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Only use approved BMW High Performance
Checking coolant level
Synthetic Oil.
1.
Do not open the engine hood before the
If BMW High Performance Synthetic Oil is not
engine has cooled down.
available, you can add small quantities of other
2.
Turn the cap of the expansion tank a little
synthetic oils in between oil changes. Only use
counterclockwise to allow any accumulated
oils with the API SM specification or higher.
pressure to escape, then continue turning
Your BMW center will be glad to answer
to open.
any questions regarding BMW High Per-
3.
The coolant level is correct if it is between
formance Synthetic Oil or approved synthetic
the maximum and minimum marks in the
oils.<
filler neck, refer also to the diagram next to
You can also call BMW of North America at
the filler neck.
1-800-831-1117 or visit the website
www.bmwusa.com to obtain this information.
Viscosity ratings
Viscosity is a measure of an oil's flow rating and
is categorized in SAE classes.
Selecting the appropriate SAE class depends
on the regional climatic conditions in which you
normally drive your BMW.
Approved oils belong to the 0W-40,
4.
If the coolant is low, slowly add coolant up to
0W-30, 5W-40 and 5W-30 SAE
the specified level; do not overfill.
classes.<
5.
Turn the cap until there is an audible click.
These oils can be used for driving at all outside
6.
Have the reason for the coolant loss elimi-
temperatures.
nated as soon as possible.
Coolant
Do not add coolant to the cooling system
when the engine is hot. Escaping coolant
can cause burns.<
Coolant consists of half water and half additive.
Not all commercially available additives are suit-
able for your BMW. Ask your BMW center for
suitable additives.
Only use suitable additives; otherwise,
engine damage may result. Because
additives are harmful to your health, it is impor-
tant to follow the instructions on the contain-
ers.<
Comply with the appropriate environ-
mental protection regulations when dis-
posing of coolant additives.<
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Maintenance
BMW Maintenance System
Service data in the remote control
Your vehicle continuously stores service-
requirement information in the remote control
while you are driving. Your BMW Service Advi-
sor can read out this data from the remote con-
trol unit, and propose an optimized mainte-
nance approach. Whenever you take your car in
for servicing you should therefore hand your
BMW Service Advisor the remote control unit
that you last used.
Make sure that the date in the instrument
The BMW Maintenance System supports the
cluster is always set correctly, refer to
preservation of the traffic and operating safety
page 62; otherwise, the effectiveness of Condi-
of your BMW. The objective is to optimize
tion Based Service CBS is not assured.<
efforts with respect to minimal vehicle mainte-
nance costs.
Service and Warranty Information
Booklet for US models and Warranty
If and when you come to sell your BMW, a com-
prehensive record of servicing will prove a sig-
and Service Guide Booklet for
nificant benefit.
Canadian models
Please consult your Service and Warranty Infor-
Condition Based Service CBS
mation Booklet for US models and Warranty
and Service Guide Booklet for Canadian models
Sensors and special algorithms take the differ-
for additional information on service require-
ent driving conditions of your BMW into
ments.
account. Condition Based Service uses this to
determine the current and future service
BMW recommends that you have service
requirements. By letting you define a service
and repair operations performed at your
and maintenance regimen that reflects your
BMW center.
own individual requirements, the system builds
Take the time to ensure that these service pro-
the basis for trouble-free driving.
cedures are confirmed by entries in your vehi-
cle's Service and Warranty Information Booklet
In the instrument cluster, you can have the
for US models and Warranty and Service Guide
remaining times or distances for selected main-
Booklet for Canadian models. These entries
tenance tasks and any legally prescribed dates
verify that your vehicle has received the speci-
displayed, refer to page 61:
fied regular maintenance.<
> Engine oil
> Brake pads: separately for front and rear
> Brake fluid
> Vehicle check
> Legally mandated inspections depending
on local regulations
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recorded in order to facilitate the corresponding
Socket for Onboard
services.
Diagnosis OBD
On the driver's side is an OBD socket for check-
ing components relevant to the composition of
the vehicle's emissions.
Emissions
The warning lamp lights up:
The vehicle is producing higher emis-
sions. The trip can be continued. Have
the car checked as soon as possible.
Canadian models display this warning
lamp.
The lamp flashes under certain condi-
tions. This indicates excessive misfiring in the
engine. If this happens, you should reduce your
speed and visit your nearest BMW center as
soon as possible. Severe engine misfiring can
quickly lead to serious damage of emissions-
related components, especially the catalytic
converter.
The warning lamp comes on if the gas
cap is not properly tightened and the
OBD system assumes that fuel vapor
is escaping. Make sure that the gas cap is cor-
rectly positioned and close it until it audibly
clicks.
