is also activated or
deactivated.
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The concept
Using the key
One turn of the key in the driver's door
lock unlocks the driver's door only.
Turning the key a second time unlocks
all of the remaining doors, the liftgate/
tailgate and the fuel filler door.
You can have an acknowledgment
signal set to confirm that the
vehicle is correctly closed.<
> To open: with the door closed, turn
the key to the "Unlock" position and
hold it.
> To close: with the door closed, turn
the key to the "Lock" position and
hold it.
Watch during the closing process
to be sure that no one is inadvertently injured. Releasing the key stops
the operation.<
Manual operation
(in the event of an electrical malfunction)
Turn the key to the extreme left or right
to unlock/lock the door.
In the event of an accident, the central
locking system unlocks automatically
(only those doors which were not
locked separately with the safety lock
buttons). Refer to page 40. In addition,
the hazard warning flashers and interior
lamps come on.
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When the vehicle is unlocked, the antitheft protection is deactivated and the
alarm system is disarmed; when the
vehicle is locked, the systems are activated or armed.
Master keys
Keys with remote control are master
keys. Refer to page 34.
Children might be able to lock the
doors from the inside. For this
reason, always take the vehicle's keys
with you so that the vehicle can be
opened again from the outside at any
time.<
Overview
Master keys that are used repeatedly are always ready for operation since the battery in the key is
charged automatically in the ignition
lock as you drive.
If it is no longer possible to lock the
vehicle via the remote control, the
battery is discharged. Use this key
while driving for an extended period in
order to charge the battery. Refer also
to page 34.
To prevent unauthorized use of the
remote control, surrender only the door
and ignition key 3 or the spare key 2
(refer to page 34) when leaving the
vehicle for valet parking, for example.
In the event of a system malfunction,
please contact your BMW center. You
can also obtain replacement keys
there.<
Controls
> Switch on the interior lamps, refer to
page 38.
With this function, you can also
"search for" your vehicle — when
parked in an underground garage, for
instance.
> Open the liftgate, refer to page 39.
The liftgate will open slightly, regardless of whether it was previously
locked or unlocked.
> Panic mode
In case of danger, you can trigger an
alarm.
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The remote control offers you optimal
convenience in using your vehicle's
locking system while also providing
three exclusive supplementary features:
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Using the remote control
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Opening and closing – from the outside
Index
You can have an acknowledgment
signal set to confirm that the
vehicle is correctly closed.<
Data
The interior lamps are switched on
when the vehicle is unlocked.
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To unlock
To lock and secure
To switch on the interior lamps
Press button 1.
Press button 2.
After locking the vehicle, press button 2
again.
Press the button once to unlock the
driver's door only; press a second time
to unlock all remaining doors as well as
the tailgate/liftgate and fuel filler door.
Convenience opening mode
Press and hold button 1. The power
windows and sliding/tilt sunroof are
opened.
To deactivate the tilt sensor alarm
system and interior motion sensor
Press button 2 a second time immediately after locking.
For additional information: refer to
page 43.
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Before and after a trip, be sure
that the tailgate/liftgate was not
opened unintentionally.<
Panic mode
By pressing and holding button 3 for
more than two seconds, you can trigger
the alarm system if there is an
impending danger (the alarm system
must be armed).
To switch off the alarm: press button 1.
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 or
changes to these devices could
void the user's authority to operate this
equipment.<
Overview
Controls
The transmitter and receiver units
comply with part 15 of the FCC (Federal
Communication Commission) regulations. Operation is governed by the
following:
Car care
For US owners only
The remote control system's functioning may be affected by other units
or equipment operating in the immediate vicinity of your vehicle.
If this should occur, you can unlock and
lock the vehicle via the door lock with a
master key.
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Press button 3.
System interference
Data
To open the liftgate
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You can operate the central locking
system with this button (arrow) when
the driver's door is closed. The doors
and tailgate/liftgate are unlocked or
locked only. However, the antitheft
alarm system is not activated. Also, the
fuel filler door remains unlocked to
allow refueling.
If only the driver's door was
unlocked from the outside and
you press the button
> all other doors, the tailgate/liftgate
and the fuel filler door will be
unlocked when the driver's door is
opened.
> the driver's door will be locked again
when it is closed.<
To unlock and open the doors
To engage the locks
> Either unlock the doors together with
the button for the central locking
system and then pull the door handle
above the armrest or
> pull the release handle for each door
twice: the first pull unlocks the door,
and the second one opens it.
> Use the central locking button to lock
all of the doors simultaneously,
or
> press down the individual door lock
buttons. The fuel filler door remains
unlocked. 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.
When the vehicle is moving, do
not lock the doors with the safety
lock buttons. Doors locked in this
manner would not open automatically in
the event of an accident.
Children might be able to lock the
doors from the inside. For this reason,
you should always remove the key and
take it with you to be sure that you will
be able to unlock the vehicle from the
outside at all times.<
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Tailgate
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Press this button to open the liftgate
when the vehicle is stationary.
Manual operation
If pointed or sharp-edged objects
could strike the rear window while
driving, be sure to provide protection
around all edges. If you do not do this,
the heating conductors of the rear
window could be damaged.<
Controls
Manual operation
For information on the cargo area cover
and on other details in the cargo area,
refer to "Cargo area", beginning on
page 124.
(in the event of an electrical malfunction)
Refer to page 189.
Data
Refer to page 188.
When opened, the tailgate can
accept loads of up to 440 lbs
(200 kg). When the vehicle is parked,
you may utilize the tailgate as a seat or
as a loading platform for luggage or
recreation gear, for example.<
Index
(in the event of an electrical malfunction)
Press the button:
You can fold the tailgate down.
Car care
Opening from inside the vehicle
Press the button (arrow): the liftgate
opens slightly.
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To open from the outside
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Liftgate
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To close
You can pull the liftgate down by
placing both hands in the handle
recesses (arrows).
To avoid injuries, be sure that the
travel path of the liftgate is clear
when it is closed, as with all closing
procedures.<
Operate the vehicle only when
both gates are completely closed.
Otherwise, exhaust fumes could penetrate the interior of the vehicle. Should it
be absolutely necessary to operate the
vehicle with an open gate:
> Close all windows. Shut the sliding/
tilt sunroof.
> Increase the air supply for the air
conditioner or automatic climate
control to a high level. Refer to
page 102 or page 109.<
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When the liftgate is open, the
dimension from the ground to
the upper edge is more than 6.5 ft
(two meters). Please keep this in mind
when opening the liftgate (in a garage,
for example).<
Luggage straps
Use the retaining straps on the cargo
area floor to secure smaller items of
luggage.
Movement is reduced when objects are
placed on the straps.
The lashing eyes located at the corners
of the cargo area provide you with a
convenient means of attaching luggage
nets* or flexible straps for securing
suitcases and luggage.
Refer also to "Cargo loading" on
page 129.
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Alarm system
> Sounding an acoustical alarm for
30 seconds.
> The hazard warning flashers are activated for approx. five minutes.
> The high beams flash on and off in
the same rhythm.
You can have different acknowledgment signals set to confirm
system arming and disarming.<
You can still open the liftgate after the
system has been armed by pressing
button 3 of the remote control. Refer to
page 39. When you close the liftgate, it
is secured again.
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Controls
Indicator lamp displays
> The indicator lamp below the interior
rearview mirror flashes continuously:
the system is armed.
> The indicator lamp flashes during
arming: a door(s), the hood or liftgate
are not completely closed. Even if
you do not close the alerted area, the
system begins to monitor the
remaining areas, and the indicator
lamp flashes continuously after
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.
Car care
The system indicates that it has been
correctly armed by switching on the
hazard flashers for a single cycle and by
emitting an acoustical signal.
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The system responds to unauthorized
vehicle entry and attempted theft by
simultaneously activating the following:
When the vehicle is locked or unlocked
with the key or the remote control, the
alarm system is also simultaneously
armed or disarmed.
The interior motion sensor is activated
approx. 30 seconds after you have
finished locking the vehicle.
Data
> When a door, the hood, or the liftgate
is opened.
> To movement inside the vehicle (interior motion sensor).
> To variations in the vehicle tilt sensor
such as occur during attempts to
steal the wheels or tow the vehicle.
> To interruption of battery voltage.
To activate and deactivate the
alarm system
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The vehicle alarm system responds:
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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.
Avoiding unintentional alarms
The tilt alarm sensor and interior motion
sensor may be switched off at the same
time. To prevent a false alarm from
being triggered (in garages with
elevator ramps, for instance), or when
the vehicle is transported by trailer or
train:
Actuate the lock (= arm the system)
twice; in other words, press button 2 of
the remote control twice in succession
(refer to page 38). You may also actuate
the locks twice with the key (refer to
page 36).
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.
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Following triggering of an alarm, the
indicator lamp will flash continuously.
Interior motion sensor
The illustration depicts the transmitter
and receiver of the interior motion
sensor.
In order for the interior motion sensor to
function properly, the windows and
sliding/tilt sunroof must be completely
closed.
However, be sure to deactivate the
interior motion sensor (see the previous
column) when you wish to leave the
windows or sliding/tilt sunroof open.
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Electric power windows
From ignition key position 1:
> Press the switch until you feel resistance:
The window continues to move as
long as you continue to hold the
switch.
> Press the switch beyond the resistance point:
The window moves downward automatically. Touch the switch again to
stop the opening movement.
You can close the windows in the same
manner by pulling the switch.
For the convenience mode via the door
lock or the remote control, refer to
page 36 or 38.
Safety feature
A contact strip is integrated into the
inner side of each of the upper window
frame sections. If pressure is exerted
against this contact strip while a
window is being raised, the system will
respond by stopping the window and
then retracting it a small distance.
Controls
Car care
Open and close windows
Technology Repairs
Remove the key from the ignition
when you leave the vehicle so that
children cannot operate the power
windows and possibly injure themselves.<
Despite this safety feature, be
extremely careful that the closing
path of the window is not obstructed
whenever it is closed. Otherwise, an
object might not touch the contact strip
in some situations (with very thin
objects, for instance).
You can override this safety feature by
pulling the switch beyond the resistance point and holding it.
Because the power windows are sealed
at high pressure to prevent wind noise
when closed, a powerful motor is
required for efficient closing. When
closing the windows, always ensure
that they are not obstructed in any way.
Unsupervised use of these systems can
result in serious personal injury.
Remove the ignition key to deactivate
the electric power windows whenever
you leave the vehicle. Never leave the
keys in the vehicle with unsupervised
children. Never place anything that
could obstruct the driver's vision on or
next to the windows.<
Data
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> You can still operate the windows as
long as neither of the front doors has
been opened. To open the windows,
press the switch beyond the resistance point.
Index
After the ignition has been switched off:
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Safety switch
With the safety switch, you can prevent
the rear windows from being opened or
closed via the switches in the rear
passenger area (by children, for
example). You can also prevent adjustments of the power rear-seat backrests
from the rear passenger area (refer to
page 52).
Press the safety switch whenever
children are riding in the rear of
the vehicle. Careless use of the power
windows can lead to injury.<
Sliding/Tilt sunroof with glass moonroof*
To prevent injuries, exercise care
when closing the sliding/tilt
sunroof and keep it in your field of
vision until it is shut.
Before leaving the vehicle, switch off
the electric sunroof mechanism by
taking out the ignition key. Do not leave
children unattended in the vehicle with
access to vehicle keys. Use of the key
can result in starting of the engine and
operation of vehicle systems such as
the power sunroof, etc. Unsupervised
use of these systems can result in
serious personal injury.<
You can avoid pressure or drafts in the
passenger compartment when the
sunroof is open or lifted by opening the
air outlets in the instrument panel and
increasing the air supply as required.
Refer to pages 102 and 109.
If the sunroof is completely open, air
disturbances may be caused in the
vehicle when you are driving at higher
speeds. Close the roof as far as is
necessary until this natural phenomenon ceases.
For the convenience mode via the door
lock or the remote control, refer to
page 36 or 38.
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Lifting – Opening – Closing
With the ignition key in position 1 or
higher, press the switch or slide it in the
desired direction until you feel resistance.
The headliner insert slides back somewhat when you raise the sunroof. When
the sunroof is opened, the headliner
retracts with it.
When the top is up, do not try to
force the sunroof trim piece
closed, otherwise the mechanism will
be damaged.<
After the ignition has been switched off,
you can still operate the sliding/tilt
sunroof as long as neither of the front
doors has been opened.
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Sliding/Tilt sunroof with glass moonroof*
> With the sunroof raised, hold the
control switch toward "Open" until
the roof has reached the desired
position.
Safety feature
If the sliding/tilt sunroof encounters
resistance at a point roughly past the
middle of its travel when it is closing,
the closing cycle is interrupted and the
sliding/tilt sunroof will open again
slightly.
Overview
Controls
Power loss or malfunction
After interruptions in the electrical
supply (when the battery is disconnected, for instance), the sunroof may
only lift. To reinitialize the mechanism:
1 Raise the sliding/tilt sunroof fully.
2 Press and hold the switch for approx.
twenty seconds.
In the event of an electrical malfunction,
you can also operate the sliding/tilt
sunroof manually. Refer to page 188.
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Pressing the switch again briefly stops
the motion.
Technology Repairs
> With the sunroof open, press the
switch briefly toward "Lift:" the
sunroof automatically extends to its
fully raised position.
Data
Other automatic operations are:
Despite this safety feature, be
extremely careful that the closing
path of the sunroof is not obstructed
whenever it is closed. Otherwise, triggering the closing-force limitation may
not be ensured in some situations (with
very thin objects, for instance). You can
disable this safety feature by pressing
the switch beyond the pressure point
and holding it.<
Index
Press the switch past the resistance
point and then release it.
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Automatic* opening and closing
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adjustment
For maximum safety when adjusting the
seat position, please observe the
following:
Never try to adjust your seat while
driving the vehicle. The seat could
respond with unexpected movement,
and the ensuing loss of vehicle control
could lead to an accident.
Be sure that the safety belt remains
firmly against your body at all times. In
the event of a frontal impact, a loose lap
belt could slide over your hips, leading
to abdominal injury. In addition, the
safety belt's restraint effectiveness is
reduced if the belt is worn loosely.
Never ride with the backrest reclined to
an extreme angle (especially important
for the front passenger to remember).
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.<
Power seat(s*)
Correct sitting posture
To reduce strain on the spinal column,
sit all the way back in the seat and rest
your back fully against the backrest.
The ideal sitting posture is achieved
with your head extending from your
spine in a straight line.
For long-distance driving, you may
wish to angle the backrest slightly to
reduce muscular tension. You should
be able to reach the highest point on
the steering wheel without straightening your arms.
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1 Tilt angle (driver's seat only)
2 Backward/Forward adjustment
3 Cushion height
4 Backrest angle
Adjust the head restraint manually.
Comply with the adjustment
instructions in the preceding
column. Failure to do so could result in
diminished personal safety.<
Lumbar support*
Refer to the BMW comfort seat on
page 50.
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Controls
To adjust the height of the front or rear
head restraints, pull the head restraint
up or push it down.
Head restraints reduce the risk of
spinal injury in the event of an
accident. Adjust the head restraint so
that its center is approximately level
with your ears.<
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To adjust the angle of the front head
restraints, tilt the head restraint to the
desired angle.
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Comply with the adjustment
instructions on page 48. Failure to
do so could result in diminished
personal safety.<
Adjustments
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2 Cushion height
Pull the lever and apply weight to or
remove weight from the seat as
required
3 Backrest angle
Pull the lever and apply weight to or
remove weight from the backrest as
required
Index
1 Backward/Forward adjustment
Pull the lever and slide the seat to the
desired position.
After you release the lever, move the
seat forward or backward slightly so
that it engages fully
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Mechanical seat
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Removal – front
1 Pull the head restraint upward to the
stop.
2 Press the button (arrow) and remove
the head restraint.
Installation – front
1 Press the button (arrow) and insert
the head restraint into the guides.
2 Adjust the head restraint for your
personal comfort.
Removal and installation – rear
To remove the head restraint, pull it
outward with a firm movement. To
install it, press it down firmly.
This seat allows you to make additional
adjustments for:
1 Lumbar support
2 Shoulder support
3 Head restraint height
Comply with the adjustment
instructions on page 48. Failure
to do so could result in diminished
personal safety.<
1 Lumbar support
You can adjust the backrest's contour
for additional support in the curvature
of your spine's lumbar region.
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> Press the front/rear of the switch:
Increase/decrease curvature.
> Press the upper/lower end of the
switch:
Increase the upper/lower curvature.
2 Shoulder support
Move the rocker switch in the direction
of the arrow to adjust the tilt angle of
the shoulder support.
You can use the adjustable upper backrest for supplementary support in the
shoulder region. This provides a
relaxed driving position and helps
relieve stress on the shoulder muscles.
The upper hips and spinal column
receive supplementary support to help
you maintain a relaxed, upright posture.
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BMW sports seat*
1 Adjust the upper backrest section to
its extreme rear position.
2 Increase the seat cushion tilt.
3 Tilt the backrest slightly further.
4 Bring the upper backrest section
forward.
Make corrections in the forward/
backward adjustment of the seat
to ensure that the safety belt still fits
firmly against your body. If you do not
do this, the protection provided by the
safety belt may be reduced.<
3 Head restraint height
Thigh support
Pull the lever and adjust the position of
the thigh support for your personal
comfort.
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Front passenger's seat adjusted for
relaxed traveling:
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1 Adjust the upper backrest section to
its extreme rear position.
2 Adjust for the optimal sitting position
as described on page 48.
3 Bring the upper backrest section
forward until your shoulders enjoy
firm support.
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Driver and front passenger:
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To obtain the optimal shoulder support
position, we recommend:
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BMW comfort seat*
Index
Move the switch in the desired direction.
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You can make separate adjustments of
the backrest tilt angle on the right and
left sides.
You can select a comfortable sitting
position and also increase the capacity
of the cargo area by moving the backrests into their most upright position.
From the rear seats: press the corresponding switch.
You can prevent adjustments of
the power rear-seat backrest from
the rear passenger area with the safety
switch for the power windows (refer to
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From the cargo area: the switches are
located on both sides of the cargo area.
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The steering wheel can be moved in
any of four directions. Adjust the wheel
by moving the control lever in the
desired direction.
Do not adjust the steering wheel
while the vehicle is moving. If you
do so, there is a risk of accident from
unexpected movement.<
To store the steering wheel setting,
refer to "Seat, mirror and steering
wheel memory" on page 55.
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Mirrors
Exterior mirrors
1 Mirror switch for 4-way adjustment
2 Left/right selection switch
You can also adjust the mirrors manually by pressing against the outer edges
of their lenses.
To store the mirror settings, refer to
"Seat, mirror and steering wheel
memory" on page 55.
Before going through a car wash,
manually fold the outside mirrors
inward, otherwise they could be
damaged, depending on the width of
the car wash system.<
Self-defrosting mirrors
Both mirrors are defrosted automatically when the ignition key is in
position 2.
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This automatic feature is controlled by
the position of the ignition key and by
the driver's door.
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In order to make it easier to get into and
out of the vehicle, the steering wheel
automatically moves into the top position and returns to the driving (memory)
position.
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(only in conjunction with seat, mirror
and steering wheel memory)
The mirror on the passenger's
side features a lens with a more
convex surface than the mirror installed
on the driver's side. When estimating
the distance between yourself and
other traffic, bear in mind that the
objects reflected in the mirror are closer
than they appear. This means that estimations of the distance to following
traffic should not be regarded as
precise.<
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adjustment
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Adjusting steering wheel
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Interior rearview mirror
To reduce glare from vehicles behind
you when you are driving at night, tilt
the mirror by turning the button.
Lighted vanity mirror
Fold down the sun visor and slide the
cover panel to the side as required.
The mirror lamps operate from ignition
key position 1 and up.
Sun visors
These can be folded down toward the
windshield or swiveled out against the
side windows.
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For trouble-free operation, keep the
photocells clean and do not cover the
area between the interior rearview
mirror and the windshield. Do not
attach any kind of stickers on the windshield in front of the mirror, either.
For an explanation of the electrochromic technology used in these
mirrors, refer to page 199.
Interior and exterior rearview
mirror with automatic dimmer*
By responding to the effects of ambient
light and the glare from following traffic,
these mirrors automatically dim through
an infinitely-variable range.
There are 2 photocells located in the
interior rearview mirror for this purpose.
One photocell (arrow) is in the mirror
glass, while the other is offset somewhat on the back of the mirror.
The mirrors automatically revert to their
clear, undimmed setting whenever you
select "Reverse."
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Overview
To select a stored setting
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Passenger side exterior mirror tilt
Index
1 With the driver's door closed and the function
ignition key either removed or in posi- (automatic curb monitor)
tion 0 or 2.
1 Move the mirror selector switch
2 Maintain pressure on the desired
(arrow) to the "driver's mirror" posimemory button (1, 2 or 3) until the
The adjustment of the lumbar support is
tion.
adjustment process is completed.
not stored in the memory.
2 When the selector lever is placed in
If you press the MEMORY button acci"Reverse," the passenger-side mirror
dentally: press the button a second
To store
tilts downward to help the driver
time — the indicator lamp goes out.
monitor the area directly adjacent to
1 Turn the ignition key to position 1 or 2.
the vehicle during parking (curbs,
2 Adjust the desired positions for the
Do not call up a position from the
etc.).
seat, exterior mirror and steering
memory while the vehicle is
wheel.
moving. There is a risk of accident from You can deactivate this automatic
3 Press the MEMORY button: the indifeature by setting the mirror selection
unexpected movement of the seat or
cator lamp in the button comes on.
switch to the "passenger side" position.
steering wheel.<
4 Press memory button 1, 2 or 3, as
desired: the indicator lamp goes out.
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Security function:
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You can store and call up three different
seat, exterior mirror and steering wheel
positions. The illustration shows the
buttons on the seat for making these
position adjustments.
1 Open the driver's door after
unlocking the vehicle or place the
ignition key in position 1.
2 Briefly press memory button 1, 2 or 3,
as desired.
Movement stops immediately when
one of the seat-adjustment or
memory buttons is activated during
the adjustment process.
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Convenience function:
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memory*
Car Memory, Key Memory
If you make use of the Key Memory,
be sure that the footwell behind
the driver's seat is unobstructed before
unlocking the vehicle. If you fail to do
so, persons or objects could be injured
or damaged if the seat should move
backward.<
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.
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Your BMW center can adjust your
vehicle's systems in such a
manner that your personalized settings
are automatically called up for the seat,
mirror and steering wheel positions
when you unlock the vehicle with your
personal remote control key.<
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.
There are settings related to the vehicle
("Car Memory") and settings related to
individuals ("Key Memory"). You can
configure up to four different basic
positions for four different persons. The
only requirement is that each person
uses his or her own remote control key.
In order for you to distinguish between
different keys, colored decals are
supplied together with the keys.
What the system can do
Your BMW center can provide you with
details on the capabilities of the "Car
Memory" and "Key Memory" systems.
Memory functions are possible for the
> driver's seat
> steering wheel
> exterior mirrors
> automatic climate control.
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.<
An example of Key Memory is the automatic adjustment of the driver's power
seat with settings stored in the memory
for the individual person when the
vehicle is unlocked.
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To fasten: make sure you hear the lock
engage in the belt buckle.
To release: press the red button in the
buckle. Hold the belt and guide it back
into its reel.
The two rear safety belt buckles which
are integrated in the rear seat are for
passengers sitting on the left and right.
The belt buckle with the word
"CENTER" is intended exclusively for a
passenger sitting in the middle.
For cleaning and care instructions, refer
to page 166.
Press the button up or down as
required.
For your safety, comply with the
following instructions for wearing
safety belts. If you do not, the safety
belts may not be able to provide their
maximum protection. The following
information also applies to your
passengers: never allow more than one
person to wear a single safety belt.
Never allow infants or small children to
ride in a passenger's lap. Avoid twisting
the belt while routing it firmly across the
pelvis and shoulder, wear it as snugly
against your body as possible. Do not
If the center safety belt cannot be
pulled out, the larger rear backrest
section is not engaged. Refer to
page 124.<
If the safety belt system has
been subjected to the stresses
involved in an accident or otherwise
damaged: have the entire safety belt
system replaced by your BMW center,
including the safety belt tensioner.
Have the safety belt anchors checked
also.c
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You can adjust the front and rear safety
belts to fit each passenger correctly
with the safety belt height adjustment.
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Fasten your safety belt at the beginning
of every trip.
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Safety belt height adjustment
Index
Drive with your safety belt on
allow the belt to rest against hard or
fragile objects in your pockets. Never
route the belt across your neck, do not
run it across sharp edges and ensure
that the belt does not become caught
or jammed. Avoid wearing bulky
clothing and pull on the belt periodically
to retension it over your shoulder. In the
event of a frontal impact, a loose lap
belt could slide over your hips, leading
to abdominal injury. In addition, the
safety belt's restraint effectiveness is
reduced if the belt is worn loosely.
Expectant mothers should always wear
their safety belts, taking care to position
the lap belt against the lower hips,
where it will not exert pressure against
the abdominal area.<
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Indicator lamp
1 Front airbag for driver and front
passenger
2 Side Impact Head Protection System
for driver and front passenger (front
and rear*)
3 Side airbags for driver and front
passenger (front and rear*)
Protective effect
The front airbags supplement the safety
belts by providing additional protection
for the front-seat occupants in the event
of a severe frontal impact in which the
protection afforded by the safety belts
alone may no longer be sufficient. The
Side Impact Head Protection System
and the side airbags help provide
protection in the event of a side impact.
