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Thorough familiarity with your vehicle will provide you with enhanced control and
security when you drive it. Therefore we have one 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.
4 Notes
About this Owner's Manual Additional sources of information Symbols used
We have made every effort to ensure If you have any additional questions, Indicates precautions that must
that you are able to find what you need your BMW center will be glad to advise be followed precisely in order to
in this Owner's Manual as quickly as you. avoid the possibility of personal injury
possible. The fastest way to find spe- You can find more information about and serious damage to the vehicle.
cific topics is by using the detailed BMW, for example on its technology, Contains information that will
index at the end. If you wish to gain an on the Internet at assist you in gaining the optimum
initial overview of your vehicle, you will benefit from your vehicle and enable
find this in the first chapter. you to care more effectively for your
Should you wish to sell your BMW at vehicle.
some time in the future, please remem- Refers to measures that can be
ber to hand over this Owner's Manual taken to help protect the environ-
to the new owner; it is an important part ment.
of the vehicle.
Marks the end of a specific item of
Indicates special equipment, coun-
try-specific equipment and optional
extras when available.
Vehicle Memory, Key Memory,
refer to page 64. Identifies func-
tions that can be specifically adapted
for a particular key or vehicle. These
adjustments can be performed either by
2003 Bayerische Motoren Werke yourself or by your BMW center.
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Notes 5

Your individual vehicle Status at time of printing For your own safety
On purchasing your BMW, you have BMW pursues a policy of continuous,
decided in favor of a model with individ- ongoing development conceived to Fuels
ualized equipment and features. This ensure that our vehicles continue to Use unleaded gasoline only. Fuels
Owner's Manual describes all models embody the highest quality and safety containing up to and including
and equipment that BMW offers within standards combined with advanced, 10% ethanol or other oxygenates with
the same group. state-of-the-art technology. For this up to 2.8% oxygen by weight that is,
We hope you will understand that reason, the features described in this 15% MTBE or 3% methanol plus an
equipment and features are included Owner's Manual could differ from those equivalent amount of co-solvent will
that you might not have chosen for your on your vehicle. Nor can errors and not void the applicable warranties
vehicle. You can easily identify any dif- omissions be entirely ruled out. You are respecting defects in materials or work-
ferences with the aid of the asterisk therefore asked to appreciate that no manship. Field experience has indi-
used to identify all optional equipment claims can be recognized on the basis cated significant differences in fuel
and accessories. of the data, illustrations or descriptions quality volatility, composition, addi-
in this Owner's Manual. tives, etc. among gasolines offered for
If your BMW features equipment which
sale in the United States and Canada.
is not described in this Owner's Manual
The use of poor-quality fuels may result
such as a car radio or telephone, Sup-
in driveability, starting and stalling
plementary Owner's Manuals are
problems, especially under certain
enclosed. We ask you to read these
environmental conditions, such as high
manuals as well.
ambient temperature and high altitude.
Should you encounter driveability prob-
lems which you suspect could be
related to the fuel you are using, we
recommend that you respond by
switching to a recognized high-quality
Failure to comply with these recom-
mendations may result in unscheduled
Obey all applicable safety rules when
handling gasoline.<
6 Notes
Maintenance and repair Parts and accessories wheels, suspension components, brake
Advanced technology, e.g. the Important safety information! dust shields, telephones including
use of modern materials and high- For your own safety, use genuine operation of any portable cellular phone
performance electronics, requires spe- parts and accessories approved by from within the vehicle without using an
cially adapted maintenance and repair BMW. externally mounted antenna or trans-
methods. Therefore, only have corre- When you purchase accessories tested ceiver equipment such as a CB, walkie-
sponding work on your BMW carried and approved by BMW and Original talkie, ham radio or similar, may cause
out by a BMW center or a workshop BMW Parts, you simultaneously acquire extensive damage to the vehicle, com-
that works according to BMW repair the assurance that they have been thor- promise its safety, interfere with the
procedures with correspondingly oughly tested by BMW to ensure opti- vehicle's electrical system or affect the
trained personnel. If work is carried out mum performance when installed on validity of the BMW Limited Warranty.
improperly there is a danger of conse- your vehicle. See your BMW center for additional
quential damage and the related safety BMW warrants these parts to be free information.
risks.< from defects in material and workman- Do not use key or remote control to
ship. lock doors or luggage compartment
BMW will not accept any liability for with anyone inside the vehicle. Refer to
damage resulting from installation of the Owner's Manual for more details. <
parts and accessories not approved by
BMW. Maintenance, replacement, or
BMW cannot test every product on the repair of the emission control
market to determine whether it can be devices and systems may be performed
used on a BMW safely and without risk by any automotive repair establishment
to either the vehicle, its operation, or its or individual using any certified auto-
occupants. motive part.<
Original BMW Parts, BMW Accessories
and other products approved by BMW, Symbol on vehicle parts
together with professional advice on Indicates that you should consult
using these items, are available from all the relevant section of this
BMW centers. Owner's Manual for information on a
Installation and operation of non-BMW particular part or assembly.
approved accessories such as alarms,
radios, amplifiers, radar detectors,
Notes 7

Service and warranty Reporting safety defects

This manual is supplemented by a Ser- The following only applies to vehicles
vice and Warranty Information Booklet owned and operated in the US.
for US models or a Warranty and Ser- If you believe that your vehicle has a
vice Guide Booklet for Canadian mod- defect which could cause a crash or
els. could cause injury or death, you should
We recommend that you read this pub- immediately inform the National High-
lication thoroughly. way Traffic Safety Administration
Your BMW is covered by the following NHTSA in addition to notifying BMW of
warranties: North America, LLC, P.O. Box 1227,
Westwood, New Jersey 07675-1227,
> New Vehicle Limited Warranty
telephone toll-free 1-800-831-1117.
> Rust Perforation Limited Warranty
If NHTSA receives similar complaints, it
> Federal Emissions System Defect may open an investigation, and if it
Warranty finds that a safety defect exists in a
> Federal Emissions Performance War- group of vehicles, it may order a recall
ranty and remedy campaign. However,
NHTSA cannot become involved in indi-
> California Emission Control System
vidual problems between you, your
Limited Warranty.
dealer, or BMW of North America, LLC.
Detailed information about these war-
To contact NHTSA, you may either call
ranties is listed in the Service and War-
the Auto Safety Hotline toll-free at
ranty Information Booklet for US mod-
1-800-424-9393 or 366-0123 in the
els or in the Warranty and Service
Washington, D.C. area, or write to:
Guide Booklet for Canadian models.
NHTSA, U.S. Department of Transpor-
tation, Washington, D.C. 20590. You
can also obtain other information about
motor vehicle safety from the Hotline.
About this Owner's Manual 4 Cockpit 14 Opening and closing:

Controls and features

Additional sources of Instrument cluster 16 Keys 32
information 4 Indicator and warning lamps 18 Central locking system 32
Symbols used 4 Buttons in steering wheel* 22 Opening and closing via the
Your individual vehicle 5 Hazard warning triangle* 23 remote control 33
Status at time of printing 5 First-aid kit* 23 Opening and closing via the
For your own safety 5 Refueling 24 door lock 36
Symbol on vehicle parts 6 Fuel specifications 25 Opening and closing from the
Service and warranty 7 Tire inflation pressure 25 inside 37
Reporting safety defects 7 Luggage compartment lid 38
Luggage compartment 40
Alarm system* 41
Electric power windows 43
Glass sunroof, electric* 44
To adjust:
Safe seating position 47
Seats 48
Manual seat adjustment 48
Power seat adjustment* 50
Lumbar support* 50
Head restraints 51
Safety belts 51
Seat and mirror memory* 53
Seat heating* 54
Steering wheel 55
Mirrors 55
Passenger safety systems:
Airbags 57
Transporting children safely 60
Vehicle Memory, Key
Memory 64
Contents 9

Driving: Technology for safety and Loading and transporting:

Controls and features

Ignition lock 65 driving convenience: Through-loading system* 112
Starting the engine 65 Park Distance Control (PDC)* 86 Ski bag* 113
Switching off the engine 67 Dynamic Stability Control Cargo loading 114
Parking brake 67 (DSC) 87 Roof-mounted luggage
Manual transmission 68 Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) rack* 117
Sequential manual gearbox 325xi, 330xi 89
SMG* 69 Hill Descent Control (HDC)* 91
Automatic transmission with Flat Tire Monitor* 92
Steptronic* 73 Brake force display 93
Turn signal indicator/Headlamp
flasher 76
Parking lamps/Low beams 94
Washer/wiper system/Rain
Instrument lighting 95
sensor* 77
High beams/Standing lamps 95
Cruise control* 78
Fog lamps* 96
Everything under control: Interior lamps 96
Odometer 80
Controlling the climate for
Tachometer 80
pleasant driving:
Energy control 80
Air conditioning 98
Fuel gauge 81
Automatic climate control* 102
Engine coolant temperature
Roller sun blind* 106
gauge 81
Service interval display 82 Interior conveniences:
Check Control 82 Premium sound system* 107
Clock 83 Glove compartment 107
Computer* 84 Storage compartments 108
Cellular phone* 110
Ashtray, front* 110
Ashtray, rear* 111
Special operating instructions: Replacement procedures: Engine data 160

Owner service procedures

Operation, maintenance

Technical data
Break-in procedures 120 Onboard tool kit 142 Dimensions 161
General driving notes 121 Windshield wiper blades 142 Weights 162
Antilock Brake System Lamps and bulbs 143 Capacities 163
(ABS) 121 Changing a wheel 147
Brake system 122 Run Flat tires* 150
Battery 151
Wheels and tires:
Fuses 151
Tire inflation pressure 124
Tire condition 124 Giving and receiving
Tire replacement 125 assistance:
Wheel and tire Receiving assistance 152
combinations 127 Jump-starting 153
Winter tires 127 Towing the vehicle 154
In the engine compartment:
Hood 129
Engine compartment
essentials 130
Washer fluids 132
Engine oil 132
Coolant 134
Brake fluid 134
The BMW Maintenance
System 136
Laws and regulations:
California Proposition 65
warning 138
OBD interface socket 138
Contents 11

Everything from A to Z 166



Controls and features

Operation, maintenance

Owner service procedures

Technical data


14 Cockpit
Cockpit 15

1 Parking lamps/Low beams 94

2 > Turn signal indicators 76

> Standing lamps 95
> High beams 95
> Headlamp flasher 76
> Computer 84
3 Washer/wiper system/Rain
sensor 77

4 Hazard warning flashers
5 Central locking system 32
6 > Initiating an emergency call 152

> Mobile Service 152
7 Rear window defroster 100, 105
8 Horn: the entire surface
9 Adjusting the steering wheel 55
10 Fog lamps 96

16 Instrument cluster
Instrument cluster 17

1 Fuel gauge 81
2 Indicator lamp for turn signals 20

3 Speedometer
4 Indicator and warning lamps 18
to 21
5 Tachometer and Energy Control 80
6 Engine coolant temperature

gauge 81
7 Indicator and warning lamps 18
to 21

8 Control button for the clock 83
9 Selector lever and program display
for automatic transmission/sequen-
tial manual gearbox 19, 69, 75
10 Display for
> Trip odometer/Odometer 80
> Clock 83

> Service interval 82
> Computer 84
11 Check Control 82
12 Trip odometer, reset to zero 80
13 Indicator and warning lamps 18
to 21

18 Indicator and warning lamps
Technology that monitors itself Engine oil pressure Red and yellow: continue driving
Indicator and warning lamps that are Stop the vehicle immediately cautiously
identified by are tested for proper and switch off the engine.
The brake warning lamp comes
functioning whenever the ignition key is Check the engine oil level; top off as
on together with the yellow indi-
turned. They each light up once for dif- required. If the oil level is correct:
cator lamps for ABS and
ferent periods of time. please contact the nearest BMW cen-
If a fault should occur in one of these The entire ABS, CBC, DSC and
systems, the corresponding lamp does ADB-X/DBC control system has
Do not continue driving, as the
not go out after the engine is started, or failed. Continue driving cau-
engine could sustain serious dam-
it lights up while the vehicle is moving. tiously and defensively. Avoid
age from inadequate lubrication. <
You will see how to react to this below. hard brake applications. Please have
the system checked by your BMW cen-
Brake warning lamp
Red: stop immediately ter as soon as possible.
If the lamp comes on when the
Additional information beginning on
Battery charge current parking brake is not engaged:
page 86
The battery is no longer being check the brake fluid level. Before driv-
charged. Indicates a defective ing further, be sure to comply with the CBC, ABS, DSC and ADB-X/
alternator drive belt or a problem with instructions on pages 122 and 134. DBC indicator and warning
the alternator's charge circuit. please lamps for Canadian models.
Brake warning lamp for Cana-
contact the nearest BMW center. dian models.

If the drive belt is defective, stop

Flat Tire Monitor
and switch off the engine immedi-
In addition, an acoustic signal is
ately to prevent overheating and seri-
sounded: there is a flat tire. Red: an important reminder
ous engine damage. If the drive belt is
Reduce speed and carefully come to a
defective, increased steering effort is Brake warning lamp
stop. Avoid sudden braking and steer-
also required.< Comes on when the parking
ing maneuvers.
brake is engaged an additional
For additional information: refer to
acoustic signal sounds when starting
page 92
For additional information: refer to
page 67
Indicator and warning lamps 19

Brake warning lamp for Cana- Yellow: check as soon as possible Dynamic Stability Control
dian models. Engine oil level (DSC)
Indicator lamp flashes:

If the lamp comes on during
Please fasten safety belts normal vehicle operation: the The system is actively regulating drive
Comes on together with an engine oil level has fallen to the abso- torque and braking force.
acoustic signal until the safety lute minimum; refill as soon as possible. The indicator lamp stays lit:
belts are fastened. Do not drive more than approx. DSC has been switched off with the
For additional information on safety 30 miles/50 km before refilling. button; DTC is operational.

belts: refer to page 51 For additional information: refer to Please consult the nearest BMW center
page 132 in case of a malfunction.
Additional information beginning on
Please have the system Engine oil level page 86
inspected by your BMW center. Comes on after the engine has

325xi, 330xi:
For additional information: refer to been switched off: add engine DSC has been switched off manually or
page 57 oil at your earliest opportunity, such as there is a system malfunction.
when you next stop to refuel. ADB-X is operational in its standby
Orange: consult the nearest BMW For additional information: refer to mode. If the indidator lamp fails to go
center page 132 out when you press the DSC button
Automatic transmission/sequen- Brake pads again, this indicates a system malfunc-
tial manual gearbox Have the brake pads checked. tion affecting both DSC and ADB-X.

The respective transmission has For additional information: refer Please consult the nearest BMW cen-
responded to a malfunction by reverting to page 122 ter.
to operation in its emergency default Flat Tire Monitor For additional information: refer to
program. Please consult the nearest The Flat Tire Monitor is malfunc- page 89
BMW center. tioning or out of order. Please
For additional information: refer to have the system inspected by your

pages 69, 73 BMW center.
For additional information: refer to
page 92

20 Indicator and warning lamps
Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) Dynamic Brake Control (DBC) Engine electronics
and brake warning lamp warning lamp for Canadian There is a fault in the electronic
The indicator lamps remain on: models. engine-management system.
DSC/DTC have been switched Add washer fluid You can continue to drive with reduced
off with the button or are faulty. The washer fluid level is too low. engine output or engine speed. Please
Please consult the nearest BMW Top off the fluid at the earliest have the system inspected by your
center. opportunity. BMW center.
Additional information beginning on For additional information: refer to Add coolant
page 86 page 132 The coolant level is too low. Add
325xi, 330xi: coolant at the earliest opportu-
DSC and ADB-X system malfunction. nity.
This indicator lamp comes on
There is no provision for deactivating For additional information: refer to
when the fuel filler cap is loose
ADB-X. page 134
or missing.
Please consult the nearest BMW cen-
Close the gas cap tightly: refer to
ter. Green: for your information
page 24
For additional information: refer to
page 89 SERVICE ENGINE SOON Turn signal indicator
If the indicator lamp comes on Flashes when the turn signals
DSC indicator and brake warn- are on.
either continuously or intermit-
ing lamps for Canadian models. Rapid flashing indicates a system mal-
tently, this indicates a fault in the emis-
sions-related electronic systems. function.
Although the vehicle remains opera- For additional information: refer to
tional, you should have the systems page 76
Dynamic Brake Control (DBC) checked by your BMW center at the Cruise control
Malfunction in DBC system. earliest possible opportunity. Lights up when the cruise con-
Conventional braking efficiency For additional information: refer to trol is activated: ready for oper-
is available and unrestricted. page 138 ation via the buttons in the steering
Have the system repaired at your BMW wheel.
Service Engine Soon indicator
center as soon as possible. For additional information: refer to
lamp for Canadian models.
For additional information: refer to page 78
page 121
Indicator and warning lamps 21

Front fog lamps

Lights up whenever you switch
on the fog lamps.

For additional information: refer to
page 96

Blue: for your information

High beams

Comes on when the high beams
are on or the headlamp flasher
is actuated.
For additional information: refer to

pages 76, 95

22 Buttons in steering wheel*
These buttons let you operate the fol- > CD
lowing functions quickly and without Press briefly: jump to next track
being distracted from traffic conditions: Extended pressure: search function
> Selected radio functions in track
> The cruise control > Cassette
> Selected telephone functions Press briefly: jump to next track or
> The voice recognition system. stop fast forward
Extended pressure: fast forward
The controls are active only when > Phone
the corresponding systems and Scan personal phone book.
accessories are switched on. <

Rewind: same functions as forward.

Press briefly: receive a phone call, ini-
tiate dialing, terminate a call.
Extended pressure: Volume.
Switch voice recognition on and off.

Cruise control: select a stored setting.

Switch between phone, radio, cassette
and CD.

Cruise control: store and accelerate +

or decelerate and store .
> Radio
Press briefly: next station in station
memory Cruise control: activate/interrupt/deac-
Extended pressure: station search tivate.
Hazard warning triangle* First-aid kit* 23

The hazard warning triangle is stored in The first-aid kit is located under the
a storage case on the left side of the passenger seat.
luggage compartment. To release: pull the handle and fold the
cover down.
Always observe all legal regula-
To close: fold the cover up and press it
tions requiring a warning triangle
until the tab engages.
to be carried in the vehicle.<

Some of the articles in the first-aid
kit have a limited period of use
before expiration. For this reason,
check the expiration dates of each of
the items regularly and replace any
whose expiration dates have passed.

You can purchase replacements in any
drugstore or pharmacy. in any drug-
store or pharmacy.
Always observe all legal regulations
requiring a first-aid kit to be carried in

the vehicle.<
24 Refueling
Always observe all safety precau-
tions posted at the service station
when handling fuel.
Never carry spare fuel containers in
your vehicle. Whether empty or full,
these containers can leak, cause an
explosion, or lead to fire in the event of
a collision.<

Fuel filler door Simple and environmentally

Always switch off the engine friendly
before refueling, as it is not possi- Open the gas cap carefully to pre-
ble to add fuel with the engine running, vent fuel from spraying out. Fuel
and attempts may also trigger the spray may cause injury.<
Keep the gas cap in the bracket
Press on the rear edge of the fuel filler attached to the fuel filler door.
door to open and close it. When refueling, insert the filler nozzle
If an electrical malfunction occurs, you completely into the filler pipe. Lifting the
can unlock the fuel filler door manually: nozzle during refueling
Pull the knob with the fuel pump sym- > results in premature pump shutoff
bol, located on the right side wall of the > and will reduce the effectiveness of
luggage compartment. the vapor recovery system on the
The fuel tank is full when the filler noz-
zle shuts off the first time.
Refueling Fuel specifications Tire inflation pressure 25

Close the gas cap carefully after The engine uses lead-free gasoline
refueling until a click is heard. only.
While closing, be sure not to squeeze

Required fuel:
the strap which is fastened to the cap.
> Premium Unleaded Gasoline,
A loose or missing cap will activate the
min. 91 AKI.
AKI = Anti Knock Index
Tank capacity
Never use leaded fuel, as it would

> Approx. 16.6 gal./63 liters, of which cause permanent and irreversible
> approx. 2.1 gal./8 liters are reserve damage to the oxygen sensor and the
capacity. catalytic converter.<

Do not drive to the last drop of Checking tire pressures
fuel. This can prevent the engine Tire pressures in psi/kilopascal are
from operating properly and result in shown on the driver's door post and are
damage.< visible when the door is open.
Only check the tire inflation pressures
of cold tires. This means after driving a
maximum of 1.25 miles/2 km or after

the vehicle has been parked for at least
2 hours. Warm tires have higher infla-
tion pressures.
In the following tire inflation pressure
table, all pressures are specified in the
standard units of pressure, psi and kilo-

pascal, and apply to cold tires, i.e. tires
at ambient temperature.

