warning BMW X6 XDRIVE 2009 E71 Owner's Manual
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Parts and accessories
For your own safety, use genuine parts
and accessories approved by BMW.
When you purchase accessories tested and
approved by BMW and Genuine BMW Parts,
you simultaneously acquire the assurance that
they have been thorough ly tested by BMW to
ensure optimum perfor mance when installed
on your vehicle.
BMW warrants these parts to be free from
defects in material and workmanship.
BMW will not accept any liability for damage
resulting from installation of parts and accesso-
ries not approved by BMW.
BMW cannot test every product made by other
manufacturers to verify if it can be used on a
BMW safely and without risk to either the vehi-
cle, its operation or its occupants.
Genuine BMW Parts, BMW Accessories and
other products approved by BMW, together
with professional advice on using these items,
are available from all BMW Sports Activity Vehi-
Installation and operation of non-BMW
approved accessories such as alarms, radios,
amplifiers, radar detector s, wheels, suspension
components, brake dust shields, telephones,
including operation of any mobile phone from
within the vehicle without using an externally
mounted antenna, or transceiver equipment, for
instance, CBs, walkie-talkies, ham radios or
similar accessories, ma y cause extensive dam-
age to the vehicle, comp romise its safety, inter-
fere with the vehicle's electrical system, or
affect the validity of the BMW Limited Warranty.
Refer to your BMW Sports Activity Vehicle Cen-
ter for additional information. <
Maintenance, replacement, or repair of
the emission control devices and sys-
tems may be performe d by any automotive
repair establishment or individual using any cer-
tified automotive part.<
California Proposition 65 Warning
California laws require us to issue the following
Engine exhaust and a wide variety of
automobile components and parts,
including components foun d in the interior fur-
nishings in a vehicle, contain or emit chemicals
known to the State of Ca lifornia to cause cancer
and birth defects and reproductive harm. In
addition, certain fluids co ntained in vehicles and
certain products of component wear contain or
emit chemicals known to the State of California
to cause cancer and birth defects or other
Battery posts, terminals and related accesso-
ries contain lead and lead compounds. Wash
your hands after handling.
Used engine oil contains chemicals that have
caused cancer in labora tory animals. Always
protect your skin by washing thoroughly with
soap and water. <
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1Indicator lamps for turn signals
3 Indicator and warning lamps 13
4 Tachometer 79
5 BMW X5: energy control 79
BMW X6: engine oil temperature 79 or
energy control 79
6 Display for
> Outside temperature 78
> Indicator and warning lamps 85
> Speed of cruise control
> BMW X5: reserve display for diesel
exhaust fluid 246 7
>Odometer and trip odometer 78
> Computer 80
> Date and remaining travel distance
for service requirements 82
> Automatic transmission positions 70
> HDC Hill Descent Control 98
> Check Control message present 85
> Adaptive Drive
> BMW X6: Dynamic Performance
8 Fuel gauge 80
9 Resetting trip odometer 78
Displaying service requirement 78
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At a glance
Indicator and warning lamps
The indicator and warning lamps can light up in
different combinations and colors.
Some lamps are tested for proper function by
briefly lighting up during starting of the engine
or when the ignition is switched on.
Explanatory text messages
Text messages at the bottom edge of the Con-
trol Display explain the meaning of the dis-
played indicator and warning lamps.
Additional information, e.g. on the cause of a
malfunction and on the corresponding need to
take action can be disp layed via the Check Con-
trol, refer to page 85. In the case of corresponding urgency, this infor-
mation is displayed immediately when the
related lamp lights up.