Each of the side airbags is designed to
help support the upper body.
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The indicator lamp in the instrument panel shows the operational status of the airbag
system from ignition key position 1
and up.
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.<
The illustration depicts schematically
the primary directions of vehicle impact
that initiate an airbag deployment.
System operational:
> The indicator lamp comes on briefly
then goes out.
System malfunction:
> The indicator lamp fails to come on.
> The indicator lamp comes on briefly
before going out and then lighting up
again.
A system malfunction could prevent the
system from responding to an impact
occurring within its normal response
range.
Please have your BMW center inspect
and repair the system as soon as
possible.
The airbags will not be triggered in
the event of a minor accident, a
vehicle roll-over or a collision from the
rear.<
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Airbags
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At all times, occupants should sit
upright and be properly restrained
(infants and small children in appropriate child restraint systems; larger
children and adults using the safety
belts). Never let an occupant's head
rest near or on a side airbag because
the inflating airbag could cause a
serious or fatal injury. Please note that
the word "Airbag" imprinted on the door
trim panel indicates the airbag's location.
Accident research shows that the
safest place for children in an automobile is in the rear seat. However, a
child sitting in the rear seat and not
properly restrained may place his or her
head on or near the airbag, if so
equipped.
For example, a child — even though
belted — may fall asleep with his or her
head against the side airbag. It may be
difficult for a driver to ensure that children in the rear seat will remain properly positioned at all times and do not
place their heads on or near the side
airbag. Therefore, we recommend that
the rear side airbags, if provided, be
deactivated if you plan to transport
children in the rear seat.
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Do not apply adhesive materials to the
cover panels of the airbags, cover them
or modify them in any other way.
Do not install a rear-facing child
restraint system in the front passenger
seat of this car.
Children under 13 years of age and
children less than 5 feet (150 cm) tall
should ride only in the rear seat.
Infants or small children should never
be held on the lap of a passenger.
If your car is equipped with side airbags
in the rear passenger area, be sure that
child restraints are mounted correctly
and provided with the greatest-possible
distance between the airbags in the
side trim panels. Do not allow children
to lean out of the child's seat in the
direction of the side trim panels. If they
do so, serious injuries can occur if the
airbag is triggered.<
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For your safety, comply with the
following instructions for the
airbags. If you do not, the airbags may
not be able to provide their maximum
protection. All passengers in the vehicle
should be aware of and comply with
this information:
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.
Make sure you are seated comfortably
in your seat, in such a way that you
always maintain control, and are not too
close to the steering wheel.
Always hold the steering wheel by the
rim to keep any chance of injury to
hands or arms to an absolute minimum,
should the airbag be deployed.
No one and nothing is to come between
the airbag and the seat occupant.
Do not use the cover panel above the
front passenger-side airbag as a
storage area.
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Even when all these guidelines are
observed, there is still a small residual
risk of injuries to the face, hands and
arms occurring from airbag deployment
in isolated instances. The ignition and
inflation noise may provoke a mild
temporary hearing loss in extremely
sensitive individuals.
This is the right way for a child to sit in a
child restraint when rear side airbags
(arrow) are provided.
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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.<
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This is the right way for a larger child to
sit wearing the safety belt when rear
side airbags (arrow) are provided.
Airbag warning information is also
provided on the sun visors.
For additional information concerning
the airbag system, refer to pages 168
and 196.
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All rear seating positions in your vehicle
meet the recommendations of SAE
J1819, an industry-recommended practice for securing child restraint systems
in motor vehicles.
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Younger children should be secured in
an appropriate forward-facing child
restraint system that has first been
properly secured with a safety belt.
Never install a rear-facing child restraint
system in the front passenger seat.
We strongly urge you to carefully read
and comply with the instructions for
installation and use provided by the
child restraint's manufacturer whenever you use such a device.
Be sure that all occupants (of all ages)
remain properly and securely restrained
at all times.<
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Before installing any child restraint
device or child seat, please read
the following:
Never install a rear-facing child restraint
system in the front passenger seat of
this vehicle.
Your vehicle is equipped with an airbag
supplemental restraint system for the
front passenger. Because the backrest
on any rear-facing child restraint
system (of the kind designed for infants
under 1 year and 20 Ibs./9 kg) would be
within the airbag's deployment range,
you should never mount such a device
in the front passenger seat, since the
impact of the airbag against the child
restraint's backrest could lead to
serious or fatal injuries.
If it is necessary for a child (not an
infant) to ride in the front seat, certain
precautions should be taken. First,
move the passenger seat as far away
from the dashboard as possible. This
important precaution is intended to
maximize the distance between the
airbag and the child. Older children
should be tightly secured with a safety
belt.
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Commercially-available child restraint
systems 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.
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62nTransporting
children safely
To lock the belt
Child seat security
All of the rear belt retractors and the
front passenger's safety belt can be
locked for mounting and securing child
restraint systems.
Information regarding this is located
near the buckle latch of each safety
belt.
To release the belt
Release the buckle, remove the childrestraint device and allow the belt
retractor to reel the belt completely in.
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Pull the entire length of the belt from
the belt retractor. 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.
If you use a child restraint system with a
tether strap, three additional tether
anchorage points (refer to the arrows in
the illustration) have been provided.
Depending on the location selected
for seating in the rear passenger area,
attach the tether strap to the
corresponding anchorage point to
secure the child restraint system.
Remove the cover first on the middle
location.
If the respective seating position is
fitted with a headrest lift the headrest
and pass the tether strap between the
headrest and the seat back.
Adjust the tether strap according to the
child restraint manufacturer's instructions.
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Transporting children safely
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To install a LATCH child-restraint
system, please follow the manufacturer's operating instructions and safety
precautions.
The door can now be opened from the
outside only.
Slide the safety lever on the rear doors
downward:
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Child-safety locks
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The illustration shows the mounts for a
LATCH child-restraint system in the left
rear seat.
Data
Remove cover panel by pulling it off
toward the front.
Simply put it back on to reattach it.
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64nSteering/Ignition
0 Steering lock engaged
The key can only be inserted and
removed in this position.
After removing the key, turn the
steering wheel slightly to the left or right
until you hear the lock engage.
Once the ignition has been switched off
(ignition key in position 0 or pulled out),
the radio functions are still available for
approx. 20 minutes. Turn the radio back
on to use it.
An acoustic warning is sounded when
you fail to remove the ignition key after
opening the driver's door.
Starting the engine
Vehicles with automatic transmission:
Do not move the selector lever from the
"Park" position until the engine is
running (ignition key in position 2).
In order to turn the key to position 0 or
to remove it, first move the selector
lever to the "Park" position (Interlock).<
1 Steering lock disengaged
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.
Individual electrical devices are ready
for operation.
2 Ignition on
Before starting
> Engage the parking brake.
> Be sure that the transmission
selector is in "Neutral" (or "Park" if
the vehicle is equipped with an automatic transmission).
> Depress the clutch pedal.
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.<
All electrical devices are ready for
operation.
3 Starting the engine
Vehicles with manual transmission: depress the clutch when
starting the engine. If you do not, a lock
prevents the engine from starting.<
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Do not allow the engine to warm up
by leaving it running while the vehicle
remains stationary. Instead, begin to
drive immediately at a moderate engine
speed.
> For the initial start attempt, allow the
starter to remain engaged somewhat
longer (approx. 10 seconds).
> Press the accelerator pedal halfway
down while engaging the starter.
Engine idle speed is controlled by the
engine computer system. Increased
speeds at startup 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.
Vehicles with automatic transmission:
The vehicle must be stationary and the
selector lever in "Park" before you can
remove the ignition key.
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Cold starts at very low temperatures,
from approx. +5 7 (–15 6) and at altitudes above 3,300 ft (1,000 meters):
Never remove the ignition key
while the vehicle is rolling. If you
did so, the ignition lock would engage
when the steering wheel is turned.
Always remove the ignition key and
engage the steering lock before leaving
the vehicle.
Vehicles with manual transmission:
Always engage the parking brake when
parking on slopes and inclined
surfaces. Even placing the lever in
1st gear or reverse may not provide
adequate resistance to rolling.
Vehicles with automatic transmission:
Place the selector lever in "Park."<
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> Press the accelerator pedal halfway
down while engaging the starter.
Turn the ignition key to position 1 or 0.
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BMW X5 3.0i:
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 as soon as the
engine starts.
BMW X5 4.4i:
Your BMW is equipped with the convenience starting feature. Simply turn the
key to position 3 (starter) and then
release it immediately.
The starter continues to operate automatically.
The automatic starting mode will not
operate if the battery voltage is low.
The engine can be started by means of
jump-starting (refer to page 190).<
Should the engine fail to start on the
first attempt (if it is very hot or cold, for
instance):
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Do not press the accelerator pedal
while starting the engine.
Switching off the engine
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The parking brake is primarily designed
to prevent the vehicle from rolling while
parked. It operates against the rear
wheels.
To engage
The lever engages automatically and
the "PARKING BRAKE" or "BRAKE" (in
Canada "P") indicator lamp comes on in
the instrument cluster in ignition key
position 2. Refer to pages 22 and 23.
To release
Pull up slightly on the lever, press the
button and lower the lever.
If, in exceptional circumstances, it
should be necessary to engage
the parking brake while the vehicle is in
motion, do not pull it with excessive
pressure. Keep your thumb pressed
against the release button while carefully pulling up the lever to apply
moderate pressure.
Excessive pressure can lead to overbraking and loss of traction (fishtailing)
at the rear axle.
The brake lamps do not come on when
the parking brake is applied.
Vehicles with manual transmission:
Always engage the parking brake when
parking on slopes and inclined
surfaces. Even placing the lever in
1st gear or reverse may not provide
adequate resistance to rolling.
Vehicles with automatic transmission:
Place the selector lever in "Park."<
To avoid corrosion, 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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Manual transmission
Depress the clutch when starting the
vehicle, too, otherwise, lockout will
prevent the engine from starting if the
clutch is not depressed.
The shift lever's neutral gate (dot in the
illustration) is located between 3rd and
4th gear.
When shifting from each gear through
"Neutral," the shift lever returns automatically to this neutral position
because of its spring loading.
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Do not hold the vehicle in place on
slopes by slipping or "riding" the
clutch. Use the parking brake instead.
A slipping clutch increases clutch
wear.<
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Press the clutch pedal all the way down
each time you shift, pressing the
manual-shift gear lever into its proper
end position.
As you do this, the backup lamps will
turn on automatically when the ignition
key is in position 2.
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Select "Reverse" only when the vehicle
is completely stopped. Press the shift
lever to the left to overcome the resistance.
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Reverse
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You can drive as with a normal automatic transmission. In addition, you can
also shift manually.
When you move the selector lever from
the "D" position to the left into the M/S
range, the performance-oriented shift
programs of the automatic transmission
are engaged. As soon as you briefly
touch the selector lever in the "+" or "–"
direction, Steptronic changes the gear.
The manual mode is engaged. When
you wish to use the automatic transmission mode again, move the selector
lever to the right into the "D" position.
The automatic transmission of your
BMW is equipped with Adaptive Transmission Control (ATC), a system which
reacts with precision to your individual
driving style and the driving conditions.
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To achieve this, different shift programs
are automatically engaged.
For additional details concerning the
ATC, please refer to the chapter
describing "Advanced technology" on
page 196.
Selector lever positions
P R N D M/S
The transmission range display varies
according to the equipment of your
vehicle (refer to the illustrations).
Starting the engine
The engine can only be started in
selector lever positions P ("Park") or N
("Neutral").
Range selection
A detent prevents inadvertent shifts to
the "Reverse" or "Park" selector lever
positions. To disengage the detent,
press the button on the front side of
the shift knob (arrow).
While the vehicle is stationary and
before shifting out of "Park" or
"Neutral," depress the footbrake in
order to disengage the selector lever's
lock mechanism (Shiftlock).
Hold the footbrake down until starting
off. The vehicle will otherwise "creep"
when a drive position is engaged.<
If you leave the vehicle with the
engine running, move the selector
lever to the "Park" or "Neutral" position
and apply the parking brake. If you fail
to do this, the vehicle could move.
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Automatic transmission with Steptronic*
Select "Reverse" only when the vehicle
is completely stopped.
N — Neutral
Select "Neutral" only if your journey is
interrupted for a longer period.
D — Drive
(automatic shift program)
This position is designed for driving
under all normal operating conditions.
All forward gears are available.
"Kickdown"
In the "Kickdown" mode, you achieve
maximum performance.
Depress the accelerator pedal past the
increased resistance point at the fullthrottle position.
M/S Manual mode and
Sport Program
When you change from D to M/S, the
Sport Program is activated. This is indicated by "D S" in the gear selection
display. The Sport Program is designed
for performance-oriented driving.
With the first brief touch, the automatic
transmission shifts from the Sport
Program to the manual mode. When
you move the selector lever forward in
the "+" direction, the transmission shifts
up. When the lever is moved back in the
"–" direction, the transmission shifts
down. Depending on the equipment
version, 1 to 5 or M1 to M5 is indicated
in the transmission range display.
Upshifts or downshifts will only be
carried out by the ATC at appropriate
engine speeds and road speeds. If the
You can only change from M/S to
selector lever positions "P," "R" and "N"
via the "D" position.
In the following situations, the Steptronic "thinks" for you in the manual
mode:
> In order to prevent engine overspeeding, the transmission shifts
automatically to the next higher gear
shortly before the RPM cutoff point.
> At low speeds, the transmission
shifts down automatically – you do
not have to act.
> In the "Kickdown" mode, the transmission shifts down to the lowest
possible gear based on the engine
speed.
> Depending on the situation – when
driving in adverse winter conditions,
for example – you may also start out
in 2nd or 3rd gear.
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Controls
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R — Reverse
If you are driving in the manual
mode and wish to accelerate
rapidly – to pass another vehicle, for
example – shift down manually or with
the kickdown function.<
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Select "Park" only when the vehicle is
completely stopped. The transmission
locks to prevent the rear wheels from
turning.
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engine speed is too high, for instance,
the downshift will not be executed. The
gear selected will appear briefly in the
instrument cluster followed by the
current gear.
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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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transmission with Steptronic*
Electronic transmission control
module
If the indicator lamp comes on
or the message "TRANS.FAILSAFE PROG" appears in the
Check Control*, there is a fault in the
transmission system.
Bring the vehicle to a stop. Move the
transmission selector lever to "P." Set
the parking brake and turn the engine
off (ignition key to position 0).
Wait a few seconds, then start the
engine.
If the indicator lamp goes out after a
few seconds, normal transmission
performance has been restored. You
may continue to drive as usual. If the
indicator lamp does not go out, you can
place the selector lever in all positions.
However, the vehicle will now only drive
forward with limited gear selection.
If this happens, avoid extreme engine
loads and consult the nearest BMW
center.
Indicator/Headlamp flasher
Do not work in the engine
compartment when a drive gear
(forward or reverse) is engaged. If you
do this, the vehicle could move.<
Information on jump-starting, towstarting and towing begins on
page 190.
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1 High beams (blue indicator)
2 Headlamp flasher (blue indicator)
3 Turn signal indicator (green indicator
accompanied by periodic clicking
sound from the relay)
If the indicator lamp and the clicking
from the relay are both faster than
normal, one of the turn signal indicators
has failed.
To signal briefly
Press the lever up to but not beyond
the detent. It then returns to the center
position when released.
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2 Normal wipe
3 Fast wipe
4 Brief wipe
5 Clean the windshield
6 Special wash program*
7 Rotary dial for control of the wipe
interval or the sensitivity of the rain
sensor*
> With the lever in position 1, switch off
the ignition as soon as the wipers
come to a stop.
Rain sensor:
If equipped with a rain sensor *:
1 Switch on the wipers with the lever in
position 1, 2 or 4.
2 When the wipers are approx. vertical,
switch the ignition off.
For changing the wiper blades, refer to
page 174.
Fold the wipers back down onto
the windshield before you turn the
ignition key to position 1 or 2 again. If
you do not, they could be damaged.<
You can set the wipe interval to four
stages with rotary dial 7.
In addition, the wipe interval is varied
automatically depending on road
speed.
When the rain sensor is activated, the
windshield wiper is controlled automatically, depending on the degree of
wetness of the windshield (in both snow
and rain). You do not have to be
concerned with switching the windshield wiper on or off or adjusting the
wipe interval between intermittent and
full wipe. Instead, you can concentrate
fully on the traffic conditions. This is
especially important under adverse
weather conditions.
The rain sensor is positioned on the
windshield, directly in front of the interior rearview mirror.
To activate the rain sensor:
Move the lever to position 1 with the
ignition key in position 1 or higher. The
wipers travel once across the windshield, regardless of the weather
conditions.
Overview
Intermittent wipe:
Controls
The left wiper is partially concealed by
the hood. In order to bring the wipers to
roughly a vertical position (this is important for changing the wiper blades or to
fold the wipers out during frosty
weather, for example):
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1 Intermittent mode or rain
sensor*
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1 Intermittent mode or rain sensor *
0 Wipers retracted (home
position)
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0 Wipers retracted
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system
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You can leave the lever permanently in
position 1. It is then only necessary to
activate the rain sensor from ignition
key position 1 and up. To do this,
2 Normal wiper speed
Clean the headlamps*
The system switches automatically to
intermittent operation when the vehicle
is not moving (not on vehicles with rain
sensor*).
> With the special wash program 6.
> With every fifth actuation of clean the
windshield 5 when the vehicle's
lighting is switched on.
3 Fast wiper speed
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 156.
Do not use the washers when the reservoir is empty. This could cause damage
to the washer pump.<
The wipers operate at normal speed
when the vehicle is not moving (not on
vehicles with rain sensor*).
5 Clean the windshield
The system sprays washer fluid against
the windshield and activates the wipers
for a brief period.
> turn rotary dial 7 briefly or
> clean the windshield 5 or use the
special wash program 6.
If you pull the lever only briefly, the
system sprays washer fluid onto the
windshield without activating the
wipers.
To adjust the sensitivity of the rain
sensor:
Turn rotary dial 7.
6 Special wash program*
Deactivating the rain sensor:
Move lever to position 0.
Turn the rain sensor off in automatic car washes. If you do not,
damage may occur if the wipers switch
on unintentionally.<
Windshield washer jets
The windshield washer jets are warmed
automatically when the ignition key is in
position 2.
As at 5; there are also several additional
wash cycles, and the headlamps are
cleaned*.
This program is recommended after you
have driven on extremely dirty roads.
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Rear window defroster
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Overview
Programming is deleted:
> Approx. 10 seconds after the lever is
placed in position 0 or
> after the engine is switched off.
Controls
Press the button: as long as the indicator lamp remains on, the rear window
defroster continues at high-output
(rapid thaw).
2 Clean the rear window
You can also program the interval:
> Switch briefly from position 0 to position 1.
> The time until reactivation (from position 0 to 1) is the programmed
interval (max. 30 seconds).
After the indicator lamp goes out, the
defroster continues operating at
reduced power for a limited period
before deactivating automatically.
Vehicles with air conditioner:
Refer to page 100 for the location of the
button.
To deactivate
Press the button if the indicator lamp
lights up.
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1 Rear window wiper in intermittent
operation. When reverse gear is
engaged, continuous operation is
switched on automatically
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To activate
0 Retracted (home) position of the rear
window wiper
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Rear window wiper
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For changing the wiper blade, refer to
page 174.
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control
To store and maintain speed or to
accelerate
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The system stores and maintains the
current vehicle speed. Every time you
briefly touch the button, the speed
increases by approx. 0.6 mph (1 km/h).
You can store and automatically maintain any desired vehicle speed above
approx. 20 mph (30 km/h).
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 or gravel,
sand).<
To decelerate
Press button 3 briefly:
When cruise control is active, every
briefly touch of the button reduces the
speed by approx. 0.6 mph (1 km/h).
Press and hold button 3:
With the cruise control active, the
Press and hold button 2:
system automatically reduces the
The vehicle accelerates without presthrottle opening to slow the vehicle.
sure on the accelerator pedal. When
When you release the button, the
you release the button, the system
system stores and maintains the
stores and maintains the current speed. current speed.
If, on a downhill gradient, the
engine's braking effect is not sufficient, the controlled speed can be
exceeded. Speed can drop on uphill
grades if the engine output is insufficient.<
To activate the system
In ignition key position 1 or 2:
Press button 1, the indicator lamp in the
instrument cluster comes on. You can
now use the cruise control.
For the arrangement of the buttons in
the Sports steering wheel*: refer to
page 27.
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In addition, the system is also automatically deactivated in response to the
following conditions:
> When you apply pressure to the
brake pedal.
> When you apply pressure to the
clutch pedal or when you move the
automatic transmission selector lever
from "Drive" to "Neutral."
> If you exceed or fall below the
programmed speed for an extended
period (by depressing the accelerator, for example).
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When the cruise control has been
canceled, press button 1 again. The
indicator lamp goes off and the stored
speed is deleted.
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Controls
To deactivate the system
Press button 4:
The vehicle accelerates to and maintains the last speed stored. When you
turn the ignition key to position 0, the
stored speed is deleted and the system
is deactivated.
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When the system is activated, press
button 1. The indicator lamp stays on.
You can use the cruise control again as
required.
To resume the stored setting
Data
To cancel the cruise control
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outside temperature display
Ice warning
If the outside temperature drops to
approx. +37.5 7 (+3 6), a signal
sounds as a warning and the display
flashes for a brief period.
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The warning is repeated whenever the
temperature climbs to at least +43 7
(+6 6) following the last warning and
then drops back to +37.5 7 (+3 6).
1 Odometer
3 Outside temperature display
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).
The outside temperature appears in the
display from ignition key position 1 and
higher.
The range of available displays varies
according to your individual vehicle's
equipment.
2 Trip odometer
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.<
You can change the units of measurement (6/7) by
1 pressing and holding down the
button (arrow) with the ignition key
in position 1
2 and then turning the ignition key to 0.
To reset the trip odometer to zero,
press the button (arrow) with the ignition key in position 1 or 2.
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Fuel gauge
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> 2.0 gallons (8 liters) – BMW X5 3.0i
> 2.5 gallons (10 liters) – BMW X5 4.4i
of fuel still in the tank.
Tank capacity: refer to page 209.
Certain operating conditions (such as
those encountered in mountainous
areas) may cause the needle to fluctuate slightly.
Please refuel early, as driving to
the last drop of fuel can result in
damage to the engine and/or catalytic
converter.<
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stays on, there are approx.
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When the vehicle is stationary, the
display goes to "Maximum" (zero on
Canadian models).
When you switch on the ignition, the
indicator lamp comes on briefly to
confirm that the system is operational.
Data
To protect the engine, the engine
management system automatically
interrupts the fuel supply in this range;
the resulting effect resembles that
associated with a sudden loss of
power.
Indicates the current fuel consumption
in mpg (in liters/100 km on Canadian
vehicles). This allows you to see
whether your current driving style is
conducive to fuel economy with
minimum exhaust emissions.
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Do not operate the engine with the
needle in the red overspeed zone of the
gauge.
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Tachometer
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temperature gauge
Service Interval Display
Between the blue and red zones
Blue
Checking coolant level: refer to
page 160.
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Normal operating range. It is not
unusual for the needle to rise as far as
the edge of the red zone in response to
high outside temperatures or severe
operating conditions.
The engine is still cold. Drive at
moderate engine and vehicle speeds.
The range of available displays varies
according to your individual vehicle's
equipment.
Red
Green lamps
When you switch on the ignition, the
warning lamp comes on briefly to
confirm that the system is operational.
The number of illuminated lamps
decreases as the time for your next
maintenance visit approaches.
If the warning lamp comes on while
driving or the message "COOLANT
TEMPERATURE" appears in the Check
Control*: the engine is overheated.
Shut off the engine immediately and
allow it to cool down.
Yellow lamp
This field appears together with
OILSERVICE or INSPECTION.
Maintenance is due. Please contact
your BMW center for an appointment.
Red lamp
The maintenance deadline has been
passed.
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Check Control
Controls
1 Check low beams
1 Status report symbol
2 Add washer fluid (goes out after
approx. 1 minute)
2 Display
These defects are immediately indicated by a gong and a flashing warning
symbol 1. Simultaneous defects will be
displayed consecutively. These status
messages remain in the display until the
defects are corrected. They cannot be
deleted by pressing the CHECK
button 3:
3 Door open
Messages concerning system faults are
differentiated based on two priorities:
4 Tailgate open
5 Check brake and tail lamps.
A defective center brake lamp is indicated by the upper symbol
When you open the door after stopping,
a warning signal sounds without a
visual indicator for:
> LIGHTS ON and
> KEY IN IGNITION LOCK.
3 CHECK button
> RELEASE PARKINGBRAKE
> COOLANT TEMPERATURE
The coolant is overheated. Stop the
vehicle immediately and switch off
the engine. Refer to pages 78
and 160.
> STOP!ENGINE OILPRESS
The oil pressure is too low. Stop the
vehicle immediately and switch off
the engine. Refer to page 22.
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Priority 1
Text messages are used to alert the
driver to system malfunctions when the
ignition key is turned to position 2. The
alert is accompanied by a gong.
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Alphanumeric display*
The following alerts or status messages
are displayed with icons from ignition
key position 2 and up until the defects
are corrected:
Data
Graphic display*
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Control
> CHECK BRAKE FLUID
Indicates that brake fluid is down to
approximately the minimum level.
