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525i
530i
540i

sedan
sport wagon

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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 BMW. The
manual contains important data and instructions intended to assist you in obtaining
maximum satisfaction from your BMW's unique array of advanced technical fea-
tures. It also contains information on vehicle maintenance designed to enhance
operating safety while simultaneously helping you to maintain your BMW's value
throughout an extended service life. For additional information refer to the supple-
mental manuals.
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.
We wish you an enjoyable driving experience.
BMW AG

Foreword
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Contents
About this Owner's Manual 8 Cockpit 14 Locks and security systems:

Controls and features


Overview
Notes
Symbols used 8 Instrument cluster 15 Keys 32
The individual vehicle 8 Indicator and warning lamps 19 Central locking system 32
Status at time of printing 9 Steering wheel with multifunction Opening and closing – via the
For your own safety 9 buttons 22 door lock 33
Symbol on vehicle parts 10 Warning triangle 23 Opening and closing – via the
Service and Warranty 10 First-aid kit 23 remote control 34
Reporting safety defects 10 Refueling 24 Opening and closing – from the
Fuel specifications 25 inside 37
Tire inflation pressure 26 Luggage compartment lid/
Tailgate 38
Rear window 40
Luggage compartment 42
Alarm system 42
Electric power windows 44
Sliding/tilt sunroof 46
Adjustments:
Sitting safely 48
Seats 48
Manually-adjusted seat 49
Electric power seats 50
Head restraints 52
BMW active seat 52
Safety belts 53
Seat, mirror and steering wheel
© 2002 Bayerische Motoren Werke
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Munich, Germany Seat heating 55
Reprinting, including excerpts, only with the Adjusting steering wheel 56
written consent of BMW AG, Munich.
Order No. 01 41 0 156 818 Steering wheel heating 56
US English IX/2002 Mirrors 57
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– bleached without chlorine, suitable for recycling.

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Passenger safety systems: Technology for safety and Cabin convenience:

Controls and features


Airbags 59 driving convenience: BMW Universal Transmitter 115

Overview
Transporting children safely 62 Park Distance Control (PDC) 98 Glove compartment 118
Vehicle Memory, Key Automatic Stability Control plus Storage compartments 118
Memory 67 Traction (ASC+T)/Dynamic Cellular phone 119
Stability Control (DSC) 99 Beverage holder 119
Driving:
Self-leveling suspension 101 Ashtray, front 119
Steering/Ignition lock 68
Tire Pressure Monitor (RDC) 101 Cigarette lighter 120

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Starting the engine 68
Ashtray, rear 120
Switching off the engine 70 Lamps:
Parking brake 70 Parking lamps/Low beams 103 Loading and transporting
Manual transmission 71 Instrument lighting 104 cargo:
Automatic transmission 72 High beams/Standing Through-loading system 121

Maintenance
Automatic transmission with lamps 104 Ski bag 122
Steptronic 75 Fog lamps 104 sport wagon:
Indicator/Headlamp flasher 78 Interior lamps 105 Cargo area 125
Washer/Wiper system/Rain Reading lamps 105 Roll-up cover 125
sensor 78 Partition net 125
Controlling the climate for
Cruise control 80 Storage areas in the luggage
pleasant driving:
compartment 126
Everything under control: Air conditioning 106

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Cargo loading 128
Odometer, outside temperature Automatic climate control 109
Roof-mounted luggage rack 129
display 82 Roller sun blind 114
Tachometer 83 Parked-car ventilation
Energy control 83 system 114
Fuel gauge 83
Coolant temperature gauge 84

Data
Service Interval Display 84
Check Control 85
Computer 88
Multi-Information Display
(MID) 89

Index
Digital clock in the MID 90
Computer in the MID 93

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Special operating instructions: Under the hood: Replacement procedures:

Owner service procedures


Operation, maintenance
Break-in procedures 132 Hood 139 Onboard tool kit 152
Driving notes 133 Engine compartment Windshield wiper blades 152
Antilock Brake System 133 essentials 140 Lamps and bulbs 153
Brake system 134 Washer fluids 141 Changing a wheel 158
Engine oil 142 Battery 162
Wheels and tires:
Coolant 144 Fuses 162
Tire inflation pressure 135
Brake fluid 145
Tire condition 135 Assistance, giving and
Tire replacement 136 Maintenance: receiving:
Wheel and tire The BMW Maintenance Jump-starting 164
combinations 137 System 146 Towing the vehicle 165
Special characteristics of winter
Laws and regulations:
tires 138
Technical modifications 147
Snow chains 138
California Proposition
65 Warning 147
OBD interface socket 148

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Engine specifications 170 Everything from A to Z 178

Technical data

Index
Dimensions 171

Overview
Weights 173
Capacities 175

Controls
Maintenance
Repairs
Data
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8nNotes

About this Owner's Manual Symbols used Identifies systems or components,


We have made every effort to ensure Indicates precautions that must which can be activated or adapted
that you are able to find what you need be followed precisely in order to to suit an individual driver's require-
in this Owner's Manual as quickly as avoid the possibility of personal injury ments ("Vehicle Memory", "Key
possible. The fastest way to find certain and serious damage to the vehicle. Memory"). Refer to page 67.
topics is by using the detailed index at Activation and adjustments on some of
the end. If you are looking for a brief Contains information that will these systems can be performed at
initial summary of the essentials, please assist you in gaining the optimum your BMW center.
turn to the first chapter. benefit from your vehicle and enable
you to care more effectively for your The individual vehicle
Should you wish to sell your BMW at
some time in the future, please vehicle. On buying your BMW, you have
remember to hand over the Owner's decided in favor of a model with individ-
Manual to the new owner; it is an Refers to measures that can be ualized equipment and features. This
important part of the vehicle. taken to help protect the environ- Owner's Manual describes all models
ment. and equipment that BMW offers within
If you have any questions, your BMW
the same group.
center will be glad to advise you.
< Marks the end of a specific item of We hope you will understand that
information. equipment and features are included
which you might not have chosen for
* Indicates special equipment, country- your vehicle. You can easily identify any
specific equipment and optional extras. differences with the aid of the asterisk *
used to identify all optional extras and
t Identifies index entries that refer accessories.
to owner service procedures or topics
If your BMW features equipment which
on vehicle maintenance.
is not described in this Owner's
Manual, Supplementary Owner's
Manuals are enclosed. We ask you to
read these manuals as well.

Notes
Symbols
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Status at time of printing For your own safety Important safety information!
BMW pursues a policy of continuous, Use unleaded gasoline only. Fuels For your own safety, use genuine

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ongoing development designed to containing up to and including parts and accessories approved by
ensure that our vehicles continue to 10 % ethanol or other oxygenates with BMW.
embody the highest quality and safety up to 2.8 % oxygen by weight – i.e. When you purchase accessories tested
standards combined with advanced, 15 % MTBE or 3 % methanol plus an and approved by BMW and Original
state-of-the-art technology. For this equivalent amount of co-solvent – will BMW Parts, you simultaneously acquire
reason, it is possible that the features not void the applicable warranties the assurance that they have been thor-

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described in this Owner's Manual could covering defects in materials or work- oughly tested by BMW to ensure
differ from those on your vehicle. Nor manship. Field experience has indi- optimum performance when installed
can errors and omissions be entirely cated significant differences in fuel on your vehicle.
ruled out. We therefore request your quality – volatility, composition, addi- BMW warrants these parts to be free

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understanding for the fact that we are tives, etc. among gasolines offered for from defects in material and workman-
unable to recognize any legal claims sale in the United States and Canada. ship.
based on the data, illustrations or The use of poor-quality fuels may result BMW will not accept any liability for
descriptions in this manual. in driveability, starting and stalling damages resulting from installation of
problems, especially under certain parts and accessories not approved by
environmental conditions, such as high BMW.
ambient temperature and high altitude. BMW cannot test every product from

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Should you encounter driveability prob- other manufacturers to verify if it can be
lems that you suspect could be related used on a BMW safely and without risk
to the fuel you are using, we recom- to either the vehicle, its operation, or its
mend that you respond by switching to occupants.
a recognized high-quality brand. Original BMW Parts, BMW Accessories
Failure to comply with these recom- and other products approved by BMW,
mendations may result in unscheduled together with professional advice on

Data
maintenance. using these items, are available from all
Obey pertinent safety rules when you BMW centers.
are handling gasoline.<

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The individual vehicle
Status at time of printing
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Installation and operation of non-BMW Service and Warranty Reporting safety defects
approved accessories such as alarms, This manual is supplemented by a Ser- The following only applies to vehicles
radios, amplifiers, radar detectors, vice and Warranty Information Booklet owned and operated in the US.
wheels, suspension components, brake for US models or a Warranty and Ser- If you believe that your vehicle has a
dust shields, telephones – including vice Guide Booklet for Canadian defect which could cause a crash or
operation of any portable cellular phone models. could cause injury or death, you should
from within the vehicle without using an
We recommend that you read this immediately inform the National
externally-mounted antenna – or trans-
publication thoroughly. Highway Traffic Safety Administration
ceiver equipment, eg., CBs, walkie-
Your BMW is covered by the following NHTSA in addition to notifying BMW of
talkie, ham radio or similar accessories,
warranties: North America, LLC, P.O. Box 1227,
may cause extensive damage to the
> New Vehicle Limited Warranty Westwood, New Jersey 07675-1227,
vehicle, compromise its safety, interfere
> Rust Perforation Limited Warranty Telephone (800) 831-1117.
with the vehicle's electrical system, or
affect the validity of the BMW Limited > Federal Emissions System Defect If NHTSA receives similar complaints, it
Warranty. See your BMW center for Warranty may open an investigation, and if it
additional information.< > Federal Emissions Performance War- finds that a safety defect exists in a
ranty group of vehicles, it may order a recall
Maintenance, replacement, or > California Emissions Control System and remedy campaign. However,
repair of the emission control Limited Warranty NHTSA cannot become involved in indi-
devices and systems may be performed Detailed information about these vidual problems between you, your
by any automotive repair establishment warranties is listed in the Service and dealer, or BMW of North America, LLC.
or individual using any certified auto- Warranty Information Booklet for US To contact NHTSA, you may either call
motive part.< models or in the Warranty and Service the Auto Safety Hotline toll-free at
Guide Booklet for Canadian models. 1-800-424-9393 – or 366-0123 in
Symbol on vehicle parts Washington, D.C. area – or write to:
Indicates that you should consult NHTSA, U.S. Department of Transpor-
the relevant section of this tation, Washington, D.C. 20590. You
Owner's Manual for information on a can also obtain other information about
particular part or assembly. motor vehicle safety from the Hotline.

For your own safety

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Overview

Overview
Controls and features

Controls
Operation, maintenance

Maintenance
Owner service procedures

Repairs
Technical data

Data
Index

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1 Parking lamps/Low beams 103 3 Fog lamps 104 7 Rear window defroster 107, 112
2 > Turn signal indicators 78 4 Washer/Wiper system 78 8 Horn, the entire surface
> Standing lamps 104 5 Central locking system 32 9 Adjusting the steering wheel 56
> High beams 104
6 Hazard warning flashers
> Headlamp flasher 78
> Computer 88

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Controls
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1 Fuel gauge 83 5 Tachometer and Energy Control 83 8 Selector lever and program display
2 Indicator lamp for turn signal 6 Coolant temperature gauge 84 for automatic transmission* 72, 75

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indicators 21 7 Indicator and warning 9 Service Interval Display 84
3 Speedometer lamps 19 to 21
4 Indicator lamp for high beams 21

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10 Display for the computer – opera- 11 Indicator lamp for Automatic Sta- 13 Odometer and trip odometer 82
tion via the turn signal lever, bility Control plus Traction (ASC+T)/ 14 Indicator for Check Control 85
refer to page 88: Dynamic Stability Control
15 Reset trip odometer to zero 82
> Outside temperature (DSC)* 21
> Average fuel consumption 16 Indicator and warning
12 Indicator lamp for self-leveling
> Cruising range lamps 19 to 21
suspension* 21
> Average speed

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Overview
Controls
Maintenance
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1 Fuel gauge 83 4 Indicator lamp for high beams 21 7 Indicator and warning
2 Indicator lamp for turn signal 5 Tachometer and Energy Control 83 lamps 19 to 21

Data
indicators 21 6 Coolant temperature gauge 84 8 CHECK button 85
3 Speedometer 9 Selector lever and program display
for automatic transmission* 72, 75

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10 Outside temperature display 82 12 Trip odometer 82 15 Service Interval Display 84


11 Indicator lamp for Automatic Sta- 13 Check Control display 85 16 Reset button for trip odometer 82
bility Control plus Traction (ASC+T)/ 14 Odometer 82 17 Indicator and warning
Dynamic Stability Control lamps 19 to 21
(DSC)* 21

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Technology that monitors itself Red: stop immediately Tire Pressure Monitor (RDC)* ●
The system runs a check on the Battery charge current ● Accompanied by an acoustic

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warning and indicator lamps marked The battery is no longer being warning signal: a flat tire has
by "●" each time you switch on the charged. This indicates a defect occurred. Reduce vehicle speed imme-
ignition. They each light up once for dif- in the alternator drive belt or in the diately and stop the vehicle. Avoid hard
ferent periods of time. charging circuit of the alternator. Please brake applications. Do not oversteer.
contact the nearest BMW center. For additional information: refer to
If a fault should occur in one of these
page 101

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systems, the corresponding lamp does
not go out after the engine is started or You should never attempt to con- Parking brake*/Brake system
it lights up while the vehicle is moving. tinue driving with a defective drive hydraulic circuits ●
The following section describes how belt, as the engine could overheat and Comes on when you engage the
sustain serious damage. If the drive belt parking brake.

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you should respond.
is defective, increased steering effort is For additional information: refer to
also required.< page 70
Comes on although the parking brake
Engine oil pressure ● is released: have the brake fluid level
May be accompanied by the checked. Before continuing your
message "STOP!ENGINE OIL- journey, be sure to read the notes on
PRESS" in the Check Control*: stop the pages 134 and 145

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vehicle immediately and switch off the
Also comes on with the message
engine. Check the engine oil level; top
"CHECK BRAKE LININGS" in the
up as required. If the oil level is correct:
Check Control.
please contact the nearest BMW
center. Parking brake warning lamp*/
Brake system hydraulic circuits
Do not continue driving, as the for Canadian models.

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damage from inadequate lubrication. <

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20nIndicator and warning lamps
Red: as important reminder Yellow: please have checked at Automatic transmission*
Parking brake* your earliest opportunity Because of a malfunction, the
Comes on when you engage the Antilock Brake System (ABS) ● automatic transmission shifts
parking brake. ABS has been deactivated in only in the emergency program. Please
For additional information: refer to response to system malfunction. consult the nearest BMW center.
page 70 Conventional braking efficiency is avail- For additional information: refer to
able without limitations. Please have pages 74 and 77
Parking brake warning lamp* for
Canadian models. the system inspected by your BMW Brake pads* ●
center. Have the brake pads checked.
For additional information: refer to For additional information: refer
Please fasten safety belts ● page 133 to page 134
Accompanied by warning tone
Antilock Brake System (ABS) Dynamic Brake Control (DBC)* ●
and message* in the Check
warning lamp for Canadian Malfunction in DBC system.
Control. Remains on until the safety
models. Conventional braking efficiency
belts are fastened.
Engine oil level* is available without limitations.
For additional information on safety
Comes on while driving: the Have the system repaired by your BMW
belts: refer to page 53
engine oil level has fallen to the center at the earliest possible opportu-
Airbags ● nity.
absolute minimum; refill as soon as
Please have the system For additional information: refer to
possible. Do not drive more than
inspected by your BMW center. page 100
approx. 30 miles (50 km) until you do.
For additional information: refer to
For additional information: refer to Dynamic Brake Control (DBC)
page 59
page 142 warning lamp for Canadian
Engine oil level* models.
Comes on after the engine has Tire Pressure Monitor (RDC)* ●
been switched off: add engine Check the tire inflation pressure:
oil at your earliest opportunity (when refer to pages 26, 101
you stop to refuel).
For additional information: refer to
page 142

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Self-leveling suspension* ● Service Engine Soon ● Green: for your information


The self-leveling suspension If the indicator lamp comes on Turn signal indicators

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system is inactive. Please con- either continuously or intermit- Flashes when the turn signal
sult the nearest BMW center. tently, this indicates a fault in the emis- indicators are on. Rapid flashing
For additional information: refer to sions-related electronic systems. indicates a system malfunction.
page 101 Although the vehicle remains opera- For additional information: refer to
Automatic Stability Control plus tional, you should have the systems page 78
Traction (ASC+T)/Dynamic Sta- checked by your BMW center at the

Controls
Cruise control
bility Control (DSC)* ● earliest possible opportunity.
Lights up when the system is
ASC+T/DSC has been deactivated, For additional information: refer to
switched on: available for oper-
either manually at the button or auto- page 148
ation via the multifunction steering
matically in response to a system mal- Service Engine Soon warning

Maintenance
wheel.
function. In the event of a malfunction, lamp for Canadian models. For additional information: refer to
have the system checked by your BMW page 80
center. Check Filler Cap* ● Front fog lamps
For additional information: refer to This indicator lamp comes on Lights up whenever you switch
page 99 when the fuel filler cap is loose on the front fog lamps.
Engine electronics* or missing. For additional information: refer to
There is a fault in the electronic Close the filler cap tightly: refer to

Repairs
page 104
engine-management system. page 25
You can continue to drive with reduced Blue: for your information
engine output and engine speed.
High beams
Please have the system inspected by
Lights up when the high beams
your BMW center.
are on or the headlamp flasher
is actuated.

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For additional information: refer to
pages 78 and 104

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22nSteering wheel with multifunction buttons
The controls integrated within the multi-
function steering wheel (MFL) and the
sports steering wheel* have been Switch between phone and radio, cas- Volume
designed to allow you to operate a sette and CD.
number of accessories both quickly and
safely, without taking your eyes from
the road: Cruise control: to select a stored set-
Forward: ting.
> selected control functions for the
radio along with CD and cassette > Radio
player Press briefly: station scan in FM band
> recirculated-air control of the air Extended pressure: search function
> CD Cruise control: store and accelerate (+)
conditioner system or the steering
Press briefly: track scan or decelerate and store (–).
wheel heating* (MFL only)
> the cruise control Extended pressure: search function
> selected phone functions* and in track
> voice entry*. > Cassette
Cruise control: activate/interrupt/deac-
Press briefly: stop track scan or fast
tivate.
The controls are active only when forward
the corresponding systems and Extended pressure: fast forward
accessories are switched on.< > Phone
Scan personal phone book.
Recirculated-air mode and automatic
recirculated-air control (AUC) or
steering wheel heating: activate/deacti-
Press briefly:
vate.
Receive a phone call, initiate dialing, Reverse: functions as forward.
terminate a call.
Extended pressure:
Activate/deactivate voice entry.

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Some of the items contained in


the first-aid kit have a limited ser-

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vice life. For this reason, check the
expiration dates of each of the items
regularly, and replace any whose
expiration dates have passed. You can
acquire replacements in any drugstore
or pharmacy.
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Always observe all legal regulations
requiring a first-aid kit to be carried in
the vehicle.<

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The hazard warning triangle is readily The first-aid kit is located under the
available, stored in the onboard tool kit front passenger's seat.
mounted on the inside of the luggage To remove: lift the release lever on the
compartment lid/tailgate. front (arrow) and pull the first-aid kit for-
To open the container, loosen the wing ward out of its support.
screw.
To store: place the first-aid kit into the

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support, then push back until the button
Always observe all legal regula-
engages.
tions requiring a warning triangle
to be carried in the vehicle.<

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24nRefueling

sport wagon
1. Release the right-hand panel in the
luggage compartment with the
button and fold the panel down
2. Pull the button with the fuel pump
symbol.
If a subwoofer* is installed, loosen the
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T-screw and swing the subwoofer to
the side.

Always observe all safety precau-


tions posted at the service station
Fuel filler door when handling fuel. Never carry spare Simple and environmentally
Always switch off the engine fuel containers in your vehicle. Whether friendly
before refueling, as it is not pos- empty or full, these containers can leak, Open the fuel filler cap carefully to
sible to add fuel with the engine run- cause an explosion, or lead to fire in the prevent fuel from spraying out.
ning, and attempts may also trigger the event of a collision.< Fuel spray may cause injury.
Service Engine Soon lamp.< Do not top off. Topping off may cause
fuel spillage.<
To open the filler door, press on the
front edge. Keep the filler cap in the bracket
In the event of an electrical malfunction, attached to the fuel filler door.
you can also open the fuel filler door When refueling, insert the filler nozzle
manually: completely into the filler pipe. Pulling
sedan the nozzle out of the pipe during refu-
eling
1. Use the handle to lower the trim
panel on the right side of the luggage > results in premature pump shutoff
compartment > and will reduce the effectiveness of
2. Pull the button with the fuel pump the vapor recovery system on the
symbol. pump.

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As long as the filler nozzle is used prop- The engine uses lead-free gasoline
erly, the fuel tank is full whenever the only.

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nozzle shuts off the first time. Required fuel:
> Premium Unleaded Gasoline,
Refill early to avoid damaging the
min. 91 AKI
catalytic converter; never attempt
AKI = Anti Knock Index
to drive to the last drop of fuel in the
tank.<

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Never use leaded fuel, as it would
cause permanent and irreversible
Tank capacity: approx. 18.5 gal.
damage to the oxygen sensor and the
(70 liters), with a reserve capacity of
catalytic converter.<
> BMW 525i, 530i: approx. 2.0 gal.

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(8 liters)
> BMW 540i: approx. 2.5 gal. (10 liters).

Close the filler cap carefully after


refueling until a click is heard.
While closing, be sure not to squeeze
the strap which is fastened to the cap.

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A loose or missing cap will activate the
message "CHECK FILLER CAP" in the
Check Control* or the Check Filler Cap
lamp*.<

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26nTire inflation pressure
Check tire inflation pressures on a Comply with tire approval
regular basis – at least twice a specifications
month – and before every extended The inflation pressures in the tables
journey. Incorrect tire pressure can lead apply to BMW approved tire sizes and
to driving instability, tire damage and tire manufacturers. Your BMW center is
accidents. familiar with these pressures. Higher
Check the inflation pressure of the pressures may be specified for tires
spare tire also. Inflate the spare tire to
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from other manufacturers.


the highest pressure of any tire on your
Your vehicle is equipped with tires that
vehicle.<
not only meet US, but also European
standards. We recommend the exclu-
sive use of BMW approved tires.
The inflation pressures are indicated on
a sticker attached to the B-pillar behind
the driver's door (visible with door
open).

Check tire pressures


All pressure specifications are indicated
in psi (kilopascal) for tires at ambient
temperature (refer also to the next
pages).
Vehicles with Tire Pressure Monitor
(RDC)*:
After correcting tire inflation pressures,
reactivate the system, refer to
page 101.

