2004 BMW X3 2.5i, X3 3.0i Owners Manual

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X3 2.5i
We are very glad that you have decided to purchase a
X3 3.0i
The more familiar you are with it, the more secure you will
be on the roads. This is why we ask you:
Please read the information we have gathered for you in
this owner's manual before you set off with your new BMW.
You receive important information on vehicle operation
that enables you to make full use of the technical benefits
of your BMW. You will also find information on mainte-
nance that serves to retain the operating and road safety as
well as the best possible value retention of your vehicle.
You will find supplementary information in other brochures.
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 good and safe driving.
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The fastest way to find specific topics is to
use the index, refer to page 119.
Using this Owner's Manual
At a glance
At a glance
Opening and closing
Transporting children safely
Everything under control
Technology for comfort, convenience
and safety
A congenial climate
Practical interior accessories
Driving tips
Things to remember when driving
Wheels and tires
Under the engine hood
Laws and regulations
Driving tips
Replacing components
107 Giving and receiving assistance
114 Technical data
117 Everything from A to Z
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Using this Owner's Manual
Symbols used
We have made every effort to ensure that
Indicates precautions that must be
you are able to find what you need in this
followed precisely in order to avoid
Owner's Manual as quickly as possible.
the possibility of personal injury and seri-
The fastest way to find certain topics is by
ous damage to the vehicle.
using the detailed index at the end. For a
Contains information that will assist
brief initial overview, please refer to the first
you in gaining the optimum benefit
from your vehicle and enable you to care
Should you sell your BMW some day,
more effectively for your vehicle.
please remember to hand over the Owner's
Refers to measures that can be taken
Manual as well; it is an important compo-
to help protect the environment.
nent of your vehicle.
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Additional sources of information
If you have additional questions, your BMW
* Indicates special equipment, country-
Sports Activity Vehicle Center is always
specific equipment and optional extras
happy to advise you.
when available.
You can find information on BMW, e.g.
Vehicle Memory, Key Memory, refer
technology, on the Internet at
to page 33. Identifies functions that
can be specifically adapted for a particular
key or vehicle. These adjustments can be
performed either by yourself or by your
BMW Sports Activity Vehicle Center.
Symbols on vehicle components
Indicates that you should consult the
relevant section of this Owner's Man-
ual for information on a particular part or
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The individual vehicle
Editorial notice
On buying your BMW, you have decided in
BMW pursues a policy of continuous,
favor of a model with individualized equip-
ongoing development that is conceived to
ment and features. This Owner's Manual
ensure that our vehicles continue to
describes all models and equipment that
embody the highest quality and safety
BMW offers within the same group.
standards combined with advanced, state-
We hope you will understand that equip-
of-the-art technology. For this reason, the
ment and features are included that you
features described in this Owner's Manual
At a glance
might not have chosen for your vehicle.
may differ from those on your vehicle. Nor
Sections describing options and special
can errors and omissions be entirely ruled
equipment are marked by asterisks * to
out. You are therefore asked to appreciate
assist you in identifying possible differ-
that no claims can be entertained on the
ences between the descriptions in this
basis of the data, illustrations or descrip-
manual and your own vehicle's equipment.
tions in this Owner's Manual.
Should your BMW be equipped with fea-
tures or accessories not described in this
manual, e.g. car radio or portable phone,
please consult the enclosed supplemen-
tary owner's manuals.
Driving tips
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For your own safety
Parts and accessories
For your own safety, use genuine
parts and accessories approved by
Use unleaded gasoline only. Fuels
containing up to and including 10 %
When you purchase accessories tested
ethanol or other oxygenates with up to
and approved by BMW and Genuine BMW
2.8% oxygen by weight, i.e. 15% MTBE or
Parts, you simultaneously acquire the
3% methanol plus an equivalent amount of
assurance that they have been thoroughly
co-solvent – will not void the applicable
tested by BMW to ensure optimum perfor-
warranties respecting defects in materials
mance when installed on your vehicle.
or workmanship. Field experience has indi-
BMW warrants these parts to be free from
cated significant differences in fuel quality –
defects in material and workmanship.
i.e. volatility, composition, additives, etc. –
BMW will not accept any liability for dam-
among gasolines offered for sale in the
ages resulting from installation of parts and
United States and Canada. The use of
accessories not approved by BMW.
poor-quality fuels may result in driveability,
BMW cannot test every product made by
starting and stalling problems especially
other manufacturers to verify if it can be
under certain environmental conditions,
used on a BMW safely and without risk to
such as high ambient temperature and high
either the vehicle, its operation, or its occu-
Should you encounter driveability prob-
Genuine BMW Parts, BMW Accessories
lems which you suspect could be related to
and other products approved by BMW,
the fuel you are using, we recommend that
together with professional advice on using
you respond by switching to a recognized
these items, are available from all BMW
high-quality brand.
Sports Activity Vehicle Centers.
