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Owner's Manual for the Vehicle.
With a quick reference guide
for your convenience.
Contents
From A to Z
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325Ci
330Ci
BMW recommends Castrol
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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
We have made every effort to ensure
that you are able to find what you need
in this Owner's Manual as quickly as
possible. The fastest way to find certain
topics is by using the detailed index at
the end. If you wish to gain only an
initial overview of your vehicle, you will
find this in the first chapter.
The detailed table of contents immedi-
ately following the index is intended to
arouse your curiosity about your BMW
and stimulate you to read about it.
Should you wish to sell your BMW at
some time in the future, please
remember to hand over this Owner's
Manual to the new owner; it is part of
the vehicle.
If you have any questions, your BMW
center will be glad to advise you.
Symbols used
Indicates instructions or precau-
tions that must be followed
precisely in order to avoid the possi-
bility of personal injury and serious
damage to the vehicle.<
Contains information that will
assist you in gaining the optimum
benefit from your vehicle and enables
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
information.
* Indicates special equipment, coun-
try-specific equipment and optional
extras.
Identifies systems or components,
which your BMW center can either
activate or adapt to suit an individual
driver's requirements ("Car Memory",
"Key Memory"). Refer to page 59.<
The individual vehicle
On purchasing your BMW, you have
decided in favor of a model with individ-
ualized equipment and features. This
Owner's Manual describes all models
and equipment that BMW offers within
the same group.
We hope you will understand that
equipment and features are included
which you might not have chosen for
your vehicle. Any possible differences
can easily be identified, since all
optional accessories are marked with
an asterisk *.
If your BMW features equipment which
is not described in this Owner's Manual
(car radio or telephone, for instance),
Supplementary Owner's Manuals are
enclosed. We ask you to read these
manuals as well.
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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
Use unleaded gasoline only. Fuels
containing up to and including
10% ethanol or other oxygenates with
up to 2.8% oxygen by weight (i.e. 15%
MTBE or 3% methanol plus an equiva-
lent amount of co-solvent) will not void
the applicable warranties respecting
defects in materials or workmanship.
Field experience has indicated signifi-
cant differences in fuel quality (volatility,
composition, additives, for example)
among gasolines offered for sale in the
United States and Canada. The use of
poor quality fuels may result in drive-
ability, starting and stalling problems
especially under certain environmental
conditions, such as high ambient
temperature and high altitude.
Should you encounter driveability prob-
lems which you suspect could be
related to the fuel you are using, we
recommend that you respond by
switching to a recognized high-quality
brand.
Failure to comply with these recom-
mendations may result in unscheduled
maintenance.
Follow the relevant safety rules when
you are handling gasoline.<
Important safety information!
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 thor-
oughly tested by BMW to ensure
optimum performance when installed
on your vehicle.
BMW warrants these parts to be free
from defects in material and workman-
ship.
BMW will not accept any liability for
damage resulting from installation of
parts and accessories not approved by
BMW.
BMW cannot test every product from
other manufacturers to verify if it can be
used on a BMW safely and without risk
to either the vehicle, 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 non-BMW
approved accessories such as alarms,
radios, amplifiers, radar detectors,
wheels, suspension components, brake
dust shields, telephones (including
operation of any portable cellular phone
from within the vehicle without using an
externally mounted antenna) or trans-
ceiver equipment (such as C.B., walkie-
talkie, ham radio or similar) 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 systems may be performed
by any automotive repair establishment
or individual using any certified auto-
motive part.<
Symbol on vehicle parts
Indicates that you should consult
the relevant section of this
Owner's Manual for information on a
particular part or assembly.
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The following only applies to vehicles owned and operated in the US.
REPORTING SAFETY DEFECTS
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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Overview
Controls and features
Operation, care
and maintenance
Owner service procedures
Technical data
Index
Advanced technology
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Index
Data
Technology
Repairs
Car
care
Controls
Overview
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Overview
Controls
and
features
Cockpit 16
Instrument cluster 18
Indicator and warning lamps 20
Multifunction steering wheel
(MFL) 24
Hazard warning flashers 25
Warning triangle 25
First-aid kit 25
Refueling 26
Fuel specifications 27
Tire inflation pressure 27
Opening and closing:
Keys 32
Electronic vehicle
immobilizer 33
Central locking system 34
Opening and closing – from the
outside 34
Opening and closing – from the
inside 38
Luggage compartment lid 39
Luggage compartment 40
Alarm system 42
Electric power windows 44
The manual convertible top 45
The fully automatic convertible
top 48
Wind deflector 50
Adjusting:
Seats 52
Seat and mirror memory 56
Steering wheel 57
Mirrors 57
Car Memory, Key Memory 59
Passenger safety systems:
Safety belts 60
Airbags 61
Transporting children safely 64
Rollover protection system 67
Driving:
Steering/Ignition lock 69
Starting the engine 69
Switching off the engine 70
Parking brake 71
Manual transmission 72
Automatic transmission with
Steptronic 73
Turn signal indicator/Headlamp
flasher 76
Washer/Wiper system 76
Rear window defroster 78
Cruise control 79
Everything under control:
Odometer 81
Tachometer 81
Energy Control 81
Fuel temperature gauge 82
Coolant temperature gauge 82
Service Interval Display 82
Check Control 83
Computer 83
Technology for driving comfort
and safety:
Park Distance Control (PDC) 87
Automatic Stability Control plus
Traction (ASC+T) 88
Dynamic Stability Control
(DSC) 89
Tire Pressure Control (RDC) 91
