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Owner’s Manual for the vehicle.


With a quick reference guide
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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 car. 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.
BMW AG

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Notes on the Owner's Manual Symbols used The individual vehicle


We have made every effort to ensure These sections contain vital infor- On buying your BMW, you have de-
that you are able to find what you need mation – please read the accom- cided in favor of a model with individu-
in this Owner's Manual as quickly as panying text passages carefully, both alized equipment and features. This
possible. The fastest way to find certain for your own safety and to prevent Owner's Manual describes all models
topics is by using the detailed index at damage to your BMW.< and equipment that BMW offers within
the end. If you desire an initial overview the same group.
of your vehicle, this can be found in the These passages contain informa- We hope you will understand that
first chapter. The detailed list of con- tion on special and unique fea- equipment and features are included
tents that directly follows the summary tures of your vehicle.< which you might not have chosen for
of contents is intended to stimulate your vehicle. Any differences can easily
your curiosity regarding your BMW and Indicates special information on be identified, since all optional acces-
to encourage you to read the manual. recycling.< sories and special equipment are
Should you wish to sell your BMW at marked with an asterisk *.
some time in the future, please remem- < Indicates the end of a note.
If your BMW features equipment which
ber to hand over the Owner's Manual to
the new owner; it is part of the vehicle. * Indicates special equipment, country- is not described in this Owner's Manual
(car radio or telephone, for instance),
specific equipment and optional extras.
If you have any additional questions, Supplementary Owner's Manuals are
your BMW center will be glad to advise enclosed. We ask you to read these
Alerts you to functions which can
you. manuals as well.
be adjusted by your authorized
BMW center ("Car Memory" or "Key
Memory"). Refer to page 55.<

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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, il-
lustrations or descriptions in this man-
ual.

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For your own safety Important safety information! Installation and operation of non-BMW
For your own safety, use genuine approved accessories such as alarms,
Use unleaded gasoline only. Fuels parts and accessories approved by radios, amplifiers, radar detectors,
containing up to 10% ethanol or BMW. wheels, suspension components, brake
other oxygenates with up to 2.8% oxy- When you purchase accessories tested dust shields, telephones (including op-
gen by weight (i.e., 15% MTBE or and approved by BMW and Original eration of any portable cellular phone
3% methanol plus an equivalent BMW Parts, you simultaneously acquire from within the vehicle without using an
amount of co-solvent) will not void the the assurance that they have been thor- externally-mounted antenna) or trans-
applicable warranties with respect to oughly tested by BMW to ensure opti- ceiver equipment (C.B., walkie-talkie,
defects in materials or workmanship. mum performance when installed on ham radio, for instance) may cause ex-
Field experience has indicated signifi- your vehicle. tensive damage to the vehicle, compro-
cant differences in fuel quality (i.e., vol- mise its safety, interfere with the vehi-
BMW warrants these parts to be free
atility, composition, additives, etc.) cle's electrical system, or affect the
from defects in material and workman-
among gasolines offered for sale in the validity of the BMW Limited Warranty.
ship.
United States and Canada. The use of See your authorized BMW center for
poor-quality fuels may result in drive- BMW will not accept any liability for additional information.<
ability, starting and stalling problems, damage resulting from installation of
especially under certain environmental parts and accessories not approved by Maintenance, replacement, or re-
conditions, such as high ambient tem- BMW. pair of the emission control de-
perature and high altitude. BMW cannot test every product from vices and systems may be performed
Should you encounter driveability prob- other manufacturers to verify if it can be by any automotive repair establishment
lems that you suspect could be related used on a BMW safely and without risk or individual using any certified auto-
to the fuel you are using, we recom- to either the vehicle, its operation, or its motive part.<
mend that you respond by switching to occupants.
Original BMW Parts, BMW Accessories Symbol on vehicle parts
a recognized high-quality brand.
Failure to comply with these recom- Indicates that you should consult
and other products approved by BMW,
mendations may result in unscheduled the relevant section of this Owner's
together with professional advice on
maintenance.
using these items, are available from all Manual for information on a particular
Follow the relevant safety rules when part or assembly.
BMW centers.
you are handling gasoline.<

For your own safety


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The following only applies to vehicles owned and operated in the US.

REPORTING SAFETY DEFECTS

If you believe that your vehicle has a defect which could cause a crash or could cause injury or death, you should
immediately inform the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in addition to notifying BMW of
North America, 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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Overview

Overview
Controls and features

Controls
Operation, care

Car care
and maintenance

Owner service procedures

Technology Repairs
Advanced technology

Technical Data

Data
Index

Index
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Cockpit 16 Locks and security systems: Driving:

Controls and features


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Instrument cluster 18 Keys 32 Steering/Ignition lock 63
Indicator and warning lamps 20 Electronic vehicle Starting the engine 64
Multifunction steering wheel immobilizer 33 Switching off the engine 65
(MFL) 23 Central locking system 34 Parking brake 65
Hazard warning flashers 25 Opening and closing Automatic transmission 66
Warning triangle 25 – from the outside 34 Automatic transmission with
First-aid kit 25 Using the key 34 Steptronic 69
Refueling 26 Using the remote control 35 Indicator/Headlamp flasher 71
Fuel specifications 27 Opening and closing Washer/Wiper system/
Tire inflation pressure 28 – from the inside 38 Rain sensor 72
Luggage compartment lid 39 Rear window defroster 74
Luggage compartment 41 Cruise control 74
Alarm system 42
Everything under control:
Electric power windows 44
Odometer, outside temperature
Security glass 45
display 76
Sliding/Tilt sunroof 46
Tachometer 76
Adjustments: Energy control 77
Seats 48 Fuel gauge 77
Steering wheel 51 Temperature gauge 78
Mirrors 52 Service Interval Display 78
Seat, mirror and steering wheel Check Control 79
memory 53 Multi-Information Display
Car Memory, Key Memory 55 (MID) 82
Digital clock 83
Passenger safety systems:
Onboard computer 88
Safety belts 56
Airbags 57
Child restraints 60
Child restraint installation 62
Child-safety locks 62

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Technology for safety and Cabin convenience: Special operating instructions:

Operation, care and maintenance


Controls and features
convenience: Integrated Universal Break-in procedure 126
Park Distance Control (PDC) 94 Remote Control 112 Driving notes 127
Automatic Stability Control plus Glove compartment 115 Catalytic converter 128
Traction (ASC+T)/Dynamic Sta- Center armrests 115 Antilock Brake System
bility Control (DSC) 96 Additional storage areas 117 (ABS) 129
Electronic Damper Control Cup holders 117 Disc brakes 130
(EDC) 97 Cellular phone 117 Brake system 132
Tire Pressure Control (RDC) 98 Ashtray 118 Winter operation 132
Cigarette lighter 119 Power steering 134
Lamps:
Rear footrests 119 Level control system 134
Parking lamps/Low beams 100
Cellular phone 135
Instrument panel lighting 100 Loading and transporting
Radio reception 135
High beams/Parking lamps 101 cargo:
Fog lamps 101 Ski bag 120 Wheels and tires:
Interior lamps 102 Cargo loading 122 Tire inflation pressure 136
Reading lamps 102 Roof-mounted luggage rack 122 Tire condition 136
Tire replacement 137
Controlling the climate
Tire rotation 137
for pleasant driving:
Wheel and tire
Automatic climate control 104
combinations 139
Rear passenger-area air
Winter tires 140
conditioning 109
Snow chains 141
Seat heating 110
Approved wheel and tire
Steering wheel heating 110
specifications 142
Roller sun blinds 111
Independent ventilation
system 111

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Under the hood: Replacement procedures: Airbags 188

Operation, care and maintenance

Owner service procedures

Advanced technology
Hood 143 Onboard tool kit 166 Adaptive Transmission Control
Engine compartment 144 Windshield wiper blades 166 (ATC) 188
Washer fluids 148 Lamps and bulbs 167 Automatic Stability Control plus
Washer nozzles 148 Changing tires 173 Traction (ASC+T)/Dynamic Sta-
Engine oil 149 Battery 176 bility Control (DSC) 189
Coolant 151 Fuses 180 Radio reception 190
Brake fluid 152 BMW active seat 190
In case of electrical
Vehicle Identification Safety belt tensioner 191
malfunction:
Number 153 DSP sound system 191
Fuel filler door 182
Interior rearview mirror with
Care and maintenance: Sliding/Tilt sunroof 182
automatic dimming
The BMW Maintenance
Assistance, giving and feature 192
System 154
receiving: Rain sensor 192
Caring for your car 155
Jump-starting 183 Tire Pressure Control (RDC) 193
Airbags 161
Towing the vehicle 184 Xenon lamps 194
Vehicle storage 161
Laws and regulations:
Technical modifications to the
vehicle 162
OBD connector 163

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Engine specifications 198 Everything from A to Z 206

Technical data

Index
Dimensions 199 Owner service procedures 212
Weights 200
Capacities 201
Electrical system 202
Drive belts 202

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Cockpit 16 Overview

Overview
Instrument cluster 18
Indicator and warning lamps 20
Multifunction steering wheel
(MFL) 23
Hazard warning flashers 25 Controls and features

Controls
Warning triangle 25
First-aid kit 25
Refueling 26
Fuel specifications 27
Tire inflation pressure 28 Operation, care

Car care
and maintenance

Owner service procedures

Technology Repairs
Advanced technology

Technical Data

Data
Index

Index
Overview
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1 Parking lamps/Low beams 100

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2 > Turn signal 71
> Parking lamp 101
> High beams 101
> Headlamp flasher 71
> Onboard computer 88

Controls
3 Horn: The entire surface
4 Fog lamps 101
5 Wiper/Washer lever 72
6 Central locking system 34

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7 Hazard warning system 25
8 Rear window defroster 74
9 Electric steering wheel
adjustment 51

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10 Parking brake release handle 65
11 Parking brake pedal 65

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1 Fuel gauge with lamp for fuel 11 Indicator lamp for Automatic

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reserve range 77 Stability Control plus Traction
2 Turn signal indicators 22 (ASC+T)/Dynamic Stability
Control (DSC) 21
3 Speedometer
12 Trip odometer 76
4 Indicator lamp for high beams 22
13 Check Control display 79

Controls
5 Tachometer and
Energy Control 76, 77 14 Odometer 76
6 Engine coolant temperature 15 Service Interval Display 78, 154
gauge 78 16 Trip odometer reset to zero 76

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7 Indicator and warning lamps for 17 Indicator and warning lamps (clock-
> Parking brake 21 wise) for
> Hydraulic brake system/Dynamic > Fog lamps 22
Brake Control (DBC)* 20, 21 > Battery charge current 20
> Antilock Brake System (ABS) 21 > Engine oil pressure 20

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> Airbag 21 > Service Engine Soon 21
> Please fasten safety belts 21
> Cruise control 22 You can display the outside tem-
8 CHECK button 79 perature and distance driven in
different units of measurement. <
9 Selection lever and program display
for automatic transmission 66
10 Outside temperature display 76

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20nIndicator and warning lamps
Technology that monitors itself Red: Stop immediately Brake hydraulic system ●
Many of the systems of your BMW Battery charge current ● The brake fluid level is too low.
monitor themselves automatically, both The battery is no longer being Before driving further, be sure to
during engine starts and while you are charged. There is a malfunction read the notes on pages 132 and 152.
driving. Indicator and warning lamps of the alternator V-belt or in the charg- Also comes on with the message
that are identified by "●" are tested for ing circuit of the alternator. Please con- "CHECK BRAKE PADS" in the Check
proper functioning whenever the igni- tact the nearest BMW center. Control.
tion key is turned. They each light up Brake hydraulic system warning
once for different periods of time. If the V-belt is defective, do not lamp for Canadian models.
If a fault should occur in one of these continue driving. If you do so,
systems, the corresponding lamp does the engine could be damaged due to
not go out after the engine is started or overheating. If the V-belt is defective,
it lights up while the vehicle is moving. increased steering effort is also
You will see how to react to this below. required.<

Engine oil pressure ●


Comes on while the engine is
running and the "Stop! ENGINE
OILPRESS" message appears in the
Check Control:
Stop vehicle and switch off the engine.
Check the engine level; top up as re-
quired. If oil level is correct: Please
contact the nearest BMW center.

Do not continue driving. The en-


gine could be damaged because
of inadequate lubrication.<

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Red: An important reminder Yellow: Check as soon as Service Engine Soon ●

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Parking brake possible If the indicator lights up, either
Comes on when you engage the Dynamic Brake Control (DBC)* ● continuously or intermittently,
parking brake. Fault in the DBC System. Con- this indicates a fault in the emissions-
For additional information: Refer to ventional braking efficiency is related electronic systems. Although
page 65. available without limitations. the vehicle remains operational, you

Controls
For additional information: Refer to should have the systems checked by
Parking brake warning lamp for
page 131. your BMW center at the earliest possi-
Canadian models.
ble opportunity.
Dynamic Brake Control (DBC) *
For additional information: Refer to
Please fasten safety belts* ● Warning lamp for Canadian
OBD connector on page 163.

Car care
An acoustic signal and message models.
"Service Engine Soon" warning
in the Check Control for 4 to Antilock Brake System (ABS) ●
lamp for Canadian models.
8 seconds. The acoustic signal ends The ABS system has been de-
after the safety belts are fastened. activated because of a system
For additional information on safety fault. Conventional braking efficiency is

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belts: Refer to page 56. available without limitations. Please
Airbags ● have the system inspected by your
Please have the system BMW center.
checked by your authorized For additional information: Refer to
BMW center as soon as possible. page 129.
For additional information: Refer to ABS warning lamp for Canadian
page 57. models.

Automatic Stability Control plus


Traction (ASC+T)/Dynamic

Data
Stability Control (DSC) ●
The ASC+T/DSC has been switched off
or has been deactivated because of a
malfunction. In the event of a malfunc-
tion, have the system checked by your

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BMW center. For additional information:
Refer to page 96.

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22nIndicator and warning lamps
Green: For your information Blue: For your information
Turn signal High beams
Flashes when the turn signal is Lights up when the high beams
in operation. Rapid flashing indi- are on or the headlamp flasher
cates a system malfunction. is actuated.
For additional information: Refer to For additional information: Refer to
page 71. page 71.
Cruise control
Lights up when the cruise con-
trol is activated. Available for
operation via the multi-function steering
wheel.
For additional information: Refer to
page 74.
Fog lamps
Lights up whenever you switch
on the fog lamps.
For additional information: Refer to
page 101.

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There are two design versions, depend-

Overview
ing on the equipment installed in your
vehicle.
The controls integrated in the multi-
function steering wheel are provided so
that you can operate a number of ac-

Controls
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distracted from traffic conditions. You
may operate:
> Some of the functions of the radio,

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the CD and cassette modes
> The recirculated air mode of the air
conditioner or 1 Press briefly: 5 Radio/Telephone: Search forward or
> the steering wheel heating Receive an incoming phone call, station keys or scroll in the phone
> The cruise control initiate dialing and end a call. book.
Press and hold: Fast forward and reverse for CD and

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> Selected cellular phone functions and
> the voice control Activate and deactivate the voice cassette modes
control 6 Horn: The entire surface
In order to operate a system via 2 Radio/Telephone: Selection 7 Cruise control: Activate stored
the MFL, the corresponding sys- 3 Radio/Telephone: Search backward setting (resume)
tem controls must be switched on.< or station keys or scroll in the phone 8 Cruise control: Store and acceler-
book. ate (+); decelerate and store (–)
The illustration shows the maximum Fast forward and reverse for CD and
possible number of controls, corre- 9 Cruise control: Activate/Interrupt/
cassette modes
sponding to a full range of optional Deactivate
equipment. Refer to the individual 4 Radio/Telephone: Volume
10 Recirculated-air mode and AUC or

Data
Owner's Manuals for more detailed de- steering wheel heating: Switch on
scriptions of the equipment. and off

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24nMultifunction steering wheel (MFL)*
There are two design versions, depend-
ing on the equipment installed in your
vehicle.
The controls integrated in the multi-
function steering wheel are provided so
that you can operate a number of ac-
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distracted from traffic conditions. You
may operate:
> Some of the functions of the radio,
the CD and cassette modes
> The cruise control
> Selected cellular phone functions and 1 Press briefly: 5 Cruise control: Activate stored
> the voice control Receive an incoming phone call, setting (resume)
initiate dialing and end a call. 6 Cruise control: Activate/Interrupt/
In order to operate a system via Press and hold: Deactivate.
the MFL, the corresponding sys- Activate and deactivate the voice
7 Cruise control: Store and acceler-
tem controls must be switched on. control
ate (+); decelerate and store (–)
2 Radio/Telephone: Volume
8 Radio/Telephone: Selection
The illustration shows the maximum 3 Radio/Telephone: Scan forward/
possible number of controls, corre- backward or scan station keys or
sponding to a full range of optional scroll in the phone listings.
equipment. Refer to the individual oper- Fast forward and back for CD and
ating instructions for more detailed de- cassette modes
scriptions of the equipment.
4 Horn: The entire surface

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Controls
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The push-button flashes rhythmically The hazard warning triangle is stored Stored between the rear seats. Pull the
when the hazard flashers are on. underneath the luggage compartment lever (arrow) and fold the cover forward.
To help you locate the switch in an lid in the onboard tool holder where it is
quickly available. Some of the articles in the first-aid

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emergency, the button is illuminated
whenever the vehicle lamps are on. kit may be used within a limited
Comply with legal requirements time only. For this reason, check the
which cover the availability of a expiration dates of each of the items
hazard warning triangle in the car.< regularly, and replace any whose expi-
ration dates have passed. You can ac-
quire replacements in any drugstore or
pharmacy. Comply with legal require-
ments which cover availability of a first-
aid kit in the car.<

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When handling fuels, comply with


all of the applicable safety precau-
tions and regulations posted at the fill-
ing station. Never carry spare fuel con-
tainers in your vehicle. Whether empty
or full, these containers can leak, cause
an explosion, or lead to fire in the event
of a collision.<
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Fuel filler door Simple and environmentally
friendly
Before filling the tank, shut off the
engine. If you do not, fuel cannot Open the filler cap carefully to
flow into the tank and the "Service En- prevent fuel from spraying out.
gine Soon" warning lamp may come on, Fuel spray may cause injury. Do not top
refer to page 21.< off. Topping off may cause fuel spill-
age.<
To open, press against the forward
edge. Keep the filler cap in the bracket at-
To unlock the fuel filler door if the cen- tached to the fuel filler door.
tral locking system malfunctions, refer
to page 182.

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When refueling, insert the filler nozzle Use unleaded gasoline only.

Overview
completely into the filler pipe. Pulling Recommended fuel: Premium with a
the nozzle out of the pipe during refuel- minimum octane rating of 91 AKI.
ing
BMW engines are equipped with knock
> results in premature pump shutoff sensors and will adapt automatically
> and will reduce the effect of the to different octane ratings, provided

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vapor recovery system on the pump. that the minimum octane requirement
If the filler nozzle is used correctly the (87 AKI) is met.
fuel tank is full when it shuts off for the Fuels with higher octane ratings will
first time. provide enhanced performance and

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Tank capacity: Refer to page 201. lower fuel consumption, while the use
of fuels with lower octane ratings will
Close the fuel cap carefully after have the opposite effect.
refueling. A loose or missing cap
will activate the "Service Engine Soon" Do not use leaded fuels. The use

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lamp.< of leaded fuels will cause perma-
nent damage to the system's oxygen
sensor and the catalytic convertor.<

AKI = Anti Knock Index

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28nTire inflation pressure
Check tire inflation pressures reg- Comply with tire approval
ularly – at least every two weeks specifications
and before beginning a longer trip. In- The inflation pressures in the table ap-
correct tire pressure can otherwise lead ply to tires from BMW-approved manu-
to tire damage and accidents. facturers. Your BMW center is familiar
Also check the inflation pressure of the with these pressures. Higher pressures
spare tire. Inflate the spare tire to the may be specified for tires from other
highest inflation of any tire on your vehi-
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manufacturers. You will find a list of ap-


cle.< proved tires beginning on page 142.
Your vehicle is equipped with tires that
not only meet US standards, but also
European standards. We recommend
The inflation pressures are indicated on the exclusive use of BMW-approved
a sticker attached to the B-pillar behind tires.
the driver's door (visible with door
open).

Check tire pressures


All pressure specifications are indicated
in psi (kilopascal) with cold tires (cold =
ambient temperature). Refer to the next
page as well.
For vehicles with Tire Pressure Control
(RDC)*:
After a correction of the tire inflation
pressure, reactivate the system. Refer
to page 98.

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Tires

Overview
Tire inflation pressures in
psi (kilopascal)

Controls
235/60 R 16 100 H M + S
235/60 R 16 100 W US/Canada:
245/55 R 16 100 W 33 (230) 41 (280) 33 (230) 41 (280)
235/50 ZR 18

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Rear: 255/45 ZR 18 outside of the US/Canada:
215/65 R 16 98 Q M + S 29 (200) 33 (230) 33 (230) 41 (280)
235/60 R 16 100 Q M + S
245/55 R 16 100 Q M + S

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Opening and closing: Driving:


Keys 32 Steering/Ignition lock 63
Electronic vehicle Starting the engine 64
immobilizer 33 Switching off the engine 65
Central locking system 34 Parking brake 65
Opening and closing Automatic transmission 66
– from the outside 34 Automatic transmission with
Using the key 34 Steptronic 69
Using the remote control 35 Indicator/Headlamp flasher 71
Opening and closing Washer/Wiper system/
– from the inside 38 Rain sensor 72
Luggage compartment lid 39 Rear window defroster 74
Luggage compartment 41 Cruise control 74
Alarm system 42
Everything under control:
Electric power windows 44
Odometer, outside temperature
Security glass 45
display 76
Sliding/Tilt sunroof 46
Tachometer 76
Adjustments: Energy control 77
Seats 48 Fuel gauge 77
Steering wheel 51 Temperature gauge 78
Mirrors 52 Service Interval Display 78
Seat, mirror and steering wheel Check Control 79
memory 53 Multi-Information Display
Car Memory, Key Memory 55 (MID) 82
Digital clock 83
Passenger safety systems:
Onboard computer 88
Safety belts 56
Airbags 57
Child restraints 60
Child restraint installation 61
Child-safety locks 62

Controls
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Technology for safety and Cabin convenience: Overview

Overview
convenience: Integrated Universal
Park Distance Control (PDC) 94 Remote Control 112
Automatic Stability Control plus Glove compartment 115
Traction (ASC+T)/Dynamic Center armrests 115
Stability Control (DSC) 96 Additional storage areas 117 Controls and features

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Electronic Damper Control Cup holders 117
(EDC) 97 Cellular phone 117
Tire Pressure Control (RDC) 98 Ashtray 118
Cigarette lighter 119
Lamps:
Rear footrests 119 Operation, care

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Parking lamps/Low beams 100
Instrument panel lighting 100 Loading and transporting and maintenance
High beams/Parking lamps 101 cargo:
Fog lamps 101 Ski bag 120
Interior lamps 102 Cargo loading 122 Owner service procedures

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Reading lamps 102 Roof-mounted luggage rack 122
Controlling the climate
for pleasant driving:
Automatic climate control 104 Advanced technology
Rear passenger-area air
conditioning 109
Seat heating 110
Steering wheel heating 110
Roller sun blinds 111 Technical Data
Independent ventilation
system 111

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Index

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32nKeys

3 Door and ignition key Replacement keys


The locks for the luggage compart- Replacement keys are available exclu-
ment lid and the glove compartment sively from your BMW center. Since the
cannot be operated with this key – keys belong to a security system (refer
this is recommended for valet park- to "Electronic vehicle immobilizer" on
ing, for instance. page 33), your BMW center is obligated
to be sure that a person requesting a
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key is authorized to do so.

If possible, take all of the master


keys that belong to the vehicle
with you when you pick up your re-
1 The master keys with remote control placement key.
determine the functions of the Key Whenever you receive a new replace-
Memory. Refer to page 55. ment key, turn that key to position 2 in
the ignition lock once (ignition switched
There is an extended-life battery on) and then back. This allows the elec-
in every master key that is tronic vehicle immobilizer to "learn" the
charged automatically in the steering new key.<
lock as you drive.
For this reason, if you have a master
key that is not used, use that key
approximately once every year while
driving for an extended period to
charge the battery. Refer also to
page 35.<

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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How the electronics work

Overview
At the heart of this system is an elec-
tronic chip which is integrated into the
key. The lock mechanism itself is actu-
ally a dual-function device, simulta-
neously serving as a communications

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interface designed to allow the security
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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

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injection and starter unless it recog-
The key to security nizes an "authorized" key.
Your BMW is equipped with a passive
anti-theft system. This electronic immo- Force applied to the key can dam-
bilization system is designed to reduce age the integrated electronic cir-

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the susceptibility of your vehicle to theft cuitry. A damaged key can no longer be
by making it impossible to start the en- used to start the engine.<
gine using any means other than the
special keys furnished with the vehicle.
Your BMW center can cancel the elec-
tronic system authorization for individ-
ual keys (for instance, in the event of
loss). A deactivated key can no longer
be used to start the engine.

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34nCentral locking system Opening and closing – from the outside
The concept Convenience operating mode
The central locking system is ready for You can also operate the windows and
operation as soon as you close the the sliding/tilt sunroof via the driver's
driver's door. The system engages and door lock.
releases the locks on the > To open: With the door closed, turn
> doors the key to the "Unlock" position and
> luggage compartment lid hold it.

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> fuel filler door. > To close: With the door closed, turn
The central locking system can be the key to the "Lock" position and
operated hold it.
> from the outside via the driver's door
Watch the closing process care-
lock or by using the remote control Using the key fully and be sure that no one is
> from inside via the central locking One turn of the key in the driver's door trapped by the closing motion. The
button. lock unlocks the driver's door only. movement stops when you release the
Activating the system from the inside Turning the key a second time unlocks key.<
does not lock the fuel filler door (see all of the remaining doors, the luggage
page 38). When the system is actuated compartment lid and the fuel filler door. Manual operation
from the outside, the anti-theft system
(in the event of an electrical failure)
is activated simultaneously. The alarm You can have an acknowledgment
system is also activated or deactivated. signal set to confirm that the vehi- Turn the key all the way to the extreme
cle is correctly closed (not released at left or right to unlock/lock the door.
If locked from inside, the central locking
system unlocks automatically (only this time).<
those doors that were not locked sepa-
rately with the safety lock buttons) in When a door is opened, the inte-
the event of an accident. Refer to rior lamps and the exterior door
page 38. In addition, the hazard warn- handle illumination are switched on.
ing flashers and interior lamps come on. Switching off is automatic.<

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Using the remote control Master keys that are used repeat-

Overview
The remote control makes unlocking edly are always ready for opera-
and locking the doors of your vehicle tion since the battery in the key is
very convenient. In addition, it provides charged automatically in the steering
three additional functions that you can lock as you drive.
only execute via the remote control: If it is no longer possible to lock the

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vehicle via the remote control, the bat-
> Switching on the interior lamps and
tery is discharged. Use this key while

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illuminating the exterior door handles.
driving for an extended period in order
With this function, you can also
to charge the battery. Refer also to
"search for" your vehicle, when
page 32.

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parked in an underground garage, for
To prevent unauthorized use of the re-
instance
Master keys mote control, surrender only the door
> Opening luggage compartment lid
and ignition key 3 or the spare key 2
The luggage compartment lid will Keys with remote control are master
(refer to page 32) when leaving the ve-
open slightly, regardless of whether keys. Refer to page 32.
hicle for valet parking, for example.

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the lid was previously locked or un-
In the event of a system malfunction,
locked Since children might be able to
please contact your BMW center. You
> Panic Mode lock the doors from the inside,
can also obtain replacement keys
In case of danger, you can trigger an take the vehicle's keys with you so that
there.<
alarm. the vehicle can be opened again from
The anti-theft system is also deacti- the outside at any time.<
vated/activated simultaneously with the
unlocking or locking of the vehicle, and
the alarm system is disarmed/armed.
When the vehicle is unlocked, the inte-
rior lamps and the exterior door handle

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illumination are switched on.

You can have an acknowledgment


signal set to confirm that the vehi-

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cle is correctly closed (not released at
this time).<

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Unlocking and convenience To lock Deactivating the tilt sensor alarm
opening mode Press button 2. system and the interior motion
To release: Press button 1. sensor
Press the button once to unlock the Press button 2 again immediately after
driver's door only; press a second time locking.
to unlock all remaining doors as well as For additional information, refer to
the luggage compartment and fuel filler page 43.
door.
To switch on the interior lamps
Convenience opening mode: Press and
and exterior door handle
hold button 1. The windows and the
illumination
sliding/tilt sunroof are opened.
After locking the car, press button 2
again.