26 Tire inflation pressure
Vehicles with Flat Tire Monitor: Your vehicle is equipped with tires that
After correcting the inflation pressures, not only meet US standards, but also
reinitialize the system. Refer to European standards. We recommend
page 92. the exclusive use of BMW approved
Check the tire pressures on a reg-
ular basis at least twice a
month and before every extended
journey. If this is not done, incorrect tire
pressures can cause driving instability
and tire damage, ultimately resulting in
Remember to check the inflation pres-
sure in the space-saver or standard
spare tire.
Inflate the spare tire to the highest infla-
tion pressure specified for your vehi-

Comply with tire approval

The inflation pressures in the table
apply to BMW approved tire sizes and
tire manufacturers. Your BMW center
can provide you with more information
about these. Other pressures may be
required for tires made by other manu-
Tire inflation pressure 27

BMW Tires
All pressure specifications in the table are indicated in psi/kilo-

pascal with cold tires
cold = ambient temperature

320i 205/55 R 16 91 H M+S, 205/55 R 16 91 H, 29/200 33/230 33/230 41/280

225/50 R 16 92 W, 225/45 R 17 91 W

225/45 ZR 17 29/200 33/230
245/40 ZR 17 33/230 41/280
205/50 R 17 93 V M+S extra load, 205/50 R 17 93 W extra load, 32/220 36/250 36/250 44/300
195/65 R 15 91 Q M+S, 205/60 R 15 91 Q M+S,

205/55 R 16 91 Q M+S, 225/50 R 16 92 Q M+S,
205/50 R 17 93 Q M+S extra load, 225/45 R 17 91 Q M+S
325i 205/55 R 16 91 H M+S, 205/55 R 16 91 H, 30/210 35/240 35/240 42/290
325xi 225/50 R 16 92 W not 325xi, 225/45 R 17 91 W
225/45 ZR 17 30/210 35/240
245/40 ZR 17 35/240 42/290

205/50 R 17 93 V M+S extra load, 205/50 R 17 93 W extra load, 33/230 38/260 38/260 45/310
205/55 R 16 91 Q M+S, 225/50 R 16 92 Q M+S not 325xi,
205/50 R 17 93 Q M+S extra load, 225/45 R 17 91 Q M+S
330i 205/50 R 17 93 V M+S extra load, 205/50 R 17 93 W extra load, 32/220 38/260 39/270 46/320
205/50 R 17 93 Q M+S extra load, 225/45 R 17 91 Q M+S,
225/45 R 17 91 W

225/45 ZR 17 32/220 39/270
245/40 ZR 17 38/260 46/320
225/40 ZR 18 32/220 39/270
255/35 ZR 18 38/260 46/320

28 Tire inflation pressure

BMW Tires
All pressure specifications in the table are indicated in psi/kilo-
pascal with cold tires
cold = ambient temperature

330xi 225/45 R 17 91 W 30/210 35/240 35/240 42/290

225/45 ZR 17 30/210 35/240
245/40 ZR 17 35/240 42/290
205/50 R 17 93 V M+S extra load, 205/50 R 17 93 W extra load, 33/230 38/260 38/260 45/310
205/55 R 16 91 Q M+S, 205/50 R 17 93 Q M+S extra load
All Space-saver spare tire 61/420

Index Data Repairs Maintenance Controls Overview



Controls and features

Operation, maintenance

Owner service procedures

Technical data


Opening and closing
32 Keys Central locking system
2 Spare key for storage in a safe The concept
place, such as in your wallet. This key The central locking system is ready for
is not intended for constant use. The operation whenever the driver's door is
luggage compartment lid and the closed. The system simultaneously
glove compartment cannot be locked engages and releases the locks on the
and unlocked with this key. This is
useful for valet parking, for example > doors
> luggage compartment lid
> fuel filler door.
The central locking system can be
> from outside via the remote control
The key set as well as via the driver's door lock
> from inside by pressing a button.
1 Master keys with remote control unit
these keys determine the functions The fuel filler door is not locked when
of the Key Memory. Refer to page 64. the central locking system is activated
You can mark the individual keys for from the inside, refer to page 37. When
subsequent identification by apply- the system is actuated from the out-
ing the colored decals that you side, the anti-theft system is also acti-
received when accepting delivery of vated. This prevents the doors from
your vehicle being unlocked via the lock buttons or
the release handle. The alarm system is
In every master key there is an also activated or deactivated.
extended-life battery that is If locked from the inside, the central
charged automatically in the ignition locking system unlocks automatically in
lock as you drive. the event of an accident, except on
For this reason, if you have master keys doors that have been locked individu-
that are not being used otherwise, use ally using the lock buttons, refer to
those keys at least once a year while page 39. In addition, the hazard warn-
driving for an extended period to ing flashers and interior lamps come on.
charge the battery.<
Opening and closing via the remote control 33

The concept Master keys with remote control

The remote control also provides two Persons or animals inside the

additional functions beyond the central vehicle may be able to lock the
locking feature: doors from the inside. For this reason,
> To switch on interior lamps, refer to always take the vehicle keys with you
page 34. so that the vehicle can be opened again
With this function you can also from the outside at any time.<
search for your vehicle when parked

in an underground garage, for If it is no longer possible to lock
instance the vehicle via the remote control,
> To open the luggage compartment the battery is discharged. Use this key
lid, refer to page 34. while driving for an extended period in

The luggage compartment lid will order to recharge the battery. 1 Unlock, convenience opening mode,
open slightly, regardless of whether itTo prevent unauthorized use of the and disarm alarm system
was previously locked or unlocked. remote control, surrender only the 2 Lock and secure, arm alarm system,
spare key when leaving the vehicle for activate interior lamps, disarm tilt
Whenever you unlock or lock the vehi-
valet parking, for example. alarm sensor and interior motion sen-
cle, you simultaneously deactivate/acti-
In the event of a system malfunction, sor
vate the anti-theft system, disarm/arm
please contact your BMW center. You
the alarm system and switch the interior 3 Open the luggage compartment lid,

can also obtain replacement keys
lamps on/off. panic mode trigger alarm
You can have a signal set to con- To release
firm that the vehicle's locks have
engaged securely.<
Press the button once to unlock the

driver's door.
Press the button a second time to dis-
engage all vehicle locks.

34 Opening and closing via the remote control
Convenience opening mode To open the luggage External systems
compartment lid The remote control system's operation
may be affected by other units or
Press and hold button: to open the equipment operating in the immediate
electric power windows and glass sun- Press button. vicinity of your vehicle.
roof. The luggage compartment lid will open If this should occur, you can still open
slightly, regardless of whether it was and close the vehicle using the master
To lock and secure previously locked or unlocked. key in either the door or luggage com-
partment lid locks.
If the luggage compartment lid
Press button. was locked, it will be locked again For US owners only
after it is reclosed. The transmitter and receiver units com-
To switch on the interior lamps Before and after a trip, be sure that the ply with part 15 of the FCC Federal
luggage compartment lid has not been Communications Commission regula-
opened unintentionally.< tions. Operation is governed by the fol-
With the vehicle locked, press button. lowing:
Panic mode trigger alarm
To deactivate the tilt alarm* and
interior motion sensors*
Provided that the alarm system is > LX8FZVS
armed, you can respond to imminent > LX8FZVE.

Press button a second time immedi- danger by holding down the button for Compliance statement:
ately after locking. more than 2 seconds. This device complies with part 15 of the
For additional information, refer to To switch off the alarm: FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
page 42. following two conditions:
> This device may not cause harmful
Press button. interference, and
> this device must accept any interfer-
ence received, including interference
that may cause undesired operation.
Opening and closing via the remote control 35

Any unauthorized modifications to

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


36 Opening and closing via the door lock
Whenever closing the windows or
sliding/tilt sunroof you should
always monitor their path and progress
to ensure that no one is injured.
Release the key to stop the windows or
sliding/tilt sunroof.<

Manual operation
In the event of electrical malfunction
Turn the key all the way to the left or
right to unlock or lock the driver's door.
One turn of the key in the driver's door
lock unlocks the driver's door only.
Turning the key a second time unlocks
all of the remaining doors, the luggage
compartment lid and the fuel filler door.

You can have a signal set to con-

firm that the vehicle's locks have
engaged securely.<

Convenience operation
You can also operate the power win-
dows and the glass sunroof via the door
> To open: with the door closed, hold
the key in the Unlock position
> To close: with the door closed, hold
the key in the Lock position.
Opening and closing from the inside 37

To unlock and open the doors

1. Press the button for the central lock-

ing system
2. Pull the release handle above the
armrest on the door you wish to open
pull the release handle for any door

twice: to unlock and open the door.

To lock
> Either use the central locking button

You can use this button to control the to lock all doors at once or
central locking system whenever the > press down the individual door lock
doors are closed. The doors and lug- buttons. The fuel filler door remains
gage compartment lid are unlocked or unlocked. To prevent the driver from
locked only. The anti-theft system is not being inadvertently locked out of the
activated. vehicle, the driver's door lock button
will not engage as long as the door is

If only the driver's door was open.
unlocked from the outside and
you press the button, then, with the Persons or animals inside the
driver's door still open, the passenger- vehicle may be able to lock the
side door, the luggage compartment lid doors from the inside. For this reason,
and the fuel filler door will unlock, too. always take the vehicle keys with you
If the driver's door is closed, it will be so that you can open the vehicle again

locked.< from the outside at any time.<

If you desire, the central locking

system can be activated automati-
cally as soon as you begin to drive. This

can be adjusted to be key-specific.<
38 Luggage compartment lid

The lock To secure separately To open from the outside

Only the master keys fit in the lock for Turn the master key to the right past the Press the button in the handle recess:
the luggage compartment lid, refer to resistance point and then pull it out in the luggage compartment lid opens
page 32. the horizontal position. slightly.
This locks the luggage compartment lid The luggage compartment is lit when
and disconnects it from the central the luggage compartment lid is opened.
locking system. This feature can be
used to prevent unauthorized access to Manual operation
the luggage compartment when you In the event of electrical malfunction
surrender the spare key only, refer to
page 32. This can be advantageous for Turn the master key all the way to the
valet parking, for example. left the luggage compartment lid will
open slightly.
The luggage compartment lid is locked
again as soon as you close the lid.
To open from the inside, refer to the fol-
lowing section.
Luggage compartment lid 39

Should it be absolutely necessary to

operate the vehicle with the luggage
compartment lid open:

1. Close all windows and the glass sun-
2. Greatly increase the quantity of air
coming from the air conditioning or
automatic climate control system,

refer to page 98 or 102.

To open from the inside* To close
If the luggage compartment lid has not The handle recesses in the interior trim
been locked separately, you can open it panel of the luggage compartment lid
with this button in the footwell on the make it easier to pull the lid down.
driver's side when the vehicle is sta-
tionary. To avoid injuries, be sure that the
travel path of the luggage com-

partment lid is clear when it is closed,
following the same precautions as with
all closing procedures.<

Operate the vehicle only when the

luggage compartment lid is
closed. Otherwise, exhaust fumes

could penetrate the interior of the vehi-

40 Luggage compartment lid Luggage compartment

Emergency release Floor panel

This lever releases the luggage com- Lift the floor panel with the ring, then
partment lid from the luggage compart- use the tab to suspend it from the
ment's interior. weather-stripping on the drip rail.
Luggage compartment Alarm system* 41

The concept You can have different acknowl-

The vehicle alarm system responds: edgment signals set to confirm
arming and disarming.<

> When a door, the hood or the lug-
gage compartment lid is opened
> To movement inside the vehicle
interior motion sensor You can also open the luggage com-
> To variations in the vehicle's tilt angle partment lid when the system is armed
such as those occurring during

by pressing the remote control button,
attempts to steal the wheels or tow refer to page 34. The lid is once again
the vehicle tilt alarm sensor secured when it is closed.
> To interruption of battery voltage.
Extended pressure on the button sets

The system responds to unauthorized off the alarm Panic mode, refer to
Floor mat
vehicle entry and attempted theft by page 34.
You can turn the floor mat over to trans- simultaneously activating the following:
port soiled objects, etc. The rubber-
> The acoustic alarm sounds for
coated side is suitable for washing and
30 seconds
is also designed to inhibit sliding.
> The hazard warning flashers are acti-
The fittings at the corners of the lug- vated for approx. five minutes
gage compartment provide you with a

> The high beams flash on and off in
convenient means of attaching luggage rhythm with the hazard warning flash-
compartment nets* and flexible straps ers.
for securing luggage.
Refer also to Cargo loading on To arm and disarm the alarm
page 114. system
When the vehicle is locked or unlocked

via the driver's door lock or with the
remote control, the alarm system is also
simultaneously armed or disarmed.

42 Alarm system*
armed: an attempted entry has been Interior motion sensor
detected in the period since the sys- In order for the interior motion sensor to
tem was armed. function properly, the windows and the
Following triggering of an alarm, the glass sunroof must be completely
indicator lamp will flash continuously. closed.
Nevertheless, you should deactivate
Avoiding unintentional alarms the interior motion sensor, refer to
The tilt alarm sensor and interior motion Avoiding unintentional alarms, if
sensor may be switched off at the same > persons or animals are left in the
time. You can do this to prevent a false vehicle
alarm from being triggered in garages > the windows or the glass sunroof are
with elevator ramps, for instance, or being left open.
Indicator lamp displays when the vehicle is transported by train:
> The indicator lamp below the interior The system deactivates the tilt-
rearview mirror flashes continuously: alarm sensor and the interior
the system is armed Lock the vehicle twice, i.e. arm the sys- motion sensor if the convenience clos-
> The indicator lamp flashes during tem. Press button on the remote control ing of windows is interrupted in the first
arming: a door, the hood or luggage twice in succession or lock the vehicle 10 seconds and then restarted. The
compartment lid is not completely twice with the key. alarm must then be disarmed and reac-
closed. Even if you do not close the
The indicator lamp lights up briefly and tivated before it will resume opera-
alerted area(s), the remaining areas
then flashes continuously. The tilt alarm tion.<
are secured, and the indicator lamp
sensor and interior motion sensor are
will flash continuously after
deactivated for as long as the system
10 seconds. However, the interior
remains armed.
motion sensor is not activated
> If the indicator lamp goes out when
You can have the tilt alarm sensor
the system is disarmed: no manipula-
and the interior motion sensor
tion or attempted intrusions have
permanently deactivated.<
been detected in the period since the
system was armed
> If the indicator lamp flashes for
10 seconds when the system is dis-
Electric power windows 43

> Press the switch briefly past the pres- Despite this safety feature, be
sure point: the window moves auto- extremely careful to ensure that
matically. Pressing the switch again the closing path of the window is not

stops the opening cycle. obstructed. Some types of objects
You can close the windows in the same might fail to trigger the contact strip in
manner by pulling the switch. some situations very thin objects, for
Separate switches are located under
You can override this safety feature by
the windows in the rear passenger

pressing the switch beyond the resis-
tance point and holding it.<
For convenience operation via the
remote control or the door lock, refer to

page 34 or 36.
To open and close windows
When leaving the vehicle, always Safety feature
remove the ignition key from the
A contact strip is located on the inside
lock and remember to close the doors
upper frame of each of the front win-
to prevent children from operating the
dows. If pressure is exerted against this
power windows and injuring them-
contact strip while a window is being
selves, etc.<

raised, the system will respond by stop-
ping the window and then retracting it a
After the ignition has been switched off:
small distance.
You can still operate the electric power
windows for up to 15 minutes, as long
as no one opens either of the front

With the ignition key in position 1 or
> Press the switch until you feel resis-
tance: the window retracts as long as
you maintain pressure on the switch

44 Electric power windows Glass sunroof, electric*
To prevent injuries, exercise care
when closing the glass sunroof
and keep it in your field of vision until it
is shut.
When leaving the vehicle, always
extract the ignition key from the lock
and remember to close the doors to
prevent children from operating the
sunroof and injuring themselves, etc.<

Safety switch
With the safety switch, you can prevent
the rear windows from being opened or
closed via the switch in the rear pas-
senger area by children, for example.

Press the safety switch whenever

children are riding in the rear of
the vehicle. Careless use of the power
windows can lead to injury.<
Glass sunroof, electric* 45

For convenience operation via the > when it is closing from a point
remote control or the door lock, refer to roughly past the middle of its travel
page 34 or 36.

the closing cycle is interrupted and the
glass sunroof will open again slightly.
Raising the glass sunroof
With the ignition key in position 1 or Despite this safety feature, be
higher: tap the switch. extremely careful that the travel
Tapping the switch again stops the path of the sunroof is not obstructed

motion immediately. whenever it is closed. Remember that
the safety mechanism may not be able
If you briefly press the switch in the to detect obstructions under all circum-
raise direction while the sunroof is stances with very thin objects, for

open, the sunroof will rise to its upper-
Opening and closing instance.
most position. You can disable this safety feature by
With the ignition key in position 1 or
After the ignition has been switched off: pressing the switch beyond the pres-
you can still operate the sunroof for up sure point and holding it.<
> Slide the switch until you feel resis- to 15 minutes, as long as no one opens
tance: the sunroof opens and closes either of the front doors.
as long as you hold the switch
The headliner insert slides back some-
> Slide the switch past the pressure

what when you raise the sunroof.
point: the sunroof moves automati-
Do not use force to close the
Tapping the switch again stops the
headliner insert with the sunroof in
motion immediately.
its raised position, as damage to the
The headliner insert retracts with the mechanism could result.<
sunroof while it is opening.

After the ignition has been switched off: Safety feature
you can still operate the sunroof for up If the glass sunroof encounters resis-
to 15 minutes, as long as no one opens tance
either of the front doors.
> when it is closing from the raised

46 Glass sunroof, electric*

Manual operation
In the event of an electrical malfunction,
you can also operate the glass sunroof
1. Remove the interior lamp, then reach
into the exposed opening and press
out the cover
2. Use the Allen key from the onboard
tool kit, refer to page 142, to turn the
glass sunroof in the desired direc-
To adjust
Safe seating position 47

For driving that is relaxed and less likely For airbag locations and additional Never allow more than one person
to cause fatigue, you should select a information on airbags, refer to to wear a single safety belt. Never
sitting position that reflects your per- page 57. allow infants or small children to ride in

sonal requirements. In combination a passenger's lap. Avoid twisting the
with the safety belts and airbags, the Sitting safely with safety belts belt while routing it firmly across the
correct seating position also plays an Your vehicle offers five sitting positions, hips and shoulder, wear it as snugly
important role in enhancing occupant each of which is provided with a safety against your body as possible. Do not
safety in the event of an accident. To belt. allow the belt to rest against hard or

ensure that the vehicle's safety systems fragile objects. Do not route the belt
provide you with optimal protection, we across your neck, or run it across sharp
request that you direct your careful edges. Be sure that the belt does not
attention to the following section. become caught or jammed. Avoid

For supplementary information on wearing bulky clothing and pull on the
transporting children, refer to page 60. lap belt periodically to retension it over
your shoulders. In the event of a frontal
Sitting safely with airbags impact, a loose lap belt could slide over
your hips, leading to abdominal injury.
Always maintain an adequate dis- In addition, the safety belt's restraint
tance between yourself and the effectiveness is reduced if it is worn
airbags. Always hold the steering wheel loosely. Expectant mothers should

by the rim to keep any chance of injury always wear their safety belts, taking
to hands or arms to an absolute mini- care to position the lap belt against the
mum should the airbag be deployed. lower hips, where it will not exert pres-
Never allow any objects, individuals or sure against the abdominal area.<
animals to obstruct the areas between
passengers and airbags. Never use the For information on using the safety
front airbag's cover as a storage tray or

belts, refer to page 51.
support for objects of any kind. Never
allow front passengers to rest their feet
or legs on the airbag cover.<

48 Seats Manual seat adjustment
When adjusting your seat, always
observe the following precautions
Never try to adjust your seat while
operating the vehicle. The seat
could respond with unexpected move-
ment, and the ensuing loss of vehicle
control could lead to an accident. Never
ride with the backrest reclined to an
extreme angle. This is especially impor-
tant for the front passenger to remem-
ber. If you do so, there is a risk that you
will slide under the safety belt in an
accident, thus reducing the protection Seat adjustment 3 Backrest angle
provided by the safety belt.< 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
Seat adjustment desired position. required
> Manual seat adjustment, refer to After you release the lever, move the
page 48 seat forward or backward slightly so
> Power seat adjustment, refer to that it engages fully
page 50 2 Height
> Head restraint, refer to page 51. Pull the lever and apply weight to or
remove weight from the seat as
Manual seat adjustment 49

BMW sports seat* adjustment
You can also adjust the tilt angle and
the thigh support:
1 To tilt up:
Pull the lever up repeatedly, continu-
ing until the seat reaches the desired
tilt angle

2 To tilt down:
Push the lever down repeatedly, con-
tinuing until the seat reaches the
desired tilt angle
3 Thigh support:
Pull the lever and adjust the position

of the thigh support for your personal

50 Power seat adjustment* Lumbar support*

Seat adjustment To adjust

1 Tilt angle You can adjust the backrest's contour
2 Backward/Forward adjustment for additional support in the curvature
of your spine's lumbar region.
3 Height
The upper hips and spinal column
4 Backrest angle
receive supplementary support to help
The head restraint is adjusted manually, you maintain a relaxed, upright posture.
refer to page 51.
> Press front/rear of switch:
With the BMW sports seat you can also increase/decrease curvature
adjust the thigh support, refer to > Press the upper/lower end of the
page 49. switch: increase the upper/lower cur-
Please refer to the adjustment
instructions on page 48 to reduce
the risk of personal injury.<
Head restraints Safety belts 51

2. Press button see arrow 1 and

remove the head restraint.

Installation front
Slide the head restraint into the sock-

To adjust Always wear your safety belt
Height: pull the head restraint up or Always fasten your safety belt before
push it down. starting off. As supplemental restraint
devices, the airbags are designed to
Press button to retract to the enhance the effectiveness of the safety
lowest position see arrow 1.< belts, and not to replace them.

Adjust the angle of the front head To close
restraints by tilting them manually. Make sure you hear the catch engage in
the belt buckle.
You can reduce the risk of spinal
injury and whiplash by adjusting
To release
the head restraint to a height at which it
is centered roughly at ear level.< 1. Press red button in the belt buckle

2. Hold end of the belt
Removal front 3. Guide belt back into the inertia reel.

1. Pull up the head restraint, continuing

until it is at maximum extension

52 Safety belts
The rear belt buckle with the word
CENTER is intended exclusively
for the passenger sitting in the mid-

Adjusting safety belt height

Use the height adjustment mechanism
to adapt the shoulder strap to the ideal
level for your own body:
> Slide the button up or down.
Please refer to the seat adjustment
instructions on page 47.

If the safety belt system has been

subjected to the stresses involved
in an accident or otherwise damaged:
have the entire safety belt mechanism
replaced by your BMW center, includ-
ing the safety belt tensioner. In addi-
tion, have your BMW center inspect the
safety belt anchors. If a child-restraint
system was in the vehicle during an
accident, consult the manufacturer's
instructions regarding replacement.<
Seat and mirror memory* 53

To select a stored setting Before activating the programmed

Do not select a memory position adjustment feature, ensure that
the footwell behind the driver's seat is

while the vehicle is moving. If you
do so, there is a risk of accident from empty and unobstructed. If you fail to
unexpected seat movement.< do so, persons, animals or objects
could be injured or damaged if the seat
Ignition key in position 1: should move backward.<

> Briefly press memory button 1, 2 or 3,

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

You can store and recall three different adjustment process.
driver's seat and exterior mirror posi-
The driver's door is closed and the igni-
tion key is either removed or in position
0 or 2:
Memory will not retain the adjust-
ment made to the lumbar sup- > Maintain pressure on the desired
port.< memory button 1, 2 or 3 until the

adjustment process is completed.
To store If you press the MEMORY button acci-
1. Ignition key position 1 or 2 dentally: press the button again; the
2. Adjust your seat and exterior mirrors indicator lamp goes out.
to the desired position
3. Press the MEMORY button: the indica- Your BMW center can adjust your
vehicle's systems in such a man-

tor lamp in the button lights up
4. Press memory button 1, 2 or 3, as ner that your personalized settings are
desired: indicator lamp goes out. automatically set for the seat and exte-
rior mirror positions when you unlock
the vehicle with your personal remote

54 Seat and mirror memory* Seat heating*

Passenger-side exterior mirror tilt The seat cushion and backrest can be
function heated with the ignition key in
position 2.
Automatic curb monitor*
You can select different heating modes
1. Move mirror selector switch 1 to the
by repeatedly pressing the buttons.
driver's mirror position
2. When shifting into Reverse or placing You can also switch the higher heating
the selector lever in position R, the modes off directly:
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.

