clock BMW 328I CONVERTIBLE 2008 E93 Owner's Manual
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2Indicator lamps for turn signals
3Indicator and warning lamps13
4Displays for active cruise control
6Engine oil temperature75
>Indicator and warning lamps838Display for
>Position of automatic transmission
>Date of next scheduled service, and
remaining distance to be driven79
>Odometer and trip odometer74
>Checking engine oil level
>Settings and information78
> There is a Check Control
10Resetting the trip odometer74
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At a glance
>Settings for the display on the Control Dis-
play and in the instrument cluster:
>12h/24h format of the clock, refer to
>Date format, refer to page83
>Brightness of the Control Display, refer
>Language on the Control Display, refer
>Units of measure for fuel consumption,
distance covered/remaining distances,
and temperature, refer to page78
>Show visual warning for Park Distance Con-
*, refer to page88
>Welcome lamps, refer to page100
>Pathway lighting, refer to page101
>Daytime running lamps, refer to
>Automatic climate control: activating/deac-
tivating AUTO program, cooling function
and automatic recirculated-air control, set-
ting temperature, air flow rate and distribu-
tion, refer to page105 ff
>Audio volume, refer to page161
>Tone control, refer to page161
>Speed-dependent volume control, refer
Central locking system
The central locking system is ready for opera-
tion whenever the driver's door is closed.
The system simultaneously engages and
releases the locks on the following:
>Luggage compartment lid
>Fuel filler door
> Convertible: center armrest and glove com-
Operating from outside
>Via the remote control
>Via the door lock
>In cars with convenient access
*, via the
handles on the driver's and front passen-
The anti-theft system is also operated at the
same time. It prevents the doors from being
unlocked using the lock buttons or door han-
dles. In addition, if the remote control is used,
the welcome lamps, interior lamps and the
door's courtesy lamps
* are switched on or off.
The alarm system
* is also armed or disarmed.
For further details of the alarm system,
Operating from inside
By means of the button for central locking, refer
In the event of a sufficiently severe accident, the
central locking system unlocks automatically. In
addition, the hazard warning flashers and inte-
rior lamps come on.
Opening and closing:
Using the remote control
Persons or animals in a parked vehicle
could lock the doors from the inside. You
should therefore take the remote control with
you when you leave the vehicle so that the latter
can be opened from outside.<
Convertible: to operate the retractable
hardtop with the remote control, the
doors and luggage compartment lid must be
closed and the cargo bay partition must be
folded down and engaged on both sides. Refer
also to page41.<
Press the button.
The interior lamps, the courtesy lamps
* and the
welcome lamps come on.
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At a glance
The ideal sitting position can make a vital con-
tribution to relaxed, fatigue-free driving. In con-
junction with the safety belts, the head
restraints and the airbags, the seated position
has a major influence on your safety in the event
of an accident. To ensure that the safety sys-
tems operate with optimal efficiency, we
strongly urge you to observe the instructions
contained in the following section.
For additional information on transporting chil-
dren safely, refer to page56.
Always maintain an adequate distance
between yourself and the airbags. Always
grip the steering wheel on the rim, with your
hands in the 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock positions,
to minimize the risk of injury to the hands or
arms in the event of the airbag being triggered
No one and nothing is to come between the air-
bags and the seat occupant.
Do not use the cover of the front airbag on the
front passenger side as a storage area. Make
sure that the front passenger is sitting correctly,
e.g. not resting feet or legs on the dashboard,
otherwise leg injuries can occur if the front air-
bag is triggered.
Make sure that passengers do not lean their
heads against the side or head airbags, other-
wise serious injuries could result if the airbags
Even if you follow all the instructions, injuries
resulting from contact with airbags cannot be
fully excluded, depending on the circum-
stances. The ignition and inflation noise may
provoke a mild hearing loss in extremely sensi-
tive individuals. This effect is usually only tem-
For airbag locations and additional information
on airbags, refer to page97.
