BMW 3 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 3: Displays in the instrument cluster

General information

Depending on the equipment version, the displays in the instrument cluster may vary.

Display in the speedometer

  • Green marking: system is active, the marking indicates the desired speed.
  • Grey marking: system is interrupted, the marking indicates the stored speed.
  • No marking: system is switched off.

Distance to vehicle ahead of you

Selected distance to the vehicle ahead of you is shown.

Distance 1

Distance 2

Distance 3

Distance 4

This value is set automatically after the system is switched on.

System interrupted.

No distance control display, as the accelerator pedal is being pressed.

Detected vehicle

Green symbol: A vehicle has been detected ahead of you.

The system maintains the set distance to the vehicle in front.

As soon as the detected vehicle drives off, the vehicle symbol in the distance indicator will move away.

To accelerate, activate ACC, for instance by briefly stepping on the accelerator pedal or pressing the rocker switch.

Indicator/warning lights

Indicator light green: system is active.

No indicator light: system is switched off.

Vehicle symbol flashes: The conditions are not adequate for the system to work.

The system was deactivated but applies the brakes until you actively resume control by pressing on the brake pedal or accelerator pedal.

The vehicle symbol and distance bars flash red and an acoustic signal sounds: Brake and make an evasive maneuver, if necessary.

Alternative displays

Depending on the equipment version, the displays in the instrument cluster may vary and are displayed as follows:

Vehicle symbol white: No distance control display, as the accelerator pedal is being pressed.

Green symbol: A vehicle has been detected ahead of you.

The vehicle symbol goes out if no vehicle in front is detected.

Vehicle symbol flashes green: The vehicle in front drove off.

Gray symbol: System interrupted.

Symbol flashes gray: The conditions are not adequate for the system to work.

The system was deactivated but applies the brakes until you actively resume control by pressing on the brake pedal or accelerator pedal.

Vehicle symbol flashes red and a signal sounds: Brake and make an evasive maneuver, if necessary.

Displays in the Head-up Display

Desired speed

Some system information can also be displayed in the Head-up Display.

The symbol is displayed when the set desired speed is reached.

Distance information

The symbol is displayed when the distance from the vehicle traveling ahead is too short.

The distance information is active in the following situations:

  • Active Cruise Control switched off.
  • Display in the Head-up Display selected.
  • Distance too short.
  • Speed greater than approx. 40 mph/70 km/h.

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