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Non-BMW systems For US owners only

Overview
The remote control system's function- The transmitter and receiver units com-
ing may be affected by other units or ply with part 15 of the FCC (Federal
equipment operating in the immediate Communications Commission) regula-
vicinity of your car. tions. Operation is governed by the fol-
If this should this occur, you can open lowing:

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and close the vehicle using the master FCC ID: LX8EWS
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key in the door lock. LX8FZVS


LX8FZVE
Compliance statement:

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This device complies with part 15 of the
FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
To open the luggage
following two conditions:
compartment
Press button 3. > This device may not cause harmful
interference, and

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The luggage compartment lid will open > this device must accept any interfer-
slightly, regardless of whether it was ence received, including interference
previously locked or unlocked. that may cause undesired operation.

Before beginning a trip, be sure Any unauthorized modifications to


that the luggage compartment lid these devices could void the
was not opened unintentionally.< user's authority to operate the equip-
ment.<
Panic Mode
By pressing and holding button 3 for
2 to 5 seconds, you can trigger the

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alarm system if there is an impending
danger if the system has been armed.
The alarm is deactivated by pressing
button 1.

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38nOpening and closing – from the inside
If only the driver's door was un- To engage locks
locked from the outside and you > Use the central locking system button
press the button to locks all doors at once, or
> all other doors, the luggage compart- > press down the individual door lock
ment lid and the fuel filler door will be buttons. As an added design feature
unlocked if the driver's door is open to prevent the driver from being inad-
> the driver's door will be locked again vertently locked out of the vehicle,
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if it is closed.< the driver's door lock button will not


engage as long as the door is open.
To unlock and open the doors
> Either unlock the doors together with When the vehicle is moving, do
the button for the central locking sys- not lock the doors with their lock
Use this button to operate the central tem and then pull each of the release buttons since the doors locked in this
locking system when the front doors handles above the armrests or manner would not open automatically in
are closed. With this button, only the > pull the release handle for each door the event of an accident.
doors and luggage compartment lid are twice: The first pull unlocks the door, Children might be able to lock the doors
unlocked or locked. The antitheft sys- and the second one opens it. from the inside. For this reason, take
tem is not activated. the vehicle's keys with you so that the
The fuel filler door also remains un- Doors locked from outside can be vehicle can be opened again from the
locked to allow refueling. opened from inside by first press- outside at any time.<
ing the button and then pulling a re-
If you desire, the central locking lease handle twice.< When the low beams are switched
system will secure the locks as on, the interior door handles are
soon as you start to drive. This can be lighted. The brightness is controlled by
adjusted to be key-specific.< the instrument panel lighting. Refer to
page 100.<

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Manual operation

Overview
(in the event of electrical failure)
Turn the master key to the left in the
luggage compartment lock clear to the
stop – the luggage compartment lid will
open.

Controls
The luggage compartment is locked
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The lock Locking separately
Only the master key (refer to page 32) Turn the master key to the right past the
fits in the lock of the luggage compart- resistance point and then pull it out in
ment lid. the horizontal position.

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This locks the luggage compartment lid
Opening separately and disconnects it from the central
Turn the master key to the left in the locking system. This feature can be
luggage compartment lid lock to the used to prevent unauthorized access to
stop – the luggage compartment lid will the luggage compartment when you
open slightly. surrender the door and ignition key (re-
The luggage compartment is locked fer to page 32) for valet parking, for in-
again as soon as you close the lid. stance.

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40nLuggage compartment lid
Automatic Soft-Close feature
To close the luggage compartment lid,
merely press it down gently. The clos-
ing process will then be carried out au-
tomatically.

To avoid injuries, be sure that the


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travel path of the luggage com-
partment lid is clear when it is closed,
as with all closing procedures.
Operate the vehicle only when the lug-
gage compartment lid is completely
Opening from the inside Closing closed. Otherwise, exhaust fumes
If the luggage compartment lid has not The handle recess in the interior trim could penetrate the interior of the vehi-
been locked separately, you can open it panel of the luggage compartment lid cle. Should it be absolutely necessary
with this button when the vehicle is sta- (arrow) makes it easier to pull the lid to operate the vehicle with the luggage
tionary. down. compartment lid open:
> Close all windows. Shut the sliding/
tilt sunroof
> Increase the airflow of the automatic
climate control to a high level. Refer
to page 107.<

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Overview
Controls
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Luggage straps Nets You can place smaller articles in the net
Use the straps on the floor of the lug- To secure your luggage, you may either on the rear wall of the luggage com-
gage compartment to secure smaller hook nets partment.
suitcases.

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> into the lashing eyes on the front cor-
Movement is reduced, when objects ners and rear wall of the luggage
are placed on the straps. compartment or
Lashing eyes located at the front cor- > into the rear wall of the luggage com-
ners and the rear wall of the luggage partment and the mounting points
compartment provide you with a conve- under the rear parcel tray.
nient means of attaching draw straps to
secure luggage.
Refer also to "Cargo Loading" on
page 122.

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42nAlarm system
The concept To arm and disarm the alarm
The vehicle alarm system responds: system
> When a door, the hood or the lug- When the vehicle is locked or unlocked
gage compartment lid is opened via a door lock or with the remote con-
> To movement inside the vehicle (inte- trol, the alarm system is also simulta-
rior motion sensor) neously armed or disarmed.
> To variations in the vehicle tilt sensor The interior motion sensor is activated

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such as occur during attempts to approx. 30 seconds after you have fin-
steal the wheels or tow the vehicle ished locking the car.
> To interruption of battery voltage. The system indicates that it has been
The system responds to unauthorized correctly armed by switching on the
vehicle entry and attempted theft by hazard flashers for a single cycle and by
emitting an acoustical signal. Indicator lamp displays
simultaneously activating the following:
> The indicator lamp on the top of the
> Sounding an acoustical alarm for You can have different acknowl- instrument panel flashes continu-
30 seconds edgment signals set to confirm ously: The system is armed
> The hazard warning flashers are acti- arming and disarming (not released at > The indicator lamp flashes during
vated for approx. five minutes this time).< arming: Door(s), the hood or luggage
> The high beams flash on and off in compartment lid are not completely
the same rhythm. You can also open the luggage com- closed. Even if you do not close the
partment lid when the system is armed alerted area, the system begins to
by pressing button 3 of the remote con- monitor the remaining areas, and the
trol (refer to page 37). When the lid is indicator lamp flashes continuously
closed, it is once again deadlocked. after 10 seconds. However, the inte-
rior motion sensor is not activated
> If the indicator lamp goes out when
the system is disarmed: No unau-
thorized entries have been detected
in the period since the system was
armed

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> If the indicator lamp flashes for Emergency deactivation

Overview
10 seconds when the system is procedure
disarmed: An attempted entry has If the car is locked and it is not possible
been detected in the period since the to disarm the system in the normal
system was armed. manner, proceed as follows:
Following triggering of an alarm, the in- 1 Use the key to unlock the door (the

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dicator lamp will flash continuously. alarm sounds for 30 seconds when

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opening the door)
Avoiding unwanted alarm 2 Turn the key to ignition key posi-
The tilt alarm sensor and interior motion tion 1; the central locking system

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sensor may be switched off at the same unlocks the remaining doors.
time. By doing this, you can prevent The alarm system is now disarmed. Re-
false alarms on garage ramps or when Interior motion sensor
fer the problem to your BMW center.
the vehicle is transported by trailer or The transmitter and receiver of the inte-
train, for instance. rior motion sensor are located in a trim
panel in the vehicle's headliner.

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Lock the vehicle twice (= arm the sys-
tem) by pressing button 2 on the re- In order for the interior motion sensor to
mote control twice in succession (refer function properly, the windows and
to page 36) or lock the vehicle twice sliding/tilt sunroof must be completely
with the key (refer to page 34). closed.
The indicator lamp lights up briefly and However, you should switch off the in-
then flashes continuously. The tilt alarm terior motion sensor (refer to the previ-
sensor and the interior motion sensor ous column) whenever
are deactivated for as long as the sys- > children or animals are left in the
tem remains armed. vehicle

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> the windows and/or the sliding/tilt
sunroof are left open.

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44nElectric power windows
After the ignition has been switched off: Despite this safety feature, be ex-
> You can continue to operate the tremely careful that the closing
power windows as long as one of the path of the window is not obstructed
front doors has not been opened. To whenever it is closed. Otherwise, an
open a window, press the rocker object might not touch the contact strip
switch past the resistance point. in some situations (with very thin ob-
jects, for instance). You can override
this safety feature by pressing the
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Remove the ignition key when you


leave the vehicle and close the switch beyond the resistance point and
doors so that children can no longer holding it.
operate the power windows, possibly Because the power windows are sealed
injuring themselves, for instance.< at high pressure to prevent wind noise
Opening and closing the windows when closed, a powerful motor is re-
For the convenience operating mode quired for efficient closing. When clos-
In ignition key position 1 or 2:
via the door lock or the remote control, ing the windows, always ensure that
> Depress the rocker switch until you they are not obstructed in any way. Un-
refer to page 34 or page 36.
feel resistance: supervised use of these systems can
The window continues moving for as result in serious personal injury. Re-
Safety feature
long as you maintain pressure on the move the ignition key to deactivate the
switch A contact strip is integrated into each of
electric power windows whenever you
> Press the rocker switch beyond the the upper window frame sections. If
leave the car. Never leave the keys in
resistance point: pressure is exerted against this contact
the car with unsupervised children.
The window moves automatically. strip while a window is being raised, the
Never place anything that could ob-
Press the switch a second time to system will respond by stopping the
struct the driver's vision on or next to
stop the window window and then retracting it a small
the windows.<
distance.

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Break-resistant security glass 3 Do not apply any self-adhesive la-

Overview
The glass installed on all side windows bels, or labels with tape to the inner
and the rear window is designed to of- surface
fer resistance to breakage and vandal- 4 Do not apply window tint film to the
ism. Each break-resistant window con- inner window surface
tains several layers of clear synthetic 5 If frost or ice builds up on the inner

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plastic film sandwiched between the in- surface in cold, high-humidity cli-
mates, do not use a scraper or an
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ner and outer glass panes. In addition,


another film is applied to the inner sur- "ice-removing spray." Start the en-
face of the glass (facing the passenger gine and refer to the instructions on
compartment). This film prevents the defrosting the door windows.

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glass, if shattered, from spreading into
Safety switch the passenger compartment.
You can use the safety switch (arrow) to Please note the following precautions
deactivate the rear window switches regarding this inner glass surface film:
(when children are riding in the rear

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1 The film is not scratch-resistant.
seats, for instance). Avoid contact with sharp objects
which may break through or cut the
Press the safety switch whenever film
children are riding in the rear of 2 Clean the glass with water. If ineffec-
the vehicle. Careless use of the power tive, you may use regular household
windows can lead to injury.< window cleaner; wipe the cleaner off
immediately.
Do not use window cleaners contain-
ing solvents or abrasives, as these
may scratch the film

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46nSliding/Tilt sunroof
To prevent injuries, exercise care Safety feature
when closing the sliding/tilt sun- If the sliding/tilt sunroof encounters re-
roof and keep it in your field of vision sistance at a point roughly past the
until it is shut. middle of its travel when it is closing,
Before leaving the car, switch off the the closing cycle is interrupted and the
electric sunroof mechanism by taking sunroof will open again slightly.
out the ignition key. Do not leave
children unattended in the vehicle with

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Despite this safety feature, be ex-
access to vehicle keys. Use of the key tremely careful that the closing
can result in starting of the engine and path of the sunroof is not obstructed
operation of vehicle systems such as whenever it is closed. Otherwise, trig-
power sunroof, etc. Unsupervised use gering the closing-force limitation may
of these systems can result in serious not be ensured in some situations (with Lifting – opening – closing
personal injury.< very thin objects, for instance). You can From ignition key position 1 press the
override this safety feature by pressing switch or slide it to the desired direction
To avoid pressure or drafts in the pas- the switch beyond the resistance point until you feel resistance.
senger compartment when the sunroof and holding it.<
is open or lifted, keep the air vents in When lifting, the headliner retracts sev-
the dashboard open and increase eral inches.
the air supply if necessary. Refer to You can continue to operate the sun-
page 107. roof after the ignition has been
If the sunroof is completely open, air switched off as long as one of the front
disturbances may be caused in the ve- doors has not been opened.
hicle when you are driving at higher
speeds. Close the roof as far as is nec-
essary until this natural phenomenon
ceases.
For the convenience operating mode
via the door lock or the radio remote
control, refer to page 34 or 36.

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Automatic* opening and closing Sliding/Tilt sunroof with glass

Overview
Press the switch past the resistance moonroof*
point briefly: The sunroof travels to ei- The options and control procedures are
ther the fully-closed or fully-open posi- essentially the same as those previ-
tion. ously described for the sliding/tilt sun-
Other automatic operations are: roof. In order to open the raised roof,

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press the control switch towards
> With the sunroof open, press the

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"Open" until the roof has reached the
switch briefly toward "Lift:" The sun-
desired position.
roof automatically extends to its fully
raised position The headliner insert slides back some-

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> With the sunroof lifted, press the what when you raise the roof. When the
switch briefly toward "Open:" The roof is opened, the headliner retracts
sunroof automatically opens all the with it. The headliner will then automati- Power loss or malfunction
way. cally remain in its retracted position, but After interruptions in electrical supply
can be repositioned as desired. (when the battery is disconnected, for
Pressing the switch again briefly stops instance), the sunroof will only lift. To

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the motion immediately. reinitialize the mechanism:
1 Raise the sliding/tilt sunroof all the
way
2 Continue to hold the switch for
approx. five seconds.
In the event of an electrical system mal-
function, the sliding/tilt sunroof can be
manually operated. Refer to page 182.

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48nSeat adjustment Electric power seats
For maximum safety when adjusting the Correct sitting posture
seat position, please observe the fol- To reduce strain on the spinal column,
lowing: sit all the way back in the seat and rest
your back fully against the backrest.
Never try to adjust your seat while Ideal sitting posture is achieved with
operating the vehicle. The seat your head extending from your spine in
could respond with unexpected move- a straight line.
ment, and the ensuing loss of vehicle

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For long-distance driving, you may wish
control could lead to an accident. to increase the backrest tilt-angle
Wear the safety belt firmly against your slightly to reduce muscular tension. You
body at all times. In the event of a fron- should be able to grasp the steering
tal impact, a loose lap belt could slide wheel at its highest point with your
over your hips, leading to abdominal in- 1 Tilt angle (driver's seat only) arms slightly bent.
jury. In addition, the safety belt's re-
straint effectiveness is reduced if the 2 Forward - backward adjustment
Lumbar support*
belt is worn loosely. 3 Cushion height
Refer to the BMW comfort seat on the
Never ride with the backrest reclined to 4 Backrest angle next page.
an extreme horizontal angle (especially
5 Head restraint height
important for front passengers to re-
member). Keep the backrest relatively Adjust the head restraint manually by
upright to minimize the risk of "sliding tilting it in the desired direction.
under" the safety belt and sustaining in-
jury in an accident. Head restraints reduce the risk of
Do not slide the seats to the rear when spinal injury in the event of an ac-
the vehicle is at an extreme angle (on cident.
garage ramps or steep slopes, for in- Adjust the head restraint so that its
stance), to prevent the shoulder strap's center is approximately at the height of
automatic height adjustment mecha- the ear.
nism from disengaging.< For maximum safety, read carefully and
comply with the adjustment instructions
presented here.<

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Overview
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With this seat, you can also adjust the This seat allows you to make additional Shoulder support
thigh support. Press the switch to make adjustments for You can use the adjustable upper back-
the adjustment. 1 Lumbar support rest for supplementary support in the
shoulder region. This provides a re-

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2 Shoulder support laxed driving position and helps relieve
stress on the shoulder muscles.
Lumbar support
Press the rocker switch: The support
You can adjust the backrest's contour angle of the upper backrest section is
for additional support in the curvature adjusted.
of your spine's lumbar region.
To obtain an optimal seating posture,
The upper hips and spinal column re- we recommend:
ceive supplementary support to help
you maintain a relaxed, upright posture. Driver's side and front passenger's
side:
> Press front/rear of switch:

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Increase/decrease curvature. 1 Move the upper backrest section
> Press the upper/lower end of the back completely
switch: 2 Adjust the optimal seat position as
Increase the upper/lower curvature. described on page 48

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3 Bring the upper backrest section for-
ward until your shoulders enjoy firm
support.

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Front passenger's seat adjusted for In addition to the adjustments offered
relaxed traveling: by the electric power seat, there are
1 Adjust the upper backrest section to adjustments for thigh support, shoul-
its extreme rear position der support and lumbar support.
2 Increase the seat cushion tilt
3 Tilt the backrest more Thigh support
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forward. previous page.

Make corrections in the forward- Shoulder support


backward adjustment of the seat Refer to BMW comfort seat on the
to ensure that the safety belt still fits previous page.
firmly against your body. If you do not Actively changing the surface of the
do this, the protection provided by the Lumbar support seat helps to prevent muscle tension,
safety belt may be reduced.< back pain in the lumbar region, and
Refer to BMW comfort seat on the
symptoms of fatigue.
previous page.
When you are adjusting the seat, select To activate this feature, press the but-
a position in which you remain as far ton (arrow).
from the instrument panel as possible.
For more details, please refer to the
section headed "Advanced technology"
on page 190.

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Rear power seat* Adjusting the steering wheel 51n

Electric steering wheel

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adjustment
In order to make it easier to get into and
out of the car, the steering wheel auto-
matically moves into the top position
and returns to the driving (memory) po-

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sition.
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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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Your BMW center can adjust your
1 Backrest angle The steering wheel can be moved in vehicle's systems in such a man-
2 Head restraint height any of four directions. Adjust by moving ner that your personalized settings are
the control lever in the desired direc- automatically called up for the steering
3 Lumbar support
tion.

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wheel adjustment when you unlock the
The head restraint extends automati- vehicle with your personal remote con-
cally whenever a passenger fastens the Do not adjust the steering wheel trol.<
safety belt at one of the rear seating po- while the vehicle is moving. There
sitions. is a risk of accident from unexpected
Correct head restraint height with movement.<
switch 2.
To store the steering wheel setting, re-
For information on the lumbar support,
fer to "Seat, mirror and steering wheel
refer to the BMW comfort seat on
memory" on page 53.
page 49.

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52nMirrors

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 ob-
jects reflected in the mirror are closer
than they appear. This means that esti-

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mations of the distance to following


traffic should not be regarded as pre-
cise.<

Exterior mirrors Your BMW center can adjust your Inside rearview mirror with
vehicle's systems in such a man- automatic dimming feature
1 Switch for 4-way adjustment
ner that your personalized settings are
2 Left/right selection switch By responding to the effects of ambient
automatically called up for the mirror
light and the glare from following traffic,
You can also adjust the mirrors manu- adjustment when you unlock the vehi-
this mirror automatically dims through
ally by pressing against the outer edges cle with your personal remote control.<
an infinitely-variable range.
of their lenses.
Electric heaters The mirror automatically reverts to its
To store the mirror angles: Refer to
clear, undimmed setting whenever you
"Seat, mirror and steering wheel Both mirrors are automatically heated
move the selector lever to "Reverse."
memory" on page 53. with the ignition key in position 2.
To ensure that the mirror continues to
operate properly, keep the two photo-
cells clean and unobstructed. One
photocell is in the mirror glass (arrow),
while the other is offset somewhat on
the other side of the mirror.
For an explanation of the electrochro-
mic technology used in this mirror, refer
to page 192.

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To select a stored setting

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Convenience function:
1 Open driver's door after unlocking or
ignition key in position 1
2 Briefly press memory button 1, 2 or 3
as desired.

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Movement stops immediately when
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one of the seat-adjustment or mem-
ory buttons is activated during the
adjustment process.

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Security function:
Lighted vanity mirror You can store and call up three different 1 With driver's door closed and ignition
Fold down the sun visor and slide the seat, exterior mirror and steering wheel key either removed or in position 0
cover panel to the side as required. positions. or 2
The illustration shows the buttons on 2 Maintain pressure on desired mem-

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The mirror lamps operate in ignition key ory button 1, 2 or 3 until the adjust-
the driver's door, for making these posi-
positions 1 and 2. ment process is completed.
tion adjustments.
The adjustment for the lumbar support If you press the MEMORY button acci-
Sun visors
is not stored in the memory. dentally: Press the button a second
These can be folded down toward the time, the indicator lamp goes out.
windshield or swiveled out against the
side windows.
To store
Do not call up a position from the
1 Turn the ignition key to position 1 or 2
memory while the vehicle is mov-
2 Adjust for the preferred seat, exterior
ing. There is a risk of accident from un-
mirror and steering wheel positions
expected movement of the seat or
3 Press the MEMORY button: The indi-

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steering wheel.<
cator lamp in the button lights up
4 Press memory button 1, 2 or 3, as
desired: The indicator lamp goes out.

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54nSeat, mirror and steering wheel memory
Your BMW center can adjust your
vehicle's systems in such a man-
ner 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.<

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If you make use of this setting
mode, 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 Passenger side exterior mirror tilt
injured or damaged if the seat should function
move backward.<
(automatic curb monitor)
1 Move the mirror selector switch (ar-
row) to the "driver's mirror" position
2 When the selector lever is placed in
"Reverse," the passenger-side mirror
tilts downward to help the driver
monitor the area directly adjacent to
the car during parking (curbs, etc.).
You can deactivate this automatic fea-
ture: Set the mirror selector switch to
the passenger's mirror position.

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Car Memory, Key Memory 55n

When your vehicle is unlocked with the

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remote control, the vehicle recognizes
the individual user by means of a data
exchange with the key, and makes ad-
justments accordingly.
In order for you to distinguish between

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different keys, colored decals are sup-
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What the system can do

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Your BMW center can provide you with
details on the capabilities of the Car
How the system functions Memory and Key Memory systems.
You have probably frequently wished
that you could configure individual You will see this symbol through-
functions of your vehicles to reflect your

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out the Owner's Manual. It is to re-
own personal requirements. In engi- mind you at appropriate places of the
neering your vehicle, BMW has in- settings that are available to you.<
cluded several user-defined functions
in the vehicle's design. Your BMW cen- An example of Key Memory is the auto-
ter can make these settings for you. matic adjustment of the driver's power
There are settings related to the vehicle seat with stored settings for the individ-
("Car Memory") and settings related to ual person when the vehicle is un-
individuals ("Key Memory"). You can locked.
have two different basic settings ad-
justed for two different persons. The

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only requirement is that each person
uses his or her own remote control key.

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56nSafety belts
For your safety, comply with the Expectant mothers should always wear
following instructions for wearing their safety belts, taking care to position
safety belts. If you do not, the safety the lap belt against the lower hips,
belts may not be able to provide their where it will not exert pressure against
maximum protection. All passengers in the abdominal area.<
the vehicle should be aware of and For securing child seats, refer to
comply with this information: page 60.
Never allow more than one person to
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wear a single safety belt. Never allow
infants or small children to ride in a pas-
If the safety belt system has been
senger's lap.
subjected to the stresses in-
Avoid twisting the belt while routing it
volved in an accident or otherwise
Fasten your safety belt before starting firmly across the hips and shoulder. Do
damaged: Have the entire safety belt
off. not allow the belt to rest against hard or
mechanism replaced by your BMW
fragile objects in your pockets. Never
To fasten: Make sure you hear the center, including the safety belt ten-
route the belt across your neck, do not
catch engage in the belt buckle. sioner. In addition, have your BMW
run it across sharp edges. Be sure that
To release: Press the red button in the center inspect the safety belt anchors.
the belt does not become caught or
buckle. Hold the belt and guide it back If a child restraint system was in the ve-
jammed.
into its reel. hicle during an accident, consult the
Wear the safety belt as firmly as possi-
manufacturer's instructions regarding
The shoulder belt anchor automatically ble against your body at all times. For
replacement.<
adjusts to continue providing an opti- this reason, avoid wearing bulky cloth-
mum fit when you move the seat for- ing which will prevent proper belt fit.
Pull the safety belt across your shoul- Child restraint systems*
ward or back.
ders frequently to re-tension it. In the
The two safety belt buckles which are Never install a rear-facing child re-
event of a frontal impact, a loose lap
integrated in the rear seat are for pas- straint device on the front passen-
belt could slide over your hips, leading
sengers sitting on the left and right. The ger seat. Otherwise, injuries could oc-
to abdominal injury. In addition, the
belt buckle with the word "CENTER" is cur when the airbag is triggered in the
safety belt's restraint effectiveness is
intended exclusively for a passenger event of an accident.
reduced if the belt is worn loosely.
sitting in the middle. Do not attempt to modify child restraint
systems. If you do this, the protection
provided by these systems could be im-
paired.<

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Airbags 57n

The side airbags in the rear pas-

Overview
senger area* of your vehicle may
already have been deactivated either at
the time of manufacture or by a BMW
center. You can have them activated if
you desire to do so. Please contact

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your BMW center for additional infor-
mation.<
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1 Front airbags for driver and front The illustration depicts schematically
passenger the primary directions of vehicle impact
2 Side impact head protection system which initiate an airbag deployment.
(front and rear*)

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3 Side airbags (front and rear side *)

Protective effect
The front airbags supplement the three-
point safety belts by helping to provide
additional protection for the front-seat
occupants in the event of a severe fron-
tal collision in which the protection af-
forded by the belts alone may no longer

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be sufficient. The head protection and
side airbags help provide protection in
the event of a severe collision from the
side. Each of the side airbags is de-
signed to help support the upper body.

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58nAirbags

Indicator lamp Sitting correctly with airbags Never allow any objects to obstruct the
The indicator lamp indicates the area between the airbag and an occu-
operational readiness of the air- For your safety, comply with the pant.
bag system from ignition key following instructions for the air- Do not use the cover panel above the
positions 1 and 2. bags. If you do not, the airbags may not passenger-side airbag as a storage
be able to provide their maximum pro- area.
System operational:
tection. All passengers in the vehicle Never tape the airbag cover panels,
> The indicator lamp comes on briefly should be aware of and comply with cover them over or alter them in any
then goes out. this information: other way.
System malfunction: The airbags are supplemental restraint Do not install a rear-facing child re-
devices designed to provide extra pro- straint system in the front passenger
> The indicator lamp fails to come on
tection; they are not a substitute for seat of your vehicle.
> The indicator lamp comes on briefly
safety belts. Wear your safety belt at all Infants or small children should never
before going out and then lighting up
times. The airbags will not be triggered be held on the lap of a passenger.
again.
in the event of a minor accident, a vehi- If your vehicle is equipped with side air-
A system malfunction could prevent the cle roll-over, or collisions from the rear. bags in the rear, be sure that child
system from responding to an impact In these situations, the safety belts pro- seats are installed correctly and with
occurring within its normal response vide optimal protection. the greatest possible distance from the
range. Airbags are located under the cover side trim panels. Do not allow children
Please have your BMW center inspect panels in the steering wheel, in the in- to lean out of the child's seat in the di-
and repair the system as soon as possi- strument panel, in the side trim panels rection of the side trim panels. If they
ble. in the front and rear*, and in the wind- do so, serious injuries could occur if the
shild pillars and the sides of the head- airbag is triggered.<
liner.
Select a seat position that is comfort-
able and allows the greatest possible
distance from each of the airbags in
your seating area.
Hold the steering wheel at the rim
(hands at the "9 o'clock and 3 o'clock"
positions) in order to avoid injuries to
the hands or arms if the airbag is trig-
gered. Do not place your hands on the
center pad.
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At all times, occupants should sit up- Therefore, we recommend that the rear Even when all these guidelines are ob-

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right and be properly restrained (infants seat side airbags, if so equipped, be served, there is still a small residual risk
and small children in appropriate child deactivated if children will travel in the of injuries to the face, hands and arms
restraint systems; larger children and rear seat. occurring from airbag deployment in
adults using the safety belts). Never let The rear seat side airbags may already isolated instances. The ignition and
an occupant's head rest near or on a have been deactivated, either at the inflation noise may provoke a mild

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side airbag because the inflating airbag time of manufacture or by a BMW temporary hearing loss in extremely
could cause a serious or fatal injury. center. Labels in the rear door opening sensitive individuals.
Please note that the word "Airbag" im- should indicate the status of your rear Airbag warning information is also pro-
printed on the door trim panel indicates seat side airbags. If you are uncertain of vided on the sun visors.
the airbag's location. their status, or wish to have the airbags

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For additional information concerning
Accident research shows that the saf- activated or deactivated, please con- the airbag system, refer to page 161
est place for children in an automobile tact your BMW center. and 188.
is in the rear seat. However, a child sit-
ting in the rear seat and not properly re-
strained may place his or her head on

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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 diffi-
cult for a driver to ensure that children
in the rear seat will remain properly po-
sitioned at all times and not place their
heads on or near the side airbag.