How far the passenger mirror tilts

can be set individually for each
ignition key.<

You can deactivate this automatic fea-

ture by setting the mirror selection
switch to the passenger side position.
Steering wheel Mirrors 55

The mirror on the passenger's

side is convex. When estimating
the distance between yourself and

other traffic, bear in mind that the
objects reflected in the mirror are closer
than they appear. This means that esti-
mates of the distance to following traffic
should not be regarded as precise.<

Electric defrosting*
Both mirrors are automatically heated
when you turn the ignition key to

To adjust To adjust exterior mirrors position 2.
Never attempt to adjust the steer- 1 Mirror switch for 4-way adjustment
ing wheel while driving the vehicle 2 Selection switch for changing
it could respond with unexpected between mirrors
movement, posing a potential accident
hazard.< To adjust manually

1. Push the locking lever downward The mirrors can also be adjusted manu-
2. Adjust steering column reach and ally:
height for your selected seating posi- Press against the edges of the lens.
tion For storing mirror settings, refer to Seat
3. Pull the lever back up to clamp the and mirror memory on page 53.
steering wheel in the new position.

56 Mirrors
rear of the mirror. Refrain from attach-
ing stickers or other objects to the
windshield in the area immediately
behind the rearview mirror.

Interior rearview mirror Interior rearview mirror with

To reduce glare from vehicles behind automatic dimming feature*
you when you are driving at night, tilt This mirror automatically responds to
the lens by turning the button. ambient light and headlamp glare from
Vehicles without alarm system: following vehicles by dimming through
an infinitely variable range and auto-
Tilt the small lever forward.
matically reverts to its clear, undimmed
setting whenever you shift into Reverse
or move the selector lever into
position R.
To ensure that the mirror continues to
operate efficiently, ensure that the pho-
tocells remain clear and unobstructed.
One photocell is integrated in the mir-
ror's lens see arrow while the other
is located at an offset position on the
Passenger safety systems
Airbags 57

For information on the correct sitting Do not apply adhesive materials to

posture, refer to page 47. the cover panels of the airbags,
cover them or modify them in any other

The side airbags in the rear pas- way. Do not remove the airbag restraint
senger area* of your vehicle may system. In the event of a malfunction,
already have been deactivated by a deactivation or triggered activation as
BMW center. You may have them acti- a response to an accident of the air-
vated if you desire to do so. Please bag restraint system, consult your BMW

contact your BMW center for additional center for inspection, repairs or disas-
information.< sembly. Do not modify or tamper with
either the wiring or the individual com-
The airbags do not deploy in ponents in the airbag system. These

1 Front airbags on the driver and pas- response to minor collisions, rear include the upholstered covers on the
senger sides impacts and certain kinds of vehicle steering wheel, the instrument panel,
rollover.< side panels on doors and the roof struts
2 Head airbags for driver and front pas- as well as down the sides of the roof
senger liners. Also, do not attempt to remove
3 Side airbags on the driver and pas- the steering wheel. Unprofessional
senger sides front and rear* attempts to service the system could
lead to failure in an emergency or

Protective effect undesired airbag activation, either of
The front airbags supplement the three- which could result in personal injury. Do
point safety belts by providing addi- not touch the individual components
tional protection in the event of a immediately after the system has been
severe frontal collision in which the pro- activated, as this could result in per-
tection afforded by the belts alone may sonal injury.<

no longer be sufficient. The head and
side airbags help provide protection in
the event of a collision from the side.
The respective side airbag helps sup-
port the seat occupant's upper body.

58 Airbags
All vehicle occupants should or wish to have the airbags activated or
always sit upright and be properly deactivated, please contact your BMW
restrained infants and small children center.<
in appropriate child-restraint systems;
larger children and adults using the Even when all these guidelines are fol-
safety belts. Never let an occupant's lowed, there is still a small residual risk
head rest near or on a side airbag of injuries to the face, hands and arms
because the inflating airbag could occurring from airbag deployment in
cause a serious or fatal injury. Please isolated instances.
note that the word Airbag imprinted on In sensitive individuals, the ignition and
the door trim panel indicates the air- inflation noise may induce a mild hear-
bag's location. ing loss that is temporary in most
Accident research shows that the saf- cases. This is the right way a child should sit in
est place for children in an automobile a child-restraint when rear side airbags
Corresponding airbag warning labels
is in the rear seat. However, a child sit- are provided.
are found on both sun visors.
ting in the rear seat and not properly
restrained could place his or her head
on or near the airbag, if so equipped.
For example, a child even though
belted in may fall asleep with his or
her head against the side airbag. It may
be difficult for a driver to ensure that
children in the rear seat will remain
properly positioned at all times and not
place their heads on or near the side
airbag. Therefore, we recommend that
the rear seat side airbags, if installed in
the vehicle, be deactivated if children
will travel in the rear seat.
The rear seat side airbags may already
have been deactivated by a BMW cen-
ter. If you are uncertain of their status,
Airbags 59

If there is a system malfunction, there is

a risk that the airbags will not be trig-
gered within their normal response

range, even if the level of impact would
normally have triggered them.
Have your BMW center inspect the air-
bag system immediately.

This is the right way a larger child
should sit wearing the seat belt when
rear side airbags are provided.

Indicator lamp
The indicator lamp indicates the
operational status of the airbag

system when the ignition key is
in position 1 or higher.
System operational:
> The indicator lamp comes on briefly
when you turn the ignition key to
position 1 or higher.

System malfunction:
> Indicator lamp does not come on or
> indicator lamp lights up continuously.

60 Transporting 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
follow the instructions that come with
the system.

Correct location for installing

In your BMW, all seats equipped with a
three-point safety belt except for the Child-restraint system with Depending on the location selected for
driver's seat are suitable for installing tether strap seating in the rear passenger area,
universal child-restraint systems of all attach the tether strap to the corre-
If you use a child-restraint system with
age classes and which have been sponding anchorage point to secure the
a tether strap, three additional tether
approved for the age group in question. child-restraint system, as shown in the
anchorage points have been provided.
If the respective seating position is fit-
ted with a head restraint, lift the head
restraint and pass the tether strap
between the head restraint and the seat
It is recommended to readjust the head
restraint in the lowest possible position.
Adjust the tether strap according to the
child-restraint manufacturer's instruc-
Transporting children safely 61

Before installing any child- that has first been properly installed
restraint device or child seat, with a safety belt.
please read the following: Never install a rearward-facing child-

Never install a rearward-facing child- restraint system in the front passenger
restraint system in the front passenger seat.
seat of this vehicle. We strongly urge you to carefully read
Your vehicle is equipped with an airbag and comply with the instructions for
supplemental restraint system for the installation and use provided by the

front passenger. Because the backrest child-restraint's manufacturer whenever
on any rearward-facing child-restraint you use such a device.
system of the kind designed for Do not attempt to modify child-restraint
infants under 1 year and 20 lbs/9 kg systems. If you do this, the protection

would be within the airbag's deploy- provided by these systems could be Securing child-restraint system
ment range, you should never mount impaired.
such a device in the front passenger Always ensure that all occupants of all All of the rear belt retractors and the
seat, since the impact of the airbag ages remain properly and securely front passenger's safety belt can be
against the child-restraint's backrest restrained at all times.< locked for mounting and securing child-
could lead to serious or fatal injuries. restraint systems.
If it is necessary for a child not an All rear seating positions in your vehicle A label with the appropriate instructions
infant to ride in the front seat, certain meet the recommendations of for this is located in the immediate

precautions should be taken. First, SAE J1819, an industry-recommended vicinity of the buckle latch of each
move the passenger seat as far away practice for securing child-restraint sys- safety belt.
from the dashboard as possible. This tems in motor vehicles.
important precaution is intended to To lock the safety belt
maximize the distance between the air- Extract the entire length of the belt from
bag and the child. Older children the inertia reel mechanism. Allow the

should be tightly secured with a safety reel to retract the belt somewhat and
belt after they have outgrown a booster engage the buckle, then tighten the belt
seat that is appropriate for their age, against the child-restraint system. The
height, and weight. Younger children retraction mechanism is now locked.
should be secured in an appropriate

forward-facing child-restraint system
62 Transporting children safely
The belt cannot be extracted further.
Always observe the installation instruc-
tions provided by the manufacturer of
the child-restraint system.

To unlock the safety belt

Release the safety belt, remove the
child seat and retract the safety belt to
its end position on the belt retractor.

LATCH child-restraint mounting Remove the cover from the outside

system mount by pulling forward. When rein-
stalling ensure that the recess is on the
LATCH: Lower Anchors and Tethers for
The left and right rear seats are both
equipped with a LATCH child-restraint
mounting system.
Canadian models only:
The LATCH anchorage points are iden-
tified by buttons.
Transporting children safely 63

With through-loading system: tilt the Child safety locks
backrest halfway forward to make the Slide down the lever located in the rear
cover easier to remove, refer to door:
page 112.
The door can now be opened from the
The illustration is an example showing outside only.
the anchorages for a LATCH child-
restraint mounting system at the right

rear seat.

Always follow all manufacturer's

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

64 Vehicle Memory, Key Memory
How the system functions > Activating/deactivating the 'Follow
No doubt you have reflected at one me home' function, refer to page 94
time or another on how great it would > Activating/deactivating daytime driv-
be if you could permanently configure ing lamps, refer to page 94
your vehicle's various features and > Selecting units of measure for dis-
adjustments to mirror your own individ- playing time, outside temperature,
ual preferences. In engineering your distance traveled and fuel consump-
vehicle, BMW has provided for a num- tion in the instrument panel
ber of options for personal adjustment > When you shift into Reverse, an
that can be programmed into your vehi- acoustic signal indicates that PDC
cle at your BMW center. has been activated, refer to page 86
> Switching on the rear window
The available configuration data fall into defroster automatically, refer to
two categories, according to whether Distinguishing between keys
pages 100, 105
their primary orientation is the vehicle Color-coded decals have been pro- > Activates/deactivates various alarm
Vehicle Memory or the individual vided to help you distinguish individual system functions, refer to page 42
Key Memory. Provided that each per- keys with different settings. > Having the onboard computer display
son has a separate remote-control key, after giving an ice warning return to
you can have your BMW center enter What the system can do its previous setting, refer to page 84.
basic adjustment data for up to four
You can learn about the entire array of Examples for Key Memory:
individuals in the system.
features this system offers at your BMW
The system then relies on a bilateral > Unlocking the driver's door first, then
data exchange to identify the individual the vehicle's remaining locks, refer to
user and executes the selected settings page 33
You will see this symbol through-
whenever the remote control unit is > Locking the vehicle after pulling
out the Owner's Manual. It is to
used to disengage the door locks. away, refer to page 37
remind you at appropriate places of the
> Automatically repositioning of the
settings that are available to you.<
driver's seat for the corresponding
driver when the vehicle is unlocked,
Examples for Vehicle Memory:
refer to page 53
> Various signals as acknowledgment > Automatic tilting of the passenger-
when locking or unlocking your vehi- side mirror, refer to Automatic curb
cle, refer to pages 33, 36 monitor, page 54.
Ignition lock Starting the engine 65

Vehicles with manual transmis- Do not allow the engine to warm

sion: up by leaving it running while the
Step on the clutch when starting the vehicle remains stationary. Instead,

vehicle. A lockout prevents the engine drive off immediately at a moderate
from starting if the clutch is not engine speed.<
Do not allow the engine to run in
Steering locked enclosed spaces. Otherwise,

The key can only be inserted and breathing the exhaust fumes can lead
removed in this position. to unconsciousness and death. The
exhaust gases contain carbon monox-
After removing the key, turn the steer- ide, an odorless and colorless, but
ing wheel slightly to the left or right until

Ignition key positions highly toxic gas. Do not leave the vehi-
the lock engages. cle unattended with the engine running.
0 Steering locked If the key is not removed, an acoustic An unattended vehicle with a running
1 Steering unlocked signal is sounded after the driver's door engine represents a safety hazard.
2 Ignition switched on has been opened. When driving, standing at idle or park-
ing the vehicle, take care to avoid con-
3 Starting engine
Steering unlocked tact between the hot exhaust system
and flammable materials grass, hay,

Vehicles with automatic transmis- You will find that it is often easier to turn
the ignition key from position 0 to posi- leaves, etc. Such contact could lead to
tion 1 when you move the steering a fire, resulting in serious personal
Do not move the selector lever from
wheel slightly to help disengage the injury and property damage.<
position P until the engine is running,
ignition key position 2. lock.
Start the engine. Do not press the
Your vehicle is equipped with an inter- Individual electrical accessories are accelerator pedal.
lock. Therefore, the ignition key cannot ready for operation.

be turned to position 0 or removed until
Do not actuate the starter for too
the selector lever is in position P.<
short a time, but do not actuate it
for more than approx. 20 seconds.
Release the ignition key immediately

when the engine starts.<
66 Starting the engine
If the engine does not start on the first To prevent the battery from discharg- 2. Place the selector lever in neutral
attempt if it is very hot or cold, for ing, always deactivate electrical position N
instance: devices that are not in use. Switch the 3. Start the engine.
> Press the accelerator pedal halfway ignition off when the vehicle is not
down while engaging the starter. being driven. If the engine does not start, reen-
gage the gear last selected, refer
Cold starts at extremely low tempera-
Manual transmission to the gear indicator in the display, and
tures below approx. +5 7/156 and at
1. Engage the parking brake move the selector lever into neutral
altitudes over 3,300 ft/1,000 m:
2. Gearshift lever in idling position position N again.
> On the first start attempt, it may be The gearbox is automatically taken out
3. Start the engine.
necessary to engage the starter for a of gear if the driver's door is opened
longer period, but no longer than while the engine is running and the
20 seconds
Automatic transmission
driver does not actuate the pedals, the
> Press the accelerator pedal halfway 1. Depress footbrake shift paddles or the selector lever. This
down while engaging the starter. 2. Place the selector lever in position P is accompanied by a warning tone and
or N the flashing gear indicator. The gear
Extended starting attempts, char- 3. Start the engine. display N appears in the instrument-
acterized by excessively frequent cluster.<
or long periods with the starter To prevent the vehicle from start-
engaged, can damage the catalytic ing off on its own, always move Before exiting the vehicle with the
converter.< the selector lever to position P and engine running, move the selector
engage the parking brake before leav- lever into position N and apply the park-
Engine idle speed is controlled by the ing your vehicle with the engine run- ing brake.
engine computer system. Increased ning. Do not leave the vehicle unattended
speeds at start-up are normal and Do not leave the vehicle unattended with the engine running. An unattended
should decrease as the engine warms with the engine running. An unattended vehicle with a running engine repre-
up. If engine speed does not decrease, vehicle with a running engine repre- sents a safety hazard.<
service is required. sents a safety hazard.<

Sequential manual gearbox SMG

1. Depress footbrake
Switching off the engine Parking brake 67

You should never remove the igni- The warning stops after approx.
tion key when the vehicle is in 9 seconds.
motion, as the steering lock could

When you leave the vehicle, always
remove the ignition key and engage the
steering lock.
Always engage the parking brake when

parking on downhill roads. Engaging a
gear may not sufficiently secure the
vehicle against rolling.<

Manual transmission The parking brake is designed primarily
Turn the ignition key to position 1 or 0. to prevent the vehicle from rolling when
it is parked. It operates against the rear
Automatic transmission wheels.
Move the selector lever into position P,
and turn the ignition key to position 1 or To engage
0. The detent engages automatically, and

the indicator lamp in the instrument
SMG gearbox cluster comes on when the ignition key
If you turn the ignition key to position 1 is in position 2, refer to page 18.
or 0 with the selector lever in position
R, or in sequential mode, a gear auto- To release
matically remains engaged. Pull up slightly on the lever, press the

If you turn the ignition key to position 1 button and lower the lever.
or 0 with the selector lever in neutral
position N, a warning tone and the
flashing gear indicator in the display
remind you that no gear is engaged to

secure the vehicle against rolling.
68 Parking brake Manual transmission
If exceptional circumstances Do not hold the vehicle in place on
make it necessary to engage the slopes by slipping or 'riding' the
parking brake while the vehicle is in clutch. Use the parking brake instead.
motion, do not pull it with excessive Riding the clutch leads to severe and
pressure. Keep your thumb pressed premature clutch wear.<
against the release button while care-
fully pulling the lever up.
Excessive pressure can lead to over-
braking and loss of traction fishtailing
at the rear axle. The brake lamps do
not come on when the parking brake is
Vehicles with manual or SMG gearbox: 6-speed transmission*
Engage the parking brake when parking
on downhill roads, since engaging a When changing gear in the 5th/6th gear
gear may not provide adequate resis- plane, be sure to press the gearshift
tance to rolling, not even in first or lever to the right to prevent inadvert-
reverse gear. ently shifting to a gear of the 3rd/4th
Vehicles with automatic transmission: gear plane.
place the selector lever in P.<
To avoid corrosion and one-sided Select only when the vehicle is station-
braking, apply the parking brake ary. Press the shift lever to the left to
lightly from time to time when coasting overcome the resistance.
to a standstill at a traffic signal, for As you do this, the backup lamps will
example provided that it is safe to do light up automatically when the ignition
so.< key is in position 2.
Sequential manual gearbox SMG* 69

The concept The gearbox is automatically

The sequential manual gearbox SMG is placed in neutral gear if the
driver's door is opened while the engine

an automated manual gearbox with
which clutching and shifting is assumed is running and the driver does not actu-
by an electro-hydraulic system. ate the pedals, the shift paddles or the
selector lever.
The SMG is operated via the selector This is accompanied by an acoustic
lever in the center console and two shift signal and the flashing gear indicator.
paddles on the steering wheel.

The gear display N appears in the
It offers the following functions: instrument cluster.
> Sequential mode: manual mode A driving position can only be engaged
> Drive mode: automatic operation when the driver's door is closed.

> Ability to choose between two differ- Selector lever positions When the vehicle is unlocked, a buzzer
ent driving programs: Standard, in the area of the transmission indicates
The current selector lever position is that the system is ready for operation.<
indicated by a light-emitting diode in
> Operating safety through protection
the center console. Shiftlock
against misshifting
> Automatic upshifts and downshifts in R: Reverse When the car is at a standstill, a safety
the drive mode N: Neutral function requires you to depress the

> Automatic downshifts at minimum Position for forward driving with one- brake pedal if you want to move the
engine rpm touch functions: selector lever from the neutral
> Kickdown function in the drive mode. position N to a driving position.
> Acceleration assistant, refer to Sequential mode
page 72. +: manual upshifts Driving precautions
: manual downshifts Use enough acceleration to pull
D: drive mode.

away speedily when moving off on
The SMG is ready for operation in igni- an uphill gradient. Never try to prevent
tion key position 2. the car from rolling back on an uphill
gradient by depressing the accelerator
pedal; always apply the handbrake.
Otherwise you could overheat the SMG

70 Sequential manual gearbox SMG*
R Reverse To switch back to sequential mode: tap
Select only when the vehicle is station- the selector lever again to the right
ary. toward D or change the current gear via
the shift paddles or the selector lever.
N Neutral
Always engage before starting the
engine, refer to Starting the engine on You can achieve maximum acceleration
page 66. using kickdown.
Depress the accelerator pedal past the
Sequential mode increased resistance point at the full-
throttle position.
Each time the engine is started, the
sequential mode is activated as soon as Shifting gears
you move the selector lever into the for-
With selector lever:
ward driving position while the brake is
depressed. > To upshift, tap the selector lever
toward +
The gears are shifted via the shift pad-
> To downshift, tap the lever toward .
dles or the selector lever.
With shift paddles on steering wheel:
It is also possible to drive off in second
gear, e.g. on snow-covered roads. > To upshift, pull one of the shift pad-
D Drive mode > To downshift, push the paddle.
In the drive mode all forward gears are You accelerate from higher gears, e.g.
shifted automatically. during passing, by manually downshift-
To switch from sequential to drive
mode: tap the selector lever to the right In the following situations, the SMG in
toward D. the sequential mode assists you:
For rapid acceleration, e.g. during > The transmission will only execute
passing, depress the accelerator pedal upshifts and downshifts that will
completely: kickdown. result in an appropriate combination
of vehicle speed and engine rpm. For
Sequential manual gearbox SMG* 71

instance, downshifts that would For information on jump-starting and

result in excessive engine speed can- towing the vehicle, refer to page 153.
not be executed

> When you brake the car to a stop, the Warning tone
transmission automatically shifts An acoustic signal sounds if the SMG
down to first gear gearbox overheats; if possible you
> As speed diminishes the transmission should either stop or increase your pull-
will shift down automatically, without away speed so that the system can

any action on your part, just before cool down.
the vehicle slows to below each
gear's minimum speed.

Available displays
D1 D2 D3 D4 D5 D6
The currently engaged gear, the
selected mode, and any malfunctions
are displayed in the instrument cluster.

Indicator lamp
If the indicator lamp comes on,
there is a malfunction in the
transmission system.
All selector lever positions can still be

engaged, but in the forward driving
positions only certain gears are actually
available when the vehicle is driven.
Avoid extreme loads and proceed to
the nearest BMW center.

72 Sequential manual gearbox SMG*
1. Activate the Sport program
2. Press and hold the DSC button, refer
to page 87, for more than three sec-
3. Quickly press the accelerator pedal
down fully: kickdown. The optimum
rpm for driving off will be adjusted.

To maintain vehicle stability,

always drive with the DSC acti-
vated whenever possible.<

Sport program
You can choose between two driving
programs: smoothly dynamic or Sport.
With the Sport program, gearshifts are
faster in sequential mode and the shift
points are adapted in drive mode.
To activate the Sport program: press
the SPORT button. The LED in the but-
ton lights up.

Acceleration assistant
The acceleration assistant permits opti-
mum racing-style acceleration on roads
with good grip.

Do not use the acceleration assis-

tant frequently as this could other-
wise cause premature wear of the com-
Automatic transmission with Steptronic* 73

You can drive as with a normal auto- Hold the footbrake down until
matic transmission. In addition, you can starting off. The vehicle will other-
also shift manually. wise 'creep' when a drive position is

When you move the selector lever from engaged. To prevent the vehicle from
the D position to the left into the M/S starting off on its own, always move the
range, the performance-oriented shift selector lever to position P and engage
programs of the automatic transmission the parking brake before leaving your
are engaged. Steptronic enters the vehicle with the engine running.

manual selection mode and executes Do not leave the vehicle unattended
the desired shift whenever you tap the with the engine running. An unattended
selector lever in the direction indicated vehicle with a running engine repre-
by + or . Whenever you want to use sents a safety hazard.<

automatic again, just move the selector Range selection
lever toward the right to position D. P Park
A catch prevents inadvertent movement
Under normal operating conditions, fuel of the selector lever to positions R and Select only when the vehicle is station-
consumption is lowest when driving in P. To deactivate the catch, press the ary. Transmission locks to prevent rear
position D. button on the front of the selector lever wheels from turning.
knob, see arrow.
Selector lever positions R Reverse

P R N D M/S + While the vehicle is stationary and Select only when the vehicle is station-
before shifting out of Park or Neu- ary.
Starting the engine tral, depress the footbrake in order to
disengage the selector lever's lock N Neutral
The engine can only be started in selec- mechanism Shiftlock.<
tor lever positions P for Park or N Select only when stopping for an
for Neutral. extended period.