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Controls
and
features
Operation,
care
and
maintenance
Lamps:
Side lamps/Low beams 93
Instrument panel lighting 93
High beams/Parking lamps 94
Fog lamps 94
Interior lamps 94
Controlling the climate
for pleasant driving:
Air conditioner 96
Automatic climate control 102
Seat heating 107
Interior convenience:
Glove compartment 107
BMW Universal Transmitter 108
Storage facilities 110
Cellular phone 111
Ashtray, front 111
Cigarette lighter 112
Ashtray, rear 112
Loading and transporting:
Ski bag 113
Cargo loading 114
Roof-mounted luggage rack for
the hardtop 116
Special operating instructions:
Break-in procedures 120
Driving notes 121
Catalytic converter 121
Antilock Brake System
(ABS) 122
Disc brakes 125
Brake system 126
Winter operation 127
Power steering 129
Cellular phone 129
Radio reception 129
Hardtop 130
Wheels and tires:
Tire inflation pressure 132
Tire condition 132
Tire replacement 133
Tire rotation 134
Wheel and tire
combinations 135
Winter tires 136
Snow chains 136
Approved wheel and tire
specifications 137
Under the hood:
Hood 140
Engine compartment 142
Washer fluids 144
Washer nozzles 144
Engine oil 145
Coolant 147
Brake fluid 148
Vehicle Identification
Number 149
Care and maintenance:
The BMW Maintenance
System 150
Caring for your vehicle 151
Cleaning and care of the
convertible top 157
Airbags 159
Vehicle storage 160
Laws and regulations:
Technical modifications 161
California Proposition
65 Warning 161
ODB interface socket 162
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Repairs
Advanced
technology
Technical
data
Replacement procedures:
Onboard tool kit 166
Windshield wiper blades 166
Lamps and bulbs 166
Changing a wheel 173
Battery 176
Fuses 179
Microfilter/Activated-charcoal
filter 180
In case of electrical
malfunction:
Fuel filler door 180
Convertible top 181
Assistance, giving and
receiving:
Jump-starting 183
Towing the vehicle 184
Adaptive Transmission Control
(ATC) 188
Airbags 189
Automatic Stability Control plus
Traction (ASC+T)/Dynamic
Stability Control (DSC) 189
Radio reception 190
Safety belt tensioner 190
Interior rearview mirror with
automatic dimming
feature 191
Rain sensor 191
Tire Pressure Control (RDC) 192
Self-diagnostics 192
Rollover protection system 193
Xenon lamps 193
Engine data 196
Dimensions 197
Weights 198
Capacities 199
Electrical system 200
Drive belts 200
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Index
Everything from A to Z 204
Owner service procedures 210
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Overview
Controls and features
Operation, care
and maintenance
Owner service procedures
Technical data
Index
Advanced technology
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Index
Data
Technology
Repairs
Car
care
Controls
Overview
Cockpit 16
Instrument cluster 18
Indicator and warning lamps 20
Multifunction steering wheel
(MFL) 24
Hazard warning flashers 25
Warning triangle 25
First-aid kit 25
Refueling 26
Fuel specifications 27
Tire inflation pressure 27
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Cockpit
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Cockpit
1 Side lamps/Low beams 93
2 d Turn signal indicator 76
> Parking lamps 94
> High beams 94
> Headlamp flasher 76
> Computer 83
3 Washer/Wiper system 76
4 Shift lever/Selector lever 72
For vehicles equipped with manual
transmission:
To shift into reverse, push the gear
shift lever to the left, overcoming
the slight resistance
5 Hazard warning flashers 25
6 Central locking system 34
7 Rear window defroster 78
8 Horn: the entire surface functions as
the horn
9 Adjusting steering wheel 57
10 Fog lamps 94
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Instrument cluster
1 Fuel gauge with indicator lamp
for fuel reserve 82
2 Turn signal indicator 23
3 Speedometer
4 Indicator lamp for:
> Battery charge current 20
> High beams 23
> Engine oil pressure/Engine oil
level 20, 22
5 Tachometer and
Energy control 81
6 Engine coolant temperature gauge
with "Coolant temperature too high"
indicator 82
7 Indicator and warning lamps (clock-
wise) for:
> Parking brake/Brake hydraulic
system/Cornering Brake Control
(CBC)/DBC 20
> Antilock Brake System (ABS) 22
> Brake pads 22
> Tire Pressure Control
(RDC)* 20, 22
> Rollover protection system 67
> Airbags 21
> Adjust and lock backrest/Please
fasten safety belts 21
> Cruise control 23
8 Set button for the clock 84
9 Program display for automatic
transmission* 75
Indicator lamp for automatic
transmission* 21, 75
10 Indicator lamp for Automatic
Stability Control plus Traction
(ASC+T)/Dynamic Stability Control
(DSC)* and ADB 22
11 Indicator for:
> Odometer 81
> Trip odometer 81
> Clock 84
> Service Interval 82
Indicator for computer,
operation using the turn signal lever,
refer to page 83:
> Clock
> Outside temperature
> Average fuel consumption
> Range
> Average speed
12 Indicator for Check Control 83
13 Trip odometer, reset to zero 81
14 Indicator and warning lamps (clock-
wise) for:
> Front fog lamps 23
> Add washer fluid 22
> Coolant level 23
> Electronic Throttle Control
(EML)* 23
> Service engine soon 22
You can display the outside
temperature and distance driven
in different units of measurement.<
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Technology that monitors itself
Many of the systems of your BMW
monitor themselves automatically, both
during engine starts and while you are
driving. Indicator and warning lamps
that are identified by "●" are tested for
proper functioning whenever the igni-
tion key is turned. They each light up
once for different periods of time.
If a fault should occur in one of these
systems, the corresponding lamp does
not go out after the engine is started, or
it lights up while the vehicle is moving.
You will see how to react to this below.
Red: stop immediately
Battery charge ●
The battery is no longer being
charged. There is a malfunction
of the alternator V-belt or in the
charging circuit of the alternator. Please
contact the nearest BMW center.
If the V-belt is defective, do not
continue driving, otherwise, the
engine could be damaged due to over-
heating. If the V-belt is defective,
increased steering effort is also
required.<
Engine oil pressure ●
Stop the vehicle immediately
and switch off the engine.
Check the engine oil and top off as
required. If the oil level is correct,
please contact the nearest BMW
center.
Do not continue driving. If you do
so, the engine could be damaged
because of inadequate lubrication.<
Tire Pressure Control (RDC) ●
In addition, an acoustic signal is
sounded: a tire failure has
occurred. Reduce vehicle speed imme-
diately to stop the vehicle. Avoid hard
brake applications. Do not oversteer.