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60nAirbags Child restraints
All occupants – especially children –
should be restrained whenever riding in
cars.
Infants or small children should never
be held on the lap of a passenger.
Children should always sit in the rear
and, depending on age, use either a
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child restraint system or the existing
safety belts. Accident statistics have
shown that children are safer when
properly restrained in the rear seats
than in the front seating positions.
This is the right way a child should sit in This is the right way a larger child
Infants or toddlers should be secured
a child restraint when rear side bags should sit wearing the safety belt when
with a child restraint system appro-
(arrow) are installed. rear side airbags (arrow) are installed.
priate for their size.
Commercially-available child restraint
systems are designed to be secured
with a lap belt or with the lap belt por-
tion of a combination lap/shoulder belt.
Improperly or inadequately installed re-
straint systems can increase the risk of
injury to children. Always read and fol-
low the instructions that come with the
system.

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Before installing any child-restraint Never install a rear-facing child restraint

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device or child seat, please read system in the front passenger seat.
the following: We strongly urge you to carefully read
Never install a rear-facing child restraint and observe the instructions for instal-
system in the front passenger seat of lation and use provided by the child re-
this car. straint's manufacturer whenever you

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Your car is equipped with an airbag use such a device.
supplemental restraint system for the Be sure that all occupants (of all ages)
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front passenger. Because the backrest remain properly and securely restrained
on any rear-facing child restraint sys- at all times.<
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der 1 year and 20 lbs./9 kg) would be All rear seating positions in your
If you use a child restraint system with a within the airbag's deployment range, vehicle meet the recommendations
tether strap, three additional tether an- you should never mount such a device of SAE J1819, an industry recom-
chorage points (refer to the arrows in in the front passenger seat, as the im- mended practice for securing child
the illustration) have been provided. pact of the airbag against the child re- restraint systems in motor vehicles.

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Depending on the location selected for straint's backrest could lead to serious
seating in the rear passenger area, at- or fatal injuries.
tach the tether strap to the correspond- If it is necessary for a child (not an in-
ing anchorage point to secure the child fant) to ride in the front seat, certain
restraint system. Remove the cover first precautions should be taken. First,
on the middle location. move the passenger seat as far away
from the dashboard as possible. This
If the respective seating position is fit- important precaution is intended to
ted with a headrest lift the headrest and maximize the distance between the air-
pass the tether strap between the bag and the child. Older children
headrest and the seat back. should be tightly secured with the

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Adjust the tether strap according to the safety belt. Younger children should be
child restraint manufacturer's instruc- secured in an appropriate forward-fac-
tions. ing child restraint system that has first
been properly secured with a safety

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belt.

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62nChild restraint installation Child-safety locks
Unlock the safety belt
Release the safety belt, remove the
child's seat and retract the safety belt
to its end position on the belt retractor.

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To allow you to use the safety belts to Insert the key into a rear door lock and
secure child-restraint systems, the turn it outward:
belts at all rear positions feature a spe- The door can now be opened from the
cial locking mode. outside only.
A label with operating instructions is at-
tached to the belt next to the latch plate
(except the middle belt in the rear).

Lock the safety belt


Extract the entire length of the belt from
the inertia reel mechanism. Allow the
belt to retract somewhat and engage
the buckle. Then tighten the belt around
the child restraint. The belt is now
locked. Comply with the instructions
provided by the manufacturer of the
child restraint.

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Steering/Ignition lock 63n

Your vehicle is equipped with an inter-

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lock. For this reason, the ignition key
cannot be turned to position 0 and re-
moved until the selector lever is in posi-
tion P.
In addition, the selector lever is locked

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in position P when the ignition key is in
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position 0 or removed from the ignition


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To move the selector lever out of P, the

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ignition key must be turned at least to
position 2.
0 Steering lock engaged
This is the only position in which the 1 Steering lock disengaged
ignition key can be inserted and You will find that it is often easier to turn
removed.

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the ignition key from position 0 to posi-
An acoustic warning sounds when you tion 1 when you move the steering
fail to remove the ignition key before wheel slightly to help disengage the
opening the driver's door. lock.
After removing the key, turn the steer- Individual electrical equipment and
ing wheel slightly to the left or right until accessories are available for use.
you hear the lock engage.
2 Ignition on
All electrical equipment and accesso-
ries are available for use.

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3 Starting engine

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64nStarting the engine
Before starting If the battery's voltage is not adequate, Engine idle speed is controlled by the
> Press the parking brake pedal the automatic starting procedure is not engine computer system. Increased
> Place the selector lever of the auto- initiated, or it is interrupted. Should this speeds at start-up are normal and
matic transmission in P or N. condition arise, it remains possible to should decrease as the engine warms
jump-start the engine (refer to page 183). up. If engine speed does not decrease,
Do not allow the engine to run in Do not allow the engine to warm up by service is required.
enclosed spaces. The exhaust leaving it running while the vehicle re- To prevent the battery from discharg-
gases contain carbon monoxide, an mains stationary. Instead, begin driving ing, always switch off any electrical de-
odorless and colorless, but highly toxic immediately at a moderate engine vices not in use, as well as the ignition
gas. Breathing the exhaust gases poses speed.< when the vehicle is not being driven.
an extreme health risk, and can lead to Should the engine fail to start on the
unconsciousness and death. first attempt (if it is very hot or cold, for
Never leave the car unattended with instance):
the engine running, as such a vehicle > Press the accelerator pedal halfway
represents a potential safety hazard.< down while engaging the starter.
BMW 740i/L:
Starting the engine
Cold starts at extremely low tempera-
> Start the engine. Do not press the tures, from approx. +5 7 (-156)
accelerator pedal. and at elevations above 3,300 feet
(1,000 meters):
Your BMW is equipped with the
> Press the accelerator pedal halfway
convenience starting feature.
down while engaging the starter.
Simply turn the key to position 3 (starter)
and then release it immediately.
The starter continues to operate auto-
matically until the engine starts.

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Switching off the engine Parking brake 65n

Turn the ignition key to position 1 or 0.

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The vehicle must be stationary
and the selector lever in "Park"
before you can remove the ignition key.
Always remove the ignition key and en-

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gage the steering lock before leaving
the vehicle.<

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If, in exceptional circumstances, it To release the brake, pull the handle.
should be necessary to engage Please remember that the brakes dis-
the parking brake while the vehicle is in engage immediately.
motion, depress the pedal cautiously

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The parking brake is primarily designed
and slowly while continuing to pull on
to prevent the vehicle from rolling while
the release handle.
parked, and operates against the rear
Excessive pressure on the pedal can
wheels.
lead to overbraking and loss of traction
at the rear. You can prevent corrosion from forming
The brake lamps do not come on when on the separate parking brake drums
the parking brake is applied.< with an occasional gentle application of
the parking brake when stopping at
Depress the pedal. The "PARK BRAKE" traffic lights.
(in Canada "P") indicator lamp in the

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instrument cluster comes on when the
ignition key is in position 2. Refer to
page 21.

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66nAutomatic transmission
Before exiting the vehicle when
the engine is running, place the
selector lever in the "Park" or "Neutral"
position and apply the parking brake. If
you do not, the vehicle can move.
Do not leave the car unattended with
the engine running. An unattended
vehicle with a running engine repre-
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P – Park
Select "Park" only when the vehicle is
Selector lever positions Changing the selector lever stationary. The transmission locks to
PRND432 position prevent the rear wheels from turning.
A detent prevents inadvertent shifts into
Shift programs some selector lever positions. To re- R – Reverse
Lever positions: lease the shift-lock mechanism, press Select "Reverse" only when the vehicle
the button on the front of the selector is stationary.
> A (Adaptive/Economy)
handle (arrow).
> M (Manual)
N – Neutral
Selector lever in position 4: While the vehicle is stationary and Select "Neutral" only if your journey is
> S (Sport program) before shifting out of "Park" or interrupted for a longer period.
"Neutral," depress the footbrake in or-
For an explanation of the programs,
der to disengage the selector lever's D – Drive
refer to the next page.
lock mechanism (shift-lock). (automatic shift program)
Hold the footbrake down until starting
Starting engine This position is designed for driving un-
off. Otherwise, the vehicle will "creep"
The engine can only be started in posi- when a drive position is engaged.< der all normal operating conditions. All
tions "Park" or "Neutral." forward gears are available.

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4 – Sport program When you select program A, the ATC M – Manual program

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This position is recommended if your system automatically adapts to individ- This program is for driving in one gear
driving style is performance-oriented. ual driving styles and road conditions to (4th gear when D has been selected).
provide optimal performance with the The transmission then remains in the
3 and 2 – Shift limiter selector lever at position D. selected gear both when underway and
Select this range when you wish to limit Because of this, the remaining selector when starting off. For instance, when

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gear changes (on steep uphill or down- lever positions for forward driving are you make a steep ascent with the se-
hill slopes, for instance). The transmis- only required in extreme situations such lector lever in position 2, the transmis-
sion upshifts only as far as the selected as those listed in the description of po- sion does not make undesired upshifts.
gear. sition 2. The same principle applies during oper-
ation on ice-covered roads: By placing

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"Kickdown" A – Adaptive program the selector lever in position 3 you can
In the "Kickdown" mode, you achieve This is the initial position that the trans- move off gradually, and the transmis-
maximum engine performance. mission selects at every start. In the po- sion will also suppress subsequent
sitions for forward driving, the ATC shifts into higher gears.
Press the accelerator pedal past the

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increased resistance point at the full- (Adaptive Transmission Control) auto-
throttle position. matically selects the optimal gear from Selector lever positions
different shift programs. To achieve Positions 4, 3 and 2 have the function
Shift programs this, the system constantly adapts to of enhanced control over shifting – con-
driver characteristics (such as a moder- trol which is desired and intentionally
The automatic transmission of your
ate or performance-oriented driving selected.
BMW is equipped with the Adaptive
style), road condition factors (slick The ATC also functions in these selec-
Transmission Control (ATC) as standard
roads or extreme slopes, for instance) tor lever positions – of course with limi-
equipment.
as well as the current driving situation tations for gear selection imposed by
(winding roads or mountain travel, for the lever position.
instance).

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For details concerning ATC, please re-
fer to the chapter titled "Advanced
Technology" on page 188.

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68nAutomatic transmission
Special functions Control of the winter program If the indicator lamp does not go out, all
In program A, the Adaptive Transmis- A winter program is automatically se- selector lever positions can still be se-
sion Control influences several special lected when the vehicle is operated on lected, however in the forward posi-
functions in the selection of the drive slippery road surfaces (snow and ice). tions the vehicle has limited perfor-
gear. When this program is active, the trans- mance as it drives only in 3rd or 4th
mission starts in 2nd gear and shifts gear.
With the system active, some shifts that
would be made in other modes will be into the higher gears earlier. This pro- Under these circumstances, avoid
suppressed. The system also reacts to gram improves response under winter extreme engine loads and consult the
special situations by executing shifts driving conditions by providing en- nearest authorized BMW center.
that would not occur with a conven- hanced traction and vehicle stability.
tional transmission. ATC leaves the winter program when it Do not work in the engine com-
registers a high-traction road surface, partment when a drive gear (for-
when the Sport program is selected ward or reverse) is engaged. If you do
and when ASC+T/DSC is deactivated. this, the vehicle could move.<

Electronic transmission control For towing and jump-starting the vehi-


module cle, refer to pages 183, 184.
If the message "TRANS. FAILSAFE
PROG" appears in the Check Control,
there is a fault in the gearshift electronic
system or in the transmission itself.
Bring the vehicle to a stop, select trans-
mission position "P", set the parking
brake and turn the engine off (ignition
key to position 0).
Wait a few seconds, then start the en-
gine. If the indicator lamp goes out after
a few seconds, normal transmission
performance has been restored. Drive
off normally.

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You may drive your vehicle as with a

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typical automatic transmission, but you
may also shift manually.
When you move the selector lever to
the left from position "D" and into the
M/S shift level, the performance-ori-

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ented shift programs of the automatic

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transmission are activated. As soon as
you move the selector lever in the "+"
or "–" direction, Steptronic changes the
gear and the manual mode is active. If

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you wish to utilize automatic shifting
once again, move the selector lever to Selector lever positions Range selection
the right and into the D position. P R N D M/S + – A detent prevents inadvertent shifts into
The automatic transmission of your some selector lever positions. To re-

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BMW is equipped with an Adaptive Starting the engine lease the shift-lock mechanism, press
Transmission Control (ATC). This sys- The engine can only be started in selec- the button on the front of the selector
tem reacts with precision to your indi- tor lever positions P ("Park") or N ("Neu- handle (arrow).
vidual driving style and the current driv- tral").
ing conditions. Different shift programs While the vehicle is stationary and
are utilized to achieve this. before shifting out of "Park" or
For details concerning ATC, please re- "Neutral," depress the footbrake in or-
fer to the chapter describing "Advanced der to disengage the selector lever's
technology" on page 188. lock mechanism (shift-lock).
Hold the footbrake down until starting
off. Otherwise, the vehicle will "creep"

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70nAutomatic transmission with Steptronic*
Before exiting the vehicle when "Kickdown"
the engine is running, place the In the "Kickdown" mode, you achieve
selector lever in the "Park" or "Neutral" maximum engine performance.
position and apply the parking brake. If Press the accelerator pedal past the
you do not, the vehicle can move. increased resistance point at the full-
Do not leave the car unattended with throttle position.
the engine running. An unattended ve-
hicle with a running engine represents a

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potential safety hazard.<

P – Park
Select "Park" only when the vehicle is
stationary. The transmission locks to M/S – Manual mode and
prevent the rear wheels from turning. Sport Program
When you change from "D" to M/S, the
R – Reverse Sport program is activated. This is indi-
Select "Reverse" only when the vehicle cated by "D S" in the gear display. This
is stationary. position is recommended if your driving
style is performance-oriented.
N – Neutral With the first brief touch, the automatic
Select "Neutral" only if your journey is transmission shifts from the Sport pro-
interrupted for a long period. gram to manual mode.
When you move the selector lever for-
D – Drive ward in the "+" direction, the transmis-
(automatic shift program) sion shifts up. When moved back in the
This position is designed for driving un- "–" direction, the transmission shifts
der all normal operating conditions. All down.
forward gears are available. Depending on the version, "1 to 5" or
"M1 to M5" appears in the gear display.

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The ATC will execute upshifts or down- Electronic transmission control

Overview
shifts only at appropriate engine and module
road speeds. For example, the trans- If the "TRANS. FAILSAFE PROG" mes-
mission does not shift down when the sage appears in the Check Control,
engine speed is too high. The selected there is a malfunction in the transmis-
gear will appear briefly in the instrument sion system.

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cluster, followed by the current gear.
Bring the vehicle to a stop, select trans-

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mission position "P", set the parking
To accelerate quickly in the man-
brake and turn the engine off (ignition
ual mode (to pass another vehicle,
key to position 0).
for instance), shift down manually or

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use the kickdown.< Wait a few seconds, then start the en-
gine. If the indicator lamp goes out after
1 High beam (blue indicator)
You can only change from M/S to the a few seconds, normal transmission
selector lever positions "P," "R" and "N" performance has been restored. Drive 2 Headlamp flasher (blue indicator)
via the "D" position. off normally. 3 Turn signal (green indicator accom-

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In the following situations, the Step- If the indicator lamp does not go out, panied by a rhythmic clicking sound
tronic "thinks" for you in the manual all selector lever positions can still be from the relay)
mode: selected, however in the forward posi- If the indicator lamp and the clicking
tions the vehicle has limited perfor- from the relay are both faster than nor-
> In order to prevent engine over-
mance as it drives only in 3rd or 4th mal, one of the turn indicators has
speeding, the transmission shifts au-
gear. failed.
tomatically to the next higher gear
shortly before the RPM cutoff point Under these circumstances, avoid
> At low speeds, the transmission extreme engine loads and consult the To signal briefly
shifts down automatically - you do nearest authorized BMW center. Press the lever up to but not beyond
not have to act the detent. It then returns to the center

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> In the kickdown mode, the transmis- Do not work in the engine com- position when released.
sion shifts down to the lowest possi- partment when a drive gear (for-
ble gear based on the engine speed ward or reverse) is engaged. If you do
> Depending on the situation – when this, the vehicle could move.<

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driving in adverse winter conditions,
for example – you may also start out For towing or jump-starting the vehicle,
in 2nd or 3rd gear. refer to pages 183, 184.

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72nWiper/Washer system/Rain sensor
0 Wipers retracted
The wipers are partially hidden behind
the hood. To bring the wipers up into
their vertical position (important when
changing the blades, or folding up
when frost is expected):
With the control lever in position 1,
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switch off the ignition when the wipers
are in the parked position.
If equipped with the rain sensor:
> Switch the wipers on
(control lever 1, 2 or 4)
0 Wipers retracted 1 Intermittent wipe or rain
> When the wipers are in an approxi-
1 Intermittent wipe or rain sensor * sensor*
mately vertical position, switch off
2 Normal wipe the ignition. Intermittent wipe:

3 Fast wipe You can use rotary dial 6 to select from


Fold the wipers back onto the four wiper intervals.
4 Brief wipe windshield before turning the In addition, the wipe interval automati-
5 Automatic windshield washer ignition key to position 1 or 2. If you do cally adapts to variations in road speed.
6 Rotary dial for control of the interval not, they could be damaged. Rain sensor:
time or the sensitivity of the rain When the rain sensor is activated, the
sensor For changing the wiper blades, refer to
windshield wiper is controlled automati-
page 166.
cally, depending on the degree of wet-
ness of the windshield (in both snow
and rain). You do not have to be con-
cerned with switching the windshield
wiper on or off or adjusting the wipe in-
terval between intermittent and full
wipe. Instead, you can concentrate fully
on the traffic conditions.

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This is especially important under ad- 2 Normal wiper speed Headlamp washers*

Overview
verse weather conditions. When the vehicle is stationary, the wip- If the headlamps are on, they will also
The rain sensor is located on the wind- ers switch automatically to intermittent be cleaned every fifth time you activate
shield, directly in front of the interior wipe (not on vehicles with rain sensor). the automatic windshield washer.
rearview mirror.
To activate the rain sensor: 3 Fast wiper speed Do not use the washers if there is

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From ignition key position 1 and up, When the vehicle is stationary, the wip- any danger that the fluid will
move the lever to position 1. The wipers ers operate at normal speed (not on ve- freeze on the windshield, otherwise
travel once across the windshield, re- hicles with rain sensor). vision could be obscured. For this rea-
gardless of the weather. son, use an antifreeze agent. Refer to
page 148.

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You can also leave the lever perma- 5 Automatic windshield washer
nently in position 1. It is then only nec- Do not use the washers when the reser-
The system sprays washer fluid against
essary to activate the rain sensor from voir is empty, since this could cause
the windshield and activates the wipers
ignition key position 1 and up. To do damage to the washer pump.<
for a brief period.
this
If you only pull the lever briefly, the sys- Windshield washer jets

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> turn rotary dial 6 briefly or tem sprays washer fluid onto the wind-
> use the automatic windshield The windshield washer jets and the
shield without activating the wipers.
washer 5. windshield in the wiper sweep area are
defrosted automatically when the igni-
To modify the sensitivity of the rain
tion key is in position 2.
sensor:
Turn rotary dial 6.

Turn the rain sensor off in auto-


matic car washes. If you do not,
damage may occur if the wipers switch
on unintentionally.<

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74nRear window defroster Cruise control
To store and maintain speed
or to accelerate
Press button 1 briefly:
The system records and maintains the
current vehicle speed. Every time you
tap the button, the speed increases by
approx. 0.6 mph (1 km/h).
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Press and hold button 1:
The vehicle accelerates without pres-
sure on the accelerator pedal. When
you release the button, the system
records and maintains the current
To activate You can store and automatically main- speed.
Press the button: The rear window de- tain any desired vehicle speed above
froster continues high-output operation approx. 20 mph (30 km/h). If, on a downhill gradient, the en-
for as long as the indicator lamp re- gine braking effect is not suffi-
mains on (rapid thaw). To activate the system cient, the controlled speed can be ex-
After the indicator lamp goes out, the In ignition key positions 1 and 2: ceeded. Speed may not be maintained
defroster continues operating at re- Press button 4, the indicator lamp in the on uphill grades if the engine output is
duced power for a limited period before instrument cluster comes on. You can insufficient.<
deactivating automatically. now use the cruise control.

To deactivate
If the indicator lamp is on, press the
button.

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To decelerate To resume the stored setting Do not use cruise control on twist-

Overview
Press button 2 briefly: Press button 3: ing roads, when high traffic den-
When the cruise control is active, The vehicle accelerates to and main- sity prevents driving at a constant
vehicle speed is reduced by approx. tains the last speed stored. When you speed, when the road surface is slick
0.6 mph (1 km/h) every time you briefly turn the ignition key to position 0, the (snow, rain, ice), or when the road sur-
press the button. stored speed is deleted from the sys- face is loose (rocks or gravel, sand).<

Controls
Press and hold button 2: tem's memory and the system is deacti-
With the cruise control active, the sys- vated.
tem automatically reduces the throttle To deactivate the system
opening to slow the vehicle. When you When the cruise control has been can-

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release the button, the system records celed, press button 4 again. The indica-
and maintains the current speed. tor lamp goes off and the memorized
speed is canceled.
To interrupt the cruise control
When the system is activated, press

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button 4. The indicator lamp stays on.
You can use the cruise control again as
desired.
In addition, cruise control is canceled
automatically:
> When you apply pressure to the
brake pedal
> If the automatic transmission selector
lever is moved from "D" to "N"
> If you exceed or fall below the pro-

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grammed speed for an extended pe-
riod (by depressing the accelerator,
for example).

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76nOdometer, outside temperature display Tachometer
3 Outside temperature display
The outside temperature appears in the
display panel as soon as you turn the
ignition key to position 1.
You can change the units of measure
(6/7) by
1 pressing and holding down the but-
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ton (arrow) with the ignition key in po-
sition 1
2 while turning the ignition key to 0.

1 Odometer Ice warning Never allow the engine to operate with


You can activate the displays shown in If the outside temperature drops to ap- the needle in the red overspeed zone of
the illustration with the ignition key in prox. +37.57 (+36), a warning signal the gauge.
position 0 by pressing the button in the sounds and the display flashes briefly.
To protect the engine, the engine-man-
instrument cluster (arrow). The warning is repeated whenever the agement system automatically inter-
temperature goes to at least +43 7 rupts the fuel supply in this range; the
2 Trip odometer (+66), and then drops to +37.5 7 resulting effect resembles that associ-
To reset the trip odometer to zero, (+36) again. ated with a sudden loss of power.
press the button (arrow) with the igni-
tion key in position 1 or 2. 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.<

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Energy control Fuel gauge 77n

Please refuel early, since driving

Overview
to the last drop of fuel can result in
damage to the engine and/or catalytic
converter.<

Controls
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Indicates current fuel consumption in When you switch on the ignition, the in-
mpg (in liters per 100 km on Canadian dicator lamp comes on briefly to con-
vehicles). This instrument clearly shows firm that the system is operational.
whether your current driving style is

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If the indicator lamp stays on, there are
conducive to economy and minimum approx.
exhaust emissions.
> BMW 740i/L 2.6 gallons (10 liters)
When the vehicle is stationary, the dis- > BMW 750iL 3.2 gallons (12 liters)
play goes to "Maximum" (zero on Cana-
remaining in the tank.
dian models).
Tank capacity: Refer to page 201.
Certain operating conditions (such as
those encountered in mountainous
areas) may cause the needle to fluctu-
ate slightly.

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78nTemperature gauge Service Interval Display
Between the blue and red zones
Normal operating range. It is not un-
usual for the needle to rise as far as the
edge of the red zone in response to
high outside temperatures or severe
operating conditions.
Checking coolant level: Refer to
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page 151.

Blue Green lamps


The engine is still cold. Drive at moder- The number of illuminated lamps de-
ate engine and vehicle speeds. creases as the time for your next main-
tenance visit approaches.
Red
When you switch on the ignition, the Yellow lamp
warning lamp comes on briefly to con- This field appears together with
firm that the system is operational. OILSERVICE or INSPECTION.
Lights up while driving, or the message Maintenance is due. Please contact
"COOLANT TEMPERATURE" appears your BMW center for an appointment.
in the Check Control: The engine is
overheated. Switch the engine off im- Red lamp
mediately and allow it to cool down. Maintenance is overdue.

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> STOP! ENGINE OILPRESS

Overview
Oil pressure too low. Stop the vehicle
and switch off the engine immedi-
ately. Refer to page 20.
> CHECK BRAKE FLUID
Indicates that brake fluid is down to

Controls
roughly minimum level. Top up the
brake fluid as soon as possible. Refer
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to page 152. Have the cause of the


brake fluid loss corrected by your
BMW center.

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> FLAT TIRE*
System malfunctions are reported in Priority 1 Reduce vehicle speed immediately
text form and alerts or warnings are and stop the vehicle. Avoid hard
These defects are immediately indi-
each reported by a gong when the igni- brake applications. Do not oversteer.
cated by a gong and a flashing warning
tion key is in position 2. Refer to page 98.
symbol (2). Several simultaneous de-

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> LEVEL CONTROL INACTIVE*
1 CHECK button fects will be displayed consecutively.
Please consult the nearest BMW cen-
2 Status report symbol These messages remain active until the
ter. Refer to page 134.
malfunction is corrected. They cannot
3 Display > SPEED LIMIT*
be cleared with CHECK button (1).
This is displayed if the programmed
Messages concerning system faults are > RELEASE PARKING BRAKE speed limit is exceeded.
differentiated based on two priorities: This message appears together with
an acoustic signal any time you begin
to drive and the parking brake is ap-
plied.
> COOLANT TEMPERATURE

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Coolant overheated. Stop the vehicle
and switch off the engine immedi-
ately.
Refer to pages 78, 151.

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80nCheck Control
Priority 2 > TIRE PRESSURE SET* > TRANS. FAILSAFE PROG
These alerts for problems are reported The RDC has imported the current in- Please consult the nearest BMW cen-
for 20 seconds when the ignition key is flation pressure in the tires as the tar- ter. Refer to pages 68, 71.
in position 2. The status reports remain get values which the system will > CHECK BRAKE LININGS
after the message disappears. You can monitor. Have the brake pads inspected by
view the message again by pressing the Refer to page 98. your BMW center. Refer to page 132.
CHECK button (1). > CHECK TIRE PRESSURE* > CHECK COOLANT LEVEL
Check and correct the tire inflation The coolant is too low. Top up at the
> TRUNK LID OPEN
pressure to specifications at the earli- next opportunity. Refer to page 151.
This message is given only when ini-
est opportunity (next stop for fuel). > ENGINE FAILSAFE PROG
tially starting off.
Refer to page 98. Fault in the Electronic Engine Power
> DOOR OPEN
> TIRE CHECK INACTIVE* Control EML. When braking, higher
This is displayed after a minimum
A temporary interference of the RDC brake application pressure may be
vehicle speed is exceeded.
or a system fault. Refer to page 99. necessary and brake pedal travel
> FASTEN SEAT BELTS*
> BRAKE LAMP CIRCUIT may be significantly longer.
In addition, the indicator lamp with
A bulb has failed or the circuit has a Please have the system inspected by
the safety belt symbol appears and
malfunction. Refer to pages 170, 179 your authorized BMW center.
an acoustic signal is heard.
or consult a BMW center.
> WASHER FLUID LOW
> CHECK LOWBEAMS
The washer fluid is too low. Top up
CHECK SIDE LAMPS
the fluid at the earliest opportunity.
CHECK REAR LAMPS
Refer to page 148.
CHECK FRONT FOGLAMPS
> CHECK ENGINE OIL
CHECK LICPLATE LAMP
Add engine oil as soon as possible.
CHECK TRAILER LIGHTS
Refer to page 149.
CHECK HIGHBEAMS
> OUTSIDE TEMPERATURE 247
CHECK BACKUP LAMPS
(–5.06)
Defective bulb or circuit. Refer to
This display is only an example. The
pages 167, 179 or consult a BMW
current reading appears at an outside
center.
temperature of 37.5 7 (+36) and
below. Refer also to page 76.

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Displays after completion of trip To monitor the Check Control

Overview
All of the malfunctions registered during With the ignition key in position 2, press
the trip appear consecutively when the CHECK button (1):
ignition key is turned to position 0. CHECK CONTROL OK appears in the
One of the following displays may ap- display.
pear:

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In this case, there are no faults in the
> LIGHTS ON systems which are monitored.
> KEY IN IGNITION LOCK
> CHECK ENGINE OIL LEV
Add engine oil at the next opportunity

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(next stop for fuel). Refer to page 149.
This message appears when you open
the driver's door after parking the vehi-
cle. A supplementary gong is also
heard.