A correctly adjusted head restraint reduces the
risk of neck injury in the event of an accident.
Adjust the head restraint in such a way
that its center is at approx. ear level. Oth-
erwise, there is an increased risk of injury in the
event of an accident.<
Head restraints, refer to page47.
Before every drive, make sure that all occupants
wear their safety belts. Airbags complement the
safety belt as an additional safety device, but
they do not represent a substitute.
Your vehicle has four seats, each of which is
equipped with a safety belt.
Never allow more than one person to
wear a single safety belt. Never allow
infants or small children to ride in a passenger's
lap. Make sure that the belt in the lap area sits
low across the hips and does not press against
The safety belt must not rest against the throat,
run across sharp edges, pass over hard or frag-
ile objects or be pinched. Fasten the safety belt
so that it sits as snugly as possible against the
lap and shoulder without being twisted. Other-
wise the belt could slide over your hips and
injure your abdomen in the event of a frontal
Avoid wearing bulky clothing and regularly pull
the belt in the upper-body area taut, otherwise
its restraining effect could be impaired.<
Safety belts, refer to page51.
Note before adjusting
Never attempt to adjust your seat while
the vehicle is moving. The seat could
respond with unexpected movement, and the
ensuing loss of vehicle control could lead to an
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Everything under control
Everything under control
temperature display, clock
1Knob in the instrument cluster
2Outside temperature display and clock
3Odometer and trip odometer
Knob in the instrument cluster
>To reset the trip odometer while the ignition
is switched on
>To display the time, outside temperature
and odometer briefly while the ignition is
Units of measure
To select the respective units of measure, miles
or km for the odometer as well as 7 or 6 for
the outside temperature, refer to page78.
The setting is stored for the remote control cur-
rently in use.
Time, outside temperature display
Setting the time, refer to page81.
Outside temperature warning
When the displayed temperature sinks to
approx. +377/+36, a signal sounds and a
warning lamp lights up. There is an increased
risk of black ice.
Black ice can also form at temperatures
above +377/+36. You should there-
fore drive carefully on bridges and shaded roads, for example, otherwise there is an
increased risk of an accident.<
Odometer and trip odometer
Resetting trip odometer:
With the ignition switched on, press button1 in
the instrument cluster.
When the vehicle is parked
If you still want to view the time, outside tem-
perature and odometer reading briefly after the
remote control has been taken out of the igni-
Press button 1 in the instrument cluster.
Never force the engine speed up into the red
warning field, see arrow. In this range, the fuel
supply is interrupted to protect the engine.
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At a glance
until "Service requirements" is selected and
press the controller.
6.Select "Status" and press the controller.
7.Select "State inspection" and press the
8.Select "Set service date" and press the
controller. The month is highlighted.
9.Turn the controller to make the adjustment.
10.Press the controller to apply the setting.
The year is highlighted.
11.Turn the controller to make the adjustment.
12.Press the controller to apply the setting.
The date entry is stored.
To exit from the menu:
Select and press the controller.
More information on the BMW Maintenance
System can be found on page229.
The settings are stored for the remote control
currently in use, refer also to Personal Profile on
Setting the time
In the instrument cluster
To set the 12h/24h mode, refer to Setting the
12h/24h format below.
1.Push button 1 in the turn indicator lever up
or down repeatedly until the appropriate
symbol appears in the display, accompa-
nied by the time and the word "SET".
2.Press button 2.
3.Use button 1 to set the hours.
4.Press button 2 to confirm the entry.
5.Use button 1 to set the minutes.
6.Press button 2 to confirm the entry.
7.Press button 2.
The system accepts the new time.
iDrive, for operating principle refer to page16.
1.Press the button once or twice until
the start menu appears.
2.Press the controller to open the menu.