Data recorders
Your vehicle may be equipped with one or sev-
eral measuring or diagnostic modules or a
device for recording or sending certain vehicle
data or information. In addition, if you have
signed a service contract for BMW Assist, cer-
tain vehicle data may be transmitted or
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Care
Do not use high-pressure car washes;
Care products
otherwise, water may drip into the vehicle
Regular cleaning and care contributes signifi-
around the windows.<
cantly to the value retention of your BMW.
Before driving into a car wash, ensure that it is
BMW recommends cleaning and caring for your
suitable for your BMW. Check the following:
vehicle with products that are approved by
> Dimensions of your vehicle, refer to
BMW for this purpose.
page 147.
Your BMW center will be happy to advise you on
> If necessary, fold in the outside rearview
the products and services available for cleaning
mirrors, refer to page 42.
and caring for your BMW.
> Maximum permissible tire width.
Original BMW CareProducts have been
Avoid car washes with guide rail heights
material tested, laboratory checked and
over 4 in/10 cm; otherwise, there is the
proven in the field, and offer optimal care and
danger of damaging chassis parts.<
protection for your vehicle.<
> In Convertibles, do not treat the convertible
Do not use cleaners that contain alcohol
top with wax. Ensure that a program is avail-
or solvents as these may result in dam-
able that does not apply wax or is designed
age.<
specifically for convertibles.
Cleaning agents can contain substances
Preparations before driving into an automatic
that are dangerous or hazardous to your
car wash:
health. Therefore, follow the warning and safety
instructions on the packaging. When cleaning
> Unscrew the rod antenna*.
inside the vehicle, always open the doors or
> Deactivate the rain sensor* to prevent unin-
windows of the vehicle. In enclosed areas, pro-
tentional wiping.
vide for sufficient ventilation. Only use products
> Remove additional attachments, e.g. spoil-
designed for cleaning vehicles.<
ers or telephone antennas, if there is a pos-
sibility that they could be damaged.
Exterior care
Automatic transmission
Before driving into an automatic car wash, per-
Washing the vehicle
form the following steps to ensure that the vehi-
Especially during the winter months,
cle can roll:
ensure that the vehicle is washed more
1. Insert the remote control into the ignition
frequently. Heavy soiling and road salt can lead
lock, even with Comfort Access.
to vehicle damage.<
2. Engage transmission position N.
After washing the vehicle, apply the
brakes briefly to dry them; otherwise,
3. Release the parking brake.
water can reduce braking efficiency over the
4. Switch off the engine.
short term and brake discs can corrode.<
5. Leave the remote control in the ignition lock
so that the vehicle can roll.
Automatic car washes
Preference should be given to cloth car washes.
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Steam jets/high-pressure washers
Follow these instructions:
When using steam jets or high-pressure
> Do not fold the convertible top into the con-
washers, ensure that you maintain suffi-
vertible top box when the top is wet or fro-
cient clearance to the vehicle and do not exceed
zen, as this may cause water spots, mold
a temperature of 1407/606.
stains or chafed areas.
Insufficient clearance or excessive pressure or
> If water spots occur on the inside headliner
temperature can lead to component damage or
despite precautions, remove them using a
water penetration. Follow the operating instruc-
microfiber cloth and interior cleaner.
tions for the steam jet or high-pressure
> If the vehicle is parked in enclosed areas for
washer.<
extended periods, ensure that there is suffi-
When using high-pressure washers, do
cient ventilation.
not spray against the sensors and cam-
> Remove bird droppings immediately, as
eras, e.g. of the Park Distance Control or Rear
their corrosive ingredients attack the con-
View Camera, for an extended period and main-
vertible top and damage the rubber seals.
tain a distance of at least 1 ft/30 cm.<
To remove stains from the convertible
top, do not use stain removers, paint thin-
Manual car wash
ners, solvents, benzine or similar substances.
When washing the vehicle by hand, use large
These substances may damage the rubber
quantities of water and car shampoo if neces-
parts. Improper care and cleaning may cause
sary. Clean the vehicle with a sponge or wash-
the convertible top and convertible top seams
ing brush, applying light pressure only.
to become leaky.<
Before cleaning the windshield, deacti-
To remove heavy soiling, use a special convert-
vate the rain sensor or switch off the igni-
ible top cleaner.
tion to prevent unintentional activation of the
Follow the manufacturer's instructions for use.
wipers.<
After washing the convertible top three to five
Observe local regulations pertaining to
times, treat it with an impregnating agent.
washing vehicles by hand.<
Paintwork care
Headlamps
Regular care contributes to value retention and
Do not rub them dry and do not use abrasive or
protects the paintwork against the long-term
corrosive cleaning agents.
effects of damaging substances.
