warning BMW I3 2014 I01 Owner's Manual
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your skin by washing thoroughly with soap and
Service and warranty
We recommend that you read this publication
thoroughly. Your vehicle is covered by the fol‐
▷New Vehicle Limited Warranty.▷Rust Perforation Limited Warranty.▷Federal Emissions System Defect War‐
▷Federal Emissions Performance Warranty.▷California Emission Control System Lim‐
Detailed information about these warranties is
listed in the Service and Warranty Information
Booklet for US models or in the Warranty and
Service Guide Booklet for Canadian models.
Your vehicle has been specifically adapted and
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liver the full driving pleasure while the vehicle
is operated under those conditions. If you wish
to operate your vehicle in another country or
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hicle to meet different prevailing operating
conditions and homologation requirements.
You should also be aware of any applicable
warranty limitations or exclusions for such
country or region. In such case, please contact
Customer Relations for further information.
Maintain the vehicle regularly to sustain the
road safety, operational reliability and the New
Vehicle Limited Warranty.
Specifications for required maintenance meas‐
▷BMW Maintenance system▷Service and Warranty Information Booklet
for US models
Parts and accessories
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All around the center console1Control Display 182Radio/Multimedia, refer to Integrated Own‐
er's Handbook3Glove compartment 1384Climate control 1275Hazard warning system 193Intelligent Safety 996Controller with buttons 187Parking brake 688PDC Park Distance Control 117
Rearview camera 120
Parking assistant 1229Driving Dynamics Control 107Seite 14At a glanceCockpit16
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USB interface: "USB device"
Using the guest profile
The guest profile is for individual settings that
are saved in none of the three personal pro‐
This can be useful for drivers who are using
the vehicle temporarily and do not have their
The guest profile cannot be renamed. It is not
assigned to the current remote control.
Display profile list during start
The profile list can be displayed during each
start to select the desired profile.
1."Settings"2."Profiles"3."Options"4."Display user list at startup"
Using the remote control
Note Take the remote control with youPeople or animals left unattended in a
parked vehicle can lock the doors from the in‐
side. Always take the remote control with you
when leaving the vehicle so that the vehicle
can then be opened from the outside.◀
Unlocking Press button on the remote control.
▷All doors and the tailgate are unlocked.▷Interior lamps and courtesy lamps are acti‐
vated. This function is not available, if the
interior lamps were switched off manually.▷The welcome lamps are switched on, if this
function was activated.▷Exterior mirrors folded through convenient
closing are folded open.
You can set how the vehicle is to be unlocked.
For Settings, refer to page 45.
The alarm system, refer to page 46, is dis‐
Convenient opening Press and hold this button on the re‐
mote control after unlocking.
The windows and the glass sunroof are
opened, as long as the button on the remote
control is pressed.
Locking Locking from the outside
Do not lock the vehicle from the outside
with people inside the car, as the vehicle can‐
not be unlocked from inside without special
Press button on the remote control.
All doors and the tailgate are locked.
The alarm system, refer to page 46, is armed.
Switching on interior lights and
Press button on the remote control with
the vehicle locked.
This function is not available, if the interior
lamps were switched off manually.
If the button is pressed again within 10 sec‐
onds after vehicle was locked, the interior mo‐
tion sensor and tilt alarm sensor of the anti-
theft warning system, refer to page 47, are
turned off. After locking, wait 10 seconds be‐
fore pressing the button again.
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From the inside
Unlocking and locking
Via the buttons for the central locking system.
▷ By pressing the button, the vehicle
is locked with the doors closed.▷ Pressing the button unlocks the
The vehicle is not secured against theft when
The vehicle locks automatically after you drive
In the event of a severe accident, the vehicle is
automatically unlocked. The hazard warning
system and interior lights come on.
Unlocking and opening
▷Press the central locking system
button to unlock the doors to‐
gether, and then pull the door handle
above the armrest.▷Pull the door opener on the door to be
opened. The other door remain locked.Rear doors
The rear doors can only be opened using the
handle on the inside, arrow. The correspond‐
ing front door must be opened.
To better reach the front door's handle fold the
front seat's backrests, refer to page 52,
Before exiting the vehicle, make sure that the
front safety belt is completely wound up.
When closing, make sure that the correspond‐
ing front door is far enough open.
Opening from the outside Press button on the remote control for
approx. 1 second.
The hood is unlocked and slightly raised.
As the case may be, the doors are also un‐
locked. Unlocking with the remote control, re‐
fer to page 40.
Opening from the inside With the vehicle is stationary, press
the button in the driver's footwell.
The hood is unlocked and slightly raised.
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3. Select the symbol.4.Select the desired function:▷"Front compartment lid"
The hood is unlocked.▷"Front lid and door(s)"
The hood and the doors are unlocked.
Without alarm system: tailgate Depending on optional features and country
version, this setting is not offered in some cases.