Top up the brake fluid at the next
opportunity. Refer to page 161. Have
the cause of the brake fluid loss diagnosed and corrected by your BMW
center.
> SELFLEVEL SUSP.INACT
Please consult the nearest BMW
center. Refer to page 143.
> SPEED LIMIT*
You will see this message if the
programmed speed limit has been
exceeded.
Priority 2
These displays appear for 20 seconds
when the ignition key is turned to position 2. The warning symbols remain
after the message disappears. You can
call up the messages again for display
by pressing the CHECK button.
> TRUNKLID OPEN
This message appears only at the
start of a trip.
> DOOR OPEN
This message appears after a
minimal defined road speed has been
exceeded.
> FASTEN SEAT BELTS*
In addition to this message, an indicator lamp with the safety belt icon
appears and an acoustical signal is
sounded.
> WASHER FLUID LOW
The fluid level is too low; top up at
the next opportunity. Refer to
page 156.
> CHECK ENGINE OIL LEV
The oil level is at the absolute
minimum; refill as soon as possible,
refer to page 157. Do not drive more
than approx. 30 miles (50 km) until
you add oil.
> CHECK FILLER CAP
Check to see whether the fuel filler
cap has been closed properly. Refer
to page 29. A fuel filler cap that has
not been closed all the way will set
off the Service Engine Soon lamp.
> OUTSIDE TEMP. +23 7 (–5 6)
This display is only an example. The
current temperature is displayed at
outside temperatures of +37.5 7
(+3 6) and below. Refer also to
page 76.
> CHECK BRAKE LIGHTS
A lamp has failed or the electrical
circuit has a fault. Refer to pages 177
and 178 or consult an BMW center.
> CHECK LOWBEAM LIGHTS
CHECK SIDE LIGHTS
CHECK REAR LIGHTS
CHECK FRONT FOGLAMPS
CHECK LICPLATE LIGHT
CHECK HIGHBEAM LIGHT
CHECK BACK UP LIGHTS
Defective bulb or circuit. Refer to
page 175 or consult a BMW center.
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Check Control
No malfunctions are present in the
monitored systems.
This display appears when you open
the driver's door after parking the
vehicle. A supplementary gong is also
heard.
Status reports remain available for a
period of approx. three minutes after
the display goes out and the key is
removed from the ignition. Press the
CHECK button 3. If there were multiple
reports, press the CHECK button
repeatedly to view them all in
sequence.
Computer
You will find a description of the
computer in the Owner's Manual for
the Radio and Information System or
the Owner's Manual for the Onboard
Computer.
You can have the Check Control
and computer messages
displayed in a different language.<
Data
> LIGHTS ON
> KEY IN IGNITION LOCK
> CHECK ENGINE OIL LEV
Add engine oil at the next opportunity
(next stop for fuel). Refer to
page 157.
Overview
The following displays will appear when
appropriate:
Controls
Press the CHECK button 3 with the
ignition key in position 2: CHECK
CONTROL OK appears in the display.
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To check the Check Control
All of the malfunctions registered during
the trip appear consecutively when the
ignition key is turned to position 0.
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Displays after completion of trip
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> TRANS. FAILSAFE PROG
Please consult the nearest BMW
center. Refer to page 70.
> CHECK BRAKE LININGS
Have the brake linings inspected by
your BMW center. Refer to page 141.
> CHECK COOLANT LEVEL
Coolant too low, top up at the next
opportunity. Refer to page 160.
> ENGINE FAILSAFE PROG
There is a fault in the engine's electronic control system.
You can continue to drive with
reduced engine output or engine
speed. Have the system checked by
your BMW center.
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Mode selection
From ignition key position 1 and up,
you can call up information from the
computer using the button in the turn
signal lever. By pressing the button
briefly in the direction of the steering
column, you can call up a new function
for display.
The displays appear in the following
order: outside temperature, average
fuel consumption, cruising range,
average speed.
Outside temperature and average
fuel consumption
You can change the units of measurement (6/7) for the outside temperature display by
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Cruising range and average speed
The computer bases its calculations of
the cruising range on the previous
driving style and conditions.
This computer ignores any time spent
1 pressing and holding the trip
when the vehicle is stationary and the
odometer reset button (in ignition
engine is not running in its average
key position 1).
speed calculations.
2 and then turning the ignition key to 0.
Refer also to page 76.
Starting with ignition key position 1,
the last active setting is displayed.
The range of available displays varies
according to your individual vehicle's
equipment.
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Computer
Overview
Controls
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If you continue to press the button in
the turn signal lever, the average values
which were just displayed for fuel
consumption and speed will be recalculated from that point. The engine
must be running for this calculation.
If your vehicle has Check Control with
alphanumeric display, the system's
computer is described beginning on
page 88 and in the Owner's Manual for
the Onboard Computer.
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To restart calculations
Computer with alphanumeric
display*
Data
If the button in the turn-signal lever is
pressed briefly while the average speed
is displayed, the computer display can
be masked out.
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To cancel the display
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84nMulti-Information
Display (MID)*
Central display
> Digital clock (e.g. time display, date)
> Audio systems (radio, cassette, CD)
> Computer (e.g. fuel consumption,
cruising range)
> Cellular phone ( e.g. dialing).
You will find explanations and notes
for operating the digital clock and the
computer on the following pages.
Please refer to the separate Owner's
Manuals for operating the audio
systems, the cellular phone and the
Onboard Computer.
Any unrealistic numerical entries
will not be accepted.
All stored data will be lost if the power
supply is interrupted. Time display,
switch-on times for independent
heating and ventilation, distance and
cruise control speed limit may have to
be reset once the power supply has
been re-established.<
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The MID serves as the central display
and operation for the following onboard
systems:
1 Function button for audio systems
2 Function button for the cellular
phone*
3 Indicator lamp for independent
ventilation*
> remains on if switch-on time is
active
> flashes while operating
6 Display for the entry and query buttons. Depending on the operating
mode, the functions and alternatives
that can be selected at the buttons
are displayed here
7 Entry and query buttons for operating
the various computer systems
4 Function button for the digital clock
and computer
5 Indicator display for the various
computer systems
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Digital clock in the MID*
Press the left side of the button.
Press the right side of the button:
The dots flash in the display.
Press.
To call up time or date
You can have the time displayed in
12 or 24 hours.
To change the display:
Press the left side of the button.
If the 12-hour time display is in use, AM
or PM appears after the time.
To alter the setting:
Press the right side of the button:
The dots and the DATE display flash.
Press on the left or right, or hold the
button down.
To alter the setting:
To store the input:
Press on left or right, or hold the button
down.
Press the right side of the button.
To store the input:
Press the right side of the button.
The clock takes leap years into account
and therefore does not have to be reset
manually.
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Display shows:
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Press the left side of the button.
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Press the left side of the button.
Controls
To change the date
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Changing the time display
Data
Only make inputs when the vehicle is standing still – to avoid
endangering yourself or other road
users.<
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86nDigital
clock in the MID*
Reminder signal
You can program a reminder signal
(Memo) to be heard every hour, so that
you are sure not to miss a news
broadcast.
Timer
To start the stopwatch function:
Press the left side of the button.
Press the right side of the button.
To take an intermediate time reading:
Press the left side of the button.
Press.
Display shows:
Press.
Press.
MEMO OFF appears in the display for
entry and query buttons, and the tone
symbol will appear in the upper right of
the display.
A signal is then heard 15 seconds before each hour.
Press.
The stopwatch display can be seen
counting up; the stopwatch continues
to run.
To halt the stopwatch:
Press the right side of the button.
The stopwatch is halted when the
ignition switch is turned back to 0,
but starts to run again when the ignition
key is turned to 1.<
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Digital clock in the MID*
Press on the left or right, or hold the
button down.
Press twice.
Please follow the instructions for
To confirm the input:
operating the independent ventilation that start on page 114.<
Directly switching the independent ventilation* on and off
The independent ventilation function can only be called up in ignition key position 1.<
Press the right side of the button.
Press the left side of the button.
The activated time is marked with an
asterisk.
Press the left side of the button.
The switch-on times remain memorized
until new inputs are made.
You can change switch-on times that
have already been memorized by
making a new time input as described
above.
Press the right side of the button:
Display flashes, e. g. TIMER 1.
When the switch-on time is active, the
LED comes on in the MID. During actual
operation of the ventilation, the LED
flashes. The LED goes out when the
system is switched off.
Press.
Data
Display shows:
Index
Press on the left/right.
Controls
Overview
To activate/deactivate the time:
Car care
You can enter two different switch-on
times.
The ventilation will shut off
automatically after 30 minutes.
To input the time:
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Enter the switch-on times for the
independent ventilation*
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in the MID*
Only make inputs when the
vehicle is standing still – to avoid
endangering yourself or other road
users.<
Computer calculations begin at the
start of the journey.
Information can also be called up in the
display by remote control, refer to
page 92.
Speed limit
Display shows:
Speed limit input:
You can input the road speed here
at which you wish to hear and see a
Input the limit by pressing the function
reminder signal: a signal will sound, the
buttons.
word LIMIT will flash, and with the
To correct an entry:
Check Control with alphanumeric
display*, the speed limit warning stored
in the memory will appear on the instrument cluster briefly
The speed limit reminder is only
repeated if the vehicle has in the
meantime been driven at least 3 mph
(approx. 5 km/h) slower.
Press the left side of the button and
repeat the input.
To store the input:
Press the right side of the button.
Press the right side of the button.
Press.
Press the right side of the button.
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Computer in the MID*
Input:
To correct an entry:
Overview
The remaining distance to the destination will be displayed on the screen.
Enter the entire distance before starting
the journey.
Press the left side of the button and
repeat the input.
To store the input:
Press.
Press the right side of the button.
Press twice at right.
Press the left side of the button.
Press the right side of the button.
Controls
Press the right side of the button.
Distance from destination
Car care
Adopting the current speed as the
speed limit:
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Deactivating the speed limit:
Press the right side of the button.
Press the right side of the button.
Display shows:
Press.
You can input the distance by pressing
the function buttons.
Press the right side of the button.
Index
The LIMIT display goes out, but the
memorized value is not lost and can be
re-activated by pressing the LIMIT button.
Data
Press the left side of the button.
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Checking memorized value:
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in the MID*
Estimated time of arrival
Cruising range
Fuel consumption
When you have input the distance from
your destination, you can obtain an
estimated time of arrival display which
is continuously updated by the computer as your average driving period
varies.
The distance which the vehicle should
cover on the remaining fuel in the tank
is displayed.
You can have the average fuel
consumption displayed for two different
distances, for example a complete
journey and part of the journey .
Press the right side of the button.
Press the right side of the button.
To start the calculation, select the
CONS function with the engine running.
Press the right side of the button.
Press.
The display shows the probable range.
Press the right side of the button:
The estimated time of arrival is
displayed.
When you have only enough fuel
left to drive fewer than 30 miles
(50 km), then refuel, as otherwise the
engine or the catalytic converter could
be damaged.<
The computer will only register fuel
amounts over 1.8 gal (6 liters).
Press on the left or right:
The display will show the average fuel
consumption.
To restart the fuel consumption
calculation:
Press on the left or right.
Press the right side of the button.
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Computer in the MID*
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You can establish a code that will prevent the engine from being started unless the code is entered.
If you do not have access to the code,
the emergency deactivation procedure
will have to be carried out.
Press on the left side of the button and
repeat the input.
To store the input:
Press the right side of the button.
Press.
The display shows the average speed.
Press the right side of the button.
Turn the ignition key to position 0.
Deactivate the code:
Press the left side of the button.
Display shows:
When you are asked to input the code
(ignition key in position 1 or 2):
> Input the code at the function
buttons.
Press the right side of the button.
Enter the code with the function
buttons.
Press the right side of the button.
After the code has been input correctly
and confirmed with the SET button, the
time display appears.
Index
To recalculate the speed:
Car care
Establishing and activating the code:
Technology Repairs
Press the right side of the button.
Data
To start the calculation, select the
SPEED function with the engine
running.
To correct an entry:
Overview
Extended immobilizer function
You can call up a display of the
vehicle's average speed.
Controls
Speed
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92nComputer
in the MID*
After three incorrect code inputs, or
three attempts to start the engine without a code input, the alarm will sound
for 30 seconds on vehicles fitted with
an alarm.
To have all the available information
displayed, press
Deactivating the alarm in an
emergency:
To obtain individual items of information, press the button in briefly as often
as necessary.
1 Disconnect the battery, wait approx.
2 minutes, then reconnect it. Note
that on vehicles with an alarm, this
will sound.
2 Set the ignition key to position 1:
The time display will count down for
the next ten minutes.
3 After ten minutes, start the engine.
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If you have forgotten the code, proceed
as follows:
> the button on the lever until the
display shows PROG 1.
> the SET button.
Remote control
The button on the turn indicator lever
can be used to select the items of
computer information which are to
be displayed.
To do this, press
If the code becomes available
again in the meantime, it can be
input during the waiting period after
pressing the CODE button.<
> the button on the lever until PROG 1
shows on the display.
> the MID buttons in the order in which
you wish the information to be displayed.
Each time an entry is stored, the program number appears on the display.
To terminate the selection procedure:
Press the right side of the button.
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Park Distance Control (PDC)*
Press the button (arrow); the indicator
lamp comes on.
After driving a distance of more than
approx. 160 ft (50 meters) or exceeding
a speed of approx. 20 mph (30 km/h),
the system switches off and the indicator lamp goes out. Switch the system
on again as required.
Manual deactivation
Press the button again.
If there is a malfunction of the system:
The indicator lamp flashes and a short
steady signal tone is sounded
> if you activate PDC with the button.
> when you select reverse for the first
time after switching on the ignition.
> if a malfunction occurs while the PDC
system is active.
Switch the system off and have the
cause of the malfunction corrected by
your BMW center.
Index
The system starts to operate automatically about one second after you
select reverse with the ignition key in
position 2.
Controls
Automatic function
The warning signal is canceled after
approx. three seconds if you are
moving parallel to a wall.
Car care
Manual activation
Technology Repairs
The distance from an obstacle is indicated in front with a higher intermittent
tone, at at the rear with a lower intermittent tone. 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 approx. 1 ft
(30 cm) away.
Data
Acoustical signals
The PDC assists you when you are
parking. Acoustical signals inform you
of the distance to an obstacle. To do
this, four ultrasonic sensors in the front
and rear bumpers measure the distance
to the nearest object. The monitoring
range for the front sensors as well as
the two rear corner sensors ends
approx. 2 ft (60 cm) behind the
respective bumper. The center sensors
in the rear have a range of approx. 5 ft
(1.50 meters).
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The concept
Overview
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94nPDC*
The PDC system 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 constraints of
ultrasonic measurement, as occurs with
tow bars and trailer couplings, and in
the vicinity of thin and painted objects.
Certain sources of sound, such as a
loud radio, could drown out the PDC
signal tone.<
Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
The concept
Indicator lamp
DSC maintains vehicle stability, even in
critical driving situations.
The indicator lamp in the instrument cluster goes out shortly
after you switch on the ignition.
Refer to page 24.
The system optimizes vehicle stability
during acceleration and when starting
from a full stop, as well as optimizing
traction. In addition, it recognizes
unstable vehicle conditions, such as
understeering or oversteering, and, as
far as is possible within the laws of
physics, keeps the car on a steady
course by adapting the RPMs and
brake applications to the individual
wheels.
The system starts up automatically
each time you start the engine.
Keep the sensors clean and free
of ice or snow in order to ensure
that they continue to operate effectively.
Do not apply high pressure spray to the
sensors for a prolonged period of time.
Maintain an adequate distance of more
than 4 in (10 cm).<
Indicator lamp flashes:
The system is active and governs drive
and braking force.
If the indicator lamp fails to go out after
the engine is started, or comes on
during normal driving and stays on:
The system is either defective or was
switched off with the button: the stabilizing applications described to the left
are no longer available. The vehicle will
remain completely operational,
however, without DSC.
Consult your BMW center to have the
system repaired.
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Press the button again; the indicator
lamp goes out.
Traction intervention remains active;
that is, braking intervention will
continue. Refer also to "Four-wheel
drive" on page 197.
In the following exceptional circumstances, it may be effective to deactivate the DSC for a short period:
> When rocking the vehicle or starting
off in deep snow or on loose
surfaces.
> On sandy road surfaces.
> On poor surfaces with deep ruts.
> If the wheels "churn" on muddy
surfaces.
> When driving with snow chains.
The laws of physics cannot be
repealed, even with DSC. An
appropriate driving style always
remains the responsibility of 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. Service procedures on
the system are to be performed by
authorized technicians only.<
For additional details concerning DSC,
please refer to the chapter describing
"Advanced technology" on page 197.
You can activate HDC below approx.
20 mph (30 km/h). When driving down
steep hills, the vehicle reduces speed
automatically down to slightly more
than walking speed (approx. 5 mph/
8 km/h) and then maintains this speed
at a constant.
By applications of the brakes or accelerator, you can alter this speed in the
range of approx. 3 mph (5 km/h) to
approx. 20 mph (30 km/h).
HDC is deactivated automatically if you
exceed approx. 35 mph (60 km/h).
Overview
Controls
HDC is a system for driving downhill in
steep terrain. This system reduces
vehicle speed on steep downhill gradients, thus allowing you to maintain
control of your BMW under these
conditions.
The vehicle moves at slightly more than
walking speed without active intervention from the driver.
Car care
To reactivate the system
Press the button (arrow); the indicator
lamp comes on and stays on.
The concept
Technology Repairs
To deactivate the system
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Data
As a result of the traction intervention, the brakes may be subjected
to additional loads when the system is
deactivated. For this reason, it is
possible that the braking intervention
will be disabled automatically for a brief
period in order to limit brake temperature.
To maintain vehicle stability, always
drive with the system switched on when
possible.<
Hill Descent Control
Index
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Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
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Descent Control (HDC)
To use HDC
With manual transmission:
Use HDC in first gear and in Reverse
since the engine's braking effect is
diminished in the higher gears.
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With automatic transmission:
You can use HDC in every drive
position.
In the event of a fault
To activate the system
Press the button. The
green indicator lamp
comes on.
The indicator lamp flashes when the
brakes are applied automatically.
To deactivate the system
Press the button again; the indicator
lamp goes out.
The indicator lamp goes out in the HDC
mode or does not come on when HDC
is activated:
HDC is temporarily not available if
brake temperature is too high.
If the DSC indicator lamp also
lights up:
There is a fault in the HDC and
DSC systems. Have your BMW center
inspect this system as soon as
possible.
HDC is deactivated automatically above
a road speed of approx. 35 mph
(60 km/h) and when the ignition is
switched off.
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Instrument lighting
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Overview
LIGHTS ON warning
The headlamps are automatically
switched on for daylight driving at
ignition key position 2.
Low beams
When the ignition is switched off
and the low beams are on, only
the side lamps (side marker
lamps) remain on.
Controls
Turn the rotary dial to adjust the illumination intensity.
Technology Repairs
Daytime-driving lamp*
With the switch in this position,
the front, rear and side vehicle
lighting is switched on.
For lighting on one side for parking as
an additional feature, refer to page 98.
Data
Side lamps (side marker lamps)
Index
On vehicles with alphanumeric Check
Control*:
The reminder is given through the
Check Control.
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Whenever you open the driver's door,
after having turned the ignition key to
position 0, you will hear a buzzing
sound for a few seconds to remind you
that the lamps have not been switched
off.
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Side lamps/Low beams
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1 High beams (blue indicator lamp)
Fog lamps
A green indicator lamp appears
in the instrument cluster to indicate that the front foglamps are
2 Headlamp flasher (blue indicator
lamp)
3 Parking lamp
Parking lamp, left or right*
As an additional feature, you can
illuminate your vehicle on either side for
parking, if you wish to do so:
With the ignition key in position 0,
engage the lever in the appropriate
turn signal position.
Interior lamps
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beams/Parking lamp Fog lamps
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98nHigh
on.
If the high beams are switched on, the
fog lamps go out.
The interior lamps operate automatically.
Switching the interior lamps on
and off manually
Press the button (arrow).
If you want the interior lamps to remain
off all the times, press and hold the
button for approx. 3 seconds.
Press the button briefly to revert to
normal operation.
The cargo area lamps function in the
same manner.
The button for the interior lamps in the
rear passenger area only switches
these lights on and off.
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Reading lamps
In order to prevent battery
discharge, all of the lamps in the
vehicle are switched off automatically
approx. 15 minutes after the ignition
key is turned to position 0.<
Car care
Reading lamps are provided in the front
and rear* near the interior lamp. They
can be switched on and off with the
button (arrows) next to each lamp.
Technology Repairs
This lighting system in the two exterior
mirrors lights the ground in the area
near the two front doors. It is also
controlled in the same manner as the
front interior lighting, but it does not
function while the vehicle is moving.
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Front area lighting*
Data
The footwell lamps are controlled in the
same manner as the front interior
lighting.
Controls
Overview
Footwell lamps
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Index
Interior lamps
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3 Front footwell ventilation
4 Rear footwell ventilation
5 Air flow for the upper body in the
rear seat 103
6 Temperature 102
7 Air distribution toward
> the windows
> the upper body
> the footwell
An infinitely-variable range of
intermediate settings is also
available. Refer to page 102
8 Air supply 102
The climate control is active when
the blower is switched on.
9 Rear window defroster 73, 102
Overview
Controls
Car care
2 Airflow for the upper body
The side rotary dials allow you to
open and close the air supply
through an infinitely-variable range,
while the levers change the airflow
direction. The center rotary dial
controls the temperature of the air
as it flows out. Refer to page 103
Technology Repairs
1 Airflow directed toward the windshield and side windows
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Data
Air conditioner
11 Recirculated air mode 103
Index
10 Cooling 102
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102nAir
conditioner
Suggestions for your personal
comfort
For the temperature 6, we recommend
+72 7 (+22 6) as a comfortable
setting. Turn the air distribution 7 to the
"6 o'clock" position. Adjust the air
supply 8 to the center setting. Set the
outlets 2 so that the air flows past you
and is not directed straight at you. Set
the rotary dial between the outlets 2 for
the upper body to a central position so
that cooler air will help to prevent
fatigue during the journey.
The following description will lead you
through additional individual adjustments.
Temperature
The graduations on the dial
provide general reference
values for the interior temperature. We recommend +72 7
(+22 6) as a comfortable setting. When
you start the vehicle, the system
adjusts the air to the selected temperature as quickly as possible, and then
maintains that temperature constantly.
Air distribution
Rear window defroster
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. The "6 o'clock" setting is recommended for normal conditions (refer
also to the illustration and overview on
page 100).
When the rear window
defroster is activated, the indicator lamp comes on. The rear window
defroster switches off automatically.
Air supply
You can adjust the air supply
through an infinitely-variable
range. The heating and ventilation become more and more
effective as the air supply settings are
increased. In the "0" setting, the blower
and climate control are switched off
and the outside air supply is blocked.
Cooling
The air is cooled and dehumidified and — depending on
the temperature setting — warmed
again when the air conditioner system
is switched on.
Depending on the weather, the windshield may fog over briefly when the
engine is started.
Switch off the air conditioner at outside
temperatures below approx. +41 7
(+5 6). This will help to prevent the
windows from fogging up.
If the windows fog over after switching
the air conditioner off, switch it back
on.
Condensation forms in the air
conditioner system during operation, which then exits under the vehicle.
Traces of condensed water of this kind
are thus normal.<
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Air conditioner
103n
Overview
Recirculated air mode
Controls
Rotary dial 1 opens the outlets in an
infinitely-variable range. You can
change the direction of the airflow with
levers 2.
Set the air outlets so that the air flows
past you and is not directed straight at
you.
Rotary dial 3 allows you to control the
temperature of the air flow from these
outlets as desired:
> Turn toward blue – colder.
> Turn toward red – warmer.
The air that flows out here is somewhat
cooler than the air delivered to the footwell.
Data
Use rotary dials 1 to open and close the
air outlets through an infinitely-variable
range. You can adjust the direction of
the airflow with levers 2.
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Rear passenger area ventilation
You can adjust the air outlets for the
upper body area completely for your
personal comfort:
Technology Repairs
Draft-free ventilation
Index
If the windows fog over in the
recirculated air mode, switch the
recirculated air off and increase the air
supply as required.<
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If you have a multifunction steering
wheel with the button for recirculated
air, you can also use this button to
switch to the recirculated air mode
(refer to page 26).
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You can respond to
unpleasant odors outside the
vehicle by temporarily switching off the
outside air. The system then recirculates the air currently within the vehicle.
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conditioner
Microfilter
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The microfilter removes dust and pollen
from the incoming air. It is replaced by
your BMW center during regular maintenance. A substantial reduction in air
supply indicates that the filter must be
replaced before normal maintenance.
Cooling
Rapid ventilation
1 You can specify an interior temperature that is comfortable for you with
the rotary temperature dial. A good
starting point is +72 7 (+22 6).
2 Switch on the air conditioner.
3 Set the air distribution rotary dial
to
.
4 Set the blower/air supply rotary dial
to the middle zone.
5 Open the air outlets for the upper
body.
6 Select a temperature that is comfortable for you with rotary dial 3. Refer
to "Draft-free ventilation" on
page 103.
1 You can specify an interior temperature that is comfortable for you with
the rotary temperature dial. A good
starting point is +72 7 (+22 6).
