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BMW 3: Stationary climate control through Remote Engine Start

BMW 3 Series G20 (2018-2024) Owners Manual / Climate control / Stationary climate control through Remote Engine Start

Concept

Stationary climate control cools or heats the car's interior prior to departure to a comfortable temperature.

The system automatically cools, vents, and heats depending on the interior, external, and set temperature. Snow and ice may be removed more easily.

The system starts the engine automatically and allows it to run for a limited period of time.

Safety information

DANGER If the exhaust pipe is blocked or ventilation is insufficient, harmful exhaust gases can pollute the area in and around the vehicle or enter into the vehicle. The exhaust gases contain pollutants which are colorless and odorless. In enclosed areas or areas with insufficient ventilation, exhaust gases can also accumulate outside of the vehicle. There is danger to life.

Keep the exhaust pipe free and ensure sufficient ventilation. Do not switch on stationary climate control in enclosed areas or areas with insufficient ventilation, e.g. in enclosed garages.

Warning When stationary climate control is in operation, high temperatures can occur underneath the body, for instance caused by the exhaust gas system. If combustible materials, such as leaves or grass, come in contact with hot parts of the exhaust gas system, these materials can ignite. There is a risk of fire. Make sure that no combustible materials can come in contact with hot vehicle parts during stationary climate control operation, e.g. leaves, grass, gas, gasoline, oil or other combustible objects.

Functional requirements

  • The vehicle is in idle state or standby state and not in drive-ready state.
  • Battery is sufficiently charged.
  • For reasons of safety, the system can only be switched on twice consecutively. The system will be available again as soon as the drive-ready state is activated and deactivated again.
  • The fuel tank capacity is sufficient.
  • Hood is closed.
  • Make sure that the vehicle's date and time are set correctly.
  • Open the vents to allow air to flow out.

Enabling the automatic engine start function

The automatic engine start must be enabled before using the system.

Otherwise, the engine cannot switch on automatically to climatize the car's interior.

Via iDrive:

1. "CAR".

2. "Settings".

3. "Climate control".

4. "Preconditioning/ventilation".

5. If necessary, "Remote Engine Start".

6. "Starting engine for clim. control".

7. Confirm the disclaimer.

Confirmation signals from the vehicle

The activation of the system is confirmed by flashing twice.

The parking lights are switched on as long as the system is switched on.

Opening the Climate menu

Press the button.

The Climate comfort menu is displayed.

Individual settings can be entered for some of the climate control functions.

Switching on/off directly

General information

There are different ways to switch the system on or off:

  • Via iDrive.
  • With the vehicle key.

The system can also be switched off directly as follows: pressing the Start/Stop button, without operating the brake pedal.

The system switches off automatically after approx.15 minutes.

For reasons of safety, the system can only be switched on twice consecutively. The system will be available again as soon as the drive-ready state is activated and deactivated again.

Via iDrive

1. "CAR".

2. "Settings".

3. "Climate control".

4. "Preconditioning/ventilation".

5. "Start now".

Via vehicle key

The system can be switched on and off using the vehicle key.

Press the button on the vehicle key three times within 1 second.

After operating the vehicle key, it will take approximately 3 seconds until the engine is switched on.

To switch off the system, press the button again three times.

Climatization for the requested departure time

General information

Scheduled departure times can be set up in the system to ensure a comfortable interior temperature in the vehicle at the time of departure.

  • One-time departure time: the time of the scheduled departure can be set.

    The system is switched on once.

  • Departure time with weekday: time and day of the week of the scheduled departure can be set.

The departure time is preselected in two steps:

  • Set departure times.
  • Activate departure times.

The climate control function will start approximately 10 minutes before the set departure time and continue for approximately 5 more minutes after the departure time.

A minimum of 10 minutes should pass between setting/activating the departure time and the planned departure time to allow a sufficient period of time for the climate control.

For reasons of safety, the system can only be switched on once. The system will be available again as soon as the drive-ready state is activated and deactivated again.

Observe the information about the intended use of the vehicle.

Setting the departure time

Via iDrive

1. "CAR".

2. "Settings".

3. "Climate control".

4. "Preconditioning/ventilation".

5. Select the desired departure time.

6. Set the departure time.

7. Select day of the week, if needed.

Activating the departure time

Functional requirement

If a requested departure time is to influence the switching on of the system, the respective departure time must be activated first.

Via iDrive

1. "CAR".

2. "Settings".

3. "Climate control".

4. "Preconditioning/ventilation".

5. Activate the desired departure time.

The symbol on the automatic climate control signals an activated departure time

Display in the instrument cluster

The engine runs for the purpose of operating the stationary climate control. The vehicle is not ready to drive.

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