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Even if the ignition key has been re-
moved and the display has gone off,
you can still retrieve these messages
with CHECK button (1) for approx. three
minutes after completion of your trip. If
there are multiple messages, continue
to press the CHECK button.

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82nMulti-Information Display (MID)
The MID serves as a central control and Implausible numbers are not
display unit for the following vehicle accepted.
systems: Any interruption in power supply will re-
> Digital clock (time, date, independent sult in the loss of all stored data. After
ventilation system) the power supply is restored, you will
> Sound system (radio, cassette, CD need to reset the time as well as any
player*) additional program data for the inde-
> Onboard computer (such as fuel con- pendent ventilation system, distance or

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sumption, cruising range) speed warning threshold.<
> Cellular phone* (dialing, for instance)

Sound system, digital clock,


onboard computer and
cellular phone
On the following pages you will find ex-
planations and information on how to
use the digital clock and the onboard
computer. Information on using the
sound system and the telephone are
contained in the Supplementary Oper-
ating Instructions.

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Digital clock 83n

To display the time and date

Overview
Press the digital clock function key.
When the ignition key is in position 0 or
removed, the time appears for eight
seconds; from ignition key position 1,
the time remains in the display.

Controls
Press the DATE key with the time acti-
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vated to display the date.


To display the time again, press the
digital clock function key.

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You can display the time in either a
From ignition switch position 1, you can 1 Sound system display (refer to the 12- or 24-hour scale. To change set-
make use of the following functions: Supplementary Operating Instruc- ting:
> Time and date tions)
1 Press the digital clock function key
2 Display for time and date

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> Program an hourly reminder (memo), 2 Press the scale selection key
for instance, to remind you of news 3 Tone symbol for active memo (12H/24H).
broadcasts function When you select the 12-hour mode,
> Independent ventilation system. AM or PM will appear on the right-hand
4 Sound system function key
side of the display panel.
5 Function key for the digital clock and
onboard computer
6 Entry and data-request keys for
sound system, digital clock and
onboard computer
7 Display for entry and data-request

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keys

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Programming a reminder signal To reset the time To reset the date
1 Press the digital clock function key 1 Press the digital clock function key 1 Press the digital clock function key
2 Press MEMO ON/OFF to activate/de- 2 Press the SET key; the dots in the 2 Press the DATE key.
activate the hourly signal. display start to flash The dots in the display and the word
When MEMO ON is active, a tone sym- 3 Enter the correct time with the DATE start to flash.
bol appears in the display and an – HRS + and – MIN + input keys
acoustic signal is provided 15 seconds 4 Confirm your entry by pressing the
before each full hour. SET key.

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To enter the time and date after a

Overview
power loss
1 Press the digital clock function key
The dots in the display start to flash.
2 Enter the correct time with the

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– HRS + and – MIN + input keys
3 Press the SET key. The clock starts
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4 Enter the date with the – DAY +,
– MONTH + and – YEAR + input keys
5 Press the SET key.

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3 Enter the date with the – DAY +, Independent ventilation system
– MONTH + and – YEAR + input keys
4 Confirm your entry by pressing the To enter activation times
SET key. You can preselect two different activa-

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Leap years are programmed into the tion times for the independent ventila-
system and therefore need not be taken tion system. The system switches off
into account. automatically after 30 minutes.
Refer to page 111 for important infor-
mation on using the independent venti-
lation system.

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86nDigital clock
To enter the second Activating/Deactivating
activation time switch-on times
The procedure is the same as that for After pressing the digital-clock function
setting the first activation time, except key, the entered activation times can be
you will press TIMER 2 for your selec- activated and deactivated by pressing
tion. the keys TIMER 1 or TIMER 2.
When active, the LED to the right of the
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To correct the time BC key comes on and an asterisk ap-


To enter a different time, press the keys pears at the left next to the time.
in the sequence described for the first/ The times remain stored until they are
second activation times. replaced by subsequent entries.
To enter the first activation time Calling up a preselected time
Before you can enter data, the ignition > For the first activation time, press the
key must be at position 1 and the digital keys in the sequence shown in the il-
clock must be visible in the display. lustration on the left
1 Press the keys as shown in the > For the second activation time, follow
illustration the same key sequence and press
2 Press the SET key. TIMER 2 key for your selection.
TIMER 1 flashes in the display.
3 Use the – HRS + and – MIN + keys to
enter the correct time
4 Confirm your entry by pressing the
SET key.
An asterisk appears next to the time
and the LED to the right of the BC key
comes on.

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Digital clock 87n

Ventilation mode

Overview
During ventilation, the LED to the right
of the BC key flashes and AIR OFF ap-
pears in the display. Pressing this key
switches off the ventilation mode and
the LED goes out.

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When a preselected activation
time is set, the independent venti-
lation system is operational at outside
temperatures above 60 7 (166), or by

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direct switch activation. It cannot be
switched on when the vehicle is mov- Direct control
ing.< Available only with ignition key at posi-
tion 1.

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Press the keys (AIR ON/AIR OFF) in the
sequence shown in the illustration.

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88nOnboard computer
Standard displays (no previous
data entries required)
Page
1 CONSUM 2 Two different aver-
age fuel consump-
tion calculations 89
RANGE Estimated cruising
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range 89
SPEED Average speed 90

The onboard computer operates at igni- 1 Sound system display (refer to the With previous data entries
tion key positions 1 and 2. Supplementary Operating Instruc-
DISTANCE- The remaining
tions)
Information for safe and economical ARR distance to the
driving can be called up for display. 2 Sound system function key destination with
You can use the key with the clock 3 Function key for digital clock and the estimated time
symbol to onboard computer of arrival 90
> display the time and date 4 Entry and data-request keys for LIMIT Speed warning
> program an hourly reminder signal sound system, digital clock and threshold 91
(Memo), to remind you of the next onboard computer CODE Code 92
news broadcast, for instance 5 Display for entry and data-request
> operate the independent ventilation In the interest of driving safety, you
keys
system. should always enter data with the vehi-
cle parked/stationary. The onboard
Refer to page 83 for information and computer starts its calculations as soon
details on using the digital clock. as the vehicle starts to move.
You can also use the remote control
unit to select information for display.
Refer to page 93.

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Onboard computer 89n

Please respond to this warning by refu-

Overview
eling at once to avoid serious damage
to the engine and catalytic converter.
When you refuel, the onboard computer
registers the additional fuel only when
more than 1.5 gallons (5 liters) are

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added.
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Average fuel consumption Estimated cruising range
The computer can calculate average Displays the estimated travel range
fuel consumption rates for two different available with the remaining fuel. The
distances at the same time (simulta- system calculates the cruising range

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neous data for an entire journey and for based on operating conditions and the
a single segment of it, for instance). amount of fuel remaining in the tank.
To start calculations for distance 1: The computer uses the average rate of
Press the keys in the sequence shown fuel consumption over the preceding
in the diagram. 18 miles (30 kilometers) as a reference.
To start calculations for distance 2: Data request:
The procedure is the same as that for Press the keys in the sequence shown
the first distance, except you will press in the illustration.
CONSUM 2 for your selection. A range of under 31 miles (50 kilome-
ters) is displayed in the Check Control

Data
The computer starts calculating fuel
consumption as soon as you start driv- in the instrument cluster.
ing.
Data request:

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Press the BC key and CONSUM 1 or 2.

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Average speed Distance remaining to destination To enter the distance
To start calculations: Data request: Press the keys in the sequence shown
Press the keys in the sequence shown Press BC and DIST. in the illustration on the left.
in the illustration. Displays the distance to the destination. The miles flash in the display.
Calculations begin after you start off. Available only if the total distance was Enter the distance with keys 0 – 9 and
Data request: Press BC and SPEED entered before the start of the journey. confirm with the SET key.
key. Use the CLR key to make corrections.
The display shows your average speed Press once to delete the final digit.
since the last time the SET key was Any additional mileage extending be-
pressed. Calculations are interrupted yond the total defined in the initial entry
whenever you shut down the engine. is indicated by a minus sign.
At speeds below 100 mph (100 km/h),
the display includes decimals.

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To enter the speed warning

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threshold
Press the keys in the sequence shown
in the illustration on the left.
The word MPH flashes in the display.
Enter the speed warning threshold with

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the 0 – 9 keys and confirm with the SET
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key.
Use the CLR key to make corrections.
Press once to delete the final digit.

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Estimated time of arrival Speed warning threshold (Limit) To deactivate the speed warning
Data request: Entry of a speed warning threshold > Press BC and then press LIMIT twice.
Press the keys in the sequence shown (Limit) will be indicated by the word The word LIMIT on the right side of the
in the illustration. LIMIT at the right in the display. display disappears, however the value

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Shows the estimated arrival time based Alerts you when you exceed the maxi- remains stored and can be reactivated
on current driving speed. mum speed that you entered earlier (for using the LIMIT key.

Functions only when you enter the trip instance, posted speed limit). Triggers
an acoustic signal, LIMIT flashes on the To adopt the current speed
distance (DIST) before the start of the as the limit
journey. right-hand side of the display, and the
stored limit appears in the instrument Press BC, LIMIT and SET twice.
cluster Check Control display panel for
approximately 3 seconds.
Vehicle speed must drop back to at
least 3 mph (5 km/h) below the pro-

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grammed speed warning threshold to
reset the system for repeat warnings.

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92nOnboard computer
To cancel with the ignition key at
position 1 or 2
A gong and the "CODE – – – –" display
prompt the code entry.
1 Use the keys to enter the code
number
2 Press the SET key.
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The system responds to attempts to
start the vehicle using an incorrect/no
code by preventing the engine from
starting.
Code Turn the ignition key to position 1 The time automatically appears after
You can program a code into the on- to set you enter the correct code and then
board computer for supplementary pro- 1 Use the 0 – 9 keys to enter the code confirm it by pressing SET.
tection against unauthorized attempts 2 Press the SET key Three incorrect entries will cause the
to start the engine or tamper with the 3 Turn the ignition key to position 0 or alarm to sound for 30 seconds.
vehicle. This feature provides you with remove it.
an extra measure of security extending If you press a different key of the on-
beyond that furnished by the vehicle im- board computer before you turn the ig-
mobilization system (refer to page 33). nition key to the 0 position, or if you
The system prevents the engine from turn the key to position 2, the code
starting. which has been entered will be deleted.
A code number is used to arm the sys- Code numbers from "0000" to "9999"
tem. The code is then required for sub- can be entered.
sequent starting attempts. Therefore: The code must be re-entered each time
Always remember the code number. the system is armed.
With the ignition key in position 1, press You can make corrections of the en-
the keys in the sequence shown in the tered numbers with the CLR key.
illustration. "CODE – – – –" will appear in
the display.

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If you wish to display all data:

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1 Press the control in the turn signal
lever until "Prog 1" appears in the
display
2 Press the SET key.
Data request:

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Briefly press the switch in the turn
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signal lever for each data request.

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Remote control
You can display all information for the
onboard computer and digital clock
with the switch in the turn signal lever.

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You can also display selected informa-
tion in the Check Control in the instru-
ment cluster following specific entries.
To enter:
1 Press the control in the turn signal
lever until "Prog 1" appears in the
display
2 Press the buttons on the MID in the
sequence in which you want the in-
formation to be displayed.

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The program number is counted in
the display every time information is
stored
3 Press the SET key.

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94nPark Distance Control (PDC)*
The system starts to operate automati- Acoustical signals
cally about one second after you move The distance to an obstruction in the
the selector lever to "R" when the igni- front is indicated by a higher interval
tion key is in position 2. It is similarly
tone, while the distance to an obstruc-
deactivated when you move the selec- tion in the rear is indicated by a deeper
tor lever position from the "R" position.tone. As the distance between vehicle
The indicator lamp in the button (arrow) and object decreases, the intervals be-
comes on to signal the active status.
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tween the tones become shorter. A


Manual activation/deactivation is possi- continuous tone indicates the pres-
ble using the button in the center ence of an object less than 1 ft (30 cm)
console (arrow) (indicator lamp comes away.
on/goes out). The system deactivates The warning signal is canceled after ap-
The PDC assists you when you are once the vehicle travels approximately prox. three seconds if the distance to
parking. Acoustic signals warn you 160 ft (50 m) or exceeds a speed of the obstruction remains constant during
of the distance to an obstacle. In addi- about 18 mph (30 km/h). It must then be this time (if you are moving parallel to a
tion, four ultrasonic sensors in each the switched on again as desired. wall, for instance).
front and rear bumpers measure the
System malfunctions are indicated by a
distance from the nearest object. The
short, continuous tone and a flashing
monitoring range for the four front sen-
indicator lamp (indicator lamp only
sors and that of the two rear corner
when the system is activated by shifting
sensors ends approx. 2 ft (60 cm)
the transmission into "R").
beyond the respective bumper. The two
center sensors cover a distance of Switch the system off and consult a
approx. 5 ft (1.50 m). BMW center to have the problem cor-
rected.

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Park Distance Control (PDC)* 95n

The PDC does not remove the Keep the sensors clean and free

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driver's personal responsibility for of ice or snow in order to ensure
evaluating the distance between the ve- that they continue to operate effectively.
hicle and any obstacles. Even when Do not apply high-pressure spray to the
sensors are involved, there is a blind sensors for a prolonged period of time.
spot in which objects cannot be de- Maintain an adequate distance of more

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tected. This applies especially in those than approx. 4 inches (10 cm).<
cases where the system approaches
the physical limits of ultrasonic mea-
surement, as occurs with tow bars and
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thin and painted objects.
Certain sources of sound, such as a
loud radio, could drown the PDC signal
tone.<

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96nASC+T/DSC

Automatic Stability Control plus Indicator lamp


Traction (ASC+T)/Dynamic The indicator light in the instru-
Stability Control (DSC) ment cluster goes out shortly af-
These systems help provide additional ter you switch on the ignition.
dynamic stability, particularly when ac- Refer to page 21.
celerating and cornering. Indicator lamp flashes:
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of the ASC+T. In addition to optimizing force and braking force.
vehicle stability and traction when ac- If the indicator lamp fails to go out after
celerating or starting from a standstill, the engine is started, or comes on
another benefit is realized in cornering during normal driving and stays on:
stability. Of course, this is subject to the There is a system malfunction or the
limits imposed by the laws of physics. To deactivate the system
system was deactivated with the but-
The system starts up automatically ton. You can continue to drive the vehi- Press the button (arrow); the indicator
each time you start the engine. cle normally, but without DSC. lamp comes on and stays on.
Consult your BMW center to have the Depending on equipment options, the
system repaired. button is marked with ASC or DSC.
With deactivated ASC+T/DSC you are
driving with conventional, unregulated
torque transfer.
In the following exceptional circum-
stances, it may be effective to deacti-
vate the DSC for a short period:
> When rocking the vehicle or starting
off in deep snow or on loose surfaces
> When driving with snow chains.
Refer also to page 133.

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ASC+T/DSC Electronic Damper Control (EDC)* 97n

To reactivate the system Sport program

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Press the button again; the indicator With the ignition key in position 2, press
lamp goes out. the EDC button (arrow). The indicator
lamp next to the S comes on.
The laws of physics cannot be re- The Sport program should be invoked
pealed, even with DSC. An appro- when you wish to have strictly perfor-

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priate driving style always remains the mance-oriented tuning of the running

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responsibility of the driver. We there- gear under all operating conditions.
fore urge you to avoid using the addi-
To switch to automatic adaptation:
tional safety margin of the system as an
Press the button again; the indicator
excuse for taking risks.<

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lamp goes out.
For additional details concerning The system automatically ensures
ASC+T/DSC, please refer to the chap- damping of the running gear on de-
ter describing "Advanced technology" mand and thus increases comfort and
on page 189. driving safety.

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Automatic adaptation
Automatic adaptation is activated after
every engine start. It can be maintained
throughout the entire vehicle speed
range and for all load conditions. If op-
erating parameters (road-surface qual-
ity, driving conditions such as steering,
braking, others) change, the damping
system adapts automatically to the new

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98nTire Pressure Control (RDC)*
The concept Loss of tire pressure
RDC monitors the tire pressures at all If, after a certain period of time, the air
four wheels, even when the vehicle is pressure has gone down significantly
moving. The system provides an alert (which is normal for any tire), the mes-
whenever the inflation pressure drops sage "CHECK TIRE PRESSURE" ap-
significantly below the specified pres- pears in the Check Control.
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In order for the RDC to "learn" the cor- tires inflated to the specified pressures
rect tire inflation pressure, check the in- as soon as possible.
flation pressure in all tires. Refer to the
table of "Tire inflation pressures" on If you are prompted to check the
page 29 and make corrections if neces- tire pressure shortly after a cor-
sary. Then activate the system. Activate the system rection has been made, this indicates
The Check Control will inform you if the 1 Turn the ignition key to position 2 that the corrected values were not ac-
tire pressure is not correct. (do not start the engine) curate. Please check the inflation pres-
2 Press and hold the button (arrow) un- sure again and make corrections ac-
til the message "SET TIRE PRES- cording to the inflation pressure table.<
SURE" appears in the Check Control
3 After you have driven for a few min-
utes, the RDC will import the current
inflation pressure in the tires as the
target values which the system will
monitor.
You will only have to repeat this proce-
dure if the tire inflation pressure must
be corrected. Otherwise, the RDC func-
tions automatically when the ignition
key is in position 2, and thus operates
whenever the vehicle is driven.

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Flat tire The RDC cannot alert you to se- System interference

Overview
If there is a tire failure with a loss of air vere and sudden tire damage During the period of the malfunction,
pressure, the message "TIRE DEFECT" caused by external factors.< the message "TIRE CONTROL INAC-
appears in the Check Control. In addi- TIVE" appears in the Check Control.
tion, a gong sounds. Have the tires changed by your
You will also see the same message
BMW center.
If this occurs, reduce vehicle speed im-

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Your BMW center has been trained to > in the event of a system fault
mediately and stop the vehicle in a safe > if a wheel is mounted without the
work with the RDC system and is
location. Avoid hard brake applications. RDC electronics
equipped with the necessary special
Do not oversteer. Replace the wheel > if, in addition to the spare tire, addi-
tools to do so.<
and flat tire. tional wheels with RDC electronics

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are on board.
The spare tire which is available in
Please contact your BMW center for
your vehicle as standard equip-
additional information.
ment is equipped with the electronics
required for RDC and, following activa-

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tion of the system, is also monitored af-
ter it is mounted.<

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100nParking lamps/Low beams Instrument panel lighting
"Follow-me-home lighting:"
If you actuate the headlamp
flasher after you have parked the vehi-
cle and shut off the engine, the low
beams will remain on for a brief period.
You can also have this function deacti-
vated.<
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"LIGHTS ON" warning
In ignition key position 0, a message
appears in the Check Control after the
driver's door is opened if the head-
Parking lamps lamps have not been switched off . Turn the rotary dial to adjust the illumi-
With the switch in this position, nation intensity.
vehicle lighting is illuminated on Daytime-running lamp*
both sides. For lighting on one The headlamps are automatically
side for parking: Refer to page 101. switched on for daylight running at
ignition key position 2.
Low beams
When you switch the ignition off
with the low beam headlamps
on, only the side lamps (side
marker lamps) will remain on.
When the low beams are switched on,
the interior door handles are lighted.
The brightness is controlled by the in-
strument panel lighting.

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Overview
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1 High beam Front fog lamps
2 Headlamp flasher A green indicator lamp appears
(blue indicator lamp) in the instrument cluster to
indicate that the front fog lamps

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3 Parking lamps
are on.
Parking lamp, left or right* If the high beam is switched on, the fog
With the ignition key in position 0, en- lamps go out.
gage the lever in the appropriate turn-
signal position. The lever engages in
the turn signal position.

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102nInterior lamps Reading lamps
Footwell lamps
The footwell lamps operate in the same
way as the interior lamps.
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The interior lamps operate automati- The reading lamps are located in the
cally. front near the interior lamp and in the
rear. They can be switched on and off
Switching interior lamps on with the switch adjacent to each lamp.
and off manually
Press the button (arrow). In order to conserve the battery,
all of the lamps in the vehicle
If you want the interior lamps to remain
are switched off automatically approx.
off continuously, maintain pressure on
15 minutes after the ignition key is
the button for approximately 3 seconds.
turned to position 0.<
Press the button briefly to revert to nor-
mal operation.
The orientation lamps on the right and
left of the button for interior lamps
come on when the side lamps are
switched on.

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Overview
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1 Air flow directed against windshield 11 Automatic air distribution –

Overview
and door windows right-hand side 106
2 Air flow toward the upper body 12 Air supply – right-hand side 107
The rotary dials allow infinitely-vari- 13 Automatic recirculated-air control
able regulation of the air supply, (AUC) 107
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14 Air conditioner 106
and temperature regulation.
(Change air-flow direction in the 15 Rear window defroster 74, 107
rear passenger area with the levers 16 Defrosting the windows and remove
in the center of the vent.) In the condensation 106
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17 Air grill for interior temperature
upper center of the instrument
sensor – please keep clear and
panel only 108
unobstructed
3 Front footwell ventilation
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the rear footwell as well
4 Automatic air distribution –
left-hand side 106
5 Individual air distribution –
left-hand side 106
6 Temperature control –
left-hand side 107
7 Temperature and air flow display,
left- and right-hand sides 107
8 Temperature control –

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right-hand side 107
9 Cooling and residual heat
mode 107, 108

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10 Individual air distribution –
right-hand side 106

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106nAutomatic climate control
Tips for pleasant driving Automatic air distribution To defrost windshield and door
Use the automatic system, i.e., press The AUTO program as- windows
AUTO button 4. Select an interior tem- sumes the adjustment of This program quickly removes
perature that is comfortable for you – the air distribution and the air supply for ice and condensation from the
we recommend 727 (226) as a com- you and in addition adapts the temper- windshield and the side windows.
fortable setting. When the outside tem- ature to external influences (summer,
perature is above 417 (56), you can winter) to meet preferences you can Air conditioner
also use the air conditioning system 14. specify. This program maintains a com- The air is cooled and dehumidi-
This will dry the air and prevent window fortable in-car climate regardless of the fied and – depending on the tem-
fogging, for example if people are wear- season. Select an interior temperature perature setting – warmed again when
ing damp clothes in the vehicle. Set the that is comfortable for you – we recom- the air conditioner system is switched
outlets 2 so that the air flows past you mend 727 (226) as a comfortable on.
and does not flow directly at you. Set setting. Depending on the weather, the wind-
the rotary dial between the air outlets 2 The temperature setting and the word shield may fog over briefly when the en-
for the upper body to a medium posi- "AUTO" for the air flow appear in the gine is started.
tion, since air that is somewhat cooler display 7 (refer to the overview on At outside temperatures below approx.
promotes driving without fatigue. page 104). Open the ventilation outlet 417 (56), switch off the air condi-
The following description will guide you for the upper body area. Switch on the tioner. This will help to prevent the win-
through additional individual settings. air conditioner in warm weather. The dows from fogging up.
maximum cooling capacity is achieved If the windows fog over immediately af-
Your BMW center can adjust the when you set the rotary dial 3 (refer to ter the air conditioner is switched off,
settings of your vehicle in such a page 108) to cold. switch it back on.
manner that, when you unlock the vehi-
cle via remote control with your person- Individual air distribution Condensation forms in the air
alized key, your own setting for the au- You can cancel the AUTO conditioner system during opera-
tomatic climate control is initiated.< program by selecting spe- tion, which then exits under the vehicle.
cific distribution patterns to Traces of condensed water of this kind
suit your own individual re- are thus normal.<
quirements. You can direct
air to flow onto the windows , toward
the upper body , and into the footwell
.

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Cooling If you have a multi-function steering You can set uncontrolled heater

Overview
Press this button. From ig- wheel with the AUC button (refer to output at up to 90 7 (326). Full
nition key position 1 and page 23), you can also switch between cooling output is available from the air
higher, the program switches to maxi- "OFF" and AUC from there. conditioner down to 60 7 (166).<
mum cooling.
In ignition key position 0, pressing the If the windows fog over in the re- Air supply

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button activates the residual heat circulated-air mode, switch this The air flow is controlled
mode. Refer to page 108. mode off and increase the air supply as automatically in the "AUTO"
required.< program. AUTO will appear in the dis-
Automatic recirculated-air control play 7. Refer to the overview on
(AUC) Rear window defroster page 104. Use "+" and "–" to vary the

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You can respond to unpleasant When the rear window defroster air flow. When your setting is displayed
external odors by temporarily is activated, the indicator lamp by bars, the automatic air flow is
stopping the flow of outside air. The comes on. The rear window defroster switched off. Automatic air distribution
system then recirculates the air cur- switches off automatically. maintains its setting. You can reactivate
the automatic air flow by pressing the

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rently within the vehicle. Press the but-
ton repeatedly to run through the fol- Temperature "AUTO" button.
lowing control sequence: You can make individual When you press "–" during operation at
> Indicator lamps off: Fresh air flows temperature settings on the minimum blower speed, all displays are
into the vehicle driver's side and the front passenger canceled: The fan, heating and air con-
> Left-hand indicator lamp on – AUC side. Your settings will be shown in the ditioner are switched off. The outside
mode: The system detects pollutants display 7. The displayed temperatures air supply is closed. You can reactivate
in the outside air and responds by are reference values for the interior the system by pressing any button of
deactivating the outside air flow temperature. We recommend 727 the automatic climate control.
when required. The system then re- (226) as a comfortable setting,
circulates the air currently within the whether the air conditioner is operating

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vehicle or not. When you start the vehicle, the
> Right-hand indicator lamp on: The system ensures that the selected tem-
flow of external air into the vehicle is perature is achieved as quickly as pos-
permanently blocked. The system sible. It then maintains this tempera-

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then recirculates the air currently ture, regardless of the season.
within the vehicle.

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Residual heat mode Rotary dial 3 allows you to temper the
The heat which is stored in air flow from these outlets by adding
the engine is utilized for heat or cooling as desired:
heating the interior when the engine > Turn toward blue – colder
has been switched off (while waiting at > Turn toward red – warmer
a railroad crossing, for instance). To adjust the rear compartment vents:
In ignition key position 1, you can alter Use the rotary dial on the left to close or

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the settings of the automatic climate open the vent for any desired air flow.
control. In ignition key position 0, the You can adjust the temperature with the
system automatically directs heated air right rotary dial in the same manner as
to the windshield, side windows and the adjustment for the front ventilation
footwells. outlets.
Draft-free ventilation Use the levers at the centers of the vent
This function may be activated You can adjust the vent outlets for the outlets to control the direction of the
when the outside temperature is upper body area for individual selection emerging air.
below approx. 59 7 (156), the engine of air-flow rates and directions:
is at operating temperature, and the You can open and close the ventilation
battery is adequately charged.< outlets with infinitely-variable adjust-
ments and direct them up or down with
the rotary dials 1. In the closed position,
air exits only at the upper center of the
instrument panel. You can use the le-
vers (2) to adjust the flow direction from
side to side.
Set the outlets so that the air flows past
you and is not directed straight at you.

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Automatic climate control Rear passenger-area air conditioning* 109n

Microfilter, activated-charcoal 2 Temperature

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filter The rear passengers can adjust the
The microfilter removes dust and pollen temperature for the ventilation outlets
from the incoming air. The activated- which are positioned above the con-
charcoal filter provides additional pro- trols as desired. The figures in the dis-
tection by filtering gaseous pollutants play provide a general indication of in-

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from the outside air. Your BMW center terior temperature. We recommend

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replaces the filter assemblies as a stan- 727 (226) as a comfortable setting,
dard part of your scheduled mainte- whether the air conditioner is operating
nance. A substantial reduction in air or not. When you start the vehicle, the
flow indicates that the filter needs to be system ensures that the selected tem-

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replaced early. perature is achieved as quickly as pos-
1 Display for temperature and air sible. It then maintains this tempera-
supply ture, regardless of the season.
2 Temperature/
3 Air supply

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Switching the system on
3 Air supply/ When you press "–" in the lowest
Switching the system on blower speed, all of the displays are
canceled: This setting deactivates the
blower and shuts off the air supply. You
can then switch the rear air conditioner
back on by pressing the button again.
The air flow in the rear will vary accord-
ing to the settings selected at the front.

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110nSeat heating* Steering wheel heating*
Rear seat heating*
The switches are located at the rear of
the center console, beneath the air
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The seat cushion and backrest can To activate and cancel the steering
be heated with the ignition key in posi- wheel heater, press the button (arrow)
tion 2. with the ignition key in position 2.
You can call up different heating modes The lamp within the button lights up
by repeatedly pressing the keys. when the steering wheel heater is in op-
The highest heating mode is on when eration.
the three indicator lamps are lit; one If you have a multi-function steering
lamp is lit for lowest heating. Tempera- wheel without steering wheel heating,
ture regulation in each mode is with a the button for the recirculated-air mode
thermostat. is in this location (refer to page 23).
You can also switch the higher heating
modes off directly:
Press the key and hold it slightly longer.