2 Switch on the air conditioner and
recirculated air mode.
3 Set the air distribution rotary dial
to
.
4 Set the blower/air supply rotary dial
completely to the right.
5 Open the air outlets for the upper
body.
6 Set rotary dial 3 to cold (blue). Refer
to page 103.
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Air conditioner
1 You can specify an interior temperature that is comfortable for you with
the rotary temperature dial. A good
starting point is +72 7 (+22 6).
2 Set the air distribution rotary dial
to
.
3 Set the blower/air supply rotary dial
completely to the right.
4 Close the air outlets in the rear
seating area.
5 Switch on the rear window defroster
to defrost the rear window.
When the windows are free of ice and
condensation, we recommend the
following settings:
1 You can specify an interior temperature that is comfortable for you with
the rotary temperature dial. A good
starting point is +72 7 (+22 6).
2 Set the air distribution rotary dial
to
.
3 Set the blower/air supply rotary dial
to the middle zone.
4 Close the air outlets in the rear
seating area.
Controls
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Heating
Technology Repairs
To defrost windows and remove
condensation
Data
1 You can specify an interior temperature that is comfortable for you with
the rotary temperature dial. A good
starting point is +72 7 (+22 6).
2 Set the air distribution rotary dial
to
.
3 Set the blower/air supply rotary dial
completely to the right.
4 Close the air outlets in the rear
seating area.
Index
Rapid heating
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climate control*
MAX
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Automatic climate control*
1 Airflow directed toward the windshield and side windows
10 Temperature control –
right-hand side 108
2 Airflow for the upper body
The side rotary dials provide infinitely-variable regulation of the air
supply, while the levers change the
airflow direction. The center rotary
dial controls the temperature of the
air as it flows out. Refer to page 111
11 To defrost windshield and side
windows 109
3 Front footwell ventilation
15 Air supply 109
4 Rear footwell ventilation
16 Maximum cooling 109
or using up residual heat 110
8 Temperature control –
left-hand side 108
9 Display for temperature and air
supply 109
17 Air grille for interior temperature
sensor – please keep clear and
unobstructed
Controls
Car care
14 Rear window defroster 73, 110
Technology Repairs
7 Individual air distribution 108
13 Automatic recirculated air control
(AUC) 110
Data
6 Automatic air distribution 108
12 Air conditioner 109
Index
5 Air flow for the upper body in the
rear seat 110
Overview
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108nAutomatic
climate control*
Tips for pleasant driving
Automatic air distribution
Temperature
Use the automatic system; that is press
AUTO button 6. Select an interior
temperature that is comfortable for you
— we recommend +72 7 (+22 6).
When the outside temperature is above
+41 7 (+5 6), you can also use the air
conditioner 12. This will dry the air as
well as preventing condensation on the
window surfaces — if there are passengers with damp clothing, for example.
Set the air outlets 2 so that the air flows
past you and is not directed straight at
you. Set the rotary dial between the
outlets 2 for the upper body to a central
position so that cooler air will help to
prevent fatigue during the journey.
The AUTO program
assumes the adjustment of
the air distribution and the air supply for
you and also adapts the temperature to
external influences (summer, winter) to
meet preferences you can specify. This
program maintains a comfortable in-car
climate regardless of the season. Select
an interior temperature that is comfortable for you — we recommend +72 7
(+22 6).
The selected temperature and AUTO
for the air flow appear in the display 9.
Refer to the overview on page 106.
Open the air outlets for the upper body.
Switch on the air conditioner 12 in
warm weather. The maximum cooling
capacity is achieved when you set
rotary dial 3 (refer to page 110) to cold.
You can make individual
temperature adjustments on
the driver's side or the front
passenger side. Your settings will be
shown in the display 9. The displayed
temperatures are reference values for
the interior temperature. We recommend +72 7 (+22 6) as a comfortable
setting, whether the air conditioner is
operating or not. When you start the
vehicle, this system ensures that the
selected temperature is achieved as
quickly as possible. It then maintains
this temperature, regardless of the
season.
Detailed setting options are described
for you in the following section.
Your vehicle is set in such a
manner that, when you unlock the
vehicle via remote control with your
personalized key, your own setting for
the automatic climate control is initiated.<
Individual air distribution
You can cancel the AUTO
program by selecting
specific air distribution
patterns for your personal
comfort. You can direct air
to flow onto the windows
, toward
the upper body
, and into the
footwell
.
Set the rotary dial 3 (refer to "Draft-free
ventilation" on page 110) to a medium
position to provide somewhat cooler
air. This helps to promote driving
without fatigue. Utilize this method of
mixing air especially for making minor
adjustments for personal comfort.
You can set uncontrolled heater
output up to +90 7 (+32 6). Full
cooling output is available from the air
conditioner down to +60 7 (+16 6).<
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Automatic climate control*
Maximum cooling
The air is cooled and
dehumidified and —
depending on the temperature setting —
warmed again when the air conditioner
system is switched on. Depending on
the weather, the windshield may fog
over briefly when the engine is started.
Use the button to switch the air conditioner off at outside temperatures
below approx. +41 7 (+5 6). This will
help to prevent the windows from
fogging over.
If the windows fog over after switching
the air conditioner off, switch it back
on.
You will get maximum
cooling capacity using this
program if the engine is running and
the outside temperature is above
+41 7 (+5 6).
This program quickly
removes ice and condensation from the windshield and the side
windows.
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Data
To defrost windows and remove
condensation
Condensation forms in the air
conditioner system during operation, which then exits under the vehicle.
Traces of condensed water of this kind
are thus normal.<
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When you press "–" during operation at
minimum blower speed all displays are
canceled: the blower, heating and air
conditioner are switched off. The
outside air supply is closed. You can
switch the system back on by pressing
any button of the automatic climate
control.
The temperature display 9 drops to
+61 7 (+16 6), the system switches
over to the recirculated-air mode, and
the air streams out of the ventilation grill
with the maximum amount of flow. That
is why you need to keep these open if
you select this program.
Controls
Air conditioner
In the AUTO program, the
air flow is controlled automatically. AUTO will appear in the
display 9 (refer to the overview on
page 106). Use "+" and "–" to vary the
airflow. When your setting is displayed
by bars, the automatic airflow is
switched off. Automatic air distribution
maintains its setting. You can reactivate
the automatic air supply by pressing the
AUTO button.
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110nAutomatic
climate control*
Automatic recirculated air
control (AUC)
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 you have a multifunction steering
wheel with the button for recirculated
air (refer to page 26), you can also use
this button to switch between "Off" and
the recirculated air mode or AUC and
the recirculated air mode.
If the windows fog over in the
recirculated air mode, switch the
Press the button repeatedly to run
recirculated air off and increase the air
through the following control sequence:
supply as required.<
> Indicator lamps off: outside airflow
operational.
Rear window defroster
> Left-hand indicator lamp on – AUC
When the rear window
mode: the system recognizes pollutdefroster is activated,
ants in the outside air and blocks the
the
indicator
lamp comes on. The
flow of air when necessary. The
rear window defroster switches off
system then recirculates the air
automatically.
currently within the vehicle.
Depending on the air quality, the
automatic system then switches back
and forth between outside air supply
and recirculation of the air within the
vehicle.
> Right-hand indicator lamp on: the
flow of external air into the vehicle is
completely blocked. The system then
recirculates the air currently within
the vehicle.
Residual heat mode
The heat which is stored in
the engine is utilized for
heating the interior when the engine
has been switched off (while waiting at
a railroad crossing, for instance). In
ignition key position 1, you can alter the
settings of the automatic climate
control. With the ignition key in position 0, the system automatically directs
heated air to the windshield, side
windows and footwells.
This function may be activated
when the outside temperature is
below approx. +59 7 (+15 6), the
engine is at operating temperature, and
the battery is adequately charged. The
LED on the button will light up when all
conditions have been met.<
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Automatic climate control*
Set the outlets so that the air flows past
you and does not flow directly on you.
Rotary dial 3 allows you to control the
temperature of the airflow from these
air outlets as desired:
> Turn toward blue – colder.
> Turn toward red – warmer.
Controls
1 Air supply
I Maximum blower speed
2 Temperature
You can adjust the air supply for the air
outlets through an infinitely-variable
range between the "0" and "I" settings.
3 Adjusting the direction of the airflow
0 Blower off
In the "0" setting, the blower is
switched off and the supply of air
through the air outlets is blocked.
Individual adjustments on the front-seat
control elements influence the air
supply for rear passenger area climate
control.
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Use rotary dials 1 to open and close the
air outlets through an infinitely-variable
range. You can adjust the direction of
the airflow with levers 2.
Rear passenger area climate
control
Data
You can adjust the blower controls for
the upper body area to select the
optimum airflow rates and directions for
your personal comfort:
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112nAutomatic
climate control*
Seat heating*
The microfilter removes dust and pollen
from the incoming air. The activatedcharcoal filter provides additional
protection by filtering gaseous pollutants from the outside air. Your BMW
center replaces this combined filter as a
standard part of your scheduled maintenance. A substantial reduction in air
flow indicates that the filter must be
replaced before normal maintenance.
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filter
Temperature
Front
Passengers in the rear seating area can
adjust their own temperature for the air
outlets:
The seat cushion and backrest can be
heated when the ignition key is in position 2.
> Turn toward blue – colder.
> Turn toward red – warmer.
You can call up different heating modes
by repeatedly pressing the buttons.
When you start the vehicle, this system
ensures that the selected temperature
is achieved as quickly as possible. It
then maintains this temperature,
regardless of the season.
When the three indicator lamps are illuminated, the highest heating mode is
activated. One lamp indicates the
lowest heating mode. The temperature
is regulated with a thermostat in each
mode.
A temperature adjustment is only
possible when the blower is
switched on (not in the "0" setting).<
You can also switch the higher heating
modes off directly:
Press the button and hold it slightly
longer.
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Roller sun blind*
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Roller sun blinds for rear side
windows*
Press the button (arrow) to activate or
deactivate this system.
The lamp within the button lights up
when the steering wheel heater is in
operation.
If you have a multifunction steering
wheel without steering wheel heating,
the button for the recirculated air mode
is in this location (refer to page 26).
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Steering wheel heating functions in
ignition key position 2.
Data
The function is the same as for front
seat heating. You can select between
two heating modes.
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Use the strap to pull out the blinds, then
hook them in the provided attachment.
Overview
Seat heating*
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ventilation system*
You can use this system to ventilate the
interior and lower its temperature, using
the blower of the automatic climate
control.
The independent ventilation system is
operated via the Multi-Information
display (MID), refer to page 87 or via the
Onboard Computer, refer to the separate Owner's Manual.
You can set two different times for the
system to start; it will remain active for
30 minutes. You can also turn it on and
off directly. Since the system uses a
substantial amount of electrical current,
you should refrain from activating it
twice in succession without allowing
the battery to be recharged in normal
operation between use.
When a preselected activation time is
set, the independent ventilation system
is operational at outside temperatures
above +60 7 (+16 6), or by direct
switch activation. It cannot be switched
on when the vehicle is moving.
The air emerges via the air outlets for
the upper body. Therefore, the air
outlets must be open for the system to
operate.
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If the vehicle is sold, the memory of the
channel keys should be cleared as
described on page 117.
Before programming, read the
"User information" section on
page 117.<
Original hand-held transmitter
During programming and before
every remote actuation of a
programmed device by the BMW
Universal Transmitter, check to be sure
that there are no persons, animals or
objects within the actuation range of
the device in order to prevent possible
injuries or damage. Also, comply with
the safety precautions of the original
hand-held transmitter.<
If this symbol is present on the
packaging or in the instructions
of the original hand-held transmitter, it may be assumed that this
hand-held transmitter is compatible
with the BMW Universal Transmitter.
Then press and hold the programmed
channel key of the BMW Universal
Transmitter. If the indicator lamp of the
BMW Universal Transmitter flashes for
two seconds and then comes on
steadily, the original hand-held transmitter is provided with a conversioncode system. With a conversion-code
system, program the channel keys as
described on the next page (right-hand
column under "Programming a handheld transmitter with conversion code").
If you have additional questions,
please consult your BMW center
or call 1-800-355-3515.
You can also visit this website:
www.bmwusa.com.<
Overview
To determine whether the original
hand-held transmitter is provided with a
conversion-code system, you may
either read the instructions for the original hand-held transmitter or program a
channel key as described on the next
page (left-hand column under
"Programming").
Controls
Checking for the conversion code
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The signal of an original hand-held
transmitter can be programmed on one
of the three channel keys. Following
that, each of the devices can be actuated with the appropriately-programmed
channel key. The indicator lamp flashes
to confirm transmission of the signal.
To Canadian residents:
During programming, your handheld transmitter may automatically stop
transmitting after two seconds. This
may not be long enough to program the
BMW Universal Transmitter. If you are
programming from one of these handheld transmitters, the Universal Transmitter's light may begin to flash in a
series of double-blinks. If this occurs,
continue to hold the button of the
Universal Transmitter while you reactivate your hand-held transmitter. You
may have to repeat this function several
times while programming.<
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The BMW Universal Transmitter
replaces up to three hand-held transmitters of different devices such as
garage door openers, alarm systems, or
door locking systems. The BMW
Universal Transmitter recognizes and
"learns" the transmitted signal of each
of the original hand-held transmitters.
Data
The concept
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Universal Transmitter
Programming a hand-held
transmitter with conversion code
Programming
1 Channel keys
2 Indicator lamp
3 Receiver for programming
Read and comply with the safety
precautions on the previous
page.<
1 Turn the ignition key to position 2.
2 For initial use: press and hold both
outside keys 1 until the indicator
lamp 2 flashes, and then release
them. The three channel keys are
cleared.
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precautions on the previous
page.<
3 Hold the original hand-held transmitter toward the receiver 3 a
maximum of 2 in (5 cm) away.
4 Press the transmission key of the
original hand-held transmitter
(arrow 2) and the desired channel key
of the Integrated Universal Remote
Control (arrow 1) simultaneously.
Release both keys as soon as the
indicator lamp flashes rapidly.
5 To program other original hand-held
transmitters, repeat steps 3 and 4.
When programming the BMW Universal
Transmitter, consult the instructions for
the specific device. For using the BMW
Universal Transmitter with a conversion-code system, note the following
supplemental programming instructions:
A second person facilitates
programming of the BMW
Universal Transmitter.<
1 Program the BMW Universal
Transmitter as described previously
under "Programming."
2 Press and hold the programming key
on the receiver of the device for
approx. two seconds until the
programming lamp on the device
The corresponding channel key is now
comes on.
programmed with the signal of the orig3
Press
the desired channel key of the
inal hand-held transmitter.
BMW Universal Transmitter three
times.
If you have additional questions,
please consult your BMW
center.<
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All of the channel keys are cleared.
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This device complies with Section 15 of
the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to
the following two conditions: as defined
in the regulations, this device must not
emit harmful interference, and must be
shielded against interference from
external sources to prevent unauthorized or inadvertent activation.
To open
Pull the handle and the lamp comes on.
To close
Fold the cover up.
To lock
Use one of the master keys. A master
key is also required for unlocking.
If you turn over only your door and
ignition key for valet parking (refer
to page 34), for example, access to the
glove compartment is not possible.<
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> Press and hold both outside keys of
the BMW Universal Transmitter until
the indicator lamp flashes, and then
release them.
Do not use this BMW Universal Transmitter with any garage door opener that
lacks safety "stop" and "reverse"
features as required by federal safety
standards (this includes any garage
door opener model manufactured
before April 1, 1982).
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The memory of individual channel keys
cannot be deleted. However, the three
channel keys can be cleared together
as follows:
User information
Index
Read and comply with the safety
precautions on page 115.<
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Glove compartment
Data
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118nGlove
compartment
Storage compartments
Cellular phone*
To prevent injury in the event of a
crash, close the glove compartment immediately after use.<
Be sure that the flashlight is
switched off when it is inserted
into its holder. Failure to comply with
this precaution could lead to overcharging and damage.<
You will find two storage compartments
in the armrest between the front seats.
To open the top compartment:
Press the button (arrow 1).
You will find a cellular phone* in this
compartment.
To move the armrest or open the lower
compartment:
Pull the handle (arrow 2).
In this compartment, you will find a coin
tray and a storage compartment * for
cassettes or CDs.
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Located on the left-hand side of the
glove compartment.
Features integral overload-protection,
so it can be left in its holder continuously.
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Rechargeable flashlight*
Handsfree system
On vehicles with a telephone hookup *,
the handsfree speaker is positioned in
the headliner.
For further information on the cellular
phone, refer to the separate Owner's
Manual.
You will find additional storage
compartments in all of the doors.
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Press to open; push back inward to
close.
Controls
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Press the button to open; fold upward
to close.
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A the end of the center console under
the lighter.
Data
Rear
Below the sliding cover (illustration).
Remove the insert which is a compartment for storing pens.
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Cup holders
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To open
To empty
Press briefly in the direction indicated
by the arrow.
Press the edge of the lid (arrow):
The ashtray moves up and can be
removed.
To extinguish a cigarette, tap off the
ash and gently press the tip into the
funnel.
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Press the lighter in.
The lighter can be removed as soon as
it retracts.
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, do not leave unsupervised children in the vehicle.<
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Ashtray, rear
Cigarette lighter, rear
121n
To empty
Remove the insert tray.
Controls
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, do not leave unsupervised children in the vehicle.<
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Press the lighter in.
The lighter can be removed as soon as
it retracts.
Data
Rotate the cover upward.
Index
To open
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You will find additional power outlets in
the cargo area. Refer to page 127.
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This socket is suitable for attaching
power supplies for flashlights, car
vacuum cleaners and other appliances
up to a rating of approx. 200 watts at
12 volts. Avoid damage to the socket
caused by inserting plugs of a different
shape or size.
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Cigarette lighter socket
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Cigarette lighter, front
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The ski bag allows the safe and clean
transport of up to 4 pairs of standard
skis or up to two snowboards. With the
length of the ski bag and the additional
space in the cargo area, you can store
skis with a length of up to 6.8 ft
(2.10 meters). Because of the tapered
shape of the bag, the ski bag can only
accommodate two pairs of skis with a
length of 6.8 ft (2.10 meters).
Loading
1 Fold the center armrest outward.
Loosen the trim from the upper
Velcro® fastener and place it on the
armrest.
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2 Press button 1 downward and swing
the cover forward.
3 Press button 2: the cover in the cargo
area is unlocked.
Together with the pull-out cargo
floor* (refer to page 127): pull the
floor out, release the cover and slide
the floor back in – the floor then
conceals the cover.
4 Extend the ski bag between the front
seats. The zipper provides convenient access to the inside of the bag,
and can also be left open to promote
drying.
To store the ski bag, perform the above
steps in reverse sequence.
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Ski bag*
Please be sure that the skis are clean
before loading them into the bag. Be
careful to avoid damage from sharp
edges.
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Secure the bag's contents by
tightening down the retaining
strap at the buckle.<
Data
Securing the load
Index
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If the cover is concealed in the
cargo area by the pull-out cargo
floor, do not fold the larger rear backrest down. If you do so, it will damage
the cover.<
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Fold the rear backrests down
Cargo area cover
Reach into the recess and pull forward
(arrow).
Pull the cover out by the handle and
hook it in the rear holders.
The rear backrest is divided into two
sections (one-third and two-thirds of
the width of the seat). You can fold
either section of the backrest down
separately in order to increase the
capacity of the cargo area.
You can carry light objects such as
articles of clothing on the cover.
When you close the backrest, be
sure that the catch engages
securely. The red warning indicator
disappears in the recess when the
retainer is locked.
The center safety belt can be retracted
only when the larger backrest is
engaged.<
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When the cover is pulled out, it can be
opened behind the rear-seat backrest
to gain access to the cargo area from
the rear seats during a trip, for example.
For removing the cover: refer to the
next page.
Do not place heavy or hard
objects on the cover. If you do so,
they could pose a danger to vehicle
occupants during a braking or evasive
maneuver.<
Before you slide it back into position,
place the grip in the rear fold of the
cover.
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Cargo area
Installation
Slide the cover into the retainers on
both sides and then press it down at
the rear until it engages.
Note how the bag with the partition net is secured in the vehicle
and how the partition net is rolled up
and stored in the bag so that you can
return everything to its place after use.
If your vehicle is equiped with a pull-out
cargo floor* be sure to read the note on
page 128.<
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3 Slide back the covers on the brackets
for the partition net on both sides of
the roof (arrow).
4 Insert the curved ends of the partition
net rod in the brackets on both sides.
5 Now you can slide the covers toward
the front again (arrow).
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1 Remove the bag with the partition net
from the retainer by releasing the
hooks from the lashing eyes on both
sides.
2 Remove the partition net from the
bag and unroll it half way.
Data
Partition net*
1 Use both hands to press the cover
together on both sides and slide it
forward (arrow 1).
2 Lift the cover upward from the rear on
both sides (arrow 2) and remove it.
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6 Attach the hooks on the bottom of
the partition net into the eyes on both
sides.
7 When the rear backrests are folded
over, you can open the Velcro® strips,
completely unroll the partition net,
insert it in the front brackets on the
roof and attach the three hooks into
the eyes.
The illustration shows securing at the
bottom right as an example.
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Side covers
Pull the handle to open the side covers.
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Cargo area
Controls
Fold the floor cover up
Power outlets
To access the spare wheel.
Lift up the black retainer on the lower
side of the panel and hook it into the
upper frame of the liftgate cutout.
When you fold the cover cap up, you
have access to additional power
outlets.
Before you fold the floor cover down,
return the retainer to its original position.
You can use the power outlets for flashlights, car vacuum cleaners or other
automotive appliances with up to
approx. 200 watts at 12 volts. Avoid
damage to the socket caused by
inserting plugs of a different shape or
size.
Data
Refer also to page 121.
Index
To release: press the recess in the
handle (arrow) and raise the cover with
the handle.
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128nCargo
area
Pull-out cargo floor*
To release, pull the handle recess
upward. Then pull the floor out.
Do not drive when the cargo floor
is pulled out.
Do not release the cargo floor on steep
grades. If you do, it could extend automatically and cause personal injuries.
A load which is not properly secured
could begin to slide if the floor extends
automatically and then drop to the
ground as a result of the rapid braking
of the cargo floor at the limit stop.<
Do not overload the cargo floor
when it is extended. If you do so,
it could cause damage.
When you slide the cargo floor back in,
do not grasp it on the bottom. If you do
so, there is a risk of personal injury.<
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When it is extended, you can load the
cargo floor:
> With up to 990 Ibs (450 kg),
distributed evenly across the
entire surface.
> With up to 330 Ibs (150 kg) on the
rear edge.
Raise the cargo floor
For access to the spare wheel or other
stored items:
Swing the cargo floor up and secure it
with the rod (see detail).
If your vehicle has a partition net *:
Take the bag with the partition net
out of the bracket (refer to page 125),
before you raise the cargo floor panel.
Otherwise, the bag could slide downward.<
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> Load heavy cargo as far forward as
possible – directly behind the backrests – and as low as possible.
> Cover sharp edges and corners.
> Do not pile objects higher than the
top edge of the backrest.
> Fasten the partition net* (refer to
page 125) and ensure that carried
items cannot pass through the partition net.
> If you are transporting very heavy
loads when the rear seat is not occupied, secure the outer safety belts in
the opposite buckles.
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> Secure smaller, light pieces with the
retaining straps or a luggage net *, or
use elastic straps (refer to page 42).
> For large, heavy pieces, see your
BMW center for load-securing
devices*. The lashing eyes provided
at the corners of the cargo area serve
for mounting these load-securing
devices.
> Read and comply with the information enclosed with the load-securing
devices.
Data
Securing the load
When transporting cargo in your BMW:
Index
Stowing cargo
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
vehicle weight and the permissible axle
loads (refer to page 208). If you do, the
operating safety of the vehicle is no
longer ensured and you are in violation
of the law.
Do not carry hard or heavy objects
unsecured in the passenger compartment. If you do so, they may be
projected through the air during braking
and evasive maneuvers, thus endangering vehicle occupants.<
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130nRoof-mounted
luggage rack*
Roof-mounted luggage racks raise the
center of gravity of the vehicle when
they are loaded. For this reason, they
exercise a major effect on the vehicle's
handling and steering response.
You should therefore always remember
not to exceed the approved roof
weight, the approved gross vehicle
weight or the axle weights when
loading the rack. You will find the
specifications under "Technical Data"
on page 208.
Secure the roof luggage correctly and
securely to prevent it from shifting or
being lost during driving (danger to
following traffic).
Drive smoothly. Avoid sudden acceleration and braking maneuvers. Take
corners gently.
The roof load increases the aerodynamic resistance. Increased fuel
consumption is the immediate results.
Make sure that the load is not too
heavy, and attempt to distribute it
evenly. Always load the heaviest pieces
first (on the bottom). Be sure that
adequate clearance is maintained for
raising the sliding/tilt sunroof, and that
objects do not project into the opening
path of the liftgate.