Loosen dirt, e.g. insects, with shampoo or
Region-specific environmental influences can
insect remover and wash away with copious
damage the vehicle paintwork. Therefore, it is
quantities of water.
important to adapt the frequency and scope of
Thaw ice with a windshield deicer and do not
car care accordingly.
use an ice scraper.
Immediately remove aggressive materials such
as spilled fuel, oil, grease, brake fluid, tree sap or
Windows
bird droppings to prevent damage to the paint-
Clean the inside and outside surfaces of the
work.
windows and the mirrors with window cleaner.
Do not clean the mirrors with cleaners
Repairing paintwork damage
containing quartz.<
Immediately repair scratches or similar
damage, such as that caused by stones
Convertible top care
hitting the vehicle, where necessary to prevent
The appearance and life of the convertible top
rusting.<
depend on proper care and operation.
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BMW recommends having paintwork damage
Interior care
repaired by a professional paint repair work-
shop according to BMW specifications using
Upholstery fabrics/cloth trims/
original BMW paint materials.
Alcantara fabrics
Vacuum regularly with a vacuum cleaner to
Preservation
remove superficial dirt.
A preservation treatment is necessary when
To remove severe spots such as stains from
water no longer beads off the clean paintwork
beverages, use a soft sponge or lint-free
surface. Only use products for paintwork pres-
microfiber cloth and suitable interior cleaners.
ervation that contain carnauba or synthetic
Follow the instructions on the packaging.
waxes.
Clean the upholstery down to the seams
using a sweeping motion. Avoid strong
Rubber seals
rubbing.<
Treat only with water or rubber care products.
Opened Velcro fasteners on pants or
Do not use silicon-containing care prod-
other articles of clothing can damage the
ucts on rubber seals; otherwise, noise
seat covers. Ensure that Velcro fasteners are
and damage could occur.<
closed.<
Chrome parts
Leather/leather trim
Carefully clean vehicle parts such as the radia-
The leather used by BMW is a high quality
tor grill, door handles or window frames with
natural product. Slight irregularities in the
copious quantities of water and a shampoo
leather are a typical characteristic of natural
additive, especially when roads are treated with
leather.<
de-icing salt. For additional treatment, use a
chrome polish.
Dust and road grit in the pores and folds of the
leather have an abrasive effect, leading to
increased wear and causing the leather surface
Light-alloy wheels
to become brittle prematurely. Therefore, fre-
For technical reasons, dust is generated during
quently clean the leather of dust using a cloth or
braking that is deposited on the light-alloy
vacuum cleaner.
wheels. Remove the dust regularly using acid-
free rim cleaner.
Clean light-colored leather more frequently as
dust and dirt are more noticeable.
Do not use aggressive, acidic, strongly
alkaline and abrasive cleaning agents or
Treat the leather at least once every two
steam jets over 1407/606; otherwise, dam-
months using a leather lotion as dirt and grease
age may occur.<
will gradually attack the leather's protective
layer.
Outside sensors/cameras
Carpets/cargo area
Keep the sensors and cameras on the
outside of the vehicle, e.g. those for Park
You can vacuum the carpets and floor mats or
Distance Control, clean and free of ice to ensure
clean them with interior cleaner if heavily soiled.
that they remain fully functional.<
The floor mats can be removed for cleaning.
When replacing the mats, ensure that the seat
rails do not extend over the floor mats, as this
may damage the mats.
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Lint on the floor mats occurs for technical rea-
Vehicle storage
sons and can be removed by vacuuming
repeatedly.
If your vehicle is to be decommissioned for
longer than three months, your BMW center or
a workshop that operates according to BMW
Interior plastic parts
specifications will be glad to advise you.
> Imitation leather surfaces
> Lamp glasses
> Display pane of instrument cluster
> Matte parts
Clean with water and solvent-free plastic
cleaner if necessary.
Fine wood parts
Clean fine wood trim and fine wood parts with a
damp cloth. Wipe dry with a soft cloth.
Safety belts
Dirty belt straps impede the reeling action and
thus have a negative impact on safety.
Do not clean chemically, as this may
destroy the webbing.<
Interior sensors/cameras
To clean interior sensors and cameras, e.g. of
the high-beam assistant, use a lint-free cloth
moistened with glass cleaner.
Displays
To clean displays, e.g. of the radio or instrument
cluster, use a cleaning cloth for displays or a
soft, non-abrasive, lint-free cloth.