For additional information, refer to
page 91.
Brake warning lamp ●
If the lamp comes on when the
parking brake is not engaged:
check the brake fluid level. Before
driving further, be sure to read the
notes on pages 126 and 148.
Brake warning lamp for Cana-
dian models.
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Indicator and warning lamps
Red and yellow: continue driving
cautiously
The brake warning lamp and the
yellow indicator lamps for ABS
and ASC+T/DSC both light up:
The entire ABS, CBC, ASC+T/
DSC and ADB/DBC system has
failed. Continue driving
cautiously and defensively.
Avoid hard brake applications.
Please have the system checked by
your BMW center as soon as possible.
For additional information, refer to
pages 88, 123.
CBC, ABS, ASC+T/DSC indi-
cator and warning lamps for
Canadian models.
Red: an important reminder
Parking brake
Comes on when the parking
brake is applied – an acoustic
signal also sounds when starting off.
For additional information, refer to
page 71.
Parking brake warning lamp for
Canadian models.
Adjust and lock backrest/Please
fasten safety belts ●
A warning signal will sound at
the same time. Flashes, if the backrest
is not locked. Lights up until the safety
belt is fastened.
For additional information on safety
belts, refer to page 60.
Airbags ●
Please have the system
inspected by your BMW center.
For additional information, refer to
pages 61, 189.
Orange: consult the nearest BMW
center
Automatic transmission
Because of a malfunction, the
automatic transmission shifts
only in the emergency program. Please
consult the nearest BMW center.
For additional information, refer to
page 75.
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Yellow: check as soon as possible
Antilock Brake System (ABS) ●
ABS has been deactivated in
response to system malfunction.
Conventional braking efficiency is avail-
able without limitations. Please have
the system inspected by your BMW
center.
For additional information, refer to
page 123.
ABS warning lamp for Canadian
models.
Engine oil level
Lights up while driving:
The oil level is at the absolute
minimum; therefore, add engine oil as
soon as possible. Do not drive more
than 30 miles (50 km) until you do.
For additional information, refer to
page 145.
Engine oil level
Comes on after the engine has
been shut off: add oil at the
earliest opportunity (when you stop to
refuel).
For additional information, refer to
page 145.
Brake pads ●
Have the brake pads checked.
For additional information, refer
to page 126.
Tire Pressure Control (RDC) ●
Check tire inflation pressure:
refer to pages 27, 91.
Automatic Stability Control
plus Traction (ASC+T)/Dynamic
Stability Control (DSC ●
Indicator lamp flashes:
The system is active and governs drive
force and braking force.
The indicator lamp remains on:
ASC+T has been switched off via the
button or it is defective, or the DSC has
been switched off, ADB is operational.
Please consult the nearest BMW center
in the event of a fault.
For additional information, refer to
page 88.
Automatic Stability Control plus
Traction (ASC+T)/Dynamic
Stability Control (DSC) and
brake warning lamp ●
The indicator lamps remain on:
DSC and ADB/DBC are
switched off via the button or are defec-
tive.
Please consult the nearest BMW
center.
For additional information, refer to
page 88.
DSC and ADB/DBC indicator
and warning lamps for Canadian
models.
Add washer fluid.
The washer fluid is too low. Top
up the fluid at the earliest
opportunity.
For additional information, refer to
page 144.
Service Engine Soon ●
If the indicator lamp comes on
either continuously or intermit-
tently, this indicates a fault in the emis-
sions-related electronic systems.
Although the vehicle remains opera-
tional, you should have the systems
inspected by your BMW center at the
earliest possible opportunity.
For additional information, refer to
page 162.
Service Engine Soon warning
lamp for Canadian models.
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Indicator and warning lamps
Engine electronics* ●
There is a fault in the engine's
electronic control system. The
electronics will allow you to continue
driving with reduced engine output or
reduced engine speed. Please have the
system inspected by your BMW center.
Add coolant
The coolant level is too low. Top
up the coolant at the earliest
opportunity.
For additional information, refer to
page 147.
Green: for your information
Turn signal indicator
Flashes when the turn signal is
on.
Rapid flashing indicates a system
malfunction.
For additional information, refer to
page 76.
Cruise control
Lights up when the cruise
control is activated: available for
operation via the multifunction steering
wheel.
For additional information, refer to
page 79.
Front fog lamps
Lights up whenever you switch
on the front fog lamps.
For additional information, refer to
page 94.
Blue: for your information
High beams
Comes on when the high beams
are on or the headlamp flasher
is actuated.
For additional information, refer to
pages 76, 94.
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The controls integrated in the multi-
function steering wheel are provided
so that you can operate a number of
accessories quickly and without being
distracted from traffic conditions. You
may operate:
> Selected radio functions,
> the cruise control,
> selected cellular phone functions.
In order to operate a system via
the MFL, the corresponding
systems must be switched on.<
Refer to the individual accessory
manuals for more detailed descriptions.
1 Radio/Telephone: select
2 Telephone: receive a call, initiate
dialing and terminate a call
3 Radio/Telephone: volume
4 Radio/Telephone: scan backward or
scan station keys or scroll through
the phone listings
5 Radio/Telephone: scan forward or
scan station keys or scroll through
the phone listings
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6 Horn: the entire surface functions as
the horn
7 Cruise control: activate stored setting
(resume)
8 Cruise control: store and acceler-
ate (+); decelerate and store (–)
9 Cruise control: activate/interrupt/
deactivate
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Hazard warning flashers Warning triangle* First-aid kit*
The button flashes on and off when the
hazard warning flashers are on.
To help you locate the switch in an
emergency, the button is also illumi-
nated whenever the vehicle's lamps are
on.
The turn signal indicator function
takes precedence over the hazard
warning flashers function. Starting from
ignition key position 1, you are there-
fore able to use the turn signal
indicators, even if the hazard warning
flashers have been activated.<
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The warning triangle is stored in a
recess on the left-hand side of the
luggage compartment where it is
quickly available.
