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Owner's Manual for Vehicle Congratulations, and thank you for choosing a BMW. Thorough familiarity with your vehicle will provide you with enhanced control and security when you drive it. We therefore have this request: Please take the time to read this Owner's Manual and familiarize yourself with the information that we have compiled for you before starting off in your new vehicle. It contains important data and instructions intended to assist you in gaining maximum use and satisfaction from your BMW's unique range of technical fea- tures. The manual also contains information on maintenance designed to enhance operating safety and contribute to main- taining the value of your BMW throughout an extended service life. This manual is supplemented by a Service and Warranty Informa- tion Booklet for US models or a Warranty and Service Guide Booklet for Canadian models. We wish you an enjoyable driving experience. BMW Group

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The fastest way to find information on a partic- ular topic or item is by using the index, refer to page 254.

Using this Owner's Manual

Notes Reporting safety defects

At a glance 10
Cockpit iDrive 16
Letters and numbers 21
Voice activation system

Controls 26 Opening and closing 41

Adjustments Transporting children safely Driving Controls overview Technology for driving comfort and safety Lamps Climate

102 Practical interior accessories

Driving tips 116 Things to remember when driving

Navigation 124 Navigation system 125 Destination entry 134 Destination guidance 140 What to do if …

Entertainment 144 On/off and tone 147 Radio 150 Satellite radio 155 CD/DVD player and CD changer 162 Music collection 167 External devices

Communications 174 Telephone 186 Contacts 188 BMW Assist

Mobility 196 Refueling 201 Wheels and tires 218 Under the hood 223 Maintenance 225 Care 229 Replacing components 237 Giving and receiving assistance

Reference 244 Technical data 249 Short commands for the voice activation


254 Everything from A-Z



Using this Owner's Manual We have tried to make all the information in this Owner's Manual easy to find. The fastest way to find specific topics is to refer to the detailed index at the back of the manual. If you wish to gain an initial overview of your vehicle, you will find this in the first chapter. Should you sell your BMW some day, please remember to hand over the Owner's Manual as well; it is an important component of your vehi- cle.

Additional sources of information Should you have any other questions, your BMW center will be glad to advise you at any time. Information on BMW, e.g. on technical aspects, can also be found on the Internet at

Symbols used

Indicates precautions that must be fol- lowed precisely in order to avoid the pos- sibility of personal injury and serious damage to the vehicle.<

Indicates information that will assist you in gaining the optimum benefit from your vehicle and enable you to care more effectively for your vehicle.<

Refers to measures that can be taken to help protect the environment.<

< Marks the end of a specific item of informa- tion. * Indicates special equipment, country-spe- cific equipment and optional accessories, as well as equipment and functions not yet avail- able at the time of printing. "..." Identifies Control Display texts used to select individual functions. {...} Verbal instructions to use with the voice activation system. {{...}} Identifies the answers generated by the voice activation system.

Symbols on vehicle components

Indicates that you should consult the rel- evant section of this Owner's Manual for

information on a particular part or assembly.

The individual vehicle When you ordered your BMW, you chose vari- ous items of equipment. This Owner's Manual describes the entire array of options and equip- ment available with a specific BMW model. Please bear in mind that the manual may con- tain information on accessories and equipment that you have not specified for your own vehicle. Sections describing options and special equip- ment are marked by asterisks * to assist you in identifying possible differences between the descriptions in this manual and your own vehi- cle's equipment. If equipment in your BMW is not described in this Owner's Manual, please refer to the accom- panying Supplementary Owner's Manuals.

Editorial notice BMW pursues a policy of continuous, ongoing development that is conceived to ensure that our vehicles continue to embody the highest quality and safety standards combined with advanced, state-of-the-art technology. For this reason, it is possible in exceptional cases that features described in this Owner's Manual could differ from those on your vehicle.