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This system uses the automatic climate

Overview
control system blower to ventilate the
passenger compartment and reduce in-
terior temperatures while the vehicle is
parked.
The independent ventilation system is

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operated via the Multi-Information Dis-
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play (MID) or the onboard computer.


Refer to the separate Operating In-
structions of the onboard computer.

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You can preselect the activation time
for a 30-minute ventilation cycle, or you
To actuate, press the button briefly with can switch the system on and off manu-
the ignition key position 1 and higher. ally with the ignition key at position 1.
Since the system uses a substantial
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amount of electrical current, you should
windows* refrain from activating it twice in suc-
Use the strap to extract the blinds, then cession without allowing the battery to
suspend them in the attachment pro- be recharged in normal operation be-
vided. tween use.
When a preselected activation time is
set, the independent ventilation system
is operational at outside temperatures
above 607 (166), or by direct switch
activation. It cannot be switched on
when the vehicle is moving.

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The air emerges via the vent outlets for
the upper body. Therefore, the vents
must be open for the system to oper-
ate.

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112nBMW Universal Transmitter*
The concept To Canadian residents: Checking for the conversion code
The BMW Universal Transmitter re- During programming, your hand- To determine whether the original
places up to three hand-held transmit- held transmitter may automatically stop hand-held transmitter is provided with a
ters of different devices such as ga- transmitting after two seconds, which conversion-code system, you may ei-
rage-door openers, alarm systems, or may not be long enough to program the ther read the instructions for the origi-
door locking systems. The BMW Uni- BMW Universal Transmitter. If you are nal hand-held transmitter or program a
versal Transmitter recognizes and programming from one of these hand- channel key as described on page 113
"learns" the transmitted signal of each held transmitters, the Universal Trans- (left-hand column under "Program-
of the original hand-held transmitters. mitter's light may begin to flash in a se- ming").
ries of double-blinks. If this occurs,
The signal of an original hand-held Then press and hold the programmed
continue to hold the button on the Uni-
transmitter can be programmed on one channel key of the BMW Universal
versal Transmitter while you reactivate
of the three channel keys. Following Transmitter. If the indicator lamp of the
your hand-held transmitter. You may
that, each of the devices can be actu- BMW Universal Transmitter flashes for
have to repeat this function several
ated with the appropriately-program- two seconds and then comes on
times while programming.<
med channel key. Transmission of the steadily, the original hand-held trans-
signal is signaled by the indicator lamp. mitter is provided with a conversion-
Before programming, read the
If the vehicle is sold, the memory of the code system. With a conversion-code
"User information" section on
channel keys should be cleared as de- system, program the channel keys as
page 114.<
scribed on page 114. described on page 113 (right-hand col-
umn under "Programming a hand-held
Original hand-held transmitter
During programming and before transmitter with conversion code").
If this symbol is present on the
every remote actuation of a pro-
packaging or in the instructions If you have additional questions,
grammed device by the BMW Universal
of the original hand-held trans- please consult your BMW center
Transmitter, check to be sure that there
mitter, it may be assumed that this or call 1-800-355-3515.<
are no persons, animals or objects
hand-held transmitter is compatible
within the actuation range of the device
with the BMW Universal Transmitter.
in order to prevent possible injuries or
damage. Also, comply with the safety
precautions of the original hand-held
transmitter.<

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Programming a hand-held

Overview
transmitter with conversion code

Read and comply with the safety


precautions on page 112.<

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When programming the BMW Universal
Transmitter, consult the instructions for
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the specific device. For using the BMW
Universal Transmitter with a conver-
sion-code system, note the following

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supplemental programming instruc-
Programming 3 Hold the original hand-held transmit- tions:
1 Channel keys ter toward the receiver 3 a maximum
of 2 inches (5 cm) away A second person facilitates pro-
2 Indicator lamp gramming of the BMW Universal
4 Press the transmission key of the

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3 Receiver for programming original hand-held transmitters Transmitter.<
(arrow 2) and the desired channel key
Read and comply with the safety of the BMW Universal Transmitter
precautions on page 112.< (arrow 1) simultaneously. Release
both keys as soon as the indicator
1 Ignition key position 2 lamp flashes rapidly
2 For initial use: Press and hold both 5 To program other original hand-held
outside keys 1 until the indicator transmitters, repeat steps 3 and 4.
lamp 2 flashes, and then release
The corresponding channel key is now
them. The three channel keys are
programmed with the signal of the orig-
cleared

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114nBMW Universal Transmitter*
1 Program the BMW Universal Trans- Clearing the channel keys User information
mitter as described previously under Do not use this BMW Universal Trans-
"Programming" Read and comply with the safety mitter with any garage door opener that
2 Press and hold the programming key precautions on page 112.< lacks safety "stop" and "reverse" fea-
on the receiver of the device for ap- tures as required by federal safety stan-
proximately two seconds until the The memory of individual channel keys dards (this includes any garage door
programming light on the device cannot be cleared. However, the three opener model manufactured before
comes on channel keys can be cleared together April 1, 1982).
3 Press the desired channel key of the as follows:
This device complies with Section 15 of
BMW Universal Transmitter three > Press and hold both outside keys of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to
times. the BMW Universal Transmitter until the following two conditions: As de-
the indicator lamp flashes, and then fined in the regulations, this device
If you have additional questions, release them. must not emit harmful interference, and
please consult your BMW center
All of the channel keys are cleared. must be shielded against interference
or call 1-800-355-3515.<
from external sources to prevent unau-
thorized or inadvertent activation.

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Glove compartment Center armrests 115n

To lock

Overview
Use one of the master keys. A master
key is also required for unlocking.

For example, if you turn over only


your door and ignition key 3 for

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valet parking (refer to page 32), access
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380de065
to the glove compartment is not possi-
ble.<

To prevent injury in the event of an

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accident, close the glove com-
To open partment immediately after use.< Rear armrest
Pull the handle down. The lighting will Pull the strap to fold down the armrest.
be switched on. Rechargeable flashlight
To open the storage compartment: Lift

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It is also possible to swivel out the Located on the left-hand side of the the button (arrow).
glove compartment after opening for glove compartment.
improved driver access. Features integral overload-protection,
so it can be left in its holder continu-
To close ously.
Push the lid up after repositioning.
Be sure that the flashlight is
switched off when it is inserted
into its holder. Failure to comply with
this precaution could lead to over-
charging and damage.<

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116nCenter armrests
2 Actuation of the power rear window
blind
3 Front passenger side shoulder
support
4 Power adjustment, front passenger's
seat
5 Seat memory for the front passenger

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Multifunction armrest, rear* Front armrest


In order to operate certain functions Press the button at the front for front/
from the rear seat, corresponding con- rear adjustment (arrow 1).
trols are integrated into the center arm- Press the side-mounted buttons for
rest. access to the storage compartments
Fold out the armrest and open the (arrows 2).
cover. Refer to "Rear armrest."
The illustration shows the maximum
possible number of controls, corre-
sponding to a full range of optional
equipment. Refer to the descriptions of
the individual accessories for additional
details on the equipment options.
1 Multi-Information Display for operat-
ing the radio and onboard computer
(with limited function range)

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Additional storage areas Cup holders Cellular phone* 117n

Front storage compartment on slanted

Overview
surface of center console:
To open, press the recess at the top,
press to close.
This storage area can be ordered with
an optional CD or cassette holder.

Controls
Storage compartment on center con-

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sole between the front seats:
To open, reach into the recess at the
front and pull upward.

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When a cellular phone is installed, a
small storage compartment is provided
There are holders for two beverage Handsfree system
on each side of the phone. Press the
containers in a tray in the center con- On vehicles that are wired for a tele-
side button to open.
sole as well as in the face of the rear phone*, the cover for the handsfree
A rotating coin holder is located on the seat bench near the center seat posi- speaker is located in the headliner near

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right under the radio cover. tion. the interior lamp.
You will find additional storage com- To open, press against the upper For further information on the cellular
partments in all of the doors as well as recess; apply pressure and slide back phone, refer to the separate Operating
on the backrests of the front seats. to close. Instructions.

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380de063
To open To empty Rear
Press gently on the recess (arrow). Press button (arrow 1): You can now To open: Press the recess at the top.
To extinguish a cigarette, tap off the pull the ashtray upward for removal. To empty: Pull the ashtray out.
ash and gently press the tip into the
funnel.

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Cigarette lighter socket You can detach the footrests to place

Overview
Suitable for attaching power supplies to them in any desired position within the
hand-held lamps, car vacuum clean- footwell.
ers, etc., up to a rating of approximately
200 watts at 12 volts. Avoid damage to
the socket caused by inserting plugs of

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different shapes or sizes.
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Nonsmoker's equipment
package*

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On vehicles with the nonsmoker's
equipment package, the socket is con-
Push the lighter in (arrow 2). Remove as cealed by a cover panel.
soon as the lighter pops out.
For access to the socket: Lift the cover
panel off.
Cigarette lighter for rear

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passengers
At the rear of the center console.

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 opera-
tional when the ignition key has been
removed. For this reason, children

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should never be left in the car unat-
tended.<

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120nSki bag*
Designed for safe, convenient transport
of 3 to 4 pairs of skis.
The supplementary length provided by
the ski bag in combination with the
space in the luggage compartment
makes it possible to transport skis of up
to 6.8 ft (2.10 m) in length. Because of

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380de068
the tapered shape of the ski bag, it can
only accommodate two pairs of skis
with a length of 6.8 ft (2.10 m).

Lower the center armrest Loading


Fold the center armrest completely out. 1 Press the release button (arrow 1)
Detach the Velcroâ strip holding the The cover panel in the luggage
center cover in position and place it on compartment is unlocked
the armrest. 2 Press the detent lever (arrows 2)
Gently raise the front of the armrest and together and fold the cover forward
press the two levers inward (arrows): 3 Extend the ski bag between the
The armrest drops down against the front seats. The zipper provides
surface of the seat. convenient access to stored items.
It may be opened to allow the ski
Before loading the ski bag, the bag to dry.
center armrest must be com-
pletely lowered.<

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Overview
Controls
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4 From the inside of the luggage com- Secure the bag's contents by
partment, use the magnetic retainers tightening down the strap with the
to attach the cover panel to the un- buckle.<
derside of the rear parcel tray.

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Please ensure that the skis are clean To store the ski bag, perform the above
before loading them into the bag. Take steps in reverse sequence. The center
care to avoid damage from sharp armrest automatically returns to its orig-
edges. inal position when you fold it back.

An unsecured ski bag could lead


to loss of vehicle control and to
personal injury in the event of an acci-
dent.<

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122nCargo loading Roof-mounted luggage rack*
Always position and secure the A special luggage system is available
load correctly, otherwise it can as an option for your BMW. Please
endanger the passengers in the event comply with the precautions included
of braking, swerving or in a crash. with the installation instructions.
Do not exceed the permissible gross Because roof racks raise the center of
weight and the permissible axle loads gravity of the car when loaded, they ex-
(refer to page 200). If you do so, the ercise a major effect on its handling and
operating safety of the vehicle is no
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steering response.
longer ensured, and you are in violation You should therefore always remember
of the law. not to exceed the approved roof
Do not stow heavy or hard objects in weight, the approved gross vehicle
the passenger compartment unless weight or the axle weights when load-
Securing the load they are properly secured. Improperly ing the rack. You will find the specifica-
secured objects would be thrown tions under "Technical Data" on
> Secure smaller, light pieces with the
around during braking and evasive ma- page 200.
retaining straps or with a luggage
neuvers and endanger the occupants.<
compartment net or elastic straps Make sure that the load is not too
(refer to page 41) heavy, and attempt to distribute it
> For large, heavy pieces, see your evenly. Always load the heaviest pieces
BMW center for load-securing de- first (on the bottom). Make sure there is
vices*. Lashing eyes are provided at sufficient space to raise the sliding/tilt
the corners of the luggage compart- sunroof.
ment for attaching these load-secur-
ing devices (refer to the illustration)
> Comply with the information en-
closed with the load-securing de-
vices.

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Secure the roof luggage correctly and

Overview
tightly to prevent it from shifting or be-
ing lost during driving (danger to follow-
ing traffic).
Drive smoothly: Avoid sudden accelera-
tion and braking maneuvers, corner

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gently.
The roof load increases aerodynamic
resistance: Increased fuel consumption
and additional stresses on the vehicle's

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body result from this.

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Special operating instructions: Under the hood: Overview

Overview
Break-in procedure 126 Hood 143
Driving notes 127 Engine compartment 144
Catalytic converter 128 Washer fluids 148
Antilock Brake System Washer nozzles 148
(ABS) 129 Engine oil 149 Controls and features

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Disc brakes 130 Coolant 151
Brake system 132 Brake fluid 152
Winter operation 132 Vehicle Identification
Power steering 134 Number 153
Level control system 134 Operation, care

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Care and maintenance:
Cellular phone 135
The BMW Maintenance and maintenance
Radio reception 135
System 154
Wheels and tires: Caring for your car 155
Tire inflation pressure 136 Airbags 161 Owner service procedures

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Tire condition 136 Vehicle storage 161
Tire replacement 137
Laws and regulations:
Tire rotation 137
Technical modifications to the
Wheel and tire
combinations 139
vehicle 162 Advanced technology
OBD connector 163
Winter tires 140
Snow chains 141
Approved wheel and tire
specifications 142 Technical Data

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126nBreak-in procedure
To ensure that your vehicle provides Tires Brake system
maximum economy throughout a long Due to technical factors associated Approximately 300 miles (500 km) must
service life, we request that you comply with their manufacture, tires do not elapse before the brake pads and ro-
with the following: achieve their full traction potential until tors achieve the optimal pad-surface
an initial break-in period has elapsed. and wear patterns required for trouble-
Engine and differential For this reason, drive with extra care free operation and long service life later
Up to 1,200 miles (2,000 km): during the initial 200 miles (300 km). on.
Drive at varying engine speeds and Comply with all local, state and federal To break-in the separate parking brake
road speeds, but do not exceed maximum speed laws. drums, apply the parking brake lightly
4500 rpm and/or 105 mph (170 km/h) when coasting to a standstill (at a traffic
during this initial period. When the vehicle is operated on signal, for instance), provided that traf-
Comply with all local, state and federal wet or slushy roads, a wedge of fic conditions allow you to do so.
maximum speed laws. water may form between the tire and To avoid corrosion, repeat this proce-
Refrain from using full throttle and avoid the road surface. This phenomenon is dure from time to time.
pressing the accelerator beyond the referred to as aquaplaning, or hydro-
kickdown point. planing, and can lead to partial or com- The brake lamps do not come on
plete loss of traction, vehicle control when the parking brake is applied.
Once 1,200 miles (2,000 km) have
and braking effectiveness. Reduce your Vacuum for the brake system servo unit
elapsed, engine speeds and road
speed on wet roads.< on your BMW is available only when the
speeds can gradually be increased.
engine is running. When you move the
You should also comply with these car with the engine shut off – when tow-
break-in procedures if the engine or dif- ing, for instance – substantially higher
ferential is replaced later in the course levels of pedal force will be required to
of the vehicle service life. brake the vehicle.<

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Driving notes 127n

Brakes: Rear package tray:

Overview
Do not drive with your foot resting Never use the rear package tray to
on the brake pedal. Even light but con- store heavy or bulky objects. If you do
sistent pedal pressure can lead to high so, such objects could pose the risk of
temperatures, brake wear and possibly injury to vehicle occupants during brak-
even brake failure. ing or evasive maneuvers, or in a crash.

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Aquaplaning: Clothes hooks:
When driving on wet or slushy roads, When hanging articles of clothing from
reduce road speed. If you do not, a the hooks, be sure that they will not ob-
wedge of water can form between tires struct the driver's vision. Do not hang
and road surface. This phenomenon is heavy objects on the hooks. If you do

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referred to as aquaplaning or hydro- so, such objects could pose the risk of
planing. It is characterized by a partial personal injury during braking or eva-
or complete loss of contact between sive maneuvers, for example.<
the tires and the road surface. The ulti-
mate results are loss of steering and

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braking control.
Driving through water:
Do not drive through water more than
1 foot (30 cm) deep. If you must drive
through water accumulations up to that
depth, drive only at walking speed, oth-
erwise damage to the engine, the elec-
trical system and the transmission can
occur.

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128nCatalytic converter
The catalytic converter reduces harmful > Avoid other situations in which the Be sure to comply with the in-
exhaust emissions, and is designed for fuel is not burned, or burns incom- structions above to prevent un-
use with unleaded fuel only. pletely, such as engaging the starter burned fuel from reaching the catalytic
Even minute quantities of lead would be frequently or for extended periods, or converter. Otherwise there is danger of
enough to permanently damage both repeated start attempts in which the overheating and damage to the cata-
the catalytic converter and the system's engine does not start (stopping and lytic converter.
oxygen sensor. restarting an engine which is running Extreme temperatures occur at the
properly does not present a problem). catalytic converter on this and every
To ensure efficient, trouble-free engine
Never let the engine run with any of catalyst-equipped vehicle. Heat shields
operation and avoid potential damage:
the spark plug cables disconnected. are installed adjacent to some sections
> Be sure to comply with the scheduled of the exhaust system. Never remove
maintenance requirements these shields; do not apply undercoat-
> Fill the fuel tank well before it is ing to their surfaces. When driving,
empty standing at idle, and parking the vehi-
> If you have problems starting the cle, take care to avoid contact between
engine, use jumper cables (you can- the exhaust system and flammable ma-
not tow-start the vehicle with an terials (grass, hay, leaves, etc.). Such
automatic transmission) contact could lead to a fire, resulting in
personal injury and property damage.<

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Antilock Brake System (ABS) 129n

The concept Braking with ABS On road surfaces that have a loose

Overview
ABS enhances active safety by helping The system becomes operative once surface layer on a firm base with good
to prevent the wheels from locking dur- the vehicle exceeds a speed of approx. traction (on gravel or snow, for in-
ing brake applications. The reason: 6 mph (10 km/h). The ABS is deactivated stance), braking distances may be
Locked wheels are dangerous. When whenever the vehicle's speed drops longer than with locked wheels. This is
the front wheels slide, the driver loses back below approx. 4 mph (6 km/h). This also true if snow chains are mounted.

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steering control over the vehicle. Trac- means that the wheels can lock in the fi- However, ABS continues to provide
tion loss at the rear wheels can cause nal phase of a panic stop – a factor of no enhanced vehicle stability and steering
the rear end to break into an uncon- significance in actual use. response under these conditions.
trolled skid. If you are in a situation that requires full
With ABS, you will achieve the shortest- braking, you will exploit the full benefits

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possible braking distances under all of the ABS system if you apply maximum
given conditions (braking while driving brake pressure ("panic stop"). Since the
straight ahead or in curves, different vehicle maintains steering responsive-
road surfaces). ness, you can avoid possible obstacles
with a minimum of steering effort, de-

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ABS is designed to meet two essential
spite the full brake application.
requirements during every brake appli-
cation: The ABS system's closed-loop control
circuit cycles in fractions of a second.
> To help provide vehicle stability A pulsation at the brake pedal, together
> To help maintain steering control and with the sounds associated with the
maneuverability – on all types of road hydraulic controls, tells you that the
surfaces (asphalt, concrete, mud, wet brake system is within its maximum
pavement, snow, ice). limit range and reminds you that you
should adapt road speed to the road
conditions.

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130nAntilock Brake System (ABS) Disc brakes
Information for your safety In the event of a fault Disc brakes furnish optimum decelera-
Not even ABS can suspend the laws of If the ABS warning lamp in the tion and braking control and greater
physics. ABS alone cannot prevent instrument cluster comes on, re- fade resistance under heavy use.
accidents when the brakes are applied fer to page 21. The brake sys- When the vehicle is driven only occa-
without an adequate safety distance tem then reverts to conventional sionally, during extended periods when
between vehicles, if the vehicle is operation as on vehicles without the vehicle is not used at all, and in op-
driven with excessive speed, or if aqua- ABS. However, have the brake erating conditions where brake applica-
planing occurs. Responsibility for these system checked by your BMW center tions are less frequent, there is an in-
types of situations remains in the hands as soon as possible. To prevent unde- creased tendency for corrosion of the
(and at the feet) of the driver. You tected defects and cumulative faults rotors and accumulation of contamina-
should never allow the added safety of from adversely affecting the brake sys- tion on the brake pads. This occurs be-
ABS to lull you into a false sense of tem, refer any problems to your autho- cause the minimal pressure which must
security, or mislead you into taking rized BMW center at the earliest oppor- be exerted by the pads to clean the ro-
increased risks that could affect your tunity. tors by brake applications is not
own safety and that of others. reached.
If the brake rotors are corroded, they
Do not make any modifications to will tend to respond to braking with a
the ABS system. pulsating effect which even extended
Service procedures on ABS are to be application will fail to cure.
performed by authorized technicians
only.< For your own safety: Use only
brake pads that BMW has ap-
proved for your particular vehicle
model. BMW cannot evaluate non-ap-
proved brake pads to determine if they
are suited for use, and therefore cannot
ensure the operating safety of the vehi-
cle if they are installed.<

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Disc brakes 131n

Driving notes Should engine braking prove inade- Dynamic Brake Control (DBC)*

Overview
While driving in wet conditions and in quate, you should still avoid extended, If you apply the brakes rapidly, this sys-
heavy rain, it is a good idea to apply continuous braking. Instead of main- tem automatically produces the maxi-
light pressure to the brake pedal every taining low to moderate pressure over mum braking force boost and thus
few miles. Watch traffic conditions to an extended period of time, you should helps to achieve the shortest possible
ensure that this maneuver does not en- decelerate the vehicle by applying more braking distance during "panic stops."

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danger other road users. The heat gen- substantial force on the pedal (watch All of the benefits of the ABS system
erated in this braking process helps dry for following traffic!) and then pausing are exploited under these circum-
the brake pads and rotors. before repeating the application. This stances.
staggered braking technique allows the
Maximum braking force is obtained Do not reduce the pressure on the
brakes to cool in the intervals between

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while the wheels continue to rotate, brake pedal for the duration of the
active braking phases, preventing over-
peaking when the wheels remain on the brake application. When the brake
heating and ensuring that full braking
verge of locking without actually doing pedal is released, the DBC is deacti-
capacity remains available at all times.
so. ABS maintains this state automati- vated.
cally. If the ABS fails, you should revert In the event of a malfunction,
Do not coast with the transmission

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to the staggered braking technique the warning lamp comes on with
selector lever in neutral. Do not
(refer to page 133). a yellow light. Conventional
drive with the engine shut off. The en-
Extended or steep mountain descents gine provides no braking effect when braking efficiency is available
do not necessarily have to lead to re- the transmission is in neutral, and there without limitations.
duced braking efficiency; downshift to a is no power-assist for braking or steer- Have the system checked and
gear in which only minimal periodic ing when the engine is shut off. repaired at your BMW center as soon
brake applications are required – move Never allow floor mats, carpets or any as possible.
the selector lever to the appropriate other objects to protrude into the area
lower range. around the accelerator and brake ped- For "Information for your safety"
You can continue to increase the brak- als and obstruct their movement.< covering the ABS system, refer to
ing effect of the engine by selecting a page 129. This information also gener-

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lower gear – you can select transmis- ally applies for DBC.<
sion ranges as low as position 2 for ex-
treme conditions.

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132nBrake system Winter operation
Brake fluid level Brake pads The onset of winter is often accompa-
The warning lamp for the brake The message "CHECK BRAKE PADS" nied by rapid changes in weather. Ad-
hydraulic system comes on or appears in the Check Control: aptations in driving style should be ac-
the message "CHECK BRAKE companied by preparations on the
The brake pads have reached their min-
FLUID" appears in the Check vehicle itself to ensure that your vehicle
imum pad thickness. Proceed to the
Control: operation through the winter remains
nearest BMW center as soon as possi-
The brake fluid level is too low in safe and trouble-free.
ble to have the pads replaced.
the reservoir. Refer to page 152.
Coolant
If the brake fluid level is too low and For your own safety: Use only
brake pedal travel has become notice- brake pads that BMW has ap- Be sure that the coolant mixture is kept
ably longer, there may be a defect in proved for your particular vehicle at the year-round ratio of 50:50 (water
one of the brake system's hydraulic cir- model. BMW cannot evaluate non- and antifreeze/corrosion protection).
cuits. approved brake pads to determine if This mixture provides protection
they are suited for use, and therefore against freezing down to approx. -34 7
Proceed to the nearest BMW cen- cannot ensure the operating safety of (-376). Replace the coolant every four
ter. Higher brake application pres- the vehicle if they are installed.< years.
sure may be necessary under these
conditions, and brake pedal travel may Locks
be significantly longer. Please remem- BMW door lock deicer can be used to
ber to adapt your driving style accord- free the locks if they are frozen. This
ingly.< deicer also contains lubricant.
After using deicer, treatment with BMW
The warning lamp also comes on when lock cylinder grease is recommended.
the "CHECK BRAKE PADS" message
appears in the Check Control.

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Winter operation 133n

Rubber seals and components Driving on low-traction road If the ABS does not respond in a critical

Overview
In order to prevent the weather-strip- surfaces braking situation and the wheels lock:
ping from freezing, apply rubber treat- Use smooth, gentle pressure to control Reduce the pressure on the brake
ment or a silicone spray to the seals on the accelerator pedal. Avoid excessive pedal until the wheels just start to roll
the doors, hood and luggage compart- engine speeds and shift to the next again while still maintaining enough
ment lid. higher gear at an early point. Adapt force to continue braking.

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your speed and driving style when ap- Following that, increase pedal pressure
A full range of car care products is proaching grades. Maintain an ade- again. Reduce the pressure as the
available from your BMW center.< quate distance between yourself and wheels lock, then reapply pressure, etc.
the car ahead. This type of staggered braking will re-
Snow chains duce the braking distance, and the ve-

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Brakes hicle still remains responsive to steer-
BMW snow chains* can be fitted on
ing.
both summer and winter tires in re- Winter road conditions substantially re-
You can then attempt to steer around
sponse to severe winter road condi- duce the amount of traction available
hazards after you have reduced pres-
tions. Mount them in pairs on the rear between the tires and the road surface;
sure on the brake pedal.

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wheels only, and be sure to comply the resulting increases in braking dis-
with the manufacturer's safety instruc- tance are considerable and should be
Do not shift down on slick road
tions. continually borne in mind.
surfaces. Doing so could cause
Do not exceed a maximum speed of ABS is intended to prevent the wheels the rear wheels to lose traction and
30 mph (50 km/h). In this situation from locking during brake applications, skid, which could result in the loss of
(snow chains mounted), deactivate the thus helping to maintain vehicle stability vehicle control.<
ASC+T or DSC. Refer to page 96. and steering response.

Starting off
When starting off in deep snow or when
rocking the car to free it, we recom-

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DSC off. Refer to page 96.

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134nWinter operation Power steering Level control system*
Skid control If there is a change in steering response If the message "LEVEL CONTROL IN-
Release the accelerator pedal. Coun- (difficult steering, for example) or, espe- ACTIVE" appears in the Check Control,
tersteer carefully and attempt to regain cially on vehicles with Servotronic *, if there is a malfunction in the level con-
control of the vehicle. the steering "drifts" or "floats" at in- trol system.
creasing speeds: Stop and inspect the vehicle. If it is
Parking Have your BMW center inspect this riding significantly lower in the rear
system as soon as possible. than in the front, or if it is sitting at an
Place the selector lever in position P
(Park). Engage the parking brake when incline (left rear compared to right rear),
Servotronic consult the nearest BMW center. Drive
parking on hills and inclined surfaces.
In order to prevent the parking brake If steering becomes lighter as speed with appropriate caution in the mean-
linings from locking in the drum due to increases: time. The vehicle has reduced ground
frost or corrosion, dry them by gently Malfunction in the electronic control clearance or driving comfort is notice-
applying the parking brake as the vehi- system. Have your BMW center inspect ably reduced.
cle is coming to a stop. Make sure that this system as soon as possible. Even if the attitude of the vehicle is nor-
following traffic is not endangered. mal, you should consult the nearest
If the power steering fails, in- BMW center if the warning lamp indi-
The brake lamps do not come creased effort will be required to cates a system fault.
on when the parking brake is steer the vehicle.<
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Mobile communications systems (cellu- The reception and sound quality ob-

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lar phone, radio, etc.) are permitted tained from mobile radios varies ac-
with an output up to 10 watts only. cording to a variety of factors, including
Even these systems may trigger mal- the broadcast range of the transmitter
functions in the operation of your vehi- and the directional orientation of the
cle if they are not specifically designed antenna. Interference factors such as

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for use with the vehicle. BMW can nei- high-tension power lines, buildings and
ther test nor assume responsibility for natural obstructions can all lead to un-
every individual product being offered avoidable reception interference, re-
on the market. We recommend that you gardless of how well the vehicle sound
consult your BMW center before pur- system is operating.