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sedan Tires
All pressure specifications in

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the table are indicated in psi
(kilopascal) with cold tires
(cold = ambient temperature)
225/60 R 15 96 H M+S – – 33 (230) 41 (280)
225/55 R 16 95 H M+S (US/CDN)

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225/60 R 15 96 W
225/55 R 16 95 W
235/45 R 17 94 W/Y 29 (200) 33 (230) 33 (230) 41 (280)
525i 205/65 R 15 94 Q M+S (outside US/CDN)

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225/60 R 15 96 Q M+S
225/55 R 16 95 Q M+S
235/45 R 17 94 Q M+S
Front: 235/45 R 17 94 W/Y
Rear: 255/40 R 17 94 W/Y
225/55 R 16 95 H M+S – – 33 (230) 41 (280)
225/55 R 16 95 W (US/CDN)

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235/45 R 17 94 W/Y
530i 225/55 R 16 95 Q M+S 29 (200) 33 (230) 33 (230) 41 (280)
235/45 R 17 94 Q M+S (outside US/CDN)
Front: 235/45 R 17 94 W/Y
Rear: 255/40 R 17 94 W/Y

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sedan Tires
All pressure specifications in
the table are indicated in psi
(kilopascal) with cold tires
(cold = ambient temperature)
225/55 R 16 95 W
35 (240) 39 (270) 41 (280) 48 (330)
235/45 R 17 94 W/Y
Front: 235/45 R 17 94 W/Y 35 (240) – 41 (280) –
540i
Rear: 255/40 R 17 94 W/Y – 39 (270) – 48 (330)
225/55 R 16 95 Q/T/H M+S
30 (210) 35 (240) 36 (250) 44 (300)
235/45 R 17 94 Q/T/H M+S
225/55 R 16 95 H M+S
225/55 R 16 95 W
235/45 R 17 94 W/Y 30 (210) 35 (240) 36 (250) 44 (300)
540iA 225/55 R 16 95 Q M+S
235/45 R 17 94 Q M+S
Front: 235/45 R 17 94 W/Y 30 (210) – 36 (250) –
Rear: 255/40 R 17 94 W/Y – 35 (240) – 44 (300)

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sport Tires
wagon All pressure specifications in

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the table are indicated in psi
(kilopascal) with cold tires
(cold = ambient temperature)

225/55 R 16 95 H M+S

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225/60 R 15 96 H M+S
225/60 R 15 96 W 30 (210) 35 (240) 36 (250) 44 (300)
225/55 R 16 95 W
525i
235/45 R 17 94 W/Y

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225/60 R 15 96 Q M+S
225/55 R 16 95 Q M+S 33 (230) 38 (260) 39 (270) 46 (320)
235/45 R 17 94 Q M+S
225/55 R 16 95 H M+S
225/55 R 16 95 W 30 (210) 35 (240) 36 (250) 44 (300)
540i 235/45 R 17 94 W/Y
225/55 R 16 95 Q M+S
33 (230) 38 (260) 39 (270) 46 (320)

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Overview

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Controls and features

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Operation, maintenance

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Owner service procedures

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Technical data

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32nKeys Central locking system
2 Spare key for storage in a safe place, The concept
such as in your wallet. This key is not The central locking system is ready for
intended for continuous use operation as soon as you close the front
3 Door and ignition key doors. The system engages and
The locks for the luggage compart- releases the locks on the
ment lid/tailgate, rear backrest and > doors
glove compartment cannot be oper- > luggage compartment lid/tailgate
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ated with this key. This is recom- and rear window*


mended for valet parking, for > fuel filler door.
instance.
The central locking system can be
operated
1 Master keys with remote control unit > from outside via the driver's door lock
determine the functions of the Key as well as via the remote control
Memory, refer to page 67. > from inside via the central locking
You can mark individual keys for sub- system button.
sequent identification by applying the Activation from inside does not lock the
colored decals that you received fuel filler door (refer to page 37). Activa-
when accepting delivery of your tion from outside simultaneously acti-
vehicle vates the anti-theft system. The alarm
system is also armed or disarmed.
There is an extended-life battery When you use the central locking
in every master key that is system to lock the doors from inside
charged automatically in the ignition the vehicle, it will automatically disen-
lock as you drive. gage the locks if an accident occurs,
For this reason, if you have a master except on doors that have been locked
key that is not in regular use, you individually using the lock buttons, refer
should use that key approx. once every to page 37. The accident response rou-
year while driving for an extended tine also includes automatic activation
period. This will charge the battery. of the hazard warning flashers and the
Refer also to page 34.< interior lamps.

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Convenience operation
You can also operate the windows and

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sliding/tilt sunroof via the door lock.
> To open: with the door closed, turn
the key to the "Unlock" position and
hold it
> To close: with the door closed, turn
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the key to the "Lock" position and
hold it.

Watch the closing process care-

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fully and be sure that no one is
Using the key trapped by the closing motion. The
One turn of the key in the driver's door closing process stops immediately
lock unlocks the driver's door only. when you release the key.<
Turning the key a second time unlocks
all of the remaining doors, the luggage Manual operation
compartment lid/tailgate and the fuel in the event of an electrical malfunction
filler door.

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Turn the key to the extreme left or right
You can have a signal set to con- to unlock/lock the driver's door.
firm that the vehicle's locks have
engaged securely.<

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34nOpening and closing – via the remote control
The concept Master keys with remote control
The remote control makes opening and Since passengers or animals
locking the doors of your vehicle very remaining in the vehicle might be
convenient. Furthermore, it provides able to lock the doors from the inside,
three additional functions which you take the vehicle's keys with you so that
can only execute via the remote control: the vehicle can be opened again from
> To switch on interior lamps, refer to the outside at any time.<

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page 35.
With this function, you can also Master keys that are used repeat-
"search for" your vehicle, when edly are always ready for opera-
parked in an underground garage, for tion, since the battery in the key is
instance charged automatically in the ignition
> To open the luggage compartment 1 Unlock, convenience opening and lock as you drive.
lid/tailgate, refer to page 35. alarm system If it is no longer possible to lock the
The luggage compartment lid/tailgate 2 Lock and secure, interior lamp activa- vehicle via the remote control, the
will open slightly, regardless of tion, disarming tilt alarm sensor and battery is discharged. Use this key
whether it was previously locked or interior motion sensor while driving for an extended period in
unlocked order to charge the battery. Refer also
3 Open the luggage compartment lid/ to page 32.
> Panic mode tailgate, panic mode
In case of danger, you can trigger the To prevent unauthorized use of the
alarm. remote control, surrender only the door
and ignition key 3 or the spare key 2
Whenever you unlock (lock) the vehicle,
(refer to page 32) when leaving the
you simultaneously deactivate (activate)
vehicle for valet parking, for example.
the anti-theft system, disarm (arm) the
In the event of a system malfunction,
alarm system and switch the interior
please contact your BMW center. You
lamps on (off).
can also obtain replacement keys
there.<
You can have a signal set to con-
firm that the vehicle's locks have
engaged securely.<

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To unlock To lock and secure To open the luggage


compartment lid/tailgate

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Press button. Press button.
Press the button once to unlock the Press button.
driver's door and the fuel filler door Vehicles without armored glass: The luggage compartment lid/tailgate
only; press a second time to unlock all do not lock the vehicle if anyone will open slightly, regardless of whether
will be remaining inside, as it would

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remaining doors as well as the luggage it was previously locked or unlocked.
compartment lid/tailgate. then be impossible for the occupant(s)
to disengage the locks from the Before and after a trip, be sure
Convenience opening mode inside.< that the luggage compartment lid/

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tailgate has not been opened uninten-
To deactivate the tilt alarm sensor tionally.<
Press and hold button to open the elec-
and interior motion sensor
tric power windows and sliding/tilt sun- Panic mode
roof.
Press button a second time immedi-
ately after locking. Provided that the alarm system is
For additional information, refer to armed, you can respond to imminent

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page 43. danger by holding down the button for
between two and five seconds.
To switch on the interior lamps
To cancel alarm

With the vehicle locked, press button.


Press button.

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36nOpening and closing – via the remote control
External systems For US owners only
The remote control system may be The transmitter and receiver units
affected by other units or equipment comply with part 15 of the FCC (Federal
operating in the immediate vicinity of Communication Commission) regula-
your vehicle. tions. Operation is governed by the
If this should occur, you can unlock and following:
lock the vehicle via the door lock with a FCC ID: LX8EWS
master key. LX8FZVS
LX8FZVE
Compliance statement:
This device complies with part 15 of the
FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions:
> This device may not cause harmful
interference, and
> this device must accept any interfer-
ence received, including interference
that may cause undesired operation.

Any unauthorized modifications to


these devices could void the
user's authority to operate the equip-
ment.<

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If only the driver's door was To engage the locks


unlocked from the outside and > Use the central locking button to lock

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you press the button all of the doors simultaneously,
> all other doors, the luggage compart- or
ment lid/tailgate, rear window and > press down the individual door lock
the fuel filler door will be unlocked if buttons. As an added design feature
the driver's door is open to prevent the driver from being inad-
> the driver's door will be locked again
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when 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, you

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You can operate the central locking the button for the central locking should not lock the doors with
system with this button when the system and then pull the door handle their lock buttons since doors locked in
driver's door is closed. With this button, above the armrest or this manner would not open automati-
only the doors, the luggage compart- > pull the release handle for each door cally in the event of an accident.
ment lid/tailgate and rear window are twice: the first pull unlocks the door, Since passengers or animals remaining
unlocked or locked. The anti-theft and the second one opens it. in the vehicle might be able to lock the
system is not activated. Also, the fuel doors from the inside, take the vehicle's

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filler door remains unlocked to allow keys with you so that the vehicle can be
refueling. opened again from the outside at any
time.<
The central locking system can be
locked automatically as soon as
you begin to drive if you desire. You
may also have this function pro-

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grammed into individual keys.<

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38nLuggage compartment lid/Tailgate
Manual operation
In the event of an electrical malfunction,
you can also open the luggage com-
partment lid/tailgate manually:
sedan:
Turn the master key to the left in the
luggage compartment lock, continuing
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all the way to the end of its travel – the
luggage compartment lid will open
slightly.
The luggage compartment is locked
again as soon as you close the lid.
Lock – sedan only Secure separately
Only the master keys (refer to page 32) Turn the master key to the right past the
fit in the lock of the luggage compart- pressure point and then pull it out in the
ment lid. horizontal position.
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 lock, continuing used to prevent unauthorized access to
until it stops – the luggage compart- the luggage compartment when you
ment lid will open slightly. hand over the door and ignition key
The luggage compartment is locked (refer to page 32) for valet parking, etc.
again as soon as you close the lid.

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sport wagon: 2. Release the two quick-release fas- To open from the outside
1. From inside the luggage compart- teners of the cover for the onboard Press the button (arrow): the luggage
ment, open the two side covers tool kit in the tailgate. Raise the compartment lid/tailgate opens slightly.
(arrow). Remove the covers cover
The luggage compartment (cargo area)
3. Remove the plastic plug (arrow) and
is illuminated whenever the luggage
pull toward the interior. The tailgate
compartment lid/tailgate is opened (for
will be released

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additional information refer to
4. Open the tailgate. Press the plug
page 105).
back into place and close the cover
with the quick-release fasteners
5. Position the two side covers and
close them.

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To open from the inside Rear window – sport wagon Closing – sedan
You can use this button to open the Small items can be loaded or unloaded The handle recess (arrow) next to the
luggage compartment lid/tailgate when quickly if the rear window is opened lock mechanism is designed to assist
the vehicle is stationary (not possible if separately. you in closing the luggage compart-
the tailgate has been locked sepa- Press the button (arrow): the rear ment lid.
rately). window opens slightly. It can now be
tilted up.
When the tailgate of the sport
Push the window down to close it.
wagon is opened, the clearance
from the ground to the upper edge is
When loading sharp or pointed
more than 6.6 ft (two meters). Please
objects in the area adjacent to the
keep this in mind when opening the tail-
rear window always wrap their edges in
gate (in a garage, for example).<
soft material if there is any chance that
these objects could shift and rub
For the roll-up covers and for additional
against the window while the vehicle is
details concerning the luggage com-
underway. Failure to observe this pre-
partment, please refer to "Luggage
caution can result in damage to the rear
compartment" beginning on page 125.
window defroster's resistor elements.<

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To avoid injuries, be sure that the


travel path of the luggage com-

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partment lid/tailgate is clear when it is
closed, observing the same precautions
as with all closing procedures.
Operate the vehicle only when the lug-
gage compartment lid/tailgate or rear
window is completely closed. Other-
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wise, exhaust fumes could penetrate
the interior of the vehicle. Should it be
absolutely necessary to operate the
vehicle with the luggage compartment

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Closing – sport wagon lid/tailgate or rear window open: Emergency release – sedan only
> Close all windows. Shut the sliding/
You can pull the tailgate down by This lever releases the luggage com-
tilt sunroof
placing both hands in the handle partment lid from the luggage compart-
> Increase the air supply for the air
recesses (arrows). ment's interior.
conditioner or automatic climate
To close the tailgate, merely press it control to a high level. Refer to
down gently. The closing process will page 107 or 111.<

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then be carried out automatically.

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42nLuggage compartment Alarm system
The concept
The vehicle alarm system responds
> when a door, the hood, the luggage
compartment lid/tailgate or the rear
window is opened
> to movement inside the vehicle (inte-
rior motion sensor)
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> to variations in the vehicle's tilt angle
such as those occurring during
attempts to steal the wheels or tow
the vehicle
> to interruption of battery voltage.
Luggage straps Hanger
The system responds to unauthorized
Use the straps on the floor of the On the left-hand side of the luggage vehicle entry and attempted theft by
luggage compartment to secure smaller compartment is a hanger for fastening simultaneously activating the following
items of luggage. shopping bags, packages and similar
items. > an acoustic alarm for 30 seconds
Movement is reduced when objects are > the hazard warning flashers, for
placed on the straps. approx. five minutes
The lashing eyes at the corners of the > the high beams flash on and off in the
luggage compartment provide you same rhythm as the hazard warning
with a convenient means of attaching flashers.
luggage nets* and flexible straps for
securing suitcases and luggage.
Refer also to "Cargo loading" on
page 128.

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To arm and disarm the alarm > If the indicator lamp flashes for
system 10 seconds when the system is

Overview
When the vehicle is locked or unlocked disarmed: an attempted entry has
with the key or the remote control, the been detected in the period since the
alarm system is also simultaneously system was armed.
armed or disarmed. Following triggering of an alarm, the
indicator lamp will flash continuously.

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edgment signals set to confirm Avoiding unintentional alarms
arming and disarming.< The tilt alarm sensor and interior motion
sensor may be switched off at the same

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time. To prevent an unintentional alarm
Indicator lamp displays from being triggered (in garages with
> The indicator lamp below the interior elevator ramps, for instance), or when
You can also open the luggage com- rearview mirror flashes continuously: the vehicle is transported by trailer or
partment lid/tailgate when the system is the system is armed train:
armed by pressing the button on the > The indicator lamp flashes during Lock the vehicle (arm the alarm system)
remote control (refer to page 35). When arming: door(s), the hood or luggage twice in succession: press button 2 on
you close the luggage compartment lid/ compartment lid/tailgate are not

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the remote control twice (refer to
tailgate, the luggage compartment is completely closed. Even if you do not page 35), or turn the key in the door
secured again. secure the indicated area, the system lock to the right (lock) twice in succes-
begins to monitor the remaining sion (refer to page 33).
areas, and the indicator lamp flashes The indicator lamp lights up briefly and
continuously after 10 seconds. How- then flashes continuously. The tilt alarm
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activated are deactivated as long as the system is
> If the indicator lamp goes out when armed.
the system is disarmed: no manipula-
tion or attempted intrusions have
been detected in the period since the
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44nAlarm system Electric power windows
Interior motion sensor After the ignition has been switched off:
In order for the interior motion sensor to > You can still operate the windows as
function properly, the windows and long as neither of the front doors has
sliding/tilt sunroof must be completely been opened. To open the window,
closed. press the switch beyond the pressure
Nevertheless, you should deactivate point.
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"Avoiding unintentional alarms") if you When leaving the vehicle, always
extract the ignition key from the
> leave children or animals in the
lock and remember to close the doors
vehicle
to prevent children from operating the
> intend to leave the windows or
power windows and injuring them-
sliding/tilt sunroof open.
To open and close windows selves, etc.<
From ignition key position 1:
For the convenience mode via the door
> Depress the rocker switch until you
lock or the remote control, refer to
feel resistance:
pages 33 or 35.
The window continues moving for as
long as you maintain pressure on the
Safety feature
switch
> Press the rocker switch beyond the A contact strip is integrated into the
pressure point: inner side of each of the upper window
The window moves automatically. frame sections. If pressure is exerted
Press the switch a second time to against this contact strip while a
stop the window. window is being raised, the system will
respond by stopping the window and
then retracting it a small distance.

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Despite this safety feature, be


extremely careful that the closing

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path of the window is not obstructed.
Otherwise, an object might not touch
the contact strip in some situations
(very thin objects, for instance).
You can override this safety feature by
pressing the switch beyond the pres-

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sure point and holding it.
Because the power windows are sealed
at high pressure to prevent wind noise
when closed, a powerful motor is

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required for efficient closing. When Safety switch
closing the windows, always ensure
With the safety switch, you can prevent
that they are not obstructed in any way.
the rear windows from being opened or
Unsupervised use of these systems can
closed via the switch in the rear pas-
result in serious personal injury.
senger area (by children, for example).
Remove the ignition key to deactivate
the electric power windows whenever
Press the safety switch whenever

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you leave the vehicle. Never leave the
children are riding in the rear of
keys in the vehicle with unsupervised
the vehicle. Careless use of the power
children. Never place anything that
windows can lead to injury.<
could obstruct the driver's vision on or
next to the windows.<

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46nSliding/tilt sunroof*
To prevent injuries, exercise care Automatic* opening and closing
when closing the sliding/tilt sun- Press the switch past the pressure
roof and keep it in your field of vision point and then release it.
until it is shut.
Other automatic operations are:
Before leaving the vehicle, switch off
the electric sunroof mechanism by > With the sunroof open, press the
removing the ignition key. Do not leave switch briefly toward "Lift:" the sun-
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access to vehicle keys. The key could raised position
be used to start the engine and operate > With the sunroof lifted, press the
vehicle systems such as the power sun- switch briefly toward "Open:" the
roof, etc. Unsupervised use of these sunroof automatically opens all the
systems can result in serious personal way.
Raising – Opening – Closing
injury.< Pressing the switch again briefly stops
From ignition key position 1 on, press
the switch or slide it in the desired the motion.
For the convenience mode via the door
direction until you feel resistance.
lock or the remote control, refer to Safety feature
page 33 or 35. When lifting, the headliner retracts sev-
eral inches. If the sliding/tilt sunroof encounters
resistance at a point roughly past the
The headliner insert can not be middle of its travel when it is closing,
closed with the sunroof in its the closing cycle is interrupted and the
raised position.< sliding/tilt sunroof will open again
slightly.
After the ignition has been switched off,
you can still operate the sliding/tilt sun-
roof as long as neither of the front
doors has been opened.

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Despite this safety feature, be


extremely careful that the travel

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path of the sunroof is not obstructed
whenever it is closed. Remember that
the safety mechanism may not be able
to detect obstructions under all circum-
stances (with very thin objects, for
instance). You can disable this safety

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feature by pressing the switch beyond
the pressure point and holding it.<

Sliding/tilt sunroof with glass

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moonroof* Interruption in the electrical Manual operation
The options and control procedures are supply In the event of an electrical malfunction,
essentially the same as those previ- After interruptions in the electrical you can also operate the sliding/tilt
ously described for the sliding/tilt sun- supply (when the battery is discon- sunroof manually:
roof. In order to open the raised roof, nected, for instance), the sunroof may 1. Remove the interior lamp, then reach
press the control switch towards only lift. To reinitialize the mechanism: into the exposed opening and press
"Open" and maintain pressure until the

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1. Raise the sliding/tilt sunroof fully out the cover
roof has reached the desired position.
2. Press and hold the switch for approx. 2. Use the Allen key from the onboard
The headliner insert slides back some-
twenty seconds. tool kit (refer to page 152) to turn the
what when you raise the sunroof, and
sliding/tilt sunroof in the desired
retracts along with the sunroof panel
direction.
when you slide it back. The insert then
remains open, and you can slide it back
and forth to adjust it whenever the sun-

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48nSitting safely Seats
For relaxed and fatigue-free driving you Sitting safely with safety belt When adjusting your seat, always
should select a seating position that Never allow more than one person observe the following precautions
reflects your personal requirements. to wear a single safety belt. Never Never try to adjust your seat while
Correct seating position combines with allow infants or small children to ride in operating the vehicle. The seat
safety belts and airbags to enhance a passenger's lap. Avoid twisting the could respond with an unexpected
occupant safety in the event of an acci- belt while routing it firmly across the movement, and the ensuing loss of
dent. To ensure that the vehicle's safety pelvis and shoulder, wear it as snugly vehicle control could lead to an acci-
systems provide you with optimal pro- against your body as possible. Do not dent. Never ride with the backrest
tection, we request that you direct your allow the belt to rest against hard or reclined to an extreme horizontal angle
careful attention to the following sec- fragile objects in your pockets. Do not (important for front passengers to
tion. route the belt across your neck, or run it remember), otherwise, there is a risk
For additional information on trans- across sharp edges. Avoid wearing that you will slide under the safety belt
porting children, refer to page 62. bulky clothing and pull on the lap belt in an accident, thus negating the pro-
periodically to retention it over your tection the safety belt provides.
Sitting safely with airbags shoulders. In the event of a frontal Do not move the seats to the rear when
Always maintain an adequate dis- impact, a loose lap belt could slide over the vehicle is at an extreme angle (on
tance between yourself and the the hips, leading to abdominal injury. In garage ramps or steep slopes, for
airbags. Always hold the steering wheel addition, the safety belt's restraint example). If you do so, the automatic
by the rim to keep any chance of injury effectiveness is reduced if it is worn safety belt height adjustment can be
to hands or arms to an absolute min- loosely. Expectant mothers should disengaged.<
imum should the airbag be deployed. always wear their safety belts, taking
Never allow any objects, individuals or care to position the lap belt against the Seat adjustment
animals to obstruct the areas between lower hips, where it will not exert pres- > Manually-adjusted seat, refer to
passengers and airbags. sure against the abdominal area.< page 49
Never use the front airbag's cover as a > Electric power seats, refer to page 50
storage tray or support for objects of For information on using the safety > Head restraints, refer to page 52
any kind. Never allow front passengers belts refer to page 53. > BMW active seat, refer to page 52
to rest their feet or legs on the airbag
cover.<

For airbag locations and additional


information on airbags refer to page 59.

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Seat adjustment 3 Backrest angle
1 Backward/forward adjustment Pull the lever and apply weight to or
Pull the lever and slide the seat to the remove weight from the backrest as
desired position. required.
After you release the lever, move the
seat forward or backward slightly to Comply with the adjustment
engage the detent instructions on page 48. Failure to

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do so could result in diminished per-
2 Cushion height
sonal safety.<
Pull the lever and apply weight to
or remove weight from the seat as
required

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1 Tilt angle (driver's seat only) Adjusting BMW sports seat* Adjusting BMW comfort seat*
2 Backward/forward adjustment With this seat, you can also adjust the This seat allows you to make additional
3 Cushion height thigh support: adjustments for

4 Backrest angle Press the front/rear of the switch to 1 Lumbar support


adjust the thigh support for your max- 2 Shoulder support
5 Head restraint height imum personal comfort.
To adjust the angle of the head restraint Lumbar support:
manually, tilt to the desired angle. You can adjust the backrest's contour
for additional support in the curvature
Read and comply with the adjust- of your spine's lumbar region.
ment instructions on page 48. The upper hips and spinal column
Failure to do so could result in dimin- receive supplementary support to help
ished personal safety.< you maintain a relaxed, upright seating
position.

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> Press the front/rear of the switch: Front passenger's seat adjusted for
Increase/decrease curvature relaxed traveling:

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> Press the upper/lower end of the 1. Adjust the upper backrest section
switch: to its extreme rear position
Increase the upper/lower curvature. 2. Lower the backrest slightly to
increase the tilt angle
3 Bring the upper backrest section

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firm support.

Make corrections in the forward/


backward adjustment of the seat

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Shoulder support: to ensure that the safety belt still fits
Press the front/rear of the switch: the firmly against your body. Failure to
support angle of the upper backrest observe this precaution can reduce the
section is adjusted. amount of protection provided by your
safety belt.<
You can use the adjustable upper back-
rest for supplementary support in the

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shoulder region. This provides a
relaxed seating position and helps
relieve stress on the shoulder muscles.
To obtain the optimal shoulder support
position, we recommend:
Driver and front passenger:

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1. Adjust the upper backrest section to
its extreme rear position
2 Adjust for the optimal seating posi-
tion as described on page 48
3. Bring the upper backrest section

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forward until your shoulders enjoy
firm support.

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52nHead restraints BMW active seat*
Head restraints reduce the risk
of spinal injury in the event of an
accident.
Adjust the head restraint so that its
center is approximately level with your
ears.
Leave the center-rear head restraint in
the fully-lowered position at all times.
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Adjusting Active changes in the seat's cushion


To adjust the height of the front or rear help to avoid muscle cramps, pain in
head restraints, pull up or push down. the spine's lumbar region and fatigue.
For electric height adjustment, refer to To activate, press the button.
page 50.
To adjust the angle of the front head
restraints, tilt to the desired angle.