Avoid applying excessive pressure when
cleaning the displays; otherwise, damage
may occur.<
Do not use chemical or abrasive house-
hold cleaning agents. Keep all types of
fluid away from the device. Otherwise, surfaces
or electrical components may be corroded or
damaged.<
CD/DVD drives
Do not use a cleaning CD, as it may dam-
age parts of the drive.<
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Replacing components
When working on electrical systems,
Onboard vehicle tool kit
always begin by switching off the con-
The onboard vehicle tool kit is stored below the
sumer in question; otherwise, short-circuits
floor mat in the cargo area.
could result. To avoid possible injury or equip-
ment damage when replacing bulbs, observe
any instructions provided by the bulb manufac-
Wiper blades
turer.<
If the routine for changing a particular
bulb is not described here, please contact
your BMW center or a workshop that works
according to BMW repair procedures with cor-
respondingly trained personnel.<
Light-emitting diodes LED
Light-emitting diodes installed behind translu-
cent lenses serve as the light source for many of
the controls and displays in your vehicle. These
1. Fold out the wiper arm and hold it.
light-emitting diodes, which operate using a
2. Press together the locking spring, arrows 1,
concept similar to that applied in conventional
and fold out the wiper blade, arrow 2.
lasers, are officially designated as Class 1 light-
emitting diodes.
3. Take the wiper blade out of the catch mech-
anism, pulling the blade toward the front.
Do not remove the covers or expose the
eyes directly to the unfiltered light source
To avoid damage, make sure that the
for several hours; otherwise, this could cause
wiper arms are against the windshield
irritation of the retina.<
before you open the engine compartment.<
Xenon lamps*
Lamps and bulbs
These bulbs have a very long service life and are
highly unlikely to fail. If a xenon lamp fails never-
Lamps and bulbs make an essential contribu-
theless, switch on the fog lamps and continue
tion to vehicle safety. They should, therefore,
the journey with great care, provided that local
be handled carefully. BMW recommends hav-
legislation does not prohibit this.
ing your BMW center perform any work that you
Have any work on the xenon lamp system,
do not feel competent to perform yourself or
including bulb replacements, performed
that is not described here.
only by a BMW center or a workshop that works
Never touch the glass of new bulbs with
according to BMW repair procedures with cor-
your bare fingers, as even minute
respondingly trained personnel. Otherwise, if
amounts of contamination will burn into the
such work is carried out improperly, the high
bulb's surface and reduce its service life. Use a
voltage in the system presents the danger of
clean tissue, cloth or something similar, or hold
fatal injuries.<
the bulb by its base.<
You can obtain a selection of replacement bulbs
at your BMW center.
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Removing the headlamp cover
4. Reattach the bulb holder with the notch at
the top.
1. Pull the wire brackets over the notches, see
arrows, and fold to the side.
5. Fold the holding bracket back up and let it
snap into place.
6. Attach the headlamp cover.
Parking lamps, roadside parking lamps
W5W bulb, 5 watts
1. Remove the headlamp cover.
2. Fold away the headlamp cover.
Be careful when attaching the headlamp
cover and ensure that both wire brackets
are securely in place; otherwise, leaks could
occur and cause damage to the headlamp sys-
tem.<
Attach the headlamp cover in reverse order.
The figure shows the right-hand headlamp.
2. Pull out the bulb holder.
Halogen headlamps
3. Remove and replace the bulb.
Halogen low beams and high beams
4. Reinsert the bulb holder.
H7 bulb, 55 watts
5. Attach the headlamp cover.
Always wear gloves and eye protection;
the atmosphere within the H7 bulb is
Xenon headlamps
pressurized. Otherwise, there is a risk of injury if
the bulb is damaged.<
Parking lamps, roadside parking
lamps, daytime running lights
H8 bulb, 35 watts
The figure shows the right-hand headlamp.
1
High beams
The figure shows the right-hand headlamp.
2
Low-beam headlamps
1. Remove the headlamp cover.
1. Remove the headlamp cover.
2. Turn the bulb, see arrow, and remove it.
2. Fold down the holding bracket.
3. Pull off the connector and replace the bulb.
3. Remove and replace the bulb.
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4. Attach the connector, insert the bulb and
turn it all the way in the opposite direction.
5. Attach the headlamp cover.
Corner-illuminating lamps
H3 bulb, 55 watts
The figure shows the right-hand headlamp.
1.
Remove the top headlamp cover, using the
screwdriver to push the detents to one side.
1.
Turn the respective wheel inwards.
2.
Using a coin, turn both locks of the cover all
the way to the left, arrows 1, and remove the
cover.
3.
Turn the bulb holder to the left and remove
it, arrow 2.
4.