For your own safety

Maintenance and repair

Advanced technology, e.g. the use of modern materials and powerful electron-

ics, requires specially adapted maintenance and repair methods. You should therefore have the corresponding work on your vehicle per- formed only by your BMW center or at a work- shop that works according to BMW repair pro- cedures with correspondingly trained personnel. If this work is not carried out prop- erly, there is a danger of subsequent damage and related safety hazards.<

Parts and accessories

For your own safety, use genuine parts and accessories approved by BMW.

When you purchase accessories tested and approved by BMW and Original BMW Parts, you simultaneously acquire the assurance that they have been thoroughly tested by BMW to ensure optimum performance when installed on your vehicle. BMW warrants these parts to be free from defects in material and workmanship. BMW will not accept any liability for damage resulting from installation of parts and accesso- ries not approved by BMW. BMW cannot test every product made by other manufacturers to verify if it can be used on a BMW safely and without risk to either the vehi- cle, its operation, or its occupants. Original BMW Parts, BMW Accessories and other products approved by BMW, together with professional advice on using these items, are available from all BMW centers. Installation and operation of accessories not approved by BMW, such as alarms, radios, amplifiers, radar detectors, wheels, suspension components, brake dust shields, telephones, including operation of any mobile phone from within the vehicle without using an externally mounted antenna, or transceiver equipment, for instance, CBs, walkie-talkies, ham radio or sim- ilar accessories, may cause extensive damage to the vehicle, compromise its safety, interfere with the vehicle's electrical system or affect the validity of the BMW Limited Warranty. See your BMW center for additional information.<

Maintenance, replacement, or repair of the emission control devices and sys- tems may be performed by any automotive repair establishment or individual using any cer- tified automotive part.<

California Proposition 65 warning California law requires us to issue the following warning:

Engine exhaust and a wide variety of automobile components and parts,


including components found in the interior fur- nishings in a vehicle, contain 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 component wear contain or emit chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. Battery posts, terminals and related accesso- ries contain lead and lead compounds. Wash your hands after handling. Used engine oil contains chemicals that have caused cancer in laboratory animals. Always protect your skin by washing thoroughly with soap and water.<

Service and warranty We recommend that you read this publication thoroughly. Your BMW is covered by the following warran- ties: > New Vehicle Limited Warranty > Rust Perforation Limited Warranty > Federal Emissions System Defect Warranty > Federal Emissions Performance Warranty > California Emission Control System Limited


Detailed information about these warranties is listed in the Service and Warranty Information Booklet for US models or in the Warranty and Service Guide Booklet for Canadian models. Your vehicle has been specifically adapted and designed to meet the particular operating con- ditions and homologation requirements in your country and continental region in order to deliver the full driving pleasure while the vehicle is operated under those conditions. If you wish to operate your vehicle in another country or region, you may be required to adapt your vehi- cle to meet different prevailing operating condi- tions and homologation requirements. You should also be aware of any applicable warranty limitations or exclusions for such country or region. In such case, please contact Customer Relations for further information.

Reporting safety defects

For US customers The following only applies to vehicles owned and operated in the US. If you believe that your vehicle has a defect which could cause a crash or could cause injury or death, you should immediately inform the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA, in addition to notifying BMW of North America, LLC, P.O. Box 1227, Westwood, New Jersey 07675-1227, Telephone 1-800-831- 1117.

If NHTSA receives similar complaints, it may open an investigation, and if it finds that a safety defect exists in a group of vehicles, it may order a recall and remedy campaign. However, NHTSA cannot become involved in individual problems between you, your center, or BMW of North America, LLC. To contact NHTSA, you may call the Vehicle Safety Hotline toll-free at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); go to; or write to: Adminis- trator, NHTSA, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590. You can also obtain other information about motor vehicle safety from

For Canadian customers Canadian customers who wish to report a safety-related defect to Transport Canada, Defect Investigations and Recalls, may call 1-800-333-0510 toll-free from anywhere in Canada or 1-613-993-9851 from the Ottawa region and from other countries, or contact Transport Canada by mail at: Transport Can- ada, ASFAD, Place de Ville, Tower C, 330 Sparks Street, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0N5. You can also obtain other information about motor vehicle safety from

At a glance At a glance

This overview of buttons, switches and displays is intended to familiarize you with your vehicle's operating environment. The section will also assist you in becoming acquainted with the control concepts and options available for operating the various systems.