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chasing any device of this kind. Climatic factors such as intense solar
To ensure that your BMW continues to radiation, fog, rain and snow can also
provide reliable and trouble-free opera- interfere with reception.
tion, refrain from using a cellular phone Cellular phones without official BMW
or other radio device with an antenna approval can also generate interfer-

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located inside the passenger compart- ence. This phenomenon assumes the
ment. The antenna should always be form of a low-pitched hum emanating
mounted on the outside of the vehicle. from the speaker system.
Please refer to the Owner's Manual
Before loading the vehicle on a provided with your sound system for
car-carrier train or driving it detailed information on its use.
through a car-wash, remove the an-
tenna.<

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136nTire inflation pressure Tire condition
Information for your safety Do not drive on a deflated (flat)
The factory-approved radial tires are tire. A flat tire greatly impairs
matched to the car and have been se- steering and braking response, and can
lected to provide optimum safety and lead to complete loss of control over
driving comfort on your car. the vehicle.
Avoid overloading the vehicle so that
It is not merely the tire's service life, but
the permitted load on the tires is not ex-
also driving comfort and – above all else
ceeded. Overloading can lead to over-

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– driving safety which depend on the
heating and increases the rate at which
condition of the tires and the mainte-
damage develops inside the tires.
nance of the specified tire pressure.
The ultimate result can assume the
Incorrect inflation pressure is a frequent form of a sudden air loss.
cause of tire damage. It also influences Unusual vibrations encountered during
Tire tread – tire damage
the roadholding ability of your BMW. normal vehicle operation can indicate
Inspect your tires frequently for tread
tire failure or some other vehicle defect,
Check tire inflation pressures – in- wear, signs of damage and for foreign as can variations in normal vehicle re-
cluding the spare tire – regularly, objects lodged in the tread. Check the
sponse, such as a pronounced ten-
at least every two weeks and before be- tread depth. dency to pull to the left or right. Should
ginning a longer trip. If this is not done, Tread depth should not be allowed to this occur, respond by immediately re-
incorrect tire pressures can cause driv- go below 0.12 in (3 mm), even though ducing your speed and carefully pro-
ing instability and tire damage, ulti- the legally specified minimum tread ceeding to the nearest BMW center or
mately resulting in accidents.< depth is only 0.063 in (1.6 mm). Wear professional tire center, or having the
indicators appear in the tread at 0.063 in vehicle towed in to have it and its tires
(1.6 mm) to indicate that the legally per- inspected.
missible wear limit has been reached. Tire damage (up to and including blow-
Below 0.12 in (3 mm) tread depth, there outs) can endanger the lives of both the
is an increased risk of aquaplaning, vehicle occupants and other road
even at relatively moderate speeds and users.<
with only small amounts of water on the
road.

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To maintain good handling and vehicle Traction Temperature

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response, use only tires of a single The traction grades, from highest to The temperature grades are A (the
tread configuration from a single manu- lowest, are AA, A, B, and C. highest), B and C, representing the
facturer. BMW tests and approves Those grades represent the tire's ability tire's resistance to the generation of
wheel/tire combinations. Refer to to stop on wet pavement as measured heat and its ability to dissipate heat
page 142. under controlled conditions on speci- when tested under controlled condi-

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fied government test surfaces of as- tions on a specified indoor laboratory
DOT Quality Grades phalt and concrete. A tire marked C test wheel.
Treadwear may have poor traction performance. Sustained high temperature can cause
Traction AA A B C the material of the tire to degenerate
Temperature A B C The traction grade assigned to and reduce tire life, and excessive tem-

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this tire is based on straight- perature can lead to sudden tire failure.
All passenger car tires must con- ahead braking traction tests, and does The grade C corresponds to a level of
form to Federal Safety Require- not include acceleration, cornering, hy- performance which all passenger car
ments in addition to these grades.< droplaning, or peak traction character- tires must meet under the Federal Mo-
istics.< tor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 109.

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Treadwear Grades B and A represent higher levels
The treadwear grade is a comparative of performance on the laboratory test
rating based on the wear rate of the tire wheel than the minimum required by
when tested under controlled condi- law.
tions on a specified government test
course. The temperature grade for this tire
For example, a tire graded 150 would is established for a tire that is
wear one and one-half (1 1/2) times as properly inflated and not overloaded.
well on the government course as a tire Excessive speed, underinflation, or ex-
graded 100. The relative performance cessive loading, either separately or in

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of tires depends upon the actual condi- combination, can cause heat buildup
tions of their use, however, and may and possible tire failure.<
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to variations in driving habits, service

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practices and differences in road char-
acteristics and climate.

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138nTire replacement Tire rotation
Uniform Tire Quality Grading Tire age Between the axles
Quality grades can be found where ap- The date on which the tire was manu- The tread wear patterns at the front end
plicable on the tire sidewall between factured is indicated by the code on the differ from those at the rear – the actual
tread shoulder and maximum section sidewall: patterns will vary according to individ-
width. For example: DOT ... 179 means that the tires were ual driving conditions. In the interests of
Treadwear 200 Traction AA manufactured in the 17th week of 1999. safety and maintaining optimal handling
Temperature A BMW recommends the replacement of characteristics, tire rotation is not
all tires when the tires are no more than recommended.
Do not use retreaded tires, since 6 years old, even if a tire life of 10 years If a proposed interaxle rotation of tires
driving safety may be impaired by is possible. is based on economic considerations,
their use. This is due to the possible Spare tires over 6 years old should be one should consider whether the costs
variations in casing structures and, in used only in case of emergency. Such a for the rotation are likely to be recap-
some cases, to their extreme age, fac- tire should be replaced by a new tire tured by any increase in the service life
tors that can lead to a decrease in their immediately, and should not be of the tires which might be realized. Ro-
durability.< mounted together with new tires. tation should always be carried out at
short intervals, with a maximum of
3,000 miles (5,000 km). Consult your
BMW center for more information.

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Should you decide to rotate the tires, The right choice Codes on tires and wheels

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it is essential to comply with the follow- Use only tires approved by BMW. Refer The tire codes will aid you in selecting
ing: to page 142. the correct tire.
Rotate tires on the same side only, Because of the high speeds this vehicle Codes on radial tires:
since braking characteristics and road can reach, the use of specific tire
grip could otherwise be adversely af- For example 235/60 R 16 100W
brands, specifications and dimensions

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fected. is mandatory. Consult any BMW center Nominal width
Following rotation, correct the tire infla- for details. in mm
tion pressure. Comply with national, state, or provin- Aspect ratio in %
cial regulations. Radial tire code
If different tire sizes are mounted Rim diameter in inches

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on the front and rear axles The correct wheel-tire combina- Load rating
(page 142), the tires may not be rotated tion affects different systems such (not on ZR tires)
from one axle to the other.< as ABS, ATC, ASC+T/DSC. The func- Speed rating
tion of these systems is impaired if im- (before R on ZR tires)
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The speed rating indicates the ap-
used. proved maximum speed for the tire.
For this reason, use only tires of the
same brand and tread pattern. In the Summer tires:
event of a flat tire, for example, remount S = up to 112 mph (180 km/h)
the approved wheel-tire combination as T = up to 118 mph (190 km/h)
soon as possible.< H = up to 130 mph (210 km/h)
V = up to 149 mph (240 km/h)
W = up to 167 mph (270 km/h)
Y = up to 186 mph (300 km/h)
ZR = over 149 mph (240 km/h)

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140nWheel and tire combinations Winter tires
All-season an winter tires: Choosing the right tire
Q M+S = up to 100 mph (160 km/h) BMW recommends winter tires (M+S
T M+S = up to 118 mph (190 km/h) radial tires) for driving in adverse winter
H M+S = up to 130 mph (210 km/h) road conditions. While tires known as
Codes stamped on light-alloy wheels: all-season tires (M+S designation) pro-
vide better winter traction than summer
For example 71/2 J x 16 H 2
tires with load ratings H, V, W and ZR,
Rim width they generally do not achieve the per-
in inches formance of winter tires.
Code letter for In the interests of sure tracking and
flange type safe steering response, mount winter
Symbol for full-drop tires which are made by the same man-
center rim ufacturer and which have the same
Rim diameter in inches tread configuration at all four wheels.
Hump on the 2 rim shoulders
Mount only winter tires which have
Protect valve inserts against dirt using been approved by BMW. Any BMW
screw-on valve stem caps. Dirt in the center will be glad to provide you with
valves frequently leads to slow leaks. information on the best winter tires for
your particular driving conditions.

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Winter tires Snow chains* 141n

Do not exceed specified Storage Use narrow-link BMW snow chains on

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maximum speeds Store tires in a cool, dry place, away summer or winter tires only in pairs and
from light whenever possible. Protect only on the rear wheels. Comply with all
Never exceed the maximum the tires against contact with oil, grease manufacturer's safety precautions
speed for which the tires are and fuel. when mounting the chains.
rated.

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Unprofessional attempts by laymen to
service tires can lead to damage and
accidents.
Have this work performed by skilled
professionals only. Any BMW center

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has the required technical knowledge
and the proper equipment and will be
happy to assist you.<

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Winter tires display a perceptible loss in
their ability to cope with winter driving
conditions once the tread wears to be-
low 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 ev-
ery time you change the tires.

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142nApproved wheel and tire specifications

Tire specifications Light-alloy wheel The use of rims and wheel bolts
that do not meet the specifica-
All-season tires tions of the original factory-installed
235/60 R 16 100 H M+S 7.5Jx16 equipment will affect the safe operation
8Jx16 of your vehicle and may cause an acci-
dent and personal injury.
Summer tires
Never mix tires of different design, such
235/60 R 16 100 W 7.5Jx16 as steel-belted radials with radial bias-
8Jx16 belted or bias-ply tires, etc. Mixing tire
245/55 R 16 100 W 8Jx16 types will adversely affect roadholding
and can lead to loss of vehicle con-
235/50 ZR 18 8Jx18 trol.<
Rear: 255/45 ZR 18 9Jx18
9.5Jx18
Winter tires (M+S)
215/65 R 16 98 Q 7.5Jx16
235/60 R 16 100 Q 7.5Jx16
8Jx16
245/55 R 16 100 Q 8Jx16
Note the tire and wheel data in the offi-
cial documents of the car. If sizes not
approved by the manufacturer are
mounted, an entry in the vehicle's doc-
uments may be necessary. Comply with
local legislation.

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To release the hood To open To close
Pull the lever located at the lower left- Pull the release handle and open the Allow the hood to drop from a height of
hand side of the instrument panel. hood. about 12 inches (30 cm) so that it audi-
bly engages.

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Do not work on your vehicle with-
out appropriate skills. Switch off To avoid injuries, be sure that the
the engine and allow it to cool down travel path of the hood is clear
before working in the engine compart- when it is closed, as with all closing
ment. Always disconnect the battery procedures.
before working on any electrical sys- If it is determined that the hood is not
tems or equipment. Comply with all ap- completely closed while driving, stop
plicable instructions and warnings. Fail- immediately and close it securely.<
ure to work in an informed, professional
manner when servicing components

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and materials constitutes a safety haz-
ard for vehicle occupants and other
road users. If you are not familiar with
the guidelines, please have the opera-
tions performed by your BMW center.<

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1 Brake fluid reservoir 152

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2 Auxiliary terminal for jump
starting 183
3 Engine oil dipstick 149
4 Engine oil filler neck 149

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5 Coolant expansion tank 151
6 Reservoir for headlamp
and windshield washer system 148
7 Fuse box 180

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1 Brake fluid reservoir 152

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2 Auxiliary terminal for jump
starting 183
3 Engine oil filler neck 149
4 Coolant expansion tank 151

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5 Engine oil dipstick 149
6 Reservoir for headlamp
and windshield washer system 148
7 Fuse box 180

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148nWasher fluids Washer nozzles
Antifreeze agents or intensive Windshield washer
windshield cleaning agents for the The spray from the nozzles should be
washer systems are highly flammable. directed so as to ensure effective
For this reason, keep them away from cleaning, even at high speeds.
sources of flame and store them only in
Use a needle to adjust the nozzles as
their original containers. Store them so
required, or have them adjusted at your
that they are inaccessible to children.
BMW center.
Comply with the instructions on the
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Headlamp washer
Have the nozzles adjusted by your
BMW center as required.
Headlamp* and
windshield washer system
The filling capacity is approx. 4.7 US
quarts (4.5 liters) for the windshield
washer system or approx. 6.3 US
quarts (6.0 liters) together with the
headlamp washer system.
Fill with water and – when needed –
with a washer antifreeze (according to
manufacturer's recommendations).

We recommend that you mix the


washer fluid before adding it to
the reservoir.<

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Checking the oil level The oil volume between the two marks Adding engine oil
1 Park the vehicle on a level surface on the dipstick corresponds to approx. Wait until the level has dropped to just
2 Shut the engine off after it has 1.1 US quarts (1 liter). Do not fill beyond above the lower mark before adding oil.
reached normal operating tempera- the upper mark on the dipstick. Excess However, do not wait until the oil drops

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ture oil will damage the engine. below the lower mark.
3 After approx. 5 minutes, pull the dip-
stick out and wipe it off with a clean BMW engines are designed to op-
lint-free cloth, paper towel, or similar erate without oil additives. The
material use of additives could lead to damage
4 Push the dipstick carefully all the way in some cases. This is also true for the
into the guide tube and pull it out automatic transmission, the differential
again and the power steering system.<
5 The oil level should be in between the
two graduations on the dipstick.

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As with fuel economy, oil consumption
is directly influenced by your driving
style and vehicle operating conditions.

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150nEngine oil
Engine oil specifications Viscosity ratings
The quality of the engine oil selected Viscosity is the oil flow rating as estab-
has critical significance for the opera- lished in SAE classes.
tion and service life of an engine. Based The selection of the correct SAE class
on extensive testing, BMW has ap- depends on the climatic conditions in
proved only certain engine oils. the area where you drive your BMW.
Use only approved "BMW High-Perfor-
mance Synthetic Oil." Approved oils are in SAE classes
If you are unable to obtain "BMW High- 5W-40 and 5W-30.<
Performance Synthetic Oil," you can
add small amounts of synthetic oil in These oils may be used for driving in all
between oil changes. Only use oils with ambient temperatures.
the API SH specification or higher.

Ask your authorized BMW center


for details concerning the specific
"BMW High-Performance Synthetic Oil"
or other synthetic oils that have been
approved.
You can also call BMW of North
America at 1-800-831-1117, or visit this
webside: www.bmwusa.com to obtain
this information.<

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Comply with the applicable envi- Do not add coolant to the cooling

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ronmental laws regulating the dis- system when the engine is hot.
posal of used oil.< Escaping coolant can cause burns.
To avoid the possibility of damage later
Recommendation: Have the oil on, never use anything other than fac-
changed by your BMW center. tory-approved, nitrite and amino-free

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extended-duty antifreeze with corrosion
Continuous exposure to used oil protectant. Your authorized BMW cen-

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testing. tions.
Any skin areas that come into contact Antifreeze and anti-corrosion agents

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with oil should therefore be thoroughly are hazardous to health. Store anti-
washed with soap and water. freeze and anti-corrosion agents in their Checking coolant level
Store oils, greases, and similar materi- original containers where they are inac-
als so that they are inaccessible to chil- cessible to children. Correct coolant level when the engine
dren. Comply with all warnings on the Extended-duty antifreeze with corro- is cold (approx. 68 7/206):

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containers.< sion inhibitor contains ethylene glycol - Unscrew the cap from the expansion
a flammable substance. For this reason, tank.
do not spill antifreeze with corrosion in- The coolant level is correct when the
hibitor on hot engine components. It end of the red float is aligned with the
could catch fire and cause serious upper edge of the filler opening (refer to
burns.< the arrow in the illustration), or max.
0.8 in (2 cm) higher, for instance up to
Comply with the applicable envi- the second mark on the float (see also
ronmental laws regulating the dis- the schematic diagramm next to the
posal of extended-duty antifreeze with cap).
corrosion inhibitor.<

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152nCoolant Brake fluid
To add coolant Brake fluid is hygroscopic, that is,
Wait until the engine cools before re- it absorbs moisture from the air
moving the cap from the expansion over time.
tank. The needle of the coolant temper- In order to ensure the operating safety
ature gauge in the instrument cluster of the brake system, have the brake
must be located in the blue zone; other- fluid changed every two years by your
wise, there is a danger of scalding. BMW center. Refer also to the Service
and Warranty Information Booklet (US

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1 Start by turning the cap counter-
models) or to the Warranty and Service
clockwise. Pause to allow any accu-
Guide Booklet (Canadian models).
mulated pressure to escape, then re-
Brake fluid is toxic and damages the
move the cap
vehicle's paint. Always store brake fluid
2 If the coolant is low, slowly add cool-
Brake fluid level in the original containers. Keep the con-
ant until the correct level is reached –
tainers tightly closed and out of reach
do not overfill. If the brake hydraulic system
of children.
The coolant is a mixture of water and warning lamp comes on, or if
Do not spill brake fluid. Do not fill be-
extended-duty antifreeze with corrosion the message "CHECK BRAKE
yond the "MAX" level in the reservoir.
inhibitor. Always maintain the pre- FLUID" appears in the Check
The brake fluid could ignite upon con-
scribed all-season 50:50 mixture ratio Control display: The brake fluid
tact with hot engine parts and cause
for year-round protection against inter- level is too low in the reservoir.
serious burns.<
nal corrosion. No other additives are re- Fill up to upper mark ("MAX" level visi-
quired. ble through the transparent reservoir). Comply with the applicable envi-
Replace the coolant every four years. Any BMW center can provide you with ronmental laws regulating the dis-
information on factory-approved brake posal of brake fluid.<
fluids (DOT 4).
Brake fluid loss results in extended
pedal travel. Refer to the information on
page 132.

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Vehicle Identification Number 153n

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In the engine compartment, stamped
on the right-hand strut dome (arrow)
and on the upper edge of the instru-
ment panel on the left side.

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154n The BMW Maintenance System
From the point of view of maintenance, tional information on maintenance inter-
62,000 miles (100,000 km) accumulated vals and procedures.
in short-distance urban driving are not Depending upon operating conditions,
the equivalent of the same distance it may be a good idea to have the body
covered at moderate speeds in long- checked for stone damage and chips at
distance highway travel. In response to the same time as a precaution against
this fact, the BMW Maintenance Sys- rust.
tem monitors operating conditions as
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the basis for determining the optimum Have your BMW center do the
service intervals for your individual ve- maintenance and repair. Your
hicle. BMW center is always informed on the
The BMW Maintenance System in- latest maintenance work and repair
The BMW Maintenance System has cludes the Engine Oil Service and In- techniques and equipped with the re-
been designed as a reliable means of spections I and II. quired special tools. In addition, check-
providing maximum driving and operat- Determining the maintenance intervals ing parts known from experience to be
ing safety – and as cost-effectively as according to the actual loads on the car subject to wear is a permanent part of
possible for you. covers every kind of operating situation. the maintenance specifications. Be
Please keep in mind that regular main- However, even those who drive only sure that all maintenance work is con-
tenance is not only necessary for the short distances – significantly less than firmed in the Service and Warranty In-
safety of your vehicle, but also plays a 6,200 miles (10,000 km) annually – formation Booklet (US models) or in the
significant role in maintaining the resale should have the engine oil changed at Warranty and Service Guide Booklet
value of the vehicle. least every 2 years since oil deterio- (Canadian models). These entries will
rates over time, regardless of use. constitute your proof that the vehicle
Service Interval Display has received regular maintenance. They
Service and Warranty Information are also required in the event of a war-
Advanced technology is employed to ranty claim.<
calculate the optimal maintenance in- Booklet (US models)/Warranty
tervals, which are then indicated in the and Service Guide Booklet
Service Interval Display. While conven- (Canadian models)
tional systems rely on distance traveled Please refer to the Service and War-
alone to determine when service is due, ranty Information Booklet (US models)
the BMW Maintenance System has for or to the Warranty and Service Guide
years considered the actual conditions Booklet (Canadian models) for addi-
under which the vehicle operates.

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Caring for your car 155n

Washing your car Vehicles with rain sensor*: When cleaning the headlamps,

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You can have your new BMW washed Clean the windshield regularly. Wax please observe the following:
in an automatic car wash. Car wash from automatic car washes or insects, > Do not clean by wiping with a dry
systems that do not employ brushes for example, can cause malfunctions in cloth (this causes scratches). Never
are preferable. the function of the rain sensor. use abrasives or strong solvents to
Wipe away tough dirt and loosen and clean the covers

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Turn the rain sensor off in auto- > Remove dirt and contamination (such
remove dead insects before washing
matic car washes. If you do not, as insects) by soaking with BMW Car
the car.
damage may occur if the wipers switch Shampoo and then rinsing with plenty
To prevent spots, avoid washing when on unintentionally.< of water
the hood is still warm, or immediately
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after and during exposure to strong Parts of the car that are inaccessible to accumulated ice and snow – never
sunlight. the automatic washer – such as door use a scraper.<
When using an automatic car wash, be sills, door and hood edges, etc. –
sure that: should be cleaned by hand. After washing the car, apply the
> The car wash system is suited for the In the winter months, it is especially im- brakes briefly to dry them. Braking

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dimensions of your vehicle portant to ensure that the car is washed efficiency might otherwise be reduced
> No damage will occur on vehicles on a regular basis. Large quantities of by the moisture, and the brake rotors
with attached body accessories (such dirt and road salt are difficult to remove, could also be corroded.<
as spoilers or antennas). If you are and they also cause damage to the ve-
uncertain, consult the manager of the hicle.
car wash
> The wheels and tires of your vehicle If spray wands or high-pressure
cannot be damaged by the convey- washers are used, be sure to
ance devices of the car wash system maintain an adequate distance between
> The vehicle is cleaned with minimum the spray source and the vehicle's sur-

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brush pressure, and that ample water face.
is available for washing and rinsing. Inadequate distance and excessive
pressure can damage or weaken the
finish, making it more susceptible to
subsequent attack. In addition, mois-

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ture could penetrate to vehicle compo-
nents, leading to long-term damage.<

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Exterior finish Depending upon material and type of In coastal regions, high levels of atmo-
To provide effective corrosion protec- impact (perforation of paint layer), phys- spheric salt and humidity promote cor-
tion, multilayer paintwork is applied at ical stresses from sand, road salt, rosion.
the factory. Cataphoretic immersion gravel, etc., can cause corrosion to In tropical zones, temperatures of over
priming techniques are supplemented start extending beneath the finish, start- 1057 (406) in the shade prevail, in
using special body-cavity protectants, ing at the point of impact. addition to heavy ultraviolet radiation
with the application of specially-devel- Road dirt, tar spots, dead insects, ani- and high humidity. Under those circum-
oped and extensively tested materials. mal droppings (strong alkali effect) and stances, light exterior finishes reach
A layer of flexible PVC is first applied to tree excretions (resins and pollen) all temperatures of up to 175 7 (806)
the undercarriage. Following this, a contain substances capable of causing and dark finishes up to 250 7 (1206).
comprehensive undercoating treat- damage when allowed to remain on the
ment with a wax-based protectant is finish of your car for any period of time
applied. (spots, etching, flaking, separation in
Regular maintenance makes an impor- the top coat).
tant contribution to maintaining the In industrial areas, deposits of flue dust,
safety and value of your vehicle. lime, oily soot, precipitation containing
Increasing awareness of the effects of sulfur-dioxide (acid rain) and other envi-
harmful environmental factors on a ve- ronmental pollutants will damage the
hicle's exterior finish have led paint and car's finish unless adequate care is pro-
vehicle manufacturers to initiate pro- vided – even though this is generally
grams designed to further improve the limited to the outside horizontal sur-
durability of their finishes. Despite this, faces.
environmental factors that occur locally
or regionally can have negative effects
on the finish of your vehicle. These
should guide you in determining the fre-
quency and extent of your efforts to
maintain the vehicle finish.

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Caring for the vehicle finish Waxing your car Paint damage

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Regular washing is a preventive mea- Protect the finish using carnauba or You can touch up small areas of dam-
sure against long-term effects from synthetic-based waxes only. age with BMW spray paint or a BMW
substances that are harmful to the vehi- The best way to determine when the touch-up stick.
cle's finish, especially if you drive your finish needs to be waxed is by noting The color code of your vehicle is lo-
vehicle in areas with high levels of air when water stops beading on the sur- cated on a tag near the vehicle's data

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pollution or aggressive natural sub- face. plate and on the first page of the Ser-
stances (tree resins, pollen). vice and Warranty Information Booklet
You can use a glass cleaner to remove
Nevertheless, you should immediately any wax or silicone that may have been (US models) or of the Warranty and
remove especially aggressive sub- left on the windows during waxing. Service Guide Booklet (Canadian mod-

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stances. Failure to do so can lead to els).
changes in the paint's chemical struc- Use cleaning and car-care prod- Damage caused by flying stones,
ture or to discoloration. Gasoline spilled ucts that you can obtain at your scratches, etc., must be touched up
during refueling, oil, grease and brake BMW center.< without delay to prevent rust from form-
fluid should always be cleaned away ing.

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immediately, as should bird droppings.
If corrosion has started to form in an
All of these substances cause damage
area with paint damage, remove all rust
to the finish.
and clean the area. Then prime the area
Any contamination remaining on the with a BMW Primer Stick. Finally, apply
surface of the vehicle will be especially the finish coat. Wait a few days, then
conspicuous after washing. Use clean- polish the repaired area. Finish by ap-
ing fluid or alcohol with a clean cloth or plying a wax preservative.
cotton pad to remove. Remove tar
More extensive paint damage should
spots with tar remover. After cleaning,
be repaired professionally in accor-
the affected areas should be waxed to
dance with the manufacturer's instruc-
ensure continued protection.

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tions. Your BMW center uses original
BMW finish materials in accordance
Use cleaning and car-care prod-
with approved repair procedures.
ucts that you can obtain at your
BMW center.<

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158nCaring for your car
Window care Please observe the following pre- Clean the wiper blades with soapy
You can use window and glass cleaner cautions pertaining to this film water. The wiper blades should be
to clean interior window surfaces and when caring for the interior glass sur- replaced twice a year, before and after
mirrors without streaking. Never use faces: the cold season. This is especially im-
polishing pastes or abrasive (quartz) > The film is not scratch-resistant. For portant for vehicles with a rain sensor.
cleansers on mirror lenses. this reason, do not touch the glass
with sharp objects which could dam- Use only wiper blades approved
Break-resistant security glass age the film by BMW.<
The glass used for the side windows is > Clean the glass with clean water. If
designed to provide resistance to necessary, you may also use regular
breakage and protection against van- household window cleaners. Wipe
dalism. These break-resistant windows the cleaner off immediately.
contain several layers of a transparent Do not use window cleaners contain-
plastic film which is sandwiched be- ing solvents or abrasives. These
tween the inner and outer glass panes. cleaners can mar the film
There is also one additional plastic film > Do not apply any self-adhering de-
on the inside of the glass pane (facing cals, adhesive labels or other stickers
the passenger compartment). This film with tape to the inner window surface
prevents shards of glass from spread- > Do not apply colored films to the in-
ing into the passenger compartment if side surfaces of the side windows
the window is shattered. > If the windows are fogged or iced
over in cold or humid climates, do not
use an ice scraper or ice-removing
sprays to clean them. Start the en-
gine and refer to the instructions for
defrosting the door windows.<

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Caring for other vehicle The safety belts should be cleaned with Leather care

Overview
components and materials a mild soap and water solution without The leather upholstery used by BMW is
Light-alloy wheels should be treated being removed from the car. Never at- a natural product of the highest quality,
with alloy wheel cleaner, especially dur- tempt chemical or dry cleaning, as processed using state-of-the-art meth-
ing the winter months. However, do not damage to the belt fabric could result. ods to ensure that it will maintain its
use aggressive products containing ac- After cleaning, never allow the inertia high quality for years to come, provided

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ids, strong alkalis or abrasives. Do not reel to retract the belts until they are that it is properly cared for.
use steam cleaners operating at tem- completely dry. Dirty safety belts pre- Because this product is manufactured
peratures above 140 7 (60 6). Follow vent the inertia reel mechanism from re- using natural materials, you must make
the manufacturer's instructions. tracting the strap properly, and thus allowance for its special characteristics
If your vehicle has chromed parts * such constitute a safety hazard.