Apply gentle pressure to the bulb while
turning it to the right for removal and
replacement.
5.
Insert the bulb holder and lock it by turning
2.
Turn the bulb holder, see arrow, and
it to the right.
remove it.
6.
Attach the cover by positioning the bottom
edge first and then turning both locks all the
way to the right.
Tail lamps
> Turn signal:
PY21W bulb, 21 watts
> Backup lamp:
W16W bulb, 16 watts
> Brake lamps:
3.
Slide the bulb out of the holder and pull off
P21W bulb, 21 watts
the connector.
> Brake Force Display lamp:
4.
Replace the bulb and attach the connector.
H21W bulb, 21 watts
5.
Insert the bulb holder and turn it all the way
in the opposite direction.
6.
Attach the headlamp cover.
Turn signals, front
PY21W bulb, 21 watts
The turn signal bulb can be changed via a cover
in the wheel arch.
1
Inner brake lamp
2
Outer brake lamp
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3
Lateral reflector
Inner brake lamp, turn signal, backup
4
Roadside parking lamp and tail lamp LED
lamp and Brake Force Display lamp
5
Reflector
6
Turn signal
7
Backup lamp
8
Brake Force Display lamp
Replacing tail lamps
Outer brake lamp
The bulbs are integrated in a single bulb holder.
1. Remove the cover from the panel of the
cargo area.
2. Detach the bulb holder by pressing
together the clips, see arrows, and remove
it.
3. Brake lamps and turn signal: apply gentle
pressure to the bulb while turning it to the
left for removal and replacement.
The outer brake lamp can be accessed through
4. Backup lamp: pull the bulb out of the socket
a single socket.
and replace it.
The figure shows the right side of the vehicle.
5. Attach the bulb holder and let it snap into
1. Remove the cover from the panel of the
place.
cargo area.
6. Reattach the cover.
2. Turn the bulb holder to the left, see arrow,
and remove it.
License plate lamps and center brake
3. Apply gentle pressure to the bulb while
lamp
turning it to the left for removal and replace-
These lamps use LED technology for operation.
ment.
In the event of a malfunction, please contact
4. Attach the bulb holder and turn it all the way
your BMW center or a workshop that works
in the opposite direction.
according to BMW repair procedures with cor-
5. Reattach the cover.
respondingly trained personnel.
The roadside parking lamp/tail lamp uses
LED design. After replacing the bulb,
ensure that the bulb holder is properly seated;
Changing wheels
otherwise, the roadside parking lamp/tail lamp
Your BMW is equipped with run-flat tires as
may not work.<
standard. This removes the need to change a
wheel immediately in the event of a puncture.
For information on continuing to drive with a
damaged tire, refer to Indication of a flat tire on
page 67.
The symbol identifying run-flat tires is a circle
with the letters RSC on the sidewall, refer to
Run-flat tires, page 112.
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When mounting new tires or changing over
Power failure
from summer to winter tires and vice versa,
After a temporary power loss, the functioning of
mount run-flat tires for your own safety. In the
some equipment may be limited and require
event of a flat, no spare wheel is available. Your
reinitialization. Individual settings may likewise
BMW center will be glad to advise you. Refer
have been lost and will have to be programmed:
also to New wheels and tires, page 112.
> Time and date
The tools for changing wheels are avail-
These values must be updated, refer to
able as optional accessories from your
page 62.
BMW center.<
> Radio
Stations must be stored again, refer to the
Jack mounting points
> Glass roof
It may happen that the roof can only be
raised. The system must be initialized.
Please contact your BMW center.
> Seat and mirror memory*
The positions must be stored again, refer to
page 40.
> Inside rearview mirror with digital compass
The system must be calibrated, refer to
The jacking points are at the positions shown in
page 87.
the illustration.
> Active steering
The system automatically initializes itself
briefly during a trip. The system is deacti-
Vehicle battery
vated during this time, refer to page 70.
Battery care
The battery is 100% maintenance-free, the
Fuses
electrolyte will last for the life of the battery
when the vehicle is operated in a temperate cli-
Never attempt to repair a blown fuse and
mate. Your BMW center will be glad to advise in
do not replace a defective fuse with a sub-
all matters concerning the battery.
stitute of another color or amperage rating; oth-
erwise, this could lead to a circuit overload, ulti-
Charging the battery
mately resulting in a fire in the vehicle.<
Only charge the battery in the vehicle via the
In the glove compartment
terminals in the engine compartment with the
engine off. Connections, refer to Jump-starting
on page 131.