Around the steering wheel: controls and displays

Safety switch for electric rear windows 36

Opening and closing windows 36

3 Folding exterior mirrors in and out* 47
4 Adjusting exterior mirrors, automatic curb

monitor* 47

Parking lamps 92

Low beams 92
Automatic headlamp control* 92
Adaptive light control* 93
High-beam assistant* 94

Fog lamps 95



Turn signals 58

High beams, headlamp flasher 94

High-beam assistant* 94

Roadside parking lamps* 94

Computer 71

Settings and information about the vehicle 72

8 Instrument cluster 12

Windshield wipers 59

Rain sensor* 59

Sports Wagon: Rear window wiper 60

12 Buttons on the steering wheel

Telephone*: Accepting and ending a call; dial- ing* the selected phone number; redialing if no phone number is selected


Activating/deactivating voice acti- vation system* 22
Changing the radio station Interrupting a traffic bulletin Selecting a music track Scrolling through the redial list

Next entertainment source

Recirculated-air mode 99


Switching the ignition on/off and starting/stopping the engine 54


Steering wheel heating* 49

11 Ignition lock 54

14 Horn, entire surface 15 Adjusting the steering wheel 48

Cruise control* 61

Active cruise control* 62

17 Releasing the hood 218
18 Opening the tailgate/trunk lid 30


Instrument cluster

1 Speedometer 2 Indicator lamps for turn signals 3 Indicator and warning lamps 13
4 Displays for active cruise control* 62
5 Tachometer 69
6 Engine oil temperature* 70

Energy Control* 70

7 Display for

> Clock 69
> Outside temperature 69
> Indicator and warning lamps 77

8 Display for

> Position of automatic transmission* 56
> Computer 71
> Date of next scheduled service, and remaining distance to be driven 73

> Odometer and trip odometer 69
> High-beam assistant* 94
> Checking engine oil level* 219
> Settings and information 72
> There is a Check Control

message 77
9 Fuel gauge 70
10 Resetting the trip odometer 69


Indicator and warning lamps

The concept

Indicator and warning lamps can light up in a variety of combinations and colors. Several of the lamps are checked for proper functioning and light up temporarily when the engine is started or the ignition is switched on.

Text messages

In urgent cases, this information will be shown as soon as the corresponding lamp comes on.

Indicator lamps without text messages The following indicator lamps notify you that certain functions are active:

High beams/headlamp flasher 94

Fog lamps 95

Lamp flashes: DSC or DTC is regulating the propul- sive forces in order to maintain driving stability 83

Parking brake applied 56

Canada: parking brake applied 56

Engine malfunction with adverse effect on emissions 224
Canada: engine malfunction with adverse effect on emissions 224

Text messages at the top edge of the Control Display describe the meanings of the indicator and warning lamps.

Supplementary text messages

You can call up more information on the Control Display, e.g. on the cause of a malfunction and on how to respond, via Check Control, refer to page 77.


Around the center console: controls and displays


15 Changing

> Radio station 147
> Track 155


Park Distance Control PDC* 81

Sedan: Roller sun blind* 105

Hill Descent Control HDC* 83

17 Controller 16

Can be turned, pressed, or moved in four directions

18 Buttons on the controller 16

Selecting menus directly

19 Programmable memory keys 20
20 Switching entertainment audio sources on/

off and adjusting volume 144

21 Ejecting a CD/DVD* 155

1 Microphone for voice activation system*

and for telephone* in hands-free mode 2 SOS: initiating an Emergency Request

call* 237

3 Reading lamps 96
4 Glass roof/panorama glass roof* 37
5 Interior lamps 96
6 Passenger airbag status lamp* 91
7 Control Display 16
8 Hazard warning flashers 9 Dynamic Traction Control DTC 82
10 Central locking system 30
11 Automatic climate control

