BMW 3 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 3: Rolling or pushing the vehicle

General information

In some situations, the vehicle is to roll without its own power for a short distance, for instance in a vehicle wash, or be pushed.

Engaging selector lever position N

1. Switch on drive-ready state while pressing on the brake pedal.

2. If necessary, release the parking brake.

3. If necessary, switch off Automatic Hold.

4. Depress the brake pedal.

5. Touch the selector lever lock and engage selector lever position N.

6. Switch off drive-ready state.

In this way, standby state remains switched on, and a Check Control message is displayed.

The vehicle can roll.

NOTICE Selector lever position P is automatically engaged when standby state is switched off.

There is a risk of damage to property. Do not switch standby state off in vehicle washes.

Selector lever position P is engaged automatically after approximately 35 minutes.

If there is a malfunction, you may not be able to change the selector lever position.

Electronically unlock the transmission lock, if needed.

Kickdown

Kickdown is used to achieve maximum driving performance.

Step on the accelerator pedal beyond the resistance point at the full throttle position.

Sport program M/S

Concept

The shifting points and shifting times in the Sport program are designed for a sportier driving style. The transmission, for instance shifts up later and the shifting times are shorter.

Activating the Sport program

Driving

Press the selector lever to the left from selector lever position D.

The engaged gear is displayed in the instrument cluster, for instance S1.

The sport program of the transmission is activated.

Ending the Sport program

Push the selector lever to the right.

D is displayed in the instrument cluster.

Manual mode M/S

Concept

Manual gear-shifting is possible in manual mode.

Activating manual mode

1. Press the selector lever to the left from selector lever position D, arrow 1.

Driving

2. Push the selector lever forward or pull it backward, arrows 2.

Manual mode becomes active and the gear is changed.

The engaged gear is displayed in the instrument cluster, for instance M1.

Shifting

  • To shift down: press the selector lever forward.
  • To shift up: pull the selector lever rearwards.

The transmission continues shifting automatically in certain situations, for instance when speed limits are reached.

Steptronic Sport transmission: prevent automatic upshifting in M/S manual mode

If driving mode SPORT is selected, the Steptronic Sport transmission does not automatically upshift in M/S manual mode once the maximum speed is reached.

Depending on the BMW M drive configuration, this function is active independently of the driving mode.

In addition, there is no downshifting for kickdown.

Ending the manual mode

Push the selector lever to the right.

D is displayed in the instrument cluster.

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