Indicator lamps without text messages
The following indicator la
mps indicate that cer-
tain functions are activated:
With parking brake set 67
With parking brake set for Canadian
Fog lamps 112
High beams/headlamp flasher 112
DSC or DTC controls the drive and
braking forces for maintaining vehicle
Exhaust-gas values 264
Exhaust values fo r Canadian models
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At a glance
1Microphone for hands-free mode for
* and for voice activation
an emergency request 279
3 Reading lamps 113
4 Glass sunroof 42, 45
5 Interior lamps 113
6 Passenger airbag status lamp 105
7 Control Display 16
Displays for menu navigation
8 Hazard warning flashers
9 Central locking system 29
10 Opening glove compartment 126
11 Automatic climate control with 2-zone
Automatic climate control with 4-zone
12 Ejecting audio CD
>radio station 174
> track 174 14
Selecting radio, CD and CD changer
15 Selecting AM or FM waveband
16 Ejecting navigation DVD with navigation
18 Controller 16
Turn, press or move horizontally in
19 Opening start menu on Control Display 17
20 Automatic Hold 67
21 Parking brake 67
22 Adaptive Drive
23 Programmable memory buttons 21
24 Switching Entertainment sound output
on/off and adjusting volume 174
Manual air distribution
Automatic air distribution and
Cooling function 117
AUC Automatic recirculated-air
Maximum cooling 117
Air volume 116
Residual heat utilization 118
Defrosting windows and
removing condensation 116
Rear window defroster 116
Active seat ventilation
17 Opening liftgate 33, 35
PDC Park Distance Control
Rear view camera
DTC Dynamic Traction Control 97
HDC Hill Descent Control 98
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At a glance
>Language on Control Display, refer to
> 12h/24h clock format, refer to page 89
> Date format, refer to page 89
> Lighting settings:
>Triple turn signal activation, refer to
> Welcome lamps, refer to page 110
> Pathway lighting, refer to page 111
> Daytime driving lamps
*, refer to
> PDC Park Distance Control
*: optical warn-
ing, refer to page 92
> Rear view camera
> Selecting functions, refer to page 93
> Type of display, refer to page 95
> Head-Up Display
*: selection, brightness
and position of display, refer to page 107
> Automatic climate control: AUTO program
and intensity, cooling function, and auto-
matic recirculated air control/recirculated
air mode, temperature, air distribution, tem-
perature in the upper body region, refer to
text starting on page 115
> Programmable memory buttons: selecting
stored functions, refer to page 21
> Positions of driver's seat, outside mirrors,
and steering wheel
*, refer to page 50
> Adaptive Drive
*: selected chassis and sus-
pension tuning, refer to page 99
> Audio sources: volume and tone settings,
refer to page 175
>Display of stored stations, refer to
> Switching RDS Radio Data System on/
*, refer to page 181
> Phone: volume setting, refer to
Central locking system
The central locking system functions when the
driver's door is closed.
The system simultaneously engages and
releases the locks on the following:
> Fuel filler door
Operating from outside
>via the remote control
> via the door lock
> with comfort access
* via the door handles
The interior lamps and the courtesy lamps
also switched on and off with the remote con-
trol. The alarm system
is armed/disarmed at the
You can find more detailed information on the
on page 38.
Operating from inside
Via the button for centra l locking, refer to
page 32. The fuel filler door is not locked.
In an accident of sufficient severity, the central
locking system automati cally unlocks the vehi-
cle. In addition, the hazard warning flashers and
interior lamps come on.
Opening and closing:
Using remote control
Persons or animals left unattended in a
parked vehicle can lock the doors from
the inside. Always take along the remote control
when leaving the vehicle so that the vehicle can
then be opened from the outside. <
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Opening and closing
To stop the opening process:
Press the button on the outside of the lift-
> Press and hold the bu tton on the remote
> Press the button on the inside of the lift-
> Press the button on the center console
The opening process is interrupted if you
set the vehicle in motion. <
Make sure that the closing path of the lift-
gate is clear, otherwise injuries may
The liftgate closes automatically when you
press the button on the inside of the liftgate.
To stop the closing process:
> Press the button on the inside of the lift-
> Press the button on the outside of the lift-
Closing is not canceled when you put the
vehicle into motion. <
The liftgate also cl oses automatically
without pressing the bu tton if it is loaded
with an additional weight of approx. 11 lbs./5 kg,
e.g. snow or ice.<
Manually opening or closing
In case of an electrical defect of the automatic
liftgate operation function:
1. Manually rele ase the liftgate, refer to
2. Open or close the liftgate slowly and with-
out making sudden movements.