Failure to comply with these recommenda-
Installation and operation of non-BMW
tions may result in unscheduled mainte-
approved accessories such as alarms,
radios, amplifiers, radar detectors, wheels,
Follow the relevant safety rules when you
suspension components, brake dust
are handling gasoline.
shields, telephones – including operation of
any portable phone from within the vehicle
Maintenance and repair
without using an externally mounted
antenna – or transceiver equipment, for
Advanced technology, e.g. the use of
instance, CBs, walkie-talkie, ham radio or
modern materials and high-perfor-
similar accessories, may cause extensive
mance electronics, requires specially
damage to the vehicle, compromise its
adapted maintenance and repair methods.
safety, interfere with the vehicle's electrical
Therefore, only have corresponding work
system or affect the validity of the BMW
on your BMW carried out by a BMW Sports
Limited Warranty. See your BMW Sports
Activity Vehicle Center or a workshop that
Activity Vehicle Center for additional infor-
works according to BMW repair proce-
dures with correspondingly trained person-
nel. If work is carried out improperly, there
Maintenance, replacement, or repair
is a danger of consequential damage and
of the emission control devices and
the related safety risks.
systems may be performed by any automo-
tive repair establishment or individual using
any certified automotive part.<
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Service and warranty
Reporting safety defects
This manual is supplemented by a Service
The following only applies to vehicles
and Warranty Information Booklet for US
owned and operated in the US.
models or a Warranty and Service Guide
If you believe that your vehicle has a defect
Booklet for Canadian models.
which could cause a crash or could cause
We recommend that you read this publica-
injury or death, you should immediately
tion thoroughly.
inform the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration NHTSA in addition to notify-
At a glance
Your BMW is covered by the following war-
ing BMW of North America, LLC, P.O. Box
1227, Westwood, New Jersey 07675-
New Vehicle Limited Warranty
1227, telephone toll-free
Rust Perforation Limited Warranty
Federal Emissions System Defect War-
If NHTSA receives similar complaints, it
may open an investigation, and if it finds
Federal Emissions Performance War-
that a safety defect exists in a group of
vehicles, it may order a recall and remedy
campaign. However, NHTSA cannot
California Emission Control System
become involved in individual problems
Limited Warranty.
between you, your dealer, or BMW of North
Detailed information about these warran-
America, LLC.
ties is listed in the Service and Warranty
To contact NHTSA, you may either call the
Information Booklet for US models or in the
Auto Safety Hotline toll-free at
Warranty and Service Guide Booklet for
1-800-424-9393 or 366-0123
Canadian models.
in Washington, D.C. area, or write to:
NHTSA, U.S. Department of Transporta-
tion, Washington, D.C. 20590. You can also
obtain other information about motor vehi-
cle safety from the Hotline.
Driving tips
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Document Outline
  • Contents
  • Notes
    • Using this Owner's Manual
    • Symbols used
    • The individual vehicle
    • Editorial notice
    • For your own safety
    • Service and warranty
    • Reporting safety defects
  • Cockpit
    • Controls
    • Instrument cluster
    • Indicator and warning lamps
    • Buttons in steering wheel*
  • Opening and closing
    • Key set
    • Central locking system
    • Opening and closing ? from outside
    • Opening and closing ? from inside
    • Tailgate
    • Electric power windows
    • Panorama glass roof*
    • Alarm system*
  • Adjustments
    • Sitting safely
    • Seats
    • Seat and mirror memory*
    • Heated seats*
    • Safety belts
    • Steering wheel
    • Mirrors
    • Vehicle Memory, Key Memory
  • Transporting children safely
    • The right place for children
    • Installing child-restraint systems
    • For driving
  • Driving
    • Ignition lock
    • Engine
    • Handbrake
    • Manual transmission
    • Automatic transmission with Steptronic*
    • Turn signal indicators/ headlamp flasher
    • Washer/wiper system/Rain sensor*
    • Cruise control*
  • Everything under control
    • Odometer
    • Tachometer
    • Fuel gauge
    • Coolant temperature gauge
    • Service Interval Display
    • Clock
    • Computer*
  • Technology for comfort, convenience and safety
    • Park Distance Control PDC*
    • Driving stability control systems
    • Flat Tire Monitor
    • Brake force display
    • Airbags
  • Lamps
    • Parking lamps/low beams
    • Adaptive Head Light*
    • Instrument lighting
    • High beams/standing lamps
    • Fog lamps*
    • Interior lamps
  • A congenial climate
    • Air conditioner
    • Automatic climate control*
  • Practical interior accessories
    • Integrated universal remote control*
    • Beverage holders
    • Glove compartment
    • Storage compartments
    • Front ashtray*
    • Cigarette lighter, front*
    • Ashtray, rear*
    • Cigarette lighter, rear*
    • Car phone preparation*
    • Ski bag*
    • Cargo area
  • Things to remember when driving
    • Break-in procedures
    • General driving notes
    • Safe braking
    • Cargo loading
    • Roof-mounted luggage rack*
    • Driving on bad roads
  • Refueling
    • Fuel specifications
  • Wheels and tires
    • Tire inflation pressure
    • Tire identification marks
    • Tire condition
    • Replacing wheels/tires
    • Snow chains*
  • Under the engine hood
    • Hood
    • Engine compartment
    • Washer fluid
    • Engine oil
    • Coolant
    • Brake system
  • Maintenance
    • The BMW maintenance system
  • Laws and regulations
    • California Proposition 65 Warning
    • OBD connector
  • Replacing components
    • Onboard tool kit
    • Replacing wiper blades
    • Lamps and bulbs
    • Changing a wheel
    • Battery
    • Fuses
  • Giving and receiving assistance
    • Receiving assistance
    • Warning triangle*
    • First-aid kit*
    • Jump-starting
    • Towing
  • Technical data
    • Engine specifications
    • Dimensions
    • Weights
    • Capacities
  • Everything from A to Z
    • Index
  • Refueling