D Drive automatic shift program
This position is designed for driving
under all normal operating conditions.
All forward gears are available.

74 Automatic transmission with Steptronic*
Kickdown The transmission will only execute
In the kickdown mode, you achieve upshifts and downshifts that will result
maximum acceleration and top speed in an appropriate combination of vehi-
in position D. cle speed and engine rpm. For
instance, downshifts that would result
Depress the accelerator pedal past the in excessive engine speed are not exe-
increased resistance point at the full- cuted. The desired, then the actual
throttle position. gear, briefly appear in the instrument

To accelerate quickly in the man-

ual mode for maneuvers such as
M/S manual operation and Sport passing another vehicle, shift down
manually or employ the kickdown
Move the selector lever from D to M/S
to activate the Sport program; SD Shifting from M/S to the selector lever
appears in the display panel. The M/S positions P, R and N is possible only by
mode is recommended for perfor- going through D.
mance-oriented driving.
Once in the M/S mode, you can tap the
selector lever to switch the automatic
transmission from the Sport program to
its manual mode.
This mode allows you to execute
upshifts manually by tapping the lever
toward +, while downshifts are selected
by tapping in the direction. The dis-
plays M1 through M5 appear in the dis-
play panel to indicate your current gear
Automatic transmission with Steptronic* 75

If the indicator lamp does not go out,

you can place the selector lever in all
positions. However, the vehicle will now

only operate in 3rd and 4th gear.
If this happens, avoid extreme engine
loads and consult the nearest autho-
rized BMW center.

Never work in the engine com-
partment when a drive gear for-
ward or reverse is engaged. If you do
this, the vehicle could move.<

Available displays
For towing or jump-starting, refer to the
P R N D SD M1 M2 M3 M4 M5
information beginning on page 153.
Electronic transmission control
If the indicator lamp comes on,

there is a malfunction in the
transmission system.
Bring the vehicle to a stop. Move the
transmission selector lever to P. Set the
parking brake and turn the engine off
ignition key to position 0.

Wait a few seconds, then start the
If the indicator lamp goes out after a
few seconds, normal transmission per-
formance has been restored. You may

continue to drive as usual.
76 Turn signal indicator/Headlamp flasher

1 High beams blue indicator lamp

2 Headlamp flasher blue indicator
3 Turn signal indicator green indicator
lamps accompanied by a periodic
clicking sound from the relay

To signal briefly
Press the lever up to but not beyond
the resistance point. It then returns to
the center position when released.

If the flashing of the turn signal

indicators and the clicking from
the relay are both faster than normal,
one of the turn signal indicators has
Washer/wiper system/Rain sensor* 77

Rain sensor Fast wiper speed

The rain sensor is positioned on the When the vehicle is stationary, the wip-

windshield, directly behind the interior ers operate at normal speed not on
rearview mirror. vehicles with rain sensor.
To activate the rain sensor:
> With the ignition key in position 1 or
higher, move the lever to position 1.

The wipers will make at least one
sweep across the windshield.
You can leave the lever permanently
in position 1. With the ignition key in

position 1 or higher, all you then need
0 Wipers retracted
to do to activate the rain sensor is
1 Intermittent operation or rain sensor > briefly turn the rotary dial 5, or
2 Normal wiper speed > clean windshield 1, refer to page 78.
3 Fast wiper speed To adjust the sensitivity of the rain sen-
4 Brief wipe sor: turn rotary dial 5.
5 Rotary dial for control of the wipe To deactivate the rain sensor:

interval or the sensitivity of the rain Put lever in position 0.
Turn the rain sensor off in auto-
Intermittent mode matic car washes. Failure to do so
Not on vehicles with rain sensor. could result in damage caused by
undesired wiper activation.<
You can set the wipe interval at four

stages with rotary dial 5. Normal wiper speed
In addition, the wipe interval is varied
When the vehicle is stationary, the wip-
automatically depending on road
ers switch automatically to intermittent
wipe not on vehicles with rain sensor.

78 Washer/wiper system/Rain sensor* Cruise control*
When the vehicle's lighting system is Starting at about 20 mph / 30 km/h, you
switched on, the headlamps will also be can maintain and store any vehicle
cleaned at reasonable intervals. speed that you specify.
The cruise control is operational when-
Windshield washer nozzles ever the engine is running and the sys-
The windshield washer nozzles are tem has been activated.
heated automatically* when the ignition
key is in position 2. To activate the system

In ignition key position 2: press the but-

ton in the steering wheel. The indicator
Cleaning windshield and lamp in the instrument cluster comes
headlamps* on, refer to page 20. You can now use
0 Wipers retracted the cruise control.
1 Clean windshield and headlamps*
Do not use cruise control on twist-
ing roads, when high traffic den-
Do not use the washers if there is
sity prevents driving at a constant
any danger that the fluid will
speed, or when the road surface is slick
freeze on the windshield, as your vision
snow, rain, ice or loose rocks or
could be obscured. Always use a wind-
gravel, sand.<
shield washer antifreeze in cold
weather. Refer to page 132.
Do not use the washers when the reser-
To deactivate the system
voir is empty. This could cause damage
to the washer pump.<
Press button as often as you need to
The system sprays washer fluid against until the indicator lamp in the instru-
the windshield and activates the wipers ment cluster goes out.
for a brief period. Cruise control is also deactivated when
the ignition key is in position 0.
Cruise control* 79

The speed stored in memory is deleted. Press and hold button : To recall the stored setting
With the cruise control active, the sys-
To store and maintain speed or to

tem automatically reduces the throttle
accelerate opening to slow the vehicle. When you Press button:
release the button, the system stores The vehicle accelerates to and main-
and maintains the current speed. tains the last speed stored.
Press button + briefly:
The system stores and maintains the To interrupt the cruise control

current vehicle speed. Every time you
tap the button, the speed increases by
approx. 0.6 mph / 1 km/h. When the system is activated, press the
button. The indicator lamp stays on.

Press and hold button +:
You can use the cruise control again
The vehicle accelerates without pres- whenever you want by calling up the
sure on the accelerator pedal. When speed that was stored last.
you release the button, the system
stores and maintains the current speed. In addition, cruise control is interrupted
If on a downhill gradient the > When the brakes are applied

engine braking effect is not suffi- > When you apply pressure to the
cient, the controlled speed can be clutch pedal, or when you move the
exceeded. Speed can drop on uphill automatic transmission selector lever
grades if the engine output is insuffi- from D to N
cient.< > If you exceed or fall below the pro-
grammed speed for an extended
To decelerate period by depressing the accelera-

tor, for example.

Press button briefly:

When cruise control is active, every tap
of the button reduces the speed by

approx. 0.6 mph / 1 km/h.
Everything under control
80 Odometer Tachometer Energy control

1 Odometer Do not operate the engine with the nee- Indicates the current fuel consumption
2 Trip odometer dle in the red overspeed zone of the in mpg in liters/100 km on Canadian
gauge. models. This allows you to see whether
Odometer To protect the engine, the fuel supply is your current driving style is conducive
interrupted when you approach this to fuel economy with minimum exhaust
You can activate the displays shown in emissions.
the illustration with the ignition key in sector.
position 0 by pressing the left button in When the vehicle is stationary, the dis-
the instrument cluster. play goes to Maximum zero on Cana-
dian models.
Trip odometer
To reset the trip odometer to zero,
press the left button with the ignition
key in position 1 or higher.
Fuel gauge Engine coolant temperature gauge 81

Once the indicator lamp stays on con- Blue
tinuously, there are still approx. The engine is still cold. Drive at moder-
2 gallons/8 liters of fuel in the fuel tank. ate engine and vehicle speeds.
Fuel tank capacity approx.
16.6 gallons/63 liters. Between the blue and red zones
Certain operating conditions, such as Normal operating range. The needle
those encountered in mountainous may rise as far as the edge of the red

areas, may cause the needle to fluctu- sector during normal operation.
ate slightly.
Fill the fuel tank before it is com- When you switch on the ignition, the
pletely empty. Driving to the last warning lamp comes on briefly as an
drop of fuel can prevent the engine operation check.

from operating properly and result in
If the lamp comes on during normal
vehicle operation: the engine has over-
heated. Shut off the engine immediately
When you switch on the ignition, the
and allow it to cool down.
indicator lamp lights up briefly as an
To check coolant level, refer to

operation check.
page 134.
82 Service interval display Check Control
A flashing message and a '' in front of
the number mean that the service inter-
val has already been exceeded by the
distance shown on the display. Please
contact your BMW center for an

Remaining distance to next When the ignition key is in position 2,

service the following information and/or condi-
tions are indicated using symbols until
The displays shown in the illustration
the conditions have been corrected.
appear for a few seconds when the
ignition key is in position 1 or higher or 1 Check the low beam and high beam
after the engine is started. headlamps, as well as the parking
The next service due appears with the
message OIL SERVICE or 2 Door open
INSPECTION, together with the dis- 3 Luggage compartment lid open
tance remaining in miles in kilometers
4 Check brake and tail lamps
in Canada before the next scheduled
service. When you open the driver's door after
having turned the ignition key to posi-
The computer bases its calculations of
tion 0, you will hear an acoustic signal
the remaining distance on the preced-
for a few seconds to remind you that
ing driving style.
the lamps have not been switched off.
Clock 83

If you wish to have a permanent time Every time you press the button, the
display, you can make this adjustment clock display alternates between the
in the radio display, refer to the Owner's 12-hour and 24-hour mode.

Manual for Radio. In ignition key position 0: the time is
You can adjust the clock and the time displayed for a few seconds after you
display in the car radio as follows. press the left button, refer to Odometer
on page 80.

Before the clock can be set, the
time must be showing in the
instrument cluster display.<

With the ignition key in position 1 or


To set ahead: turn the right button to
the right.
To set back: turn the right button to the
The adjustment speed will increase the
longer you continue to hold the right

To change the display mode: press the
right button briefly.

84 Computer*
After giving an ice warning, the
display returns to the previous

The ice warning does not alter the

fact that surface ice can form at
temperatures above 37.5 7/+36, on
bridges or shaded road surfaces, for

Mode selection Outside temperature

With the ignition key in position 1 or You can change the units of measure
higher, you can use the button in the 6/7 for the outside temperature dis-
turn signal lever to request information play by pressing the right-hand reset
from the computer. Each time you button in the instrument cluster while
press the button briefly toward the the temperature display is active. The
steering column, a new function is units of measure 6/7 in the tempera-
called up in the display. ture display of the automatic climate
The displays appear in the following control change automatically, see
order: page 102.
Time of day, outside temperature, aver-
Ice warning
age fuel consumption, cruising range,
average vehicle speed. If the outside temperature drops to
about 37.57/+36, then the computer
With the ignition key in position 1 or
will automatically switch to a display of
higher, the last active setting is dis-
the outside temperature. In addition, a
signal sounds as a warning and the dis-
play flashes for a brief period.
Computer* 85

It is important that you refuel when

the cruising range falls below
approx. 35 miles/50 km. Otherwise, the

engine cannot be guaranteed to oper-
ate properly and damage may result.<

Average speed
If you continue to press and hold the

button, the average speed being dis-
played is recalculated from that point in
Any time spent when the vehicle is sta-

Average fuel consumption tionary and the engine is shut off is
If you continue to press and hold the ignored for the calculation.
button on the turn signal lever, the aver-
age fuel consumption last displayed is
recalculated from that point in time.

If you wish, you can have the aver-

age fuel consumption displayed in
a different unit of measure.<

The computer bases its calculations for
the cruising range on the operating

conditions in the preceding period and
on the remaining fuel in the tank.

Technology for safety and driving convenience
86 Park Distance Control (PDC)*
The concept PDC is deactivated when you shift back PDC does not remove the driver's
PDC assists you when you back into a out of Reverse. personal responsibility for evaluat-
parking space. Acoustic signals alert ing the distance between the vehicle
you to the momentary distance to an You can have a signal set to con- and any objects. Even when sensors
object behind your vehicle. The system firm that the PDC has been acti- are involved, there is a blind spot in
features four ultrasonic sensors vated. The signal then sounds when which objects cannot be detected. This
mounted in your rear bumper. The mon- you shift into Reverse or move the applies especially in those cases where
itoring range for the two corner sensors selector lever into the R position.< the system approaches the physical
extends outward roughly 2 ft/60 cm limits of ultrasonic measurement, as
behind the bumpers, while two centrally Acoustic signals occurs with tow bars and trailer cou-
located sensors detect objects at dis- The distance to the nearest object is plings, and in the vicinity of thin or
tances of up to approx. 5 ft/1.50 m. indicated by a tone sounding at various wedge-shaped objects. Moreover, low
intervals. As the distance between vehi- objects that have already been
PDC is a parking aid that can cle and object decreases, the intervals detected such as a curb edge can
identify objects if they are between the tones become shorter. A disappear out of the detection range of
approached slowly, as is generally the continuous tone indicates the pres- the sensors before a continuous tone
case when parking. Avoid driving ence of an object less than 1 ft/30 cm sounds.
towards objects rapidly; due to underly- away. Loud sources of sound from outside or
ing physical principles, the system may The warning signal is canceled after inside the vehicle could drown out the
otherwise alert you too late for you to PDC signal tone.<
approx. three seconds if the distance to
take evasive steps.< the object remains constant during this Keep the sensors clean and free
time if you are moving parallel to of ice or snow in order to ensure
The system starts to operate automati- a wall, for instance.
cally approx. one second after you shift that they will continue to operate effec-
System malfunctions will be indicated tively.
into Reverse or move the selector lever
by a continuous high-pitched tone Do not apply high pressure spray to the
into the R position with the ignition key
when the system is activated the first sensors for a prolonged period of time.
in position 2.
time. Please have the problem fixed by Always maintain a distance of more
your BMW center. than 4 in/10 cm.<
Let this short period elapse before
driving backwards.<
Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) 87

The concept The vehicle will remain completely

DSC maintains vehicle stability, even in operational, however, without DSC. In
the event of a fault, please consult your

critical driving situations.
BMW center.
The DSC is operational every time you
start the engine. Indicator and warning lamps for
Canadian models.
DSC incorporates the Dynamic Traction
Control (DTC) and Cornering Brake

Control (CBC) functions.
For information on vehicles with all-
wheel drive, refer to page 89 ff.

Indicator lamps Deactivating the DSC/activating
The indicator lamp in the instru- the DTC
ment cluster goes out shortly Press the DSC button briefly; the indi-
after the ignition has been cator lamp comes on and stays on.
switched on; refer to page 19.
DSC is deactivated; DTC is operational.
> The indicator lamp flashes: DSC is
In the following rare situations, it may
actively controlling drive torque and

prove useful to activate the DTC for a
braking intervention
brief period:
> The indicator lamp stays lit: DSC has
been switched off with the button; > When rocking the vehicle or starting
DTC and DBC are operational. DTC off in deep snow or on loose surfaces
control intervention is not indicated. > When driving on snow-covered
grades, in deep snow, or on a snow-
The indicator lamp and the
covered surface that has been

brake warning lamp continu-
packed down from being driven on
ously light up in yellow:
> When driving with snow chains.
The DSC, DTC and DBC have
been switched off manually or
there is a system malfunction.

88 Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
Under these special circumstances The laws of physics cannot be
traction is increased by deactivating the repealed, even with DSC. An
control systems that enhance traction appropriate driving style always
under normal conditions. remains the responsibility of the driver.
We therefore urge you to avoid using
Deactivating the DSC and the the additional safety margin of the sys-
DTC tem as an excuse for taking risks.
Whenever the DTC is activated, the
Press the DSC button down for at least
DSC is switched off and DTC performs
3 seconds; the indicator lamp and the
minor stabilizing intervention.
yellow brake warning lamp will remain
Do not make any modifications to the
on continuously.
DSC system. Allow only authorized
The systems for enhancing stability and technicians to perform service proce-
traction are deactivated, and there is no dures on the DSC.<
active braking intervention or torque

To maintain vehicle stability,

always drive with the DSC acti-
vated whenever possible.<

Reactivating the DSC

Press the button again briefly; the indi-
cator lamp or the indicator lamps will go
out. DTC is deactivated.
Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) 325xi, 330xi 89

The concept The vehicle will remain completely

DSC maintains vehicle stability, even in operational, however, without DSC. In
the event of a fault, please consult your

critical driving situations.
BMW center.
The DSC is operational every time you
start the engine.
DSC includes the Automatic Differential
Brake (ADB-X) and Cornering Brake

Control (CBC) functions.

Indicator lamps
The indicator lamp in the instru-

ment cluster goes out shortly To deactivate DSC
after the ignition has been Press the DSC button; the indicator
switched on; refer to page 19. lamp comes on and stays on.
> The indicator lamp flashes: DSC is DSC is now off, and ADB-X reverts to
actively controlling drive torque and its maximum torque-transfer mode.
braking intervention
> The indicator lamp stays lit: DSC has In the following exceptional circum-

been switched off with the button; stances, it may be effective to deacti-
ADB-X is operational. ADB-X control vate the DSC for a short period:
intervention is not indicated. > When rocking the vehicle or starting
off in deep snow or on loose surfaces
If the indicator lamp fails to go out > When driving with snow chains.
when you press the DSC button,
this indicates a malfunction in the DSC To maintain vehicle stability,

and ADB-X systems; the system is always drive with the DSC acti-
deactivated, and the stability enhance- vated whenever possible.<
ment functions are no longer avail-

90 Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) 325xi, 330xi
Reactivating the DSC
Press the button again; the indicator
lamp goes out.

The laws of physics cannot be

repealed, even with DSC. An
appropriate driving style always
remains the responsibility of the driver.
We therefore urge you to avoid using
the additional safety margin of the sys-
tem as an excuse for taking risks.
The system does not intervene to
enhance vehicle stability when
switched off.
Do not make any modifications to the
DSC system. Allow only authorized
technicians to perform service proce-
dures on the DSC.<
Hill Descent Control (HDC)* 91

The concept To use HDC

By reducing the vehicle's speed on Vehicles with manual transmission:

steep downhill stretches, HDC main- You should always ensure that either
tains predictable vehicle handling reverse or first gear is engaged before
response to provide you with control of using HDC, as the engine's braking
your BMW during extreme descents. effect is most pronounced in these
The vehicle slows to a pace just slightly gears, and only reduced engine braking
faster than walking speed. is available in higher gears.

HDC is available for activation at vehi- Vehicles with automatic transmission:
cle speeds below approx. 22 mph / HDC is available for use in all ranges.
35 km/h. When driving down steep

hills, the vehicle reduces speed auto-
To activate the system System malfunctions
matically down to about double walking Are signaled by the indicator lamp,
speed approx. 7.5 mph / 12 km/h Press the HDC button; the green indi-
cator lamp integrated within the button which responds to problems by going
and then maintains this speed at a con- out while HDC is in operation or by fail-
stant. comes on.
ing to come on when you activate the
You can use the accelerator or brakes The indicator lamp flashes whenever system:
to vary this speed within a range from the system is actively intervening to
control your speed with automatic HDC has been temporarily deactivated

approx. 3 mph / 5 km/h to approx. as a result of high brake temperatures.
15 mph / 25 km/h. brake applications.
If the DSC indicator lamp comes
In conjunction with the multifunction on at the same time:
To deactivate the system
steering wheel, you can use the +/
button to set the cruise control to a tar- Press the button again, the indicator Malfunction in HDC and DSC
get speed in the range from lamp goes out. system. Refer the problem to your
approx. 3 mph / 5 km/h to approx. BMW center.
HDC is automatically deactivated once

15 mph / 25 km/h. the vehicle accelerates to more than
HDC is automatically deactivated once 37 mph / 60 km/h, as well as whenever
vehicle speed again exceeds approx. you switch off the ignition.
37 mph / 60 km/h.

92 Flat Tire Monitor*
The concept System limitations
As you drive, the Flat Tire Monitor The Flat Tire Monitor cannot pro-
keeps track of pressure levels in all four vide you with advance warning of
tires. The system alerts you whenever sudden and severe tire damage caused
the inflation pressure of a tire falls sig- by external factors and does not detect
nificantly below the pressure of another the balanced and very gradual pressure
tire. loss that takes place in all four tires
The system actually detects pressure over an extended period of time.<
loss by monitoring differences in the
relative speeds of the four wheels. It On the other hand, the following situa-
interprets variations outside specified tions can lead to a delayed detection of
limits as severe pressure loss, and then pressure loss and even to the system
responds by generating a warning. not functioning: Initializing the system
> Driving on snow-covered or slippery Each time you correct the pres-
Functional requirements roads sure in a tire, or change a wheel or
In order for the Flat Tire Monitor to learn > Performance-oriented driving: slip at tire, reinitialize the system immediately
the correct tire inflation pressure, the drive wheels, high levels of lateral afterwards. This requires a bit of driv-
please do the following: acceleration ing.<
> When driving with snow chains, false
1. Check the tire inflation pressures in warnings and undetected pressure 1. Before driving off, start the engine
all tires losses may occur but do not start driving
2. Compare them with the tire inflation > When driving with a space-saver 2. Press the button as long as you need
pressure table on page 26 and cor- spare tire, the Flat Tire Monitor can- to until the yellow indicator lamp in
rect them, if necessary not function. the instrument cluster lights up for a
3. Initialize the system. few seconds
3. Drive off.
It takes a few minutes before the Flat
Tire Monitor can detect a flat tire and
issue a warning.
Flat Tire Monitor* Brake force display 93

When driving with snow chains or Because the sides of Run Flat The brake force display indicates to the
a space-saver spare tire, do not tires are reinforced, a drop in infla- driver of the vehicle behind you how
initialize the system.< tion pressure usually cannot be hard you are braking your vehicle.

detected from the outside, refer to Run The display has two levels:
Flat tire Flat tires, page 150.<
> Normal braking: the brake lamps
The indicator lamp in the instru- among the rear lamps and the center
ment cluster lights up red. This 2. To continue driving, follow the
brake lamp light up
visual alert is accompanied by instructions under Driving with a
> Hard braking or use of ABS: the tail

an acoustic warning signal. damaged tire on page 151.
lamps light up with the same bright-
1. Carefully reduce speed and come to ness as the brake lamps and thereby
System malfunction
a stop. Avoid sudden braking and intensify the visual effect of the brake
steering maneuvers The indicator lamp in the instru- lamps.

2. Determine which wheel is damaged ment cluster lights up yellow.
The Flat Tire Monitor is malfunc-
If this cannot be determined, con- tioning or out of order. Please refer the
tact your BMW center.< problem to your BMW center.

3. Replace the damaged wheel, refer to

Changing a wheel on page 147.

After replacing the damaged tire, initial-
ize the system.
Vehicles with Run Flat tires:
1. Carefully reduce your speed to under
50 mph / 80 km/h. Avoid strong
braking and steering maneuvers. Do

not exceed a speed of 50 mph /
80 km/h.

