BMW 3 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 3: Shift point indicator

Concept

The shift lights indicate the upshift point at which the best possible acceleration can be achieved.

Functional requirement

Shift lights are shown when the SPORT or SPORT PLUS driving program is activated.

Switching on/off

Steptronic Sport transmission:

1. Select SPORT or SPORT PLUS driving mode.

Press Driving Dynamics Control.

2. Activate the M manual mode of the transmission.

Display

Displays

  • Current engine speed is displayed in the tachometer.
  • Arrow 1: successive yellow illuminated fields indicate an increase in the speed.
  • Arrow 2: successive orange illuminated fields indicate the upcoming shift moment.
  • Arrow 3: the field lights up red. Do not wait any further to shift.

When the maximum speed is reached, the entire display flashes red and the supply of fuel is interrupted in order to protect the engine.

Standby state and drive-ready state

The letters OFF in the tachometer indicate that drive-ready state is switched off and standby state is switched on.

The letters READY in the tachometer indicate that the Auto Start/Stop function is ready to start the engine automatically.

For further information, see Idle state, standby state, and drive-ready state.

Engine oil temperature

Display

  • Cold engine: the pointer is at the low temperature end.

    Drive at moderate engine and vehicle speeds.

  • Normal operating temperature: the pointer is in the middle or in the lower half of the temperature display.
  • Hot engine: the pointer is at the high end of the temperature range. In addition, a Check Control message is displayed.

Indicator light in the instrument cluster

A red indicator light is displayed.

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