BMW 325Ci/330Ci Owner's Manual

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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:
Read this Owner's Manual to get summarized information, before you start out in
your new BMW. 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. This manual also contains information on maintenance and care,
designed to ensure your safety and the proper operation of your vehicle, and to
maintain your vehicle's value.
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 this publication thoroughly.
Your BMW is covered by the following warranties:
– New Vehicle Limited Warranty
– Limited Warranty Rust Perforation
– Federal Emissions System Defect Warranty
– Federal Emissions Performance Warranty
– California Emission Control System Limited Warranty
Detailed information about these warranties is listed in the Service and Warranty
Information Booklet (US models) or in 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
Indicates instructions or precau-
On purchasing your BMW, you have
that you are able to find what you need
tions that must be followed
decided in favor of a model with individ-
in this Owner's Manual as quickly as
precisely in order to avoid the possi-
ualized equipment and features. This
possible. The fastest way to find certain bility of personal injury and serious
Owner's Manual describes all models
topics is by using the detailed index at
damage to the vehicle.<
and equipment that BMW offers within
the end. If you wish to gain only an
the same group.
initial overview of your vehicle, you will
Contains information that will
We hope you will understand that
find this in the first chapter.
assist you in gaining the optimum
equipment and features are included
The detailed table of contents immedi-
benefit from your vehicle and enables
which you might not have chosen for
ately following the index is intended to
you to care more effectively for your
your vehicle. Any possible differences
arouse your curiosity about your BMW
can easily be identified, since all
and stimulate you to read about it.
optional accessories are marked with
Should you wish to sell your BMW at
Refers to measures that can
an asterisk *.
some time in the future, please
be taken to help protect the
If your BMW features equipment which
remember to hand over this Owner's
is not described in this Owner's Manual
Manual to the new owner; it is part of
(car radio or telephone, for instance),
the vehicle.
< Marks the end of a specific item of
Supplementary Owner's Manuals are
If you have any questions, your BMW
enclosed. We ask you to read these
center will be glad to advise you.
manuals as well.
Indicates special equipment, coun-
try-specific equipment and optional
Identifies systems or components,
which your BMW center can either
© 2000 BMW AG
activate or adapt to suit an individual
Munich, Germany
Reprinting, including excerpts, only with the
driver's requirements ("Car Memory",
written consent of BMW AG, Munich.
"Key Memory"). Refer to page 59.<
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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.
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For your own safety
Important safety information!
Installation and operation of non-BMW
Use unleaded gasoline only. Fuels
approved accessories such as alarms,
containing up to and including
For your own safety, use genuine parts
radios, amplifiers, radar detectors,
10% ethanol or other oxygenates with
and accessories approved by BMW.
wheels, suspension components, brake
up to 2.8% oxygen by weight (i.e. 15 % When you purchase accessories tested dust shields, telephones (including
MTBE or 3 % methanol plus an equiva-
and approved by BMW and Original
operation of any portable cellular phone
lent amount of co-solvent) will not void
BMW Parts, you simultaneously acquire from within the vehicle without using an
the applicable warranties respecting
the assurance that they have been thor- externally mounted antenna) or trans-
defects in materials or workmanship.
oughly tested by BMW to ensure
ceiver equipment (such as C.B., walkie-
Field experience has indicated signifi-
optimum performance when installed
talkie, ham radio or similar) may cause
cant differences in fuel quality (volatility, on your vehicle.
extensive damage to the vehicle,
composition, additives, for example)
compromise its safety, interfere with
BMW warrants these parts to be free
among gasolines offered for sale in the
the vehicle's electrical system or affect
from defects in material and workman-
United States and Canada. The use of
the validity of the BMW Limited
poor quality fuels may result in drive-
Warranty. See your BMW center for
BMW will not accept any liability for
ability, starting and stalling problems
additional information.<
damage resulting from installation of
especially under certain environmental
parts and accessories not approved by
conditions, such as high ambient
Maintenance, replacement, or
temperature and high altitude.
repair of the emission control
Should you encounter driveability prob-
BMW cannot test every product from
devices and systems may be performed
lems which you suspect could be
other manufacturers to verify if it can be by any automotive repair establishment
related to the fuel you are using, we
used on a BMW safely and without risk
or individual using any certified auto-
recommend that you respond by
to either the vehicle, its operation, or its motive part.<
switching to a recognized high-quality
Symbol on vehicle parts
Original BMW Parts, BMW Accessories
Failure to comply with these recom-
and other products approved by BMW,
Indicates that you should consult
mendations may result in unscheduled
together with professional advice on
the relevant section of this
using these items, are available from all Owner's Manual for information on a
Follow the relevant safety rules when
BMW centers.
particular part or assembly.