94 Parking lamps/Low beams
Follow me home lamps Automatic headlamp control*
When you activate the headlamp When the switch is set to this
flasher after parking the vehicle with the position, the system automati-
lamps turned off, the low-beam head- cally activates and cancels the
lamps will come on for a short time. low beams in response to changes in
ambient light in tunnels, at dusk, etc.
You can also have this function and in the event of rain and snow.
The vehicle's external lights
LIGHTS ON warning remain on constantly when you
When you open the driver's door after switch on the front fog lamps after the
having turned the ignition key to posi- headlamps have come on automati-
Parking lamps tion 0, you will hear an acoustic signal cally.<
The front, rear and side vehicle for a few seconds to remind you that
lighting is switched on. You can the lamps have not been switched off. Automatic headlamp control can-
use the parking lamps to signal not serve as a substitute for the
driver's judgement in determining when
the position of the vehicle when it is Daytime driving lamps*
parked. For lighting on one side for the vehicle lights should be switched
If you desire, the light switch can be left on. For example, the sensors are not
parking as an additional feature, refer to
in the second position: when the igni- able to detect fog. To avoid safety risks,
page 95.
tion is switched off, the external lighting you should respond to these kinds of
is also switched off. low-visibility situations by switching the
Low beams
headlamps on manually.<
When the ignition is switched off You can have the activation set-
while the low beams are on, the tings for the daytime driving lamps You can have the sensitivity of
headlamps go out and only the programmed on your vehicle.< your vehicle's automatic head-
parking lamps remain on. lamp control adjusted.<
Instrument lighting High beams/Standing lamps 95

Turn the rotary dial to adjust the illumi- 1 High beams blue indicator lamp
nation intensity. 2 Headlamp flasher blue indicator
3 Parking lamps

Standing lamps, left or right

As an additional feature, you can illumi-
nate your vehicle on either side for
With the ignition key in position 0,
engage the lever in the appropriate
turn-signal position.

96 Fog lamps* Interior lamps

Front fog lamps The interior lamps operate automati- Rear reading lamps
The green indicator lamp in the cally. Switch on and off with the button adja-
instrument cluster lights up to To switch the interior lamps on cent to each lamp.
indicate that the front fog lamps and off manually
are on. In order to prevent battery dis-
Press button 1 briefly:
charge, all of the lamps in the
If the automatic headlamp control If you want the interior lamps to remain vehicle are automatically switched off
is on, the low beams will come on off all the time, press and hold the but- approx. 15 minutes after you turn the
automatically whenever you activate ton for approx. 3 seconds. ignition key to position 0.<
the front fog lamps.< Press the button briefly to revert to nor-
mal operation. Light-emitting diodes
Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) installed
Front reading lamps* behind translucent lenses serve as the
Switch on and off with the button 2 light sources for many of the controls
adjacent to each lamp. and displays in your vehicle. These
light-emitting diodes are related to con-
ventional lasers, and legislation defines
them as light-emitting diodes, Class 1.
Interior lamps 97

Do not remove the protective lens

and avoid staring directly at the
unfiltered beam for several hours, as

inflammation of the retina could

Controlling the climate for pleasant driving
98 Air conditioning
Air conditioning 99

1 Air onto the windshield and the side


2 Air for the upper body area 101
3 Air to the footwell
4 Air supply/Blower 100
5 Temperature 100
6 Air distribution 100

7 Rear window defroster 100
8 Air conditioning 100
9 Outside air/Recirculated-air

mode 100

100 Air conditioning
Air supply/Blower Rear window defroster Outside air/Recirculated-air mode
You can select blower speeds When the rear window defroster You can respond to unpleasant
from 1 to 4. The heating and is activated, the indicator lamp external odors by temporarily
ventilation become more and comes on. The rear window defroster blocking the supply of outside air. The
more effective as the air sup- switches off automatically. system then recirculates the air cur-
ply settings are increased. In position 0, rently within the vehicle.
the blower and the heater are switched You can have your vehicle pro-
off. The outside air supply is blocked in grammed in such a way that the If the windows should fog over in
position 0. rear window defroster switches on the recirculated-air mode, switch
automatically. This occurs within 5 min- this mode off and increase the air sup-
Temperature utes after starting the engine when out- ply as required.<
In order to increase the tem- side temperatures are below approx.
perature of the passenger 397/+46.<
compartment, turn to the right
toward the red zone. The tem- Air conditioning
perature of the incoming air is kept con- The air is cooled and dehumidi-
stant. fied and depending on the
temperature setting rewarmed.
Air distribution Depending on the weather, the wind-
You can direct air to flow onto shield may fog over briefly when the
the windows , toward your engine is started. Air conditioning helps
upper body or into the prevent the windows from fogging up.
footwell . All intermediate
settings are possible. In the setting , Condensation forms during opera-
there is a low flow of air onto the win- tion of the air conditioning system,
dows to keep them free of condensa- which then exits under the vehicle.
tion. Traces of condensed water of this kind
are thus normal.<
Air conditioning 101

The built-in microfilter removes dust

and pollen from the incoming air. Your
BMW center will replace it during rou-
tine maintenance. A substantial reduc-
tion in airflow indicates that the filter
needs to be replaced before scheduled

Draft-free ventilation To defrost windows and remove
You can adjust the blower controls for condensation
the upper body area to obtain the opti- 1. Set the blower speed control for the
mum airflow rates and directions for air supply to position 4
your personal requirements: 2. Turn the rotary temperature control
1 Rotary dials for infinitely variable completely to the right to the red
opening and closing of the vent out- zone

lets 3. Turn the rotary control for air distri-
bution to position
2 Levers for airflow direction
4. Switch on the rear window defroster
3 Rotary dial allows you to control the to defrost the rear window.
temperature of the airflow from these
outlets as desired

102 Automatic climate control*
Automatic climate control* 103

1 Air onto the windshield and the side


2 Air for the upper body area 105
3 Air to the footwell
4 Air inlet for interior temperature
sensor please keep clear and

5 Outside air/Automatic recirculated-
air control (AUC)/Recirculated
air 105
6 Automatic air distribution and

supply 104
7 Individual air distribution 104
8 Temperature 104
9 Display for temperature 104
and air supply 104
10 Air supply/Blower 104

11 To defrost windows and remove
condensation 104
12 Air conditioning 104
13 Rear window defroster 105

104 Automatic climate control*
Tips for pleasant driving vated, the automatic airflow control ertheless, the automatic air distribution
Use the automatic mode switch on remains in operation. Air flows onto the remains unchanged. You can reactivate
with AUTO button 6. Select the desired windows , toward the upper the automatic air distribution mode by
interior temperature. body , and into the footwell . selecting the AUTO button.

Detailed setting options are described You can reactivate the automatic air When the lowest blower speed is set
for you in the following section. distribution mode by selecting the and you press the lower button, all of
AUTO button. the displays are canceled: the blower,
You can make the settings of your heating and air conditioning are
vehicle in such a manner that, Temperature switched off. The outside air supply is
when you unlock the vehicle with the The interior temperature that blocked. You can reactivate the system
remote control of your personal key, appears in the display panel is a by pressing any button for the auto-
your own personalized setting for the general figure intended for refer- matic climate control.
automatic climate control is initiated.< ence purposes. We recommend 72 7/
+226 as a comfortable setting, even if To defrost windows and remove
Automatic air distribution and the air conditioning is on. When you condensation
supply start the vehicle, the system ensures This program quickly removes
that the selected temperature is ice and condensation from the
The AUTO program adjusts the
achieved as quickly as possible. It then windshield and the side windows.
air distribution and the air sup-
maintains this temperature, regardless
ply for you and in addition adapts the
of the season. Air conditioning
temperature to external influences
summer, winter to meet preferences To select the units of measure, 6 or The air is cooled and dehumidi-
you can specify. 7, for the display, refer to page 84. fied and depending on the
temperature setting rewarmed.
Individual air distribution Air supply/Blower Depending on the weather, the wind-
You can cancel the AUTO pro- By pressing the upper or lower shield may fog over briefly when the
gram by selecting specific dis- button, you can vary the air sup- engine is started. Air conditioning helps
tribution patterns to suit your ply. This deactivates the auto- prevent the windows from fogging up.
own individual requirements. matic control of the air supply, AUTO
While the AUTO program is then deacti- disappears from the display panel. Nev-
Automatic climate control* 105

Condensation forms during opera- recirculates the air currently within

tion of the air conditioning system, the vehicle.
which then exits under the vehicle.

Traces of condensed water of this kind If the windows should fog over in
are thus normal.< the recirculated-air mode, switch
this mode off and increase the air sup-
Outside air/Automatic ply as required.<
recirculated-air control (AUC)/

Recirculated air Rear window defroster
You can respond to unpleasant When the rear window defroster
external odors or pollutants by is activated, the indicator lamp
temporarily stopping the flow of outside comes on. The rear window defroster

air. The system then recirculates the air switches off automatically. Draft-free ventilation
currently within the vehicle. You can adjust the blower controls for
You can have your vehicle pro- the upper body area to obtain the opti-
Press the button repeatedly to select
grammed in such a way that the mum airflow rates and directions for
one of three different operating modes.
rear window defroster switches on your personal requirements:
> Indicator lamps off: outside airflow is automatically. This occurs within 5 min-
on utes after starting the engine when out- 1 Rotary dials for infinitely variable
opening and closing of the vent out-

> Left indicator lamp on AUC mode: side temperatures are below approx.
the system recognizes pollutants in 397/+46.< lets
the outside air and blocks the flow of 2 Levers for airflow direction
air when necessary. The system then
3 Rotary dial allows you to control the
recirculates the air currently within
temperature of the airflow from these
the vehicle. Depending on the air
outlets as desired
quality, the automatic system then

switches back and forth between
outside air supply and recirculation of
the air within the vehicle
> Right indicator lamp on: the flow of
external air into the vehicle is perma-

nently blocked. The system then
106 Automatic climate control* Roller sun blind*
The built-in microfilter removes dust
and pollen from the incoming air. The
activated-charcoal filter provides addi-
tional protection by filtering gaseous
pollutants from the outside air. Your
BMW center replaces this combined fil-
ter as a standard part of your scheduled
maintenance. A substantial reduction in
airflow indicates that the filter needs to
be replaced before scheduled mainte-
nance. To actuate, press the button briefly with
the ignition key in position 1 or higher.
The illustration depicts the arrangement
of the buttons if the vehicle is fully
equipped. The arrangement may vary
depending on the equipment actually
Interior conveniences
Premium sound system* Glove compartment 107

Harman Kardon premium sound To open
system Pull the handle. The lamp in the glove
Press the button to activate and deacti- compartment comes on.
vate the acoustic enhancement.
The system creates the acoustic To close
impression of a much larger passenger Fold the cover up.
compartment accompanied by

improved stereophonic sound at all To prevent injury in the event of an
seating positions. accident, close the glove com-
The system responds to poor reception partment immediately after use.<
conditions by repeatedly alternating
between the stereo and monophonic To lock
modes. You should then switch the sys- Lock with one of the master keys. A

tem off. master key will also be required to
unlock the glove compartment.

108 Glove compartment Storage compartments
If for example for valet parking
you turn over only your spare key,
refer to page 32, then access to the
locked glove compartment is not possi-

Rechargeable flashlight
The flashlight is located on the left side
of the glove compartment.
It features integral overload-protection,
so it can be left in its holder continu-
Front center armrest Beverage holders, coin box
To avoid completely discharging To open: press the button and fold up. A coin box and two beverage holders
and possibly damaging the flash- are provided in the center console.
light, always ensure that it is switched Additional compartments and
off before inserting it in the socket.< nets*
You will find additional storage com-
partments in the front doors and in the
center console. Storage nets are on the
front seat backrests.
Storage compartments 109

Rear center armrest* Rear center armrest* Storage package*
Without through-loading system: With through-loading system: For your convenience, there are:
The rear center armrest includes a stor- The rear center armrest includes a bev- > Two flip-out sockets on the rear cen-
age compartment, a beverages holder erages holder and a litter bag holder. ter console
and a litter bag holder. > Beverages holder: press > An eyeglasses compartment*, not
1 Storage compartment: pull up shown, in the front center console.

2 Beverages holder: press

110 Cellular phone* Ashtray, front*
Cigarette lighter socket
Suitable for attaching power supplies
for flashlights, car vacuum cleaners,
etc., up to a rating of approx. 200 watts
at 12 volts. Avoid damage to the socket
caused by inserting plugs of different
shapes or sizes.

Hands-free system To empty

On vehicles that are wired for a tele- Press on the edge of the open cover:
phone* or equipped with a communica- the ashtray moves up and can be
tions package*, the cover for the removed.
hands-free microphone is located in the
headliner near the interior lamp. Cigarette lighter
For further information on using your Hold or touch the hot cigarette
cellular phone, refer to the separate lighter by the knob only. Holding
Owner's Manual for the telephone. or touching it in other areas could result
in burns.
The cigarette lighter remains opera-
tional when the ignition key has been
removed. For this reason, children
should never be left in the vehicle unat-

Press lighter 1 in. You can remove the

lighter from its socket for use as soon
as it springs back out.
Ashtray, rear* 111

To empty
Press on the edge of the open cover in
the opening direction: the ashtray
moves up and can be removed.

Loading and transporting
112 Through-loading system*

1. Pull the corresponding lever to 2. The backrest moves forward slightly Rear center 3-point safety belt*
release when released. Reach into the gap You can roll up the rear 3-point belt
and fold it down. before folding back the through-loading
When folding the backrest back
into its original position always > Release the belt and insert its latch in
ensure that the detent engages the recess provided for this purpose
securely. A loose backrest might fail to in the rear tray.
prevent cargo from entering the pas-
senger compartment during sudden
braking or evasive maneuvers, posing a
potential hazard to occupants.<

The fittings at the corners of the lug-

gage compartment provide you with a
convenient means of attaching luggage
compartment nets* and flexible straps
for securing luggage.
Refer also to Cargo loading on
page 114.
Ski bag* 113

The ski bag allows the safe and clean

transport of up to 4 pairs of standard
skis or up to two snowboards.

The length of the ski bag and the addi-
tional space provided in the luggage
compartment make it possible to carry
skis up to 6 ft 10 in / 2.10 m long.
Because of the tapered shape of the

bag, only two pairs of skis longer than
6 ft 10 in / 2.10 m can be carried.

Loading 5. Use the magnetic retainers to attach
Vehicles without through-loading sys- the cover panel to the upper surface
tem: metal surface below rear tray of
the luggage compartment.
1. Fold the center armrest outward.
Loosen the trim from the upper To store the ski bag, perform the above
Velcro fastener and place it on the steps in reverse sequence.

2. Press the button see arrow 1, from
inside the passenger compartment:
this releases the cover panel in the
luggage compartment
3. Press the detent levers inward see
arrows 2 and fold the cover to the

4. Extend the ski bag between the front
seats. The zipper provides conve-
nient access to stored items. It may
be opened to allow the ski bag to dry

114 Ski bag* Cargo loading
Avoid overloading the vehicle so
that the permitted load on the tires
is not exceeded. Overloading can lead
to overheating and internal tire damage.
The ultimate result can assume the
form of a sudden air loss.<

Loading Securing cargo

Vehicles with through-loading system: Secure skis and any other objects
1. Fold the center armrest outward. stored in the bag by tightening the
Loosen the trim from the upper retaining strap at the buckle.<
Velcro fastener and place it on the
armrest Be sure that your skis are clean
2. Press the button downward see before loading them into the bag.
arrow 1 and swing the cover for- Avoid damage from sharp edges during
ward loading.<
3. Extend the ski bag between the front
seats. The zipper provides conve-
nient access to stored items. It may
be opened to allow the ski bag to dry
4. Press the button see arrow 2: the
cover in the luggage compartment is
To store the ski bag, perform the above
steps in reverse sequence.
Cargo loading 115

4. The resulting figure equals the avail-

able amount of cargo and luggage
load capacity.

For example, if the XXX amount
equals 1,400 lbs. and there will be
five 150 lbs. passengers in your vehi-
cle, the amount of available cargo
and luggage load capacity is

650 lbs.:
1,400 lbs. minus 750 lbs. = 650 lbs.
5. Determine the combined weight of
luggage and cargo being loaded on

Determining the maximum load the vehicle. That weight may not Stowing cargo
safely exceed the available cargo
1. Locate the following statement on and luggage load capacity calculated > Load heavy cargo as far forward as
your vehicle's placard*: in Step 4 possible directly behind the back-
6. If your vehicle will be towing a trailer, rests or the luggage compartment
The combined weight of occu- load from your trailer will be trans- partition and as low as possible
pants and cargo should never fered to your vehicle. Consult the > Cover sharp edges and corners
exceed XXX kg or YYY lbs., as this manual for transporting a trailer to > Do not pile objects higher than the

could otherwise result in damage to the determine how this may reduce the top edge of the backrest
vehicle or unstable driving conditions.< available cargo and luggage load
capacity of your vehicle.
2. Determine the combined weight of
the driver and passengers that will be
riding in your vehicle
3. Subtract the combined weight of the

driver and passengers from
XXX kilograms or YYY pounds

116 Cargo loading
Always position and secure loads
correctly. If you do not, the load
can endanger the passengers during
braking or evasive maneuvers.
Do not exceed the approved gross
vehicle weight or the approved axle
loads, refer to page 162. Otherwise the
vehicle's operating safety is no longer
assured and the vehicle will not be in
compliance with the certification regu-
Do not stow heavy or hard objects in
> For transporting very heavy loads Securing cargo the passenger compartment without
when the rear seat is not occupied, securing them. Otherwise they would
> For small, light items, use the rubber- be thrown around during braking and
secure the outer safety belts in the lined, non-skid side of the floor mat
opposite buckles, refer to the illustra- evasive maneuvers and could endanger
or secure using a luggage compart- the passengers.<
tion. ment net* or elastic straps, refer to
page 40
> For large, heavy pieces, see your
BMW center for load-securing
devices*. Anchorages located in the
luggage compartment can be used
for fastening the load-securing
Read and comply with the instructions
enclosed with the load-securing
Roof-mounted luggage rack* 117

You should therefore always remember

not to exceed the approved roof load
capacity, the approved gross vehicle

weight or the axle loads when loading
the rack. These weights are listed under
Technical data on page 162.
Make sure that the load is not too
heavy, and attempt to distribute it

evenly. Always load the heaviest pieces
first so that they are at the bottom. Be
sure that adequate clearance is main-
tained for raising the glass sunroof, and

A special roof-rack system is available that objects do not project into the
as an optional extra for your BMW. opening path of the luggage compart-
Please observe the precautions ment lid.
included with the installation instruc- Secure the roof-mounted luggage cor-
tions. rectly and securely to prevent it from
shifting or being lost during driving.
Anchorages Drive smoothly and avoid sudden

Access to the anchorages: acceleration and braking. Do not corner
To fold up the covers, please use the at high speeds.
tool provided with the roof-rack system. The roof-mounted luggage rack and the
roof load increase the aerodynamic
Loading and driving notes resistance: increased fuel consumption
Roof-mounted luggage racks raise the and additional stress on the vehicle's

center of gravity of the vehicle when body are the result.
they are loaded. For this reason, they
exercise a major effect on the vehicle's
handling and steering response.



Controls and features

Operation, maintenance

Owner service procedures

Technical data


Special operating instructions
120 Break-in procedures
To ensure that your vehicle provides Tires To break in the separate parking brake
maximum economy throughout a long Due to technical factors associated drums, apply the parking brake lightly
service life, we request that you with their manufacture, tires do not when coasting to a standstill at a traf-
observe the following suggestions. achieve their full traction potential until fic signal, for instance use caution to
an initial break-in period has elapsed. avoid posing a danger to other road
Engine and differential Thus drive with extra care during the users.
Up to 1,250 miles/2,000 km: initial 200 miles/300 km. To avoid corrosion, repeat this proce-
Constantly vary both vehicle and engine Obey your local and state maximum dure from time to time.
speeds, remembering not to exceed speed limits.
4,500 rpm or vehicle speeds of over The brake lamps do not come on
100 mph / 160 km/h: When the vehicle is operated on when the parking brake is set.
wet or slushy roads, a wedge of Vacuum for the brake system servo unit
Obey your local and state maximum on your BMW is available only when the
speed limits. water may form between the tire and
the road surface. This phenomenon is engine is running. When you move the
Do not use full throttle, and avoid vehicle with the engine off when tow-
referred to as hydroplaning, and can
pressing the accelerator beyond the ing, for example substantially higher
lead to partial or complete loss of trac-
kickdown point during these initial levels of pedal force will be required to
tion, as well as loss of vehicle control
miles. brake the vehicle.<
and braking effectiveness. Reduce your
You can then proceed to increase speed on wet roads.<
engine or vehicle speeds once the ini- Clutch
tial 1,250 miles/2,000 km have elapsed. Brake system Approx. 300 miles/500 km must elapse
Please remember to observe these Approx. 300 miles/500 km must elapse before the clutch starts to operate at
same break-in procedures if either the before the brake pads and rotors optimum efficiency. Remember to
engine or the differential should have to achieve the optimal pad-surface and engage the clutch carefully during this
be replaced later in the course of the wear patterns required for trouble-free initial period.
vehicle's service life. operation and long service life later on.
General driving notes Antilock Brake System (ABS) 121

Brakes: do not rest your foot on The concept Do not reduce the pressure exerted
the brake pedal while driving. ABS keeps the wheels from locking against the brake pedal until the brak-
Even light but consistent pedal pres- ing maneuver has been completed.

during braking, thereby enhancing
sure can lead to high temperatures, active driving safety. DBC is deactivated when you release
brake wear and possibly even brake the brake pedal.
Braking with ABS
Hydroplaning: when driving on wet or Cornering Brake Control (CBC)
slushy roads, reduce road speed. If you If you are in a situation that requires full
braking, you will exploit the full benefits CBC is an advanced engineering

do not, a wedge of water can form design of the ABS. When braking while
between tires and road surface. This of the ABS system if you apply maxi-
mum pedal pressure panic stop. cornering at high speed or braking dur-
phenomenon can lead to partial or ing high lateral acceleration, or when
complete loss of contact between the Since the vehicle maintains steering
braking during a lane change, vehicle

tires and road surface, as well as loss of responsiveness, you can avoid possible
obstacles with a minimum of steering stability is improved and steering
vehicle control and braking ability. response is enhanced.
Driving through water: do not drive effort, despite the full brake application.
through water on the road if it is deeper Pulsation at the brake pedal combined
than 1 ft/30 cm, and then only at walk- with sounds from the hydraulic circuits
ing speed. Otherwise, the vehicle's indicates to the driver that ABS is in its
engine, the electrical systems and the active mode.
transmission may be damaged.