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The shoulder belt anchor automatically


adjusts to continue providing an

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optimum fit when you move the seat
forward or back.

The rear belt buckle with the word


"CENTER" is intended exclusively
for the passenger sitting in the middle.
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sedan with through-loading system *:
please comply with the instructions for
the center safety belt on page 121.
sport wagon: if it is not possible to

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Drive with your safety belt on extract the center belt, this indicates
that the detent for the larger backrest is
Always fasten your safety belt before
not securely engaged, refer to
starting off. As supplemental restraint
page 125.<
devices, the airbags are designed to
enhance the effectiveness of the safety
If the safety belt system has been
belts, and not to replace them.
subjected to the stresses involved

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in an accident or otherwise damaged:
To close to ensure that the safety belts continue
Make sure you hear the catch engage in to provide effective protection, always
the belt buckle. have the entire safety belt mechanism
replaced and the belt anchorages
To open inspected at your BMW center.
1. Press the red button in the belt If a child-restraint system was in the

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buckle vehicle during an accident, consult the
2. Hold the end of the belt manufacturer's instructions regarding
3. Guide the belt back into the inertia replacement.c
reel.

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54nSeat, mirror and steering wheel memory
To store To select a stored setting
1 Turn the ignition key to position 1 or 2 Convenience function:
2 Adjust to the desired positions for the 1 Open the driver's door after
seat, exterior mirror and steering unlocking the vehicle or turn the igni-
wheel tion key to position 1
3 Press the MEMORY button: the indi- 2 Briefly press memory button 1, 2 or 3,
cator lamp in the button comes on as desired.
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desired: the indicator lamp goes out. one of the seat-adjustment or
memory buttons is activated during
the adjustment process.
Safety function:
You can store and call up three different
seat, exterior mirror and steering wheel 1 With the driver's door closed and the
positions. The illustration shows the ignition key either removed or in posi-
buttons on the driver's door for making tion 0 or 2
these position adjustments. 2 Maintain pressure on the desired
memory button (1, 2 or 3) until the
The adjustment of the lumbar support is
adjustment process is completed.
not stored in the memory.
If you press the MEMORY button
accidentally: press the button a second
time; the indicator lamp goes out.

Do not select a new stored


memory setting while the vehicle
is moving. There is a risk of accident
from unexpected movement of the seat
or steering wheel.<

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Your BMW center can adjust your


vehicle's systems in such a

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manner that your personalized settings
are automatically called up for the seat,
mirror and steering wheel positions
when you unlock the vehicle with your
personal remote control key.<

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Before using the key memory fea-
ture to unlock the vehicle always
ensure that no objects are stored in the
footwell behind the driver's seat. If you

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fail to do so, persons or objects could Passenger-side exterior mirror tilt The seat cushion and backrest can be
be injured or damaged if the seat function heated with the ignition key in
should move backward.< position 2.
(automatic curb monitor)
1 Move the mirror selector switch You can select from different heating
(arrow) to the "driver's mirror" posi- modes by repeatedly pressing the
tion button.

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2 When the gearshift lever or the You can also switch the higher heating
selector lever is placed in "Reverse," modes off directly:
the passenger-side mirror tilts down- Press the button and hold it slightly
ward to help the driver monitor the longer.
area directly adjacent to the vehicle
during parking (curbs, etc.).
You can deactivate this automatic fea-

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ture by setting the mirror selector
switch to the "passenger-side" posi-
tion.

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56nAdjusting steering wheel Steering wheel heating*
Automatic steering wheel
adjustment
In order to make it easier to get into and
out of the vehicle, the steering wheel
automatically moves into the top posi-
tion and returns to the driving (memory)
position.
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This automatic feature is controlled by
the position of the ignition key and by
the driver's door.

The steering wheel can be moved in The steering wheel heating feature is
any of four directions. Adjust by moving available for operation when the ignition
the control lever in the desired direc- key is in position 2.
tion. Press the button to switch on and off.
The lamp within the button lights up
Do not adjust the steering wheel
when the steering wheel heating is in
while the vehicle is moving. There
operation.
is a risk of accident from unexpected
movement.< If you have a multifunction steering
wheel without steering wheel heating,
To store the steering wheel setting, the button for the recirculated-air mode
refer to "Seat, mirror and steering is in this location (refer to page 22).
wheel memory" on page 54.

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Convex mirror
The passenger-side mirror fea-

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tures a convex lens. When esti-
mating the distance between yourself
and other traffic, bear in mind that the
objects reflected in the mirror are closer
than they appear.<

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Self-defrosting mirrors
Both mirrors are defrosted automati-
cally when the ignition key is in

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position 2.
Exterior mirrors Interior rearview mirror
1 Mirror switch for 4-way adjustment To reduce glare from vehicles behind
2 Left/right selection switch you after dark, tilt the mirror by moving
the small lever.
To adjust manually
The mirrors can also be adjusted manu-

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ally:
Press the edge of the lens.
To store mirror settings, refer to "Seat,
mirror and steering wheel memory" on
page 54.

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Interior and exterior mirrors with


automatic dimming feature*
These mirrors automatically respond to
glare from following vehicles by dim-
ming through an infinitely-variable
range. The mirrors automatically revert
to their clear, undimmed setting when-
ever you select reverse.
The dimming function is regulated by
two photocells; one is integrated in the
mirror's lens (arrow), while the other is
located at an offset position on the rear
of the mirror.
To ensure that the mirror continues to
operate efficiently, ensure that the pho-
tocells remain clear and unobstructed.
Refrain from attaching stickers to the
windshield in the area immediately in
front of the mirror.

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Airbags 59n

The side airbags in the rear pas-


senger area* of your vehicle may

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already have been deactivated, either
at the time of manufacture or by a BMW
center. You may have them activated if
you desire to do so. Please contact
your BMW center for additional infor-
mation.c
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For information on the correct seating
position, refer to page 48.

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The airbags will not be triggered in
1 Front airbags on the driver and
the event of a minor accident, a
passenger sides
vehicle rollover or a collision from the
2 Head protection airbags on driver rear.<
and passenger side (front and rear *)
3 Side airbags on driver and passenger
side (front and rear*)

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Protective effect
The front airbags protect the driver and
passenger in the event of a head-on
collision where the protection provided
by the safety belt alone would not be
adequate. The head protection airbags

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and side airbags help provide protec-
tion in the event of a collision from the
side. Each of the side airbags is
designed to help support the upper
body.

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60nAirbags

Never apply stickers or adhesive- airbags deploy in response to an acci- rear-seat side airbags, if provided, be
backed objects of any kind to the dent, always remember to avoid all deactivated if you plan to transport chil-
airbag covers. Never attempt to reup- contact with system components, as dren in the rear seat.
holster the covers or modify them in any they are hot and can cause burns in the The rear-seat side airbags may already
way. If the airbags deploy in response period immediately following deploy- have been deactivated, either at the
to an accident, if you note any signs of ment.< time of manufacture or by a BMW
system malfunction, or if you wish to center. Labels in the rear door opening
have any parts of the airbag passenger- All vehicle occupants should should indicate the status of your rear-
restraint system deactivated, always always sit upright and be properly seat side airbags. If you are uncertain of
contact your BMW center, to whom we restrained (infants and small children in their status, or wish to have the airbags
strongly urge you to entrust all testing, appropriate child-restraint systems; activated or deactivated, please con-
repair and dismantling operations. larger children and adults using the tact your BMW center.<
Never attempt to modify or tamper with safety belts). Never let an occupant's
either the system's electrical wiring or head rest near or on a side airbag: the Even when all these guidelines are fol-
any of its individual components. inflating airbag could cause a serious or lowed, there is still a small residual risk
System components include the uphol- fatal injury. Please note that the word of injuries to the face, hands and arms
stered surfaces on the steering wheel, "Airbag" imprinted on the door trim occurring in isolated instances.
instrument panel, the trim panels on the panel indicates the airbag's location. The ignition and inflation noise may
front and rear doors and the roof braces Accident research shows that the provoke a mild temporary hearing loss
as well as the sides of the headliner safest place for children in an automo- in extremely sensitive individuals.
above the doors. Never attempt to bile is in the rear seat. However, a child Airbag warning information is also pro-
remove or dismantle the steering sitting in the rear seat and not properly vided on the sun visors.
wheel. restrained may place his or her head on
To ensure compliance with official or near the side airbag, if installed. For
safety regulations, always entrust dis- example, a child – even though belted –
posal of airbag generators to your BMW may fall asleep with his or her head
center. Attempts to carry out service against the side airbag. It may be diffi-
procedures undertaken by anyone cult for a driver to ensure that children
other than specially-trained profes- in the rear seat will remain properly
sionals can result in system failure or positioned at all times and do not place
undesired airbag deployment, both of their heads on or near the side airbag.
which can lead to personal injury. If the Therefore, we recommend that the

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Indicator lamp
The indicator lamp indicates the

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operational status of the airbag
system from ignition key posi-
tion 1.
System operational:
> The indicator lamp comes on briefly
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then goes out.
System malfunction:
> The indicator lamp fails to come on

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> The indicator lamp comes on briefly
This is the right way for a child to sit in a This is the right way for a larger child to before going out and then lighting up
child restraint when rear side airbags sit wearing the safety belt when rear again.
(arrow) are provided. side airbags (arrow) are provided. Please respond to any malfunctions in
the system by immediately having it
inspected at your BMW center; other-
wise the airbag could fail to respond to
an accident in which both the angle and

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the severity of the impact would nor-
mally trigger airbag deployment.

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62nTransporting children safely
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
restraint systems can increase the risk
of injury to children. Always read and
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Child-restraint system with tether sport wagon:


strap To gain access to each anchor fitting lift
If you use a child-restraint system with the plastic plug (arrows) with the help of
a tether strap, three additional tether a screwdriver.
anchorage points have been provided –
refer to the arrows in the illustrations.
Depending on the location selected for
seating in the rear passenger area,
attach the tether strap to the corre-
sponding anchorage point to secure the
child-restraint system, as shown in the
following illustrations.

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Before installing any child-


restraint device or child seat,

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please read the following:
Never install a rear-facing child-
restraint system in the front passenger
seat of this vehicle.
Your vehicle is equipped with an airbag
supplemental restraint system for the

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front passenger. Because the backrest
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on any rear-facing child-restraint


system (of the kind designed for infants
under 1 year and 20 Ibs./9 kg) would be

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The anchor fittings of the sedan are Each seating position is fitted with a within the airbag's deployment range,
shown in the illustration above. head restraint. Lift the head restraint you should never mount such a system
The one in the next column shows the and pass the tether strap between the in the front passenger seat, since the
sport wagon. head restraint and the seat back. It is impact of the airbag against the child-
recommended to readjust the head restraint's backrest could lead to
restraint into the lowest possible posi- serious or fatal injuries. If it is necessary
tion. for a child (not an infant) to ride in the

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front seat, certain precautions should
Adjust the tether strap according to the be taken. First, move the passenger
child-restraint manufacturer's instruc- seat as far away from the instrument
tions. panel as possible. This important pre-
caution is intended to maximize the dis-
tance between the airbag and the child.

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64nTransporting children safely
Older children should be tightly secured Lock the safety belt
with a safety belt, after they have out- Pull the entire length of the belt from
grown a booster seat that is appro- the belt retractor. Allow the reel to
priate for their age, height and weight. retract the belt somewhat and engage
Younger children should be secured in the buckle, then tighten the belt against
an appropriate forward-facing child- the child-restraint system. The retrac-
restraint system that has first been tion mechanism is now locked.
properly secured with a safety belt.

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Never install a rearward-facing child- Unlock the safety belt
restraint system in the front passenger
Release the buckle, remove the child-
seat.
restraint device and allow the belt
We strongly urge you to carefully read
retractor to reel the belt completely in.
and comply with the instructions for Child-restraint installation
installation and use provided by the
All of the rear belt retractors and the
child-restraint's manufacturer whenever
front passenger's safety belt can be
you use such a system.
locked for mounting and securing child-
Be sure that all occupants (of all ages)
restraint systems.
remain properly and securely restrained
at all times.< Information regarding this is located
near the buckle latch of each safety
All rear seating positions in your belt.
vehicle meet the recommendations
of SAE J1819, an industry-recom-
mended practice for securing child-
restraint systems in motor vehicles.

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LATCH child-restraint anchorage The rear outer seating positions are Canadian models only:
points* – sedan provided with anchors for a LATCH The anchorage points for the LATCH
LATCH: Lower Anchor and Tethers for child-restraint system. The illustrations child-restraint system are marked with
CHildren. show the right rear seat as an example. buttons.
Snap the rear center lap belt into the The outer anchorage points for the
LATCH child-restraint system are To attach the LATCH child-
buckle with the word CENTER and then
marked with small flags. restraint system, your BMW

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pull the belt away from the area where
center will provide an installation guide.
the child restraint will be mounted.
The guide, although not necessary for
installation of a LATCH child-restraint
Vehicles with through-loading
system, will facilitate the installation
system*: use the small buckle to
and also help protect the vehicle's
connect the two sections of the belt,
seating surfaces. Carefully read and
refer to page 121.<
comply with the safety precautions of

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the manufacturer.<

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LATCH child-restraint anchorage Child-safety locks


points* – sport wagon Insert the key to the slot of a rear door
LATCH: Lower Anchor and Tethers for lock and turn it outward:
CHildren. The door can now be opened from the
The rear outer seating positions are outside only.
provided with anchors for a LATCH
child-restraint system. The illustration
shows the left rear seat as an example.
Canadian models only:
The anchorage points for the LATCH
child-restraint system are marked with
buttons, refer to illustration.

Always follow all manufacturer's


instructions and observe all safety
precautions when installing the LATCH
child-restraint system.<

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Vehicle Memory, Key Memory 67n

The system then relies on a bilateral Examples for Key Memory:


data exchange to identify the individual > Locks the vehicle when you start off

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user and dial in the selected settings > Automatically adjusts the driver’s
whenever the remote control unit is seat, the exterior mirrors and the
used to disengage the door locks. steering wheel position to your per-
In order for you to distinguish between sonal programmed settings when you
different keys, colored decals are sup- unlock the vehicle
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assumes your preset comfort settings
What the system can do when you unlock the vehicle.
Your BMW center can provide you with
You will see this symbol through-

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details on the capabilities of the Vehicle
How the system functions Memory and Key Memory systems. A out the Owner's Manual. It is to
No doubt you have reflected at one few examples follow below: remind you at appropriate places of the
time or another on how great it would settings that are available to you.<
Examples for Vehicle Memory:
be if you could permanently configure
your vehicle's various features and > Various signals as acknowledgment
adjustments to mirror your own indi- when locking or unlocking your
vidual preferences. In engineering your vehicle

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vehicle, BMW has incorporated a > Activates/deactivates the "Follow me
number of options for personal adjust- home" function.
ment that can be programmed into your
vehicle at your BMW center.
The available configuration data fall into
two categories, according to whether

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their primary orientation is the vehicle
("Vehicle Memory") or the individual
("Key Memory"). Provided that each
person has a separate remote-control
key, you can have your BMW center

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enter two personal adjustments for two
different individuals into the system.

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68nSteering/Ignition lock Starting the engine
Vehicles with automatic transmis- Before starting
sion: > Engage the parking brake
Do not move the selector lever from the > Be sure that the gearshift lever is in
"Park" position until the engine is run- "Neutral" or the selector lever in
ning (ignition key in position 2). "Park" if the vehicle is equipped with
To turn the key back to position 0 (for an automatic transmission
instance, prior to removal), start by > Depress the clutch pedal.
moving the selector lever to position P
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(Interlock).< Do not allow the engine to run in


enclosed spaces. The exhaust
Steering unlocked gases contain carbon monoxide, an
You will find that it is often easier to turn odorless and colorless, but highly toxic
0 Steering locked the ignition key from position 0 to posi- gas. Breathing the exhaust gases poses
1 Steering unlocked tion 1 when you move the steering an extreme health risk, and can lead to
wheel slightly to help disengage the unconsciousness and death.
2 Ignition switched on lock. Never leave the vehicle unattended
3 Starting engine Individual electrical accessories are with the engine running. An unattended
ready for operation. vehicle with a running engine repre-
Steering locked sents a potential safety hazard.<
The key can be inserted or removed in Starting engine
this position only. Vehicles with manual transmis-
After removing the key, turn the sion: depress the clutch when
steering wheel slightly to the left or right starting the engine. A lockout prevents
until the lock engages. the engine from starting with the clutch
An acoustic warning is sounded when engaged.<
you fail to remove the ignition key after
opening the driver's door.

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Starting the engine Should the engine fail to start on the Extended starting attempts, char-
Do not press the accelerator pedal first attempt (if it is very hot or cold, for acterized by excessively frequent

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while starting the engine. instance): or long periods with the starter
> Press the accelerator pedal halfway engaged, can lead to damage of the
While it is important not to release down while engaging the starter. catalytic converter.<
the key prematurely, you should Cold starts at extremely low tempera-
also avoid allowing the starter to When driving, standing at idle,
tures of roughly +5 7 (–15 6) or below
operate continuously for more than and parking the vehicle, take care

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and at altitudes of over 3,300 ft
20 seconds at a time. Release the igni- to avoid contact between the exhaust
(1,000 m):
tion key immediately as soon as the system and flammable materials (grass,
> Allow the starter to turn somewhat hay, leaves, etc.). Such contact could
engine starts.
longer (approx. 10 seconds) during lead to a fire, resulting in serious per-
BMW 540i with automatic transmission:

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your initial starting attempt. sonal injury and property damage.<
Your BMW is equipped with the conve-
nience starting feature. Simply turn the Engine idle speed is controlled by the
key to position 3 (starter) and then engine-management system. Higher
release it immediately. idle speeds at startup are normal and
The starter continues to operate auto- should decrease as the engine warms
matically and will be deactivated as up. If engine speed does not decrease,
soon as the engine starts. service is required.

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The automatic starting mode will not To prevent the battery from discharging,
operate if the battery voltage is low. always deactivate electrical devices
The engine can be jump-started using that are not in use. Switch the ignition
an external power source (refer to off when the vehicle is not being driven.
page 164).<

Do not allow the engine to warm up

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by leaving it running while the vehicle
remains stationary. Instead, begin to
drive immediately at a moderate engine
speed.

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70nSwitching off the engine Parking brake
Turn the ignition key to position 1 or 0. If, in exceptional circumstances, it
should be necessary to engage
Do not remove the ignition key the parking brake while the vehicle is in
while the vehicle is rolling. The motion, do not pull it with excessive
steering locks, making it impossible to pressure. Keep your thumb pressed
steer the vehicle. against the release button while care-
Always remove the ignition key and fully pulling up the lever to apply mod-
engage the steering lock before leaving erate pressure.

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the vehicle. Excessive pressure can lead to over-
Vehicles with manual transmission: braking and loss of traction (fishtailing)
Always engage the parking brake at the rear.
when parking on hills and inclined sur- The brake lamps do not come on when
faces, as first gear or reverse may not The parking brake is primarily designed the parking brake is applied.
provide adequate resistance to rolling. to prevent the vehicle from rolling while Vehicles with manual transmission:
Vehicles with automatic transmission: parked. It operates on the rear wheels. Always engage the parking brake
Place the selector lever in "Park."< when parking on hills and inclined sur-
To engage faces, as first gear or reverse may not
Vehicles with automatic transmission: provide adequate resistance to rolling.
The lever engages automatically and Vehicles with automatic transmission:
The vehicle must be stationary and the the "PARK BRAKE" or "BRAKE" (in
selector lever in "Park" before you can Place the selector lever in "Park."<
Canada "P") indicator lamp comes on in
remove the ignition key. the instrument cluster in ignition key You can help prevent corrosion and
position 2. Refer to pages 19 and 20. avoid uneven braking response by
gently engaging the parking brake from
To release time to time when coasting to a stop at
Pull up slightly on the lever, press the traffic lights (ensure that you will not
button and lower the lever. pose a hazard to other road users).

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Reverse
Select only when the vehicle is com-

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pletely stopped. Press the gearshift
lever to the left to overcome the resis-
tance.
When you engage reverse, the backup
lamps will come on automatically when
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the ignition key is in position 2.

Do not hold the vehicle in place on


slopes by slipping or "riding" the

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clutch. Use the parking brake instead.
BMW 525i, 530i BMW 540i Riding the clutch causes increased
Every time you shift gears, always When shifting gears, always depress clutch wear.<
depress the clutch pedal all the way the clutch pedal all the way down,
down, pushing the gearshift lever into pushing the gearshift lever into the
the respective end position. respective end position.
Depress the clutch when starting the Depress the clutch when starting the

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engine, as the lockout will prevent the engine, as the lockout will prevent the
engine from starting if the clutch is not engine from starting if the clutch is not
depressed. depressed.

When shifting gears in the


5th/6th-gear plane, be sure to
press the gearshift lever to the right in

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order to prevent inadvertent selection
of a gear in the 3rd/4th-gear plane.<

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BMW is equipped with Adaptive Trans- PRND432 A detent prevents inadvertent shifts into
mission Control (ATC), a system which some selector lever positions. To disen-
The transmission range display varies
reacts with precision to your individual gage the detent, press the button on
according to the equipment of your
driving style and vehicle operating con- the front of the selector lever knob
vehicle (refer to the illustrations).
ditions. ATC operates by automatically (arrow).
selecting from among a range of avail-
Starting the engine
able control programs. While the vehicle is stationary and
The selector lever must be in "Park" or
before shifting out of "Park" or
"Neutral" before it is possible to start
"Neutral," depress the footbrake in
the engine.
order to disengage the selector lever's
lock mechanism (Shiftlock).
Hold the footbrake down until starting
off. Otherwise the vehicle will "creep"
when a drive position is engaged.<

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Before leaving the vehicle when N Neutral (idle) 3 and 2 – shift limiter
the engine is running, move the Select only if your journey is interrupted Select this range when you wish to limit

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selector lever to the "Park" or "Neutral" for a longer period. gear changes (on steep uphill or down-
position and apply the parking brake to hill slopes, for instance). The transmis-
prevent the vehicle from rolling. D Drive sion shifts up only as far as the selected
Never leave the vehicle unattended (automatic shift program) gear limit.
with the engine running. An unattended
This position is designed for driving
vehicle with a running engine repre- "Kickdown"

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under all normal operating conditions.
sents a potential safety hazard.
All forward gears are available. In the "kickdown" mode, you achieve
If you should accidentally select
Under normal operating conditions, fuel maximum performance.
"Neutral" while traveling at high speed,
consumption is lowest when driving in Depress the accelerator pedal past the
remove your foot from the accelerator

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position D. resistance point at the full-throttle posi-
pedal immediately. Allow the engine
tion.
speed to drop to idle before selecting
the desired drive position. Damage 4 – Sport Program
could otherwise occur due to excessive The Sport Program is designed for per-
engine speed.< formance-oriented driving.

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Select only when the vehicle is com-
pletely stopped. The transmission locks
to prevent the rear wheels from turning.

R Reverse
Select only when the vehicle is com-

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pletely stopped.

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74nAutomatic transmission*
Electronic transmission control If the indicator lamp does not go out,
module you can move the selector lever to all
If the indicator lamp comes on positions. However, the vehicle will now
and/or if the message "TRANS. only drive forward with limited gear
FAILSAFE PROG" appears in selection.
the Check Control* display panel, this You should respond by avoiding
indicates a malfunction in the transmis- extreme engine loads and referring the
sion control system. problem to the nearest BMW center.
Bring the vehicle to a stop, select the
"Park" position, apply the parking brake Never perform work in the engine
and switch the engine off (ignition key compartment without first
position 0). Restart the engine after a ensuring that the transmission is in
few seconds. If the indicator lamp goes "Park" or "Neutral" as the vehicle could
out again after a few seconds, the otherwise start to move off on its own.<
normal transmission functions have
been restored. You may continue to For jump-starting, towing and tow-
drive as usual. starting, refer to pages 164 and 165.