you are handling gasoline.<
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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 366-0123 in
Washington, D.C. area) or write to: NHTSA, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, D.C. 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
Opening and closing:
Instrument cluster 18
Keys 32
Steering/Ignition lock 69
Indicator and warning lamps 20
Electronic vehicle
Starting the engine 69
Multifunction steering wheel
immobilizer 33
Switching off the engine 70
(MFL) 24
Central locking system 34
Parking brake 71
Hazard warning flashers 25
Opening and closing – from the
Manual transmission 72
Warning triangle 25
outside 34
Automatic transmission with
First-aid kit 25
Opening and closing – from the
Steptronic 73
Refueling 26
inside 38
Turn signal indicator/Headlamp
Fuel specifications 27
Luggage compartment lid 39
flasher 76
Controls and features
Tire inflation pressure 27
Luggage compartment 40
Washer/Wiper system 76
Alarm system 42
Rear window defroster 78
Electric power windows 44
Cruise control 79
The manual convertible top 45
Everything under control:
The fully automatic convertible
Odometer 81
top 48
Tachometer 81
Wind deflector 50
Energy Control 81
Fuel temperature gauge 82
Seats 52
Coolant temperature gauge 82
Seat and mirror memory 56
Service Interval Display 82
Steering wheel 57
Check Control 83
Mirrors 57
Computer 83
Car Memory, Key Memory 59
Technology for driving comfort
Passenger safety systems:
and safety:
Safety belts 60
Park Distance Control (PDC) 87
Airbags 61
Automatic Stability Control plus
Transporting children safely 64
Traction (ASC+T) 88
Rollover protection system 67
Dynamic Stability Control
(DSC) 89
Tire Pressure Control (RDC) 91
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Document Outline
  • 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 the outside
    • Opening and closing ? from the inside
    • Luggage compartment lid
    • Luggage compartment
    • Alarm system*
    • Electric power windows
    • The manual convertible top
    • The fully automatic convertible top*
    • Wind deflector*
    • Seat adjustment
    • Head restraints
    • BMW sports seat*
    • Entering the rear
    • Lumbar support*
    • Seat and mirror memory*
    • Adjusting steering wheel
    • Mirrors
    • Car Memory, Key Memory
    • Safety belts
    • Airbags
    • Transporting children safely
    • Rollover protection system
    • Steering/Ignition lock
    • Starting the engine
    • Switching off the engine
    • Parking brake
    • Manual transmission
    • Automatic transmission with Steptronic*
    • Turn signal indicator/Headlamp flasher
    • Washer/Wiper system
    • Rear window defroster
    • Cruise control
    • Odometer
    • Tachometer
    • Energy Control
    • Fuel gauge
    • Coolant temperature
    • Service Interval Display
    • Check Control
    • Computer
    • Park Distance Control (PDC)*
    • ASC+T
    • DSC*
    • Tire Pressure Control (RDC)*
    • Side lamps/Low beams
    • Instrument panel lighting
    • High beams/Parking lamps
    • Fog lamps
    • Interior lamps
    • Air conditioner
    • Automatic climate control*
    • Seat heating*
    • Glove compartment
    • BMW Universal Transmitter*
    • Storage facilities
    • Cellular phone*
    • Ashtray, front
    • Cigarette lighter
    • Ashtray, rear
    • Ski bag*
    • Cargo loading
    • Roof-mounted luggage rack for the hardtop*
  • Car care
    • Break-in procedures
    • Driving notes
    • Catalytic converter
    • Antilock Brake System (ABS)
    • Disc brakes
    • Brake system
    • Winter operation
    • Power steering
    • Cellular phone*
    • Radio reception
    • Hardtop*
    • Tire inflation pressure
    • Tire condition
    • Tire replacement
    • Tire rotation
    • Wheel and tire combinations
    • Winter tires
    • Approved wheel and tire specifications
    • Hood
    • Engine compartment ? BMW 325Ci, 330Ci
    • Washer fluids
    • Washer nozzles
    • Engine oil
    • Coolant
    • Brake fluid
    • Vehicle Identification Number
    • The BMW Maintenance System
    • Caring for your vehicle
    • Cleaning and care of the convertible top
    • Airbags
    • Vehicle storage
    • Technical modifications
    • California Proposition 65 Warning
    • OBD interface socket
  • Repairs
    • Onboard tool kit
    • Windshield wiper blades
    • Lamps and bulbs
    • Changing a wheel
    • Battery
    • Fuses
    • Microfilter/Activated-charcoal filter
    • Fuel filler door
    • Convertible top
    • Jump-starting
    • Towing the vehicle
  • Technology
    • ATC*
    • Airbags
    • ASC+T/DSC*
    • Radio reception
    • Safety belt tensioner
    • Interior rearview mirror with automatic dimming feature*
    • Rain sensor*
    • Tire Pressure Control*
    • Self-diagnostics
    • Rollover protection system
    • Xenon lamps*
  • Data
    • Engine data
    • Dimensions
    • Weights
    • Capacities
    • Electrical system
    • Drive belts
  • Index
  • Everything from A to Z
  • Owner service procedures
  • Refueling