To open the container, loosen the wing
nut.
Comply with legal requirements
that cover the availability of a
warning triangle in the vehicle.<
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The first-aid kit is located under the
passenger seat.
To open: reach into the recess and pull
the cover down.
To close: raise the cover until it clicks
into place.
Some of the articles in the first-aid
kit may be used within a limited
time only. For this reason, check the
expiration dates of each of the items
regularly, and replace any with passed
dates. You can purchase replacements
in any drugstore or pharmacy.
Comply with legal requirements that
cover the availability of a first aid-kit in
the vehicle.<
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Fuel filler door
Before filling the tank, shut off the
engine. If you do not, fuel cannot
be filled into the tank and the Service
Engine Soon lamp may come on.<
Press on the rear edge of the fuel filler
door to open and close it.
Regarding unlocking it if the central
locking system malfunctions, refer to
page 180.
When handling fuels, comply with
all of the applicable safety
precautions and regulations pertaining
to fuels.
Never carry spare fuel containers in
your vehicle. Whether empty or full,
these containers can leak, cause an
explosion, or lead to fire in the event of
a collision.<
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Simple and environmentally
friendly
Open the filler cap carefully to
prevent fuel from spraying out.
Fuel spray may cause injury.<
Keep the filler cap in the bracket
attached to the fuel filler door.
When refueling, insert the filler nozzle
completely into the filler pipe. Pulling
the nozzle out of the pipe during
refueling
> results in premature pump shutoff
> and will reduce the effect of the vapor
recovery system on the pump.
The fuel tank is full, whenever the fuel
nozzle shuts off the first time, as is
specified for proper service.
Tank capacity: refer to page 199.
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Close the fuel cap carefully after
refueling until a "click" is heard.
While closing, be sure not to squeeze
the strap which is fastened to the cap.
A loose or missing cap will activate the
Service Engine Soon lamp.<
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Fuel specifications Tire inflation pressure
The engine uses lead-free gasoline
only.
Required fuel:
Premium Unleaded Gasoline,
min. 91 AKI.
AKI = Anti Knock Index
Do not use leaded fuels. The use
of leaded fuels will cause perma-
nent damage to the system's oxygen
sensor and the catalytic converter.<
Proper inflation pressures are on a
sticker attached to the B-pillar and
visible with the driver's door open.
Check tire pressures
On the next page you will find all the tire
pressure and ambient air temperature
specifications stated in the units usually
used in your country (psi; kilopascal).
For vehicles with Tire Pressure Control
(RDC):
After correcting the tire inflation pres-
sure, reactivate the system. Refer to
page 91.
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Check tire inflation pressures,
including the space-saver spare
tire, regularly, at least every two weeks
and before beginning any extended
driving. Otherwise, incorrect tire pres-
sure can lead to tire damage and acci-
dents.<
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Comply with tire approval
specifications
The inflation pressures in the table
apply to tires from BMW-approved
manufacturers. Your BMW center is
familiar with these manufacturers.
Higher pressures may be specified for
tires made by other manufacturers. You
will find a list of approved tires begin-
ning on page 137.
Your vehicle is equipped with tires that
meet US and European standards. We
recommend the exclusive use of tires
approved by BMW.
BMW Tires
All pressure specifications in
the table are indicated in psi
(kilopascal) for cold tires
(cold = ambient temperature)
325Ci
All summer tires 29 (200) 33 (230) 36 (250) 44 (300)
All winter tires 32 (220) 36 (250) 39 (270) 46 (320)
330Ci All summer and winter tires 32 (220) 36 (250) 39 (270) 46 (320)
All Space-saver spare tire 61 (420)
For all season tires, use the same tire inflation pressure as for summer tires.
BMW 325Ci: when using the tire 205/50 R 17 93 W extra load, the
inflation pressure increases by 3 psi (20 kilopascal).
BMW 330Ci: when using the tire 225/45 R 17 91 W and mixed tires 225/45 ZR 17
(front) + 245/40 ZR 17 (rear) the inflation pressure decreases by 3 psi
(20 kilopascal).
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Opening and closing:
Keys 32
Electronic vehicle
immobilizer 33
Central locking system 34
Opening and closing – from the
outside 34
Opening and closing – from the
inside 38
Luggage compartment lid 39
Luggage compartment 40
Alarm system 42
Electric power windows 44
The manual convertible top 45
The fully automatic convertible
top 48
Wind deflector 50
Adjusting:
Seats 52
Seat and mirror memory 56
Steering wheel 57
Mirrors 57
Car Memory, Key Memory 59
Passenger safety systems:
Safety belts 60
Airbags 61
Transporting children safely 64
Rollover protection system 67
Controls
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Overview
Controls and features
Operation, care
and maintenance
Owner service procedures
Technical data
Index
Advanced technology
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Driving:
Steering/Ignition lock 69
Starting the engine 69
Switching off the engine 70
Parking brake 71
Manual transmission 72
Automatic transmission with
Steptronic 73
Turn signal indicator/Headlamp
flasher 76
Washer/Wiper system 76
Rear window defroster 78
Cruise control 79
Everything under control:
Odometer 81
Tachometer 81
Energy Control 81
Fuel gauge 82
Coolant temperature gauge 82
Service Interval Display 82
Check Control 83
Computer 83
Technology for driving comfort
and safety:
Park Distance Control (PDC) 87
Automatic Stability Control plus
traction (ASC+T) 88
Dynamic Stability Control
(DSC) 89
Tire Pressure Control (RDC) 91
Lamps:
Side lamps/Low beams 93
Instrument panel lighting 93
High beams/Parking lamps 94
Fog lamps 94
Interior lamps 94
Controlling the climate
for pleasant driving:
Air conditioner 96
Automatic climate control 102
Seat heating 107
Interior convenience:
Glove compartment 107
BMW Universal Transmitter 108
Storage facilities 110
Cellular phone 111
Ashtray, front 111
Cigarette lighter 112
Ashtray rear 112
Loading and transporting:
Ski bag 113
Cargo loading 114
Roof-mounted luggage rack for
hardtop 116
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1 The remote control master keys
determine Key Memory functions.
