BMW 3 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 3: Malfunction

General information

A Check Control message is displayed.

Vehicle key recognition by the vehicle may malfunction under the following circumstances:

  • The battery of the vehicle key is discharged.
  • Interference of the radio connection from transmission towers or other equipment with high transmitting power.
  • Shielding of the vehicle key due to metal objects.

    Do not transport the vehicle key together with metal objects.

  • Interference of the radio connection from mobile phones or other electronic devices in direct proximity to the vehicle key.

    Do not transport the vehicle key together with electronic devices.

  • Interference of radio transmission by a charging process of mobile devices, for instance charging of a mobile phone.
  • The vehicle key is in direct proximity of the wireless charging tray.

    Place the vehicle key in a different location.

In the case of interference, the vehicle can be unlocked and locked from the outside with the integrated key.

Switching the drive-ready state on via emergency detection of the vehicle key

Opening and closing

It is not possible to switch on the drive-ready state if the vehicle key has not been detected.

Proceed as follows in this case:

1. Hold the back of the vehicle key against the marked area on the steering column. Pay attention to the display in the instrument cluster.

2. If the vehicle key is detected: Switch on drive-ready state within 10 seconds.

If the vehicle key is not recognized, slightly change the position of the vehicle key and repeat the procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions

What precautions can be taken to be able to open a vehicle with an accidentally locked in vehicle key?

  • The options provided by the Remote Services of the BMW Connected app include the ability to lock and unlock a vehicle.

    This requires an active BMW Connected‐ Drive contract and the BMW Connected app must be installed on a smartphone.

  • Unlocking the vehicle can be requested via the BMW ConnectedDrive Call Center.

    An active BMW ConnectedDrive contract is required.


     Integrated key

    General information The driver's door can be locked and unlocked without the vehicle key using the integrated key. The integrated key also fits the glove compartment. Safety information Warning For

     Buttons for the central locking system

    General information In the event of a severe accident, the vehicle is automatically unlocked. The hazard warning system and interior lights come on. Overview Buttons for the central locking system. L

     Comfort Access

    Concept The vehicle can be accessed without operating the vehicle key. Carrying the vehicle key with you, e.g., in your pants pocket, is sufficient. The vehicle automatically detects the vehicle key


     Displays and control elements

    In the vicinity of the steering wheel Light switch element Turn signal indicator, high beams Instrument cluster Wipers Indicator/warning lights Instrument cluster The indicator/warning lights can light up in a variety of combinations and colors. Several of the lights are checked for proper f

     In the vicinity of the center console

    Control Display Hazard warning system Intelligent Safety Ventilation Glove compartment Automatic climate control Radio/multimedia, see Owner's Manual for Navigation, Entertainment, and Communication Controller with buttons Parking brake Automatic Hold Driving Dynamics Control SPO

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