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Congratulations, and thank you for choosing a BMW.
Thorough familiarity with your vehicle will provide you with enhanced control and
security when you drive it. We therefore have this request:
Please take the time to read this Owner's Manual and familiarize yourself with the
information that we have compiled for you before driving your new car. It contains
important data and instructions intended to assist you in gaining maximum use and
satisfaction from the unique range of technical features on your BMW. The manual
also contains information on care and maintenance designed to enhance operating
safety and contribute to maintaining the value of your BMW throughout an extended
service life.
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.
This manual is supplemented by a Service and Warranty Information Booklet
(US models) or a Warranty and Service Guide Booklet (Canadian models). We
recommend that you read these publications thoroughly.
Your BMW is covered by the following warranties:
– New Vehicle Limited Warranty
– Limited Warranty Rust Perforation
– Emissions System Defect Warranty
– Emissions Performance Warranty
– California Emissions Control System Limited Warranty
Detailed information about these warranties is listed in the Service and Warranty
Information Booklet (US models) and the Warranty and Service Guide Booklet
(Canadian models).
We wish you an enjoyable driving experience.
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Notes on the Owner's Manual
Symbols used
The individual vehicle
We have made every effort to ensure
On purchasing your BMW, you have
that you are able to find what you need
These sections contain vital infor-
decided in favor of a model with individ-
in this Owner's Manual as quickly as
mation – please read the accom-
ualized equipment and features. This
possible. The fastest way to find certain panying text passages carefully, for
Owner's Manual describes all models
topics is by using the detailed index at
your safety, the safety of others and to
and equipment that BMW offers within
the end. If you wish to gain only an initial prevent damage to your BMW.<
the same group.
overview of your vehicle, you will find
We hope you will understand that
this in the first chapter.
These passages contain informa-
equipment and features are included
The detailed list of contents that directly
tion on special and unique fea-
which you might not have chosen for
follows the summary of contents is
tures of your vehicle.<
your vehicle. Any differences can easily
intended to stimulate your curiosity
be identified, since all optional acces-
regarding your BMW and to encourage
Indicates special information on
sories and special equipment are
you to read the manual.
marked with an asterisk *.
Should you wish to sell your BMW at
< Indicates the end of a note.
If your BMW features equipment which
some time in the future, please remem-
is not described in this Owner's Manual
ber to hand over this Owner's Manual
* Indicates special equipment, country- (car radio or telephone, for instance),
to the new owner; it is part of the
specific equipment and optional extras.
Supplementary Owner's Manuals are
enclosed. We ask you to read these
Should you have any further questions,
Indicates that you should consult
manuals as well.
your BMW center will be glad to assist
the relevant section of this Owner's
at any time.
Manual for information on a specific part
or assembly.
Alerts you to functions that can
© 1999 BMW AG
be adjusted by your BMW center
Munich, Germany
("Car Memory" or "Key Memory"). Refer
Reprinting, including excerpts, only with the
written consent of BMW AG, Munich.
to page 53.
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Notes on the Owner's Manual
Symbols used
The individual vehicle
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Status at time of printing
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 that the features
described in this Owner's Manual could
differ from those on your vehicle. Nor
can errors and omissions be entirely
ruled out. You are therefore asked to
appreciate that no legal claims can be
entertained on the basis of the data,
illustrations or descriptions in this
Owner's Manual.
Status at time of printing
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For your own safety
Important safety information!