Disposal
Have old batteries disposed of by your
BMW center or bring them to a recycling
center. Maintain the battery in an upright posi-
tion for transport and storage. Always secure
the battery against tipping over during trans-
port.<
Accessing the fuse box:
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1. Open the glove compartment.
2. Remove the damper, arrow 1, from the
lower holder by applying forward pressure.
3. Disengage the glove compartment by
pressing on both tabs, arrows 2, and fold it
down.
Plastic tweezers are located on the distributor
box.
Information on fuse assignment can be found
next to the distributor box.
Spare fuses are available from your BMW cen-
ter.
After replacing a fuse, press the glove compart-
ment upward until it engages and reattach the
damper.
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Giving and receiving assistance
BMW Assist Response Center contacts you
Emergency Request*
and takes further steps to help you. Even if you
Conditions for an Emergency Request:
are unable to respond, the BMW Assist
> Full preparation package mobile phone: this
Response Center will be able to initiate further
equipment makes it possible to send an
steps to assist you under certain conditions.
Emergency Request even if no mobile
If the circumstances allow this, remain in the
phone is paired with the vehicle.
vehicle until the connection has been estab-
> BMW Assist is activated. Activating
lished. You will then be able to provide a
BMW Assist, refer to separate Owner's
detailed description of the situation.
Manual.
Data for determining the necessary rescue
> Radio readiness is on.
measures are transmitted to the BMW Assist
Response Center, e.g. the current position of
> The BMW Assist system is logged on to a
your vehicle, if it can be determined.
mobile phone network.
If the LED is flashing but the BMW Assist
> The Emergency Request system is opera-
Response Center cannot be heard over the
ble.
hands-free system, it is possible that the
Once your service contract for BMW Assist
hands-free system is malfunctioning. You may
expires, the BMW Assist system can be deacti-
still be heard by the BMW Assist Response
vated by a BMW center without you having to
Center, however.
visit a workshop. Once the BMW Assist system
Under certain conditions, an Emergency
has been deactivated, Emergency Requests
Request is sent automatically immediately after
are not possible. The BMW Assist system can
a severe accident. This Automatic Collision
be reactivated by a BMW center after a new
Notification is not affected by the button being
contract has been signed.
pressed.
Sending an Emergency Request
For technical reasons, the Emergency
Request service cannot be guaranteed
1. Briefly press the cover flap to open.
for the most unfavorable conditions.<
Roadside Assistance
The BMW Roadside Assistance is there to
assist you around the clock in the event of a
breakdown, including on weekends and public
holidays.
The phone numbers of Roadside Assistance in
your home country can be found in the Contact
2. Press the SOS button until the LED in the
brochure.
button lights up.
As soon as the voice connection to the BMW
Assist Response Center has been established,
First aid pouch*
the LED flashes.
Some of the articles contained in the first aid
Once the BMW Assist Response Center has
pouch have a limited service life. Therefore,
received your Emergency Request, the
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check the expiration dates of the contents reg-
Preparation
ularly and replace any items in good time, if nec-
1. Check whether the battery of the other
essary.
vehicle has a voltage of 12 volts and
approximately the same capacitance in Ah.
This information can be found on the bat-
tery.
2. Switch off the engine of the assisting vehi-
cle.
3. Switch off any consumers in both vehicles.
There must not be any contact between
the bodies of the two vehicles; otherwise,
there is a danger of shorting.<
The first aid pouch is located on the right-hand
side of the cargo area in a storage area.
Connecting jumper cables
Connect the jumper cables in the correct
order to prevent sparking at the battery,
Warning triangle*
which could cause injury.<
Your BMW has a jump-starting connection in
the engine compartment which acts as the bat-
tery's positive terminal, refer also to the Engine
compartment overview on page 115. The cap is
marked with +.
1. Pull the cap of the BMW jump-starting con-
nection up to remove.
The warning triangle is located in a holder in the
trunk lid. Press the tabs to take it out.
Jump-starting
If the car's own battery is flat, your BMW's
engine can be started by connecting two
2. Attach one terminal clamp of the plus/+
jumper cables to another vehicle's battery. You
jumper cable to the positive terminal of the
can also use the same method to help start
battery or a starting-aid terminal of the vehi-
another vehicle. Only use jumper cables with
cle providing assistance.
fully-insulated clamp handles.
3. Attach the second terminal clamp of the
Do not touch any electrically live parts
plus/+ jumper cable to the positive terminal
when the engine is running, or a fatal acci-
of the battery or a starting-aid terminal of
dent may occur. Carefully adhere to the follow-
the vehicle to be started.
ing sequence, both to prevent damage to one or
both vehicles, and to guard against possible
4. Attach one terminal clamp of the minus/-
personal injuries.<
jumper cable to the negative terminal of the
battery or to an engine or body ground of
the assisting vehicle.