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Always switch off the engine before refu-
eling, otherwise, fuel cannot be added to
the tank and a message will be displayed.<
Take all precautionary measures and
observe all applicable regulations when
handling fuel. Do not carry any spare fuel con-
tainers in your vehicle. They can develop a leak
and cause an explosion or cause a fire in the
event of an accident.<
Fuel filler door
1.Open fuel filler door. To do so, lightly press
the rear edge.
2.Turn the gas cap counterclockwise.
3.Place the gas cap in the bracket attached to
the fuel filler door.
Fit the cap and turn it clockwise until you clearly
hear a click.
Do not pinch the band attached to the
cap, otherwise the cap cannot be closed
properly and fuel vapors can escape. A mes-
sage will be displayed if the gas cap is loose or
Manually releasing the fuel filler door
In the event of a malfunction, you can release
the fuel filler door manually:
1.Remove the cover from the right-hand side-
wall of the cargo bay.
2.Pull the knob with the fuel pump symbol.
The fuel filler door is released.
1.Loosen the right-hand cargo bay trim panel
by turning the screws by 90°, see arrow.
2.Slightly lift the top section of the panel. It is
not necessary to remove the entire panel.
3.Pull the knob with the fuel pump symbol.
The fuel filler door is released.
Observe the following when refueling
When handling fuels, follow the safety
instructions provided at filling stations,
otherwise there is a risk of personal injury or
When refueling, insert the filler nozzle com-
pletely into the filler pipe. Avoid lifting the filler
nozzle while filling the tank, as that would lead
>premature pump shutoff
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Under the hood
228 Comply with the appropriate environ-
mental protection regulations when dis-
posing of coolant additives.<
Checking coolant level
1.Do not open the engine hood before the
engine has cooled down.
2.Turn the cap of the expansion tank a little
counterclockwise to allow any accumulated
pressure to escape, then continue turning
3.The coolant level is correct if it is between
the maximum and minimum marks in the
filler neck, refer also to the diagram next to
the filler neck.
4.If the coolant is low, slowly add coolant up to
the specified level; do not overfill.
5.Turn the cap until there is an audible click.
6.Have the reason for the coolant loss elimi-
nated as soon as possible.
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Giving and receiving assistance
Giving and receiving assistance
Conditions for an Emergency Request:
>Equipment version with full preparation
package mobile phone. This equipment
makes it possible to send an Emergency
Request even if no mobile phone is paired
with the vehicle.
>BMW Assist is activated. Activating
BMW Assist, refer to page206.
>Radio readiness is on.
>The BMW Assist system is logged on to a
mobile phone network.
>The Emergency Request system is opera-
Once your service contract for BMW Assist
expires, the BMW Assist system can be deacti-
vated by a BMW center without you having to
visit a workshop. Once the BMW Assist system
has been deactivated, Emergency Requests
are not possible. The BMW Assist system can
be reactivated by a BMW center after a new
contract has been signed.
Sending an Emergency Request
1.Briefly press the cover flap to open.
2.Press the SOS button for at least
The LED in the button lights up. As soon as the
voice connection to the BMW Assist Response
Center has been established, the LED flashes.
Once the BMW Assist Response Center has
received your Emergency Request, the BMW Assist Response Center contacts you
and takes further steps to help you. Even if you
are unable to respond, the BMW Assist
Response Center will be able to initiate further
steps to assist you under certain conditions.
If the circumstances allow this, remain in the
vehicle until the connection has been estab-
lished. You will then be able to provide a
detailed description of the situation.
If the current location of your vehicle can be
determined, it will be transmitted to the BMW
Assist Response Center.