Installation and operation of non-BMW
For your own safety, use genuine
approved accessories such as alarms,
Use unleaded gasoline only.
parts and accessories approved by
radios, amplifiers, radar detectors,
Fuels containing up to 10% etha-
wheels, suspension components, brake
nol or other oxygenates with up to 2.8% When you purchase accessories tested dust shields, telephones (including
oxygen by weight (i.e. 15% MTBE or
and approved by BMW and Original
operation of any portable cellular phone
3% methanol plus an equivalent
BMW Parts, you simultaneously acquire from within the vehicle without using an
amount of co-solvent) will not void the
the assurance that they have been thor- externally mounted antenna) or trans-
applicable warranties with respect to
oughly tested by BMW to ensure opti-
ceiver equipment (such as C.B., walkie-
defects in materials or workmanship.
mum performance when installed on
talkie, ham radio or similar) may cause
Field experience has indicated signifi-
your vehicle.
extensive damage to the vehicle, com-
cant differences in fuel quality (volatility, BMW warrants these parts to be free
promise its safety, interfere with the
composition, additives, for example)
from defects in material and workman-
vehicle's electrical system or affect the
among gasolines offered for sale in the
validity of the BMW Limited Warranty.
United States and Canada. The use of
BMW will not accept any liability for
See your BMW center for additional
poor-quality fuels may result in drive-
damage resulting from installation of
ability, starting and stalling problems,
parts and accessories not approved by Do not use a key or remote control to
especially under certain environmental
lock the doors or luggage compartment
conditions, such as high ambient tem-
BMW cannot test every product from
with anyone inside the car. See
perature and high altitude.
other manufacturers to verify if it can be page 34 for more details.
Should you encounter driveability prob-
used on a BMW safely and without risk
"Maintenance, replacement, or repair
lems that you suspect could be related
to either the vehicle, its operation, or its of the emission control devices and
to the fuel you are using, we recom-
systems may be performed by any
mend that you respond by switching
Original BMW Parts, BMW Accessories automotive repair establishment or indi-
to a recognized high-quality brand.
and other products approved by BMW, vidual using any certified automotive
Failure to comply with these recom-
together with professional advice on
mendations may result in unscheduled
using these items, are available from all
BMW centers.
Follow the relevant safety rules when
you are handling gasoline.<
For your own safety
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The following only applies to vehicles owned and operated in the US.
If you believe that your vehicle has a defect that 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, Inc., P.O. Box 1227, Westwood, New Jersey 07675-1227, Telephone (201) 307-4000.
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 dealer, or BMW of North America, Inc.
To contact NHTSA, you may either call the Auto Safety Hotline toll-free at 1-800-424-9393 (or 202-366-0123 in
Washington, D.C. area) or write to: NHTSA, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, DC 20590. You can
also obtain other information about motor vehicle safety from the Hotline.
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Controls and features
Operation, care
and maintenance
Car care
Owner service procedures
Advanced technology
Technical data
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Cockpit 16
Locks and security systems:
Instrument cluster 18
Keys 32
Steering/Ignition lock 61
Indicator and warning lamps 20
Electronic vehicle
Starting the engine 61
Multifunction steering wheel
immobilizer 33
Switching off the engine 62
(MFL) 24
Central locking system 34
Parking brake 63
Hazard warning flashers 25
Opening and closing – from
Manual transmission 64
Warning triangle 25
outside 34
Automatic transmission with
First-aid kit 25
Opening and closing – from
Steptronic 65
Refueling 26
inside 38
Turn signal indicator/Headlamp
Fuel specifications 26
Luggage compartment lid 39
flasher 68
Controls and features
Tire inflation pressure 27
Luggage compartment 41
Wiper/Washer system/Rain
Alarm system 42
sensor 68