Refer to page 59
There is an extended-life battery
in every master key that is
charged automatically in the ignition
lock as you drive.
At least once a year, drive for an
extended period with a master key that
you do not use otherwise to charge the
battery. Refer also to page 35.<
2 Spare key for storage in a safe place,
such as in your wallet. This key is not
intended for constant use
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3 Door and ignition key
The locks for the luggage compart-
ment lid and the glove compartment
cannot be operated with this key –
this is recommended for valet
parking, for instance
Replacement keys
Replacement keys are available exclu-
sively through your BMW center.
Checking vehicle ownership is manda-
tory, since the keys are part of a secu-
rity system. (Refer to "Electronic vehicle
immobilizer" on page 33).
If possible, take all of the master
keys that belong to the vehicle
with you when you pick up your
replacement key.
Whenever you receive a new replace-
ment key, turn that key to position 2 in
the ignition lock once (ignition switched
on) and then back. This allows the elec-
tronic vehicle immobilizer to "learn" the
new key.<
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Electronic vehicle immobilizer
The key to security
Your BMW is equipped with a passive
anti–theft system. This electronic immo-
bilization system is designed to reduce
the susceptibility of the vehicle to theft
by making it impossible to start the
engine using any means other than the
special keys furnished with the vehicle.
Your BMW center can cancel the elec-
tronic system authorization for indi-
vidual keys (in the event of loss, for
instance). A deactivated key can no
longer be used to start the engine.
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How the electronics work
At the heart of this system is an elec-
tronic chip that is integrated into the
key. The lock mechanism itself is actu-
ally a dual-function device, serving as a
communications interface designed to
allow the vehicle's electronics system
to maintain a continuous stream of vari-
able, vehicle-specific signals with the
electronic circuitry in the key. The
system will not release the ignition, fuel
injection and starter unless it recog-
nizes an "authorized" key.
Force applied to the key can
damage the integrated electronic
circuitry. A damaged key can no longer
be used to start the engine.<
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The concept
The central locking system is ready for
operation whenever the driver's door
is closed. The system engages and
releases the locks on the
> doors
> luggage compartment lid
> fuel filler door
> glove compartment
at the same time.
The central locking system can be
operated
> from outside via the door lock and
using the remote control
> from inside by pressing a button.
Activating it from inside does not lock
the fuel filler door (see page 38). When
the system is actuated from the
outside, the anti-theft system is acti-
vated simultaneously. Both the door
locks and the safety lock buttons
remain locked. The alarm system is also
armed or disarmed.
The central locking system unlocks
automatically in the event of an acci-
dent. In addition, the hazard warning
flashers and interior lamps come on.
Using the key
Turning the key once in the driver-side
door will unlock only the driver's door.
Turning the key a second time will
unlock the passenger-side door, the
luggage compartment lid, the fuel filler
door and the glove compartment.
You can have a signal set as an
acknowledgment message that
the vehicle is closed correctly.<
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Convenience operation
You can also operate the power
windows and the fully automatic
convertible top from the door lock.
> To open: with the door closed, hold
the key in the "Unlock" position.
> To close: with the door closed, turn
the key to the "Lock" position and
hold it.
Watch during the closing process
to be sure that no one is injured.
Releasing the key stops the operation.<
Manual operation
(in the event of electrical malfunction)
Turn the key to the extreme left or right
to unlock/lock the door.
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Opening and closing – from the outside
Using the remote control
The remote control gives you an excep-
tionally convenient method for
unlocking and locking your vehicle.
Furthermore, it provides two additional
functions that can only be executed by
means of the remote control:
> Switch on the interior lamps, refer to
page 36.
With this function, you can also
"search for" your vehicle — when
parked in an underground garage for
instance.
> To open the luggage compartment,
refer to page 36
The luggage compartment lid will
open slightly, regardless of whether it
was locked or unlocked.
The anti-theft system is also deacti-
vated simultaneously when you unlock
the vehicle, the alarm system is
disarmed, and the interior lamps are
turned on. When you lock the vehicle,
the systems are activated and armed,
and the lamps go off.
You can have a signal set as an
acknowledgment message that
the vehicle is closed correctly.<
Master keys
Keys with remote control are master
keys. Refer to page 32.
Children might be able to lock the
doors from the inside. For this
reason, always take the vehicle keys
with you so that the vehicle can be
opened again from the outside at any
time.<
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Master keys that are used repeat-
edly are always ready for opera-
tion since the battery in the key is
charged automatically in the ignition
lock as you drive.
If it is no longer possible to unlock the
vehicle using the remote control, the
battery is discharged. Use this key
while driving for an extended period in
order to recharge the battery. Refer
also to page 32.
To prevent unauthorized use of the
remote control, surrender only the door
and ignition key or the spare key (refer
to page 32) e.g. whenever leaving the
vehicle for valet parking.
In the event of a system malfunction,
please contact your BMW center. You
can also obtain replacement keys
there.<
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36nOpening and closing – from the outside
To unlock the vehicle
Unlock driver's door: press button 1.
After unlocking the driver's door, press
button 1 again to unlock the entire
vehicle.
Convenience opening mode
Press and hold button 1. The electric
power windows and the fully automatic
convertible top are opened.
To lock and secure
Press button 2.
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To switch on the interior lamps
After locking the vehicle, press button 2
again.
To switch off tilt alarm* and
interior motion sensor*
Press button 2 again immediately after
locking.
For additional information: refer to
page 43.
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To open the luggage
compartment lid
Press button 3.
The luggage compartment lid will open
slightly, regardless of whether the lid
was previously locked or unlocked.
Before and after a trip, be sure
that the luggage compartment lid
was not opened unintentionally.<
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Opening and closing – from the outside
Panic mode (triggering alarm)
By pressing button 3 for 2 to 5 seconds,
the alarm can be sounded in the event
of danger, if the alarm system is armed.