Rear parcel tray: never use it to store Dynamic Brake Control (DBC)
heavy or hard objects; otherwise, occu-
DBC is included in the DSC, refer to
pants could be injured if the vehicle is
page 87.
braked hard.
Clothes hooks: when hanging clothing The system responds to sudden, high-
from the hooks, be sure that they will intensity applications of force to the
brake pedal by automatically braking

not obstruct the driver's vision. Do not
hang heavy objects on the hooks. If you the vehicle with maximum boost to
do so, they could cause personal injury achieve the shortest possible braking
during braking or evasive maneuvers.< distances during panic stops. This sys-
tem exploits all the benefits of ABS.

122 Brake system
Brake fluid level It is a good idea to periodically dry the Do not coast with the clutch
Low brake fluid level in the reservoir brakes with a gentle application when depressed or with the transmis-
combined with longer than usual pedal driving in rain and on wet roads. Watch sion or selector lever in Neutral. Do not
travel may indicate a defect in one of traffic conditions to ensure that this coast with the engine shut off. The
the brake system's hydraulic circuits. maneuver does not endanger other engine provides no braking effect when
road users. The heat generated in this the clutch is depressed and there is no
Proceed to the nearest BMW cen- process helps dry the pads and rotors power-assist for braking or steering
ter. It may be necessary to apply to ensure that your brake system will when the engine is not running.
higher levels of pressure to the pedal respond with undiminished efficiency 325xi, 330xi: always refer all brake
when stopping and braking distances when you need it. inspection and service work to your
may also be longer. Please remember When descending steep hills and BMW center, as failure to observe the
to adapt your driving style accord- extended grades, downshift to a gear special procedures could result in dam-
ingly.< that will allow you to continue safely age to components of the all-wheel
with only a minimal amount of braking. drive.
This helps avoid placing excessive Never allow floor mats, carpets or any
Disc brakes
loads on the brake system. Use care to other objects to protrude into the area
When the vehicle is driven only occa- around the accelerator, clutch and
avoid exceeding the approved engine-
sionally, during extended periods when brake pedals and obstruct their move-
speed range, refer to page 80.
the vehicle is not used at all, and in ment.<
operating conditions where brake appli-
cations are less frequent, there is an Brake pads
increased tendency for corrosion of the
rotors and accumulation of contamina- For your own safety: use only
tion on the brake pads. This occurs brake pads which BMW has
because the minimal pressure that must approved for your specific vehicle
be exerted by the pads to clean the model. BMW cannot evaluate non-
rotors by brake applications is not approved brake pads to determine if
reached. they are suitable for use, and therefore
cannot ensure the operating safety of
Corrosion on brake rotors is signaled by the vehicle if they are installed.<
a running or pulsation during braking;
even extended subsequent braking will
not cure this phenomenon.
Brake system 123

Portable phone in the vehicle

BMW recommends using mobile com-

munications devices, e.g. portable
phones, inside the vehicle with a suit-
able outside antenna. Otherwise, it can-
not be ruled out that the vehicle elec-
tronics and portable phone may
interfere with each other.

Wheels and tires
124 Tire inflation pressure Tire condition
Information for your safety wall with TWI Tread Wear Indicator. At
The factory-approved tires are matched a tread depth of 1/16 in / 1.6 mm, the
to your vehicle and have been selected indicators signal that the legally permis-
to provide optimum safety and driving sible wear limit has been reached.
comfort when used properly.
It is not merely the tire's service life, but
also driving comfort and above all else
driving safety that depend on the con-
dition of the tires and the maintenance
of the specified tire inflation pressure.
Incorrect tire inflation pressure is a fre-
quent cause of tire damage. Tire pres-
Tire tread tire damage
sure also has a major effect on your
BMW's handling response. Inspect your tires frequently for tread
wear, signs of damage and for foreign
Be sure to check the tire inflation objects lodged in the tread. Check the
pressure, including the space- tread depth.
saver spare tire or the spare tire, on a Tread depth should not be allowed to
regular basis, at least twice a month go below 1/8 in / 3 mm, even though
and before every extended journey, the legally specified minimum tread
refer to page 25. If this is not done, depth is 1/16 in / 1.6 mm.
incorrect tire pressures can cause driv- Below 1/8 in / 3 mm tread depth, there
ing instability and tire damage, ulti- is a great risk of hydroplaning, even at
mately resulting in accidents.< relatively moderate speeds and with
only small amounts of water on the
road. Tread wear indicators in the
tread-groove base see arrow are
distributed around the wheel circumfer-
ence and are labeled on the tire side-
Tire condition Tire replacement 125

Do not drive on a flat tire unless To maintain good handling and vehicle depart significantly from the norm due
your vehicle is equipped with Run response, use only tires of a single to variations in driving habits, service
Flat tires. A flat tire greatly impairs tread configuration from a single manu- practices and differences in road char-

steering and braking response, and can facturer. acteristics and climate.
lead to complete loss of control over Comply with the specified tire inflation
the vehicle. Avoid overloading the vehi- pressures and be sure to have the Traction
cle so that the permitted load on the wheel and tire assembly balanced The traction grades, from highest to
tires is not exceeded. Overloading can every time you change a tire or wheel. lowest, are AA, A, B, and C.

lead to overheating and internal tire
damage. Those grades represent the tire's ability
DOT quality grades to stop on wet pavement as measured
The ultimate result can assume the
form of a sudden air loss. Tread wear under controlled conditions on speci-
fied government test surfaces of

Unusual vibrations encountered during Traction AA A B C
normal vehicle operation can indicate a asphalt and concrete. A tire marked C
Temperature A B C
flat tire or some other vehicle malfunc- may have poor traction.
tion. This type of problem can be All passenger car tires must con-
caused by contact with curbs, etc. This The traction grade assigned to
form to Federal Safety Require-
is also true for abnormalities in the vehi- this tire is based on straight-
ments in addition to these grades.<
cle's handling characteristics, such as a ahead braking traction tests, and does
pronounced tendency to pull to the left not include acceleration, cornering,

Tread wear hydroplaning, or peak traction charac-
or right. Should this occur, respond by
immediately reducing your speed. Pro- The tread wear grade is a comparative teristics.<
ceed carefully to the nearest BMW cen- rating based on the wear rate of the tire
ter or professional tire center, or have when tested under controlled condi- Temperature
the vehicle towed in to have it, its tions on a specified government test
The temperature grades are A the
wheels or its tires inspected. course.
highest B, and C, representing the

Tire damage up to and including sud- For example, a tire graded 150 would tire's resistance to the generation of
den and complete air loss can endan- wear one and one-half 1 1/2 times as heat and its ability to dissipate heat
ger the lives of both the vehicle occu- well on the government course as a tire when tested under controlled condi-
pants and other road users.< graded 100. The relative performance tions on a specified indoor laboratory
of tires depends upon the actual condi- test wheel.

tions of their use, however, and may
126 Tire replacement
Sustained high temperature can cause BMW advises against using For more information on Run Flat tires,
the material of the tire to degenerate retreaded tires, since driving refer to page 150.
and reduce tire life, and excessive tem- safety may be impaired. This is due to
perature can lead to sudden tire failure. the possible variations in casing struc- Run Flat tires are available only in
The grade C corresponds to a level of tures and, in some cases, to their combination with the Flat Tire
performance which all passenger car extreme age, which can lead to a Monitor.<
tires must meet under the Federal decrease in their durability.<
Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 109.
Grades B and A represent higher levels Tire age
of performance on the laboratory test The date on which the tire was manu-
wheel than the minimum required by factured is indicated by the code on the
law. sidewall:

The temperature grade for this tire DOT... 3603 indicates that the tire was
is established for a tire that is manufactured in week 36 of the year
properly inflated and not overloaded. 2003.
Excessive speed, underinflation, or BMW recommends the replacement of
excessive loading, either separately or all tires including the spare tire*
in combination, can cause heat buildup when the tires are no more than 6 years
and possible tire failure.< old, even if a tire life of 10 years is pos-
Uniform Tire Quality Grading
Quality grades can be found where Run Flat tires*
applicable on the tire sidewall between Before purchasing tires, check if your
tread shoulder and maximum section BMW is equipped with Run Flat tires.
width. For example: These are indicated by a circular sym-
Tread wear 200 bol containing the letters RSC on the
tire sidewall, refer to Changing a wheel.
Traction AA In this case, use only Run Flat tires,
Temperature A since no spare wheel is available in the
event of a flat.
Wheel and tire combinations Winter tires 127

The right choice The correct wheel and tire combi- Choosing the right tire
BMW recommends using only nation affects various systems BMW recommends the use of winter
that would otherwise be impaired, for

wheels and tires that have been tires for operation under winter road
approved by BMW for use on your par- example ABS, DSC and ADB-X/DBC. conditions. While all-season tires with
ticular model. Although other wheels For this reason, use only tires of the M+S designation provide better winter
and tires may theoretically have the same manufacture and tread configura- traction than the corresponding sum-
same dimensions, variations in factors tion. In the event of a flat tire, for exam- mer tires, they generally do not achieve
such as manufacturing tolerances can ple, remount the approved wheel and the performance of winter tires.

result in contact between tire and body- tire combination as soon as possible.< In the interest of safe tracking and
work, ultimately leading to serious acci- steering response, install winter tires
dents. BMW cannot evaluate all tires Storage
made by the same manufacturer and
and wheels on the market, and is thus Always store tires in a cool, dry place. having the same tread configuration on

unable to guarantee that the vehicle will Store them away from light whenever all four wheels.
continue to perform safely if unap- possible. Protect the tires against con-
proved tires and/or wheels are tact with oil, grease and fuel. Never exceed the maximum
mounted.< Do not exceed the maximum tire infla- speed for which the winter tires
tion pressures specified on the tire are rated.
For each tire size, BMW has assessed sidewall. Unprofessional attempts by laymen to
the safe performance of specific tire service tires can lead to damage and

brands and approved them for use. accidents.
Consult any BMW center for details. Have this work performed by trained
Comply with any local/national regula- professionals only. Any BMW center
tions, for example by recording the tire has the required technical knowledge
type in the vehicle documents. and the proper equipment and will be
happy to assist you.<

Run Flat tires*
Before purchasing winter tires, check if
your BMW is eqipped with Run Flat
tires. These are indicated by a circular

symbol containing the letters RSC on
128 Winter tires
the tire sidewall, refer to Changing a 325xi, 330xi: only in an emergency for
wheel. In this case, use only Run Flat instance, with the vehicle stuck on one
winter tires, since no spare tire is pro- side, or when obstructions make it
vided in the event of a flat tire. impossible to reach one tire a chain
may also be mounted on just one tire
Tire condition, tire pressure for the limited period needed to resolve
At tread depths below approx. 3/16 in / the problem.
4 mm, winter tires display a perceptible Comply with all manufacturer's safety
decrease in their ability to cope with precautions when mounting the chains.
winter driving conditions, and should be Do not exceed a speed of 30 mph /
replaced in the interest of safety. 50 km/h when using snow chains.
Comply with the specified tire inflation You cannot mount snow chains on the
pressures and be sure to have the following tires:
wheel and tire assembly balanced 225/50 R 16
every time you change a tire or wheel.
225/45 R 17
Snow chains* 225/40 R 18

Only certain snow chains have been 245/40 R 17

tested by BMW and determined and 255/35 R 18
approved as roadworthy. Consult any
BMW center for details. BMW recom- Do not initialize the Flat Tire Moni-
mends using only these approved fine- tor after mounting snow chains to
link snow chains. Use them in pairs on the tires.
either summer or winter tires, but only When driving with snow chains, it may
on both rear wheels. be useful to turn off the DSC for a short
time, refer to page 88 or 89.<
In the engine compartment
Hood 129

To release 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 of
hand side of the instrument panel. hood. about 1 ft/30 cm so that it audibly
Do not attempt to service your
vehicle if you do not have the To avoid injuries, be sure that the
required technical background. Failure travel path of the hood is clear

to work in an informed, professional when it is closed, following the same
manner when servicing components safety precautions used in all closing
and materials constitutes a safety haz- procedures.
ard for vehicle occupants and other If you notice while driving that the hood
road users. If you are not familiar with is not completely closed, stop immedi-
the guidelines, BMW recommends that ately and close it securely.<
you have the operations performed by

your BMW center.<

130 Engine compartment essentials
Engine compartment essentials 131

1 Brake fluid reservoir 134

2 Engine oil dipstick 132

3 Coolant expansion tank 134
4 Reservoir for the headlamp and
windshield washer system 132
5 Engine oil filler neck 133
6 Auxiliary terminal for jump-

starting 153

132 Washer fluids Engine oil
The oil volume between the two marks
on the dipstick corresponds to approx.
1.1 US quarts/1 liter. Do not fill beyond
the upper mark on the dipstick. Excess
oil will damage the engine.

Headlamp* and windshield Checking the oil level

washer system 1. Park the vehicle on a level surface
Capacity approx. 2. Switch the engine off after it has
5.6 US quarts/5.3 liters reached normal operating tempera-
Fill with water and, if required, with a ture
washer antifreeze additive according to 3. After approx. 5 minutes, pull the dip-
manufacturer's recommendations. stick out and wipe it off with a clean
lint-free cloth, paper towel, or similar
We recommend that you mix the material
washer fluid before adding it to 4. Carefully push the dipstick all the
the reservoir.< way into the guide tube and pull it
out again
Antifreeze agents for the washer 5. The oil level should be between the
fluid are highly flammable. For this two marks on the dipstick.
reason, keep them away from sources As with fuel economy, oil consumption
of flame and store them only in their is directly influenced by your driving
closed original containers. Store them style and vehicle operating conditions.
inaccessible to children. Comply with
the instructions on the containers.<
Engine oil 133

Continuous exposure to used oil Ask your BMW center for details
has caused cancer in laboratory concerning the specific BMW
testing. For this reason, any skin areas High Performance Synthetic Oil or syn-

that come into contact with oil should thetic oils that have been approved.<
be thoroughly washed with soap and
water. You can also call BMW of North
Store oils, grease and similar materials America toll-free at 1-800-831-1117 or
so that they are inaccessible to chil- visit this website: to

dren. Comply with warning labels and obtain this information.
information on containers.<
Viscosity ratings
Comply with the applicable envi- Viscosity is the oilflow rating as estab-

Adding engine oil ronmental laws regulating the dis- lished in SAE classes.
posal of used oil.<
Only add engine oil when the oil level The selection of the correct SAE class
has dropped to just above the lower Specified engine oils depends on the climatic conditions in
mark on the dipstick. the area where you drive your BMW.
The quality of the engine oil is
BMW engines are designed to extremely important for the operation Approved oils are in SAE classes
operate without oil additives; the and service life of an engine. Based on 5W-40 and 5W-30.<

use of additives could lead to damage extensive testing, BMW has approved
in some cases. This also applies to the only certain grades of engine oil. These kinds of oil may be used for driv-
manual transmission, the automatic Use only approved BMW High Perfor- ing in all ambient temperatures.
transmission, the differential, and the mance Synthetic Oil.
power steering system.< If an approved BMW High Performance
Synthetic Oil should be unavailable, you
Recommendation: have the oil changed

may use small volumes of other syn-
at your BMW center. thetic oils for topping up between oil
changes. Use only oils with the specifi-
cation API SH or higher.

134 Coolant Brake fluid
Do not add coolant to the cooling
system when the engine is hot. If
you attempt to do so, escaping coolant
can cause burns.
Antifreeze and anti-corrosion agents
are hazardous to health. You should
always store them in closed original
containers and in a location which is
out of reach of children. Antifreeze and
anti-corrosion agents are inflammable.
For this reason, do not spill them on hot
engine parts. They could ignite and
cause serious burns. Comply with the Checking the coolant level and Indicator lamp
instructions on the containers.<
adding coolant The brake warning lamp comes
Comply with the applicable envi- Check the coolant level when the on when the parking brake is
ronmental laws regulating the dis- engine is cold, approx. 68 7/+206. not engaged: the brake fluid
posal of antifreeze agents with corro- 1. Open the cap for the expansion tank level is too low, refer to page 18.
sion inhibitor.< by turning it slightly counterclock- Brake warning lamp for Cana-
wise to allow accumulated pressure dian models.
to escape, then open
2. The coolant level is correct when the Adding brake fluid
upper end of the red float is at least For adding brake fluid or for determin-
even with the upper edge of the filler ing and correcting the cause of brake
neck; see arrow. The end of the float fluid loss, consult your BMW center.
may stick out by a maximum of Your BMW center is familiar with the
3/4 in / 2 cm that is, up to the sec- specifications for factory-approved
ond mark on the float brake fluids DOT 4.
3. If necessary, add coolant. If the cool-
Brake fluid loss results in extended
ant is low, slowly add coolant until
pedal travel. Refer to the information on
the correct level is reached do not
page 122.
Brake fluid 135

Brake fluid is hygroscopic, that is,

it absorbs moisture from the air
over time.

In order to ensure the brake system's
safety and reliability, have the brake
fluid changed every two years by a
BMW center. Refer to the Service and
Warranty Information Booklet for US

models or the Warranty and Service
Guide Booklet for Canadian models.
Brake fluid is toxic and damages the
vehicle's paint. You should always store

it in its closed original container and in
a location which is out of reach of chil-
Do not spill the brake fluid and do not
fill the brake fluid reservoir beyond the
MAX mark. The brake fluid could ignite
upon contact with hot engine parts and
cause serious burns.<

Comply with the applicable envi-
ronmental laws regulating
the disposal of brake fluid.<

136 The BMW Maintenance System
The BMW Maintenance System has This service strategy accurately reflects
been designed as a reliable means of your own vehicle's specific needs by
providing maximum driving and operat- defining maintenance intervals accord-
ing safety and as cost-effectively as ing to individual operating conditions.
possible for you. Minimal use drivers those who drive
Please keep in mind that regular main- significantly fewer than
tenance is not only necessary for the 6,200 miles/10,000 km annually
safety of your vehicle, but also plays a should have the engine oil changed at
significant role in maintaining the resale least every 2 years since oil deterio-
value of the vehicle. rates over time, regardless of use.

Service and Warranty Information

Service interval display Booklet for US models/
Warranty and Service Guide
While conventional systems rely on
milage alone to determine when service Booklet for Canadian models
is due, the BMW Maintenance System For additional information on required
reflects the actual conditions under maintenance intervals and procedures,
which the vehicle is operated: some please refer to the Service and War-
miles are more strenuous than others. ranty Information Booklet for US mod-
From a maintenance point of view, els, or the Warranty and Service Guide
62,000 miles/100,000 km accumulated Booklet for Canadian models.
in short-distance urban driving are not As a precaution against corrosion, if
the equivalent of the same distance your vehicle is exposed to potential
covered at moderate cruising speeds in damage from unimproved road sur-
long-distance highway travel. faces we suggest that you have the
The BMW Maintenance System body checked for damage from stone
includes the Engine Oil Service and chips and gravel at the same time.
Inspections I and II.
The BMW Maintenance System 137

Have your BMW center perform

maintenance and repair.
Be sure that all maintenance work is

recorded in the Service and Warranty
Information Booklet for US models, or
in the Warranty and Service Guide
Booklet for Canadian models. These
entries confirm that your vehicle has

benefitted from regular maintenance,
and are also required for warranty

You can find everything you need to
know on this topic by consulting the
separate Caring for your vehicle bro-

Laws and regulations
138 California Proposition 65 warning OBD interface socket
California laws require us to state the
following warning:

Engine exhaust and a wide variety

of automobile components and
parts, including components found in
the interior furnishings in a vehicle, con-
tain or emit chemicals known to the
State of California to cause cancer and
birth defects and reproductive harm. In
addition, certain fluids contained in
vehicles and certain products of com-
ponent wear contain or emit chemicals The interface socket for onboard diag-
known to the State of California to nostics is located on the left-hand side
cause cancer and birth defects or other of the driver's side, behind a specially
reproductive harm. marked cover located beneath the
Battery posts, terminals and related instrument panel. The cover has the let-
accessories contain lead and lead com- ters OBD on it.
pounds. Wash your hands after hand-
ling. This interface makes it possible to
Used engine oil contains chemicals that access data on emissions-related com-
have caused cancer in laboratory ani- ponents using special equipment.
mals. Always protect your skin by An illuminated indicator informs
washing thoroughly with soap and you of the need for service, not
water.< that you need to stop the vehi-
cle. However, the systems should be
checked by your BMW center at the
earliest possible opportunity.
If the indicator blinks or flashes, this
indicates a high level of engine misfire.
Reduce speed and contact the nearest
BMW center immediately. Severe
OBD interface socket 139

engine misfiring for even a short period

of time can seriously damage emission
control system components, especially

the catalytic converter.
ing lamp for Canadian models.

If the gas cap is not on tight

enough, the OBD system can
detect leaking vapor and the indicator
will light up. If the gas cap is then tight-
ened, the indicator will usually go out

after a short period of time.<



Controls and features

Operation, maintenance

Owner service procedures

Technical data


Replacement procedures
142 Onboard tool kit Windshield wiper blades

The onboard tool kit is located in the 1. Switch off the engine
luggage compartment lid. 2. Fold the wiper arm completely out
Loosen the wing nut to open. from the windshield
3. Position the wiper blade at an angle
and pull the release spring see
4. Fold the wiper blade down and
unhook it toward the windshield
5. Pull the wiper blade past the wiper
arm toward the top
6. Insert a new wiper blade and apply
pressure until you hear it engage.
Lamps and bulbs 143

The lamps and bulbs make essential Insert the new bulb as shown in
contributions to the safety of your vehi- the inset.
cle. Therefore, proceed carefully when When attaching the bulb holder, ensure

handling bulbs. BMW recommends that that the lock snaps in place properly.<
you have such work performed by your
BMW center if you are not familiar with When cleaning the headlamps,
the procedures. please follow the instructions in
the Caring for your vehicle brochure.<

Do not touch the glass portion of
a new bulb with your bare hands Xenon lamps*
since even small amounts of impurities The service life of these bulbs is very
burn in to the surface and reduce the long and the probability of a failure is

service life of the bulb. Use a clean Low beams and high beams very low, provided that they are not
cloth, paper napkin, or a similar mate- switched on and off an unusual number
rial, or hold the bulb by its metallic Engine compartment, left side:
of times. If one of these bulbs should
base.< 1 Low beams nevertheless fail, it is possible to con-
2 High beams tinue driving with great caution using
A replacement bulb set is available from the fog lamps, provided local traffic
H7 bulb, 55 watts
your BMW center. laws do not prohibit this.