Air distribution to the windshield 98
Air distribution to the upper body area 98

Air distribution to the footwell 98

Automatic air distribution and flow rate 98

Cooling function 99

Automatic recirculated-air control AUC and recirculated-air mode 99

Maximum cooling 98

ALL program 99

Air volume 98

Defrosting windows 99

Rear window defroster 99

Heated seats* 45

12 CD/DVD drive* 155
13 Changing the audio and entertainment


14 Selecting AM or FM waveband




iDrive integrates the functions of a large num- ber of switches. This allows these functions to be operated from a single central position. The following section provides an introduction to

basic menu navigation. The control of the indi- vidual functions is described in connection with the relevant equipment.


1 Control Display 2 Controller with buttons

You can use the buttons to open the menus directly. The controller can be used to select the menu items and create settings. > Move in four directions, arrow 3
> Turn, arrow 4
> Push, arrow 5

Operate the controller only when traffic and road conditions allow this, to avoid

endangering the car's occupants and other road users by being distracted.<


Buttons on the controller


Function Open the main menu Open the Radio menu Open the CD/Multimedia menu Open the Navigation menu Open the Telephone menu Display the previous menu Open the Options menu

Operating principle With the ignition at radio readiness or beyond, refer to page 54, the following message is dis- played on the Control Display:

All iDrive functions can be called up via the main menu.

Selecting a menu item The menu items shown in white can be selected. 1. Turn the controller until the desired menu

item is highlighted.

To hide the message: Press the controller. The main menu is displayed. The message is automatically hidden after approx. 10 seconds.

Opening the main menu Press the MENU button. The main menu is displayed.

2. Press the controller. A new menu is displayed or the function is exe- cuted.

Menu items in the Owner's Manual In the Owner's Manual, menu items that can be selected are set in quotation marks, e.g. "Set- tings".

Changing between panels After selecting a menu item, e.g. "Radio", a new menu is displayed on a panel. The panels can overlap.



Move the controller to the left or right to change between the panels.

Adjusting settings 1. Select a field. 2. Turn the controller until the desired setting

is displayed.

White arrows pointing to the left or right indi- cate that additional panels can be opened.

Opening the Options menu Press the OPTION button. The "Options" menu is displayed.

Another possibility: move the controller to the right repeatedly until the "Options" menu appears. The "Options" menu contains the following: > Screen settings, refer to page 19. > Control options for the selected menu.

3. Press the controller to confirm the setting. The scroll bar on the right side indicates whether additional menu items or set-

tings can be selected that are currently not vis- ible.<

Example: setting the clock 1. Press the MENU button.

The main menu is displayed.

2. Turn the controller until "Settings" is high-

lighted, and then press the controller.

3. Turn the controller until "Time/Date" is

highlighted, and then press the controller.


4. Turn the controller until "Time:" is high-

lighted, and then press the controller.

Sound output is switched off or

display for traffic bulletins*: > "TI":

Traffic bulletins are switched on.

> No display:

Traffic bulletins are switched off.

Other displays: Status information is temporarily hidden during Check Control message displays or entries via the voice activation system*.

Switching the Control Display off/on 1. Press the OPTION button. 2. "Switch off Control display"

5. Turn the controller to set the hours and

press the controller.

6. Turn the controller to set the minutes and

press the controller.

Status information

1 Time 2 Display for:

Reception strength of the wireless network, depends on the mobile phone

> Incoming, outgoing or missed call > SMS* received

3 Display for:

> Entertainment:

Radio, CD/DVD, external devices

> Telephone*:

Name of the mobile phone paired with the vehicle

Press the controller to switch on.

Professional navigation system: split screen Additional information, e.g. from the computer, can be displayed on the right side of the split screen. On the split screen, this information remains visible even when you change to another menu.