Pressing button 1 will turn the alarm off.
The LED (light-emitting diode) will light
up briefly whenever you press the indi-
vidual buttons.
Non-BMW systems
The proper functioning of the remote
control system may be affected by
other devices or equipment operating in
the immediate vicinity of your vehicle.
If this should occur, you can still open
and close the vehicle using the master
key in either the door or luggage
compartment lock.
For US owners only
The transmitter and receiver units
comply with part 15 of the FCC (Federal
Communication Commission) regula-
tions. Operation is governed by the
following:
FCC ID: LX8EWS
LX8FZVS
LX8FZVE
Compliance statement:
This device complies with part 15 of the
FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions:
> This device may not cause harmful
interference, and
> this device must accept any interfer-
ence received, including interference
that may cause undesired operation.
Any unauthorized modifications or
changes to these devices could
void the user's authority to operate this
equipment.<
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Use this button to operate the central
locking system whenever the doors are
closed. The doors and luggage
compartment lid are unlocked or locked
only. The anti-theft alarm system is not
activated.
If only the driver's door was
unlocked from the outside and you
press the button, then the passenger-
side door, the luggage compartment lid,
the fuel filler door and the glove
compartment will unlock if the driver's
door is open.
The driver's door will be locked if it is
closed.<
If you desire, the central locking
system will secure the locks as
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soon as you start to drive. This can be
adjusted to be key-specific.<
To unlock and open the doors
> Either unlock the doors at the same
time using the button for the central
locking system and then pull each of
the release handles above the
armrests,
or
> pull the release handle for each door
twice: the first pull unlocks the door,
and the second one opens it.
To engage the locks
> Either use the central locking button
to lock both doors at once,
or
> press the individual safety lock
buttons down. To prevent the driver
from being inadvertently locked out
of the vehicle, the driver's door safety
lock button will not engage as long as
the door is open.
Children might be able to lock the
doors from the inside. For this
reason, always take the vehicle's keys
with you so that the vehicle can be
opened again from the outside at any
time.<
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Luggage compartment lid
The lock
Only the master keys (refer to page 32)
fit in the lock for the luggage compart-
ment lid.
To secure separately
Turn the master key to the right past the
resistance point and then pull it out in
the horizontal position.
This locks the luggage compartment lid
and disconnects it from the central
locking system. If you surrender only
the door and ignition key, for valet
parking, for instance (refer to page 32),
this will prevent unauthorized access to
the luggage compartment.
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Opening from outside
Press the button in the handle recess
(arrow):
The luggage compartment lid opens
slightly.
The luggage compartment is lit when
the lid is opened.
Manual operation
(in the event of electrical malfunction)
Turn the master key to the right as far
as possible – the luggage compartment
lid will open slightly.
The luggage compartment is locked
again as soon as you close the lid.
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Opening from the inside
If the luggage compartment lid has not
been locked separately, you can open it
with this button in the footwell on the
driver's side when the vehicle is
stationary.
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Closing
The handle recesses in the interior trim
panel of the luggage compartment lid
(arrows) make it easier to pull the lid
down.
To avoid injuries, be sure that the
travel path of the luggage
compartment lid is clear when it is
closed, as with all closing procedures.<
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Do not drive with the luggage
compartment lid open, since
exhaust fumes could penetrate the inte-
rior of the vehicle. Should it be abso-
lutely necessary to operate the vehicle
with the luggage compartment lid open:
> Close all windows.
> Increase the air supply for the air
conditioner or automatic climate
control to a high level. Refer to
page 96 or 102.<
Hook in the floor panel
1 Press the button (arrow).
2 Grab the handle and pull up.
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Luggage compartment
3 Raise and secure the floor panel by
hanging it from the rubber seal ring
for the run-off gutter (arrow).
Carefully replace the hanger in its
holder when lowering the floor
panel back into place.<
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Enlarging the luggage
compartment
With the convertible top closed, you
can enlarge the luggage compartment.
To do this, flip the handle outward and
press it down and toward the front of
the car (arrow). The convertible top
compartment panel is now raised and
secured.
To prepare to open the convertible top,
follow the steps in reverse order.
When opening the convertible top,
make sure that the luggage
compartment is set up for this — see
page 45 or 48, otherwise damage may
be caused.<
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To secure your luggage, use the
luggage nets* or flexible straps that you
can attach to the fittings at the inner
corners of the luggage compartment.
Refer also to "Cargo loading" on
page 114.
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The concept
The vehicle alarm system responds:
> When a door, the hood or the
luggage compartment lid is opened.
> To movement inside the vehicle
(interior motion sensor).
> To a change of the vehicle's tilt – if
someone attempts to steal the
wheels or tow the vehicle without
authorization, for example.
> If there is an interruption in battery
voltage.
The system responds to unauthorized
vehicle entry and attempted theft by
simultaneously activating the following:
> Sounding an alarm for 30 seconds.
> The hazard warning flashers are acti-
vated for approx. five minutes.
> The high beams flash on and off in the
same rhythm.
To activate and deactivate the
alarm system
When the vehicle is locked or unlocked
by using a key or with the remote
control, the alarm system is also simul-
taneously armed or disarmed.
The interior motion sensor and the tilt
alarm sensor are activated approx.
30 seconds after you have finished
locking the vehicle.
If the alarm system has been armed
correctly, the hazard warning flashers
flash once.
You can have a signal set as
acknowledgment for both arming
and disarming the alarm system.<
You can also open the luggage
compartment lid when the system is
armed by pressing button 3 of the
remote control (refer to page 36). When
it is closed, the lid is once again
secured.
Indicator lamp displays
The indicator lamp is located under the
interior rearview mirror.
> The indicator lamp flashes continu-
ously: the system is armed.
> The indicator lamp flashes while the
system is being armed: the door(s),
the hood or luggage compartment lid
are not completely closed. Even if
you do not close the alerted area(s),
the remaining areas are secure, and
the indicator lamp will flash continu-
ously after 10 seconds. However, the
interior motion sensor is not acti-
vated.
