BMW 3 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 3: DSC Dynamic Stability Control

Concept

Within the physical limits, the system helps to keep the vehicle on a steady course by reducing engine speed and by braking the individual wheels.

General information

DSC detects the following unstable driving conditions, for instance:

  • Fishtailing, which can lead to oversteering.
  • Loss of traction of the front wheels, which can lead to understeering.

Safety information

Warning The system cannot serve as a substitute for the driver's personal judgment in assessing the traffic conditions. Based on the limits of the system, it cannot independently react to all traffic situations. There is a risk of accident. Adjust driving style to traffic conditions. Watch traffic closely and actively intervene where appropriate.

Warning When driving with a roof load, for instance with roof-mounted luggage rack, the vehicle's center of gravity is higher, which increases the risk of the vehicle tipping in critical driving situations.

There may be a risk of accident or risk of damage to property. Do not deactivate DSC Dynamic Stability Control when driving with roof load.

Overview

Button in the vehicle

Driving stability control systems

DSC OFF

Deactivating/activating DSC

General information

When DSC is deactivated, driving stability is reduced during acceleration and when driving in curves.

To increase vehicle stability, activate DSC again as soon as possible.

Deactivating DSC

Hold the button down until DSC OFF is displayed in the instrument cluster and the DSC OFF indicator light is illuminated.

Activating DSC

Press the button.

DSC OFF and the DSC OFF indicator light go out.

Display

In the instrument cluster

When DSC is deactivated, DSC OFF is displayed in the instrument cluster.

Indicator/warning lights

The indicator light lights up: DSC is deactivated.

The indicator light flashes: DSC controls the drive and braking forces.

The indicator light lights up: DSC has malfunctioned.

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