The vehicle alarm system responds:
>When a door, the hood, or the liftgate is
> To movements in the vehicle: interior
motion sensor, refer to page 39
> To changes in the vehicle's tilt if someone
attempts to steal th e wheels or tow the
> To interruptions in battery voltage
Unauthorized operations are briefly signaled by
the alarm system:
> with an acoustic alarm
> by switching on
the hazard warning flashers
> by flashing the high beams
Arming and disarming alarm system
When you lock or unlock the vehicle, either with
the remote control or at the door lock, the alarm
system is armed or disarmed at the same time.
With the system armed, the liftgate can also be
opened using the button of the remote con-
trol, refer to page 30. When the liftgate is
closed, it is once again locked and monitored.
Switching off alarm
> Unlock the vehicle using the remote control,
refer to page 30.
> Insert the remote contro l all the way into the
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Opening and closing
The engine can only be started if the vehicle
detects that the remote control is located in
Comparison with ordinary remote
You can control the functions mentioned previ-
ously with the comfort access or by pressing
the buttons on the remote control. Therefore,
please familiarize yourself with the information
on opening and closing beginning on page 28
The special features when using comfort
access are described in the following.
Should a short delay occur when opening
or closing the windows or the glass sun-
*/panorama glass sunroof*, the system
checks whether a remote control is located in
the vehicle. Please repeat opening or closing if
Completely grasp a door handle, arrow 1.
This corresponds to pressing the button.
Touch the area highlighted in the picture,
arrow 2, with your finger for approx. 1 second.
This corresponds to pressing the but-
Please make sure that all electronic sys-
tems/consumers are sw itched off before
locking to save the battery. <
Hold a finger or the back of a hand on the sur-
The windows and the glass sunroof
* are closed.
Watch during the closing process to be
sure that no one is injured. Removing the
hand from the door handle immediately stops
the closing process. <
Press the button on the liftgate.
This corresponds to pr essing the button.
If a remote control acci dentally left in the
cargo bay is detected in the locked vehi-
cle after the liftgate is closed, then the liftgate
opens again. The hazard warning flashers flash
and a signal
* sounds. <
Switching on radio readiness
By briefly pressing the Start/Stop button, you
switch on the radio readiness, refer to page 65.
When doing so, do not depress the brake
pedal, otherwise the engine will start.<
You can start the engine or switch on the igni-
tion if a remote control is located in the interior
of the vehicle. It need not be inserted in the igni-
tion lock, refer to page 65.
As long as no remote co ntrol is detected in the
vehicle, it is only possible to restart the engine
within approx. 10 seconds after it is switched off
if no door has been opened.
Switching off engine
> Remote control not in ignition lock:
After switching off the engine, the transmis-
sion is automatically switched into trans-
mission position P.
> Remote control in ignition lock:
If transmission position N is engaged, the
transmission remains in this position after
the engine is switched off.
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At a glance
Before driving into a car wash
The vehicle can roll if you proceed according to
the following steps:
1.Insert remote control into ignition lock.
2. Depress brake pedal.
3. Engage transmission position N.
4. Release the parking brake.
5. Switch off the engine.
6. Leave the remote control in the ignition
The comfort access function may malfunction
due to local radio waves. Then open or close the
vehicle with the buttons on the remote control
or with a key. To start the engine following this,
insert the remote control in the ignition lock.
The warning lamp in the instrument
panel lights up when an attempt is
made to start the engine: starting the
engine is not possible. The remote control is
not in the vehicle or has a malfunction. Take
along the remote control into the vehicle or
have it checked. Insert another remote control
into the ignition lock if necessary.
The warning lamp in the instrument
panel lights up when the engine is
running: the remote control is no
longer in the vehicle. After switching off the
engine, the engine can only be started again
within approx. 10 seconds if no door has been
The indicator lamp in the instrument
panel lights up and a message
appears on the Control Display:
Replace the battery of the remote control.
The remote control for comfort access contains
a battery which must be replaced if necessary.
1.Remove integrated key from remote con-
trol, refer to page 28.