The H7 bulb is pressurized. There-
Before working on the electrical Because of the extremely high
fore, wear safety glasses and pro-
system, switch off the electrical voltages involved, any work on the
tective gloves. Failure to comply with
accessory you are working on or dis-
this precaution could lead to injury if the xenon lighting system, including bulb-
connect the cable from the negative changing, should be carried out by
bulb is damaged.<
terminal of the battery. Failure to technically-qualified personnel only.
observe this precaution could result in Otherwise, there is a risk of fatal
1. Turn the two release catches at the

short circuits. injury.<
front to the left see arrow to
To prevent injuries and damage, com-
remove the bulb holder
ply with any instructions provided by
2. Remove and replace the bulb.
the bulb manufacturer.<

144 Lamps and bulbs

Parking lamps Front turn signal indicators 5. Align the lamp assembly's two ridges
5 watt bulb 21 watt bulb and the centering pin with the guides
on the vehicle when installing
Engine compartment, left side: 1. Extend a screwdriver through the 6. Slide in the lamp, applying gentle
1. Turn the bulb holder to the left and upper opening and loosen the screw, pressure to seat it firmly
remove continuing until you can extract the 7. Tighten the screw.
2. Remove and replace the bulb. bulb by removing it from the front
2. Disconnect the plug
3. Apply gentle pressure and turn the
bulb toward the letters AUF refer to
the marking on the housing then
remove it for replacement
4. Connect the plug
Lamps and bulbs 145

Side turn signal indicators Rear lamps Right-hand luggage compartment
5 watt bulb 1 Brake lamp opening:
1. Press the back edge of the lamp 2 Backup lamp Bulbs in the fender:
toward the front with the tip of your 3 Tail lamp All of the bulbs are integrated in a cen-
finger and remove tral bulb holder.
4 Turn signal indicator
2. Apply gentle pressure to the bulb 1. Unscrew the bulb holder see arrow
while turning it to the left to remove. Bulbs: 21 watt

in close-up view to remove
2. Unplug the power supply plug. Set
the bulb holder aside on the lug-
gage compartment floor, for example
3. Applying light pressure, turn the bulb
to the left. Remove and replace the

4. Plug in the power supply fitting
5. Screw the bulb holder back on see
arrow in close-up view.

146 Lamps and bulbs

Bulbs in the luggage compartment lid: 2. Swing trim panel down see arrow 1. Center high-mount brake lamp
1. Use a screwdriver to release the two Release the bulb holder see LED strip on the rear window.
clips arrow 2 and remove it
3. Applying light pressure, turn the bulb Please contact your BMW center in
to the left. Remove and replace the case of malfunction.
4. Press the bulb holder into place,
continuing until you hear it engage
5. Reinstall the trim panel with the clips.
Lamps and bulbs Changing a wheel 147

Safety precautions in the event of height and reduce its support capacity.
a flat tire or wheel change: Do not lie under the vehicle or start the
Stop the vehicle as far as possible from engine when the vehicle is supported

passing traffic. Park on a firm, flat, sur- by the jack. There is otherwise a risk of
face. Switch on the hazard warning fatal injury.<
flashers. Turn the steering wheel to the
straight-ahead position and engage the Your BMW is equipped with a spare tire
steering lock. Shift into 1st or Reverse, or a space-saver spare tire designed for

or if you have an automatic transmis- temporary use in maintaining the vehi-
sion position the selector lever in Park, cle's mobility in an emergency.
and engage the parking brake.
All passengers should be outside the To remove the spare tire, lift the

License plate lamps vehicle and well away from your imme- floor panel in the luggage com-
diate working area, behind a guardrail, partment completely out, refer to
5 watt bulb for example. page 40.<
1. Place a screwdriver in the slot and If a warning triangle or portable hazard
press toward the left to release the warning lamp is available, set it up on
lens the roadside at an appropriate distance
2. Replace the bulb. from the rear of the vehicle. Comply
with all safety guidelines and regula-

Change the wheel only on a level, firm
surface which is not slippery. Avoid
jacking the vehicle on a soft or slippery
support surface snow, ice, loose
gravel, etc. as either the vehicle or the

jack could slip sideways.
Position the jack on a firm support sur-
Do not place wooden blocks or similar
objects under the jack. They could pre-

vent the jack from extending to its full
148 Changing a wheel
securely in front of the tire. If the
wheel must be changed on a sur-
face with a more severe slope, take
additional precautions to secure
the vehicle from rolling
3. Wheels with full wheel covers*:
Reach into the ventilation openings
and pull the cover off
4. Loosen the lug bolts by rotating
half a turn

What you will need > Spare tire or space-saver spare tire
In order to avoid rattling noises later, located next to the jack
note the position of the tools when you Loosen the wing nut by hand, remove
remove them and return them to their the storage shelf and take the wheel
original position when you are done out
using them. > Lug wrench in the onboard tool kit
on the underside of the luggage com-
> Jack 1 partment lid, refer to page 142.
Lift the floor panel within the luggage
compartment, refer to page 40, and
undo the red wing nut.
When you have completed work, 1. Read and comply with the safety
screw the jack all the way back precautions provided on the previ-
down. Fold the handle back and ous page
insert it in its holder 2. Secure the vehicle to prevent it
> Chock 2 from rolling:
Located behind the jack on the wall Place the wedge against the rear
in the luggage compartment. Loosen surface of the front tire on the side
the wing nut to remove it opposite the side being raised. If
the vehicle is parked on a down-
ward slope, place the wedge
Changing a wheel 149

5. Position the jack at the jacking 8. Remove accumulations of mud or 13. Wheels with full wheel covers*:
point closest to the flat tire with the dirt from the mounting surfaces of place the wheel cover with the
jack base vertically below the jack- the wheel and hub. Clean the lug valve opening over the valve. Use
ing point and the entire surface of bolts both hands to press the cover
the head of the jack moves into the 9. Position the new wheel or the securely onto the rim
square recess of the jacking point space-saver spare tire on the hub 14. Check and correct the tire inflation
refer to the detail in the next illus- and screw at least two lug bolts fin- pressure at the earliest opportunity.

tration when the jack is cranked ger-tight into opposite bolt holes Vehicles with Flat Tire Monitor:
6. Jack the vehicle up until the wheel 10. Screw in the remaining lug bolts. after mounting the spare tire or
you are changing is raised from the Screw in all the bolts in a diagonal correcting the tire inflation pres-
ground pattern sure, reinitialize the system, refer to
7. Unscrew the lug bolts and remove 11. Lower the jack and remove it from page 92.
the wheel beneath the vehicle Protect valve stems and valves from dirt
12. Tighten the lug bolts securely in a using screw-on valve stem caps. Dirty

diagonal pattern valve stems frequently lead to slow
pressure loss.

150 Changing a wheel Run Flat tires*
Do not attempt to install the full Driving with the space-saver
wheel cover on the space-saver spare tire
spare tire, since this could damage the
Drive cautiously. Do not exceed a
speed of 50 mph / 80 km/h.
The vehicle jack is designed for Be aware that vehicle handling may be
changing wheels only. Do not altered. Anticipate, e.g., reduced track-
attempt to raise another vehicle model ing during braking, longer braking dis-
with it or to raise any other type of load. tances, and changed steering charac-
To do so could cause accidents and teristics when approaching limit
personal injury. conditions. These handling characteris-
To ensure continued safety, have the tics will be even more pronounced if
tightness of the torque bolts checked winter tires are mounted.
Run Flat tires are labeled on the side-
with a calibrated lug wrench torque wall with a circular symbol containing
specification: 88.5 lb ft/120 Nm at the Only one space-saver spare tire
may be mounted at one time. the letters RSC. Run Flat tires consist of
earliest opportunity.< self-supporting tires and special rims.
Mount a wheel and tire of the original
size at the earliest possible opportu- The tire reinforcement ensures that
When storing a wheel in the spare tire driving remains possible to a restricted
recess, take care to avoid bending the nity.<
degree in the event of pressure drop or
threaded rod. even if the tire is deflated.
Driving with a spare tire*
If light-alloy wheels other than original
BMW light-alloy wheels have been For certain wheel/tire combina- When mounting or replacing sum-
mounted, it may be necessary to use tions, the size of the spare tire will mer tires with winter tires, or vice
different lug bolts for those wheels. differ from that of the remaining tires. versa, use Run Flat tires since no spare
The spare tire is fully functional at all wheel is available in the event of a flat.
Replace the defective tire as soon as
loads and speeds. However, the spare In this event, BMW recommends con-
possible and have the new wheel/tire
tire should be replaced at the earliest sulting your BMW center. Your BMW
possible opportunity in order to achieve center has the information needed for
the original operating conditions.< working with Run Flat tires and is
equipped with the necessary special
Run Flat tires* Battery Fuses 151

Driving with a damaged tire Maintenance

Depending on the cargo load, Run Flat The battery is maintenance-free, that is,

tires allow you to continue driving at a the original electrolyte will normally last
maximum speed of 50 mph / 80 km/h. If for the service life of the battery under
there is a total loss of tire inflation pres- moderate climatic conditions.
sure, 0 psi/0 kPa, or obvious tire dam-
age, you can determine the distance Please consult your BMW center
you may continue driving based on the whenever you have any questions

following values: concerning the battery.<
> With a light load:
1 to 2 persons without luggage: Charging the battery
approx. 150 miles/250 km

When charging the battery in the vehi-
> With a medium load: cle, leave the engine off at all times. You will find the fuses and information
2 persons, luggage compartment full; Connect the charge cables to the termi- on their respective allocation in the
or 5 persons without luggage: nals in the engine compartment. For glove compartment behind a panel with
approx. 100 miles/150 km terminal locations, refer to Jump-start- two snap clips.
> With a full load: ing on page 153.
5 persons, luggage compartment full: Do not attempt to repair a blown
approx. 30 miles/50 km. fuse or replace it with a fuse

having a different color or amperage
Return used batteries to a recy- rating. To do this could cause a fire in
Drive cautiously. Do not exceed a
cling point or your BMW center. the vehicle resulting from a circuit over-
speed of 50 mph / 80 km/h. Be
Maintain the battery in an upright posi- load.<
aware that vehicle handling will be
tion for transport and storage. Secure
altered when there is a loss in inflation
the battery against tilting during trans-
pressure. Anticipate, e.g., reduced
tracking during braking, longer braking

distances and changed steering char-
For safety reasons, BMW recommends
not having damaged Run Flat tires
repaired. In this case, consult your

BMW center.<
Giving and receiving assistance
152 Receiving assistance
The BMW Group's Mobile Service If the indicator lamp is flashing but you
offers you 24-hour assistance in the cannot hear the emergency call center,
event of a breakdown, even on week- you may still be heard by the emer-
ends and holidays. gency call center.
The telephone numbers of the Mobile
Service control center in your country For technical reasons, the emer-
are listed in the BMW Dealer Directory. gency call function cannot be
guaranteed in certain unfavorable con-
If your vehicle has the necessary equip-
ment, you can contact the Mobile Ser-
vice or issue an emergency call using
If certain requirements are met, an
buttons in the interior rearview mirror.
emergency call is automatically initiated
When an emergency call is initiated, a after a serious accident. The automatic
Fold down the cover.
telephone connection is established emergency call will not be hindered by
with the general emergency call center. 1 Emergency call pressing the button.
In vehicles with activated BMW Assist 2 Mobile Service
function, a telephone connection is set Requirements for initiating an emer- Mobile Service*
up to the BMW Assist emergency call gency call or contacting Mobile Service: To establish contact with the BMW
center. If the current location of your > The car phone is registered with a Group's Mobile Service:
vehicle can be determined, this location mobile network Press button 2 for at least 2 seconds.
is transmitted to the BMW Assist emer- > The emergency call system is opera-
gency call center. The indicator lamp above the buttons
lights up. As soon as a telephone con-
nection has been set up with the Mobile
Initiating an emergency call* Service, the indicator lamp flashes.
Press button 1 for at least 2 seconds. Depending on the country you are in,
The indicator lamp above the buttons your vehicle's current location will also
lights up. As soon as a telephone con- be transmitted if your vehicle is
nection has been set up to the main equipped with an activated BMW Assist
emergency call center, the indicator function.
lamp flashes.
Jump-starting 153

When your battery is discharged you 2. Connect one terminal clamp of the
can use two jumper cables to start your plus/+ jumper cable to the positive
vehicle with power from the battery in a terminal of the battery or to an auxil-

second vehicle. You can also use the iary jump-starting terminal of the
same method to help start another support vehicle
vehicle. Only use jumper cables with 3. Connect the second terminal clamp
fully insulated handles on the terminal of the plus/+ jumper cable to the
clamps. positive terminal of the battery or to

an auxiliary jump-starting terminal of
Do not touch high-voltage wiring the vehicle to be started
and cables on a running engine. 4. Your BMW is equipped with a special
Contact with components carrying high nut see arrow 2 to serve as the

voltage can be harmful or fatal. Care- Connecting the jumper cables ground or negative terminal.
fully observe the following instructions Attach a terminal clamp of the
to avoid personal injury and/or damage Always adhere to this sequence minus/ jumper cable to the negative
to one or both vehicles.< when connecting jumper cables; terminal of the support vehicle's bat-
failure to observe this procedure can tery or to a suitable ground on its
Preparations lead to sparking and pose an injury haz- engine or bodywork
ard.< 5. Attach the second terminal clamp of
1. Check whether the battery of the
the minus/ jumper cable to the neg-

support vehicle has 12 volts and The auxiliary jump-starting terminal
approximately the same capacity ative terminal of the battery or to a
located in your BMW's engine compart- suitable ground on the engine or
measured in Ah. This information is ment acts as the positive battery termi-
provided on the battery bodywork of the vehicle to be
nal. Refer to the engine compartment started.
2. Stop the engine of the support vehi- overview on page 130. The cover of this
cle auxiliary terminal is marked with a +.
3. Switch off all electrical components Starting the engine

in both vehicles. 1. Open the cover of the BMW auxiliary 1. Start the engine of the support vehi-
jump-starting terminal. Do so by pull- cle and let it run for several minutes
Make absolutely certain that there ing the tab see arrow 1 at a slightly elevated engine idle
is no contact between the body- speed
work of the two vehicles. Otherwise

there is a short circuit hazard.<
154 Jump-starting Towing the vehicle
2. Start the engine of the other vehicle Always observe all applicable
as usual. towing laws and regulations.<
If the first start attempt is not suc-
cessful, wait a few minutes before
another attempt in order to allow the
discharged battery to recharge
3. Allow the engines to run for several
4. Disconnect the jumper cables in
reverse sequence.
Depending on the cause of the fault,
have the battery checked and
recharged by your BMW center. Towing with a commercial tow
Do not use spray starter fluids to
> Use wheel lift or flat bed carrier
start the engine.<
> Do not tow with sling-type equip-

Never allow passengers to ride in

a towed vehicle for any reason.
Never attach tie-down hooks, chains,
straps, or tow hooks to tie rods, control
arms, or any other part of the vehicle
suspension, as severe damage to these
components will occur, possibly lead-
ing to accidents.<
Towing the vehicle 155

Towing the vehicle with the front Towing eyelet

axle raised The screw-in towing eyelet is stored in

Vehicles with automatic transmission: the onboard tool kit; be sure that it
1. Maximum towing speed: maximum remains in the vehicle at all times. It can
45 mph / 70 km/h be attached at the front or rear of the
2. Maximum towing distance: maximum vehicle. The towing eyelet should not
90 miles/150 km. be used to pull a vehicle out of deep
snow, mud, sand, etc.

Vehicles with sequential manual gear-
box SMG: Always observe all applicable towing
laws and regulations.
While the ignition is on move the selec-
tor lever to position N, then turn off the

ignition. Access to tow sockets
325xi, 330xi: towing the vehicle
Press out the cover panel with a screw-
with the front or rear axle raised
driver inserted in the recess at the top.
1. Place the transmission in Neutral
2. Switch off the engine
3. Maximum towing speed:

30 mph / 50 km/h
4. Maximum towing distance:
90 miles/150 km.

Remove the rear driveshaft for

longer towing distances with the

front axle lifted; remove the front drive-
shaft for towing over longer distances
with the rear axle lifted. Failure to com-
ply with this will result in damage to the
transfer box.<

156 Towing the vehicle
Avoid staggered towing and be
careful that the towing strap is
taut before starting to drive the vehicle
doing the towing.<

Use only a nylon towing strap to tow

the vehicle, since the inherent resil-
ience of this material helps protect both
vehicles from sudden jerking move-

The towed vehicle should always

Rear: be the lighter of the two vehicles.
If this is not the case, it will not be pos-
Press out the cover panel with a screw- sible to control vehicle handling.<
driver inserted in the recess at the top.
Use only the towing eyelet sup-
plied with the vehicle and screw it For instructions on jump-starting, refer
in firmly until it stops. Use the towing to page 153.
eyelet for towing on paved roads only. If Never attempt to use your vehicle to
you do not follow these instructions, the push another vehicle, since damage to
towing eyelet could be torn out and the energy-absorbing bumpers could
vehicle damage could occur. Never result.
attach tie-down hooks, chains, straps,
or tow hooks to tie rods, control arms,
or any other part of the vehicle suspen-
sion, as severe damage to these com-
ponents will occur, possibly leading to

Index Data Repairs Maintenance Controls Overview



Controls and features

Operation, maintenance

Owner service procedures

Technical data


160 Engine data

320i 325i, 325xi 330i, 330xi

Displacement cu in/cm 3 132.5/2,171 152.2/2,494 181.8/2,979
Number of cylinders 6 6 6
Maximum power output hp 168 184 225
at engine speed rpm 6,100 6,000 5,900
Max. torque lb ft/Nm 155/210 175/237 214/290
at engine speed rpm 3,500 3,500 3,500
Compression ratio 10.8 10.5 10.2
Stroke in/mm 2.83/72 2.95/75 3.53/89.6
Bore in/mm 3.15/80 3.31/84 3.31/84
Fuel mixture preparation Digital electronic engine-management
system (DME)

325xi, 330xi: power can be tested only on a suitable dynamometer.


Index Data Repairs Maintenance Controls Overview

162 Weights

320i 325i 325xi 330i 330xi

Curb weight
with manual transmission/SMG lbs/kg 3,142/1,425 3,219/1,460 3,461/1,570 3,285/1,490 3,483/1,580
with automatic transmission lbs/kg 3,219/1,460 3,307/1,500 3,527/1,600 3,362/1,525 3,538/1,605
Approved gross vehicle weight
with manual transmission/SMG lbs/kg 4,200/1,905 4,277/1,940 4,520/2,050 4,343/1,970 4,541/2,060
with automatic transmission lbs/kg 4,277/1,940 4,365/1,980 4,586/2,080 4,420/2,005 4,597/2,085
Approved front axle load lbs/kg 1,973/895 1,984/900 2,183/990 2,006/910 2,161/980
Approved rear axle load lbs/kg 2,359/1,070 2,425/1,100 2,469/1,120 2,469/1,120 2,491/1,130
Approved roof load capacity lbs/kg 165/75 165/75 165/75 165/75 165/75
Luggage compartment capacity cu ft/l 15.5/440 15.5/440 15.5/440 15.5/440 15.5/440

Approved axle loads and approved gross vehicle weight must never be exceeded.
Capacities 163

Fuel tank gal./liters approx. 16.6/63 Fuel specification, refer to page 25

Reserve gal./liters approx. 2.1/8
Windshield/ quarts/liters approx. 5.6/5.3 Specifications, refer to page 132
Headlamp washer reservoir
Engine oil and filter change quarts/liters 320i, 325i, 330i: BMW High Performance
approx. 6.9/6.5 Synthetic Oil

325xi, 330xi: Specifications, refer to page 132
approx. 6.6/6.2
Manual and automatic transmission, Lifetime lubricant, no oil change

transfer box and differential required



Controls and features

Operation, maintenance

Owner service procedures

Technical data


Everything from A to Z
A Air supply Artificial leather, refer to the Automatic transmission with
ABS Antilock Brake air conditioning 100 Caring for your vehicle Steptronic 73
System 121 automatic climate brochure indicator lamp 19, 75
indicator lamp 18 control 104 Ashtray interlock 65
Acceleration assistant 72 Air, drying, refer to Air con- front 110 selector lever lock 73
Accessories, refer to For ditioning mode 100, 104 rear 111 shiftlock 73
your own safety 5 Airbags 57 Assistant systems, refer to Automatic windshield
Accident, refer to Emer- indicator lamp 18, 59 Dynamic Stability Control washer, refer to Rain sen-
gency call 152 sitting safely 47 (DSC) 87 sor 77
Activated-charcoal filter 106 Airing out, refer to Ventila- AUC Automatic recircu- Average fuel
ADB-X Automatic Differen- tion 98, 102 lated-air control 105 consumption 85
tial Brake, all-wheel 89 Alarm system 41 AUTO program, refer Average speed 85
Adding brake fluid 134 avoiding unintentional to Automatic air distribu- Avoiding unintentional
Additional sources of infor- alarms 42 tion 104 alarms 42
mation 4 All-season tires, refer to Automatic Axle loads, refer to
Air conditioning 98 Winter tires 127 air distribution 104 Weights 162
Air conditioning mode 100 Antifreeze 134 air supply 104
automatic climate coolant 134 cruise control 78 B
control 104 washer fluid 132 headlamp control 94 Backrest, adjusting 49
Air distribution Antilock Brake System Automatic car wash, refer to Backrest, refer to Seat
air conditioning 100 (ABS) 121 the Caring for your vehicle adjustment 48, 50
automatic climate indicator lamp 18 brochure Backup lamps 68
control 104 Anti-theft system 32 Automatic climate bulb replacement 145
Air distribution, Anti-theft warning system, control 102 Bandages, refer to First-aid
individual 104 refer to Alarm system 41 Automatic curb monitor 54 kit 23
Air outlets, refer to Ventila- Approved axle loads, refer Automatic Differential Brake, Battery 151
tion 98, 102 to Weights 162 all-wheel ADB-X 89 charge 151
Air pressure, refer to Tire Approved gross weight, Automatic dimming, interior disposal 151
inflation pressure 25, 124 refer to Weights 162 rearview mirror 56 indicator lamp 18
Air recirculation, refer to Armrest Automatic recirculated-air jump-starting 153
Recirculated-air mode front 108 control (AUC) 105 remote control 32, 33
100, 105 rear 109 Battery charge current 18
Everything from A to Z 167

Belts, refer to Safety Brake rotors Car radio, refer to Owner's Central locking system 32
belts 51 brake system 122 Manual for Radio/Onboard button 37
Beverage holders 108, 109 breaking in 120 Computer passenger

Blower Brake system Car telephone compartment 37
air conditioning 100 brake pads, indicator preparation 110 Changing a wheel 147
automatic climate lamp 19 Car telephone, refer to the Charge indicator lamp 18
control 104 Brake wear warning separate Owner's Manual Check Control 82
BMW High Performance indicator lamp 19 Car vacuum cleaner, con- Check Gas Cap

Synthetic Oils 133 Brakes necting 110 indicator lamp 19
BMW Maintenance ABS 121 Car wash, refer to the Caring Child safety locks 63
System 136 brake fluid 134 for your vehicle brochure Child seats 60
BMW sports seat 49 breaking in 120 Carpet care, refer to the Child-restraint systems 60