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Your BMW has a special nut as body ground or
Using a tow fitting
negative pole.
The screw-in tow fitting must always be carried
in the car. It can be screwed in at the front or
rear of the BMW.
It is stored with the onboard vehicle tool kit
underneath the floor mat in the cargo area, refer
to page 124.
Use only the tow fitting provided with the
vehicle and screw it all the way in. Use the
tow fitting for towing on paved roads only. Avoid
lateral loading of the tow fitting, e.g. do not lift
the vehicle by the tow fitting. Otherwise, the
5. Attach the second terminal clamp of the
tow fitting and the vehicle could be damaged.<
minus/- jumper cable to the negative termi-
nal of the battery or to the engine or body
ground of the vehicle to be started.
Access to screw thread
Rectangular cover panel in bumper:
Starting the engine
Press the arrow on the cover.
1. Start the engine of the donor vehicle and
allow it to run for a few minutes at slightly
Front
increased idle speed.
2. Start the engine on the other vehicle in the
usual way.
If the first start attempt is not successful,
wait a few minutes before another attempt
in order to allow the discharged battery to
recharge.
3. Let the engines run for a few minutes.
4. Disconnect the jumper cables by reversing
the above connecting sequence.
Rear
If necessary, have the battery checked and
recharged.
Being towed
Never use spray fluids to start the
Make sure that the ignition is switched on,
engine.<
refer to page 47; otherwise, the low-beam
headlamps, tail lamps, turn signal indicators and
windshield wipers may be unavailable. Power
Tow-starting, towing away
steering assistance is not available when the
engine is not running. Thus, braking and steer-
Observe the applicable laws and regula-
ing will require increased effort. Active steering
tions for tow-starting and towing vehi-
is not active and it will be necessary to turn the
cles.<
steering wheel further.<
Do not transport any passengers other
than the driver in a vehicle that is being
Manual transmission
towed.<
Gearshift lever in neutral position.
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Automatic transmission
With a tow truck
Selector lever in position N.
Changing the selector lever position, refer to
page 50.
Do not exceed a towing speed of 45 mph/
70 km/h and a towing distance of
90 miles/150 km; otherwise, the automatic
transmission may be damaged.<
Towing methods
Do not lift the vehicle by a tow fitting or
Have the BMW transported with a tow truck
body and chassis parts; otherwise, dam-
with a so-called lift bar, or on a flatbed.
age may result.<
Do not tow the vehicle with just the rear axle
raised as this may cause the steering to turn.
With a tow bar
The towing vehicle must not be lighter
Tow-starting
than the towed vehicle; otherwise, it may
Avoid tow-starting the vehicle whenever possi-
be impossible to maintain control.<
ble; instead, jump-start the engine, refer to
The tow fittings used should be on the same
page 131. Vehicles with a catalytic converter
side on both vehicles. Should it prove impossi-
should only be tow-started when the engine is
ble to avoid mounting the tow bar at an angle,
cold, vehicles with an automatic transmission
please observe the following:
cannot be tow-started at all.
> Clearance and maneuvering capability will
1. Switch on the hazard warning flashers,
be sharply limited during cornering.
comply with local regulations.
> The tow bar will generate lateral forces if it is
2. Switch on the ignition, refer to page 47.
attached offset.
3. Shift into 3rd gear.
Attach the tow bar to the tow fittings only,
4. Have the vehicle tow-started with the clutch
as attaching it to other parts of the vehicle
depressed all the way and slowly release
could result in damage.<
the clutch. After the engine starts, immedi-
ately depress the clutch completely again.
With a tow rope
5. Stop at a suitable location, remove the tow
When starting off in the towing vehicle, make
bar or rope and switch off the hazard warn-
sure that the tow rope is taut.
ing flashers.
To avoid jerking and the associated
6. Have the vehicle checked.
stresses on vehicle components when
towing, always use nylon ropes or nylon straps.
Attach the tow rope to the tow fittings only, as
attaching it to other parts of the vehicle could
result in damage.<
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Indicator and warning lamps
and colors. See the table for information on
causes and how to react. Note whether a lamp
comes on alone or in combination with another.
Some lamps can light up in different colors.
Corresponding distinctions are made in the
text.
Indicator and warning lamps can light up in the
display areas 1 or 2 in a variety of combinations
1
2
Cause
Special actions to be taken
Turn signals
High beams/headlamp flasher
switched on
Fog lamps switched on
Fasten safety belts
Fasten your safety belt, refer also to
page 41.
Indication in US models
Parking brake applied
Release the parking brake.