2. Remove cover. 3.
Lay in new battery with positive side facing
4. Press cover closed.
Dispose of used batteries at a collection
point or at your BMW Sports Activity
Vehicle Center. <
To prevent injuries, exercise care when
closing the windows and keep them in
your field of vision until they are shut.
Always take along the remote control when you
leave the vehicle, otherw ise children could, for
example, operate the windows and injure them-
>Press switch to resistance point:
The window continues to open as long as
you keep the switch pressed.
> Press switch beyond resistance point:
The window opens automatically. Pressing
the switch again stops the opening move-
You can close the windows in the same manner
by pulling the switch.
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Access to 3rd row seats*
Pull the lever and fold the seat forward.The handle recess on th e interior trim of
the door pillar makes climbing in easier. <
When folding back the 2nd row seats,
make sure that the footwell under the
2nd row seats is clear. Otherwise persons in the
3rd row seats could be injured or objects dam-
Warning lamp for 2nd row seats:
Lights up when the 2nd row seats are
not locked. A message also appears
on the Control Display.
3rd row seats*
The 3rd row seats are divided and offer space
for two persons.
Folding up backrest
Before folding the seats up, remove the roll-up
cover, refer to page 130, and if need be, slide
the 2nd row seats slightly forward.
1. Pull the lever, refer to arrow. The backrest is
2. Fold up and engage the backrest. Make sure that the catch engages
securely. If it is no
t properly engaged,
transported cargo could enter the passen-
ger compartment during braking or evasive
maneuvers and endanger the vehicle occu-
3. Push the head restraints into the top posi-
Folding backrest down
1.Push down the head restraint, refer to
2. Pull the lever, refer to arrows. The backrests
3. Fold the backrest down.
To ensure that the safety systems con-
tinue to provide optimized protection,
observe the adjustment instructions on
Before every drive, make sure that safety belts
are being worn at all of the occupied seats. Air-
bags complement the safety belt as an addi-
tional safety device, but they do not represent a
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Make sure you hear the latch plate engage in
the belt buckle.
Safety belt reminder for driver's seat
and passenger seat
The indicator lamp lights up and a
signal sounds. A message also
appears on the Control Display.
Please check whether the safety belt is cor-
The safety belt reminder is operative at speeds
above approx. 5 mph/8 km/h. It can also be acti-
vated if objects are placed on the passenger
1. Grasp the belt firmly.
2. Press the red button in the buckle.
3. Guide the belt into its reel.
The shoulder strap's anchorage point will be
correct for adult seat occupants of every build if
the seat is correctly adjusted, refer to page 49.
BMW X5: the two rear safety belt buckles inte-
grated into the rear seat are for passengers sit-
ting on the left and right. The belt buckle
embossed with the word CENTER is intended
exclusively for use by passengers riding in the
Damage to safety belts
In the event of loads caused by accidents
or other damage: replace the belt system
including the safety be lt tensioners and any
child restraint devices, an d have the belt anchor
points checked. Only have this work carried out
at a BMW Sports Activity Vehicle Center or at a
workshop that works according to BMW repair
procedures with corres pondingly trained per-
sonnel. Otherwise correct operation of this
safety equipment is not guaranteed. <
The effect of the belt-force limiter on the
driver's seat is dependent on the position of the
driver's seat. To maintain the long-term accuracy of this
function, the driver's seat
must be calibrated if a
corresponding message is displayed on the
Calibrating driver's seat
The warning lamp lights up. A mes-
sage also appears on the Control Dis-
play. Please calibrate the driver's
1. Move the driver's seat forward until it stops.
2. Move the driver's seat forward again. It
briefly moves toward the front in the pro-
3. Set the desired seating position again.
The calibration is comp leted when the message
on the Control Display disappears. Should this
message continue to be displayed, repeat the
calibration. If the message does not disappear
even after repeated calibration, have the sys-
tem checked as soon as possible.
Never carry out calibration while the vehi-
cle is moving, as this can cause accidents.
Make sure that no persons or objects become
wedged during the calibration process, as this
can cause injuries or damage. <
The temperature setting progresses one step
through its control sequence each time you
press the button. The maximum temperature is
supplied when three LEDs are lit.
To switch off: press the button longer.