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as well as for the peculiarities of its use
as window moldings, door handles or Heavily soiled floor carpets and mats * and care.
other parts, clean these parts especially can be cleaned with an interior cleaner. Regular periodic cleaning and care are
carefully with ample clean water, espe- The floor mats can be removed from essential, as dust and road dirt act as
cially if they have an accumulation of the vehicle for cleaning. abrasives in the pores and creases of

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road salt. You may wish to add a car Please use only a damp cloth to clean the material. This leads to wear spots
shampoo supplement to the water. Use wooden fascia panels and components. and premature brittleness on the sur-
a chrome polish for an additional treat- Follow up by drying with a soft cloth. face of the leather. We therefore sug-
ment. gest that you clean the leather with a
Plastic components, vinyl upholstery, Use cleaning and car-care prod- vacuum cleaner or dust cloth at fre-
headliners, lamp lenses, the clear cover ucts that you can obtain at your quent intervals.
of the instrument panel and compo- BMW center. < For cleaning, use BMW leather cleaning
nents with a sprayed dull black surface foam.
can be cleaned with water (add plastic
cleaner as required). Do not allow mois-
ture to soak through the seats or head-

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liner. Never use solvents such as lac-
quer thinner, heavy-duty grease
remover, fuels, etc.
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with water only; a rubber treatment or
silicone spray may also be applied.

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Since dirt and grease gradually attack Cleaning agents can contain sub-
the protective layer of the leather, the stances that are dangerous or
cleaned surfaces should be treated pose health risks. Therefore, always
with BMW leather care agent. This also comply with the warnings and danger
acts as an antistatic agent. notices on the package.
For protection against dampness or Open the doors or windows on your ve-
moisture, treat the leather with a BMW hicle when cleaning the interior. Never
impregnating agent. clean your vehicle with solvents or
other materials not specifically intended
We recommend that you perform this
for this application.<
procedure twice a year on leather ex-
posed to normal use.
Spills should be wiped up immediately.
Remove grease and oil stains without
rubbing by carefully dabbing with a
cloth soaked in spot remover.
If the upholstery is to be exposed to in-
tense sunlight or if the vehicle is to be
stored for an extended period, cover all
leather surfaces (or, better yet, the win-
dows) to prevent fading.

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Modifications may not be made on ei- Consult your BMW center regarding the

Overview
ther the wiring or the individual compo- required special procedures if you in-
nents in the airbag system. These in- tend to store the vehicle for longer than
clude the padded steering wheel hub, three months.
the instrument panel, the side trim pan-
els of the front or rear doors and the

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roof pillars or the sides of the headliner.
Never apply adhesive materials to these
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components or cover or modify them in


any way. Do not attempt to remove or
dismantle the steering wheel.

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To ensure compliance with official
1 Front airbags for driver and safety regulations, entrust disposal of
front passenger airbag generators to a BMW center.
Unprofessional attempts to service the
2 Side impact head protection system system could lead to failure in an emer-
(front and rear*)

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gency or undesired airbag activation,
3 Side airbags (front and rear*) either of which could result in personal
injury.<
Important safety notices
The side airbags in the rear* of
Do not attempt to remove the gas your vehicle are deactived. If you
generators of the airbag restraint wish, you can have them acticated.
system from the vehicle. Have testing Please consult your BMW center.<
and service procedures performed by
specially-qualified technicians only. In
the event of a malfunction, deactivation,

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or triggered actuation (as a response to
an accident) of the airbag restraint sys-
tem, consult a BMW center for repairs
or service operations.

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162n Technical modifications to the vehicle
Any BMW center will be glad to inform Do not remove the protective lens
you of the advisability, legal require- and avoid staring directly at the
ments and factory recommendations unfiltered beam for extended periods
with regard to technical modifications (several hours), as inflammation of the
on the car. For this purpose, the BMW iris could result.<
center requires the Vehicle Identifica-
tion Number and, in some cases, also
the engine number.

Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs)


Light-emitting diodes installed behind
translucent lenses serve as the light
source for many of the controls and
displays in your vehicle. The concept
behind their operation is related to that
employed for lasers, and they are offi-
cially designated as Class 1 light-emit-
ting diodes.

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An illuminated "Service Engine When the filler cap is not properly

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Soon" lamp informs you of the tightened, the OBD system can
need for service, not of the need detect the vapor leak and the indicator
to stop the vehicle. However, the sys- will light up. If the filler cap is subse-
tems should be checked by your BMW quently tightened, the indicator should
center at the earliest possible opportu- extinguish within a few days.<

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nity.
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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

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and consult the nearest BMW center as
The interface socket for the onboard di- soon as possible. Severe engine misfire
agnosis system is located beneath a over only a short period of time can se-
cover on the center console front panel riously damage emission control com-
ponents, especially the catalytic con-

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(arrow).
verter.
A sticker with the letters "OBD" is at-
tached to the cover. "Service Engine Soon" warning
lamp for Canadian models.
The purpose of the OBD (Onboard
Diagnostic) system is to assure proper
emission control system operation for
the vehicle's lifetime by monitoring
emission-related components and
systems for deterioration and malfunc-
tion.

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Replacement procedures: Overview

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Onboard tool kit 166
Windshield wiper blades 166
Lamps and bulbs 167
Changing tires 173
Battery 176 Controls and features

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Fuses 180
In case of electrical
malfunction:
Fuel filler door 182 Operation, care

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Sliding/Tilt sunroof 182
and maintenance
Assistance, giving and
receiving:
Jump-starting 183 Owner service procedures
Towing the vehicle 184

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Advanced technology

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166nOnboard tool kit Windshield wiper blades
Use only wiper blades approved
by BMW.<

Fold the wipers back onto the


windshield before turning the igni-
tion key to position 1 or 2. If you do not,
they could be damaged.<
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The onboard tool kit is located in the 1 Move the wiper to the fold-out posi-
luggage compartment lid. tion (refer to page 72)
Loosen the wingnut to open. 2 Fold the wiper arm completely out
3 Position the wiper blade at an angle
and pull the release spring (arrow)
4 Fold the wiper blade down and un-
hook it toward the windshield
5 Pull the wiper blade past the wiper
arm toward the top
6 Insert a new wiper blade and apply
pressure until you hear it engage.

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The lamps and bulbs make essential Whenever working on the electri-

Overview
contributions to the safety of your vehi- cal system, switch off the electri-
cle. Observe the following instructions cal accessory you are working on or
during bulb replacement carefully. If disconnect the cable from the negative
you are not familiar with any of the pro- terminal of the battery. Failure to do this
cedures, consult your BMW center. could result in short circuits.

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To prevent injuries and damage, com-
Do not touch the glass portion of a ply with any instructions provided by

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new bulb with your bare hands the bulb manufacturer.<
since even small amounts of impurities
burn in to the surface, thus reducing the

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service life of the bulb. Use a clean
cloth, paper napkin, or a similar mate- The illustration shows the left-hand side
rial, or hold the bulb by its metallic of the engine compartment.
base.<
Release the lamp cover

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A replacement bulb set is available from
your BMW center. 1 Low beams
Press the tabs together (arrows).
2 High beams
Insert the screwdriver (from the on-
board tool kit) and press in the direction
of the arrow.

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1 Remove the cover Xenon lamps*
2 Pull off the connector at the bulb The service life of these bulbs is very
3 Detach the wire clamp long and the probability of a failure is
4 Replace the bulb very low, provided that they are not
5 Reassemble in reverse order. switched on and off an unusual number
of times. If one of these bulbs should
Parking lamp nevertheless fail, it is possible to con-
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5 watt bulb tinue driving with great caution using


1 Pull out the bulb holder the fog lamps, provided traffic laws in
2 Pull off the bulb and replace it. your area do not prohibit this.

When cleaning the headlamps, Because of the extremely high


For checking and adjusting head- voltages involved, any work on the
please observe the following:
lamp aim, please contact your lighting system should be carried out by
BMW center.< > Do not clean by wiping with a dry
technically-qualified personnel only.
cloth (scratches). Never use abra-
Otherwise, there is a risk of fatal in-
1 Low beam headlamps sives or strong solvents to clean the
jury.<
covers
H1 bulb, 55 watt
> Remove dirt and contamination (such
as insects) by soaking with BMW Car
2 High beams Shampoo and then rinsing with plenty
H7 bulb, 55 watt of water
> Always use a deicer spray to remove
The H7 bulb is pressurized. There- accumulated ice and snow – never
fore, wear safety glasses and pro- use a scraper.<
tective gloves. Failure to observe this
precaution could lead to injury if the
bulb is accidentally damaged during re-
placement.<

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6 When you have replaced the bulb, Side turn signals

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plug the light into the reliefs on the 5 watt bulb
headlamp with the tabs. Push the as-
1 Use a screwdriver to pry out the lamp
sembly into place and tighten the
at the rear edge
screw
2 Apply gentle pressure to the bulb
7 Secure the assembly cover.
while turning it to the left to remove.

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Turn signals/Parking lamps
(side marker lamps), front
Dual-filament bulb, 21 watt

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1 Remove the assembly cover
2 Insert a Philips-head screwdriver
(arrow) all the way in and loosen the
screw (about four turns)
3 Remove the light assembly toward
the front
4 Release and remove the bulb holder
5 Press gently on the bulb, turn it to the
left and remove

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Front fog lamps Tail lamps 1 Use the upper handle to fold down
H3 bulb, 55 watt Tail lamp: 5 watt bulbs the side panel in the luggage com-
Remaining bulbs: 21 watt partment
1 Use a screwdriver to release the fog
2 Once you have found the lamp holder
lamp retainer (arrow) 1 Turn signal yellow
for the defective bulb, push it gently
2 Pull the fog lamp out toward the front 2 Backup lamp white to the rear while turning to the left to
3 Release and remove the cover on the
3 Rear lamp assembly/ remove
rear of the lamp assembly
Side marker lamps red 3 Use the same procedure to remove
4 Remove the plug
4 Reflector red the bulb.
5 Detach the wire clamp
6 Replace the bulb 5 Brake lamp red
7 After replacing the bulb, guide the
lamp assembly back into position. In the event of a failure of both
Continue pressing until you hear the lamps of a rear lamp assembly,
detent snap into place. the brake lamp assumes the function of
the tail lamps.<

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Center (high-mount) brake lamp Interior lamps

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21 watt bulb Front:
1 Open the luggage compartment lid Interior lamp (10 watt bulb) with reading
2 Remove the grommet from the lamp lamps (10 watt bulbs)
holder below the rear parcel tray 1 Interior lamp: Use a screwdriver to
3 Press the lamp holder gently while

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press out the lamp sideways and re-
turning to the left to remove move the lens. Pull the bulb out of the

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4 Use the same procedure to remove contact studs
the bulb. 2 Reading lamp: Gently press against
the lamp while turning it to the left to

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remove.
License plate lamps Rear:
5 watt bulb Interior lamp (10 watt bulb) with reading
1 Apply a screwdriver to the narrow lamp (5 watt bulb)

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side of the lamp to pry it out 1 Use a screwdriver at the top of the
2 Replace the bulb. recesses to press out the light
2 Interior lamp: Push the tab back on
the reflector and change the bulb
3 Reading lamp: Gently press against
the lamp while turning it to the left to
remove.
Indirect lighting (1 watt bulb)
1 Unclip the lamp holder
2 Replace the bulb.

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Footwell lamps Glove compartment lamp
5 watt bulb 5 watt bulb
1 Use a screwdriver to remove the lens 1 Apply a screwdriver to the recess to
to the side pry the lamp out
2 Replace the bulb. 2 Remove the reflector
3 Replace the bulb.
Door warning lamps
5 watt bulb Luggage compartment lamps
1 Apply a screwdriver to the narrow 10 watt bulbs
side of the lamp to pry it out Lamps on the underside of the package
2 Turn the bulb holder to the left to tray and in the luggage compartment
remove lid:
3 Replace the bulb. 1 Apply a screwdriver to the recess to
pry the lamp out
Door handle lamps 2 Remove the reflector
Please contact your BMW center in the 3 Replace the bulb.
event of a malfunction.

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Safety measures in the event of a Position the jack on a firm support sur-

Overview
flat tire or wheel change: face.
Stop the vehicle as far as possible from Do not place wooden blocks or similar
passing traffic. Park on a firm, flat, sur- objects under the jack. If this is done,
face. the jack might not be able to reach its
Switch on the hazard flashers. full support capacity because of the

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Turn the steering wheel to the straight- limited height. Do not lie under the vehi-
ahead position, remove the key and en- cle or start the engine when the vehicle

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gage the steering lock. Make sure that is supported by the jack – risk of fatal
the selector lever is in Park, and engage injury.<
the parking brake.

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All passengers should be outside the
car and well away from your immediate What you will need
working area (for instance, behind a
In order to avoid rattling noises later,
guardrail).
note the position of the tools when you
If a warning triangle or portable hazard
remove them and return them to their

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warning lamp is available, set it up on
original position when you are through
the roadside at an appropriate distance
using them.
from the rear of the vehicle.
Comply with all safety guidelines and > Car jack
regulations. Fold the right-hand trim panel of the
Change the wheel only on a level, firm luggage compartment down using
surface which is not slippery. Avoid the handle at the top.
jacking the car on a soft or slippery Loosen the wing nut (arrow 1).
support surface (snow, ice, loose When you have completed work,
gravel, etc.), since it could slide side- screw the jack all the way back
ways. down. Fold the handle back and in-

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sert it in its holder
> Wedge (wheel chock)
Next to the battery, under the jack.
Remove the jack and loosen the wing

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Procedure
1 Read and comply with the safety pre-
cautions stated on the previous page
2 Secure the vehicle to prevent it from
rolling:
Place the wedge against the rear sur-
face of the front tire on the side op-
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posite the side being raised. If the ve-
hicle is parked on a downward slope,
place the wedge securely in front of
the tire. If the wheel must be changed
on a surface with a more severe
> Spare tire and adapter* for removal slope, take additional precautions to 3 If equipped with adapters*: Place
of the lug bolt cover* secure the vehicle from rolling the adapter on the lug bolt cover,
Both are stored in the luggage com- position the lug wrench and press
partment below the floor mat. Fold to the left (refer to the illustration)
back the mat for access. 4 Wheels with hub cover*: Pry the
Remove the adapter (arrow), unscrew hub cover off with the screwdriver
the wing nut by hand and remove the in the slot
wheel 5 Loosen the lug bolts 1/2-turn
> Wheel lug wrench, alignment tool and
screwdriver
Are in the onboard tool kit on the un-
derside of the luggage compartment
lid (refer to page 166).

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15 Wheels with hub covers: Position

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the hub cover and press on tightly
16 If equipped with lug bolt covers:
Align the arrow on the cover with
the line in the wheel and press the
cover into place

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17 Check and correct the air pressure
as soon as possible.
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For vehicles with Tire Pressure
Control (RDC)*:
Reactivate the system after mount-

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ing either the spare tire or after in-
6 Position the jack at the jacking point 10 Take the alignment tool from the flating tire(s) to proper pressure.
closest to the flat tire (refer to the onboard tool kit and insert it to- Refer to page 98.
arrow on the sill trim) so that the gether with the plastic insert into
jack base is vertically below the one of the bolt sockets (arrow)

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jacking point and the entire surface 11 Position the spare wheel on the
of the head of the jack will move hub. Screw at least two lug bolts
into the square recess of the jacking finger-tight into opposite bolt holes.
point (refer to the illustration detail) Remove the alignment tool
when the jack is cranked 12 Screw in the remaining lug bolts.
7 Jack the car up until the wheel you Tighten all the bolts securely
are changing is raised from the 13 Lower the jack and remove it from
ground beneath the car
8 Unscrew the lug bolts and remove 14 Tighten the lug bolts, alternating
the wheel between bolts positioned opposite

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9 Remove accumulations of mud or one another
dirt from the mounting surfaces of
the wheel and hub; clean the lug
bolts

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The vehicle jack is designed for
changing tires only. Do not at-
tempt to raise another vehicle model
with it or to raise any load of any kind.
To do so could cause accidents and
personal injury.
Have the lug bolts checked for proper
tightness with a calibrated torque

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wrench at the earliest possibility (torque
specification: 72 lb-ft/100 Nm).<

When storing the wheel, take care to


ensure that you do not damage the re- Installation location, BMW 740i/L Installation location, BMW 750iL
taining pin in the spare tire recess.
The battery is located behind the right- Two batteries are installed in the
When light-alloy wheels other than side trim panel in the luggage compart- BMW 750iL. They are located in the
Original BMW light-alloy wheels are fit- ment. luggage compartment behind the right
ted to the car, it may be necessary to side trim panel.
Grasp the handle in the upper panel
use different lug bolts.
and fold it down.
Replace the defective tire as soon as To check the charge condition or
possible and have the new wheel/tire for removal or installation, please
balanced. consult your BMW center.<

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Maintenance Be sure that children keep well In order to protect the battery

Overview
The battery is absolutely maintenance- away from batteries and battery case from ultraviolet radiation,
free. This means that the original elec- acid. do not place it in direct sunlight.
trolyte will normally last for the service Never allow sparks or open A discharged battery can freeze. Store
life of the battery under moderate cli- flame, and do not smoke in the the battery in areas where temperature
matic conditions. vicinity of the battery. remains above freezing.

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Avoid sparks from electrical cables or
Symbols electrical equipment. Turn the key to
You will find the following symbols on position 0 in the steering lock when the
your car battery. To avoid injury, please battery is disconnected or connected.
Do not short circuit the battery termi-

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observe the corresponding precautions
whenever you work with or near the nals. This creates a risk of personal in-
battery. jury from high-voltage sparks.
Please read the following infor- A highly-explosive gas is
mation before working with the generated when the battery is

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battery. charged.
Wear eye protection. Do not al- If you happen to get acid in
low particles containing battery your eyes, rinse thoroughly for
acid or lead to come into con- 15 minutes with clear water.
tact with your eyes, your skin, or your Consult a physician immediately. If you
clothing. get acid spray on your skin or clothing,
rinse with plenty of water. If electrolyte
Battery acid is extremely corro-
is accidentally ingested, consult a phy-
sive. Wear eye protection and
sician immediately.
protective gloves. Do not tip the
battery. Battery acid can leak from the

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178nBattery

Charging the battery If you plan to park the vehicle longer


Charge the battery in the vehicle only than 4 weeks, disconnect the battery
when the engine is off. Charge the bat- from the vehicle's electrical system by
tery using the supplementary positive disconnecting the cable from the nega-
terminal and ground (terminal) in the tive terminal. Then have the battery
engine compartment (refer to "Jump- charged with an appropriate battery
starting" on page 183). charger.
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On the BMW 750iL, there is an auto- If the vehicle will not be driven for a
matic switch between the two batteries period longer than 12 weeks, have the
during charging. battery removed, charged and store it
in a clean and cool (frost-free) area.
Before performing any work on Recharge the battery at least every
Charge condition – BMW 740i/L the electrical system, disconnect three months during storage. Also,
You can read the charge condition the cable from the negative terminal. If recharge the battery before it is in-
of the battery with the "Magic Eye*" you do not, short circuits can create the stalled. If you fail to do so, it will not be
(a hydrometer): risk of fire or personal injury. serviceable. Every time the battery is
If a jump start is necessary, connect the discharged, especially over extended
> Green: Adequate charge
cables only to the auxiliary terminal for periods, its service life is reduced.
> Black: Not charged adequately. The
battery must be recharged. Please jump starting and a ground in the en-
gine compartment in order to avoid Avoid environmental pollution
contact your BMW center
damage to the batteries (refer to when disposing of old batteries.<
> Yellow: Replace the battery.
"Jump-starting" on page 183).<
Return used batteries to a recy-
The service life specified for the
cling point or to your BMW center.
battery can be achieved only if it is
Maintain the battery in an upright posi-
always kept adequately charged.
tion for transport and storage. Secure
Check the charge condition of the bat-
the battery against tilting in transit.<
tery frequently if the vehicle is used pri-
marily for driving short distances.<

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Removal and installation

Overview
Do not disconnect the battery
when the engine is running. Dis-
connecting the battery cable when the
engine is running will cause a voltage

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surge that will damage the vehicle's on-
board electronics.

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Do not make any modifications in the
wires to the positive terminal. If you do
so, the protective function of the safety

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battery terminal is no longer ensured.
Repairs and disposal may only be per- BMW 740i/L: When removing the bat-
formed by specially-trained person- tery, disconnect the negative terminal
nel.< first, then the positive terminal.

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BMW 750iL: Please contact your autho- Unscrew the battery retaining clamp
rized BMW center for additional infor- (arrow).
mation. When installing the battery, connect the
positive terminal first, then connect the
negative terminal.

When installing a battery, be sure


that it is mounted properly. If the
battery is not mounted properly, it will
not be adequately secured in case of an
accident.<

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180nFuses

A list of the fuses, their respective am- Do not attempt to repair a burned
pere ratings and the equipment in their fuse or replace it with a fuse hav-
circuits is provided next to the fuse box. ing a different color or amperage rating.
When you close the fuse box, be sure To do this could cause a fire in the vehi-
that the cover is seated securely. cle resulting from a circuit overload.<
Additional fuses are provided in the
If the fuse fails repeatedly, refer the
luggage compartment (refer to the next
problem to your BMW center for repair.
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page).
The fuse for continuous positive current
is located in a separate fuse box above
the battery. If this fuse is defective, re-
fer the problem to your BMW center for
If an electrical accessory should fail,
repair.
switch it off and check the fuse.

In the engine compartment


1 Open the hood. Press the cover fas-
teners (arrows) forward and open the
cover
2 Use the plastic tweezers (located on
the inside of the cover) to remove the
fuse for the accessory or equipment
that has stopped working from its
socket
3 If the fuse is burned through (the
metal strip is melted and separated),
replace it with a new fuse of the same
ampere rating (color code).

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Overview
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In the luggage compartment 3 Move the sound insulation material
1 Fold down the right-hand trim panel slightly to the side.
with the upper handle A list of the fuses, their respective am-
2 BMW 750iL: Unscrew the hexagon

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pere ratings and the equipment in their
nut (arrow), lift the battery support up circuits is provided on the rear of the
slightly and swing it inward together side trim.
with the battery

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Manual release 3 Pull the knob with the fuel pump Manual operation
1 Use the handle to lower the trim symbol. 1 Remove the interior lamp (refer to
panel on the right side of the luggage page 171). Reach into the opening
compartment and push out the panel
2 BMW 750iL: Unscrew the hexagon 2 Using the Allen wrench from the on-
nut (arrow), lift the battery support up board tool kit (refer to page 166), turn
slightly and swing it inward together the sliding/tilt sunroof in the desired
with the battery direction.

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Never use spray starter fluids to start

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the engine.
If the battery is discharged, you can use
two jumper cables to start your car with
power from the battery of a second ve-
hicle. Always use jumper cables with

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fully insulated handles on the terminal

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clamps.

Do not touch high-voltage wiring


and cables on a running engine.

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There is a risk of fatal injury if you do
this.< 4 Start by connecting the jumper cable 5 Then connect the negative terminals.
from the positive terminal of the sup- Attach the cable to either the support
Carefully comply with the following in- port vehicle to the positive terminal vehicle's negative battery terminal, or
structions to avoid personal injury and connector located in your BMW's en- to a suitable ground on its engine or

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damage to one or both vehicles: gine compartment. The cover of the bodywork. Then connect the other
1 Ensure that the battery on the sup- auxiliary terminal for jump starting is end of the cable to ground on the ve-
port vehicle is also rated at 12 volts, marked with "Batt. +" (refer to the il- hicle's engine or bodywork which is
and that the capacities of the two lustration). Open the cover by pulling to be started. Then connect the other
batteries (Ah) are roughly comparable the tab. The illustration shows the end of the cable to a ground on your
(printed on casing) auxiliary terminal for jump starting the vehicle's engine or bodywork (for in-
2 Leave your battery connected to the BMW 740i/L as an example. For the stance, the nuts on the strut dome.
car electrical system BMW 750iL: Refer to "Engine com- Refer to the arrows in the illustration
3 Make sure that there is no contact partment" on page 146 above)
between the bodywork of the two ve-

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hicles – short circuit risk Follow the same sequence for
connecting the jumper cables if
you assist in jump-starting another ve-
hicle. If you do not, there is a risk of in-
jury caused by spark generation at the

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184nJump-starting Towing the vehicle
6 Start the engine of the support
vehicle and let it run
7 Start the engine on the vehicle need-
ing 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 re-

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charge
8 Before disconnecting the jumper ca-
bles from your BMW, turn on the rear
window defroster and set the blower
to the highest speed; allow the en- Tow fitting Rear:
gine to run approx. 10 seconds. This Apply pressure to the arrow symbol on
The screw-in tow fitting is stored in the
will prevent a voltage surge from the the cover panel to remove.
onboard tool kit; be sure that it remains
voltage regulator to the electrical ac-
in the vehicle at all times. This fitting is
cessories Screw the tow fitting in until it
designed for installation in the tow
9 Then disconnect the jumper cables in bottoms firmly. If this is not done,
sockets located at the front and rear of
reverse sequence. the threads could be damaged.
the vehicle, and is intended for towing
Have the battery recharged if neces- on paved road surfaces only. Never attach tie-down hooks, chains,
sary. It should not be used to pull a vehicle straps, or tow hooks to tie rods, control
out of deep snow, mud, sand, etc. arms, or any other part of the vehicle
Always observe all applicable towing suspension as severe damage to these
laws and regulations. components will occur, leading to pos-
sible accidents.<
Access to tow sockets
Use only a nylon towing strap to tow
Front:
the vehicle, since the inherent resil-
Apply pressure to the arrow symbol on
ience of this material helps protect both
the cover panel to remove.
vehicles from sudden jerking move-
ments.

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The towed vehicle should always Towing a vehicle

Overview
be the lighter of the two vehicles. 1 Place the selector lever in position N
If this is not the case, it is no longer 2 Towing speed:
possible to control vehicle response.< Max. 45 mph (70 km/h)
3 Towing distance:
Tow-starting Max. 95 miles (150 km)

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It is not possible to start the engine of 4 Leave the ignition key at position 1 to

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vehicles equipped with automatic ensure that the brake lamps, turn sig-
transmission by towing or pushing. nals, horn and windshield wipers re-
For instructions on jump starting, refer main operative, and to prevent the
steering lock detent from engaging

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to page 183.
5 Switch on the hazard-warning system
Never attempt to use your vehicle to
(observe country-specific regula- Towing with a commercial tow
push another car, as damage to the
tions). truck
energy-absorbing bumpers could
result. Find some means of identifying the ve- > Do not tow with sling-type equipment
> Use a wheel lift or flat bed equipment

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hicle in tow, for instance, place a sign
or warning triangle in the rear window. > Please comply with applicable towing
laws.
To prevent the steering lock from
engaging, make sure that the igni- Never allow passengers to ride in
tion key remains in position 1, even if a towed vehicle for any reason.<
the electrical system has failed.
The steering and brakes are without
power assist when the engine is off.
This means that increased effort is re-
quired for steering and braking.<

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Airbags 188 Overview

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Adaptive Transmission Control
(ATC) 188
Automatic Stability Control plus
Traction (ASC+T)/Dynamic
Stability Control (DSC) 189 Controls and features

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Radio reception 190
BMW active seat 190
Safety belt tensioner 191
DSP sound system 191
Rearview mirror with automatic Operation, care

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dimmer 192 and maintenance
Rain sensor 192
Tire Pressure Control (RDC) 193
Xenon lamps 194
Owner service procedures

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188nAirbags ATC
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.
ATC
Because the inflation process must be
virtually instantaneous, it is necessarily
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accompanied by a certain amount of ig-
nition and inflation noise. The gas re-
quired to inflate the airbags is not dan-
gerous, and the smoke caused by it
Deceleration sensors continuously rapidly dissipates. On vehicles with automatic transmis-
monitor the physical forces acting upon The entire process is completed within sion Adaptive Transmission Control
the vehicle. In a severe frontal collision, fractions of a second. (ATC) uses a number of factors to cal-
the gas generators of the driver's airbag culate the maximally efficient gear. In
and the front passenger airbag are ig- this process it monitors your personal
nited. However, the passenger-side air- driving style, the situation in which you
bag is only triggered if an additional are driving, the condition of the road
sensor has recognized that the passen- and the traffic conditions.
ger seat is occupied. ATC recognizes your personal driving
In the event of a severe side impact, the style from the positions and movements
head protection and side airbags in the of the gas pedal, declaration when
front and/or rear* are triggered. braking and lateral acceleration through
curves. Four shift characteristics – from
comfort-oriented to performance-ori-
ented – are available for selection by
ATC.