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Data
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Laws and regulations:
Technical modifications 169
California Proposition
65 Warning 169
OBD interface socket 170
Operation, care
and maintenance
Controls
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Controls and features
Owner service procedures
Advanced technology
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Care and maintenance:
The BMW Maintenance
System 162
Caring for your vehicle 163
Airbags 168
Vehicle storage 168
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Technical data
Data
Wheels and tires:
Tire inflation pressure 145
Tire condition 145
Tire replacement 146
Tire rotation 147
Wheel and tire
combinations 148
Special features of winter
tires 149
Snow chains 149
Approved wheel and tire
specifications 150
Under the hood:
Hood 151
Engine compartment 152
Washer fluid 156
Washer nozzles 156
Engine oil 157
Coolant 160
Brake fluid 161
Vehicle Identification
Number 161
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Special operating instructions:
Break-in procedures 134
Driving your BMW X5 135
General driving notes 136
Catalytic converter 136
Antilock Brake System
(ABS) 137
Disc brakes 140
Brake system 141
Winter operation 141
Power steering 143
Level control system 143
Cellular phone 144
Radio reception 144
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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:
Engine and axle drive
Up to 1,200 miles (2,000 km):
Drive at varying engine speeds and
road speeds, but do not exceed
4,500 rpm and the following road
speeds during this initial period:
BMW X5 3.0i: 100 mph (160 km/h)
BMW X5 4.4i: 106 mph (170 km/h)
Obey your local and state maximum
speed limits.
Refrain from using full throttle and avoid
pressing the accelerator beyond the
kickdown point.
Once you have driven 1,200 miles
(2,000 km), engine and vehicle speeds
can gradually be increased.
You should also comply with these
break-in procedures if the engine or
one of the axle drives is replaced later
in the course of the vehicle service life.
Tires
Brake system
Due to technical factors associated
with their manufacture, tires do not
achieve their full traction potential until
an initial break-in period has elapsed.
For this reason, drive with extra care
during the initial 200 miles (300 km).
Approx. 300 miles (500 km) must
elapse before the brake pads and discs
achieve the optimal pad-surface and
wear patterns required for trouble-free
operation and long service life later on.
Obey your local and state maximum
speed limits.
When the vehicle is operated on
wet or slushy roads, a wedge of
water may form between the tire and
the road surface. This phenomenon is
referred to as aquaplaning, or hydroplaning, and can lead to partial or
complete loss of traction, vehicle
control and braking effectiveness.
Reduce your speed on wet roads.<
To break in the separate parking brake
drums, apply the parking brake lightly
when coasting to a standstill (at a traffic
signal, for instance), provided that
traffic conditions allow you to do so.
To avoid corrosion, repeat this procedure from time to time.
The brake lamps do not light up
when the parking brake is applied.
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 shut off – when
towing, for instance – substantially
higher levels of pedal force will be
required to brake the vehicle.<
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Driving your BMW X5
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> Clean accumulations of dirt from the
body and check the undercarriage for
damage.
> Clean mud, snow, ice and other
materials from the wheels and tires.
Check the tires for damage.
> Check to determine whether rocks,
gravel or accumulations of dirt on the
brake discs and calipers could influence braking performance. Remove
all such foreign objects.
> In order to clean the brake discs,
apply the footbrake gently several
times while driving at a low speed. Be
sure that following traffic is not
endangered by this.
> For cleaning the parking brake, apply
the lever slightly at approx. 25 mph
(40 km/h) and continue to drive for
approx. 200 yards (200 meters),
provided that traffic conditions allow
you to do so.
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> Familiarize yourself with the vehicle
before you begin driving. Do not take
risks with the vehicle under any
circumstances.
> Always adapt vehicle speed to road
conditions – the steeper and more
uneven the road surface is, the
slower the vehicle's speed should be.
> You can operate your vehicle on
uphill and downhill gradients with a
maximum slope of 50 %. If you intend
to drive on either an uphill or downhill
gradient of this steepness, check to
be sure in advance that the engine oil
and coolant levels are both near the
"MAX" mark. Refer to pages 157
and 160.
When driving down steep slopes, use
the Hill Descent Control (HDC). Refer
to page 95.
In recommending that you observe the
following points after driving on adverse
road surfaces, it is not as a "beauty
treatment" for your BMW. Instead, it is
intended for the maintenance of driving
safety:
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When you are driving on bad roads,
there are a few points which you should
strictly heed — for your own safety, for
that of your passengers, and for the
safekeeping of the vehicle:
Back onto the paved road
Data
On bad roads
Starting from a full stop is possible on
uphill gradients of up to 32 %.
The permitted side tilt is also 50 %.
> While driving, watch carefully for
obstacles such as rocks or holes. Try
to avoid these obstacles whenever
possible.
> On hill crests and bumpy roads, for
example, be careful to prevent the
body from "bottoming" (contact
between the body and the ground).
The ground clearance of the vehicle
is:
– 8 inches (200 mm) with up to four
passengers
– 7 inches (180 mm) fully loaded.
> Do not drive in water that is deeper
than 20 inches (50 cm). If you must
drive through water up to that depth,
drive at a walking speed and do not
stop.
After leaving the water, press on the
footbrake gently several times while
driving at a low speed. The brake
applications will help to dry the
brakes, thus preventing a reduction in
braking performance caused by the
moisture.
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Your BMW is right at home on all roads
and byways – even where the pavement
ends. It combines permanent fourwheel drive with the agility of a typical
passenger car.
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driving notes
Brakes:
Do not drive with your foot resting
on the brake pedal. Even light but
consistent pedal pressure can lead to
high temperatures, brake wear and
possibly even brake failure.
Aquaplaning:
When driving on wet or slushy roads,
reduce vehicle speed. If you do not, a
wedge of water may form between the
tires and the road surface. This
phenomenon is referred to as aquaplaning or hydroplaning. It is characterized by a partial or complete loss of
contact between the tires and the road
surface. The ultimate results are loss of
steering and braking control.
Catalytic converter
Cargo area cover:
Do not place heavy or hard objects on
the cargo area cover. These objects
could endanger vehicle occupants
during heavy brake applications or
evasive maneuvers.
Clothes hooks:
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.<
The catalytic converter reduces harmful
exhaust emissions.
It is designed for use with unleaded fuel
only. Even minute quantities of lead
would be enough to permanently
damage both the catalytic converter
and the system oxygen sensor.
To ensure efficient, trouble-free engine
operation and avoid potential damage:
> Be sure to comply with the scheduled
maintenance requirements.
> Fill the fuel tank well before it is
empty.
> Tow-start the vehicle only when the
engine is cold, since unburned fuel
may otherwise reach the catalytic
converter. It is better to start the
vehicle with an outside starting aid.
> Avoid other situations in which the
fuel is not burned, or burns incompletely, such as engaging the starter
frequently or for extended periods, or
repeated start attempts in which the
engine does not start (stopping and
restarting an engine which is running
properly does not present a problem).
Never allow the engine to run with
any of the spark plug cables disconnected.
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Catalytic converter
Antilock Brake System (ABS)
Be sure to comply with the
instructions above to prevent
unburned fuel from reaching the catalytic converter. Otherwise, the catalytic
converter could respond by overheating, leading to serious damage.
Extreme temperatures occur at the
catalytic converter on this and every
catalyst-equipped vehicle. Heat shields
are installed adjacent to some sections
of the exhaust system. Never remove
these shields; do not apply undercoating to their surfaces. When driving,
standing at idle, and parking the
vehicle, take care to avoid contact
between the exhaust system and flammable materials (grass, hay, leaves,
etc.). Such contact could lead to a fire,
resulting in serious personal injury and
property damage.<
The concept
Braking with ABS
ABS enhances active safety by helping
to prevent the wheels from locking
under braking. This is because: locked
wheels are dangerous. When the front
wheels slide, the driver loses steering
control over the vehicle. Traction loss at
the rear wheels can cause the rear end
to break into an uncontrolled skid.
The system becomes operative once
the vehicle exceeds a speed of approx.
6 mph (10 km/h). The ABS is inactive
again whenever the vehicle's speed
drops back below approx. 4 mph
(6 km/h).
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The ABS system's closed-loop control
circuit cycles in fractions of a second.
A pulsation at the brake pedal, together
with the sounds associated with the
hydraulic controls, tells you that the
brake system is within its maximum
limit range and reminds you that you
Index
To shorten the braking distance — especially on steep, poor road surfaces when
With ABS, you will achieve the shortest- driving slowly straight ahead — the
possible braking distances under all
system allows one or both front wheels
given conditions (braking while driving
to lock for a short time. Nevertheless,
the vehicle still retains steering
straight ahead or in curves, different
road surfaces).
response since this "poor road logic" is
ABS is designed to meet two essential deactivated again automatically as you
requirements during every brake appli- steer.
cation:
If you are in a situation that requires full
braking, you will exploit the full benefits
> To help provide vehicle stability.
of the ABS system if you apply maxi> To help retain steering and maneumum brake pressure ("panic stop").
vering capability on all types of road
Since the vehicle maintains steering
surfaces (asphalt, cement, dirt, wet
responsiveness, you can avoid possible
surfaces, snow and ice).
obstacles with a minimum of steering
effort, despite the full brake application.
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Brake System (ABS)
should adapt road speed to the road
conditions.
On road surfaces that have a loose
surface layer on a firm base with good
traction (on gravel, deep sand or snow,
for example), braking distances may be
longer than with locked wheels.This is
also true if snow chains are mounted.
However, ABS continues to provide
enhanced vehicle stability and steering
response under these conditions.
Information for your safety
Not even ABS can suspend the laws of
physics. ABS alone cannot prevent
accidents when the brakes are applied
without an adequate safety distance
between vehicles, if the vehicle is
driven with excessive speed, or if aquaplaning occurs. Responsibility for these
types of situations remains in the hands
(and at the feet) of the driver. You
should never allow the added safety of
ABS to lull you into a false sense of
security, or mislead you into taking
increased risks that could affect your
own safety and that of others.
Cornering Brake Control (CBC)
Dynamic Brake Control (DBC)
CBC is an advanced engineering
design of the ABS. When braking
during cornering with high lateral acceleration, or when braking during a lane
change, vehicle stability is further
improved and the steering response is
enhanced.
If you apply the brakes rapidly, this
system automatically produces the
maximum braking force boost and thus
helps to achieve the shortest possible
braking distance during "panic stops."
All of the benefits of the ABS system
are exploited under these circumstances.
Electronic Brake Force
Distribution (EBV)
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.
EBV governs brake application pressure at the rear wheels to achieve
stable brake response.
If the EBV fails (refer to the next
page), avoid full or "panic" brake
applications. Full or panic brake applications can result in overbraking at the
rear axle, and braking stability is no
longer ensured.<
In the event of a malfunction,
the yellow warning lamp comes
on. Have the system checked
and repaired at your BMW
center as soon as possible.
Refer to the "Information for your
safety" covering the ABS system.
This information also applies in general
for DBC.<
Do not make any modifications to
the ABS system.
Service procedures on ABS are to be
performed by authorized technicians
only.<
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Indicator and warning lamps for
Canadian models.
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If all three warning lamps come on
yellow:
ABS, CBC, DSC, DBC and HDC have
failed. The effect of the EBV Brake
Force Distribution at the rear wheels,
which achieves stable brake response,
is largely preserved. Optimum brake
force and braking stability are no longer
assured. Continue to drive; drive
cautiously and defensively and avoid
full brake applications.
Have the system checked by your BMW
center as soon as possible.
Following an interruption in
battery power, the ABS, CBC,
DSC, DBC and HDC systems are no
longer available. After you drive for only
a few yards or meters or if you turn the
steering wheel from stop to stop while
the vehicle is stationary and the engine
is running, the functions are activated
again and the three warning lamps will
go out.<
Data
If the brake warning lamp
comes on red together with the
yellow indicator lamps for ABS
and DSC (refer to pages 22
to 24), ABS, CBC, DSC, DBC,
EBV and HDC have failed. You
may continue driving, but drive
defensively and with extra
caution. Avoid full brake applications
because the vehicle could become
unstable and go out of control.
Have the system checked by the
nearest BMW center.
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brakes
Disc brakes furnish optimum deceleration and braking control and greater
fade resistance under heavy use.
Driving notes
If the brake discs are corroded, they will
tend to respond to braking with a
pulsating effect which even extended
application will fail to cure.
cally. If the ABS fails, you should revert
to the staggered braking technique
(refer to page 142).
When driving in wet conditions and in
heavy rain, it is advisable to apply light
pressure to the brake pedal every few
When the vehicle is driven only occasionally, during extended periods when miles (kilometers). Watch traffic conditions to ensure that this maneuver does
the vehicle is not used at all, and in
operating conditions where brake appli- not endanger other road users. The
heat which is generated by the brake
cations are less frequent, there is an
increased tendency for corrosion of the applications helps to dry the brake
pads and discs.
discs and accumulation of contamination on the brake pads. This occurs
Maximum braking force is obtained
because the minimal pressure which
while the wheels continue to rotate,
must be exerted by the pads to clean
peaking when the wheels remain on the
the discs by brake applications is not
verge of locking without actually doing
reached.
so. ABS maintains this state automati-
For your own safety: use only
brake pads that BMW has
released for your particular vehicle
model. BMW cannot evaluate nonapproved brake pads to determine if
they are suited for use, and therefore
cannot ensure the operating safety of
the vehicle if they are installed.<
Extended or steep mountain descents
should be driven in the gear in which
only minimal periodic brake applications is required. This avoids excessive
strain on the brakes and possible
impairment of the braking effect.
You can further increase the engine's
braking effect by selecting a lower gear,
downshifting as far as first gear.
When driving a vehicle with automatic
transmission, you can still downshift
into first gear. Refer to page 69.
If engine braking should prove to be
inadequate, you should still avoid
extended, continuous braking. Instead
of maintaining low to moderate pressure over an extended period of time,
you should decelerate by applying
more substantial pressure to the brake
pedal (watch for following traffic), then
releasing the pedal, then repeating the
application. This staggered braking
technique allows the brakes to cool in
the intervals between active braking
phases, preventing overheating and
ensuring that full braking capacity
remains available at all times.
Do not coast with the clutch
depressed or with the transmission or selector lever in neutral. Do not
drive with the engine shut off. The
engine provides no braking effect when
the clutch is depressed or the transmission is in neutral, and there is no
power-assist for braking or steering
when the engine is not running.
Have brake inspections performed at
an BMW center only. If you do not,
parts of the four-wheel drive system
could be damaged. Never allow floor
mats, carpets or any other objects to
protrude into the area around the accelerator, clutch and brake pedals and
obstruct their movement.<
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center. Higher brake application
pressure may be necessary under these
conditions, and brake pedal travel may
be significantly longer. Please
remember to adapt your driving style
accordingly.<
The warning lamp also comes on when
the CHECK BRAKE LININGS message
appears in the Check Control.
The brake pads have reached their
minimum pad thickness. Proceed to the
nearest BMW center as soon as
possible to have the pads replaced.
For your own safety: use only
brake pads that BMW has
released for your particular vehicle
model. BMW cannot evaluate nonapproved brake pads to determine if
they are suited for use, and therefore
cannot ensure the operating safety of
the vehicle if they are installed.<
Coolant
Be sure that the coolant mixture
contains the year-round ratio of 50:50
water and antifreeze/corrosion protection. This mixture provides protection
against freezing down to approx. –34 7
(–37 6). Replace the coolant every four
years.
Locks
BMW door lock deicer can be used to
free locks if they are frozen. This deicer
also contains lubricant.
After using the deicer, treatment with
BMW lock barrel grease is recommended.
Overview
The onset of winter is often accompanied by rapid changes in weather.
Adaptations in driving style should be
accompanied by preparations on the
vehicle itself to ensure that your
progress through the winter remains
safe and trouble-free.
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If the brake fluid level is too low and
brake pedal travel has become noticeably longer, there may be a defect in
one of the brake system's hydraulic
circuits.
The warning lamp for the brake
pads comes on, or the CHECK
BRAKE LININGS message
appears in the Check Control:
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The brake fluid level is too low in the
reservoir (refer to page 161).
Brake pads
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The warning lamp for the brake
hydraulic system comes on, or
the CHECK BRAKE FLUID
message appears in the Check
Control.
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Brake fluid level
Winter operation
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operation
Rubber seals and components
In order to prevent the weather-stripping from freezing, apply BMW rubber
treatment or silicone spray to the seals
on the doors, hood and liftgate/tailgate.
A full range of car care products is
available from your BMW center.<
Snow chains
Mount BMW snow chains* only on tire
size 235/65 R 17. Always mount chains
in pairs and on the rear wheels only.
Read and comply with the chain manufacturer's safety precautions. Do not
exceed a maximum speed of 30 mph
(50 km/h).
Starting off
When starting in deep snow or
"rocking" the vehicle free, it may be
advisable to deactivate the DSC system
briefly. Refer to page 94.
Driving on low-traction road
surfaces
Use smooth, gentle pressure to control
the accelerator pedal. Avoid excessive
engine speeds and shift to the next
higher gear at an early point. Also shift
to the next lower gear at an early point
when approaching grades or slopes.
Maintain an adequate distance
between yourself and the car ahead.
Braking
Winter road conditions substantially
reduce the amount of traction available
between the tires and the road surface.
The resulting increases in braking
distance are considerable and should
be kept in mind at all times.
ABS is intended to prevent the wheels
from locking during brake applications,
thus helping to maintain vehicle stability
and steering response.
If the ABS does not respond in a critical
braking situation and the wheels lock:
Reduce the pressure on the brake
pedal until the wheels just start to roll
again while still maintaining enough
force to continue braking. Following
that, increase pedal pressure again.
Reduce the pressure as the wheels
lock, then reapply pressure. Repeat this
braking sequence.
This type of staggered braking will
reduce the braking distance, and the
vehicle still remains responsive to
steering.
You can then attempt to steer around
hazards after you have reduced pressure on the brake pedal.
Do not shift down on slick road
surfaces if you want to decelerate.
Doing so could cause the wheels to
lose traction and skid, thus resulting in
the loss of vehicle control.<
Depress the clutch during hard
braking on road surfaces that
provide only poor or uneven traction.<
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Power steering
Level control system*
Skid control
If there is a change in steering response
(difficult steering, for example) or, especially on vehicles with Servotronic *, if
the steering "drifts" or "floats" at
increasing speeds:
Have your BMW center inspect this
system as soon as possible.
The warning lamp for the level
control system comes on, or the
message SELFLEVEL
SUSP.INACT appears in the Check
Control: There is a malfunction in the
level control system.
The brake lamps do not light up
when the parking brake is
applied.<
Even if the attitude of the vehicle is
normal, you should consult the nearest
BMW center if the warning lamp indicates a system fault.
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If the power steering fails,
increased effort will be required to
steer the vehicle.<
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Engage 1st or reverse gear. If your
vehicle is equipped with an automatic
transmission, place the selector lever in
"Park." On vehicles with manual transmission, also apply the parking brake
when parking on inclined surfaces. In
order to prevent the parking brake pads
from locking due to frost or corrosion,
dry them by gently applying the parking
brake as the vehicle is coming to a
stop. Make sure that following traffic is
not endangered.
Stop and inspect the vehicle. If it is
riding significantly lower in the rear than
in the front, or if it is sitting at an incline
(left rear compared to right rear),
consult the nearest BMW center. Drive
with appropriate caution in the meantime, especially if you are driving under
poor road-surface conditions. The
vehicle has reduced ground clearance
or driving comfort is noticeably
reduced.
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Parking
Index
Release the accelerator pedal and
depress the clutch pedal. Countersteer
carefully and attempt to regain control
of the vehicle.
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phone*
Mobile communications systems
(cellular phone, radio, etc.) are only
allowed a power output of up to
10 watts. Mobile communications
devices not specifically designed for
use in your vehicle may trigger malfunctions during vehicle operation. BMW
can neither test nor assume responsibility for every individual product being
offered on the market. We recommend
that you consult your BMW center
before purchasing any device of this
kind.
To ensure that your BMW continues to
provide reliable and trouble-free operation, do not use a cellular phone or
other radio device with an antenna
located inside the passenger compartment. The antenna should always be
mounted on the outside of the vehicle.
Radio reception
The reception and sound quality
obtained from mobile radios vary
according to a variety of factors,
including the broadcast range of the
transmitter and the directional orientation of the antenna. Interference factors
such as high-tension power lines, buildings and natural obstructions can all
lead to unavoidable reception interference, regardless of how well the vehicle
sound system is operating. Climatic
factors such as intense solar radiation,
fog, rain and snow can also interfere
with reception.
Cellular phones without formal BMW
approval can also generate interference. This phenomenon assumes the
form of a low-pitched hum emanating
from the speaker system.
Please refer to the Owner's Manual
provided with your sound system for
detailed information on its use.
For additional information on the car
radio reception refer to the chapter
"Advanced technology" on page 198.
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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 –
including the spare wheel – regularly (refer to page 30), at least every
two weeks and before beginning a
longer trip. If this is not done, incorrect
tire pressures can cause driving instability and tire damage, ultimately
resulting in an accident.<
Tire tread – Tire damage
Inspect your tires frequently for tread
wear, signs of damage and for foreign
objects lodged in the tread. Check the
tread pattern depth.
Tread pattern depth should not be
allowed to go below 0.12 in (3 mm),
even though the legally specified
minimum tread pattern depth is only
0.063 in (1.6 mm). At a tread pattern
depth of 0.063 in (1.6 mm), tread wear
indicators (arrow) in the tread-groove
base indicate that the legally-permissible wear limit has been reached.
Below 0.12 in (3 mm) tread pattern
depth, there is an increased risk of
aquaplaning, even at relatively
moderate speeds and with only small
amounts of water on the road.
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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 leads to overheating and causes damage inside the
tires. The ultimate result can assume
the form of a sudden air loss.
Unusual vibrations encountered during
normal vehicle operation can indicate
flat tire or some other vehicle defect, as
can variations in normal vehicle
response, such as a pronounced
tendency to pull to the left or right.
Should this occur, respond by immediately reducing your speed and carefully
proceeding to the nearest BMW center
or professional tire center, or having the
vehicle towed in to have it and its tires
inspected.
Tire damage (up to and including blowouts) can endanger the lives of both the
vehicle occupants and other road
users.<
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It is not merely the tire's service life, but
also driving comfort and – above all else
– driving safety which depend on the
condition of the tires and the maintenance of the specified tire pressure.
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The factory-approved radial tires are
matched to the vehicle and have been
selected to provide optimum safety and
driving comfort on your vehicle.
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replacement
To maintain good handling and vehicle
response, use only tires of a single
tread configuration from a single manufacturer. BMW tests and approves
wheel/tire combinations. Refer to
page 148.
DOT Quality Grades
Treadwear
Traction AA A B C
Temperature A B C
Traction
The traction grades, from highest to
lowest, are AA, A, B, and C.
Those grades represent the tire's ability
to stop on wet pavement as measured
under controlled conditions on specified government test surfaces of
asphalt and concrete. A tire marked C
may have poor traction performance.
All passenger car tires must
conform to Federal Safety
Requirements in addition to these
grades.<
The traction grade assigned to
this tire is based on straightahead braking traction tests, and does
not include acceleration, cornering,
aquaplaning, or peak traction characteristics.<
Treadwear
Temperature
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 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 a sudden flat
tire. The grade C corresponds to a level
of performance which all passenger car
tires must meet under the Federal
Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 109.
Grades B and A represent higher levels
of performance on the laboratory test
wheel than the minimum required by
law.
The temperature grade for this tire
is established for a tire that is
properly inflated and not overloaded.
Excessive speed, underinflation, or
excessive loading, either separately or
in combination, can cause heat buildup
and possible a flat tire.<
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
Do not use retreaded tires, since
driving safety may be impaired by
their use. This is due to the possible
variations in casing structures and, in
some cases, to their extreme age,
which can lead to a decrease in their
durability.<
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Tire replacement
Tire rotation
Tire age
Between the axles
The date on which the tire was manufactured is indicated by the code on the
sidewall:
DOT ... 4100 indicates that the tire was
manufactured in week 41 of 2000.
on the front and rear axles (refer to
The tread wear patterns at the frontand rear axle are different and will vary page 150), the wheels may not be
rotated from one axle to the other.<
according to individual driving conditions. In the interests of safety and
maintaining optimal handling characteristics, tire rotation is not recommended.
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Should you decide to rotate the tires, it
is essential that you comply with the
following:
Rotate tires on the same side only,
since braking characteristics and road
grip could otherwise be adversely
affected.
Following tire rotation, correct the tire
inflation pressure.
Data
Although tires may have a theoretical
service life of up to 10 years, BMW
strongly recommends that you replace
all tires after an absolute maximum of
6 years.
When considering the potential
economic benefits of interaxle tire rotation, you must decide whether the
expense of having the tires rotated is
likely to be amortized during the anticipated extension in tire life. In principle,
interaxle tire rotation should be
performed at short intervals, with a
maximum of 3,000 miles (5,000 km).
Consult your BMW center for more
information.
If different tire sizes are mounted
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BMW recommends the replacement of
all tires when the tires are no more than
6 years old, even if a tire life of 10 years
is possible.
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and tire combinations
The right choice
Codes on the tires and wheels
All-season, all-terrain and winter tires:
Use only wheels and tires
approved by BMW for the corresponding vehicle model, as otherwise
the tires may make contact with the
body as the result of tolerances despite
the same nominal size being used,
resulting in serious accidents. If nonapproved wheels and tires are used,
BMW cannot evaluate their suitability,
and therefore cannot be held liable for
driving safety.<
The code on tires has the following
meaning.
Codes on radial tires:
Q M+S = up to 100 mph (160 km/h)
T M+S = up to 118 mph (190 km/h)
H M+S = up to 130 mph (210 km/h)
Example:
Codes on light-alloy wheels:
For wheel and tire specifications
approved by BMW, refer to page 150.