Indication in Canadian models
Parking brake applied
Release the parking brake.
Outside temperature warning
Drive cautiously, refer also to page 56.
Lights up briefly:
> Approx. 2.1 US gallons/8 liters of
fuel remain in the tank
Remains on:
Remaining operating range is no more
than 30 miles/50 km, refer to page 57
Engine refuses to start
Depress the brake or clutch in order to
start the engine, refer to page 48.
Ignition switched on and driver's door
Switch off the ignition, refer to page 47,
open
or close the driver's door.
Parking lamps still on
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1
2
Cause
Special actions to be taken
Roadside parking lamps still on
Switch off the roadside parking lamps,
refer to page 76.
Door open
Engine compartment lid open
Trunk lid open
Lights up in red:
Convertible top not locked
Automatic lock malfunctioning. Lock
the convertible top manually, refer to
page 32. Have it checked by your BMW
center.
Electronic failure when closing con-
Close the convertible top manually,
vertible top
refer to page 32. Have it checked by
your BMW center.
Lights up in yellow:
Cargo area partition not in lowermost
Fold the cargo area partition down.
position. Convertible top cannot be
moved
Vehicle speed too high for convertible
Reduce speed to below 30 mph/
top movement
50 km/h and continue convertible top
movement.
Convertible top drive overheated
Close the convertible top immediately
and let the convertible top drive cool.
After cooling, the convertible top can
be opened electrically again.
Rollover protection system malfunc-
Have the rollover protection system
tioning
checked by your nearest BMW center.
Gas cap is open
Make sure that the gas cap is correctly
positioned and close it until it audibly
clicks. Do not jam the strap between
the gas cap and the vehicle.
Windshield washer fluid level too low
Add washer fluid as soon as possible,
refer to page 53.
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1
2
Cause
Special actions to be taken
Lights up in red:
Service due
Arrange a service appointment.
Check service requirements, refer to
page 61.
Lights up in yellow:
The engine will start the next time the
start/stop button is touched, possibly
without the brake or clutch being
depressed
Remote control malfunctioning or, in
The engine cannot be started. Have the
cars with Comfort Access, not present
remote control checked, if necessary.
Battery of remote control discharged
Use the remote control for a longer
journey or, in cars with Comfort
Access, replace the battery.
Belt tensioners and/or airbag system
Have the system checked immediately.
failed
Active steering defective
You can continue your journey.
Steering characteristics are modified
and steering wheel could be off-center.
Have the system checked as soon as
possible.
Steering assistance failed
Markedly different steering response.
You can continue your journey, but
moderate your speed and exercise due
caution.
Have the system checked as soon as
possible.
Lights up:
Emergency Request system has failed
Have the system checked as soon as
or is malfunctioning
possible.
Lights up in red:
Engine malfunction
Stop the car and switch off the engine.
You cannot continue your journey.
Contact your BMW center.
Lights up in yellow:
Full engine power is no longer available
You can continue your journey, but
moderate your speed and exercise due
caution. Have the engine checked as
soon as possible.
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1
2
Cause
Special actions to be taken
Indication in US models:
Warning lamp flashes:
Engine malfunction under high load.
You can continue your journey, but
High engine load will result in damage
moderate your speed and exercise due
to the catalytic converter
caution. Have the vehicle checked
without delay.
Warning lamp comes on:
Have the car checked as soon as possi-
ble.
Engine malfunction with adverse effect
on emissions
Indication in Canadian models:
Warning lamp flashes:
Engine malfunction under high load.
You can continue your journey, but
High engine load will result in damage
moderate your speed and exercise due
to the catalytic converter
caution. Have the vehicle checked
without delay.
Warning lamp comes on:
Engine malfunction with adverse effect
Have the car checked as soon as possi-
on emissions
ble.
Lights up in red:
Engine overheating
Carefully bring the car to a stop, switch
off the engine and allow it to cool down.
Do not open the hood; otherwise, there
is a risk of injury from scalding. Contact
your BMW center.
Lights up in yellow:
Engine too hot
Continue driving at more moderate
speed so that the engine can cool
down. Have the engine checked with-
out delay if the situation reoccurs.
Lights up in red:
Battery is no longer being charged.
Switch off all unnecessary electrical
Alternator malfunction
consumers. Have the vehicle's power
supply system checked immediately.
Lights up in yellow:
Battery charge level very low, battery
Have the battery checked as soon as
aged or not securely connected
possible.
Engine oil pressure too low
Stop immediately and switch off the
engine. You cannot continue your jour-
ney. Contact your BMW center.
Engine oil level too low
Add engine oil immediately; refer to
page 115 for more information.
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