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Automatic transmission with Steptronic* 75n

You can drive as with a normal auto-


matic transmission. In addition, you can

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also shift manually.
When you move the selector lever from
the "D" position to the left into the M/S
range, the performance-oriented shift
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are engaged. Steptronic enters the

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manual selection mode and executes
the desired shift whenever you tap the
selector lever in the direction indicated
by "+" or "–." When you wish to use the

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automatic transmission mode again, Selector lever positions Range selection
move the selector lever to the right into P R N D M/S A detent prevents inadvertent shifts to
the "D" position. the "Reverse" or "Park" selector lever
Under normal operating conditions, fuel Starting the engine positions. To disengage the detent,
consumption is lowest when driving in The engine can only be started in press the button on the front side of
position D. selector lever positions P or N. the selector lever knob (arrow).

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While the vehicle is stationary and
before shifting out of "Park" or
"Neutral," depress the footbrake in
order to disengage the selector lever's
lock mechanism (Shiftlock).
Hold the footbrake down until starting

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off. The vehicle will otherwise "creep"
when a drive position is engaged.<

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76nAutomatic transmission with Steptronic*
To prevent the vehicle from D Drive
starting off on its own, always (automatic shift program)
move the selector lever to position P or This position is designed for driving
N and engage the parking brake before under all normal operating conditions.
leaving your vehicle with the engine All forward gears are available.
running. Do not leave the vehicle unat-
tended with the engine running. An "Kickdown"
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In the "kickdown" mode, you achieve
engine represents a potential safety
maximum acceleration and top speed
hazard.<
in position D.
Depress the accelerator pedal past the
P Park
resistance point at the full-throttle posi-
Select "Park" only when the vehicle is tion. M/S Manual mode and
completely stopped. The transmission Sport Program
locks to prevent the rear wheels from When you change from "D" to "M/S,"
turning. the Sport Program is activated. This is
indicated by "D S" in the transmission
R Reverse range display. The Sport Program is
Select "Reverse" only when the vehicle designed for performance-oriented
is completely stopped. driving.
With the first brief touch, the automatic
N Neutral (idle) transmission shifts from the Sport Pro-
Select "Neutral" only if your journey is gram to the manual mode. Whenever
interrupted for a longer period. you move the selector lever in the "+"
direction, the transmission upshifts, and
when you move it in the "–" direction,
the transmission downshifts. M1...M5
will be displayed in the gear indicator.

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Automatic transmission with Steptronic* 77n

ATC executes upshifts and downshifts Electronic transmission control Never perform work in the engine
only when the new gear will provide a module compartment without first

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suitable combination of vehicle and If the indicator lamp comes on ensuring that the transmission is in
engine speed, i.e., ATC will not execute or the message "TRANS. FAIL- "Park" or "Neutral" as the vehicle could
downshifts that would cause the engine SAFE PROG" appears in the otherwise start to move off on its own.<
to overrev. The gear selected will Check Control*, there is a fault in the
appear briefly in the instrument cluster transmission system. For jump-starting, towing and tow-
followed by the current gear. starting, refer to pages 164 and 165.

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Bring the vehicle to a stop. Move the
transmission selector lever to "P."
If you are driving in the manual
Engage the parking brake and turn the
mode and wish to accelerate
engine off (ignition key to position 0).
rapidly from low road speeds (when

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passing, for instance), you must shift Wait a few seconds, then start the
down manually or with the "kickdown" engine.
function.< If the indicator lamp goes out after a
few seconds, normal transmission
You can only change from "M/S" to performance has been restored. You
selector lever positions "P," "R," and may continue to drive as usual. If the
"N" via the "D" position. indicator lamp does not go out, you can

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place the selector lever in all positions.
However, the vehicle will now only drive
forward with limited gear selection.
If this happens, avoid extreme engine
loads and refer the problem to the
nearest BMW center.

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78nIndicator/Headlamp flasher Washer/Wiper system
Intermittent mode or rain sensor*
Intermittent mode:
You can set the wipe interval to four
stages with rotary dial 7.
In addition, the wipe interval is varied
automatically depending on road
speed.
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Rain sensor:
The rain sensor is positioned on the
windshield, directly ahead of the inte-
rior rearview mirror.
1 High beams (blue indicator lamp) 0 Wipers retracted To activate the rain sensor:
2 Headlamp flasher (blue indicator 1 Intermittent mode or rain sensor * Move the lever to position 1 with the
lamp) ignition key in position 1 or higher. The
2 Normal wipe
wipers travel once across the wind-
3 Turn signal indicator (green indicator 3 Fast wipe shield, regardless of the weather
lamp accompanied by periodic
4 Brief wipe conditions.
clicking sound from the relay)
5 Clean the windshield You can leave the lever permanently in
To signal briefly 6 Intensive cleaning* position 1. Whenever the ignition key is
in position 1 or higher, all you then need
Press the lever up to but not beyond 7 Rotary dial for controlling wipe inter- to do to activate the rain sensor is
the pressure point. It then returns to the vals in the intermittent mode and for briefly turn the rotary dial 7.
center position when released. setting the rain sensor's sensitivity
level* To adjust the sensitivity of the rain
If the indicator lamp and the sensor:
clicking from the relay are both Turn rotary dial 7.
faster than normal, one of the turn Deactivating the rain sensor:
signal indicators has failed.< Move lever to position 0.

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Turn the rain sensor off in auto- Intensive cleaning*


matic car washes. Failure to do so As in setting 5. In addition, an intensive-

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could result in damage caused by action washer fluid is first sprayed on
undesired wiper activation.< the windshield.
For changing the wiper blades, refer to
Normal wipe
page 152.
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Clean the headlamps*
whenever the vehicle is stationary (not
When the headlamps are on, they are
on vehicles with rain sensor*).
also cleaned automatically every fifth
time you activate the clean the wind-
Fast wipe

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shield (5) or intensive cleaning (6)
The wipers revert to operation at Rear window wiper – sport wagon
mode.
normal speed when the vehicle stops 0 Retracted (home) position of the rear
(not on vehicles with rain sensor *). Do not use the washers if there is window wiper
any danger that the fluid will 1 Rear window wiper in intermittent
Clean the windshield freeze on the windshield, as your vision mode. Automatically switches to con-
The system sprays washer fluid against could be obscured. Always use an anti- tinuos operation when reverse is

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the windshield and activates the wipers freeze agent. Refer to page 141. engaged
for a brief period. Do not use the washers when the reser- 2 Clean the rear window
voir is empty. This could cause damage
You can also program the interval:
to the washer pump.<
> Switch briefly from position 0 to posi-
Windshield washer jets tion 1
> The time until reactivation (from posi-
The windshield washer jets are warmed

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tion 0 to 1) is the programmed
automatically when the ignition key is in
interval (max. 30 seconds).
position 2.

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80nWasher/Wiper system Cruise control
The programmed interval is deleted You can store and automatically main- To activate the system
> approx. 10 seconds after the lever is tain any desired vehicle speed above
placed in position 0 or approx. 20 mph (30 km/h).
> after the engine is switched off. In ignition key position 1 or 2:
The cruise control is available whenever Press the button and the indicator lamp
When the rear window is opened, the
the engine is running and the system in the instrument cluster (refer to
rear window wiper is switched off. It
has been activated. page 21) will come on. You can now
must be switched on again after the
window has been closed. use the cruise control.

For changing the wiper blade, refer to Do not use cruise control on
page 152. twisting roads, when high traffic
density prevents driving at a constant
speed, or when the road surface is slick
(snow, rain, ice) or loose (rocks or
gravel, sand).<

To deactivate the system

Press button as often as needed until


the indicator lamp in the instrument
cluster goes out.
Cruise control is also deactivated when
the ignition key is in position 0.
The speed stored in memory is deleted.

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To maintain and store speed To decelerate To interrupt the cruise control


or to accelerate

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Press button (–) briefly: When the system is activated, press the
Press button (+) briefly: If you are already driving with active button. The indicator lamp stays on.
The system maintains and stores the cruise control, the speed is decreased You can use the cruise control again
current vehicle speed. Every time you by approx. 0.6 mph (1 km/h) every time whenever you want by calling up the
tap the button, the speed increases by you tap the button. speed that was stored last.

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approx. 0.6 mph (1 km/h). Press and hold button (–): In addition, cruise control is interrupted
Press and hold button (+): With the cruise control active, the automatically:
The vehicle accelerates without pres- system automatically reduces the > When the brakes are applied

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sure on the accelerator pedal. When throttle opening to slow the vehicle. > When you depress the clutch pedal
you release the button, the system When you release the button, the > If you exceed or fall below the pro-
maintains and stores the current speed. system maintains and stores the cur- grammed speed for an extended
rent speed. period (by depressing the acceler-
If, on a downhill gradient, the ator, for example).
engine braking effect is not suffi-
cient, the controlled speed can be To recall the stored setting
exceeded. Speed can drop on uphill

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grades if the engine output is insuffi-
cient.<
Press button:
The vehicle accelerates to and main-
tains the last speed stored.

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82nOdometer, outside temperature display
Ice warning
If the outside temperature drops to
approx +37.5 7 (+3 6), a warning
signal sounds and the display flashes
briefly.

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fact that surface ice can form at


temperatures above +37.5 7 (+3 6),
on bridges and shaded road surfaces,
etc.<

1 Odometer Outside temperature display


2 Trip odometer The outside temperature appears in the
3 Outside temperature display display from ignition key position 1 on.
You can change the units of measure-
Odometer ment (7/6) by
You can activate the displays shown in 1. pressing and holding down the
the illustration with the ignition key in button (arrow) with the ignition key in
position 0 by pressing the button in the position 1
instrument cluster (arrow). 2. and then turning the ignition key to 0.
The range of available displays varies Refer also to page 88.
according to your individual vehicle's
equipment.

Trip odometer
To reset the trip odometer to zero,
press the button (arrow) with the igni-
tion key in position 1 or 2.

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Tachometer Energy control Fuel gauge 83n

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Do not operate the engine with the Indicates the current fuel consumption When you switch on the ignition, the
needle in the red overspeed zone of the in mpg (in liters/100 km on Canadian indicator lamp comes on briefly to
gauge. vehicles). This allows you to see confirm that the system is operational.
To protect the engine, the engine-man- whether your current driving style is If the indicator lamp stays on, there are
agement system interrupts the fuel conducive to fuel economy with approx.
supply when you approach this sector. minimum exhaust emissions.
> 2.0 gal (8 liters) –
When the vehicle is stationary, the dis-

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BMW 525i, BMW 530i
play goes to "Maximum" (zero on Cana- > 2.5 gal (10 liters) – BMW 540i
dian models).
of fuel still in the tank.
Tank capacity: refer to page 175
Certain operating conditions (such as
those encountered in mountainous

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areas) may cause the needle to fluc-
tuate slightly.

Please refuel early, since driving


to the last drop of fuel can result in

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damage to the engine and/or catalytic
converter.<

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84nCoolant temperature gauge Service Interval Display
Between the blue and red zones
Normal operating range. The needle
may rise as far as the edge of the red
sector in normal operation.
Checking coolant level: refer to
page 144.
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Blue The range of available displays varies
The engine is still cold. Drive at mod- according to your individual vehicle's
erate engine and vehicle speeds. equipment.

Red Green lamps


When you switch on the ignition, the The number of illuminated lamps
warning lamp* comes on briefly to con- decreases as the time for your next
firm that the system is operational. maintenance visit approaches.
If the warning lamp lights up during
normal vehicle operation, or the mes-
Yellow lamp
sage "COOLANT TEMPERATURE" This field appears together with
appears in the Check Control *, the OILSERVICE or INSPECTION.
engine is overheated. Switch off the Maintenance is due. Please contact
engine immediately and allow it to cool your BMW center for an appointment.
down.
Red lamp
The maintenance deadline has been
passed.

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Graphic display* Alphanumeric display* Priority 1
The following alerts and status mes- Text messages are used to alert the These defects are immediately indi-
sages are displayed with icons from driver to system malfunctions when the cated by a gong and a flashing warning
ignition key position 2 and remain in the ignition key is turned to position 2. The symbol 1. Simultaneous defects will be
display until the defects are corrected: alert is accompanied by a gong. displayed consecutively. These status
1 Check low beams 1 Status messages symbol messages remain in the display until the
defects are corrected. They cannot be

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2 Add washer fluid (goes out after 2 Display
approx. 1 minute) deleted by pressing the CHECK
3 CHECK button button 3:
3 Door open
4 Luggage compartment lid/tailgate Messages warning of system malfunc-
open tions are assigned one of two priority
5 Check brake and tail lamps. levels:
A defective center brake lamp is indi-

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cated by the upper symbol
When you open the door after stopping,
a warning signal sounds without a
visual indicator for:
> "LIGHTS ON" and

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> "KEY IN IGNITION LOCK."

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86nCheck Control
> "RELEASE PARKINGBRAKE" Priority 2 > "CHECK FILLER CAP"
> "COOLANT TEMPERATURE" These displays appear for 20 seconds Inspect the cap to make sure that it is
The coolant is overheated. Stop the when the ignition key is turned to posi- closed properly, refer to page 25
vehicle immediately and switch off tion 2. The warning symbols remain > "OUTSIDE TEMP. +20 7 (–5 6)"
the engine. Refer to pages 84 after the message disappears. You can This display is only an example. The
and 144 display the messages again by pressing current temperature is displayed at
> "STOP!ENGINE OILPRESS" the CHECK button 3: outside temperatures of +37.5 7
The oil pressure is too low. Stop the (+3 6) and below. Refer also to
> "TRUNKLID OPEN"
vehicle immediately and switch off page 82
Message appears only when the
the engine. Refer to pages 19, 142 > "TIRE PRESSURE SET"*
vehicle is initially set in motion
> "CHECK BRAKE FLUID" The RDC has imported the current
> "DOOR OPEN"
Indicates that brake fluid is down to inflation pressure in the tires as the
This message appears after a defined
roughly minimum level. Have the target values which the system will
road speed has been exceeded
reservoir topped up at the earliest monitor.
> "FASTEN SEAT BELTS"*
opportunity, refer to page 145. Have Refer to page 101
In addition to this message, a
the source of the brake fluid loss > "CHECK TIRE PRESSURE"*
warning lamp with the safety belt icon
repaired at your BMW center Check and correct the tire inflation
appears and an acoustic signal
> "TIRE DEFECT"* pressure to specifications at the
sounds
Reduce vehicle speed immediately earliest opportunity (next stop to
> "WASHER FLUID LOW"
and stop the vehicle. Avoid hard refuel).
Too low; top up fluid at the next
brake applications. Do not oversteer. Refer to page 101
opportunity. Refer to page 141
Refer to page 102 > "TIRECONTROL INACTIVE"*
> "CHECK ENGINE OIL LEV"
> "SELFLEVEL SUSP.INACT" A temporary interference of the RDC
The engine oil level is at the absolute
Please consult the nearest BMW or a system fault. Refer to page 102
minimum. You should respond by
center. Refer to page 101 > "CHECK BRAKE LIGHTS"
topping up the oil as soon as
> "LIMIT"* A lamp has failed or the electrical
possible, refer to page 142. Do not
Display if the programmed speed circuit has a fault. Refer to pages 156
continue for more than approx.
limit has been exceeded, refer to and 162 or consult a BMW center
30 miles (50 km) before adding oil
page 93

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Check Control 87n

> "CHECK LOWBEAM LIGHTS" Displays after completion of trip To check the Check Control
"CHECK SIDE LIGHTS" All of the malfunctions registered during Press the CHECK button 3 with the

Overview
"CHECK REAR LIGHTS" the trip appear consecutively when the ignition key in position 2:
"CHECK FRONT FOGLAMPS" ignition key is turned to position 0. CHECK CONTROL OK appears in the
"CHECK LICPLATE LIGHT"
The following displays will appear when display.
"CHECK HIGHBEAM LIGHT"
appropriate: No malfunctions are present in the
"CHECK BACK UP LIGHTS"
Defective bulb or circuit. Refer to > "LIGHTS ON" monitored systems.

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pages 153 and following, page 162 > "KEY IN IGNITION LOCK"
or consult your BMW center > "CHECK ENGINE OIL LEV" Computer
> "TRANS. FAILSAFE PROG" Add engine oil at the next opportunity You can find a description of the com-
Please consult the nearest BMW (next stop to refuel). Refer to puter on pages 88 and 93 as well as in

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center. Refer to pages 74 and 77 page 142. the "Owner's Manual for Onboard Com-
> "CHECK BRAKE LININGS" This display appears when you open puter."
Have the brake pads inspected by the driver's door after parking the
your BMW center. Refer to page 134 vehicle. A supplementary gong is also You can have the Check Control
> "CHECK COOLANT LEVEL" heard. and computer messages
Coolant too low, top up at the next displayed in a different language.<
Status messages remain available for a
opportunity. Refer to page 144
period of approx. three minutes after

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> "ENGINE FAILSAFE PROG"*
the display goes out and the key is
Indicates a malfunction in the elec-
removed from the ignition. Press the
tronic engine-management system,
CHECK button 3. If there were multiple
which then reverts to an emergency
reports, press the CHECK button
default program allowing continued
repeatedly to view them all in
operation at reduced power and
sequence.
lower engine speeds.

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Please have the system inspected at
your BMW center.

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88nComputer

To delete the display


Press the button in the turn signal lever
while the average speed is being shown
to cancel the display of computer infor-
mation.

To restart calculations
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You can maintain pressure on the
button within the turn signal lever to
reset the computer and initiate new cal-
culations of average speed and fuel
consumption. This feature is only avail-
Mode selection Outside temperature and able when the engine is running.
From ignition key position 1 and up, you average fuel consumption
can press the button in the turn signal You can change the units of measure Computer with alphanumeric
lever to retrieve information from the (7/6) for the outside temperature dis- display*
computer for display. Tap the button play by If your vehicle is equipped with Check
toward the steering column to scroll to 1. pressing and holding the trip Control featuring an alphanumeric dis-
the next status display in the sequence. odometer reset button (in ignition key play, a description of the corresponding
The displays appear in the following position 1) computer can be found starting on
order: outside temperature, average 2. and then turning the ignition key to 0. page 93 as well as in the "Owner's
fuel consumption, cruising range, Refer also to page 82. Manual for Onboard Computer."
average speed.
Starting with ignition key position 1, Cruising range and average speed
the last active setting is displayed. The computer bases its calculations of
The range of available displays varies the cruising range on the previous
according to your individual vehicle's driving style and conditions.
equipment. The computer ignores any time spent
when the vehicle is stationary and the
engine is not running in its average
speed calculations.

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Multi-Information Display (MID)* 89n

Central display
The MID serves as the central display

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and operation for the following onboard
systems:
> Digital clock (e.g. time display, date)
> Audio systems (radio, cassette, CD)
> Computer (e.g. fuel consumption,

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cruising range)
> Cellular phone ( e.g. dialing).
You will find explanations and informa-
tion on operating the digital clock and

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the computer on the following pages.
1 Function button for audio systems 6 Display for the entry and display
Please refer to the separate Owner's
2 Function button for the cellular buttons. Depending on the operating
Manual instructions for operating the
phone* mode, the functions and alternatives
audio systems, the cellular phone and
which can be selected at the buttons
the onboard computer. 3 Indicator lamp for independent
are displayed here
ventilation*
The system rejects implausible > remains on if switch-on time is 7 Entry and display buttons for oper-
ating the various computer systems

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numerical entries. active
Any interruption in the supply of elec- > flashes while operating
trical power from the battery will result 4 Function button for the digital clock
in the loss of all stored data. Once the and computer
power has been restored, you will need
to reset the clock and re-enter any 5 Indicator display for the various
times for activating the auxiliary heater/ computer systems

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parked-car ventilation. Distance and
vehicle speed data must also be
entered again.<

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90nDigital clock in the MID*
Only make entries when the To change the time To change the date
vehicle is standing still – to avoid
endangering yourself or other road
users.< Press the left side of the button. Press the left side of the button.

To call up time or date

Press the right side of the button: Press.


Press the left side of the button.
The dots flash in the display.
Display shows:
To alter the setting:

Press the right side of the button:


You can have the time displayed in The dots and the DATE display flash.
Press on the left or right, or hold the
12 or 24 hours. To alter the setting:
button down.
To change the display:
To store the entry:

Press on the left or right, or hold the


Press the left side of the button. button down.
Press the right side of the button.
If the 12-hour time display is in use, AM To store the entry:
or PM appear after the time.

Press the right side of the button.


The clock takes leap years into account
and therefore does not have to be reset
manually.

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Digital clock in the MID* 91n

Reminder signal Stopwatch To start the stopwatch function:


You can program a reminder signal

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(Memo) to be heard every hour, so that
you are sure not to miss a news broad- Press the left side of the button.
cast, for example. Press the right side of the button.
To take an intermediate time reading:

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Press the left side of the button. Press.
Display shows: Press.

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Press:
MEMO OFF appears in the display for
Press:
entry and query buttons, and the tone
The stopwatch display can be seen
symbol will appear in the upper right of
counting up; the stopwatch continues
the display.
to run.
A signal is then heard 15 seconds
To halt the stopwatch:
before each hour.

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Press the right side of the button.

The stopwatch is halted when the


ignition key is turned back to 0,

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but starts to run again when the ignition
key is turned to 1.<

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92nDigital clock in the MID*
Enter the switch-on times for the To enter the time: To activate/deactivate the time:
parked-car ventilation*
You can enter two different activation
times.
The ventilation will shut off automati- Press on the left or right, or hold the Press twice.
cally after 30 minutes. button down.
To confirm the entry: Directly switching the parked-car
To use the parked-car ventilation ventilation* on and off
system, please refer to the infor- The parked-car ventilation func-
mation provided starting on page 114.< tion is only available in ignition key
Press the right side of the button. position 1.<
The activated time is marked with an
Press the left side of the button. asterisk.
Press the left side of the button.

The activation times remain stored until


Press on the left or right. new entries are made.
Display shows: Press.
You can change switch-on times that Or
have already been memorized by
making a new time entry as described
above.
When the switch-on time is active, the Press.
LED comes on in the MID. During actual
operation of the ventilation, the LED
Press the right side of the button: flashes. The LED goes out when the
Display flashes, e. g. TIMER 1. system is switched off.

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Computer in the MID* 93n

Only make entries when the Speed limit Display shows:


vehicle is standing still to avoid Speed limit entry:

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endangering yourself or other road
You can enter the road speed at which
users.<
you wish to hear and see a reminder Enter the limit by pressing the function
signal: a signal will sound, the word buttons.
Computer calculations begin at the
LIMIT will flash, and for a moment, the To correct an entry:
start of the journey.
speed limit warning stored in the
Information can also be accessed for

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memory will appear on the instrument
display by remote control, refer to
cluster as an alphanumeric display *,
page 97.
along with the Check Control. Press the left side of the button and
The speed limit reminder is only repeat the entry.

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repeated if the vehicle has in the To store the entry:
meantime been driven at least 3 mph
(approx. 5 km/h) slower.

Press the right side of the button.


Press the right side of the button.

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Press.

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Press the right side of the button.

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94nComputer in the MID*
To adopt the current speed as the Distance to destination To correct an entry:
speed limit: The remaining distance to the destina-
tion will be displayed on the screen.
This is of course only possible if you
Press the right side of the button. Press the left side of the button and
entered the entire distance before
starting the journey. repeat the entry.

Enter: To store the entry:

Press.
Press the right side of the button.
Press the right side of the button.
To recall stored value:
Press twice at right.
Deactivating the speed limit: Press the left side of the button. Press the right side of the button.

Press the right side of the button.


Press the right side of the button. Press the left side of the button.
Display shows:

Press.
The LIMIT display goes out, but the
stored value is not lost and can be You can enter the distance by pressing
reactivated by pressing the LIMIT the function buttons.
button.

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Computer in the MID* 95n

Estimated time of arrival Cruising range Fuel consumption


When you have entered the distance The distance which the vehicle should You can have the average fuel

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from your destination, you can obtain cover on the remaining fuel in the tank consumption displayed for two different
an estimated time of arrival display is displayed. distances, for example a complete
which is continuously updated by the journey and part of the journey.
computer as your average driving To start the calculation, select the func-
period varies. Press the right side of the button. tion with the engine running:

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Press the right side of the button. Press the right side of the button.