Bore, refer to Engine indicator/warning lamp Caring for your vehicle Chock 148
data 160 18, 19 brochure Cigarette lighter 110
Bottle holders, see Bever- parking brake 67 Cassette operation, refer to Cigarette lighter socket 110
age holders 108, 109 Break-in procedures 120 the Owner's Manual for Cleaning chrome parts, refer
Brake fluid 134 Bulb replacement, refer to Radio/Onboard Computer to the Caring for your vehi-
indicator lamp 18, 134 Lamps and bulbs 143 CBC Cornering Brake Con- cle brochure
level 134 Bulb, replacing 143 trol 121 Cleaning light alloy wheels,
Brake force display 93 Buttons in steering wheel 22 warning lamp 18 refer to the Caring for your

Brake hydraulic system 122 CD changer, refer to the vehicle brochure
Brake lamps C Owner's Manual for Cleaning the vehicle, refer to
bulb replacement 145 California Proposition 65 Radio/Onboard Computer the Caring for your vehicle
indicator lamp, defective warning 138 CD operation, refer to the brochure
lamp 82 Can holders, see Beverage Owner's Manual for Cleaning windshield 78
Brake lights holders 108, 109 Radio/Onboard Computer Clock 83

brake force display 93 Capacities 163 Cellular phone 110 12-/24-hour mode 83
Brake pads Car battery 151 Center high-mount brake setting, refer also to the
brake fluid level Car care, refer to the Caring lamp Owner's Manual for
18, 122, 134 for your vehicle brochure bulb replacement 146 Radio/Onboard Computer
breaking in 120 Car keys, refer to Keys 32

disc brakes 122
Everything from A to Z
Closing Consumption, refer to Aver- D Determining the maximum
from inside 37 age fuel consumption 85 Dashboard, refer to load 115
from outside 33 Control elements, refer to Cockpit 14 Differential
Clothes hooks 121 Cockpit 14 Data breaking in 120
Clutch Convenience operation capacities 163 Digital clock 83
breaking in 120 from outside 36 dimensions 161 Dimensions 161
Cockpit 14 glass sunroof 34 engine 160 Dipstick, engine oil 132
Code, refer to the Owner's windows 34 technical 160 Disc brakes 122
Manual for Radio/Onboard Coolant 134 weights 162 Displacement, refer to
Computer indicator lamp 19, 81 Daytime driving lamps 94 Engine data 160
Coin box 108 level 134 DBC Dynamic Brake Control Display lighting, refer to
Cold start, refer to Starting temperature gauge 81 19, 121 Instrument lighting 95
the engine 65 Coolant water, refer to Cool- Deep water, refer to Water Displays, refer to Instrument
Compact disc operation, ant 134 on roadways 121 cluster 16
refer to the Owner's Man- Cooling, refer to Tempera- Defrost position, refer Disposal
ual for Radio/Onboard ture 100, 104 to Defrosting windows oil 133
Computer Copyright 4 101, 104 vehicle battery 151
Compartments 108 Cornering Brake Control Defrosting and demisting Distance warning, refer to
Compression ratio, refer to (CBC) 121 windows Park Distance Control
Engine data 160 warning lamp 18 air conditioning 101 (PDC) 86
Computer 84 Correct tires 127 automatic climate Divided rear backrest 112
Condensation, refer to Air Cruise control 78 control 104 Door key 32
conditioning mode indicator lamp 20 Defrosting windows Door lock 36
100, 104 Cup holders, see Beverage 101, 104 Doors
Configuring settings, refer to holders 108, 109 Defrosting windshield, refer emergency operation 36
Vehicle Memory, Key Curb weight, refer to to Defrosting windows Draft-free ventilation
Memory 64 Weights 162 101, 104 101, 105
Connecting a vacuum Current consumption, refer Demisting windows Driving light, refer to Parking
cleaner, refer to Cigarette to Energy control 80 air conditioning 101 lamps/Low beams 94
lighter 110 Cylinders, refer to Engine automatic climate Driving notes 121
Consumption data 160 control 104 Dry air, refer to Air condi-
display 80 tioning mode 100, 104
Everything from A to Z 169

DSC Dynamic Stability Con- Electronic Stability Program Engine oil F

trol 87 ESP, refer to Dynamic Sta- adding 133 False alarm, refer to
indicator lamp 19, 87 bility Control DSC 87 additives, refer to Adding Avoiding unintentional

DTC Dynamic Traction Con- Emergency call 152 engine oil 133 alarms 42
trol 87 Emergency operation capacity 163 Fastening the safety belts 51
indicator lamp 19, 87 doors 36 consumption 132 Fault displays 82
Dynamic Brake Control driver's door 36 indicator/warning lamp 19 First aid, refer to First-aid
(DBC) 19, 121 fuel filler door 24 quality 133 kit 23

Dynamic Brake Control DBC glass sunroof 46 types 133 First-aid kit 23
indicator lamp 19 Emergency release viscosity 133 Flashlight 108
Dynamic Stability Control luggage compartment lid Engine oil level 19 Flashlight, refer to
(DSC) 19, 87 38, 40 check 132 Rechargeable

Dynamic Traction Control Emissions, minimum, refer indicator/warning lamp 18 flashlight 108
(DTC) 87 to Energy control 80 Engine oil pressure Flat tire 147
indicator lamp 19, 87 Energy control 80 indicator/warning lamp 18 Flat Tire Monitor 92
Engine Engine output, refer to space-saver spare tire 147
E breaking in 120 Engine data 160 Flat Tire Monitor 92
Electric glass sunroof 44 data 160 Engine speed 80, 160 indicator lamp 18, 19, 93
Electric power windows 43 electronics 19 Environmentally-friendly Flat tire, refer to Tire condi-
Electrical accessories, fail- indicator lamp 19 driving, refer to Energy tion 124

ure 151 speed 80, 160 control 80 Fluid reservoir for washer
Electrical malfunction starting 65 ESP Electronic Stability Pro- systems 132
automatic transmission switching off 67 gram, refer to Dynamic Fog lamps 96
with Steptronic 75 Engine compartment 130 Stability Control (DSC) 87 indicator lamp 20
door lock 36 Engine coolant 134 Exterior mirrors 55 Folding rear backrest 112
driver's door 36 adding 134 Eyeglasses Follow me home lamps 94

fuel filler door 24 compartment 109 Footbrake, refer to General
glass sunroof 46 Eyelet, towing 155 driving notes 121
luggage compartment Front airbags 57
lid 38 Front center armrest 108
Front fog lamps 96

indicator lamp 20
Everything from A to Z
Fuel Gear lever Head airbags 57 High beams 76, 95
display 81 automatic transmission Head restraints 51 bulb replacement 143
quality 25 with Steptronic 73 Headlamp cleaning system headlamp flasher 95
volume 163 sequential manual gear- cleaning headlamps 78 indicator lamp 21
Fuel consumption box SMG 69 washer fluid 132, 163 Hill Descent Control
display 80, 85 Gearbox Headlamp control, auto- (HDC) 91
Fuel display, refer to Fuel manual transmission 68 matic 94 Holder for
gauge 81 Gearshift lever Headlamp flasher 95 beverages 108, 109
Fuel economy, refer to manual transmission 68 indicator lamp 21 litter bag 109
Energy control 80 General driving notes 121 Headlamps Hood release 129
Fuel filler door 24 Glass sunroof bulb replacement 143 Horn 14
release following an elec- closing following an elec- care, refer to the Caring Hub cap 148
trical malfunction 24 trical malfunction 46 for your vehicle brochure Hydraulic brake assistant,
Fuel level indicator, refer to convenience operation Heated mirrors 55 refer to DBC 121
Fuel gauge 81 34, 36 Heated rear window Hydraulic system
Fuel mixture preparation 160 remote control 33, 34 air conditioning 100 brakes 122
Fuel reserve indicator, refer Glass sunroof, electric 44 automatic climate Hydroplaning 121
to Fuel gauge 81 Glove compartment 107 control 105
Fuel tank capacity 163 Grills, refer to Ventilation Heated seats 54 I
Fuses 151 98, 102 Heating Ice warning 84
Gross weight, refer to exterior mirrors 55 Ignition 65
G Weights 162 rear window 100, 105 Ignition key 32
Gasoline consumption, refer seats 54 positions 65
to Average fuel consump- H Heating and ventilation Ignition lock 65
tion 85 Handbrake, refer to Parking 98, 102 Imprint 4
Gasoline, refer to Fuel spec- brake 67 Heavy loads, refer to Cargo Indicator lamps 18
ifications 25 Hands-free system 110 loading 115
Gear indicator 71, 75 Harman Kardon premium Height adjustment
sound system 107 seats 48, 50
Hazard warning flashers 14 steering wheel 55
Hazard warning triangle 23 Height, refer to
HDC Hill Descent Control 91 Dimensions 161
Everything from A to Z 171

Indicator/warning lamp Interior motion sensor 41 Lashing fittings, refer to Locking and unlocking
airbags 18 switching off 42 Securing cargo 116 doors
alarm system 42 Interior rearview mirror 56 LATCH child-restraint from inside 37

brakes 18, 19 automatic dimming mounting system 62 from outside 33, 36
Check Gas Cap 19 feature 56 Leather care, refer to the Low beams 94
coolant 19, 81 Interior temperature Caring for your vehicle automatic 94
DSC 19 adjusting 100, 104 brochure bulb replacement 143
Flat Tire Monitor Interlock, refer to Steering LEDs light-emitting indicator lamp, defective

18, 19, 93 wheel lock 65 diodes 96 lamp 82
fog lamps 20 Intermittent Length, refer to Lug bolts 148
Please fasten safety mode, wipers 77 Dimensions 161 key 148
belts 18 Interval License plate lamp torque 148

reserve 81 display, service 82 bulb replacement 147 Luggage compartment
Service Engine Soon 19 Light switch 94 capacity 162
Individual air distribution 104 J Light-emitting diodes emergency operation,
Individual settings, refer to Jack 147 LEDs 96 refer to Manual
Vehicle Memory, Key Jacking points 148 Lighter 110 operation 38
Memory 64 Jump-starting 153 LIGHTS ON warning 94 floor mat 41
Inflation pressure 124 Lights, refer to Parking floor panel 40
Inflation pressure monitor- K lamps/Low beams 94 lid 38

ing, refer to Flat Tire Moni- Key Memory 64 Litter bag holders 109 lighting 38
tor 92 Keys 32 Load, refer to Cargo opening from outside 38
Inflation pressure, tires 25 with remote control 32 loading 114 opening, remote
INSPECTION 82 Kickdown 70, 74 Loading control 34
Instrument cluster 16 vehicle 114 opening/closing, refer to
Instrument lighting 95 L Load-securing devices 116 Luggage compartment

Instrument panel, refer to Lamp defect 143 Lock buttons on doors, refer lid 38
Cockpit 14 Lamps and bulbs 143 to Locking 37 remote control 34
Interface socket for onboard Lashing down loads, refer to Lock, steering wheel 65 volume 162
diagnostics (OBD) 138 Cargo loading 114 Locking
Interior lamps 96 Lashing eyelets, refer to from inside 37

remote control 34 Securing cargo 116 from outside 33, 36
Everything from A to Z
Luggage compartment lid 38 Manual operation Mirrors 55 Oil
emergency operation 38 door lock 36 automatic curb monitor 54 additives, refer to Adding
emergency release 40 driver's door 36 heated 55 engine oil 133
indicator lamp 82 fuel filler door 24 memory, refer to Seat and capacity 163
opening from inside the glass sunroof 46 mirror memory 53 dipstick 132
vehicle 38, 39 luggage compartment Mobile Service 152 quality 133
opening from outside 38 lid 38 Modifications, technical, viscosity 133
remote control 34 Manual transmission 68 refer to For your own Oil change interval, refer
securing separately 38 Master keys safety 5 to Service interval
unlocking manually 38 with remote control 32 Multifunction steering display 136
Luggage rack, refer to Roof- MC operation, refer to the wheel 22 Oil change intervals, refer to
mounted luggage rack 117 Owner's Manual for Multifunction switch the Service and Warranty
Lumbar support 50 Radio/Onboard Computer turn signal indicator/head- Information Booklet for US
MD operation, refer to the lamp flasher 76 models/Warranty and Ser-
M Owner's Manual for washer/wiper system 77 vice Guide Booklet for
M+S tires, refer to Winter Radio/Onboard Computer Canadian models
tires 127 Mechanical seats 48 N Oil consumption 132
Maintenance 82, 136 Memory, refer to Seat and Navigation system, refer to Oil dipstick 132
Maintenance system 136 mirror memory 53 the Owner's Manual for Oil filter change 163
Making telephone calls, Memory, refer to Vehicle Radio/Onboard Computer Oil level
refer to the telephone Memory, Key Memory 64 Neck restraints, refer to checking 132
Owner's Manual Microfilter Head restraints 51 indicator lamp 18
Malfunction air conditioning 101 Nets 108 Oil pressure
door lock 36 automatic climate Nozzles, refer to Ventilation indicator lamp 18
fuel filler door 24 control 106 98, 102 OIL SERVICE 82
Malfunction displays 82 Microphone, refer to Cellular Oil types 133
phone 110 O Old batteries, refer to Dis-
Mini disc operation, refer to OBD interface socket 138 posal 151
the Owner's Manual for Odometer 80 Onboard computer 84
Radio/Onboard Computer Onboard computer, refer to
the Owner's Manual for
Onboard Computer
Everything from A to Z 173

Onboard tool kit 142 Passenger-side exterior mir- R Recirculated-air mode

Opening and closing ror tilt function 54 Radio remote control key, air conditioning 100
from inside 37 PDC Park Distance refer to Master key with automatic climate

from outside 33 Control 86 remote control 32 control 105
via door lock 36 Pinch protection Radio, refer to the Owner's Recirculating the air, refer to
via remote control 33 glass sunroof 45 Manual for Radio Recirculated-air mode
Outlets, ventilation 98, 102 Plastic, refer to the Caring Rain sensor 77 100, 105
Outside temperature dis- for your vehicle brochure Raising the floor panel 40 Reclining seat, refer to Seat

play 84 Please fasten safety belts Range 85 adjustment 48, 50
changing unit of indicator lamp 18 Reading lamps Refueling 24
measure 84 Pollen, refer to front 96 fuel filler door 24
Microfilter 101 rear 96 Releasing

P Pollen, refer to Mircrofil- Rear armrest, refer to Rear hood 129
Paintwork care, refer to the ter/Activated-charcoal fil- center armrest 109 Remaining distance to ser-
Caring for your vehicle ter 106 Rear backrest, folding 112 vice 82
brochure Power output, refer to Rear center 3-point safety Remaining distance, refer to
Panel lighting 95 Engine data 160 belt 112 Range 85
Panic mode trigger Power seat 50 Rear center armrest 109 Remote control 33
alarm 34 Power windows Rear lamps luggage compartment
Park Distance Control safety switch 44 bulb replacement 145 lid 34

(PDC) 86 Pressure monitoring, tires indicator lamp, defective malfunction 34
Parking aid, refer to Park Flat Tire Monitor 92 lamp 82 Replacement key 33
Distance Control PDC 86 Pressure, tires 25, 124 Rear window defroster Replacing lamps, refer to
Parking brake 67 Protective function air conditioning 100 Lamps and bulbs 143
indicator lamp 18 electric power windows 43 Rear window heating Replacing tires 125
Parking lamps 94 Putting the vehicle into stor- automatic climate Reporting safety defects 7

bulb replacement 144 age control 105 Restraint systems
Parking lamps/Low refer to the Caring for your Rearview mirror 55 for children 60
beams 94 vehicle brochure Receiving assistance 152 Restraint systems, refer to
Parts and accessories, refer Safety belts 51
to Your individual vehicle 5

Everything from A to Z
Reverse Seat adjustment 48 Service interval display Space-saver spare tire
automatic transmission BMW sports seat 49 82, 136 changing a wheel 147
with Steptronic 73 mechanical 48 Shift paddles 70 Spare key 32
SMG gearbox 70 power 50 Shifting gears Spare tire 147
Reverse gear Seat belt tensioner, refer to automatic transmission Spare wheel 150
manual transmission 68 Safety belts 51 with Steptronic 73 Speed gauge, refer to
Roller sun blind 106 Seat heating 54 sequential manual gear- Speedometer 16
Roof load capacity 162 Seat memory, refer to Seat box SMG 70 Speedometer 16
Roof-mounted luggage and mirror memory 53 Shiftlock 69 SPORT button 72
rack 117 Seat positions, storing 53 Shiftlock, refer to Range Sport program
Run Flat tires 126, 150 Seats 48 selection 73 automatic transmission
Securing cargo 116 Side airbags 57 with Steptronic 74
S Securing the vehicle Side turn signal indicators Sports seat 49
Safe seating position 47 from inside 37 bulb replacement 145 Stability control, refer to
Safety belt height adjust- from outside 33, 36 Sitting safely Dynamic Stability Control
ment 52 Selector lever with airbags 47 (DSC) 87
Safety belts 51 automatic transmission 73 with safety belts 47 Standing lamps 95
sitting safely 47 sequential manual gear- Size 161 Starting difficulties
warning lamp 18 box SMG 69 Ski bag 113 jump-starting 153
Safety feature Selector lever lock, refer to Sliding/tilt sunroof, refer to temperature 65
glass sunroof 45 Shiftlock 69, 73 Electric glass sunroof 44 Starting help DSC 87
Safety precautions 5 Selector lever positions SMG sequential manual Starting the engine 65
Safety switch for rear win- automatic transmission 73 gearbox 69 Starting, refer to Starting the
dows 44 sequential manual gear- indicator lamp 19 engine 65
Safety systems, refer to box SMG 69 Smokers' package, refer to Status of the Owner's Man-
Antilock Brake Sequential manual gearbox Ashtray 110 ual 5
System 121 SMG 69 Snow chains 128 Steering wheel lock 65
Dynamic Stability Control indicator lamp 19 Socket, refer to Cigarette Steering wheel, adjusting 55
(DSC) 87 Service and Warranty Infor- lighter socket 110 Steptronic, refer to Manual
Screwdriver, refer to mation Booklet 136 SOS, refer to Emergency operation 74
Onboard tool kit 142 SERVICE ENGINE SOON call 152 Storage compartments 108
warning lamp 19 Storage nets 108
Everything from A to Z 175

Storing seat positions, Technical modifications, Tilt alarm Torque

refer to Seat and mirror refer to For your own deactivate 42 engine 160
memory 53 safety 5 Tilt alarm sensor 34 lug bolts 148

Storing tires 127 Telephone hookup 110 remote control 34 Tow sockets for towing eye-
Stroke, refer to Engine Telephone, refer to the sep- Tilting passenger-side exte- let 155
data 160 arate Owner's Manual rior mirror 54 Towing eyelet 155
Sun blind, refer to Roller sun Television, refer to the Time 83 Towing the vehicle 154
blind 106 Owner's Manual for Tire pressure monitoring, Track width, refer to Dimen-

Surface ice, refer to Ice Onboard Computer refer to Flat Tire sions 161
warning 84 Temperature Monitor 92 Transmission
Switches, refer to air conditioning 100 Tire replacement 125, 147 automatic transmission
Cockpit 14 automatic climate Tires with Steptronic 73

Switching off control 104 age 126 sequential manual gear-
engine 67 Temperature adjustment breaking in 120 box SMG 69
vehicle 67 100, 104 changing 147 Transmission lock, refer to P
Symbols 4 Temperature display condition 128 Park 73
Synthetic oils 133 engine coolant 81 damage 124 Transmission malfunction
ice warning 84 flat 147 automatic transmission
T outside temperature 84 inflation pressure 25, 124 with Steptronic 75
Tachometer 80 setting units 84 replacing 125 sequential manual gear-

Tail lamps Temperature layering size, refer to Wheel and box SMG 71
bulb replacement 145 101, 105 tire combinations 127 Transport securing devices,
Tail lamps, refer to Rear Tempomat, refer to Cruise storing 127 refer to Securing cargo
lamps 145 control 78 tread 124 116
Tank capacity, refer to Fuel Thigh support area, adjust- treadwear indicator, Transporting children
tank capacity 163 ing 49 refer to Tire tread tire safely 60

Tank indicator, refer to Fuel Third brake lamp, refer to damage 124 Trap protection
gauge 81 Center high-mount brake winter tires 127 electric power windows 43
Technical data 160 lamp 146 Tools, refer to Onboard tool Tread depth, refer to Tire
Technical modifications 5 Three-point safety belt 51 kit 142 tread 124
Through-loading system 112

Everything from A to Z
Treadwear indicator in the Uniform Tire Quality Ventilation 98, 102 Wheel and tire
tires, refer to Tire tread Grading 126 draft-free 101, 105 combinations 127
tire damage 124 Units Viscosity 133 Wheelbase, refer to Dimen-
Treadwear, tires 124 average fuel Voice Input System 22 sions 161
Trigger alarm Panic consumption 85 Voice recognition, refer to Wheels and tires 127
mode 34 temperature 84 separate Owner's Manual Wheelslip control DSC 87
Trip distance recorder, refer Unlocking Volume Width, refer to
to Trip odometer 80 from inside 37 luggage compartment 162 Dimensions 161
Trip meter, refer to Trip from outside 33, 36 Window condensation
odometer 80 W removing 101, 104
Trip odometer 80 V Warning and indicator Windows
Trunk lid, refer to Luggage Valve lamps 18 convenience operation
compartment lid 38 screw caps 148 Warning lamp 'Please fas- 34, 36
Trunk lighting, refer to Lug- Vehicle ten safety belts' 18 power 43
gage compartment light- battery 151 Warning messages 82 remote control 33, 34
ing 38 break-in procedures 120 Warranty and Service Guide Windshield washer
Turn signal indicator 76 care, refer to the Caring Booklet 136 nozzles 78
bulb replacement 144 for your vehicle brochure Warranty, refer also to sepa- Windshield washer reservoir
indicator lamp 20 dimensions 161 rate booklet 7 volume, see
Turn signal indicator, side loading 114 Washer fluid Capacities 163
bulb replacement 145 starting 65 adding 132, 163 Windshield washer reser-
Turning circle, refer to switching off 67 Washer fluid reservoir 132 voir, filling 163
Dimensions 161 washing, refer to the Car- volume 132 Windshield wiper blades
TV function, refer to the ing for your vehicle bro- Washer jets, refer to Wind- replacing 142
Owner's Manual for chure 77 shield washer jets 78 Windshield wipers, refer to
Onboard Computer weight 162 Washer/wiper system 77, 78 Washer/wiper system 77
Vehicle Memory 64 washer fluid 132 Winter tires 127
U Vehicle storage Waste tray, refer to condition 128
Underbody protection, refer refer to the Caring for your Ashtray 110 storing 127
to the Caring for your vehi- vehicle brochure Water on roadways, deep Work in the engine compart-
cle brochure Vehicle weight 162 water 121 ment 129
Weights 162
Everything from A to Z 177

Wrench, refer to Onboard

tool kit 142

Xenon lamps
bulb replacement 143


Index Data Repairs Maintenance Controls Overview

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


The oil volume between the two marks

on the dipstick corresponds to approx.
1.1 US quarts/1 liter.

Tire inflation pressure

Summer tires Winter tires

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