If the LED is flashing but the BMW Assist
Response Center cannot be heard over the
hands-free system, it is possible that the
hands-free system is malfunctioning. You may
still be heard by the BMW Assist Response
Under certain conditions, an Emergency
Request is sent automatically immediately after
a severe accident. This Automatic Collision
Notification is not affected by the button being
For technical reasons, the Emergency
Request service cannot be guaranteed
for the most unfavorable conditions.<
The BMW Roadside Assistance is there to
assist you around the clock in the event of a
breakdown, including on weekends and public
The phone numbers of the Roadside Assis-
tance in your home country can be found in the
In vehicles equipped with BMW Assist, you can
establish contact with BMW Roadside Assis-
tance for breakdown assistance directly via
iDrive, refer to page202.
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At a glance
Changes, technical, refer to
For your own safety5
Changing bulbs, refer to
Lamps and bulbs231
Changing the language on the
Changing the measurement
units on the Control
Chassis number, refer to
Child-restraint fixing system
Child seats, refer to
Chrome parts, care, refer to
Caring for your vehicle
Cigarette lighter, refer to
Cleaning, refer to Caring for
your vehicle brochure
– washer fluid65
– 12h/24h mode82
– setting time81
– from inside32
– from outside29
Cold start, refer to Starting the
Combined instrument, refer to
Comfort access, refer to
Comfort area, refer to Around
the center console14
03,204Compact disc, refer to
– CD changer173
– CD player173
Compartment for remote
control, refer to Ignition
– displays on Control
– hour signal82
Computer, refer to iDrive16
"Concert hall" for Tone
Condensation, refer to When
the vehicle is parked126
Condition Based Service
Configuring settings, refer to
Confirmation signals for
Connecting vacuum cleaner,
refer to Connecting
Consumption, refer to
– average consumption76
"Continue guidance to
Control Center, refer to
– changing the language86
– switching off/on21
Control Display, refer to
Controller, refer to iDrive16
Controls and displays10
Control unit, refer to iDrive16
– replacing the battery38
– what to observe before
entering a car wash37Convenient loading in
– glass roof30
– glass roof with convenient
– retractable hardtop30
– windows with convenient
– bag holder118
– convenient loading31
– enlarging cargo bay117
– folding down rear
– retractable hardtop41
– rollover protection
– securing cargo128
– stowing cargo127
– checking level228
Cooling fluid, refer to
Cooling system, refer to
refer to Adaptive Head
Cornering lamps, refer to
Adaptive Head Light101
Courtesy lamps, refer to
Cross-hairs in navigation139
Curb weight, refer to
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Everything from A - Z
256 Current position
Dashboard, refer to
Dashboard, refer to
Dashboard lighting, refer to
– setting format83
"Daytime running lamps"101
Daytime running lamps101
DBC Dynamic Brake
Deactivating front passenger
Deadlocking, refer to
Decommissioning the vehicle,
refer to Caring for your
– door lock32
– fuel filler door210
– glass roof40
"Delete address book" in
"Delete all numbers" on the
"Delete data" in
"Delete" for mobile
Destination for navigation
– destination list141
– home address144
– manual entry134,138
– selecting from address
– selecting using
– selecting via language138
– selecting via map139
– canceling voice
– changing specified
– displaying route
– distance and arrival147
– voice instructions150
– volume of voice
Destination list for navigation
Destinations recently driven
"Details" for audio mode181
"Dial" for mobile phone193
Digital radio, refer to High
Directional indicators, refer to
Direction instructions, refer to
Directory for navigation, refer
to Address book142
Displacement, refer to Engine
Display, refer to iDrive
controls16Display lighting, refer to
– on the Control Display16
Displays, refer to Instrument
Displays and controls10
– remote control battery38
– vehicle battery235
Distance control, refer to
Active cruise control67
Distance remaining to service,
refer to Service
"Distance to dest."77
Distance warning, refer to
PDC Park Distance
Door key, refer to Remote
control with integrated
DOT Quality Grades220
Drinks holders, refer to Cup
Drive-off assistance, refer to
Dynamic Stability Control
Driving around a traffic
Driving lamps, refer to Parking
Driving off on hills, refer to
Driving route, refer to
Driving stability control
Driving through water126