Press:

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The display shows the estimated
cruising range.
Press the right side of the button: Press on the left or right:
The estimated time of arrival is Always refuel when the range falls The display will show the average fuel
displayed. below 30 miles (50 km), as other- consumption.
wise the engine or the catalytic To restart the fuel consumption
converter could be damaged.< calculation:

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The computer will only register fuel
amounts over 1.8 gal (6 liters).
Press on the left or right.

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Press the right side of the button.

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96nComputer in the MID*
Speed Extended immobilizer function To correct an entry:
You can call up a display of the You can enter a code that will prevent
vehicle's average speed. the engine from being started unless
To start the calculation, select the func- the code is entered. Press the left side of the button and
tion with the engine running: If you do not have access to the code, repeat the entry.
the emergency deactivation procedure
will have to be carried out, refer to the To store the entry:
Press the right side of the button. next page.
Entering and activating the code:
Press the right side of the button.
Turn the ignition key to position 0.
Press: Press the right side of the button.
The display shows the average speed. To deactivate the code:

To recalculate the speed: When you are asked to enter the code
(ignition key in position 1 or 2):
Press the left side of the button. > Enter the code with the function
Display shows: buttons.
Press the right side of the button.

Enter the code with the function Press the right side of the button.
buttons. After the code has been entered cor-
rectly and confirmed with the SET
button, the time display appears.

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Computer in the MID* 97n

After three incorrect code entries, or To have all the available information
three attempts to start the engine displayed, press

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without a code entry, the alarm will > the button on the lever until the
sound for 30 seconds on vehicles display shows PROG 1
equipped with an alarm system. > the SET button.
Deactivating the alarm in an emer- To obtain individual items of informa-
gency: tion, press the button briefly as often as

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If you have forgotten the code, proceed necessary.
as follows:
1. Disconnect the battery, wait approx.
2 minutes, then reconnect it. Note

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that on vehicles with an alarm
system, the alarm will sound
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2. Turn the ignition key to position 1: The button on the turn signal indicator
The time display will count down for lever can be used to select the com-
the next ten minutes puter data which are to be displayed.
3. After ten minutes, start the engine. To do this, press
> the button on the lever until PROG 1

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If the code becomes available shows on the display
again in the meantime, it can be > the MID buttons in the order in which
entered during the waiting period after you wish the information to be
pressing the CODE button.< displayed.
Each time an entry is stored, the
program number appears on the
display.

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To terminate the selection procedure:

Press the right side of the button.

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98nPark Distance Control (PDC)*
The concept Acoustic signals
PDC provides extra safety and conve- The distance from an obstacle is indi-
nience during parking maneuvers by cated in front with a higher intermittent
providing an acoustic signal to indicate tone, at the rear with a lower intermit-
the distance between your front and tent tone. As the distance between
rear bumpers and the nearest object. vehicle and object decreases, the inter-
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the front and rear bumpers each mea- shorter. A continuous tone indicates the
sure the distance to the nearest object. presence of an object less than 1 ft
The monitoring range of the front sen- (30 cm) away.
sors and two rear sensors at the ends The warning signal is canceled after
of the rear bumper extends outward approx. three seconds if you are
roughly 2 ft (60 cm), while the rear Manual activation moving parallel to a wall.
bumper's two centrally located sensors Press the button, the indicator lamp If there is a malfunction of the system:
detect objects at distances of up to lights up. The indicator lamp flashes and a brief
approx. 5 ft (1.50 meters).
When you subsequently drive a dis- continuous signal tone is heard
Automatic function tance of more than approx. 160 ft > if you activate PDC with the button
(50 meters) or exceed a speed of > when you first select reverse or move
The system starts to operate automati- approx. 20 mph (30 km/h), the system the selector lever into the "R" posi-
cally approx. one second after you switches off and the indicator lamp tion after switching on the ignition
select reverse or move the selector goes out. Reactivate the system as > if a malfunction occurs while the PDC
lever into the "R" position with the igni- required. system is active.
tion key in position 2.
Switch the system off and have the
cause of the malfunction corrected at
your BMW center.

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Park Distance Control (PDC)* ASC+T/DSC* 99n

PDC does not remove the driver's Keep the sensors clean and free Automatic Stability Control plus
personal responsibility for evalu- of ice or snow in order to ensure Traction (ASC+T)/Dynamic

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ating the distance between the vehicle that they continue to operate effec- Stability Control (DSC)*
and any obstacles. Even with the sen- tively. These systems contribute to additional
sors, there is a blind spot in which Do not apply high pressure spray to the vehicle stability, especially during
objects cannot be detected. This sensors for a prolonged period of time. acceleration and when cornering.
applies especially in those cases where Maintain an adequate distance of more
The DSC system enhances the benefits
the system approaches the physical than 4 in (10 cm).<

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of the ASC+T. In addition to optimizing
limits of ultrasonic measurement, as
vehicle stability and traction during
occurs with tow bars and trailer cou-
acceleration or when starting from a
plings, and in the vicinity of thin or
standstill, a further benefit is realized in
wedge-shaped objects.

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cornering. This, of course, is true only
Certain sources of sound, such as a
within physically feasible limits.
loud radio, could drown out the PDC
signal tone.< The system activates automatically
each time you start the engine.

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100nASC+T/DSC*

Indicator lamp To reactivate the system


The indicator lamp in the instru- Press the button again; the indicator
ment cluster goes out shortly lamp goes out.
after you switch on the ignition.
Refer to page 21. The laws of physics cannot be
Indicator lamp flashes: repealed, even with ASC+T/DSC.
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torque and braking force. remains the responsibility of the driver.
Do not use the extra safety margins fur-
If the indicator lamp fails to go out after
nished by these systems as an excuse
the engine is started, or if it comes on
for taking unnecessary risks.<
during normal driving:
There is a system malfunction or the
To deactivate the system Dynamic Brake Control (DBC)*
system was deactivated with the
button. You can still drive the vehicle Press the button, the indicator lamp DBC is an integral component of the
normally without ASC+T/DSC. lights up and remains on continuously. DSC system.
Please consult your BMW center for Depending on equipment options, the The system responds to sudden, high-
repairs. button is marked with ASC or DSC. intensity applications of force to the
With deactivated ASC+T/DSC you are brake pedal by automatically braking
driving with conventional, unregulated the vehicle with maximum boost to
torque transfer. achieve the shortest possible braking
distances during "panic stops." This
In the following exceptional situations, system exploits all the benefits of ABS.
it may be effective to deactivate the
ASC+T/DSC for a brief period: Do not reduce the pressure exerted
against the brake pedal until the
> When rocking the vehicle or starting braking maneuver has been completed.
off in deep snow or on loose surfaces DBC is deactivated when you release
> When driving with snow chains. the brake pedal.

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Self-leveling suspension* Tire Pressure Monitor (RDC)* 101n

The warning lamp for the self- The concept


leveling suspension comes on, RDC monitors the tire pressures at all

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or the message "SELFLEVEL four wheels, even when the vehicle is
SUSP.INACT" appears in the Check moving. The system provides an alert
Control: there is a malfunction in the whenever the inflation pressure drops
self-leveling suspension. significantly below the specified pres-
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riding significantly lower in the rear than

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In order for the system to "learn" the
in the front, or if it is sitting at an incline correct tire inflation pressure, check the
(left rear compared to right rear), con- inflation pressure in all tires. Refer to
sult the nearest BMW center. Drive with the table of "Tire inflation pressures"
appropriate caution in the meantime.

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beginning on page 27 and make any
The vehicle has reduced ground clear- necessary corrections. Then activate Activate the system
ance or driving comfort is noticeably the system. 1. Turn the ignition key to position 2 (do
reduced. not start the engine)
This indicator lamp in the instru-
Even if the attitude of the vehicle is ment cluster or the Check Con- 2. Maintain pressure on the button until
normal, you should consult the nearest trol will inform you if the tire the yellow indicator lamp in the
BMW center if the warning lamp indi- pressure is not correct. instrument cluster comes on for sev-
cates a system fault. eral seconds or the message "SET

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TIRE PRESSURE" appears in the
Check Control panel
3. After you have driven for a few min-
utes, the RDC will import the current
inflation pressure in the tires as the
reference values which the system

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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

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key is in position 2, and thus operates
whenever the vehicle is driven.

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102nTire Pressure Monitor (RDC)*
Loss of tire pressure Flat tire System interference
If, after a certain period of time, the If there is a tire failure with a loss of During the period of the malfunction,
inflation pressure has gone down sig- inflation pressure, the red indicator the yellow indicator lamp comes on
nificantly (which is normal for any tire), lamp comes on or the message "TIRE or the message "TIRECONTROL INAC-
the yellow indicator lamp comes on or DEFECT" appears in the Check Control. TIVE" appears in the Check Control.
the message "CHECK TIRE PRES- In addition, a gong sounds. You will also see the same message
SURE" appears in the Check Control. If this occurs, reduce vehicle speed > in the event of a system fault
This alerts you that you should have the immediately and stop the vehicle in a > if a wheel is mounted without the
tires inflated to the specified pressures safe location. Avoid hard brake applica- RDC electronics
as soon as possible. tions. Do not oversteer. Replace the flat > if, in addition to the spare tire, addi-
tire. tional wheels with RDC electronics
If you are prompted to check the are on board.
tire pressure shortly after a cor- The spare tire which is available in
Please contact your BMW center for
rection has been made, this indicates your vehicle as standard equip-
additional information.
that the corrected values were not ment is equipped with the electronics
accurate. Please check the inflation required for RDC and, following activa-
pressure again and make corrections tion of the system, is also monitored
according to the inflation pressure after it is mounted.<
table.<
The RDC cannot alert you to
severe and sudden tire damage
caused by external factors.<

Have the tires changed at your


BMW center.
Your BMW center has the information
needed for working with RDC and is
equipped with the necessary special
tools.<

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Parking lamps/Low beams 103n

"Follow me home": Automatic headlamp control*


When you activate the headlamp When the switch is set to this

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flasher after parking the vehicle and position the system automati-
switching off the lamps, the low beams cally activates and cancels the
will come on for a brief period. You may low beams in response to changes in
also have this function deactivated if ambient light (in tunnels, at dusk, etc.)
you wish.< as well as rain and snow.
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"LIGHTS ON" warning The vehicle's external lamps
When the driver's door is opened with remain on constantly when you
the ignition key in position 0 an acoustic switch on the front fog lamps after the
signal will sound for several seconds to headlamps have come on automati-

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Parking lamps (side marker remind you that you have forgotten to cally.<
lamps) switch off the lamps.
With the switch in this position, Vehicles with alphanumeric Check Automatic headlamp control
the front, rear and side vehicle Control*: cannot serve as a substitute for
lighting is switched on. The reminder is provided by the Check the driver's judgement in determining
For lighting on one side for parking as Control, refer to page 87. when the vehicle lamps should be
an additional feature, refer to page 104. switched on. For example, the sensors

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Daytime driving lamps* are not able to detect fog. To avoid
Low beams safety risks, you should respond to
The headlamps are automatically
these kinds of low-visibility situations
When the ignition is switched off switched on for daytime driving in
by switching the headlamps on manu-
while the low beams are on, the ignition key position 2.
ally.<
headlamps go out and only the
parking lamps (side marker lamps)
You can have the sensitivity of

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remain on.
your vehicle's automatic head-
lamp control adjusted.<

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Turn the rotary dial to adjust the illumi- 1 High beams Front fog lamps
nation intensity. (blue indicator lamp) The green indicator lamp in the
2 Headlamp flasher instrument cluster lights up to
(blue indicator lamp) indicate that the front fog lamps
3 Standing lamps are on.
If the high beams are switched on, the
Standing lamps, left or right fog lamps go out.
As an additional feature, you can
illuminate your vehicle on either side If the automatic headlamp control
for parking, if you wish to do so: is on, the low beams will come on
automatically whenever you activate
With the ignition key in position 0, push the fog lamps.<
the lever in the appropriate direction.
The lever engages in the turn signal
indicator position.

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The interior lamps operate automati- The reading lamps are located in the
cally. front near the interior lamp. There are
also reading lamps in the rear. They can
Switching the interior lamps on be switched on and off with the button
and off manually (arrow) adjacent to each lamp.
Press the button (arrow) briefly.
To avoid subjecting the battery to

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If you want the interior lamps to remain
excessive loads, all of the lamps
off all the times, press and hold the
within the vehicle are automatically
button for approx. 3 seconds.
switched off approx. 15 minutes after
Press the button briefly to revert to you turn the ignition key to position 0.<
normal operation.
The lamp in the sport wagon's cargo
area operates the same way.

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1 Airflow directed toward the 5 Airflow for the upper body area 8 Air supply 107
windshield and side windows in the rear seat 108 9 Rear window defroster 107
2 Airflow for the upper body 6 Temperature 107 10 Cooling 107
area 108 7 Air distribution 107 11 Recirculated-air mode 107
3 Footwell ventilation
4 Rear footwell ventilation

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Temperature Rear window defroster Recirculated-air mode


The graduations on the dial The indicator lamp comes You can respond to

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provide general reference on to indicate that the rear unpleasant odors in the sur-
values for the interior temper- window defroster is in operation. The rounding environment by using this
ature. We recommend 70 7 rear window defroster switches off mode to temporarily suspend the flow
(22 6) as a comfortable setting. When automatically. of outside air into the vehicle's interior.
you start the vehicle, this system The system then recirculates the air
adjusts the air to the selected tempera- Cooling currently within the vehicle.

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ture as quickly as possible, and then The air conditioning cools If your vehicle is equipped with a multi-
maintains that temperature constantly. and dehumidifies the function steering wheel featuring a
incoming air before reheating it to the recirculated-air button then you can
Air distribution

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selected temperature. Depending on also select the recirculated-air mode
You can direct the emerging the weather, the windshield may fog from this location (refer to page 22).
air toward the windows , over briefly when the engine is started.
toward your upper body or You can reduce condensation forming If the windows should fog over in
into the footwell . All inter- on the windows by switching on the air the recirculated-air mode, switch
mediate settings are also available. In conditioning. the recirculated-air mode off and
the setting, there is a low flow of air increase the air supply as required.<
onto the windows to keep them free of Condensation forms in the air

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condensation. conditioning system during opera-
tion, which then exits under the vehicle.
Air supply Traces of condensed water of this kind
You can control the emerging are thus normal.<
air's flow rate through an infi-
nitely-variable range. The

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heating and ventilation
become more and more effective as the
air supply settings are increased. In the
"0" setting, the blower and climate con-
trol are switched off and the outside air

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supply is blocked.

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Draft-free ventilation Rear passenger area ventilation To defrost windows and remove
You can adjust the vent outlets for the 1 Rotary dial for opening and closing condensation
upper body area for optimal personal the vent outlets through an infinitely 1. Use the rotary temperature dial to set
comfort: variable range the system for an interior tempera-
1 Rotary dials for opening and closing 2 Levers for selecting airflow direction. ture that you find comfortable, such
the vent outlets through an infinitely- The air that flows out here is somewhat as 70 7 (22 6)
variable range 2. Set the air distribution rotary dial
cooler than the air delivered to the foot-
to
2 Levers for adjusting airflow direction well.
3. Set the blower/air supply rotary dial
3 Rotary dial allows you to control the completely to the right
temperature of the airflow as desired: Microfilter 4. Close the vent outlets in the rear
> Turn toward blue – colder The microfilter removes dust and pollen seating area
> Turn toward red – warmer. from the incoming air. Your BMW 5. Switch on the rear window defroster
center will replace it during routine to defrost the rear window.
maintenance. A substantial reduction in
airflow indicates that the filter needs to
be replaced early.

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1 Airflow directed toward the wind- 4 Rear footwell ventilation 7 Individual air distribution 111
shield and side windows 5 Airflow for the upper body area in 8 Temperature control –

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2 Airflow for the upper body the rear 113 left-hand side 111
area 113 6 Automatic air distribution 111 9 Display for temperature and
3 Footwell ventilation air supply 111

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10 Temperature control – 12 Air conditioning 112 15 Air supply 111


right-hand side 111 13 Automatic recirculated-air control 16 Maximum cooling 112
11 To defrost windshield and (AUC) 112 Residual heating mode 113
windows 111 14 Rear window defroster 112 17 Air grill for interior temperature
sensor – please keep clear and
unobstructed

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Tips for pleasant driving Individual air distribution Air supply


Use the automatic system, that is, You can cancel the AUTO AUTO appears in

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press AUTO button 6. Select an interior program by selecting display 9, while the AUTO
temperature that you find comfortable. specific distribution patterns program automatically controls the flow
Detailed setting options are described to suit your own individual of incoming air, refer to overview on
for you in the following section. requirements. While the page 109. You can use "+" and "–" to
AUTO program is then deactivated, the vary the airflow. When your setting is
automatic airflow control remains in displayed by bars, the automatic airflow

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Your BMW center can program
the settings of your vehicle in such operation. The system directs air to the is switched off. Automatic air distribu-
a manner that, when you unlock the windows , the upper body and tion maintains its setting. You can reac-
vehicle with your individualized key, into the footwells . You can reacti- tivate the automatic airflow by pressing
vate the automatic air distribution mode the AUTO button.

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your own personalized setting for the
automatic climate control is initiated.< by selecting the AUTO button. When you press "–" during operation at
minimum blower speed all displays are
Automatic air distribution Temperature canceled: the blower, heating and air
The AUTO program You can make individual conditioner are switched off. The out-
assumes the adjustment of temperature settings on the side air supply is deactivated. By
the air distribution and the air supply for driver's side or the front pressing any button of the automatic
passenger side. Your selection appears climate control (except the MAX

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you and also adapts the temperature to
external influences (summer, winter) to in display 7. The numbers that appear button 16), you can switch the system
meet preferences you can specify. in the display are reference figures for back on.
interior temperature. We recommend a
setting of 72 7 (22 6) for a congenial To defrost windows and remove
interior climate, even when the air con- condensation
ditioner is in operation. When you start This program quickly

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the vehicle, the system ensures that the removes ice and conden-
selected temperature is achieved as sation from the windshield and the side
quickly as possible. It then maintains windows.
this temperature, regardless of the
season.

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112nAutomatic climate control*
Air conditioning Maximum cooling Depending on the air quality, the
The air is cooled and With the engine running automatic system then switches back
dehumidified and – this program provides and forth between outside air supply
depending on the temperature setting – maximum cooling at outside tempera- and recirculation of the air within the
warmed again when the air conditioning tures above approx. 41 7 (5 6). vehicle
is switched on. Depending on the > Right-hand indicator lamp on: the
60 7 (16 6) appears in the tempera-
weather, the windshield may fog over flow of external air into the vehicle is
ture display 9, and the system reverts to
briefly when the engine is started. You permanently blocked. The system
the recirculated-air mode while simulta-
can reduce condensation forming on then recirculates the air currently
neously providing maximum airflow
the windows by switching on the air within the vehicle.
through the vent outlets only. That is
conditioning. why you need to keep these open if you If you have a multifunction steering
select this program. wheel with the recirculated-air button
Condensation forms in the air (refer to page 22), you can also use it to
conditioning system during opera- Automatic recirculated-air switch between "Off" and the recircu-
tion, which then exits under the vehicle. control (AUC) lated-air mode or AUC and the recircu-
Traces of condensed water of this kind lated-air mode.
You can respond to
are thus normal.<
unpleasant external odors
If the windows should fog over in
by temporarily stopping the flow of out-
the recirculated-air mode, switch
side air. The system then recirculates
the recirculated-air mode off and
the air currently within the vehicle.
increase the air supply as required.<
Press the button repeatedly to run
through the following control sequence:
Rear window defroster
> Indicator lamps off: outside airflow
When the rear window
operational
defroster is activated, the
> Left-hand indicator lamp on – AUC
indicator lamp comes on. The rear
mode: the system recognizes pollut-
window defroster switches off automat-
ants in the outside air and blocks the
ically.
flow of air when necessary. The
system then recirculates the air cur-
rently within the vehicle.

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Residual heating mode


The heat which is stored in

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the engine is utilized for
heating the interior when the engine
has been switched off (while waiting at
a railroad crossing, for instance).
In ignition key position 1, you can alter

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the settings of the automatic climate
control. In ignition key position 0, the
system automatically directs heated air
to the windshield, side windows and

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footwells.
Draft-free ventilation Rear passenger area ventilation
This function is available for oper- You can adjust the vent outlets for the 1 Rotary dial for infinitely-variable
ation when the outside tempera- upper body area completely for your opening and closing of the vent out-
ture is below approx. 59 7 (15 6), personal comfort: lets
with the engine warm from recent oper- 1 Rotary dials for infinitely-variable 2 Selector levers for airflow direction
ation and an adequate charge in the opening and closing of the vent out- 3 The rotary dial operates in the same
battery. The LED on the button will light

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lets way as the front dial to adjust the
up when all conditions have been
2 Selector levers for airflow direction temperature of the emerging air.
met.<
3 Rotary dial allows you to control the
temperature of the airflow as desired:
> Turn toward blue – colder
> Turn toward red – warmer.

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114nAutomatic climate control* Roller sun blind* Parked-car ventilation*
Microfilter, activated-charcoal This system allows you to ventilate the
filter interior and lower its temperature using
The microfilter removes dust and pollen the blower of the automatic climate
from the incoming air. The activated- control.
charcoal filter provides additional The parked-car ventilation system is
protection by filtering gaseous pollut- operated via the Multi-Information Dis-
ants from the outside air. Your BMW play (MID) – refer to page 92 – or the

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center replaces this combined filter as a onboard computer. Refer to the sepa-
standard part of your scheduled main- rate Owner's Manual.
tenance. A substantial reduction in air- You can set two different times for the
flow indicates that the filter must be system to start; it will remain active for
replaced before scheduled mainte- 30 minutes. You can also turn it on and
nance. To operate, press the button briefly with off directly. Since the system uses a
the ignition key in position 1 or 2. substantial amount of electrical current,
you should not activate it twice in suc-
Sun blinds for rear side windows* cession without allowing the battery to
Use the strap to extract the blinds, then be recharged in normal operation
hook them in the attachment provided. between use.
The parked-car ventilation system is
available for timer-controlled operation
at outside temperatures above 60 7
(16 6) as well as for manual operation
at any temperature, provided that the
vehicle is stationary.
The air emerges via the vent outlets for
the upper body. Therefore, the vent
outlets must be open for the system to
operate.