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In order to take driving conditions into By recognizing traffic conditions, ATC Precision sensors monitor the wheel

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account, ATC registers corners and can retain maximum driving comfort. speeds. The DSC also monitors steer-
both uphill and downhill gradients. For For instance, the system recognizes ing angle, lateral acceleration, brake
example, if you maintain speed through stop-and-go traffic and then proceeds pressure and the movement of the vehi-
a curve, the transmission does not up- only in second gear until it encounters cle around its vertical axis.
shift. higher starting loads. If differences in wheel speeds occur,

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On uphill gradients, it shifts only when Of course, the selector lever can still be the system recognizes the danger of
the engine speed increases in order to used to select specific gear ratios. Per- wheelspin and reduces the engine's
make more efficient use of power re- formance-oriented driving is enabled by drive torque. If necessary, the system
serves. On downhill gradients, ATC shifting from drive position "D" to "S," also responds with additional braking
shifts down when the speed of the vehi- "3" or "2." Positions "3" and "2" each intervention at all four wheels.

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cles increases, causing the driver to limit upshifts to the next gear. Posi- In addition, DSC permanently monitors
step on the brakes. tion "2" is best for driving on steep the vehicle's current operating condi-
With respect to road conditions, ATC mountain slopes with a heavy load. tion and compares it with an ideal con-
monitors the friction between the tires dition that is calculated from the sensor
and the road. The system responds to

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signals. If discrepancies from this ideal
slippery road surfaces (snow and ice) condition (understeering or oversteer-
by activating the winter program. ing, for example) occur, DSC stabilizes
Second gear is used when moving the vehicle in fractions of a second by
away from a standstill, upshifts occur reducing engine power output and with
sooner. On descents, downshifting the assistance of braking intervention at
does not occur in spite of the applica- individual wheels. Dangerous skids are
tion of brakes. This enables you to thus prevented from the very beginning.
"feel" the road as you drive and pro-
You may need some time to become
duces greater dynamic stability. If the
accustomed to this system intervention.
friction between the tires and the road
However, it helps provide optimum pro-

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is adequate, the normal system is again
pulsive force and driving stability.
activated. The system also leaves the
winter program when you shift from The braking intervention may be ac-
drive position "D" to "S," "3" or "2," or if companied by a certain degree of
the ASC+T/DSC* is deactivated. noise.

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190nRadio reception BMW active seat*
Although numerous factors combine to
impose inherent limitations on the re-
ception quality available from mobile
radios, specially designed systems can
be employed to minimize their effects:
With radio stations which broadcast
over multiple frequencies, the "Radio
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Data System" (RDS) ensures that the
frequency with the best reception qual-
ity will automatically be selected.
The Diversity Antenna system employs
several FM antennas integrated within
Radio waves — mediumwave, long- the rear window to provide three sepa- The active seat is an advanced devel-
wave and shortwave — offer a wide rate sources for receiving broadcast opment in BMW seats. These seats are
range of reception, because the broad- waves. An integral processor automati- engineered with orthopedic consider-
cast signals travel not only along the cally selects the antenna with the best ations so that you will be less fatigued
ground as surface waves, but also as FM reception quality at any given time. during longer trips and sitting for long
waves bounced back to earth from the Because the ongoing antenna selection periods without moving. The seat is no
ionosphere. process is completed within millisec- longer a passive link between the road,
Frequency-modulation (FM) provides onds, it remains inaudible to the radio the running gear, and the driver. In-
substantially better sound quality than listener. stead, by means of an active modifica-
AM. However, because FM transmis- tion to the seat's surface, the seat
sions rely on line-of-sight broadcast causes weight transfers which are
waves, their effective reception range is slight and imperceptible. The basic
limited. seating position is not changed by this.
In the seat's upholstery, beneath the
surface of the seat, there is a cushion of
fluid on the left and right. The fluid is
slowly circulated back and forth be-
tween the cushions by means of a
pump.

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This causes a movement of the spinal

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column which is barely detectable, to-
gether with an improvement in the flow
of blood to the intervertebral disks and
the muscle structure in the area of the
spinal column.

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The passengers can experience less
muscle cramping, back pain in the lum-

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bar region or symptoms of fatigue. As a
result, the active seat represents a sig-
nificant contribution to driving comfort

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and driving safety.
The safety belt tensioner responds to The DSP Professional premium sound
severe collisions by tightening the belts system features a special amplifier
to ensure that occupants remain firmly combined with Digital Sound Process-
positioned in their seats. A gas-pres- ing (DSP) and integrated speakers to

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sure system retracts the buckle assem- surround you with crisp, true-to-life
bly to tension the shoulder and lap belts sound reproduction.
within fractions of a second. This re- The speaker system's subwoofers,
duces the tendency to slide under the woofers, midrange speakers and tweet-
lap belt. ers furnish you with an impressively full-
bodied listening experience. The indi-
vidual components are oriented so as
to produce the aural sensation that you
would experience facing the stage in a
concert hall. The system also automati-

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cally adjusts the bass and treble set-
tings to compensate for changes in vol-
ume and vehicle speed.

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192nRearview mirror with automatic dimmer Rain sensor*
The semisolid reacts chemically to this
electrical current, thus providing infi-
nitely-variable dimming of the mirror
(electrochromic technology).
As a result, it is no longer necessary to
dim the mirror manually, and the driver
can maintain full concentration on traf-
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The interior rearview mirror with auto- The rain sensor controls windshield
matic dimming feature reduces glare wiper operation, depending on how wet
from following traffic by adapting the in- the windshield is.
tensity of the reflected images to corre- Infrared light is carried along the sur-
spond to levels of light registered by face of the windshield in an optical con-
the unit's sensors. The mirror reverts to ductor in such a manner that it is re-
its undimmed setting as soon as the flected completely when the windshield
light source disappears. One of these is dry. The quantity of reflected light is
sensors is mounted on the front of the measured.
mirror housing and is designed to mon-
If there is moisture on the glass, the
itor light levels in the area forward of
amount of light reflected is reduced
the vehicle. The second sensor is inte-
since the infrared light at the surface of
grated within the mirror's glass. The
the windshield can escape. The quan-
electronic control system operates by
tity of reflected light is thus a means of
comparing the respective levels of lumi-
gauging the degree of wetness on the
nous intensity in front of and behind the
windshield.
car. The difference provides the basic
parameter used to modulate an electri-
cal current and induce chemical
changes in a semisolid layer incorpo-
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When the system is set to the "Intermit- Near every wheel is an antenna in the

Overview
tent" wiper speed, the wipers react im- body that receives the signal from the
mediately – if water is splashed onto the wheel. A central electronics system
windshield by vehicles traveling ahead evaluates the quadruple signals and
of you, for example. As a result, the rain forwards any changes.
sensor provides a contribution to driv- The RDC provides an important contri-

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The Tire Pressure Control system as-
sumes the task of regular tire pressure
checks for you. Tire pressures are mon-

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itored at all four wheels, even when the
vehicle is moving.
Behind the valve stem in every wheel,
there is an electronic chip which is de-
signed for severe-duty applications and
long service life. It contains a pressure
sensor, a transmitter and a battery. The
pressure is measured in extremely short
time intervals and then transmitted by a
radio signal. If an irregularity is de-
tected, the transmission rate is in-

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194nXenon lamps*
Xenon lamps provide significantly-im-
proved visibility, especially during ad-
verse weather conditions and driving
situations (driving at night in heavy rain
or through road repair areas where
there are no lane markers, for instance).
Vehicles with xenon lamps are
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equipped with automatic-dynamic


headlamp range control. As a result, the
highway is always optimally lighted, re-
gardless of load conditions, and drivers
in oncoming traffic are not blinded.
The xenon lamps light up the side and Xenon lamps make a significant contri-
front areas of the vehicle with signifi- bution to highway safety since other
cantly more brightness and uniformity highway users, bicyclists and motorcy-
than the traditional halogen lamp. clists in the right lane, and pedestrians
In a xenon lamp, an electric arc re- are more easily detected.
places the filament in order to generate
intense illumination. A gas mixture in a
quartz glass tube with metal vapor is ig-
nited 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 ap-
prox. 15 seconds.

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Engine specifications 198 Overview

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Dimensions 199
Weights 200
Capacities 201
Electrical system 202
Drive belts 202 Controls and features

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198nEngine specifications

BMW 740i/L BMW 750iL


m
Displacement cu in (cm ) 268.4 (4,398) 328.2 (5,379)
Number of cylinders 8 12
Max. output hp 282 322
at engine speed rpm 5,400 5,000
Maximum torque ft-lb (Nm) 324 (439) 361 (490)
at engine speed rpm 3,700 3,900
Compression ratio e 10.0 10.0
Stroke/bore in (mm) 3.26/3.62 (82.7/92.0) 3.11/3.35 (79.0/85.0)
Fuel-injection system Digital-electronic engine-management system

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All dimensions are given in inches (mm).

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Min. turning circle dia.: BMW 740iL/750iL 40.0 ft (12.2 m), BMW 740i 38.1 ft (11.6 m).

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200nWeights

BMW 740i BMW 740iL BMW 750iL


Curb weight (with driver, ready for operation, full tank of fuel, options not included)
lbs (kg) 4,255 (1,930) 4,288 (1,945) 4,597 (2,085)
Approved gross vehicle weight lbs (kg) 5,313 (2,410) 5,346 (2,425) 5,655 (2,565)
Approved front axle weight lbs (kg) 2,590 (1,175) 2,601 (1,180) 2,646 (1,200)
Approved rear axle weight lbs (kg) 2,910 (1,320) 2,932 (1,330) 3,086 (1,400)
Maximum load capacity lbs (kg) 1,058 (480) 1,058 (480) 1,058 (480)
Approved roof load capacity lbs (kg) 220 (100) 220 (100) 220 (100)
Never exceed either the approved axle weights or the gross vehicle weight.
Luggage compartment capacity cu ft (liters) 17.7 (500) 17.7 (500) 17.7 (500)

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Notes

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Fuel tank gal. (liters) approx. 22.5 (approx. 85) – BMW 740i/L Fuel specification: Refer to
approx. 25.1 (approx. 95) – BMW 750iL page 27
reserve gal. (liters) approx. 2.6 (approx. 10.0) – BMW 740i/L
approx. 3.2 (approx. 12.0) – BMW 750iL

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Windshield washer system, quarts (liters) approx. 4.7 approx. 4.5) For details: Refer to page 148
with headlamp washer system quarts (liters) approx. 6.5 (approx. 6.0)
Cooling system including heater quarts (liters) 12.7 (12.0) For details: Refer to page 151
circuit

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Engine oil and filter change quarts (liters) 7.9 (7.5) – BMW 740i/L Synthetic Oil for gasoline en-
8.5 (8.0) – BMW 750iL gines, oil specifications:
Refer to page 150
Automatic transmission/ – Lifetime fluid, no fluid change
Differential required

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202nElectrical system Drive belts
Battery BMW 740i/L
BMW 740i/L: 12 V, 110 Ah Water pump – AC generator –
BMW 750iL: 12 V, 55 Ah power steering
12 V, 110 Ah V-belt 7 K x 1635
A/C compressor
Spark plugs V-belt 5 K x 1004
NGK BKR 6 EQUP or BMW 750iL
Bosch FGR 7 DQP AC generator – power steering
(not released at this time) V-belt 7 K x 1045
This spark ignition system meets all re- Coolant pump – air conditioner
quirements of the Canadian Interfer- compressor
ence-Causing Equipment Regulations V-belt 6 K x 1190
(ICES-2).
You can obtain Original BMW
Parts and Accessories, as well as
professional advice from your BMW
center.<

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Everything from A to Z 206 Overview

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Owner service procedures 212

Controls and features

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Index
Index
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Everything from A to Z
A Approved gross vehicle Average fuel Break-in procedure 126
ABS 129 weight 200 consumption 89 Break-resistant security
Accessories 6 Aquaplaning 127, 136 Average speed 90 glass, care 158
Activated-charcoal Armrest 115 Axle loads 200 Bulb replacement 167
filter 109 ASC+T (Automatic Stability
Active seat 50 Control plus B C
Adaptive Transmission Traction) 96, 97 Backup lamps, bulb Capacities 201
Control Ashtray 118 replacement 170 Car jack 173
(ATC) 67, 69, 188 AUC (Automatic Battery 176, 202 Car keys 32
Add recirculated-air capacity 202 Car Memory 55
engine oil 149 control) 107 charge 178 Car radio
washer fluid 148 Audio System 82 charge current 20 reception 135, 190
Adjust Automatic car washes 155 discharged 183 Car telephone 117
backrest 48 Automatic climate removal and Car wash 155
steering wheel 51 control 104 installation 179 Care, exterior 157
thigh support 50 removing window Belts 56 Care, interior 159
Air distribution 106 condensation 106 Beverage holders 117 Caring for the vehicle
Air flow 107 Automatic cruise control 74 Blower 107 finish 157
Air jets 104 Automatic curb monitor 54 BMW active seat 50 Catalytic converter 128
Air outlets, ventilation 104 Automatic recirculated-air BMW comfort seat 49 Cellular phone 135
Air pressure 136 control (AUC) 107 BMW High-Performance voice control 23
Airbags 21, 57, 161, 188 Automatic Soft-Close Synthetic Oil 150 Cellular phone, please refer
Alarm system, deactivating feature 40 BMW sports seat 49 to the separate Owner's
in an emergency 43 Automatic Stability Control BMW Universal Manual
Antenna 190 plus Traction Transmitter 112 Center (high-mount) brake
Antifreeze, (ASC+T) 96, 97 Body-cavity protectant 156 lamp 171
radiator 132, 152 Automatic steering wheel Brakes 130 Center armrests 116
Antilock Brake System adjustment 51 faults 132 Central locking
(ABS) 129 Automatic transmission 66 fluid 152 system 34, 35
Antitheft alarm system 42 Automatic transmission with hydraulic system 20 button 38
Antitheft system 34 Steptronic 69 lamps, bulb Changing a wheel 173
Automatic windshield replacement 170 Charge indicator lamp 20
washer 73

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Charging the battery 178 Convenience operating Displacement 198 E

Overview
CHECK button 79 mode for windows and Display lighting 100 EDC (Electronic Damper
Check Control 79 sliding/tilt roof 34 Displays 18 Control) 97
Checking the engine oil 149 Convenience starting 64 Distance 90 Electric power windows 44
Checking tire pressure 28 Coolant 132, 151 Distance warning 94 Electric rear seat
Child restraint Coolant temperature Door key 32 adjustment 51

Controls
systems 56, 60 gauge 78 Door warning lamps, bulb Electric steering wheel
Child seat Coolant, antifreeze 132 replacement 172 adjustment 51
installation 61, 62 Cruise control 74 Doors Electrical accessories,
security 61 Cruising range 89 emergency release 34 failure 180
Childproof door locks 62 Curb weight 200 manual operation 34 Electrical malfunction

Car care
Cigarette lighter 119 remote control 36 fuel filler door 182
Clock, refer to Digital D unlocking and locking 38 sliding/tilt sunroof 182
clock 83 Dash lighting 100 Doors, radio remote Electrical system 202
Cockpit 16 Dashboard 16 control 36 Electronic Damper Control
Code 92 Date 83 DOT Quality Grades 137 (EDC) 97

Technology Repairs
Refer to the Radio Daytime-running lamp 100 Drink holders 117 Electronic immobilizer 33
Owner's Manual DBC (Dynamic Brake Drive belts 202 Emergency deactivation of
Codes, tires 139 Control) 131 Driving notes 127 the alarm system 43
Coin tray 117 Deep water 127 Driving through water 127 Emergency release
Cold start 64 Defrosting, windows 106 DSC (Dynamic Stability doors 34
Comfort seat 49 Digital clock 83 Control) 96 fuel filler door 182
Compartments 117 Digital Sound Processing DSP amplifier, please refer luggage compartment
Computer 88 (DSP) 191 to the seperate Radio lid 39
Configuring personalized Digital sound Owner's Manual sliding/tilt sunroof 182
settings 51, 52, 54 processor 191 Dynamic Brake Control Energy Control 77
Connecting a vacuum (DBC) 131 Engine

Data
Dimensions 199
cleaner 119 Dimming feature, interior Dynamic Stability Control compartment 144
Consumption display 77 rearview mirror 52 (DSC) 96 coolant 151
Contour seat 50 Dipstick, engine oil 149 data 198
Disc brakes 130 oil consumption 149

Index
Disconnect the battery 179 oil pressure 20
oil specifications 150
performance 198
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Everything from A to Z
Estimated time of arrival 91 G I J
Exterior door handles, Gasoline 27 Ice warning 76 Jump starting 183
lighted 36 Glove compartment 115 Ignition key 32
Exterior finish, care 156 bulb replacement 172 Ignition switch 63 K
Gross vehicle weight 200 Independent ventilation Key Memory 55
F system 111 Keys 32
Failure messages 79 H Independent ventilation Keys with remote control 32
False alarms, avoiding 43 Hand brake, refer to Parking system, please refer to the Kickdown 70
First-aid kit 25 brake 21, 65 separate Owner's Manual Knock sensors 27
Fittings for tow-starting and Handsfree system 117 of the onboard computer
towing 184 Hazard warning triangle 25 Indicator lamps 20
L
Flashlight 115 Headlamp Inflation pressures 28, 136
Lashing eyes 41, 122
Flat tires 136 adjusting 168 monitoring 98, 193
Leather care 159
Flooding 127 care 168 INSPECTION 78
Length 199
Fog lamps 101 flasher 71 Instrument cluster 18
Level control system 134
bulb replacement 170 washer system 73, 148 Instrument panel
License plate lamps, bulb
switch 101 Heated seats 110 lighting 100
replacement 171
Footwell lamps 102 Heated steering wheel 110 Interaxle tire rotation 138
Light switch 100
bulb replacement 172 Heating and ventilation 104 Interface socket, onboard
Light-alloy wheels 142
Front armrest 116 Heating during a stop 108 diagnosis system
Lighted exterior door
Front seat adjustment 48 Height 199 (OBD) 163
handles 34, 36
Fuel 27 Height adjustment Interference
Lighted interior door
average fuel head restraints 48, 51 cellular phone 135
handles 38, 100
consumption 89 seats 48 radio 135
LIGHTS ON warning 100
consumption indicator 77 steering wheel 51 Interior door handles,
Limit 91
gauge 77 HiFi system 191 lighted 38, 100
Loading 122
specifications 27 High beams 71 Interior lamps 34, 102
Load-securing devices 122
tank capacity 201 bulb replacement 168 bulb replacement 171
Locking and unlocking the
Fuel filler door 26 Hood release 143 remote control 36
doors 34
manual release after Horn 23, 24 Interior motion sensor 42
Locks, care 132
electrical fault 182 Hydraulic brake system 132 Interior rearview mirror,
Low beams 100
Fuses 180 automatic dimming 52
bulb replacement 168
Interlock 63
Intermittent wipe switch 72
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Low-fuel warning lamp 77 Manual operation O Parking aid 94

Overview
Lug bolts 174 doors 34 OBD connector 163 Parking brake 21, 65
Lug wrench 174 fuel filler door 182 Odometer 76 Parking in winter 134
Luggage luggage compartment 39 Oil Parking lamps 101
compartment 39, 41 sliding/tilt sunroof 182 adding 149 Passenger side exterior
Automatic Soft-Close 40 Manually controlled additives 149 mirror tilt function 54

Controls
bulb replacement 172 recirculated-air 107 consumption 149 PDC (Park Distance
capacity 200 Master key 32 level check 149 Control) 94
emergency release 39 Memory 53, 55 pressure, indicator Playing cassettes, refer to
features 39 MFL (Multifunction steering lamp 20 the Radio Owner's Manual
locking separately 39 wheel) 23 specifications 150 Playing CDs, please refer to

Car care
manual operation 39 Microfilter 109 Oil change interval, please the Radio Owner's Manual
nets 41 MID (Multi-Information refer to the Service Pocket lamp 115
opening from the Display) 82 Warranty Information Pollen from the incoming
inside 40 Mirrors 52 Booklet air 109
opening separately 39 defrosting 52 OILSERVICE 78 Power seat 48

Technology Repairs
remote control 37 memory 53 Onboard computer 88 adjustment 48
Luggage compartment Mobile phones 135 Onboard computer, please Power steering 134
lid 39 Mobile phones, please refer refer to the separate Power windows 44
manual operation 39 to the separate Owner's Owner's Manual safety switch 45
opening separately 39 Manual Onboard tool kit 166 Pressure monitoring,
remote control 37 Modifications, Opening and closing tires 98, 193
Luggage rack 122 technical 6, 162 from the inside 38 Pressure, tires 28, 136
Luggage straps 41 Multifunction armrest 116 from the outside 34 Pushbutton for central
Lumbar support 49 Multifunction steering wheel Outside mirrors 52 locking system 38
(MFL) 23 Outside temperature
M Multi-Information Display display 76 R

Data
M+S tires 140 (MID) 82 Radio
Magic Eye, refer to battery P Car radio, please refer to
charge condition 178 N Paint blemishes, exterior the separate Owner's
Maintenance 78, 154 Nozzles 104 dirt 157 Manual

Index
Malfunction displays 79 Park Distance Control Radio Data System
(PDC) 94 (RDS) 190

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Radio reception 135, 190 Roof-mounted luggage Side marker lamps, bulb Steering wheel memory 53
Rain sensor 72, 155, 192 rack 122 replacement 169 Steering wheel, heated 110
RDC (Tire Pressure Rubber seals and Ski bag 120 Steptronic 69
Control) 98, 193 components 159 Skid control 134 Stopping the vehicle 65
RDS (Radio Data Sliding/Tilt sunroof 46, 47 Storage facilities 117
System) 190 S closing after electrical Storing the vehicle 161
Reading lamps 102 Safety belt tensioner 191 fault 182 Summer tires 139, 142
Rear footrests 119 Safety belts 56 convenience operation 34 Sun blinds 111
Rear passenger-area air Safety lock buttons 38 radio remote control 36 Sun visors 53
conditioning 109 Screw-on valve stem Sliding/Tilt sunroof with Symbols 4, 177
Rear seat adjustment, caps 140 glass moonroof 47
electric 51 Seat adjustment 48 Slippery roads 133 T
Rear seat control 116 Seat heating 110 Snow chains 133, 141 Tachometer 76
Rear seat heating 110 Seat memory 53 Socket 119 Tail lamps 170
Rear window blind 111 Seat, power 48 Sound system 191 bulb replacement 170
Rear window Securing loads 122 Spare key 32 Tank capacity 201
defroster 74, 105, 107 Security glass 45 Spare tire 174 Technical
Rearview mirrors 52 Selector lever, automatic Spark plugs 202 modifications 6, 162
Refueling 26 transmission 66, 69 Speaker 117 Telephone hookup 117
Remote control 35 Service and Warranty Special oils 150 Telephone, please refer to
Remote control for onboard Information Speed limit warning 91 the separate Owner's
computer 93 Booklet 152, 154 Speedometer 19 Manual
Removing condensation, Service Interval Sports seat 49 Temperature
windows 106 Display 78, 154 Starting assistance 183 adjustment 107
Replacement keys 32 Servotronic 134 Starting Temperature display
Replacing tires 137 Shift-lock 66, 69 problems 64, 128, 183 engine coolant 78
Reservoir, washer Shoulder support 49 Starting the engine 64 outside temperature 76
system 145, 148 Shutting off the engine 65 Steering 134 Third brake lamp 171
Residual heat 108 Side airbags 57, 58 Steering lock 63 Tilt function, passenger side
Roller sun blinds 111 Side impact head protection Steering wheel adjustment, mirror 54
Roof luggage rack 122 system 57 automatic 51 Tilt sensor alarm
Roof weight rating 200 Steering wheel lock 63 system 36, 43

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Everything from A to Z 211n

Tire U W Wipers 72

Overview
code 139 Uniform Tire Quality Warning lamps 20 replacing blades 166
damage 136 Grading 138 Warnings 79 Work in the engine
failure 173 Unintentional alarms, Warranty and Service Guide compartment 143
inflation avoiding 43 Booklet 152, 154
pressure 28, 136 Universal Transmitter 112 Washer reservoir, filling 148 X

Controls
replacement 137 Used batteries 178 Washer system 72 Xenon lamps 168, 194
specifications 142 Washing your car 155
tread 136 V Water on the roads 127
Tire Pressure Control Waxing, finish 157
Vanity mirrors 53
(RDC) 98, 193 Weights 200
Vehicle battery 176, 202

Car care
Tools 166 Wheel lug wrench 174
Vehicle care
Topping up the windshield/ Wheel rims 139
exterior 157
washer fluid reservoir 148 Wheelbase 199
interior 159
Torque 198 Wheels and tires 139, 142
Vehicle Identification
Tow fittings 184 Wheelslip control, refer to
Number 153

Technology Repairs
Towing the vehicle 184 ASC+T/DSC 96
Vehicle storage 161
Tow-starting 184 Width 199
Ventilation 104, 111
Track circle 199 Windows
air flow 104
Transmission 66, 69 convenience operating
draft-free 108
Tread depth, tires 136 mode 34
tips for pleasant
Trip odometer 76 demisting 106
driving 106
Trunk lid, refer to luggage radio remote control 36
Ventilation system while
compartment lid 39 Windshield washer nozzle
parked, please refer to the
Turn signal 22, 71 adjustment 148
separate Owner's Manual
bulb replacement 169 Windshield washer
of the onboard computer
Turn signals system 72

Data
Vinyl care 159
bulb replacement 170 Windshield wipers 72
Viscosity 150
Turning circle 199 replacing blades 166
Voice control 23, 24
Windshield, defrosting 73
Winter operation 132

Index
Winter tires 140

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Owner service procedures
A D Fog lamp, bulb L
Adding Deactivating the interior replacement 170 Level control system,
brake fluid 152 motion sensor 36 Footwell lamps, bulb inactive 134
engine coolant 151 Deactivating the tilt sensor replacement 172 License plate lamps, bulb
engine oil 149 alarm system 36 Fuel filler door, replacement 171
washer fluids 148 Defrosting, windows 106 manual release after Low beam headlamps, bulb
Air pressure 28 Difficult steering 134 electrical fault 182 replacement 168
Doors, manual operation 34 Fuses, replacing 180 Lug wrench 174
B Luggage compartment
Backup lamps, bulb E G lamps, bulb
replacement 170 Electrical accessories, Glove compartment lamp, replacement 172
Battery failure 180 bulb replacement 172 Luggage compartment lid,
checking charge Electrical fault emergency release 39
condition 178 fuel filler door 182 H Luggage compartment
discharged 183 sliding/tilt sunroof 182 release 143
Hazard warning flashers 25
Brake lamps, bulb Emergency release Hazard warning triangle 25
replacement 170 doors 34 Headlamp, care 168 M
Brakes, faults 132 fuel filler door 182 High beam headlamps, bulb Maintenance 78, 154
Bulb replacement 167 luggage compartment replacement 168, 170 Malfunction displays 79
lid 39 Hood release 143
C sliding/tilt sunroof 182 O
Changing a wheel 173 Engine oil I Oil level check 149
Charging the battery 178 specifications 150 Oil specifications 150
Indicator lamps 20
Check Control 79 Interior lamps, bulb Onboard tool kit 166
Checking F replacement 171
charge condition of the Failure messages 79 Interior motion sensor, P
battery 178 Filling the windshield washer deactivation 43 Pressure, tires 28
engine oil 149 fluid reservoir 148
tire pressure 28 First-aid kit 25 J R
Fittings, tow-starting and
Jump starting 183 Rear lamp assembly 170
towing 184
Releasing the hood 143

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Removing condensation, U

Overview
windows 106 Use of antifreeze,
Replacement keys 32 radiator 151

S W
Security glass, care 158 Warning lamps 20

Controls
Sliding/tilt sunroof, closing Warnings 79
after electrical fault 182 Washer fluid reservoir,
Sliding/tilt sunroof, power filling 148
supply interruption 47 Wheel change 173
Snow chains 141 Windows, demisting 106

Car care
Spare key 32 Windshield washer nozzle
Spare tire 174 adjustment 148
Starting assistance 183 Wiper blades, replacing 166
Starting Work in the engine
problems 64, 128, 183 compartment 143

Technology Repairs
T
Tail lamps, bulb
replacement 170
Tail lamps,
bulb replacement 170
Tilt sensor alarm system,
deactivation 43
Tire damage 136
Tire failure 173

Data
Tire inflation
pressure 28, 136
Tools 166
Tow fittings 184

Index
Towing the vehicle 184
Turn signal, bulb
replacement 169

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Refueling
So that you will have important specifi- Fuel
cations available when you stop to
refuel, we recommend that you supple- Designation
ment this table with data that apply to
your vehicle. AKI: minimum

AKI: for rated performance

AKI: for enhanced


performance

Engine oil

Quality

The oil volume between the


two marks on the dipstick
corresponds to approx.
1.1 US quarts (1 liter).

Tire inflation pressures Summer Winter

Front Rear Front Rear

4 persons

5 persons or 4 plus luggage

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