Electric power windows 44
Rear window defroster 70
Sliding/Tilt sunroof 45
Cruise control 71
Everything under control:
Seats 47
Odometer 73
Seat and mirror memory 50
Tachometer 73
Steering wheel 51
Energy Control 73
Mirrors 52
Fuel gauge 74
Car Memory, Key Memory 53
Temperature gauge 74
Service Interval Display 74
Passenger safety systems:
Check Control 75
Safety belts 54
Clock 75
Child restraint systems 55
Onboard computer 76
Child-safety locks 56
Airbags 56
Technology for safety and
Child restraints 59
Installing a child restraint
Park Distance Control (PDC) 78
system 60
Dynamic Stability Control
(DSC) 79
Tire Pressure Control (RDC) 80
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Document Outline
  • Preface
  • Notes on the Owner's Manual
  • Symbols used
  • The individual vehicle
  • Status at time of printing
  • For your own safety
  • Contents
  • Overview
    • Cockpit
    • Instrument cluster
    • Indicator and warning lamps
    • Multifunction steering wheel (MFL)*
    • Hazard warning flashers
    • Warning triangle*
    • First-aid kit*
    • Refueling
    • Fuel specifications
    • Tire inflation pressure
  • Controls
    • Keys
    • Electronic vehicle immobilizer
    • Central locking system
    • Opening and closing ? from outside
    • Opening and closing ? from inside
    • Luggage compartment lid
    • Luggage compartment
    • Alarm system*
    • Electric power windows
    • Sliding/Tilt sunroof*
    • Seat adjustment
    • Mechanical seat
    • Head restraints
    • BMW Sports Seat*
    • Lumbar support*
    • Power seat*
    • Seat and mirror memory*
    • Adjusting steering wheel
    • Mirrors
    • Car Memory, Key Memory
    • Safety belts
    • Child restraint systems*
    • Child-safety locks
    • Airbags
    • Child restraints*
    • Installing a child restraint system
    • Steering/Ignition lock
    • Starting the engine
    • Switching off the engine
    • Parking brake
    • Manual transmission
    • Automatic transmission with Steptronic*
    • Turn signal indicator/Headlamp flasher
    • Wiper/Washer system
    • Rear window defroster
    • Cruise control*
    • Odometer
    • Tachometer
    • Energy Control
    • Fuel gauge
    • Temperature gauge
    • Service Interval Display
    • Check Control
    • Clock
    • Onboard computer*
    • Park Distance Control (PDC)*
    • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
    • Tire Pressure Control (RDC)*
    • Parking lamps/Headlamps
    • Dash lighting
    • High beams/Parking lamps
    • Fog lamps*
    • Interior lamps
    • Reading lamps*
    • Automatic climate control
    • Seat heating*
    • Roller sun blind*
    • HiFi system*
    • Glove compartment
    • Storage compartments
    • Cellular phones*
    • Ashtray, front
    • Cigarette lighter*
    • Ashtray, rear*
    • Through-loading system*
    • Ski bag*
    • Cargo loading
    • Roof-mounted luggage rack*
  • Car care
    • Break-in procedures
    • Driving notes
    • Catalytic converter
    • Antilock Brake System (ABS)
    • Disc brakes
    • Brake system
    • Winter operation
    • Power steering
    • Cellular phones*
    • Radio reception
    • Tire inflation pressures
    • Tire condition
    • Tire replacement
    • Tire rotation
    • Wheel and tire combinations
    • Winter tires
    • Approved wheel and tire specifications
    • Hood
    • Engine compartment
    • Washer fluids
    • Washer nozzles
    • Engine oil
    • Coolant
    • Brake fluid
    • Vehicle Identification Number
    • The BMW Maintenance System
    • Caring for your car
    • Airbags
    • Vehicle storage
    • Technical modifications to the vehicle
    • OBD interface socket
  • Repairs
    • Onboard tool kit
    • Windshield wiper blades
    • Lamps and bulbs
    • Changing a wheel
    • Battery
    • Fuses
    • Microfilter
    • Fuel filler door
    • Sliding/Tilt sunroof*
    • Jump-starting
    • Towing the vehicle
  • Technology
    • ATC*
    • Airbags
    • DSC
    • Radio reception
    • Safety belt tensioner
    • Interior rearview mirror with automatic dimming feature*
    • Rain sensor*
    • Tire Pressure Control (RDC)*
    • Self-diagnostics
    • Xenon lamps*
  • Data
    • Engine data
    • Dimensions
    • Weights
    • Capacities
    • Electrical system
    • Ribbed V-belt
  • Index
    • Everything from A-Z
    • Owner service procedures
  • Refueling