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BMW Universal Transmitter* 115n

The concept To Canadian residents: Checking for the conversion code


The BMW Universal Transmitter During programming, your hand- In order to determine whether the orig-

Overview
replaces up to three hand-held transmit- held transmitter may automatically stop inal hand-held transmitter is equipped
ters to control different devices such as transmitting after two seconds. This with a conversion-code system, you
a garage door opener, alarm systems or may not be long enough to program the may either refer to the instructions for
a door locking system. The BMW Uni- BMW Universal Transmitter. If you are the original hand-held transmitter or
versal Transmitter recognizes and programming from one of these hand- program a channel key as described in
"learns" the transmitted signal from each held transmitters, the Universal Trans- the left column on page 116 under

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of the original hand-held transmitters. mitter's lamp may begin to flash in a "Programming."
series of double flashes. If this occurs,
The signal of an original hand-held Following that, press and hold the pro-
continue to hold the key on the Uni-
transmitter can be programmed on one grammed channel key of the BMW Uni-
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of the three channel keys. Following versal Transmitter. If the indicator lamp
your hand-held transmitter. You may
that, each of the devices can be actu- of the BMW Universal Transmitter
have to repeat this function several
ated with the appropriately-programmed flashes rapidly for two seconds and
times while programming.<
channel key. The indicator lamp flashes then stays on continuously, the original
to confirm transmission of the signal. hand-held transmitter is equipped with
Before programming, read the
Before you sell your vehicle, the pro- a conversion-code system. If the con-
"User's information" section on
grammed channel keys should be version-code system is available, pro-
page 117.<
gram the channel keys as described in

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cleared. Refer to page 117 for the
description of this process. the right-hand column on page 116
The original hand-held transmitter
under "Programming a hand-held trans-
If this symbol is depicted on the mitter with change code."
To prevent potential injuries or
packaging or in the user's
damage during the programming
instructions for the original If you have additional questions,
operation and before every remote trig-
hand-held transmitter, it may be please consult your BMW center
gering of a programmed device using
assumed that this original hand-held

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the BMW Universal Transmitter, be sure or call 1-800-355-3515.<
transmitter is compatible with the BMW
that there are no persons, animals or
Universal Transmitter.
objects within the range of movement
of the respective device. Also, comply
with the safety precautions of the orig-

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116nBMW Universal Transmitter*
Programming a hand-held
transmitter with conversion code
Read and comply with the safety
precautions on page 115.<

Consult the operating instructions for


the individual device when program-
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ming the BMW Universal Transmitter.
Read and comply with the following
programming instructions for the use of
the BMW Universal Transmitter with a
conversion-code system:
Programming 3. Hold the original hand-held trans-
1 Channel keys mitter at the receiver 3 a maximum of A second person simplifies pro-
2 in (5 cm) away gramming of the BMW Universal
2 Indicator lamp
4. Simultaneously press the transmit- Transmitter.<
3 Receiver for programming ting key of the original hand-held
transmitter (arrow 2) and the desired
Read and comply with the safety channel key of the BMW Universal
precautions on page 115.< Transmitter (arrow 1). Release both
keys as soon as the indicator lamp
1. Ignition key in position 2 flashes rapidly
2. For initial operation: press and hold 5. To program other original hand-held
the two outer keys 1 until the indi- transmitters, repeat steps 3 and 4.
cator lamp 2 flashes. Release the
The corresponding channel key is now
keys. The three channel keys are
programmed with the signal of the orig-
cleared
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1. Program the BMW Universal Trans- Clearing the channel keys User's information
mitter as described above under Read and comply with the safety Do not use this BMW Universal Trans-

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"Programming" on the previous page precautions on page 115.< mitter with any garage door opener that
2. Press and hold the programming key lacks safety "stop" and "reverse" fea-
on the receiver of the device for The memory of individual channel keys tures as required by federal safety stan-
about two seconds or until the pro- cannot be deleted. However, the three dards (this includes any garage door
gramming lamp on the device comes channel keys can be cleared together in opener model manufactured before
on the following manner: April 1st, 1982).

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3. Press the desired channel key of the
> Press and hold the two outer channel This device complies with Part 15 of the
BMW Universal Transmitter three
keys of the BMW Universal Trans- FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
times.
mitter until the indicator lamp flashes, following two conditions:

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and then release the keys. (1) This device may not cause harmful
If you have additional questions,
All of the channel keys are cleared. interference, and
please consult your BMW center.<
(2) This device must accept any inter-
ference received, including interference
that may cause undesired operation.

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118nGlove compartment Storage compartments
To lock
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 keys for
valet parking (refer to page 32), access
to the glove compartment is not pos-
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Rechargeable flashlight*
Located on the left-hand side of the
To open glove compartment. The cover of the storage compartment
Pull the handle and the lamp comes on. Features integral overload-protection, on the vertical surface of the center
so it can be left in its holder continu- console can be pushed open or closed
To close ously. (illustration). If your vehicle is equipped
with a cassette holder*, open each
Fold the cover up.
To avoid completely discharging cassette compartment by pressing on
and possibly damaging the lamp, the small button.
To prevent injury in the event of an
always ensure that the flashlight is Storage compartment on the center
accident, close the glove com-
switched off before inserting it in the console between the front seats: to
partment immediately after use.<
socket.< open, reach into the recess at the front
and pull upward.
You will find a coin holder in the door
pocket on the driver's side.
You will find additional storage com-
partments in all of the doors as well as
on the backrests of the front seats.

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Hands-free system Two holders for canned drinks have To empty
On vehicles with telephone prepara- been provided in the front center con- Press the edge of the lid (arrow):
tion*, the hands-free speaker is posi- sole (illustration). The ashtray moves up and can be
tioned in the headliner. Press to open; fold back inward to removed.
For further information on the cellular close. On vehicles equipped with a non-
phone, refer to the separate Owner's smoker's package, the insert is

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Manual. removed in the same way.

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120nCigarette lighter* Ashtray, rear
Cigarette lighter socket
This socket is suitable for attaching
power supplies for flashlights, car
vacuum cleaners and other appliances
up to a rating of approx. 200 watts at
12 volts. Avoid damage to the socket
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shapes or sizes.
Another socket is located in the cargo
area of the sport wagon in the middle of
the right-hand side panel.

Press the cover panel for access Non-smoker's equipment To empty


(arrow), then push the lighter down. package Press the edge of the cover (arrow).
You can remove the lighter from its On vehicles with the non-smoker's The ashtray moves up and can be
socket for use as soon as it snaps back equipment package, the socket is con- removed.
out. cealed by a cover.
For access to the socket: lift off the
Hold or touch the hot cigarette
cover.
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, do not leave unsuper-
vised children in the vehicle.<

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Fold the rear backrests down The central safety belt has an additional With a master key, you can lock each
Reach into the recess and pull forward small buckle. backrest in the rear seat.
(arrow 1). > If you connect the two belt sections, This also prevents access to the lug-
When you close the backrest, be sure you can use the central belt as any gage compartment from the interior of
that the catch engages securely. The normal 3-point belt the vehicle if you turn over only your
red slide (arrow 2) must go underneath. > It is easier to fold the rear-seat back- door and ignition key 3 (refer to
rest up and down if you disconnect page 32), for valet parking.

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122nSki bag*
The ski bag allows the safe and clean Installing the center armrest
transport of up to 4 pairs of standard Guide the armrest into position from
skis or up to two snowboards. above, then apply pressure until you
The length of the ski bag and the addi- hear it snap into position.
tional space provided in the luggage
compartment make it possible to carry When removing and installing the
skis with a length of up to 6.8 ft center armrest, be sure that the

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(2.10 meters). Because of the tapered seat covers are not damaged by the
shape of the bag, the ski bag can only side pins.<
accommodate two pairs of skis with a
length of 6.8 ft (2.1 0 meters).

Removing the center armrest


(Not for vehicles with the through-
loading system and for the sport
wagon, refer to page 124.)
1. Fold the center armrest completely
outward
2. Loosen the trim from the upper
Velcro® fastener and place it on the
armrest
3. Grasp the front of the armrest with
one hand, then use your other hand
to reach down behind the armrest
and pull up sharply (arrow).

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Loading 4. Use the magnetic retainers to attach Securing the load
1. Press the release button (arrow 1) to the cover panel to the upper surface Secure the bag's contents by
unlock the cover panel in the luggage (metal surface below rear tray) of the tightening down the retaining
compartment luggage compartment. strap at the buckle.<
2. Press the detent levers (arrows 2) To store the ski bag, perform the above
inward and fold the cover to the front steps in reverse sequence. Please ensure that the skis are clean
3. Extend the ski bag between the front before loading them into the bag. Take

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seats. The zipper provides conve- An unsecured ski bag could lead care to avoid damage from sharp
nient access to the inside of the bag, to loss of vehicle control and in edges.
and can also be left open to promote case of an accident to personal injury.<
drying

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With through-loading system In the sport wagon
1. Fold the center armrest outward. 1. Fold the center armrest outward.
Loosen the trim from the upper Loosen the trim from the upper
Velcro® fastener and place it on the Velcro® fastener and place it on the
armrest armrest
2. Press button 1 downward and swing 2. Press button 1 downward and swing
the cover forward the cover forward
3. Press knob 2: the cover in the lug- 3. Press button 2: the cover in the
gage compartment is unlocked. cargo area is unlocked.

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Fold the rear backrests down Roll-up cover Partition net
Reach into the recess and pull upward Pull the roll-up cover out and hook it Pull out the partition net by the strap
(arrow). into the rear bracket. and hold the bar firmly in the other
The rear backrest is divided into two The cover will support light objects hand. Then grasp the bar on both sides,
sections (one-third and two-thirds of such as items of clothing. pull it up and engage it in the holders. It
the width of the seat). You can fold is easiest to do this from the back seat.

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either section of the backrest down Do not place heavy or bulky
separately in order to increase the objects on the roll-up cover, Do not allow the partition net to
capacity of the cargo area. otherwise, they could endanger occu- snap back. Doing so could pose a
pants while braking hard, during eva- risk of injury and the partition net could
When you close the backrest, be sive maneuvers, or in an accident, for be damaged.<
sure that the catch engages example.
securely. The red warning indicator dis- Do not allow the cover to snap back, When the rear backrests are folded

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appears in the recess when the retainer since this could damage it.< down, you can store the case in front of
is locked. the rear seats, pull the partition net out
The center safety belt can be retracted For storing the case, refer to the next from there and insert it in the front
only when the larger backrest is page. holders (refer to the next page).
engaged.<

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Removing the roll-up cover and Storage Side covers
partition net There are holders for the case in front Open the side covers by pressing the
1. Press on the buttons (arrow 1) to of the rear seats. button.
release the case on both sides Guide the case in from the side as
2. Holding the case straight, pull out to shown in the illustration. The strap of
the rear (arrow 2). the partition net must be directed
upward, while the end of the roll-up
Installation cover must be laid around and under
Simply slide the case forward in the two the case to the rear.
side holders until it engages. You can pull the partition net out and
insert it in the holders above it in the
upper roof area.

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Floor compartment Fold the floor panel up Fold up the spare tire cover
To release: press the handle in the Lift up the black retainer on the lower Lift up the cover and hook it into the red
recess and fold the cover upward on side of the panel and hook it into the retainer on the floor panel (arrow).
the handle (large arrow). upper frame of the tailgate cutout. Before you fold the cover down, return
You can lock the cover with a master Before you fold the floor panel down, the retainer to its original position.
key. return the retainer to its original posi-

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The dividers in the compartment can be tion.
rearranged. If you remove the divider
and turn the divider retainer to the left
and remove it, you have a level storage
compartment.

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Raise the cargo floor Stowing cargo Securing the load
For access to the compartment under When transporting loads in your BMW: > Secure smaller, light pieces with the
the floor or to the spare tire, etc.: > Position heavy loads as far forward retaining straps or a luggage net *, or
> Raise the cargo floor and secure it as possible – directly behind the use elastic straps (refer to page 42)
with the support rod (arrow) backrests or the luggage compart- > For large, heavy pieces, visit your
> Open the quick-release fasteners on ment partition panel – and at the BMW center for load-securing
the spare tire cover. bottom (the illustration shows the devices*. Lashing eyes are provided
sport wagon) at the corners of the luggage com-
> Cover sharp edges and corners partment/cargo area for attaching
> Do not pile objects higher than the these load-securing devices (the
top edge of the backrest illustration shows the sport wagon)
> Pull out the partition net* (refer to > Read and comply with the informa-
page 125) and ensure that carried tion enclosed with the load-securing
items cannot pass through the parti- devices.
tion net
> For very heavy loads when the rear
seat is not occupied, secure each
safety belt in the opposite buckle.

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Always position and secure the You should therefore always remember
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endanger the passengers during weight, the approved gross vehicle
braking or evasive maneuvers. weight or the axle loads when loading
Do not exceed the approved gross the rack. You will find the specifications
vehicle weight or the permissible axle under "Technical data" on page 173.
loads (refer to page 173). If you do, the Make sure that the load is not too bulky,
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longer ensured and you are in violation Always load the heaviest pieces first (on
of the law. the bottom). Ensure that adequate room
Do not carry hard or heavy objects remains for the tilt sunroof to extend
unsecured in the passenger compart- upward and that no objects protrude

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ment. If you do so, they may be pro- A special roof-rack system is available into the tailgate's travel range on the
jected through the air during braking as an optional extra for your BMW. sport wagon.
and evasive maneuvers, thus endan- Please observe the precautions
gering vehicle occupants.< included with the installation instruc- Always ensure that roof-mounted
tions. loads are tightly secured, as loose
loads can shift or even fly off the roof,
Anchorages posing a serious hazard for following

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Access to the anchorages: traffic.<
To fold up the cover (arrow), please use
the tool provided with the roof-rack Drive smoothly and avoid sudden
system. acceleration and braking. Do not corner
at high speeds.
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Roof-mounted luggage racks raise the
center of gravity of the vehicle when
they are loaded. For this reason, they
exercise a major effect on the vehicle's
handling and steering response.

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Overview

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Controls and features

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Operation, maintenance

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Owner service procedures

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Technical data

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132nBreak-in procedures
To ensure that your vehicle provides Tires Brake system
maximum economy throughout a long Owing to technical factors associated Approx. 300 miles (500 km) must
service life, we request that you with their manufacture, tires do not elapse before the brake pads and
observe the following suggestions. achieve their full traction potential until rotors achieve the optimal pad-surface
an initial break-in period has elapsed. and wear patterns required for trouble-
Engine and differential For this reason, you should drive with free operation and long service life later
Up to 1,200 miles (2,000 km): extra care during the initial 200 miles on.
Drive at varying engine speeds and (300 km). To break-in the separate parking brake
road speeds, but do not exceed Comply with all official speed limits. drums, apply the parking brake lightly
4,500 rpm and the following road when coasting to a standstill (at a traffic
speeds during this initial period: When the vehicle is operated on signal, for instance), provided that
BMW 525i, 530i: 100 mph (160 km/h) wet or slushy roads, a wedge of traffic conditions allow you to do so.
BMW 540i: 106 mph (170 km/h). water may form between the tire and To avoid corrosion, repeat this proce-
Comply with all official speed limits. the road surface. This phenomenon is dure from time to time.
referred to as aquaplaning or hydro-
Refrain from using full throttle and avoid
planing, and can lead to partial or com- The brake lamps do not come on
pressing the accelerator beyond the
plete loss of traction, vehicle control when the parking brake is applied.
kickdown point.
and braking effectiveness. Reduce your Vacuum for the brake system servo unit
Once you have driven 1,200 miles speed on wet roads.< on your BMW is available only when the
(2,000 km), engine and vehicle speeds engine is running. When you move the
can gradually be increased. vehicle with the engine switched off –
You should also comply with these when towing, for instance – substan-
break-in procedures if the engine or dif- tially higher levels of pedal force will be
ferential is replaced later in the course required to brake the vehicle.<
of the vehicle service life.
Clutch
The clutch will also begin to function
optimally after about 300 miles
(500 km). Engage the gears carefully
during the break-in period.

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Brakes: Rear parcel tray: The concept


Do not drive with your foot resting Do not place heavy or hard objects on The Antilock Brake System (ABS) keeps

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on the brake pedal. Even light but con- the rear parcel tray. These objects the wheels from locking during braking,
sistent pedal pressure can lead to high could endanger vehicle occupants thereby enhancing active driving safety.
temperatures, brake wear and possibly during heavy brake applications or eva-
With ABS, the shortest possible braking
even brake failure. sive maneuvers.
distances are achieved under most
Hydroplaning: Clothes hooks:
conditions (on straight-aways and in
When driving on wet or slushy roads, Hang items of clothing from the hooks

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curves, on asphalt, ice, wet road sur-
reduce vehicle speed. If you do not, a so that they will not obstruct the driver's
faces, etc.).
wedge of water may form between the vision. Do not hang heavy objects on
tires and the road surface. This phe- the hooks. If you do so, they could
nomenon is referred to as aquaplaning cause personal injury during braking or Braking with ABS

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or hydroplaning. It is characterized by a evasive maneuvers.< If you are in a situation that requires full
partial or complete loss of contact braking, you will exploit the full benefits
between the tires and the road surface. of the ABS system if you apply max-
The ultimate results are loss of steering imum pedal pressure ("panic stop").
and braking control. Pulsation at the brake pedal combined
Driving through water: with sounds from the hydraulic circuits
When there is water on the roads, do indicates to the driver that ABS is in its

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not drive in it if it is deeper than active mode.
1 ft (30 cm), and even then, only at
walking speed, otherwise the vehicle
can sustain damage to the engine, the
electrical systems and the transmission.

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134nBrake system
Brake fluid level Disc brakes When descending steep hills and
If the brake fluid level is too low and Limited vehicle use, extended periods extended grades, downshift to a gear
brake pedal travel has become notice- with the vehicle parked or in storage, that will allow you to continue safely
ably longer, there may be a defect in and operating conditions in which with only a minimal amount of braking.
one of the two brake system's hydraulic braking is restricted to gentle, low- By minimizing the loads placed on the
circuits. pressure applications will all increase brake system, this strategy helps
the tendency for corrosion to form on ensure that optimal brake system
Proceed to the nearest BMW the rotors; this is often accompanied by response will remain available at all
center. Higher brake application a simultaneous accumulation of con- times.
pressure may be necessary under these tamination on the brake pads. The pads
conditions, and the vehicle may exhibit must exert a certain minimal level of Do not coast with the clutch
a slight tendency to pull to one side pressure against the rotors for the disc depressed or with the transmission
when the brakes are applied. Braking brakes' inherent self-cleaning effect to or selector lever in Neutral. Do not coast
distances may also be longer. Please remain effective; the pressure available with the engine switched off. The engine
remember to adapt your driving style under the above conditions may not provides no braking effect when the
accordingly.< provide adequate cleansing. clutch is depressed and there is no
power-assist for braking or steering
If the brake rotors are corroded, they
when the engine is not running.
will tend to respond to braking with a
Never allow floor mats, carpets or any
pulsating effect that even extended
other objects to protrude into the area
brake applications will fail to cure.
around the accelerator, clutch and brake
When driving in heavy rain and on wet pedals and obstruct their movement.<
roads it is a good idea to apply light
pressure to the brake pedal every few Brake pads
miles. Monitor traffic conditions to
For your own safety: use only
ensure that this maneuver does not
brake pads that BMW has
pose a hazard to you or to other road
approved for your particular vehicle
users. The heat generated in this pro-
model. BMW cannot evaluate non-
cess helps dry the pads and rotors to
approved brake pads to determine if
ensure that your brake system will
they are suited for use, and therefore
respond with undiminished efficiency
cannot ensure the operating safety of
when you need it.
the vehicle if they are installed.<

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Tire inflation pressure Tire condition 135n

Information for your safety (1.6 mm) these indicators, signal that
The factory-approved radial tires are the tires have reached the legally per-

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matched to the vehicle and have been missible wear limit.
selected to provide optimum safety and
driving comfort. Do not drive on a deflated (flat)
tire. A flat tire greatly impairs
It is not merely the tire's service life, but
steering and braking response, and can
also driving comfort and – above all else
lead to complete loss of control over

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the vehicle.
condition of the tires and the mainte-
Avoid overloading the vehicle so that
nance of the specified tire inflation
the permitted load on the tires is not
pressure.
exceeded. Overloading leads to over-

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Tire tread – Tire damage heating and causes damage inside the
Incorrect inflation pressures are a
tires. The ultimate result can assume
frequent cause of tire problems Inspect your tires frequently for tread
the form of a sudden air loss.
and flat tires. Tire pressure also has a wear, signs of damage and for foreign
Unusual vibrations encountered during
major effect on your BMW's handling objects lodged in the tread. Check the
normal vehicle operation can indicate a
response. We recommend that you tread depth.
flat tire or some other vehicle malfunc-
check the tire pressure – remember to The tread depth should not drop tion. The type of problem can be
check the spare tire as well – before

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below 0.12 in (3 mm), even though, for caused by contact with curbs, etc. This
every extended trip, as well as at least example the legally specified minimum is also true for irregularities in the
every two weeks in normal use (refer to tread depth in Europe is only 0.063 in vehicle's handling characteristics, such
page 26). Failure to observe these pre- (1.6 mm). Below a tread depth of as a pronounced tendency to pull to the
cautions can result in incorrect tire 0.12 in (3 mm) there is an increased risk left or right. Should this occur, respond
pressures, which cause instable han- of hydroplaning, even at relatively mod- by immediately reducing your speed.
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and can ultimately lead to an acci- amounts of water on the road. center or professional tire center, or
dent.<
Tread wear indicators, refer to arrow, have the vehicle towed in to have it, its
are embedded around the tire circum- wheels and tires inspected.
ference in the base of the tire tread. Tire damage (up to and including blow-
Their locations are indicated on the tire outs) can endanger the lives of both the

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sidewall with TWI – Tread Wear Indi- vehicle occupants and other road
cator. At a tread depth of 0.063 in users.<

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136nTire replacement
To maintain good handling and vehicle Traction Temperature
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 wheel and tire Those grades represent the tire's ability tire's resistance to the generation of
combinations and approves them. to stop on wet pavement as measured heat and its ability to dissipate heat
under controlled conditions on speci- when tested under controlled condi-
DOT Quality Grades fied government test surfaces of tions on a specified indoor laboratory
Treadwear asphalt and concrete. A tire marked C test wheel.
Traction AA A B C may have poor traction performance. Sustained high temperature can cause
Temperature A B C the material of the tire to degenerate
The traction grade assigned to and reduce tire life, and excessive tem-
All passenger car tires must con- this tire is based on straight- perature can lead to sudden tire failure.
form to Federal Safety Require- ahead braking traction tests, and does The grade C corresponds to a level of
ments in addition to these grades.< not include acceleration, cornering, performance which all passenger car
hydroplaning, or peak traction charac- tires must meet under the Federal
Treadwear teristics.< Motor Car Safety Standard No. 109.
The treadwear grade is a comparative Grades B and A represent higher levels
rating based on the wear rate of the tire of performance on the laboratory test
when tested under controlled condi- wheel than the minimum required by
tions on a specified government test law.
course.
For example, a tire graded 150 would The temperature grade for this tire
wear one and one-half (1 1/2) times as is established for a tire that is
well on the government course as a tire properly inflated and not overloaded.
graded 100. The relative performance Excessive speed, underinflation, or
of tires depends upon the actual condi- excessive loading, either separately or
tions of their use, however, and may in combination, can cause heat buildup
depart significantly from the norm due and possible tire failure.<
to variations in driving habits, service
practices and differences in road char-
acteristics and climate.

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Tire replacement Wheel and tire combinations 137n

Uniform Tire Quality Grading The right choice Always ensure that all of the tires
Quality grades can be found where Never mount wheels and tires that mounted on the vehicle are the same

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applicable on the tire sidewall between have not been specifically series, from the same manufacturer and
tread shoulder and maximum section approved by BMW for use on your par- with the same tread pattern. If you have
width. For example: ticular model. Although other wheels to mount the spare tire in response to a
and tires may theoretically have the flat tire, etc., you should remount a tire
Treadwear 200 Traction AA
same dimensions, variations in factors of the correct specifications as soon as
Temperature A
such as manufacturing tolerances can possible.<

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Do not use retreaded tires, since result in contact between tire and body-
work, ultimately leading to serious acci- The use of rims and wheel bolts
driving safety may be impaired.
dents. If non-approved wheels and tires that do not meet the specifica-
This is due to the possible variations in
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casing structures and, in some cases,
suitability, and therefore cannot be held equipment will affect the safe operation
to their extreme age, which can lead to
liable for driving safety.< of your vehicle and may cause an acci-
a decrease in their durability.<
dent and personal injury.
BMW has tested certain tires for each Never mix tires of different design, such
Tire age as steel-belted radials with radial bias-
tire size, rated them according to road
The date on which the tire was manu- belted or bias-ply tires, etc. Mixing tire
safety and approved them. Your BMW
factured is indicated by the code on the types will adversely affect roadholding
center can inform you which tires have

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sidewall: and can lead to loss of vehicle con-
been tested in this way. Observe pos-
DOT ... 2601 indicates that the tire was trol.<
sible national guidelines, e.g. regarding
manufactured in Week 26 of the year
entry into vehicle documents.
2001. Storage
Although tires may have a theoretical The correct wheel and tire combi- Store tires in a cool, dry place, pro-
service life of up to 10 years, BMW nation affects different systems tecting them against light whenever
strongly recommends that you replace such as ABS, ATC, ASC+T/DSC. possible. Protect the tires against con-

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all tires after an absolute maximum of The function of these systems is tact with oil, grease and fuel.
6 years. impaired if improper wheel and tire
combinations are used.