Switching the split screen on and off 1. Press the OPTION button. 2. "Split screen"

The split screen is activated.

Selecting the display for the split screen content When the split screen is switched on, you can select the content displayed on the screen.



1. Move the controller to the right repeatedly

until the split screen content is selected.

Displaying brief information Touch the button.


2. Select the display.

The key assignment is displayed at the top edge of the screen.

Programmable memory keys Certain iDrive functions can be stored on the programmable memory keys and called up directly, e.g. radio stations, navigation destina- tions, phone numbers and entry points into the menu.

Displaying detailed information


Touch the button for an

extended period.

Storing functions 1. Highlight the function via the iDrive. 2.

Press the desired key for


longer than two seconds.

Example for programmable memory keys Switch the voice instructions for the navigation on/off. 1. "Navigation" 2. "Map" 3. Select the 4.

symbol using the controller. Press the desired key for


longer than two seconds.

Executing a function


Press the button.

The function is executed immediately. This means, for example, that the number is dialed when a phone number is selected.

Displaying memory key assignments Touch the button with a finger. Do not wear gloves or use objects.


Letters and numbers

Entering letters and numbers 1. Turn the controller: select the letters or


2. Select additional letters or numbers if


3. "OK": confirm the entry.


Function Press the controller: delete one letter or number Press the controller for an extended period: delete all letters or numbers Enter a blank space

Switching between letters and numbers Depending on the menu, you can switch between entering letters and numbers:


Function Entering letters

Entering numbers

Wordmatch concept during navigation Entry of names and addresses: the selection is narrowed down every time a letter is entered and letters may be added automatically. Destination search: the entries are continuously compared to the data stored in the vehicle. > The only letters offered for entering

addresses are those for which data are available.

> Town/city names can be entered with the spelling used in any of the languages avail- able on the Control Display.


Voice activation system

The concept The voice activation system allows you to con- trol operation of various vehicle systems with- out removing your hands from the steering wheel. Individual menu items on the Control Display can be spoken as commands. It is not neces- sary to use the controller. The voice activation system transforms your oral commands into control signals for the selected systems and provides support in the form of instructions or questions. The voice activation system uses a special microphone located in the area of the interior rearview mirror, refer to page 14.

Precondition Via iDrive, select the language in which the voice activation system is operating, so that the spoken commands can be identified. Selecting the language for iDrive, refer to page 79.

Symbols in the Owner's Manual

{...} Say the specified commands word for word. {{...}} Indicates responses of the voice acti- vation system.

Saying commands

Activating voice activation system 1. Press the

button on the steering wheel.

This symbol on the Control Display and an acoustic signal indicate that the voice activation system is ready to receive spo- ken commands.

2. Say the command.

The command appears on the Control Dis- play.

This symbol appears on the Control Display

when you can enter additional commands. If no further commands are possible, continue by operating the item of equipment via iDrive.

Terminating or canceling voice activation system Press the or

button on the steering wheel


In dialogs that call for a text of your choice, the procedure can only be canceled using the but- ton on the steering wheel.

Possible commands The commands available in each case depend on the menu item selected on the Control Dis- play. To have the available commands read aloud:

{Voice commands}

For example, if "CD/DVD" is selected, the com- mands for operating CD/Multimedia are read aloud.


Calling up functions immediately via short commands Short commands enable you to perform certain functions immediately, irrespective of which menu item is selected, refer to page 249.

Example: selecting the track of a CD 1.

If necessary, switch on entertainment audio output.

2. Press the

button on the steering wheel.

3. Select the music track, e.g.:

{C D track 4} System says: {{Track 4}}

Setting the voice dialog You can set whether the system should use the standard dialog or a shorter variant. In the shorter variant of the voice dialog, the prompts and responses from the system are abbrevi- ated. 1. "Settings" 2. "Language/Units" 3. "Speech mode:"

> Do not use the voice activation system to

initiate an Emergency Request. In stressful situations, the voice and vocal pitch can change. This can unnecessarily delay the establishment of a telephone connection.