> The indicator lamp goes out when the
system is disarmed: no manipulation
or attempted intrusions have been
detected in the period since the
system was armed.
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Alarm system*
> The indicator lamp flashes for
10 seconds when the system is
disarmed: an attempted entry has
been detected in the period since the
system was armed.
Following triggering of an alarm, the
indicator lamp will flash continuously.
Avoiding unintentional alarms
The tilt alarm sensor and interior motion
sensor may be switched off at the same
time. You can do this to prevent a false
alarm from being triggered (in garages
with elevator ramps, for instance, or
when the vehicle is transported by
trailer or train):
Lock the vehicle (= arm the system)
twice. Press button 2 on the remote
control twice in succession or lock the
vehicle twice with the key. Refer to
page 34.
The indicator lamp lights up briefly and
then flashes continuously. The tilt alarm
sensor and the interior motion sensor
are deactivated as long as the system is
armed.
Reset the alarm to reactivate the tilt
alarm sensor and the interior motion
sensor.
Interior motion sensor
Transmitter and receiver for the interior
motion sensor are located in the front
area of the center console, invisible to
the driver, and in the back area of the
center console under a rack.
However, be sure to deactivate the
interior motion sensor (see previous
column) if children or animals are to
remain in the vehicle.
For US owners only
The transmitter and receiver units
comply with part 15 of the FCC (Federal
Communication Commission) regula-
tions. Operation is governed by the
following:
FCC ID: LTQSDR2G5
Compliance statement:
This device complies with part 15 of the
FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions:
> This device may not cause harmful
interference, and
> this device must accept any interfer-
ence received, including interference
that may cause undesired operation.
Any unauthorized modifications to
these devices could void the
user's authority to operate the equip-
ment.<
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Open and close the windows
From ignition key position 1:
> Press the switch up to but not past
the pressure point:
The window will lower slightly, as
long as you continue pressing the
switch.
> Press the switch briefly past the pres-
sure point:
The window will move automatically.
Pressing the switch again stops the
opening cycle.
You can close windows in the same
manner by pulling the switch.
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Operate all the side windows
> Press the switch up to but not past
the pressure point:
All of the windows will continue to
lower as long as you continue to
press the switch.
> Press the switch briefly past the pres-
sure point:
All windows will move automatically.
Pressing the switch again stops the
opening cycle.
You can close all the windows in the
same manner by pulling the switch.
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After the ignition has been switched off:
You can still use the electric power
windows for up to 15 minutes, as long
as no one opens any of the doors.
Remove the key from the ignition
lock and close the doors when
you leave the vehicle, so that children
cannot operate the power windows and
possibly injure themselves.<
To use the convenience mode via the
door lock, refer to page 34.
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The manual convertible top
The fabric top offers perfect protection
against weather and one person can
open and close it easily and simply.
So that you will get the most out of your
convertible, here are a few tips: it is
advisable to close the convertible top
when the vehicle is parked. The closed
convertible top not only protects the
passenger compartment from unfore-
seeable damage from the weather, it
also provides a certain degree of theft
protection.
In addition, keep valuables only in the
locked luggage compartment, even
with the convertible top closed.
Never mount a roof-mounted luggage
rack on the convertible top.
To close the electric power
windows while driving: always be
sure to close either the rear wondow
first or all 4 windows at the same time,
otherwise, at high speeds, the windows
may not close completely.<
Open the convertible top
Operate the convertible top only
when the vehicle is stationary.
With the luggage compartment lid
open, you will not be able to unlock the
convertible top compartment lid to
avoid any possible damage.<
1 Flip the locking handle out (see illus-
tration), and turn it up to the end
stop.
2 Raise the convertible top slightly
(release the tension).
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3 From ignition key position 1 on press
the switch to unlock the convertible
top. The convertible top unlocks and
opens slightly. The side windows
lower slightly.
If the indicatior lamp comes on
while the switch is pressed, the
convertible top can not be released
because the convertible top compart-
ment panel is raised, refer to page 41.
Fold down the convertible top compart-
ment panel, and close the luggage
compartment lid.<
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4 Position the rear convertible top bow
vertically and grip it firmly.
You can support the rear convert-
ible top bow while lifting it up by
pressing the designated area (arrow).<
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5 Reach into the gap of the slightly
opened convertible top compart-
ment lid and open it all the way by
hand (1).
6 Lay the rear convertible top bow in
the convertible top compartment (2).
Release the rear convertible top
bow before laying down the
convertible top, otherwise the side trim
panel could be damaged.<
7 Lift the top up at the front and move it
toward the rear.
Push the convertible top
completely into the convertible
top compartment. This makes it easier
to close the convertible top compart-
ment lid, especially at lower tempera-
tures.<
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8 Press down slightly on the convert-
ible top compartment lid from above
(arrow). The closing procedure will
then be carried out automatically.
9 Either close the slightly lowered side
windows or move them into the
desired position.
Operate the convertible top
compartment lid from above only
in order to avoid pinching.
If the convertible top compartment lid
has not been closed properly, you will
not be able to open the luggage
compartment lid. This is to avoid any
possible damage.<
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The manual convertible top
Central locking will unlock automati-
cally after the convertible top compart-
ment lid has been closed, i.e., the
luggage compartment lid is no longer
locked and can be opened again.
To avoid permanent damage from
moisture, never store the convert-
ible top when it is wet. Refer to the
chapter "Care," starting on page 156).<
Closing the convertible top.
1 Put the ignition key in position 1.
2 Press the switch to unlock it.
The convertible top compartment lid
will be unlocked and the side
windows will lower slightly.
3 Open the convertible top compart-
ment lid completely by hand.
4 Lift the convertible top out by the
lateral guide section (1) and the front
convertible top bow (2), swinging it
forward until you encounter percep-
tible resistance.
Position the rear convertible top
bow vertically only after the
convertible top has been swung toward
the front, otherwise the side trim panel
could be damaged.<
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5 Either close the slightly lowered side
windows or move them into the
desired position.
6 Press down slightly on the convert-
ible top compartment lid from above.