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138nSpecial characteristics of winter tires Snow chains*
Choosing the right tire Tire condition, tire inflation BMW narrow-link snow chains are
BMW recommends winter tires (M+S pressure approved exclusively for use in combi-
radial tires) for operation under Winter tires display a perceptible loss in nation with winter tires on the rear
inclement winter driving conditions. their ability to cope with winter driving wheels only. Comply with all manufac-
While all-season tires (M+S designa- conditions once the tread wears to turer's safety precautions when
tion) provide better winter traction than below 0.16 in (4 mm), and should thus mounting the chains. Do not exceed a
summer tires with the load ratings H, V, be replaced. speed of 30 mph (50 km/h) while
W, Y and ZR, they generally do not driving with mounted snow chains.
Comply with the specified tire inflation
achieve the performance of winter tires. pressures and be sure to have the
It is not possible to mount snow
In the interests of safe tracking and wheel and tire assemblies balanced
chains on tires with 17-inch
steering response, install radial tires every time you change the wheels/tires.
wheels.<
made by the same manufacturer and
with the same tread configuration on all
four wheels if you elect to mount winter
tires.

Do not exceed specified


maximum speeds
Never exceed the maximum
speed for which the winter tires
are rated.
Unprofessional attempts by laymen to
service tires can lead to damage and
accidents.
Have this work performed by skilled
professionals only. Any BMW center
has the required technical knowledge
and the proper equipment and will be
happy to assist you.<

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To unlock To open To close
Pull the lever located under the left- Pull the release handle and open the Allow the hood to fall from a height
hand side of the instrument panel. hood. of about 12 in (30 cm) so that it audibly
engages.
Do not work on your vehicle
without appropriate skills. Failure To avoid injuries, be sure that the
to work in an informed, professional travel path of the hood is clear

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manner when servicing components when it is closed, as with all closing
and materials constitutes a safety procedures.
hazard for vehicle occupants and other If you notice that the hood is not com-
road users. If you are not familiar with pletely closed while driving, stop imme-
the guidelines, please have the opera- diately and close it securely.<
tions performed by your BMW center.<

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140nEngine compartment essentials

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1 Reservoir for brake fluid (under the 3 Engine oil dipstick 142 6 Reservoir for intensive-cleaning
housing of the microfilter) 145 4 Engine oil filler neck 142 system* 141
2 Auxiliary terminal for 5 Coolant expansion tank 144 7 Reservoir for windshield and
jump-starting 164 headlamp washer system* 141

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Overview
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Headlamp* and windshield Intensive-cleaning washer
washer system reservoir*
Capacity in US quarts (liters). Capacity approx. 1.1 US quarts
Windshield washer: (1.0 liter).
approx. 3.7 (3.5) – sedan Fill with intensive-cleaning washer fluid.
approx. 6.3 (6.0) – sport wagon It resists freezing to approx. –17 7
(–27 6) and is available from your BMW

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Incl. headlamp washing system:
center.
approx. 6.3 (6.0)
Fill with water and — if required — with a Antifreeze agents or intensive-
washer antifreeze (according to manu- cleaning washer fluids for the
facturer's recommendations). washer systems are highly inflammable.
For this reason, keep them away from
We recommend that you mix the

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sources of flame and store only in orig-
washer fluid before adding it to inal containers. Store them so that they
the reservoir.< are inaccessible to children. Comply
with the instructions on the con-
tainers.<

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Checking 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. While you should wait until the level has
2. Switch the engine off after it has 1.1 US quarts (1 liter). Do not fill beyond dropped to just above the lower mark
reached normal operating tempera- the upper mark on the dipstick. Excess before adding oil, you should never
ture oil will damage the engine. allow the oil level to fall below this
3. After approx. 5 minutes, pull the dip- mark.
stick out and wipe it off with a clean
lint-free cloth, paper towel, or similar BMW engines are designed to
material operate without oil additives; the
4. Carefully push the dipstick all the use of additives could lead to damage
way into the guide tube and pull it in some cases. This is also true for the
out again manual transmission, the automatic
5. The oil level should be in between transmission, the differential, and the
the two marks on the dipstick. power steering system.<
As with fuel economy, oil consumption
is directly influenced by your driving Recommendation: have the oil changed
style and vehicle operating conditions. by your BMW center only.

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Continuous exposure to used oil Specified engine oils Viscosity ratings


has caused cancer in laboratory The quality of the engine oil selected Viscosity is the oilflow rating as estab-

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testing. For this reason, any skin areas has critical significance for the opera- lished in SAE classes.
that come into contact with oil should tion and service life of an engine. The selection of the correct SAE class
be thoroughly washed with soap and Based on extensive testing, BMW has depends on the climatic conditions in
water. approved only certain engine oils. the area where you typically drive your
Always store oil, grease, etc., out of
Use only approved "BMW High BMW.
reach of children. Comply with all

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Performance Synthetic Oil."
warning labels and information on lubri-
If you are unable to obtain "BMW High Approved oils are in SAE classes
cant containers.<
Performance Synthetic Oil," you can 5W-40 and 5W-30.<
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between oil changes. Only use oils with These oils may be used for driving in all
ronmental laws regulating the dis-
the API SH specification or higher. ambient temperatures.
posal of used oil.<

Ask your BMW center for details


concerning the specific "BMW
High Performance Synthetic Oil" or
"synthetic oils" which have been

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approved.<

You can also call BMW of North


America at 1-800-831-1117 or visit the
website: www.bmwusa.com to obtain
this information.

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144nCoolant

Do not add coolant to the cooling 1. Start by turning the cap counter-
system when the engine is hot. If clockwise. Pause to allow any accu-
you attempt to do so, escaping coolant mulated pressure to escape, then
can cause scalds. open
To avoid the possibility of damage later 2. If the coolant is low, slowly add
on, never use anything other than fac- coolant until the correct level is
tory-approved, nitrite and amino-free reached — do not overfill.
extended-duty antifreeze with corrosion

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inhibitor. Your BMW center is familiar Comply with the applicable envi-
with the factory specifications. ronmental laws regulating the dis-
Antifreeze and anti-corrosion agents posal of extended-duty antifreeze with
are hazardous to health. You should corrosion inhibitor.<
always store them in their original con- Checking coolant level and
tainers and in a location which is out of adding coolant
reach of children.
Correct coolant level when the engine
Extended-duty antifreeze with corro-
is cold (approx. 68 7/20 6):
sion inhibitor contains the inflammable
substance ethylene-glycol. For this Unscrew the cap from the expansion
reason, do not spill antifreeze with cor- tank.
rosion inhibitor on hot engine parts. It The coolant level is correct when the
could catch fire and cause burns.< upper end of the red float is at least
even with the upper edge of the filler
neck (refer to the arrow in the illustra-
tion), but no more than 0.8 in (2 cm)
above it – that is, up to the second mark
on the float (refer also to the schematic
diagram next to the filler neck).

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Brake fluid 145n

The warning lamp for the brake Brake fluid is hygroscopic, that is,
system's hydraulic circuits it absorbs moisture from the air

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comes on/the message over time.
"CHECK BRAKE FLUID" In order to ensure the safety and reli-
appears in the Check Control: ability of the brake system, have
brake fluid level too low. the brake fluid changed every two years
by a BMW center. Refer also to the Ser-
To add brake fluid vice and Warranty Information Booklet

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The brake fluid reservoir is located (US models) or to the Warranty and
under the microfilter housing on the Service Guide Booklet (Canadian
driver's side of the vehicle. For adding models).
brake fluid or for determining and cor- Brake fluid is hazardous to health and

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recting the cause of brake fluid loss, damages the vehicle's paint. You
consult your BMW center. Your BMW should always store it in its original
center is familiar with the specifications container and in a location which is out
for factory-approved brake fluids of reach of children.
(DOT 4). Do not spill the fluid and do not fill the
brake fluid reservoir beyond the MAX
Brake fluid loss may result in extended
mark. The brake fluid could ignite upon
brake pedal travel. Should this occur,

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contact with hot engine parts and
refer to the notes on page 134.
cause serious burns.<

Comply with the applicable envi-


ronmental laws regulating the dis-
posal of brake fluid.<

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146nThe BMW Maintenance System
Service Interval Display Service and Warranty Information
While conventional systems rely on dis- Booklet (US models) or Warranty
tance traveled alone to determine when and Service Guide Booklet
service is due, the BMW Maintenance (Canadian models)
System has for years considered the For additional information on mainte-
actual conditions under which the nance intervals and procedures, please
vehicle operates, because mileage can refer to the Service and Warranty Infor-
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be accumulated in very different ways. mation Booklet (US models) or the


From a maintenance standpoint, Warranty and Service Guide Booklet
62,000 miles (100,000 km) accumulated (Canadian models).
in short-distance urban driving are not As a precaution against corrosion, it is
the equivalent of the same distance advisable to have the body checked for
The BMW Maintenance System has covered at moderate speeds in long- damage from rocks or gravel at the
been designed as a reliable means of distance highway travel. same time, depending upon operating
providing maximum driving and oper- conditions.
The BMW Maintenance System
ating safety – and as cost-effectively as
includes the Engine Oil Service and
possible for you. Have your BMW center do the
Inspections I and II.
Please keep in mind that regular main- maintenance and repair.
Determining the maintenance intervals
tenance is not only necessary for the Be sure that all maintenance work is
according to the actual loads on the
safety of your vehicle, but also plays a confirmed in the Service and Warranty
vehicle covers every kind of operating
significant role in maintaining its resale Information Booklet (US models) or in
situation. However, even those who
value. the Warranty and Service Guide
drive only short distances – significantly
Booklet (Canadian models).
less than 6,000 miles (10,000 km) annu-
These entries will constitute your proof
ally – should have the engine oil
that the vehicle has received regular
changed at least every 2 years since oil
maintenance. They are also required in
deteriorates over time, regardless of
the event of a warranty claim.<
use.

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Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) California laws require us to state the


Light-emitting diodes installed behind following warning:

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translucent lenses serve as the light
source for many of the controls and dis- Engine exhaust, some of its con-
plays in your vehicle. The concept stituents, and certain vehicle com-
behind their operation is related to that ponents contain or emit chemicals
employed for lasers, and they are offi- known to the State of California to
cially designated as Class 1 light-emit- cause cancer and birth defects and

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ting diodes. reproductive harm. In addition, certain
fluids contained in vehicles and certain
Do not remove the protective lens products of component wear contain or
and avoid staring directly at the emit chemicals known to the State of

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unfiltered beam for extended periods California to cause cancer and birth
(several hours), as inflammation of the defects or other reproductive harm.
iris could result.< Battery posts, terminals and related
accessories contain lead and lead
compounds. Wash your hands after
handling.
Used engine oil contains chemicals that

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have caused cancer in laboratory ani-
mals. Always protect your skin by
washing thoroughly with soap and
water.<

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148nOBD interface socket
An illuminated lamp informs you When the filler cap is not properly
of the need for service, not of tightened, the OBD system can
the need to stop the vehicle. detect the vapor leak and the indicator
However, the systems should be will light up. If the filler cap is subse-
checked by your BMW center at the quently tightened, the indicator should
earliest possible opportunity. go out within a few days.<
Under certain conditions, the indicator
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will blink or flash. This indicates a rather


severe level of engine misfire. When
this occurs, you should reduce speed
and consult the nearest BMW center as
soon as possible. Severe engine misfire
The Onboard Diagnostic (OBD) inter- over only a short period of time can
face socket is located on the left of the seriously damage emission control
driver's side at the bottom of the instru- components, especially the catalytic
ment panel and under a cover. The converter.
cover has the letters "OBD" on it. Service Engine Soon warning
The purpose of the OBD system is to lamp for Canadian models.
ensure proper operation of the emis-
sion control system for the vehicle's
lifetime. The system monitors emis-
sions-related components and sys-
tems to detect deterioration and mal-
function.

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Overview

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Controls and features

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Operation, maintenance

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Owner service procedures

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Technical data

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152nOnboard tool kit Windshield wiper blades

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Attached to the underside of the lug- Front Rear*


gage compartment lid/tailgate. 1. Pull the wiper arm up slightly and 1. Hold the wiper blade on the window
Unscrew the wingnut for access. hold it firmly and remove/unclip the wiper arm at
2. Press back the release (arrow) and the articulated joint (arrow)
pull the wiper blade back toward the 2. Insert a new wiper blade and press it
base of the wiper arm on/clip it into the wiper arm.
3. Install the new blade and slide the
release back into position. Use only wiper blades approved
by BMW.<

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The lamps and bulbs are essential fac- 1. Turn the bulb holder to the left
tors contributing to the safety of your (arrow) and remove

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vehicle. For this reason, you should 2. Remove and replace the bulb.
follow the instructions below carefully
when replacing a bulb. If you are not When cleaning the headlamps,
familiar with any of the procedures, please observe the following:
consult your BMW center. > Do not wipe dry (scratches). Never
use abrasives or strong solvents to

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Do not touch the glass portion of a clean the covers
new bulb with your bare hands > Remove dirt and contamination (such
since even small amounts of impurities as insects) by soaking with BMW Car
burn into the surface and reduce the Shampoo and then rinsing with plenty

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service life of the bulb. Use a clean The right side of the engine compart- of water
cloth, paper napkin, or a similar mate- ment. > Always use a deicer spray to remove
rial, or hold the bulb by its metallic accumulated ice and snow – never
base.< 1 Low beams use a scraper.<
2 High beams
A replacement bulb set is available from
your BMW center. For checking and adjusting head-

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lamp aim, please contact your
Whenever working on the elec- BMW center.<
trical system, switch off the elec-
trical accessory you are working on or Low and high beams
disconnect the cable from the negative H7 bulb, 55 watt
terminal of the battery. Failure to do this
could result in short circuits. The bulb is pressurized. There-

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To prevent injuries and damage, fore, you should always wear
comply with any instructions provided safety glasses and protective gloves.
by the bulb manufacturer.< Failure to observe these precautions
can result in physical injury if the bulb
breaks.<

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154nLamps and bulbs
Xenon lamps*
The operating life of these lamp units is
extremely long and the likelihood of
failure very low, provided that they are
not switched on and off an excessive
number of times. If one of these bulbs
should nevertheless fail, it is possible to

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continue driving with great caution
using the fog lamps, provided traffic
laws in your area do not prohibit this.

Because of the extremely high


voltages involved, any work on the Standing lamps Turn signal indicator/Parking
xenon lighting system should be carried 10 watt bulb lamps (side marker lamps)
out by technically-qualified personnel Dual-filament bulb, 21 watt
only. Otherwise, there is a risk of fatal The bulb holder and reflector are a 1. Turn the bulb to the left and remove
injury.< single unit and are both changed 2. Remove and replace the bulb.
at the same time.<

1. Turn the bulb holder with reflector to


the left and remove
2. Disconnect the plug
3. Plug the new bulb holder into the
plug connector. Be sure that it is
securely engaged
4. Insert the reflector with bulb holder
and turn to the right as far as
possible.

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Side turn signal indicators Front fog lamps 2. Loosen both screws (arrows)
5 watt bulb H8 bulb, 35 watt 3. Take off the cover panel next to the
headlamp
1. Use finger pressure against the rear
The bulb is pressurized. There- 4. Turn the headlamp 903 to the left and
end of the lens (arrow) to press it for-
fore, wear safety glasses and pro- remove it by bringing it toward the
ward for removal
tective gloves. Failure to observe these front
2. Press gently on the bulb and turn it to
precautions can result in physical injury 5. Disconnect the plug

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the left to remove it.
if the bulb breaks.< 6. Turn the lamp to the left and remove
it.
1. Using a screwdriver, remove the
mounting clips for the air grill (arrow)
and remove the grill by bringing it
toward the front

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Tail lamps – sedan 1. Use the upper handle to fold down Tail lamps – sport wagon
Rear lamp/Side marker lamps: LEDs the side panel in the luggage com- Rear lamp/Side marker lamps: LEDs
Remaining bulbs: 21 watt partment Remaining bulbs: 21 watt
2. Turn the corresponding bulb holder
1 Turn signal 1 Turn signal indicator red
to the left (arrow) and remove it
indicator yellow or white 2 Rear lamp/
3. Press the defective bulb gently and
2 Rear lamp/ turn it to the left. Remove the bulb Side marker lamps red
Side marker lamps red and replace it 3 Backup lamps white
3 Backup lamps white 4. Insert the bulb holder and turn to the 4 Brake lamps, reflector red
4 Brake lamps red right as far as possible.
5 Reflector red
5 Reflector red
Please contact your BMW center
Please contact your BMW center if there is a defect in the rear
if there is a defect in the rear lamp/side marker lamp assembly.<
lamp/side marker lamp assembly.<

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Lamps in the rear apron panel: Lamps in the luggage compartment lid/ Center (high-mount) brake lamp
1. Open the cover in the side panel tailgate: 21 watt bulb
2. Turn the quick-release fastener and 1. Open the trim panel in the luggage 1. Open the luggage compartment lid
remove the trim panel in front of the compartment lid/tailgate 2. Unclip the cover panel (on the
bulb holder 2. Open the quick-release fastener underside of the rear tray) with
3. Open the quick-release fastener (arrow) and remove the bulb holder a screwdriver (arrow)
(arrow) and remove the bulb holder 3. Apply gentle pressure to the bulb

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3. Turn the bulb to the left and remove
4. Apply gentle pressure to the bulb while turning it to the left to remove. 4. Apply gentle pressure to the bulb
while turning it to the left to remove. while turning it to the left to remove.
If a subwoofer* is installed behind the sport wagon: LED strip in the tailgate.
right-hand panel, unscrew the T-screw Please contact a BMW center in case of
and swing the subwoofer to the side. a malfunction.

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158nLamps and bulbs Changing a wheel
Safety measures in the event of a Position the jack on a firm support sur-
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. Switch on the hazard warning the jack might not be able to reach its
flashers. full support capacity because of the
Turn the steering wheel to the straight- limited height.
ahead position, remove the key and Do not lie under the vehicle or start the
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engage the steering lock. Shift into 1st engine when the vehicle is supported
or reverse (selector lever in Park with by the jack – risk of fatal injury.<
automatic transmission) and engage
the parking brake.
License plate lamps All passengers should be outside the
vehicle and well away from your imme-
5 watt bulb
diate working area (behind a guardrail,
1. Insert a screwdriver into the slot and for instance).
press to the left (arrow); this disen- If necessary, set up your warning tri-
gages the lamp angle or portable hazard warning lamp
2. Remove the lamp and replace the on the roadside at an appropriate dis-
bulb. tance from the rear of the vehicle.
Comply with all safety guidelines and
regulations.
Change the wheel only on a level, firm
surface which is not slippery. Avoid
jacking the vehicle up on a soft or slip-
pery surface (snow, ice, very smooth
surfaces, etc.), since it could slide side-
ways.

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Procedure
1. Carefully read and comply with the

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safety precautions on the previous
page
2. Secure the vehicle to prevent it
from rolling:
Place the wedge against the rear
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opposite the side being raised. If
the vehicle is parked on a down-
ward slope, place the wedge
securely in front of the tire. If the

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What you will need > Wedge (wheel chock) wheel must be changed on a sur-
In order to avoid rattling noises later, Located next to the jack. Loosen the face with a more severe slope, take
note the position of the tools when you wingnut to remove it additional precautions to secure the
remove them and return them to their > Spare tire and adapter* for removing vehicle from rolling
original positions when you are through the lug bolt cover* (refer to the next 3. Wheels with full wheel covers *:
using them. page) Reach into the ventilation openings
Both are next to the jack. Remove the and pull the cover off

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> Car jack
adapter or the plastic cover. Unscrew
sedan: fold back the luggage com-
the wingnut (arrow) by hand and
partment floor mat for access, then
remove the wheel
unscrew the wingnut to release the
> Lug wrench and screwdriver
jack (arrow).
In the onboard tool kit under the lug-
sport wagon: raise the floor panel
gage compartment lid (refer to
and spare tire cover (refer to
page 152).

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page 127).
sport wagon: the lug wrench is next
When you have completed work,
to the spare tire.
screw the jack all the way back
down. Fold the handle back and
insert it in its holder

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4. Wheels with adapter*: position the 7. Position the jack at the jacking 11. Position the spare tire. Secure the
lug bolt adapter on the lug bolt point closest to the flat tire so that wheel by turning at least two lug
cover. Then apply the lug wrench the jack base is vertically below the bolts into opposite bolt holes
and turn it to the left (refer to the jacking point and the entire surface 12. Screw in the remaining lug bolts.
illustration) of the head of the jack will move Tighten all the bolts securely in a
5. Wheels with hub cover*: pry the into the square recess of the diagonal pattern
hub cover off with the screwdriver jacking point (refer to the illustration 13. Lower the jack and remove it from
in the slot detail) when the jack is cranked beneath the vehicle
6. Loosen the lug bolts 1/2-turn 8. Jack the vehicle up until the wheel 14. Tighten the lug bolts in a diagonal
you are changing is raised from the pattern
ground 15. Wheels with full wheel covers:
9. Unscrew the lug bolts and remove Place the wheel cover with the
the wheel valve opening over the valve
10. Remove accumulations of mud or (arrow). Use both hands to press
dirt from the mounting surfaces of the cover securely onto the rim
the wheel and hub. Clean the lug
bolts For this light-weight wheel, use
only the full wheel cover installed
by the factory. Other wheel covers may
not fit securely.<

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16. Wheels with hub covers: When storing the wheel, take care to
Position the hub cover and press it ensure that you do not damage the

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on tightly retaining pin in the spare tire recess.
17. If equipped with lug bolt covers: If light-alloy wheels other than original
Align the arrow on the cover with BMW light-alloy wheels have been
the line in the wheel and press the mounted, it may be necessary to use
cover into place different lug bolts for those wheels.
18. Check and correct the tire inflation

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Replace the defective tire as soon as
pressure at the earliest opportunity.
possible and have the new wheel/tire
For vehicles with Tire Pressure
balanced.
Monitor (RDC)*:
After mounting the spare tire or cor- Protect valve inserts against dirt using

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recting the inflation pressure, reac- screw-on valve stem caps. Dirty valve
tivate the system. Refer to stems frequently lead to slow pressure
page 101. loss.

The vehicle jack is designed for Size 255/40 R17 94 W* tires on


changing wheels only. Do not the rear axle:
attempt to raise another vehicle model In the event of a flat tire, it may be nec-

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with it or to raise any load of any kind. essary to mount the spare tire of dif-
To do so could cause accidents and ferent size at the rear. This tire is suit-
personal injury. able for use in all load and speed
To ensure continued safety, have the ranges. Nevertheless, you should
lug bolts checked with a calibrated remount a tire of the correct size as
torque wrench [torque specification soon as possible.<
72 lb-ft (100 Nm)] at the earliest

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Battery posts, terminals and other Charging the battery
components contain lead and lead When charging the battery in the
compounds. Wash hands after han- vehicle, leave the engine off at all times.
dling.< Connect the charge cables to the termi-
nals in the engine compartment (for ter-
Battery care minal locations, refer to "Jump-starting"
The battery is maintenance-free, that is, on page 164).

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the original electrolyte will normally last
for the service life of the battery under Return used batteries to a recy-
moderate climatic conditions. cling point or your BMW center.
Maintain the battery in an upright posi-
For all questions that regard the tion for transport and storage. Secure
battery, please consult your BMW the battery against tilting during trans- In the glove compartment
center. The battery is completely main- port.< Open the glove compartment and turn
tenance-free; the following section is the two white quick-release fasteners
provided for your information only.< to the left.

Do not disconnect the battery


when the engine is running, as the
ensuing voltage surge would damage
the vehicle's onboard electronics.<

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Maintenance
In the luggage compartment In the cargo area – sport wagon
Use the handle to pull down the trim on Open the right access door by pressing
the right wall. the button and pull the trim panel to the
side.
If a subwoofer* is installed, loosen the
T-screw and swing the subwoofer to

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the side.

Do not attempt to repair a burned


fuse or replace it with a fuse
having a different color or ampere
rating. To do this could cause a fire in
the vehicle resulting from a circuit over-

Data
load.<

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164nJump-starting

Do not use spray starter fluids to start


the engine.
When your battery is discharged you
can used two jumper cables to start
your vehicle with power from the bat-
tery in a second vehicle. You can also
use the same method to help start

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another vehicle. Always use jumper
cables with fully insulated handles on
the terminal clamps.