The correct wheel-tire combination affects different systems such
as ABS, ATC and DSC. The function of
these systems is impaired if improper
wheel-tire combinations are used.
For this reason, use only tires of the
same brand and tread pattern on the
vehicle and, for example, restore the
approved wheel-tire combination
following a flat tire as soon as
possible.<
235/65 R 17 104 H
Nominal width
in mm
Aspect ratio in X
Belt rating code for
radial tires
Rim diameter in inches
Load rating
(not on ZR tires)
Speed rating
(before R on ZR tires)
Example:
The speed rating indicates the
approved maximum speed for the tire.
Protect valve stems and valves from dirt
using screw-on valve stem caps. Dirt in
the valves frequently leads to slow
leaks.
Summer tires:
S =
T =
H =
V =
W =
Y =
ZR=
up to 112 mph (180 km/h)
up to 118 mph (190 km/h)
up to 130 mph (210 km/h)
up to 150 mph (240 km/h)
up to 167 mph (270 km/h)
up to 186 mph (300 km/h)
over 150 mph (240 km/h)
7.5 J
Rim width
in inches
Code letter for
flange type
Symbol for full-drop
center rim
Rim diameter in inches
Special extended hump
on the 2 rim shoulders
x 17 SEH 2
Storage
Store tires in a cool, dry place,
protecting them against light whenever possible. Protect the tires against
contact with oil, grease and fuel.
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Special features of winter tires
Snow chains*
Choosing the right tire
The use of narrow-link BMW snow
chains is approved only in pairs on the
rear wheels and only with tire size
235/65 R 17. Comply with all manufacturer's safety precautions when
mounting the chains.
Winter tires display a perceptible loss in
their ability to cope with winter driving
conditions once the tread wears to
below 0.16 in (4 mm), and should thus
be replaced.
Comply with the specified tire inflation
pressures — and be sure to have the
wheel and tire assemblies balanced
every time you change the tires.
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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.<
Data
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.
Do not exceed specified
maximum speeds
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BMW recommends winter tires (M+S
radial tires) for operation under inclement winter driving conditions. While
so-called all-season tires (M+S designation) provide better winter traction
than summer tires with the load ratings
H, V, W, Y and ZR, they generally do
not achieve the performance of winter
tires.
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150nApproved
wheel and tire specifications
BMW tests certain tire brands for each tire size, classifies them as road-safe and
approves them. Consult your BMW center for more information.
Observe any regulations applicable in the country of use, e.g. requiring entry in
the vehicle documents.
Tire specifications
Light-alloy wheel
BMW X5 3.0i, X5 4.4i
All-season/all-terrain
235/65 R 17 104 H M+S
7.5Jx17 SEH2
255/55 R 18 105 H M+S
8.5Jx18 EH2
Summer
255/55 R 18 105 V
8.5Jx18 EH2
Front: 255/50 R 19 103 V
9Jx19 EH2
Rear: 285/45 R 19 107 V
10Jx19 EH2
Winter
235/65 R 17 104 Q/T/H M+S
7.5Jx17 SEH2
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 bias
belted or bias-ply tires, etc. Mixing tire
types will adversely affect roadholding
and can lead to loss of vehicle
control.<
Observe the specifications for tires and
wheels in the vehicle's documents. If
sizes not approved by the manufacturer
are mounted, an entry in the vehicle's
documents may be necessary.
Snow chains*
It is only possible to mount snow
chains on the rear wheels with tire
size 235/65 R 17.
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Hood
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To open
To close
Pull the lever located under the lefthand side of the instrument panel.
Pull the release handle and open the
hood.
Allow the hood to fall from a height of
about 12 in (30 cm) so that it audibly
engages.
Data
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.<
Index
Do not work on your vehicle
without appropriate skills. Switch
off the engine and allow it to cool down
before working in the engine compartment. Always disconnect the battery
before working on any electrical systems
or equipment, especially when these are
located within the engine compartment.
Comply with all applicable instructions
and warnings. Failure to work in an
informed, professional manner when
servicing components and materials
constitutes a safety hazard for vehicle
occupants and other road users. If you
are not familiar with the guidelines,
please have the operations performed
by your BMW center.<
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6 Reservoir for windshield and
headlamp washer system* 156
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5 Engine oil filler neck 157
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4 Coolant expansion tank 160
Data
3 Auxiliary terminal for jump
starting 190
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2 Reservoir for brake fluid
(under the microfilter
trim panel) 161
Overview
1 Engine oil dipstick 157
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6 Reservoir for windshield and
headlamp washer system* 156
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4 Engine oil dipstick 157
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3 Coolant expansion tank 160
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2 Auxiliary terminal for jump
starting 190
Data
1 Reservoir for brake fluid
(under the microfilter
trim panel) 161
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Engine compartment – BMW X5 4.4i
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fluid
Washer nozzles
Windshield washer
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Windshield:
The nozzles are directed so as to
ensure effective cleaning, even at high
speeds.
Headlamp* and windshield
washer system
Rear window:
Have this system adjusted by your
BMW center as required.
Headlamp washer
Have the nozzles adjusted by your
BMW center as required.
Capacity in US quarts (liters):
Approx. 8.2 (7.8).
Fill with water and — if required — with a
washer antifreeze (according to manufacturer's recommendations).
It is more convenient to mix the
washer fluid before adding it to
the reservoir.<
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.<
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Engine oil
As with fuel economy, oil consumption
is directly influenced by your driving
style and vehicle operating conditions.
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Wait until the level has dropped to just
above the lower mark before adding oil.
However, do not wait until the oil level
drops below the lower mark.
BMW engines are designed to
operate without oil additives; the
use of additives could lead to damage
in some cases. This is also true for the
manual transmission, the automatic
transmission, the differential, and the
power steering system.<
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Adding engine oil
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The oil volume between the two marks
on the dipstick corresponds to approx.
1.1 US quarts (1 liter). Do not fill beyond
the upper mark on the dipstick. Excess
oil will damage the engine.
Data
1 Park the vehicle on a level surface.
2 Shut the engine off after it has
reached normal operating temperature.
3 After approx. 5 minutes, pull the
dipstick out and wipe it off with a
clean lint-free cloth, paper towel, or
similar material.
4 Push the dipstick carefully all the way
into the guide tube and pull it out
again.
5 The oil level should be in between the
two marks on the dipstick.
Index
Checking oil level
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oil
Specified engine oils
Viscosity ratings
The quality of the engine oil selected
has critical significance for the operation and service life of an engine. Based
on extensive testing, BMW has
approved only certain engine oils.
Viscosity is the oil flow rating as established in SAE classes.
Use only approved "BMW High Performance Synthetic Oil."
If you are unable to obtain "BMW High
Performance Synthetic Oil," you can
add small amounts of synthetic oil in
between oil changes. Use only oils with
the API SH specification or higher.
The selection of the correct SAE class
depends on the climatic conditions in
the area where you typically drive your
BMW.
Approved oils are in SAE classes
5W-40 and 5W-30.<
These oils may be used for driving in all
ambient temperatures.
Ask your BMW center for details
concerning the specific "BMW
High Performance Synthetic Oil" or
"synthetic oils" which have been
approved.<
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You can also call BMW of North
America at 1-800-831-1117 or visit this
website: www.bmwusa.com to obtain
this information.
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Continuous exposure to used oil
has caused cancer in laboratory
testing. For this reason, any skin areas
that come into contact with oil should
be thoroughly washed with 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.<
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Recommendation: have the oil changed
by your BMW center.
Data
Comply with the applicable environmental laws regulating the
disposal of used oil.<
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Comply with the applicable environmental laws regulating the
disposal of extended-duty antifreeze
with corrosion inhibitor.<
Adding coolant
Wait until the engine cools before
removing the cap from the expansion
tank. The needle of the coolant temperaturegauge in the instrument cluster
must be located in the blue zone. If it is
not, there is a danger of scalding.
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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 factory specifications.
Antifreeze and anticorrosion agents are
hazardous to health. You should always
store them in their original container
and in a location which is inaccessible
to children.
Extended-duty antifreeze with corrosion inhibitor contains the flammable
substance ethylene–glycol. For this
reason, do not spill antifreeze with
corrosion inhibitor on hot engine parts.
It could ignite and cause serious
burns.<
Checking coolant level
Correct coolant level when the engine
is cold approx. +68 7(+20 6):
Unscrew the cap from the expansion
tank.
The coolant level is correct when the
end of the red float is aligned with the
upper edge of the filler opening (refer to
the arrow in the illustration), or max.
0.8 in (2 cm) higher, i. e. up to the mark
on the float (refer also to the schematic
diagramm, next to the cap).
1 Start by turning the cap counterclockwise. Pause to allow any accumulated pressure to escape, then
open the cap.
2 If the coolant is low, slowly add
coolant until the correct level is
reached — do not overfill.
The coolant is a mixture of water
and extended-duty antifreeze with
corrosion inhibitor. Always maintain the
prescribed all-season 50:50 mixture
ratio for year-round protection against
internal corrosion. No other additives
are required.
Replace the coolant every four years.
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Comply with the applicable environmental laws regulating the
disposal of brake fluid.<
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In the engine compartment, stamped
on the right-hand strut dome (arrow)
and on the upper edge of the instrument panel on the left-hand side.
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Brake fluid loss may result in extended
brake pedal travel. For this situation,
refer to the notes on page 141.
Vehicle Identification Number
Data
The brake fluid reservoir is located
under the microfilter housing trim panel
on the driver's side of the vehicle. For
adding brake fluid or for determining
and correcting the cause of brake fluid
loss, consult your BMW center. Your
BMW center is familiar with the specifications for factory-approved brake
fluids (DOT 4).
Brake fluid is hygroscopic, that is,
it absorbs moisture from the air
over time.
In order to ensure the safety and reliability of the brake system, have the
brake fluid changed every two years by
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 which is out of reach of 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.<
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Index
If the indicator lamp for the
brake hydraulic system appears
or if the CHECK BRAKE FLUID
warning appears in the Check
Control: the brake fluid level is
too low in the reservoir.
Vehicle Identification
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Brake fluid
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BMW Maintenance System
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ago to take the actual conditions under
which the vehicle is driven into consideration. After all, different drivers can
accumulate mileage in very different
ways.
The BMW Maintenance System has
been designed as a reliable means of
providing maximum driving and operating safety – and as cost-effectively as
possible for you.
Please keep in mind that regular maintenance is not only necessary for the
safety of your vehicle, but also plays a
significant role in maintaining the resale
value of the vehicle.
Service Interval Display
Advanced technology is employed to
calculate the optimal maintenance
intervals, which are then indicated in
the Service Interval Display. Conventional systems rely solely on distance
traveled to determine when service is
due. The BMW Maintenance System,
on the other hand, began many years
From the point of view of maintenance,
62,000 miles (100,000 km) accumulated
in short-distance urban driving are not
the equivalent of the same distance
covered at moderate speeds in longdistance highway travel.
mation Booklet (US models) or the
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 BMW center do the
maintenance and repair.
Your BMW center is always informed on
The BMW Maintenance System
the latest maintenance work and repair
includes the Engine Oil Service and
techniques and equipped with the
Inspections I and II.
required special tools. In addition,
Determining the maintenance intervals
checking parts known from experience
according to the actual loads on the
to be subject to wear is a permanent
vehicle covers every kind of operating
part of the maintenance specifications.
situation. However, even those who
Be sure that all maintenance work is
drive only short distances – significantly
confirmed in the Service and Warranty
less than 6,000 miles (10,000 km) annuInformation Booklet (US models) or the
ally – should have the engine oil
Warranty and Service Guide Booklet
changed at least every 2 years since oil
(Canadian models).
deteriorates over time, regardless of
These entries will constitute your proof
use.
that the vehicle has received regular
maintenance. They are also required for
Service and Warranty Information warranty claims.<
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and Service Guide Booklet
(Canadian models)
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When using an automatic car wash, be
sure that:
> The car wash system is suited for the
dimensions of your vehicle.
Before washing the vehicle in a
car wash, fold in the exterior
mirrors manually, otherwise they may
be damaged on account of the width of
the vehicle.<
> No damage will occur on vehicles
with attached body accessories (such
as spoilers or antennas). If you are
uncertain, consult the manager of the
car wash.
When cleaning the headlamps,
Deactivate the rain sensor in autoplease observe the following:
matic car washes. If you do not,
damage may occur if the wipers switch > Do not wipe dry (scratches). Never
use abrasives or strong solvents to
on unintentionally.<
clean the covers.
> Remove dirt and contamination (such
Parts of the vehicle that are inaccesas insects) by soaking with BMW Car
sible to the automatic car wash — such
Shampoo and then rinsing with plenty
as door sills, door and hood edges, etc.
of water.
— should be cleaned by hand.
> Always use a deicer spray to remove
In the winter months, it is especially
accumulated ice and snow – never
important to ensure that the vehicle is
use a scraper.<
washed on a regular basis. Large quantities of dirt and road salt are difficult to
After washing the vehicle, apply
remove, and they also cause damage to
the brakes briefly to dry them.
the vehicle.
Braking efficiency might otherwise be
reduced by the moisture and the brake
rotors could also be corroded.<
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To prevent spots, avoid washing when
the hood is still warm, or immediately
after and during exposure to strong
sunlight.
Vehicles with rain sensor*:
Clean the windshield regularly. Wax
from automatic car washes or insects,
for example, can cause malfunctions in
the function of the rain sensor.
If spray wands or high-pressure
washers are used, be sure to
maintain an adequate distance between
the spray source and the vehicle's
surface. Inadequate distance and
excessive pressure can damage or
weaken the finish, making it more
susceptible to subsequent attack. In
addition, moisture could penetrate to
vehicle components, leading to longterm damage.<
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Wipe away tough dirt and loosen and
remove dead insects before washing
the vehicle.
> The wheels and tires of your vehicle
cannot be damaged by the conveyance devices of the car wash system.
> The vehicle is cleaned with minimum
brush pressure, and that ample water
is available for washing and rinsing.
Data
You can have your new BMW washed
in an automatic car wash. Car wash
systems that do not employ brushes
are preferable.
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for your vehicle
Exterior finish
To provide effective corrosion protection, multilayer paintwork is applied
at the factory. Cataphoretic immersion
priming techniques are supplemented
using special body-cavity protectants,
with the application of specially-developed and extensively tested materials.
A layer of flexible PVC is first applied to
the undercarriage. Following this, a
comprehensive undercoating treatment with a wax-based protectant is
applied.
Regular maintenance makes an important contribution to maintaining the
safety and value of your vehicle.
Increasing awareness of the effects of
harmful environmental factors on
vehicle finishes have led paint and
vehicle manufacturers to initiate
ongoing programs designed to further
improve the durability of their finishes.
Despite this, environmental factors that
occur locally or regionally can have
negative effects on the finish of your
vehicle. These should guide you in
determining the frequency and extent of
your efforts to maintain the vehicle
finish.
Depending upon material and type
of impact (perforation of paint layer),
physical stresses from sand, road salt,
gravel, etc., can cause corrosion to
start extending beneath the finish,
starting at the point of impact.
Road dirt, tar spots, dead insects,
animal droppings (strong alkali effect)
and tree excretions (resins and pollen)
all contain substances capable of
causing damage when allowed to
remain on the finish of your vehicle for
any period of time (spots, etching,
flaking, separation in the top coat).
In coastal regions, high levels of atmospheric salt and humidity promote
corrosion.
In tropical zones, temperatures of over
+105 7 (+40 6) in the shade prevail,
in addition to heavy ultraviolet radiation
and high humidity. Under those conditions, light paints can reach temperatures up to +175 7 (+80 6) and dark
paints up to +250 7 (+120 6).
In industrial areas, deposits from fly
ash, lime, oil deposits, sulfur-dioxide in
precipitation (acid rain) and other environmental pollutants will all damage the
surface of the vehicle unless adequate
protection is provided.
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Caring for your vehicle
Any contamination remaining on the
surface of the vehicle will be especially
conspicuous after washing. Use
cleaning fluid or alcohol with a clean
cloth or cotton pad to remove these
stains. Remove tar spots with tar
remover. After cleaning, the affected
areas should be waxed to ensure
continued protection.
You can use a glass cleaner to remove
any wax or silicone that may have been
left on the windows during waxing.
The color code of your vehicle is
provided on a tag on the right-hand
panel under the hood and on the first
page of the Service and Warranty Information Booklet (US models) or the
Warranty and Service Guide Booklet
(Canadian models).
Damage caused by flying stones,
scratches, etc., must be touched up
without delay to prevent rust from
forming.
If corrosion has started to form in an
area with paint damage, remove all rust
and clean the area. Then prime the area
with a BMW Primer Stick. Finally, apply
the finish coat. After a few days, polish
and protect the touched-in areas.
More extensive paint damage should
be professionally repaired in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. Your BMW center uses original
BMW finish materials in accordance
with factory repair procedures.
A full range of car-care products is
available from your BMW center.<
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Nevertheless, you should immediately
remove especially aggressive
substances. Failure to do so can lead to
changes in the paint's chemical structure or to discoloration. Fuel spilled
during refueling, oil, grease and brake
fluid should always be cleaned away
immediately, as should bird droppings
(finish damage).
The best way to determine when the
finish needs to be waxed is by noting
when water stops beading on the
surface.
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You can touch up small areas of
damage with BMW spray paint or a
BMW touchup stick.
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Paint damage
Protect the finish using carnauba or
synthetic-based waxes only.
Data
Waxing your vehicle
Regular washing is a preventive
measure against long-term effects from
substances that are harmful to the
vehicle's finish, especially if you drive
your vehicle in areas with high levels of
air pollution or aggressive natural
substances (tree resins, pollen).
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for your vehicle
Window care
You can use window and glass cleaner
to clean inside window surfaces and
mirrors without smearing and streaking.
Never use polishing pastes or abrasive
(quartz) cleansers on mirror lenses.
Clean the wiper blades with soapy
water. The wiper blades should be
replaced twice a year, before and after
the cold season.
Use only wiper blades that have
been approved by BMW.<
Caring for other vehicle
components and materials
Light-alloy wheels should be treated
with alloy wheel cleaner, especially
during the winter months. However, do
not use aggressive products containing
acids, strong alkalis or abrasives. Do
not use steam cleaners operating at
temperatures above +140 7 (+60 6).
Follow the manufacturer's instructions.
If your vehicle has chrome parts * such
as window moldings, door handles or
other items, clean these parts carefully
with ample clean water, especially if
they have an accumulation of road salt.
Use chrome polish as an additional
treatment.
Rubber components should be cleaned
with water only; a rubber treatment or
silicone spray may also be applied.
The safety belts should be cleaned with
a mild soap and water solution without
being removed from the vehicle. Never
attempt chemical or dry cleaning, as
damage to the belt fabric could result.
After cleaning, never allow the inertia
reel to retract the belts until they are
completely dry. Dirty safety belts
prevent the inertia reel mechanism from
retracting the strap properly, and thus
constitute a safety hazard.
Heavily soiled floor carpets and mats *
can be cleaned with an interior cleaner.
The floor mats can be removed from
the vehicle for cleaning.
Plastic components, vinyl upholstery,
headliners, lamp lenses, the clear cover Please use only a damp cloth to clean
of the instrument cluster and compowooden fascia panels and components.
nents with a sprayed dull black surface Follow up by drying with a soft cloth.
can be cleaned with water (add plastic
cleaner as required). Do not allow moisA full range of car-care products is
ture to soak through the seats or headavailable from your BMW center.<
liner. Never use solvents such as
lacquer thinner, heavy-duty grease
remover, fuels, etc.
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Caring for your vehicle
For cleaning use BMW leather cleaning
foam.
Since dirt and grease gradually affect
the protective surface layer of the
leather, the cleaned surfaces should be
treated with a BMW leather care agent.
This also acts as an antistatic agent.
If the upholstery is to be exposed to
intense sunlight or if the vehicle is to be
stored for an extended period, cover all
leather surfaces (or, better yet, the
windows) to prevent fading.
A full range of car-care products is
available from your BMW center.<
Cleaning agents can contain
substances that are dangerous or
pose health risks. For this reason,
always read and comply with the warnings and danger notices on the
package.
Open the doors or windows on your
vehicle before cleaning the interior.
Never clean your vehicle with cleaning
agents (or solvents) not specifically
intended for this purpose.<
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Spills should be wiped up immediately.
Remove grease and oil stains without
rubbing, but rather by dabbing with
spot remover.
Car care
Regular periodic cleaning and care are
essential, as dust and road dirt act as
abrasives in the pores and creases of
the material. This leads to wear spots
and premature brittleness on the
surface of the leather. We therefore
suggest that you clean the leather with
a vacuum cleaner or dust cloth at
frequent intervals.
We recommend that you perform this
procedure twice a year on leather
exposed to normal use.
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Because this product is manufactured
using natural materials, you must make
allowance for its special characteristics
as well as for the peculiarities of its use
and care.
For protection against dampness or
moisture, treat the leather with a BMW
impregnating agent.
Data
The leather* upholstery used by BMW
is a natural product of the highest
quality, processed using state-of-theart methods to ensure that it will maintain its high quality for years to come,
provided that it is properly cared for.
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168nAirbags
1 Front airbags for driver and front
passenger
2 Side Impact Head Protection System
(front and rear*)
3 Side airbags (front and rear*)
Vehicle storage
Do not modify or tamper with either the
wiring or the individual components in
the airbag system. These include the
padded steering wheel hub, the instrument cluster, the side trim panels of the
front or rear doors and the roof pillars or
the sides of the headliner. Never apply
adhesive materials to these components or cover or modify them in any
way. Do not remove or dismantle the
steering wheel yourself.
To ensure compliance with applicable
safety regulations, have a BMW center
dispose of airbag generators.
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.<
Consult your BMW center regarding the
required special procedures if you
intend to store the vehicle for longer
than three months.
Important safety notices
Do not attempt to remove the gas
generators of the airbag restraint
system from the vehicle. Testing and
servicing are to be performed only by
trained technicians. In the event of a
malfunction, deactivation, or triggered
actuation (as a response to an accident)
of the airbag restraint system, consult
your BMW center for repairs or service
operations.
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California Proposition 65 Warning
Any BMW center will be glad to inform
you of the advisability, legal requirements and factory recommendations
with regard to technical modifications
on the vehicle. For this purpose, the
BMW center will require the Vehicle
Identification Number and, in some
cases, also the engine number.
California laws require us to state the
following warning:
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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.<
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Technical modifications
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Data
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.<
Index
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
formally designated as Class 1 lightemitting diodes.
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Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs)
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170nOBD
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.
When the filler cap is not properly
tightened, the OBD system can
detect the vapor leak and the indicator
will light up. If the filler cap is subsequently tightened, the indicator should
go out within a few days.<
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Under certain conditions, the indicator
will blink or flash. This indicates a rather
severe level of engine misfire. When
this occurs, you should reduce speed
and consult the nearest BMW center as
soon as possible. Severe engine misfire
over only a short period of time can
The Onboard Diagnostic (OBD) interface socket is located on the left of the seriously damage emission control
driver's side at the bottom of the instru- components, especially the catalytic
converter.
ment panel and under a cover.
The cover has the letters "OBD" on it.
Service Engine Soon warning
The purpose of the OBD system is to
lamp for Canadian models.
ensure proper operation of the emission control system for the vehicle's
lifetime. The system monitors emissionrelated components and systems for
deterioration and malfunction.
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Data
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Car care
Controls
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Controls
Car care
Operation, care
and maintenance
Owner service procedures
Advanced technology
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Assistance, giving and
receiving:
Jump-starting 190
Towing the vehicle 191
Controls and features
Technical data
Data
In case of electrical
malfunction:
Fuel filler door 188
Sliding/Tilt sunroof 188
Liftgate 188
Tailgate 189
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Index
Index
Replacement procedures:
Onboard tool kit 174
Windshield wiper blades 174
Lamps and bulbs 175
Changing a wheel 181
Battery 185
Fuses 187
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Under the cargo area floor in a pocket.
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Windshield wiper blades
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tool kit
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Front
Rear
1 Move the wiper to a fold-out position
(refer to page 71).
2 Lift the wiper arm and press the
securing spring (arrow).
3 Pull the wiper blade off toward the
wiper arm.
4 Insert the new blade and snap it into
place.
1 Hold the wiper blade on the window
and remove/unclip the wiper arm at
the articulated joint (arrow).
2 Insert a new wiper blade and press it
on/clip it into the wiper arm.
Use only wiper blades approved
by BMW.<
Fold the wipers back down onto
the windshield before you turn the
ignition key to position 1 or 2 again. If
you do not, they could be damaged.<
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Lamps and bulbs
For checking and adjusting headlamp aim, please contact your
BMW center.<
1 Low beams
H7 bulb, 55 watts
The bulb is pressurized. Therefore, wear safety glasses and
protective gloves. Failure to comply
with this precaution could lead to injury
if the bulb is accidentally damaged
during replacement.<
1 Turn the bulb holder to the left (arrow)
and remove.
2 Remove and replace the bulb.
When cleaning the headlamps,
please observe the following:
> Do not wipe dry (scratches). Never
use abrasives or strong solvents to
clean the covers.
> Remove dirt and contamination (such
as insects) by soaking with BMW Car
Shampoo and then rinsing with plenty
of water.
> Always use a deicer spray to remove
accumulated ice and snow – never
use a scraper.<
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1 Turn the bulb to the left and remove.