1."Settings"2."Doors/key"3. Select the symbol.4.Select the desired function:▷"Tailgate"
The tailgate is unlocked.▷"Tailgate + door(s)"
The tailgate and the doors are un‐
Confirmation signals from the vehicle
The settings are saved in the active profile, re‐
fer to page 37.
1."Settings"2."Doors/key"3.Deactivate or activate the desired confir‐
mation signals.▷"Acoustic sig. lock/unlock"▷"Flash when lock/unlock"
The settings are saved in the active profile, re‐fer to page 37.
1."Settings"2."Doors/key"3.Select the desired function:▷"Lock if no door is opened"The vehicle locks automatically after a
short period of time if no door is
Without alarm system: headlamp
courtesy delay feature/standing
The settings are saved in the active profile, re‐
fer to page 37.
1."Settings"2."Doors/key"3. Select the symbol.4.Select the desired function:▷"Pathway lighting"
Headlight courtesy delay feature▷"Comfort climate control"
Stationary climate control
The conceptWhen the vehicle is locked, the vehicle alarm
system responds to:
▷Opening a door, the hood or the tailgate.▷Movements in the interior.▷Changes in the vehicle tilt, e. g., during at‐
tempts at stealing a wheel.▷Disconnected battery voltage.
The alarm system briefly signals tampering:
▷By sounding an acoustic alarm.▷By switching on the hazard warning sys‐
tem.▷By flashing the daytime running lights.
Arming and disarming the alarm
When you unlock or lock the vehicle, either
with the remote control or via the Comfort Ac‐
cess, the alarm system is disarmed or armed at
the same time.
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Door lock and armed alarm systemThe alarm system is triggered when the door is
opened, when the vehicle is unlocked via the
Tailgate and armed alarm system
The tailgate can be opened even when the alarm system is armed.
After the tailgate is closed, it is locked and
monitored again when the doors are locked.
The hazard warning system flashes once.
You can trigger the alarm system if you find
yourself in a dangerous situation.
Press button on the remote control for
at least 3 seconds.
To reel off the alarm: press any button.
Indicator lamp on the interior rearview
mirror▷The indicator lamp flashes briefly every
The system is armed.▷The indicator lamp flashes after locking:
The doors, hood or tailgate is not closed
properly, but the rest of the vehicle is se‐
After 10 seconds, the indicator lamp
flashes continuously. Interior motion sen‐
sor and tilt alarm sensor are not active.When the still open access is closed, inte‐
rior motion sensor and tilt alarm sensor will
be switched on.▷The indicator lamp goes out after unlock‐
The vehicle has not been tampered with.▷The indicator lamp flashes after unlocking
until the radio-ready state is switched on,
but no longer than approx. 5 minutes:
An alarm has been triggered.
Tilt alarm sensor The tilt of the vehicle is monitored.
The alarm system responds in situations such
as attempts to steal a wheel.
Interior motion sensor The windows and glass sunroof must be
closed for the system to function properly.
Avoiding unintentional alarms The tilt alarm sensor and interior motion sen‐
sor can be switched off together, such as in
the following situations:
▷In automatic car washes.▷In duplex garages.▷During transport on trains carrying vehi‐
cles, at sea or on a trailer.▷With animals in the vehicle.
Switching off the tilt alarm sensor and
interior motion sensor
Press the remote control button again
within 10 seconds as soon as the vehicle
The indicator lamp lights up for approx. 2 sec‐
onds and then continues to flash.
The tilt alarm sensor and interior motion sen‐
sor are turned off, until the vehicle is locked again.
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▷The low beams reel to parking lights after
approx. 15 minutes of no use.
If drive readiness is switched on, the vehicle
ready to drive and the READY signal, refer to
page 63, is displayed in the instrument clus‐
All vehicle systems are ready for operation.
Most of the indicator and warning lights in the
instrument cluster light up for a varied length
Activated drive readiness is the equivalent of a
running engine in conventional vehicles. Deac‐
tivated engine readiness is equivalent to
switching the ignition off.
To save battery power when parking, reel off
drive readiness and any unnecessary elec‐
tronic systems/power consumers.
Drive readiness is switched off automatically:
▷When opening or closing the driver door, if
the driver's safety belt is unbuckled.
If drive readiness is switched on, the system
automatically switches to the radio-ready state
when the door is opened and the driver's
safety belt is unbuckled, or if the lights are
turned off or the daytime running lights are ac‐
Selector lever position P with drive readi‐
ness switched off
When drive readiness is switched off, selector
lever position P is automatically engaged.
When in an automatic car wash, e.g., ensure
that the drive readiness is not switched off ac‐
cidentally, otherwise, wheels can lock up.◀
Drive readiness in detail
Hints Do not leave the vehicle unattended
Do not leave the vehicle unattended with
drive readiness switched on; otherwise, it may
pose a risk.◀
Before leaving the vehicle
Before leaving the vehicle, with drive
readiness switched on engage lever in position
P P and set the parking brake; otherwise, the
vehicle is not secured against rolling away.◀
Switching on drive readiness1.Close the driver's door.2.Depress the brake pedal.3.Press the Start/Stop button.