Do not touch high-voltage wiring


and cables on a running engine. 4. Start the engine on the support 6. Next, connect one end of the other
Contact with components carrying high vehicle and allow it to run jumper cable (–) to either the sup-
voltage can be harmful or fatal. Care- 5. Use one jumper cable (+) to con- port vehicle's negative battery ter-
fully observe the following instructions nect the positive terminal of the minal or a suitable ground on its
to avoid personal injury and/or damage battery in the support vehicle with engine or bodywork. Connect the
to one or both vehicles.< the auxiliary positive terminal pro- other end to the negative battery
vided in the engine compartment of terminal or a suitable ground on the
1. Ensure that the battery in the sup- your BMW specifically for jump- vehicle being started. There is a
port vehicle is also rated at starting. The cover on this auxiliary special nut on the strut dome of
12 volts. This information is pro- terminal is identified by a "+" your BMW; refer to the arrow in the
vided on the top of the battery symbol, refer to the illustration. Pull illustration
casing up to open the cover
2. Do not disconnect your battery from Always adhere to this sequence
your vehicle's electrical system. when connecting jumper cables;
Switch off all electrical accessories failure to observe this procedure can
in both vehicles lead to sparks at the battery terminals
3. Make absolutely certain that there and pose an injury hazard.<
is no contact between the body-
work of the two vehicles – short cir-
cuit hazard

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7. Start the support vehicle's engine


and let it run at an increased idling

Overview
speed for a few minutes. Start the
engine on the vehicle needing the
jump-start, and allow it to run as
usual. If the first start attempt is not
successful, wait a few minutes
before another attempt in order to

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allow the discharged battery to
recharge
8. Before disconnecting the jumper
cables let the engines run for a few

Maintenance
minutes Tow fitting Rear:
9. Then disconnect the jumper cables Apply pressure to the arrow symbol on
The screw-in tow fitting is stored in the
in reverse sequence. the cover panel to remove.
onboard tool kit; be sure that it remains
Depending on the cause of the fault, in the vehicle at all times. This fitting is
have the battery recharged by your designed for installation in the tow Screw the tow fitting in until it bot-
BMW center. sockets located at the front and rear of toms firmly. Failure to screw the
the vehicle, and is intended for towing fitting all the way in can cause thread

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on paved road surfaces only. damage.
It should not be used to pull a vehicle Never attach tie-down hooks, chains,
out of deep snow, mud, sand, etc. straps, or tow hooks to tie rods, control
Always observe all applicable towing arms, or any other part of the vehicle
laws and regulations. suspension, as severe damage to these
components will occur, leading to pos-
sible accidents.<

Data
Access to tow sockets
Front:
Use only a nylon towing strap to tow
Apply pressure to the arrow symbol on
the vehicle, since the inherent resil-
the cover panel to remove.
ience of this material helps protect both
vehicles from sudden jerking move-

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166nTowing the vehicle
The towed vehicle should always Towing a vehicle with automatic
be the lighter of the two vehicles. transmission
If this is not the case, it is no longer 1. Place the selector lever in position N
possible to control vehicle response.< 2. Towing speed:
Max. 45 mph (70 km/h)
Tow-starting 3. Towing distance:
It is not possible to start the engine of Max. 95 miles (150 km)

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vehicles equipped with an automatic 4. Leave the ignition key in position 1 to
transmission by towing or pushing. ensure that the brake lamps, turn
For instructions on jump-starting: refer signal indicators, horn and wind-
to page 164. shield wipers remain operative, and
to prevent the steering lock from
Never attempt to use your vehicle to
engaging Towing with a commercial
push another vehicle, since damage to
5. Switch on the hazard warning tow truck
the energy-absorbing bumpers could
flashers (observe official regulations). > Do not tow with sling-type equipment
result.
Find some means of identifying the > Use a wheel-lift or flatbed carrier
vehicle in tow, for instance, place a sign > Please comply with applicable towing
or warning triangle in the rear window. laws.

Make sure that the ignition key Never allow passengers to ride in
remains in position 1 even when a towed vehicle for any reason.<
the electrical system has failed to pre-
vent the steering lock from engaging.
The steering and brakes are without
power-assist when the engine is off.
This means that increased effort is
required for steering and braking.<

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Overview
Controls
Maintenance
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Overview

Overview
Controls and features

Controls
Operation, maintenance

Maintenance
Owner service procedures

Repairs
Technical data

Data
Index

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170nEngine specifications

BMW 525i/sport wagon BMW 530i BMW 540i/sport wagon


m
Displacement cu in (cm ) 152.2 (2,494) 181.8 (2,979) 268.4 (4,398)
Number of cylinders 6 6 8
Maximum output hp 184 225 290
at engine speed rpm 6,000 5,900 5,400
Maximum torque Ib ft (Nm) 175 (236) 214 (289) 324 (440)
at engine speed rpm 3,500 3,500 3,600
Compression ratio e 10.5 10.2 10.0
Stroke in (mm) 2.95 (75.0) 3.53 (89.6) 3.26 (82.7)
Bore in (mm) 3.31 (84.0) 3.31 (84.0) 3.62 (92.0)
Fuel-injection system Digital electronic engine-management system

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Data
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All dimensions are given in inches (mm).

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Min. turning circle dia.: BMW 525i, 530i: 37.1 ft (11.3 m); BMW 540i: 37.4 ft (11.4 m)

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All dimensions are given in inches (mm). Height with roof-mounted luggage rack*: 57.4 (1,459)
Min. turning circle dia.: BMW 525i: 37.1 ft (11.3 m); BMW 540i: 37.4 ft (11.4 m)

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BMW 525i BMW 530i BMW 540i

Overview
Curb weight (with one person, ready for operation, full tank of fuel, options not included)
with manual transmission lbs. (kg) 3,450 (1,565) 3,494 (1,585) 3,748 (1,700)
with automatic transmission lbs. (kg) 3,505 (1,590) 3,549 (1,610) 3,803 (1,725)
Approved gross vehicle weight
with manual transmission lbs. (kg) 4,464 (2,025) 4,509 (2,045) 4,762 (2,160)
with automatic transmission lbs. (kg) 4,520 (2,050) 4,563 (2,070) 4,817 (2,185)

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Approved front axle load lbs. (kg) 2,138 (970) 2,138 (970) 2,381 (1,080)
Approved rear axle load lbs. (kg) 2,579 (1,170) 2,579 (1,170) 2,635 (1,195)
Approved roof load capacity lbs. (kg) 220 (100) 220 (100) 220 (100)

Maintenance
Never exceed either the approved axle loads or the gross vehicle weight.
Luggage compartment capacity cu ft (l) 16.2 (460) 16.2 (460) 16.2 (460)

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BMW 525i BMW 540i


Curb weight (with one person, ready for operation, full tank of fuel, options not included)
with manual transmission lbs. (kg) 3,682 (1,670) –
with automatic transmission lbs. (kg) 3,715 (1,695) 4,056 (1,840)
Approved gross vehicle weight
with manual transmission lbs. (kg) 4,773 (2,165) –
with automatic transmission lbs. (kg) 4,828 (2,190) 5,093 (2,310)
Approved front axle load lbs. (kg) 2,116 (960) 2,381 (1,080)
Approved rear axle load lbs. (kg) 2,844 (1,290) 2,910 (1,320)
Approved roof load capacity lbs. (kg) 220 (100) 220 (100)
Never exceed either the approved axle loads or the gross vehicle weight.
Cargo area capacity cu ft (l) 14.5 – 53.9 (410 – 1,525) 14.5 – 53.9 (410 – 1,525)

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Notes

Overview
Fuel tank gal. (liters) approx. 18.5 (approx. 70) Fuel specification: page 25
Reserve gal. (liters) approx. 2.0 (approx. 8) – BMW 525i, 530i
approx. 2.5 (approx. 10) – BMW 540i
Windshield washer system quarts (liters) approx. 3.7 (approx. 3.5) For details: page 141
with headlamp washer system quarts (liters) approx. 6.3 (approx 6.0)
Intensive cleaning system quarts (liters) approx. 1.1 (approx 1.0)

Controls
Cooling system including quarts (liters) 11.1 (10.5) – BMW 525i, 530i For details: page 144
heater circuit 12.7 (12.0) – BMW 540i
Engine oil and filter change quarts (liters) 6.9 (6.5) – BMW 525i, 530i "BMW High Performance

Maintenance
7.9 (7.5) – BMW 540i Synthetic Oil."
For details: page 143
Manual transmission, automatic – – Lifetime fluid, no fluid
transmission and differential change required

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Overview

Overview
Controls and features

Controls
Operation, maintenance

Maintenance
Owner service procedures

Repairs
Technical data

Data
Index

Index
Key words
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Everything from A to Z
A Alarm system 42 Automatic climate Battery 162
ABS (Antilock Brake Anchorage points control 109 care 162t
System) 20, 133 child-restraint system with removing condensation charging 162t
Accessories 9 tether strap 62 from windows 111 discharged 164t
Activated-charcoal Antifreeze, disposal 144t Automatic cruise control 80 disposal 162t
filter 114 Antifreeze, radiator 144 Automatic curb monitor 55 Belts 53
Active seat 52 Antilock Brake System Automatic rear window Beverage holder 119
Adaptive Transmission (ABS) 20, 133 cleaning 79 Blower 107, 111
Control (ATC) 72, 75 Anti-theft alarm system 42 Automatic recirculated-air BMW active seat 52
Add Anti-theft protection 34 control (AUC) 112 BMW comfort seat 51
antifreeze 144t Approved axle load 173 Automatic Stability Control BMW Maintenance
brake fluid 145t Approved gross vehicle plus Traction (ASC+T) 21 System 146t
engine coolant 144t weight 173 Automatic Stability Control BMW Universal
engine oil 142t Aquaplaning 133, 135 plus Traction/Dynamic Transmitter 115
washer fluid 141t ASC+T (Automatic Stability Stability Control (ASC+T/ Bottle holder, refer to
Adjusting Control plus Traction) 21 DSC) 99 beverage holder 119
backrest 50 ASC+T/DSC (Automatic Automatic Brake fluid 145
head restraints 52 Stability Control plus transmission 20, 72 adding 145
mirrors 57 Traction/Dynamic Stability Automatic transmission with Brake hydraulic system 19
seats 48 Control) 99 Steptronic 20, 75 Brake lamps, bulb
steering wheel 56 Ashtray, front 119 Average fuel replacement 156t
temperature 107, 111 Ashtray, rear 120 consumption 88 Brake malfunctions 134
thigh support 50 ATC (Adaptive Transmission Average speed 88, 96 Brake system 134
Air conditioning 106 Control) 72, 75 Avoiding unintentional brake fluid level 134
Air distribution 107, 111 Attach vacuum cleaner 120 alarms 43t, 44 brake pads 20, 134
Air outlets 106, 109 AUC (Automatic disc brakes 134
Air pressure, recirculated-air B malfunctions 134
tires 26t, 135 control) 112 Backrest, adjusting 50 Break-in procedures 132
Air supply 107, 111 Backup lamps Bulbs and lamps 153t
Air vent 106, 109 bulb replacement 156t
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C Clean rear window 79 Convenience starting Displays 16, 17


California Proposition Cleaning windshield 79 feature 69 Disposal

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65 Warning 147 Climate control, refer to Coolant 144 antifreeze with corrosion
Capacities 175 Automatic climate Coolant temperature inhibitor 144t
Cargo area control 109 gauge 84 used batteries 162t
floor compartment 127 Clock 90 Copyright 4 used oils 143t
lamps 105 for additional information Cover, sun blinds 114 Distance from
opening from the refer to the "Owner's Cruising range 88, 95 destination 94

Controls
inside 40 Manual for Onboard Cup holder 119 Distance warning 98
partition net 125 Computer" Cup holder, refer to Divided rear-seat
roll-up cover 125 Cockpit 14 beverage holder 119 backrest 121
Cargo loading 128 Code, refer to immobilizer Curb monitor 55 Doors

Maintenance
Cellular phone 119 function 96 manual operation 33
Center (high-mount) brake Cold start 69 D opening and closing 34
lamp 157 Comfort seat 51 Date opening/closing from the
Central locking Compartments 118 calling up 90 inside 34
system 32, 37 Computer 88 changing 90 operation via remote
Changing a wheel/ for additional information Daytime driving lamps 103 control 34
tire 158t refer to the "Owner's DBC (Dynamic Brake DOT Quality Grades 136

Repairs
Charge indicator lamp 19 Manual for Onboard Control) 20 Driving notes 133
CHECK button 85 Computer" Deactivating 97 DSC (Dynamic Stability
Check Control 85t remote control 97 interior motion sensor 43 Control) 21, 99
Check engine oil Computer in the MID 93 tilt alarm sensor 43 Dynamic Brake Control
level 142t Configuring personal Deep water 133 (DBC) 20
Child seats 62 adjustments, Vehicle and Defrost windows 108, 111 Dynamic Stability Control
Child-restraint Key Memory 67 Defroster mode 108, 111 (DSC) 21, 99

Data
installation 64 Consumption display 83 Digital clock in the MID 90
Child-restraint system with Consumption, fuel 88, 95 Dimensions 171 E
tether strap 62 Convenience operation of Dipstick, engine oil 142t Electric power seat 50
Child-restraint systems 62 windows and sliding/tilt Displacement 170 Electric power windows 44
Child-safety locks 66 sunroof 33 Display lighting 104

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Electrical malfunction F G High Performance Synthetic
doors 33 Failure messages 85t Gasoline 25 Oils 143
fuel filler door 24 Filling the washer gauge 83 High-mount brake lamp 157
luggage compartment reservoir 141t quality 25 Holder for canned
lid 38 First-aid kit 23 Glass moonroof 47 beverages 119
sliding/tilt sunroof 47 Fittings, tow-starting and Glove compartment 118 Hood 139
tailgate 39 towing 165t Grilles 109 release 139t
Elements of operation, Flashlight 118 Gross vehicle weight 173 Horn 14
cockpit 14 Flat tire 135, 158t Hydraulic Braking Assistant,
Emergency release of Fog lamps 104 H refer to DBC 20
luggage compartment lid bulb replacement 155t Hydroplaning 133, 135
Handbrake 70
from luggage Fold rear-seat backrest 121 Hands-free system 119
compartment's interior 41 Follow me home lamps 103 I
Hazard warning triangle 23
Energy control 83 Front ashtray 119 Ice warning 82
Head restraints 50
Engine compartment Front fog lamps 104 Identification, tires 137
Headlamp covers,
essentials 140 Front seat adjustment 48 Ignition lock 68
care 153t
Engine coolant 84, 144 Fuel 25 Immobilizer function 96
Headlamp flasher 78
Engine oil 142 gauge 83 activating code 96
Headlamp washer
consumption 142 quality 25 deactivating code 96
system 141
disposal 143t specifications 25 selecting code 96
Heated seats 55
level 20 tank capacity 175 Imprint 4
Heated steering wheel 56
pressure 19 Fuel consumption 88, 95 Indicator and warning
Heating and
specifications 143t average 88, 95 lamps 19
ventilation 106, 109
viscosity ratings 143 indicator 83 Inflation pressure 26t
Heating while stopped 113
Engine specifications 170 Fuel filler door 24 monitoring 101
Heavy cargo 128
Estimated time of arrival 95 electrical malfunction 24 Inflation pressure,
Height adjustment
Exterior mirrors 57, 58 manual release 24 tires 26, 135
seats 50
Fuses 162 steering wheel 56 INSPECTION 84
Height of vehicle 171 Instrument
High beams 21, 104 cluster 15, 16, 17
bulb replacement 153t

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Instrument displays 15 Level control Luggage net 42 Mirrors 57


Instrument lighting 104 system 21, 101 Luggage straps 42 adjusting 57

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Instruments 15 License plate lamps Lumbar support 50 automatic dimming
Intensive cleaning 141 bulb replacement 158t feature 58
Interior lamps 105 Lighter 120 M defrosting 57
Interior mirrors 58 LIGHTS ON warning 103 M+S tires 138 memory setting 54
Interior motion sensor 42 LIMIT 93 Maintenance 84, 146t Modifications,
avoiding unintentional Load-securing devices 128 Malfunction displays 85t technical 9, 147

Controls
alarms 44 Louvers 106, 109 Manual operation Monitoring inflation
deactivate 35 Low beams 103 doors 33 pressure, tires 101
Interior rearview mirror 57 bulb replacement 153t fuel filler door 24 Moonroof 47
automatic dimmer 58 Low-fuel warning lamp 83 luggage compartment Multifunction buttons,

Maintenance
Interlock 68 Lug bolts 160 lid 38 steering wheel 22
Lug wrench 159t sliding/tilt sunroof 47 Multi-Information Display
J Luggage tailgate 39 (MID) 89
Jack 159 compartment 38, 42, 125 Manual transmission 71
Jump-starting 164t capacity 173 Manually controlled N
manual operation 38t recirculated-air 112 Non-smoker's
Luggage compartment Manually-adjusted seat 49 equipment 120
K

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lid 38 Master key 32
Key Memory 67
electrical malfunction 38 Maximum cooling 112
Key with remote control 32 O
emergency release from Memory settings
Keys 32 OBD interface socket 148
luggage compartment's for seat, mirror and
Kickdown 73, 76 Odometer 16, 82
interior 41 steering wheel 54 Oil additives 142
opening from the related to individuals ("Key
L Oil change interval, refer to
outside 39 Memory") 67

Data
Lamp switch 103 the Service and Warranty
opening separately 38 related to the vehicle
Lamps and bulbs 153t Information Booklet (US
remote control 35 ("Vehicle Memory") 67
Lashing eyes to secure the models) or to the Warranty
secure separately 38 Microfilter 108, 114
load 128 and Service Guide Booklet
Luggage compartment's MID (Multi-Information
Length of vehicle 171 (Canadian models)
interior, emergency Display) 89 Oil consumption 142

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Oil dipstick 142t P R Reservoir, washer
Oil level, indicator lamp 20 Park Distance Control Rain sensor 78 system 141t
Oil pressure, indicator (PDC) 98 RDC (Tire Pressure Residual heat 113
lamp 19 Parked-car ventilation Monitor) 101 Rims 137
Oil specifications 143t system 114 Reading lamps 105 Roller sun blind 114
Oil viscosity 143 for additional information Rear ashtray 120 Roll-up cover 125
Oils, disposal 143t refer to the "Owner's Rear window 40 Roof load capacity 173
OILSERVICE 84 Manual for Onboard defroster 107, 112 Roof-mounted luggage
Old batteries 162 Computer" sun blinds 114 rack 129
Onboard computer, refer to Parking aid 98 wiper 79
the "Owner's Manual for Parking brake 20, 70 Rear window cleaning 79 S
Onboard Computer" Parking lamps 103 Rear-seat backrest Safety belts 53
Onboard Diagnostic (OBD) bulb replacement 154t fold 121 Safety defects, reporting 10
system 148 Partition net 125 folding 121 Safety lock buttons 37
Onboard Diagnostics Passenger-side mirror tilt Rearview mirror 57 Seat belts 53
(OBD) 148 function 55 Recirculated-air mode 107 Seat heating 55
Onboard tool kit 152t PDC (Park Distance Reclining seat 48 Seats
Opening and closing Control) 98 Refueling 24 electric power 50
from the inside 37 Pocket light 118 Releasing hood 139 heating 55
from the outside 33 Pollen filter 108, 114 Reminder signal (Memo) 91 manually-adjusted 49
using the key 33 Power windows 45 Remote control 34 memory setting 54
using the remote safety switch 45 computer 97 Secure the load 128
control 33 Power-slip control, refer to Remove condensation from Securing cargo 42, 128
Opening the rear ASC+T/DSC 99 windows 108, 111 Selector lever, automatic
window 40 Replacing transmission 72, 75
Operating range 88 Q fuses 162t Self-leveling
Outlets, lamps and bulbs 153t suspension 101
Quality Grades, tires 136
ventilation 106, 109 wiper blades 152t inactive 21
Outside temperature Reporting safety defects 10 Service and Warranty 10
display 82, 88 Service and Warranty
Information Booklet (US
models) 146

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Service Interval sport wagon Steering wheel with Temperature display 82, 88
Display 84, 146 cargo area 125 multifunction buttons 22 Temperature gauge 84

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Shiftlock 72, 75 compartments in the cargo Steptronic 75 Temperature
Shoulder support 51 area 126 Stopwatch 91 layering 108, 113
Side airbags 59 cover in the cargo for additional information Tether strap 62
Side Impact Head Protection area 126 refer to the "Owner's Third brake lamp 157
System 59 folding down the rear Manual for Onboard Through-loading
Side lamps backrest 125 Computer" system 121

Controls
bulb replacement 154t lashing eyes 128 Storage compartments 118 Tilt alarm sensor 42, 43
Side turn signal indicators load-securing in the cargo area 126 avoiding unintentional
bulb replacement 155t devices 128 Summer tires 137 alarms 44
Sitting safely 48 opening the rear Sun blinds 114 deactivate 35

Maintenance
with airbags 48 window 40 Sunroof 46 Tilt function, passenger-side
with safety belt 48 partition net 125 Switching off the engine 70 mirror 55
Ski bag 122 rear window wiper, blade Switch-on times for parked- Time
Ski bag in the sport replacement 152t car ventilation 92 calling up 90
wagon 124 releasing the tailgate after Symbols 8 changing 90
Sliding/tilt sunroof 46 an electrical of arrival, estimated 95
manual operation 47 malfunction 39 T Timer 90

Repairs
with glass moonroof 47 roll-up cover 125 Tachometer 83 for additional information
Snow chains 138 securing a load 128 Tail lamps 156 refer to the "Owner's
Socket for attaching ski bag 124 bulb replacement 156t Manual for Onboard
electrical appliances 120 tail lamp assembly, bulb Tailgate Computer"
Spare tire 159t replacement 156t manual operation 39 Tire
Speaker 119 Standing lamps 104 manual release 39 change 158t
Special characteristics of Starting assistance 164t opening from the damage 135t

Data
winter tires 138 Starting problems 69t inside 40 inflation pressure 26, 135
Special oil 143t Starting the engine 69 opening from the pressure
Speed 96 Steering wheel outside 39 monitoring 101, 135
Speed limit 93 heating 56 Technical replacement 136
Speed, average 88, 96 lock 68 modifications 9, 147 tread 135

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Speedometer 15, 16, 17 memory setting 54 Telephone preparation 119 Tire inflation pressure 26

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Tire Pressure Monitor Used batteries, Wheelbase 171
(RDC) 101 disposal 162t Width of vehicle 171
Tire Quality Grading 137 Used oils, disposal 143t Windshield wipers 78
Tools 152t blade replacement 152t
Torque 170 V Winter tires 138
Tow fittings 165t Vacuum cleaner, attach 120 Wiper blade
Towing the vehicle 165t Valve caps 161 replacement 152t
Track 171 Vehicle Memory 67 Wiper system 78
Traction control system, Vent outlets 108, 113 Work in the engine
refer to ASC+T/DSC Ventilation 106, 108, 113 compartment 139t
Transmission 71, 72, 75 draft-free 108, 113
Transmitter key 32 in the rear 108 X
Transporting children Viscosity ratings, oils 143 Xenon lamps 154
safely 62
Tread depth, tires 135
W
Trip odometer 82
Warm feet – cool
Trunk lid
head 108, 113
refer to luggage
Warning and indicator
compartment lid 38
lamps 19
Trunk, refer to luggage
Warning lamps 19t
compartment 42
Warning messages 85t
Turn signal indicator 78
Warning triangle 23
bulb replacement 154t
Warranty and Service Guide
Turning circle 171
Booklet (Canadian
models) 146
U Washer system 78
Uniform Tire Quality Grading Water on the roads 133
(UTQR) 137 Weights 173
Universal Transmitter 115 Wheel and tire
Use antifreeze, combinations 137
radiator 144t Wheel change 158t

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Refueling
To ensure that you always have conve- Fuel
nient access to all essential information
when you stop for fuel, we recommend Designation
that you take the time to fill out the
adjoining chart by entering the data that
apply to your vehicle. Please enter your preferred fuel here.
Consult the index for individual specifi-
cations.

Engine oil

Quality

The space between the two marks on


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

Tire inflation pressures Summer tires Winter tires

Front Rear Front Rear

Up to 4 persons

5 persons or 4 plus luggage

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