2 Disconnect the plug.
3 Plug the new bulb into the plug
connector. Be sure that it is securely
engaged.
4 Install in the opposite order.
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Whenever working on the electrical system, switch off the electrical accessory you are working on or
disconnect the cable from the negative
terminal of the battery. Failure to do this
could result in short circuits.
To prevent injuries and damage,
comply with any instructions provided
by the bulb manufacturer.<
The illustration shows the right-hand
engine compartment.
The bulb is pressurized. Therefore, wear safety glasses and
protective gloves. Failure to comply
with this precaution could lead to injury
if the bulb is accidentally damaged
during replacement.<
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A replacement bulb set is available from
your BMW center.
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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.<
HB3 bulb, 60 watts
Data
2 High beams
The lamps and bulbs are essential
factors contributing to the safety of your
vehicle. For this reason, follow the
instructions below carefully when
replacing a bulb. If you are not familiar
with any of the procedures, consult
your BMW center.
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176nLamps
and bulbs
Because of the extremely high
voltages involved, any work on the
xenon lighting system should be carried
out by technically-qualified personnel
only. Failure to comply with this creates
a risk of fatal injury.<
Turn signal indicators/Side lamps
(side marker lamps), front
Dual-filament bulb, 28/8 watts
Please contact a BMW center in case of
a malfunction.
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The operating life of these lamp units is
extremely long and the likelihood of
failure very low, provided that they are
not switched on and off a very great
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.
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Side turn signals
Front fog lamps
5 watt bulb
H1 bulb, 55 watts
1 Use finger pressure against the rear
end of the lens (arrow) to press it
forward for removal.
2 Press gently on the bulb and turn it to
the left to remove it.
3 Replace the bulb.
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 Pull the cover in front of the foglamp
forward.
2 Loosen the two screws (arrows) and
remove the foglamp.
3 Turn the cover cap on the rear of the
foglamp to the left and remove.
4 Unhook the wire clamp, remove the
contact base and replace the bulb.
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Lamps and bulbs
2 Rear lamps/
Side marker lamps
3 Backup lamps
yellow or white
red
white
4 Brake lamps
red
5 Reflector
red
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Center (high-mount) brake lamp
LED strip in the rear spoiler: please
contact a BMW center in case of a
malfunction.
Car care
Lamps in the tailgate:
1 Unclip the trim panel in the tailgate
with a screwdriver.
2 Press gently on the lamp holder and
turn it to the left to remove it.
3 Remove the bulb.
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1 Turn signal
indicator
Lamps in the side panel:
1 Open the cover in the side panel.
2 Lift the side panel if necessary.
3 Press gently on the lamp holder and
turn it to the left to remove it.
4 Remove the bulb.
Data
Tail lamp 2: 21/5 watt bulb
Remaining bulbs: 21 watts
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Tail lamp assembly
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and bulbs
Cargo area lamps
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Two lamps in the trim panel of the liftgate:
6 watt bulbs
1 Apply a screwdriver in the recess to
press the lens out.
2 Replace the bulb.
Footwell lamps, front
5 watt bulb
1 Press the lamp out with a screwdriver.
2 Replace the bulb.
License plate lamps
Interior lamps
5 watt bulb
Front and rear*
1 Press the lamp out to the side with a
screwdriver.
2 Remove the lamp and replace the
bulb.
Interior lamp (6 watt bulb) with reading
lamps (2 x 6 watt bulbs)
Footwell lamps in the rear
passenger area
1 Press the lamp out to the side with a
screwdriver.
2 Turn the bulb holder to the left and
remove.
3 Remove and replace the bulb.
5 watt bulb
1 Use a screwdriver to press the lens
out to the side.
2 Replace the bulb.
Rear
Interior lamp (2 x 5 watt bulbs)
1 Press the lamp out to the front with a
screwdriver.
2 Take off the lens and pull the lamp
out of the contact tab.
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Lamps and bulbs
Lighted vanity mirror
Front area lighting*
10 watt bulb
6 watt xenon bulb
1 Remove the bulb housing. Use a
screwdriver if necessary.
2 Replace the bulb.
Please contact a BMW center in case of
a malfunction.
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1 Press the lamp out with a screwdriver.
2 Replace the bulb.
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1 Apply a screwdriver in the recess to
press the lamp out.
2 Remove the reflector.
3 Replace the bulb.
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Lamp in the lower door trim panel:
5 watt bulb
Data
Exit lamps
5 watt bulb
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Glove compartment lamp
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Safety measures in the event of a
flat tire or wheel change: stop the
vehicle as far as possible from passing
traffic. Park on a firm, flat, surface.
Switch on the hazard warning flashers.
Turn the steering wheel to the straightahead position, remove the key and
engage the steering lock. Shift into 1st or
reverse (selector lever in "Park" with
automatic transmission) and engage the
parking brake. All passengers should be
outside the vehicle and well away from
your immediate working area (behind a
guardrail, for instance). If a warning
triangle or portable hazard warning lamp
is required, set it up on the roadside at
an appropriate distance from the rear of
the vehicle. Comply with all safety guidelines and regulations. Change the wheel
only on a level, firm surface which is not
slippery. Avoid jacking the vehicle up on
a soft or slippery surface (snow, ice, very
smooth surfaces, etc.), since it could
slide sideways. Position the jack on a
firm support surface. Do not place
wooden blocks or similar objects under
the jack. If this is done, the jack might not
be able to reach its full support capacity
because of the limited height. Do not lie
under the vehicle or start the engine
when the vehicle is supported by the
jack. Failure to comply with this creates a
risk of fatal injury.<
What you will need
In order to avoid rattling noises later,
note the position of the tools when you
remove them and return them to their
original position when you are through
using them.
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> Lug wrench
Is located next to the spare wheel.
> Two wedges (wheel chocks)
Open the liftgate and tailgate.
In the cargo area, fold up the floor
cover or pull-out cargo floor (refer to
page 127 or 128).
Take out the wedges (arrow) next to
the spare wheel.
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Changing a wheel
Controls
Car care
1 Loosen the wing nut 1.
2 Remove the plate 2 to the side.
3 Unscrew the threaded rod 3
completely.
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Data
> Car jack
Remove the rubber band from the
holder (arrow) and take out the jack.
When you have completed work,
screw the jack all the way back
down, remove the handle and insert it
into its holder.
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> Handle for the car jack
Remove from its holder.
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Removal aid for the spare wheel
By using this device, you do not have to
lift the spare wheel out of the recess by
hand.
Its task is to help you to move the wheel
onto the tailgate, from where you can
easily lift it off.
3 Hook both buckles into the latch of
the tailgate (arrow); the tailgate is
released.
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4 Remove the support rod from the
bracket.
1 Close the tailgate again.
2 Grasp the handle of the removal aid
behind the spare wheel with both
hands and pull upward over the
tailgate (arrow).
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Changing a wheel
Be sure that the support rod is
locked firmly in place. If you fail to
do so, it could retract sharply upward
and cause personal injury and vehicle
damage.<
7 You can now release the locked tailgate and take the spare wheel down
from the tailgate. It is recommended
that you leave the tailgate locked into
place until you have completed the
wheel change and placed the wheel
with the defective tire into the
removal aid.
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Car care
Hold the tailgate in the opened
position and do not allow it to
retract sharply upward. If you do so,
there is a risk of personal injury and
vehicle damage.<
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6 Insert the support rod in the tailgate
lock and press down until it engages
(arrow 1); then lock hook of rod in
striker (arrow 2).
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5 Press the tailgate down and hold it
there. The spare wheel is now pulled
by means of the removal aid onto the
tailgate.
1 Read carefully and comply with the
safety precautions on page 180.
2 Secure the vehicle to prevent it from
rolling:
Place the wedges (chocks) behind
the wheels on the side opposite the
side you are lifting. If the vehicle is
parked on a downward slope, place
the wedges securely in front of the
wheels. If the wheel must be
changed on a surface with a more
severe slope, take additional
precautions to secure the vehicle
from rolling.
3 Loosen the lug bolts 1/2-turn.
4 Insert the jack handle into the jack
(refer to the illustration in the next
column)
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5 Position the jack at the jacking point
closest to the flat tire so that the
jack base is vertically below the
jacking point and the entire surface
of the head of the jack will move
into the square recess of the jacking
point (refer to the illustration detail)
when the jack is cranked.
6 Jack the vehicle up until the wheel
you are changing is raised from the
ground.
7 Unscrew the lug bolts and remove
the wheel.
8 Remove accumulations of mud or
dirt from the mounting surfaces of
the wheel and hub. Clean the lug
bolts.
9 Position the spare wheel. Secure
the wheel by turning at least two lug
bolts into opposite bolt holes.
10 Screw in the remaining lug bolts.
Tighten all the bolts securely.
11 Lower the jack and remove it from
beneath the vehicle.
12 Tighten the lug bolts in a diagonal
pattern.
13 Check and correct the tire inflation
pressure at the earliest opportunity.
The vehicle jack is designed for
changing wheels only. Do not
attempt to raise another vehicle model
with it or to raise any load of any kind.
To do so could cause accidents and
personal injury.
To ensure continued safety, have the
tightness of the lug bolts checked with
a calibrated lug wrench [torque specification: 101 ft-lb (140 Nm)] at the
earliest opportunity.<
If light-alloy wheels other than original
BMW light-alloy wheels have been
mounted, it may be necessary to use
different lug bolts for those wheels.
Replace the defective tire as soon as
possible and have the new wheel/tire
balanced.
The spare wheel has a size
235/65 R 17 tire. If you have
mounted tires on your vehicle with a
different size, have wheels and tires of
the same size and specification reinstalled as soon as possible.
When the spare wheel is mounted, the
maximum speed rating is 130 mph
(210 km/h).<
Store the wheel and the tools in the
order opposite that for removal.
Before removing the support rod,
be sure that the tailgate is held
down firmly. If you fail to do so, it could
retract sharply upward and cause
personal injury and vehicle damage.
After you remove the rod, close the tailgate carefully. Continue to hold it firmly
until it is completely closed.<
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Battery
The battery is maintenance-free, that is,
the original electrolyte will normally last
for the service life of the battery under
moderate climatic conditions.
For all questions that regard the
battery, please consult your BMW
center. Since the battery is maintenance-free, the following is for your
information only.<
Wear eye protection. Do not
allow particles containing
battery acid or lead to come into
contact with your eyes, your skin, or
your clothing.
Battery acid is extremely corrosive. Wear eye protection and
protective gloves. Do not tip the
battery. Battery acid can leak from the
ventilation openings.
Do not allow children to have
access to batteries and battery
acid.
A highly-explosive gas is
generated when the battery is
charged.
If you happen to get acid in your
eyes, rinse thoroughly for
15 minutes with clear water.
Following that, consult a physician
immediately. If you get acid spray on
your skin or clothing, rinse with plenty
of water. If electrolyte is accidentally
swallowed, consult a physician immediately.
In order to protect the battery
case from ultraviolet radiation,
do not place it in direct sunlight.
A discharged battery can freeze. Store
the battery in areas where temperature
remains above freezing.
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Car care
Battery care
Before handling the battery,
please read the following information.
Never allow sparks or open
flame near the battery. Do not
smoke in the vicinity of the
battery. Avoid sparks from electrical
cables or electrical equipment. Turn the
key to position 0 in the steering lock
when you are disconnecting or
connecting the battery. Never shortcircuit the battery terminals. This
creates a risk of injury from high-energy
sparks.
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The battery is located in the floor of the
vehicle below the spare wheel.
You will find the following symbols on
your vehicle battery. To avoid injury,
please comply with the corresponding
precautions whenever you work with or
near the battery.
Data
Battery location
Symbols
Index
Battery posts, terminals and
related accessories contain lead
and lead compounds. Wash hands after
handling.
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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 190).
The service life specified for the
battery can be achieved only if it
is always kept adequately charged.
Have the charge condition of the
battery checked frequently if the vehicle
is used primarily for driving short
distances.<
Before performing any work on
the electrical system, disconnect
the cable from the negative terminal. If
you do not, short circuits can create the
risk of fire or personal injury.<
If you plan to park the vehicle longer
than 4 weeks, have the battery disconnected from the vehicle's electrical
system by disconnecting the cable from
the negative terminal. Then have the
battery charged with an appropriate
battery charger.
If the vehicle will not be driven for a
period longer than 12 weeks, have the
battery removed, charged and store it
in a clean and cool (frost-free) area.
Recharge the battery at least every
three months during storage. Also,
recharge the battery before it is
installed. If you fail to do so, it will not
be serviceable. Every time the battery is
discharged, especially over extended
periods, its service life is reduced.
Do not disconnect the battery
when the engine is running. If
you do so, the ensuing voltage surge
will damage the vehicle's onboard electronics.
Do not make any modifications in the
wires to the positive terminal. If you do
so, the protective function of the safety
battery terminal is no longer ensured.
Repair and disposal must be performed
by trained technicians only.<
Return used batteries to a recycling point or your BMW center.
Maintain the battery in an upright position for transport and storage. Secure
the battery against tilting during transport.<
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Overview
A list of the fuses, their respective
ampere ratings and the equipment in
their circuits is provided below the fuse
holder.
If the fuse continues to burn through,
have the problem corrected by a BMW
center.
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A list of the fuses, their respective
ampere ratings and the equipment in
their circuits is provided on the rear of
the side trim panel.
Car care
Open the right cover by pulling the
handle.
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1 Open the glove compartment and
turn the two quick-release fasteners
to the left. Spare fuses and plastic
tweezers are located on the fuse
holder.
2 Use the plastic tweezers to remove
the fuse for the accessory or equipment that has stopped working.
3 If the fuse is burned through (the
metal strip will have melted and
separated), replace it with a new fuse
of the same ampere rating (color
code).
Do not attempt to repair a burned
fuse or replace it with a fuse
having a different color or ampere
rating. To do this could cause a fire in
the vehicle resulting from a circuit overload.<
In the cargo area
Data
In the glove compartment
The fuse for continuous positive current
is located in a separate fuse box in front
of the spare wheel. If this fuse is defective, refer the problem to your BMW
center for repair.
Index
When an electrical accessory fails to
operate, switch it off and inspect the
fuse.
Additional fuses are provided in the
cargo area.
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Close the fuse holder by holding the top
of the cover in place and screwing the
two quick-release fasteners to the right.
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Manual release
Manual operation
Manual release
In the event of an electrical malfunction,
you can release the fuel filler door
manually:
In the event of an electrical system
malfunction, you can operate the
sliding/tilt sunroof manually:
In the event of an electrical malfunction,
you can release the liftgate manually:
1 Open the cover on the right in the
cargo area: lift the handle on the
cover.
2 Pull the button with the fuel pump
symbol (arrow).
1 Open the glasses compartment
(refer to page 119).
2 Insert the Allen wrench from the
vehicle tool kit (refer to page 174) in
the opening provided and turn the
sliding/tilt sunroof in the desired
direction.
1 Remove the plastic plug from inside
the cargo area and pull toward the
interior (arrow). The liftgate will be
released.
2 Reinstall the plug.
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Tailgate
Controls
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1 Unfasten the trim panel clip with the
vehicle key or with a screwdriver
(arrow 1) and remove it toward the
top (arrow 2).
2 Using the same tool, press the latch
in the direction of the arrow; the
tailgate is released.
3 Reinstall the trim panel.
Data
In the event of an electrical malfunction,
you can release the tailgate manually.
Index
Manual release
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190nJump-starting
Do not touch the parts conducting
current while the engine is
running. Failure to comply with this
creates a risk of fatal injury.<
Carefully comply with the following
instructions to avoid personal injury and
damage to one or both vehicles:
1 Be sure that the battery on the
support vehicle is also rated at
12 volts, and that the capacities of
the two batteries (Ah) are roughly
comparable (printed on casing).
2 Leave your battery connected to the
vehicle's electrical system.
3 Make sure that there is no contact
between the bodywork of the two
vehicles – this creates a risk of short
circuits.
4 Start by connecting the jumper cable
from the positive terminal of the
support vehicle to the positive
terminal connector located in your
BMW's engine compartment The
cover of the auxiliary terminal for
jump starting is marked with a "+"
sign (refer to the illustration). To
remove the cover, tip up the cap
(arrow). The illustration shows the
auxiliary terminal for jump starting on
the BMW X5 4.4i. For the BMW
X5 3.0i: refer to "Engine compartment" on page 152.
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If the battery is discharged, the engine
can be started with the use of two
jumper cables and the battery of
another vehicle. Always use jumper
cables with fully insulated handles on
the terminal clamps.
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Do not use spray starter fluids to start
the engine.
5 Then connect the negative terminals.
Attach the cable to either the support
vehicle's negative battery terminal (-),
or to a suitable ground on its engine
or bodywork. Then connect the other
end of the cable to a ground on the
engine or on the bodywork of the
vehicle that is to be started. There is
a special nut for this on the left side
panel of your BMW. Refer to the
arrow in the illustration.
Follow the same sequence for
connecting the jumper cables
when helping other vehicles. If you do
not, there is the risk of injury if sparks
generate at the battery.<
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Front:
Use a screwdriver on the left or right
side (arrows) to press the cover out.
Screw the tow fittings in until they
are tight. If you do not, the threads
could be damaged.
Do not tow the vehicle by any components of the running gear, or lash them
down in any way. If you do so, the
components could be damaged,
leading to possible accidents.<
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.
Avoid "off-center" towing. Be sure
that the tow rope is pulled tightly
when the towing vehicle begins to
move.<
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Access to tow sockets
Rear: Pull the cover off.
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The screw-in tow fitting is stored
beneath the cargo area floor. Carry it
with you at all times. This fitting is
designed for installation in the tow
sockets located at the front and rear of
the vehicle, and 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.
Always observe all applicable towing
laws and regulations.
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Have the battery recharged if necessary.
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6 Start the engine on the support
vehicle and let it run.
7 Start the engine on the vehicle
needing the jump-start, and allow it
to run as usual. If the first start
attempt is not successful, wait a few
minutes before another attempt in
order to allow the discharged battery
to recharge.
8 Before disconnecting the jumper
cables from your BMW, turn on the
rear window defroster and set the
blower to the highest speed;
allow the engine to run approx.
10 seconds. This will prevent a
voltage surge from the voltage regulator to the electrical accessories.
9 Then disconnect the jumper cables in
reverse sequence.
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the vehicle
The towed vehicle should always
be the lighter of the two vehicles.
If this is not the case, it is no longer
possible to control vehicle response.<
Tow-starting
It is not possible to start the engine of a
vehicle equipped with an automatic
transmission by towing or pushing.
For instructions on jump starting: refer
to page 190.
Never attempt to use your vehicle to
push another car. If you do so, damage
to the energy-absorbing bumpers could
result.
Towing a vehicle with automatic
transmission
1 Place the selector lever in position N.
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
signals, horn and windshield wipers
remain operative, and to prevent the
steering lock from engaging.
5 Switch on the hazard warning
Towing with a commercial tow
flashers (comply with countrytruck
specific regulations).
> Do not tow with sling-type equipment.
Find some means of identifying the
vehicle in tow, for instance, place a sign > Use a wheel lift or flat bed carrier.
> Please comply with applicable towing
or warning triangle in the rear window.
laws.
Make sure that the ignition key
Never allow passengers to ride in
remains in position 1 even when
a towed vehicle for any reason.<
the electrical system has failed. This will
prevent the steering lock from
engaging. The steering and brakes are
without power assist when the engine is
not running. This means that increased
effort is required for steering and
braking.<
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Controls
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Remove the rear driveshaft for
longer towing distances with the
front axle lifted; remove the front driveshaft for towing over longer distances
with the rear axle lifted. Failure to
comply with this will result in damage to
the transfer box.<
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1 Place the gearshift lever or selector
lever in "Neutral."
2 Turn the ignition key to position 0 or
take it out.
3 Towing speed:
Maximum 30 mph (50 km/h).
4 Towing distance:
Maximum 95 miles (150 km).
Data
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and maintenance
Controls
Controls and features
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Advanced technology
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Owner service procedures
Data
Technical data
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Index
Airbags 196
Adaptive Transmission Control
(ATC) 196
Four-wheel drive 197
Dynamic Stability Control
(DSC) 197
Radio reception 198
Safety belt tensioner 198
DSP sound system 199
Rearview mirrors with automatic
dimmer 199
Rain sensor 200
Front axle 200
Integrated rear suspension 201
Level control system 201
Xenon lamps 202
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196nAirbags
ATC*
Deceleration sensors continuously
monitor the physical forces acting upon
the vehicle. If, as the result of a frontal
impact, vehicle deceleration is reached
at which the protection of the safety
belts alone is no longer adequate, the
gas generators of the driver-side and
passenger-side airbags are ignited
simultaneously. However, the
passenger-side airbag is only triggered
if an additional sensor has recognized
that the passenger seat is occupied.
Depending on which side the of vehicle
is involved in a side collision, the head
protection and side airbags in the front
and rear* on that side are triggered if
necessary.
Because the inflation process must be
virtually instantaneous, it is necessarily
accompanied by a certain amount of
ignition and inflation noise. The gas
required to inflate the airbags is not
dangerous, and the associated smoke
then dissipates.
The entire process is completed within
fractions of a second.
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The airbags located under the marked
covers inflate and unfold in a matter of
a few milliseconds. In this process, they
tear through the designed separation
points of the upholstered covers or
press them out.
On vehicles with an automatic transmission, Adaptive Transmission Control
(ATC) uses a number of factors to
calculate the gear which provides the
maximum efficiency. In this process,
the system monitors your personal
driving style, the driving situation, the
condition of the road, and the traffic
conditions.
ATC recognizes your personal driving
style from the positions and movements
of the accelerator pedal, deceleration
when braking, and lateral acceleration
through curves. Four different shift
characteristics – from comfort-oriented
to performance-oriented – are available
for selection by ATC.
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Traditional differential locks at the front
and rear axles and in the transfer box
are not required. Their function is taken
over by automatic braking intervention
at all four wheels. These traction interventions are governed by Automatic
Differential Brake (ADB-X), a sub-function of DSC.
If a wheel tends to slip, it is braked
automatically by ADB-X until it once
again gains traction, and drive force
can be transmitted to that wheel. In
addition, the drive force is distributed
to the remaining wheels during this
The BMW X5 is a vehicle for all types of
roads. The permanent four-wheel drive
provides a significant degree of vehicle
stability and tractive power under all
road conditions. It assists in critical
situations such as driving in extreme
winter conditions or on bad roads.
In addition, DSC permanently monitors
the vehicle's current operating condition
and compares it with an ideal condition
that is calculated from the sensor
signals. If deviations from this occur
(understeering or oversteering, for
instance), DSC can stabilize the vehicle
in fractions of a second by adapting
engine output and with the assistance of
braking intervention at individual
wheels. This way, as long as the skid
can still be managed under the laws of
physics, these kinds of dangerous skids
are prevented even before they can
start.
You may need some time to become
accustomed to this system intervention.
However, it provides optimum drive
force and vehicle stability. The braking
intervention may be accompanied by
certain sounds specific to the system.
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If differences in wheel speeds occur, the
system recognizes the danger of wheelspin and reduces the engine's drive
torque. If necessary, the system also
responds with additional braking intervention at all four wheels.
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The transmission of power to the four
drive wheels is provided permanently
through a transfer box. The distribution
of torque between the front and rear
axles is 38% to 62%.
When the DSC is deactivated, the
ADB-X traction intervention is set for
the maximum drive force. However,
the engine intervention and the stability
controls are no longer available. For
this reason, DSC should only be deactivated in the exceptional circumstances
described on page 95.
Precision sensors monitor the wheel
speeds, the steering angle, lateral
acceleration, brake pressure and the
movement of the vehicle around its
vertical axis.
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also reduced if necessary.
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DSC
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reception
Safety belt tensioner
Radio waves — mediumwave, longwave and shortwave — offer a wide
range of reception, because the broadcast signals travel not only along the
ground as surface waves, but also as
waves bounced back to earth from the
ionosphere.
Frequency-modulation (FM) provides
substantially better sound quality than
AM. However, because FM transmissions rely on line-of-sight broadcast
waves, their effective reception range is
limited.
The Diversity Antenna system employs
several FM antennas integrated within
the rear window. An integral processor
automatically selects the antenna with
the best FM reception quality at any
given time. Because the ongoing
antenna selection process is completed
within milliseconds, it remains inaudible
to the radio listener.
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Although numerous factors combine
to impose inherent limitations on the
reception quality available from mobile
radios, specially designed systems can
be employed to minimize their effects:
The safety belt tensioner responds to
severe collisions by tightening the belts
to ensure that occupants remain firmly
positioned in their seats. A gas-pressure system retracts the buckle
assembly to tension the shoulder and
lap belts within fractions of a second.
This reduces the tendency to slide
under the lap belt.
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As a result, it is no longer necessary to
dim the interior mirror manually, and the
driver can concentrate completely on
traffic conditions.
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The interior and exterior rearview
mirrors with automatic dimming feature
reduce glare from following traffic by
adapting the intensity of the reflected
images to correspond to levels of light
registered by the unit's sensors. The
mirrors revert to their undimmed setting
as soon as the light source disappears.
A forward facing sensor is mounted on
the front of the interior mirror housing
and is designed to monitor light levels
in the area forward of the vehicle.
A second sensor is integrated within
the mirror's glass. The electronic
control system operates by comparing
the respective levels of luminous intensity in front of and behind the vehicle.