> Pronounce the commands and digits

smoothly and at normal volume, avoiding excessive emphases and pauses. This also applies when spelling out and saying a full word during destination entry.

> When selecting a radio station, use the

standard pronunciation of the station name.

> For entries in the voice-activated phone

book, only use names in the language of the voice activation system and no abbrevia- tions.

> Keep the doors, windows and glass roof/

panorama glass roof closed to prevent interference from outside noise.

> Avoid ambient noise in the vehicle while


4. To select the setting:

> "Default" > "Short"


To operate the phone by voice, refer to page 181.<

For voice commands, bear in mind the follow- ing:


Controls Controls

This chapter is intended to provide you with information for complete control of your vehicle. All features and accessories that are useful for driving and your safety, comfort and convenience, are described here.

Opening and closing

Remote control

Each remote control contains a rechargeable battery that is automatically recharged when it is in the ignition lock while the car is being driven. Use each remote control at least twice a year for longer road trips in order to maintain the batteries' charge status. In cars with Comfort Access*, the remote control contains a replaceable battery, refer to page 35. The settings called up and implemented when the car is unlocked depend on which remote control is used to unlock the car, refer to Per- sonal Profile, next column. In addition, information about service require- ments is stored in the remote control, refer to Service data in the remote control, page 223.

Integrated key

Press button 1 to release the key. The integrated key fits the following locks: > Glove compartment, refer to page 105
> Driver's door, refer to page 29


New remote controls Your BMW center can supply new remote con- trols with integrated keys as additional units or as replacements in the event of loss.

Personal Profile

The concept You can set many of your BMW's functions to suit your personal needs and preferences. Without any action on your part, Personal Pro- file ensures that most of these settings are stored for the remote control currently in use. When you unlock the car, the remote control used for the purpose is recognized and the set- tings stored for it are called up and imple- mented. This means that your personal settings will be activated for you, even if in the meantime your car was used by someone else with another remote control and the corresponding settings. The individual settings are stored for a maxi- mum of four remote controls. They are stored for two remote controls if Comfort Access* is in use.

Personal Profile settings For more information on specific settings, refer to the specified pages. > Assignment of programmable memory

keys, refer to page 20

> Response of the central locking system

when the car is unlocked, refer to page 27
> Automatic locking of the vehicle, refer to

page 30

> Automatic call-up* of the driver's seat posi-

tion, refer to page 45

> Triple turn signal activation, refer to

page 59

> Settings for the display on the Control Dis-

> In cars with Comfort Access*, via the han-

play and in the instrument cluster: > 12h/24h format of the clock, refer to

page 76

> Date format, refer to page 77
> Brightness of the Control Display, refer

to page 80

> Language on the Control Display, refer

to page 79

> Units of measure, refer to page 73

> Show visual warning for Park Distance Con-

trol PDC*, refer to page 81

> Light settings:

> Welcome lamps, refer to page 92
> Pathway lighting, refer to page 93
> Daytime running lights, refer to page 93
> High-beam assistant, refer to page 94

> Automatic climate control: activating/deac-

tivating AUTO program, cooling function and automatic recirculated-air control, set- ting temperature, air volume and distribu- tion, refer to page 98 ff

> Entertainment:

> Tone control, refer to page 144
> Speed-dependent volume control, refer

to page 145

Central locking system

The concept The central locking system functions when the driver's door is closed. The system simultaneously engages and releases the locks on the following: > Doors > Trunk lid/tailgate > Fuel filler flap

Operating from outside > Via the remote control > Via the door lock*

dles on the driver's and front passenger doors

In addition, if the remote control is used, the interior lamps and the door's courtesy lamps* are also switched on or off. The alarm system* is also armed or disarmed. For further details of the alarm system, refer to page 33.

Operating from inside By means of the button for central locking, refer to page 30.