Drive readiness is switched on.
Display in the instrument cluster The READY display indicates
that the vehicle is ready for driv‐
Display on the Start/Stop button
Drive readiness is also displayed through light
indicators on the Start/Stop button.
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The top bars indicate the average energy con‐
sumed while driving time, arrow 1. The lower
bars indicate the average energy recovered
while driving time, arrow 2.
One bar indicates one minute.
The eDRIVE system's average fuel consump‐
tion is indicated by a line above the bar display
and as a value on the right next to the graph.
Displaying fuel consumption history1."Vehicle info"2."eDRIVE"3. "CHARGE"
Energy flow of the eDRIVE system
The display shows the active components of
the eDRIVE system:
▷Blue: electrical energy.▷Arrow: direction of the energy flow.▷Segments of the high-voltage battery sym‐
bolize the charging state.▷The operating states are displayed:
"ePOWER", "CHARGE".▷Interior cooling/heating function switched
Displaying the energy flow
1."Vehicle info"2."eDRIVE"3. "Energy flow"Energy distribution
Beside the current range the display shows the
energy distribution and the potential range if
individual secondary functions are turned off.▷Blue: electrical energy▷White: activated secondary functions.
Displaying energy distribution
1."Vehicle info"2."eDRIVE"3. "Comfort information"
The concept The Check Control system monitors functions
in the vehicle and notifies you of malfunctions
in the monitored systems.
A Check Control message is displayed as a
combination of indicator or warning lights and
text messages in the instrument cluster.
In addition, an acoustic signal may sound and atext message may appear on the Control Dis‐
The indicator and warning lights in the instru‐
ment cluster can light up in a variety of combi‐
nations and colors.
Several lights indicate function checks and
light up only temporarily when drive readiness
or operating readiness are activated.
Red lights Safety belt reminder Flashing or illuminated: safety belt on
the driver or passenger side is not
buckled. The safety belt reminder can
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also be activated if objects are placed on the
front passenger seat.
Make sure that the safety belts are positioned
Airbag system Airbag system and belt tensioner are
Have the vehicle checked by the serv‐
ice center immediately.
Parking brake The parking brake is set.
For additional information, refer to Release
parking brake, refer to page 68.
Brake system Continue to drive moderately.
Have the vehicle checked by the serv‐
ice center immediately.
Front-end collision warning Illuminated: advance warning is issued,
e.g., when there is the impending dan‐
ger of a collision or the distance to the
vehicle ahead is too small.
Flashing: acute warning of the imminent dan‐
ger of a collision when the vehicle approaches
another vehicle at a relatively high differential
Intervention by braking or make an evasive ma‐
If a collision with a person detected in
this way is imminent, the symbol lights
up and a signal sounds.
Active Cruise Control The number bars shows the selected
distance from the vehicle driving
For additional information, refer to Active
Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, ACC,
refer to page 109.
Vehicle detection, Active Cruise Control Illuminated: vehicle driving ahead de‐
Flashing: the conditions are not ade‐
quate for operating the system.
The system was deactivated but applies the
brakes until you actively resume control by
pressing on the brake pedal or accelerator
Antilock Brake System ABS It reduces the braking distance to a
minimum during emergency stops.
Illuminated: avoid abrupt braking if pos‐
sible. Braking force boost in some
cases defective. Stop carefully. Take
into account longer brake travel. Have this
checked by the service center immediately.
DSC Dynamic Stability Control Flashing: DSC controls the drive and
braking forces. The vehicle is stabi‐
lized. Reduce speed and adapt driving
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High beams High beams are activated.
For additional information, refer to High
beams, refer to page 70.
General lamps Check Control At least one Check Control message is
displayed or is stored (symbol in dis‐
Text messages Text messages in combination with a symbol
in the instrument cluster explain a Check Con‐
trol message and the meaning of the indicator
and warning lights.
Supplementary text messages
Additional information, such as on the cause of
an error or the required action, can be called up
via Check Control.
With urgent messages the added text will be
automatically displayed on the Control Display.
Symbols Depending on the Check Control message, the
following functions can be selected.▷ "Owner's Manual"
Display additional information about the
Check Control message in the Integrated
Owner's Manual.▷ "Service request"
Contact your service center.▷ "Roadside Assistance"
Contact Roadside Assistance.Hiding Check Control messages
Press the onboard computer button on the
turn signal lever.
▷Some Check Control messages are dis‐
played continuously and are not cleared
until the malfunction is eliminated. If sev‐
eral malfunctions occur at once, the mes‐
sages are displayed consecutively.
These messages can be faded for approx.
8 seconds. After this time, they are dis‐
played again automatically.▷Other Check Control messages are faded
automatically after approx. 20 seconds.
They are stored and can be displayed
Displaying stored Check Control
On the Control Display:
1."Vehicle info"2."Vehicle status"3. "Check Control"4.Select the text message.
Messages after trip completion Special messages displayed while driving are
displayed again after drive readiness is