The closing procedure will then be
carried out automatically, refer to
page 46.
Operate the convertible top
compartment lid from above only
in order to avoid pinching.<
After the convertible top compart-
ment lid has been closed, the
central locking system will unlock auto-
matically, i.e. the luggage compartment
lid is no longer locked and can be
opened again.<
7 Holding on to the locking handle, pull
the front part of the convertible top
frame up onto the windshield frame,
and lock the convertible top by
turning the handle until you hear the
convertible top engage.
The rear convertible top bow will auto-
matically be pressed down onto the
convertible top compartment lid and
because of the tension, will close com-
pletely.
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48nThe manual convertible top The fully automatic convertible top*
At higher speeds, the ensuing
vacuum in the passenger
compartment can cause the convertible
top to begin fluttering. Increase the air
supply via the ventilation controls so
that a vacuum does not occur in the
vehicle.<
The completely automatically operated
convertible top combines assured
protection against the elements
together with simple, convenient
handling. So that you will get the most
out of enjoying your convertible, here
are a few tips:
It is advisable to close the convertible
top when the vehicle is parked. The
closed convertible top not only protects
the passenger compartment from
unforeseeable damage from the
weather, it also provides a certain
degree of theft protection. In addition,
keep valuables only in the locked
luggage compartment, even with the
convertible top closed.
Never mount a roof-mounted luggage
rack on the convertible top.
To prevent damage, do not operate the
convertible top at temperatures below
– 10 6.
To conserve the battery, only operate
the top with the engine running if
possible.
The convertible top operation is
completely automatic. You will hardly
ever need to support it by hand, refer to
page 49.
Operate the convertible top only if
the vehicle is parked and do not
start driving while the convertible top is
in motion, because at certain points,
this could possibly interrupt the
process. A partially open convertible
top can possibly lead to damage or
injury.
If you initiated convertible top operation
while the vehicle was standing still, and
then start to drive off, you can complete
the process at a traffic light, for
example, while traveling at a moderate
rate of speed. To do this, keep pressing
the proper switch.
Traffic laws applicable in your area take
precedence when you operate the
convertible top, otherwise you may be
breaking the law.
Before closing the convertible top,
remove any objects from the windshield
frame that could keep the convertible
top from closing properly.
Do not lay objects on the convertible
top, since they will fall off when the
convertible top is in motion and cause
damage or injuries.
To close the electric power windows
while driving, always be sure to close
either the rear windows first, or all
four windows at the same time, other-
wise, at high speeds, the windows may
not close tightly.
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Index
Data
Technology
Repairs
Car
care
Controls
Overview
The fully automatic convertible top*
Do not reach into the convertible top
mechanism during opening and closing.
Keep children away from the moving
parts of the convertible top during oper-
ation.
The automatic sequence will be inter-
rupted immediately if you release the
button that operates the top. The
sequence can be continued in the
desired direction by pressing this
button.<
After having been stored for an
extended period of time in the
convertible top compartment — e.g.
during the winter months because the
hardtop* was being used — you may
have to support the convertible top by
hand when closing it for the first time:
If the convertible top should halt just
before the closing phase is completed,
press against the front section of the
convertible top frame from the outside to
help the closing process along. Continue
pressing the switch while doing so until
the top starts up again on its own.<
Opening and closing
1 Closing
2 Opening
Continue pressing the button for oper-
ating the convertible top until the
opening or closing process has ended.
The side windows will lower slightly
while it is being opened. When the top
is being closed, the side windows will
also close if you continue pressing the
button after the convertible top has
finished closing.
The red indicator lamp will light up
while the convertible top is in motion. It
will keep blinking after you release the
button, if the opening or closing proce-
dure was not completed properly.
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The convertible top cannot be moved if
the convertible top compartment panel
is raised. In this case, the yellow indi-
cator lamp will light up and stay on
when the button is pressed, indicating
that it is not possible to complete a
convertible top operation.
Flip down the convertible top compart-
ment panel; see page 41.
If the opening or closing process
has been interrupted, the convert-
ible top will remain in that position for
15 minutes.
After that, the convertible top can be
moved again and, if it is an emergency
situation, you may need to help the top
along manually. This can also be done
in ignition key position 0.
The luggage compartment cannot be
opened while the convertible top is in
motion.
When operating the convertible top, the
windows will lower slightly when you
press on the switch, and after the
opening operation has finished, they
will move up again if you continue
holding the switch down for more than
2 seconds after the indicator lamp has
gone out.<
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50nThe fully automatic convertible top* Wind deflector*
While the convertible top is in
motion, the side windows will
lower slightly. Do not close the side
power windows using the switches if
the convertible top has been inter-
rupted while it is in motion.
In certain cases, the luggage compart-
ment lid cannot be opened if the
opening or closing operation has been
interrupted.
Never store the convertible top while it
is wet to avoid permanent damage from
moisture.
While the convertible top is in motion,
the rear window will move toward the
passenger compartment and will gently
press the heads of the passengers
sitting in the rear forward. Normally, this
is not dangerous. To avoid possibly
being pinched, passengers in the back
seat should lean their heads slightly
forward while the convertible top is in
motion.<
Convenient operation from the
driver-side door lock
> To open: with the door closed, turn
and hold the key in the "Unlock" posi-
tion.
> To close: with the door closed, turn
and hold the key to the "Lock" posi-
tion.
Letting go of the key will stop the
motion.
In order to keep the closing process in
view, it is not possible to use the
convenient operation via the remote
control for safety reasons.
At higher speeds, the ensuing
vacuum in the passenger
compartment can cause the convertible
top to begin fluttering. Increase the air
supply via the ventilation controls so
that a vacuum does not occur in the
vehicle.<
The wind deflector keeps air movement
in the passenger compartment to a
minimum, thus providing you with a
pleasant drive, even at higher speeds.
The wind deflector comes in a protec-
tive sleeve, and because of its slim
dimensions, can be easily stored in the
luggage compartment.
Installing
1 Take the wind deflector out of its
protective sleeve.
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