The semisolid reacts chemically to this
electrical current, thus providing
dimming of the mirrors through an infinitely-variable range (electrochromic
technology).
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The DSP Professional premium sound
system features a special amplifier
combined with Digital Sound
Processing (DSP) and integrated
speakers to surround you with crisp,
true-to-life sound reproduction. The
speaker system's subwoofers, woofers,
midrange speakers and tweeters
furnish you with an impressively fullbodied listening experience. The individual components are oriented so as
to produce the aural sensation that you
would experience facing the stage in a
concert hall. The system also automatically adjusts the bass and treble
settings to compensate for changes in
volume and vehicle speed.
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The difference provides the basic
parameter used to modulate an electrical current and induce chemical
changes in a semisolid layer incorporated in the lenses.
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Controls
Rearview mirrors with automatic dimmer*
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DSP sound system*
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200nRain
sensor*
Front axle
The rain sensor controls windshield
wiper operation, depending on how wet
the windshield is.
Infrared light is carried along the
surface of the windshield in an optical
conductor in such a manner that it is
reflected completely when the windshield is dry. The quantity of reflected
light is measured.
If the window is covered with beads of
water, the amount of light that is
reflected is decreased since the
infrared light at the surface of the windshield can then escape. The quantity of
reflected light is thus a means of
gauging the degree of wetness on the
windshield.
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When the system is set to the "Intermittent" wiper speed, the wipers react
immediately — if water is splashed onto
the windshield by vehicles traveling
ahead of you, for example. As a result,
the rain sensor provides a contribution
to driving safety and comfort.
The double-jointed suspension strut
axle is based on the same concept as
the one in the 7 Series, but was totally
re-developed because of the requirements for all-wheel drive. Parts
subjected to particularly high stress
levels for guiding the wheels are
designed as steel-forged parts to meet
the demands made by rougher roads.
The load-bearing front axle has largevolume, hydraulically cushioned rubber
bearings that allow the axle to absorb
the reactive forces from the engine and
the braking forces from the front
wheels. An integrated rigid plate over
the load-bearing front axle provides
superb support against the lateral
forces introduced by the control arm
(wishbone), and also serves as an
effective protective barrier for the oil
pan and steering.
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For an outstanding quality in acoustics
and vehicle oscillation characteristics,
the differential is isolated with double
elasticity through a chassis sub-frame
toward the vehicle body.
As a result of the pressure increase in
the air springs, the level control system
ensures not only constant ride height,
but also ride comfort which is independent of the load the vehicle is carrying.
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For this purpose, the vehicle is
equipped with air springs instead of
steel springs at the rear axle. With the
help of two sensors, an electronic
control unit calculates the height of the
body at all times and, if it is required, it
allows air which is generated in a
compressor to flow into the air springs.
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In order to reduce unsprung mass, the
wheel carriers and the swing arm are
made of aluminum.
The level control system for the rear
axle maintains constant ground clearance of your vehicle, even when
carrying a load.
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This axle is based on the same multilink principle as that in 7 Series vehicles. The axle's kinematics and elastic
kinematics are critical for wheel control
— a significant prerequisite for achieving
the objective of exceptional onroad
handling characteristics with this
vehicle concept.
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At the same time, particular attention
has been devoted to maintaining the
driving performance you have come
to expect from BMW.
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lamps*
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Xenon lamps provide significantly
improved visibility, especially during
adverse weather conditions and driving
situations (driving at night in heavy rain
or through road repair areas where
there are no lane markers, for instance).
Xenon lamps illuminate the side and
front areas of the vehicle with significantly more brightness and uniformity
than traditional halogen lamps.
In a xenon lamp, an electric arc
replaces the filament to generate
intense illumination. A gas mixture in a
quartz glass tube with metal vapor is
ignited by a high electric voltage. The
arc that is generated is then sustained
by a lower voltage. When the lamp is
turned on, there is a brief warm-up
period. Maximum brightness is attained
in approx. 15 seconds.
Vehicles with xenon lamps are
equipped with dynamic headlamp
range control. As a result, the highway
is always optimally lighted, regardless
of load conditions, and drivers in
oncoming traffic are not blinded.
Xenon lamps make a significant contribution to highway safety since other
highway users, or bicyclists and motorcyclists in the right lane, and pedestrians are more easily detected.
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Overview
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Controls
Controls and features
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Advanced technology
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Owner service procedures
Data
Technical data
Index
Index
Engine specifications 206
Dimensions 207
Weights 208
Capacities 209
Electrical system 210
Drive belts 210
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206nEngine
specifications
3
BMW X5 3.0i
BMW X5 4.4i
Displacement
Number of cylinders
cu in (cm )
181.8 (2,979)
6
268.4 (4,398)
8
Maximum output
at engine speed
hp
rpm
225
5,900
282
5,400
Maximum torque
at engine speed
Ib ft (Nm)
rpm
214 (290)
3,500
324 (440)
3,600
10.2
10.0
3.53 (89.6)
3.31 (84)
3.26 (82.7)
3.62 (92)
Compression ratio
Stroke
Bore
Fuel-injection system
in (mm)
in (mm)
Digital-electronic engine-management system
An engine performance test is authorized only on an appropriate chassis dynamometer.
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61.4 (1560)
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81.7 (2076)
85.8 (2180)
111 (2820)
184 (4667)
All dimensions are given in inch (mm). Height: with level control system 67.2 (1,707); without level control system:
67.5 (1,715). Height with roof-mounted luggage rack: with level control system 68.5 (1,740); without level control
system: 68.8 (1,748). Track width X5 3.0i: 62 (1,576). Min. turning circle dia.: 39.7 ft (12.1 meters)
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61.4 (1560)
73.7 (1872)
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67.2 (1707)
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208nWeights
BMW X5 3.0i
BMW X5 4.4i
Curb weight (with one person, ready for operation, full tank of fuel, options not included)
with manual transmission
lbs. (kg)
4,519 (2050)
with automatic transmission
lbs. (kg)
4,563 (2070)
–
4,795 (2,175)
Approved gross vehicle weight
with manual transmission
with automatic transmission
lbs. (kg)
lbs. (kg)
6,005 (2,724)
6,005 (2,724)
–
6,005 (2,724)
Approved front axle weight
lbs. (kg)
2,787 (1,264)
2,787 (1,264)
Approved rear axle weight
lbs. (kg)
3,307 (1,500)
3,307 (1,500)
Approved roof load capacity
lbs. (kg)
Never exceed either the approved axle weights or the gross vehicle weight.
Cargo area capacity
cu ft (l)
220 (100)
16.1 - 54.4 (455 - 1,540)
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Capacities
approx. 24.6 (approx. 93)
Fuel specification: page 30
approx. 2.0 (approx. 8) – BMW X5 3.0i
approx. 2.5 (approx. 10) – BMW X5 4.4i
Windshield washer system
with headlamp washer system
quarts (liters) approx. 8.2 (approx. 7.8)
For details: page 156
Cooling system including
heater circuit
quarts (liters) 11.1 (10.5) – BMW X5 3.0i
12.7 (12.0) – BMW X5 4.4i
For details: page 160
Engine oil and filter change
quarts (liters) 7.9 (7.5) – BMW X5 3.0i
8.5 (8.0) – BMW X5 4.4i
"BMW High Performance
Synthetic Oil"
For details: page 158
Manual and automatic transmission,
transfer box and differential
–
Lifetime fluid, no fluid
change required
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gal. (liters)
gal. (liters)
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Fuel tank
Reserve
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210nElectrical
system
Drive belts
Battery
BMW X5 3.0i:
BMW X5 3.0i: 12 V, 80 Ah
Water pump – Generator – Power
steering
V-belt 6 PK x 1538
BMW X5 4.4i: 12 V, 90 Ah
Spark plugs
NGK BKR 6 EQUP
Bosch FGR 7 DQP
(not released at this time)
This spark ignition system meets all
requirements of the Canadian Interference-Causing Equipment Regulations
(ICES-2).
You can obtain Original BMW
Parts and Accessories, as well
as professional advice from your BMW
center.<
A/C compressor
V-belt 5 PK x 863
BMW X5 4.4i:
Water pump – Generator – Power
steering
V-belt 7 K x 1635
A/C compressor
V-belt 5 K x 1023
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Index
Everything from A to Z 214
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Everything from A to Z
A
ABS (Antilock Brake
System) 23, 137
Accessories 6
Activated-charcoal
filter 112
Adaptive Transmission
Control (ATC) 196
ADB-X (Automatic
Differential Brake) 197
Adding
brake fluid 161t
coolant 160t
engine oil 157t
washer fluid 156t
Adjusting
head restraints 49t
mirrors 53t
seats 48t
steering wheel 52t
temperature
102t, 108t
washer nozzles 156t
Air conditioner 100
Air distribution 102, 108
Air outlets 100, 106
Air pressure 30t, 145t
Air supply 102, 109
Airbags 23, 58, 168, 196
Alarm system 43
Antennas 144
Antifreeze 160
radiator 141
Antilock Brake System
(ABS) 23, 137
Anti-theft alarm system 43
Anti-theft protection 37
Approved gross vehicle
weight 208
Aquaplaning 136, 145
Arrival time 90
Ashtray
front 120
rear 121
AUC (Automatic recirculated
air control) 110
Automatic car washes 163
Automatic climate
control 106
removing condensation
from the windows 109
Automatic cruise control 74
Automatic curb monitor 55
Automatic Differential Brake
(ADB-X) 197
Automatic dimming, interior
rearview mirror 54
Automatic recirculated air
control (AUC) 110
Automatic transmission with
Steptronic 68
Average fuel
consumption 82
Average speed 82, 91
C
Avoiding unintentional
alarms 44t
Axle loads 208
B
Backup lamps 67
bulb replacement 177t
Battery 185, 210
capacity 210
charge 186t
discharged 190t
Belts 57
Beverage holder 119
Blower 102, 109
BMW comfort seat 50
BMW High Performance
Synthetic Oil 158
BMW sports seat 51
BMW Universal
Transmitter 115
Body-cavity protectant 164
Brake 140
fluid 161t
hydraulic system 22
malfunctions 141t
pads 24, 141
Brake system 141
bulb replacement 177t
Break-in procedures 134
Bulbs and lamps 175
California Proposition
65 Warning 169
Can holder, refer to cup
holder 119
Capacities 209
Car jack 180
Car keys 34
Car Memory 56
Car radio
reception 144, 198
Car vacuum cleaner
power outlet 127t
socket 121t
Car wash 163
Care
exterior 164
interior 166
Cargo area 42, 124
capacity 208
cover 124
lamps 98
opening from the
inside 41
Cargo floor, pull-out 128
Cargo loading 129
Caring for the vehicle
finish 165
Catalytic converter 136
CBC (Cornering Brake
Control) 138
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Controls
Disposal
used batteries 186t
used oil 159t
Distance 89
Distance warning 93
Diversity Antenna
system 198
Divided rear backrest 124
Door keys 34
Door locks, care 141
Doors
manual operation 36
remote control 38
unlocking and locking 36
DOT Quality Grades 146
Drink holder, refer to cup
holder 119
Drive belts 210
Driving notes 136, 140
Driving through water 135
Driving your BMW X5 135
DSC (Dynamic Stability
Control) 24, 94, 197
DSP amplifier, refer to the
radio Owner's Manual
DSP sound system 199
Dynamic Brake Control
(DBC) 24, 138
Dynamic Stability Control
(DSC) 24, 94, 197
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Data link connector for Onboard Diagnostics 170
Date
calling up 85
changing 85
refer also to the onboard
monitor Owner's Manual
Daytime-driving lamp 97
DBC (Dynamic Brake
Control) 24, 138
Deactivating 92
Deactivating the interior
motion
sensor 38t, 44t
Deep water 135
Defrosting the
windows 105t, 109t
Difficult steering 143t
Digital clock 85
refer also to the onboard
monitor Owner's Manual
Digital sound processor 199
Dimensions 207
Dipstick, engine oil 157t
Disc brakes 140
Disconnect the
battery 186t
Displacement 206
Display lighting 97
Displays 18, 20
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Data
Code 91
activating 91
deactivating 91
refer also to the radio
Owner's Manual
selecting 91
Cold start 65
Comfort seat 50
Compartments 118
Computer 82, 88
refer also to the onboard
computer Owner's Manual
remote control 92
Configuring the settings 56
Consumption, fuel 90
Contamination on
paintwork 164
Convenience operation of
windows and sliding/tilt
sunroof 36
Convenience starting
feature 65
Coolant 141, 160
antifreeze 141
temperature gauge 78
Cornering Brake Control
(CBC) 138
Cruise control 74
Cruising range 82, 90
Cup holder 119
Curb weight 208
Index
Cellular phone 118, 144
refer to the separate
Owner's Manual
Center (high-mount) brake
lamp 177
Central locking system 36
button 40
Changing a wheel 180t
Charge indicator lamp 22
Charging the battery 186t
Check air pressure 30
CHECK button 79
Check Control 79
Checking
engine oil level 157
tire pressure 30t
Child restraint
systems 61, 62
Child's seat 61
Child-safety locks 63
Cigarette lighter
front 120
rear 121
socket 121t
Clean the windshield 72
Climate control in the rear
passenger area 111
Clock 85
refer also to the onboard
monitor Owner's Manual
Cockpit 16
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E
EBV (Electronic Brake Force
Distribution) 138
Electric power windows 45
Electrical malfunction
fuel filler door 188t
liftgate 188t
sliding/tilt sunroof 188t
tailgate 189t
Electrical system 210
Electronic Brake Force
Distribution (EBV) 138
Electronic immobilizer 35
Elements of operation 16
Emergency operation
doors 36t
fuel filler door 188t
liftgate 188t
sliding/tilt sunroof 188t
tailgate 189t
Energy Control 77
Engine 24
Engine compartment 152
Engine coolant 160
Engine oil 157
consumption 157
grades 158
level 24
pressure 22
Engine output 206
Engine specifications 206
Error indicators 79
Estimated time of arrival 90
Exterior finish 164
Exterior mirrors 53
Exterior rearview mirrors,
automatic dimming
feature 54
F
Failure messages 79t
Failure of an electrical
accessory 187t
Filling the windshield washer
reservoir 156t
First-aid kit 28
Fittings, tow-starting and
towing 191t
Flashlight 118
Flat tire 145, 180t
Fog lamps 98
bulb replacement 176t
Folding rear backrest 124
Footbrake 140
Footwell lamps 99
bulb replacement 178t
Four-wheel drive 197
Front area lighting 99
Front axle 200
Front fog lamps 98
Front seat adjustment 48
Frost protection,
radiator 160
Fuel 30
capacity 209
display 77
gauge 77
quality 30
specifications 30
Fuel consumption 90
average 90
Fuel filler door 29
Fuses 187t
G
Garage-door opener 115
Gasoline 30
General driving notes 136
Glasses compartment 119
Glove compartment 117
bulb replacement 179t
Gross vehicle weight 208
Ground clearance 135
H
Handbrake 66
Handsfree system 118
Hazard warning flashers 28
Hazard warning triangle 28
HDC (Hill Descent
Control) 95
Head restraints 49
Headlamp covers,
care 163t, 175t
Headlamp flasher 70
Headlamp washer
system 156
Headlamp washers 72
Heated seats 112
Heated steering wheel 113
Heating and
ventilation 100, 106
Heating while stopped 110
Heating, rapid 105
Heavy cargo 129
Height 207
Height adjustment
seats 48
steering wheel 52
HiFi system 199
High beams 25, 98
bulb replacement 175t
High-mount brake lamp 177
Hill Descent Control
(HDC) 95
Holder for cans, refer to cup
holder 119
Hood release 151t
Horn 26, 27
Hydraulic Brake Assistant
refer to DBC 24, 138
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L
Lamps and bulbs 175
Lashing eyes 129
LATCH attachment of the
child seat 63
Leather care 167
Length 207
Level control
system 24, 201
inactive 143t
License plate lamps, bulb
replacement 178t
Liftgate 41, 42
release following an
electrical
malfunction 188t
Light switch 97
Light-alloy wheel 150
Lighter 120
LIGHTS ON warning 97
N
M
M+S radial tires 149
Maintenance 78t, 162t
Malfunction displays 79t
Manual operation
doors 36t
liftgate 188t
sliding/tilt sunroof 188t
tailgate 189t
Manual transmission 67
Master key 34
Maximum cooling 109
Mechanical seat 49
Memo 86
Memory 55
Microfilter 104, 112
MID (Multi-Information
Display) 84
Navigation system, refer to
the separate Owner's
Manual
O
OBD interface socket 170
Odometer 76
Oil
additives 157
consumption 157t
dipstick 157t
grades 158
Oil change interval, refer to
the Service and Warranty
Information Booklet (US
models) or to the Warranty
and Service Guide Booklet
(Canadian models)
Overview
Controls
Key Memory 56
Keys 34
Keys with radio remote
control 34
Kickdown 69
Mirror defrosting 53
Mirror memory 55
Mirrors 53
Mobile phone 144
Modifications,
technical 6, 169
Moonroof 46
Motion sensor, interior 44
Multifunction steering
wheel 26
Multi-Information Display
(MID) 84
Car care
K
LIMIT 88
Load-securing devices 129
Louvers 100, 106
Low beams 97
bulb replacement 175t
Low-fuel warning lamp 77
Lug bolts 183
Lug wrench 180t
Luggage compartment, refer
to cargo area 124
Luggage net 42
Luggage straps 42
Lumbar support 50
Technology Repairs
Jack 181, 183
Jump-starting 190t
Data
J
Ice warning 76
Identification number 161
Identification, tires 148
Ignition key 34
Ignition lock 64
Independent ventilation 87
Independent ventilation
system 114
Indicator lamps 22
Inflation pressure 31, 145
INSPECTION 78
Instrument cluster 18, 20
Instrument lighting 97
Instrument panel 18, 20
Integrated rear
suspension 201
Intensive cleaning
system 72
Interference indicators 79
Interference, cellular
phone 144
Interior lamps 98
bulb replacement 178t
remote control 38
Interior mirror 54
Interior motion sensor 44
Interior rearview mirror,
automatic dimming
feature 199
Interlock 64
Intermittent wipe 71
Index
I
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Oil level, indicator lamp 24
Oil pressure, indicator
lamp 22
OILSERVICE 78
Onboard computer, refer to
computer 82, 88
Onboard Diagnostic (OBD)
system 170
Onboard monitor, refer to
the separate Owner's
Manual
Onboard tool kit 174t
Opening and closing
from the inside 40
from the outside 36
using the key 36
using the remote
control 37
Outlets, ventilation 100, 106
Output 206
Outside temperature
display 76
Outside temperature in the
computer 82
P
Paintwork
minor repairs 165
waxing 165
Park Distance Control
(PDC) 93
Parking aid 93
Parking brake 23, 66
Parking in the winter 143
Parking lamps 98
Passenger side mirror tilt
function 55
PDC (Park Distance
Control) 93
Phone, mobile 144
Playing cassettes, refer to
the radio Owner's Manual
Playing CDs, refer to the
radio Owner's Manual
Pollen 104, 112
Poor driving conditions 135
Power 47
Power outlets
flashlight 127t
other appliances 127t
vacuum cleaner 127t
Power rear-seat
backrests 52
Power seat 48
Power steering 143
Power windows 45
safety switch 46
Pressure, tires 30t, 145t
Pull-out cargo floor 128
R
Radio reception 144, 198
Radio, refer to the separate
Owner's Manual
Rain sensor 71, 200
Reading lamps 99
Rear backrests, folding
down 124
Rear lamps 177t
Rear passenger area climate
control 111
Rear seats, power 52
Rear window
defroster 73, 102, 110
Rear window wiper 73
blade replacement 174t
Rear-seat backrest, folding
down 124
Rear-seat backrests,
power 52
Rearview mirror 53
Rechargeable flashlight 118
Recirculated air
mode 103, 110
Reclining seat 48
Refueling 29
Releasing
fuel filler door following an
electrical
malfunction 188t
hood 151t
tailgate following an
electrical
malfunction 189t
Reminder signal 86
Remote control 37
computer 92
Removal aid for the spare
wheel 182t
Removing condensation
from the
windows 105t, 109t
Replacing
antifreeze, radiator 160t
bulbs 175t
fuses 187t
keys 34t
tires 146t
windshield wiper
blades 174t
Reporting safety defects 7
Reservoir, washer
system 156t
Residual heat 110
Restraint system 61
Reverse 67
Rims 148
Roof load capacity 208
Roof-mounted luggage
rack 130
Rubber parts, care 142
S
Safety belts 57
height adjustment 57
tensioner 198
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T
Tachometer 77
Tail lamps 177t
bulb replacement 177t
Tailgate 41, 189
opening from the
inside 41
opening from the
outside 41
radio control operation 39
Overview
Controls
Car care
release following an
electrical
malfunction 189t
Tank capacity 209
Technical
modifications 6, 169
Telephone hookup 118
Telephone, refer to the
separate Owner's Manual
Temperature display,
outside
temperature 76, 82
Temperature gauge 78
Temperature
layering 103, 111
Thigh support
adjustment 51
Third brake lamp 177
Tilt alarm 38, 44
Tilt function, passenger side
mirror 55
Time
calling up 85
changing 85
of arrival, estimated 90
Timer 86
refer also to the onboard
monitor Owner's Manual
Tire 145
code 148
damage 145t
inflation
pressure 30t, 145t
Technology Repairs
Steering wheel
adjustment 52
heating 113
lock 64
memory 55
Steering wheel, refer also to
Multifunction steering
wheel 26
Steptronic 68
Stopwatch 86
Storage compartments 118
in the cargo area 126
Storing the vehicle 168
Summer tires 148
Sun visors 54
Sunroof 46
Switching off the vehicle 65
Switch-on times
input 87
Symbols 4
Synthetic oils 158
Data
Sliding/tilt sunroof 46
closing following an
electrical
malfunction 188t
convenience operation 36
power loss 47t
remote control 38
Slippery roads 142
Snow chains 142, 149t
Socket
power supplies 121t
vacuum cleaner 121t
Sound system 199
Spare key 34
Spare tire 181t
Spare wheel 181
removal aid 182t
Spark plugs 210
Speaker 118
Special features of winter
tires 149
Special wash program 72
Speed 91
Speed control 74
Speed limit 88, 89
Speedometer 18, 20
Sports seat 51
Starting assistance 190t
Starting problems
65t, 136t, 190t
Starting the engine 64, 65
Steering 143
Index
Safety defects, reporting 7
Safety lock buttons 40
Seat adjustment 48
Seat belts 57
Seat heating 112
Seat memory 55
Seat, mechanical 49
Seat, power 48
Securing cargo 42, 129
Selector lever, automatic
transmission 68
Service and Warranty
Information Booklet (US
models) 162
Service Interval
Display 78, 162
Servotronic 143
Shiftlock 68
Shoulder support 50
Shutting off the engine 65
Side airbags 58
Side Impact Head Protection
System 58
Side lamps 97
bulb replacement 176t
Ski bag 122
Skid control 143
Sliding 188
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renewal 146
rotation between front and
rear 147
specifications 150
tread 145
Tire Quality Grading 146
Tools 174t
Torque 206
Tow fittings 191t
Towing the vehicle 191t
Tow-starting 192t
Track width 207
Traction Control System,
refer to DSC 94
Transmission 67, 68
Transporting children
safely 61
Tread depth, tires 145
Trip odometer 76
Turn signal indicator 70
bulb replacement 176t
Turning circle 207
U
Uniform Tire Quality Grading
(UTQR) 146
Universal Transmitter 115
Used batteries,
disposal 186t
Used oil, disposal 159t
V
Vacuum cleaner
power outlet 127t
socket 121t
Valve caps 148
Vanity mirror 54
Vehicle battery 185, 210
Vehicle care, interior 166
Vehicle Identification
Number 161
Vehicle immobilizer 35
Vehicle removal from
service 168
Vehicle storage 168
Ventilation 100, 104, 111
draft-free 103, 111
in the rear 103, 111
while parked 114
Ventilation while parked
Vinyl care 166
Viscosity 158
Voice recognition 26, 27
refer also to the separate
Owner's Manual
W
Warm feet – cool head 103
Warning lamps 22
Warning messages 79t
Warning triangle 28
Warnings 79
Warranty and Service Guide
(Canadian models) 162
Washer fluid 156
Washer reservoir,
filling 156t
Washer/wiper system 71
Washing your vehicle 163
Waxing, paintwork 165
Weights 208
Wheelbase 207
Wheels and tires 148, 150
Width 207
Windows 45
care 166t
convenience operation 36
remote control 38
Windshield
cleaning 72
intensive cleaning
program 71
special wash program 71
Windshield washer
filling reservoir 156t
nozzle adjustment 156t
Windshield wiper 71
blade replacement 174t
Winter driving 142
Winter operation 141
Winter tires 148, 149
Wiper blade
replacement 174t
Wipers 71
Work in the engine
compartment 151t
X
Xenon lamps 176, 202
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Refueling
So that you will have important
specifications available when you
stop to refuel, we recommend
that you supplement this table
with data which apply to your vehicle.
BMW recommends Castrol
Fuel
Designation
Premium Unleaded
Gasoline
AKI: minimum
91
Engine oil
Quality
The oil volume between the
two marks on the oil dipstick
corresponds to approx.
1.1 US quarts (1 liter).
Tire inflation pressures
Summer
Front
Rear
Winter
Front
Rear
4 persons
5 persons or 4 plus luggage
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