BMW 3 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 3: Steptronic transmission

Engaging selector lever position D, N, R

On the road

  • Drive mode D.
  • Neutral N.
  • R is reverse.

With the driver's safety belt fastened, briefly push the selector lever in the desired direction, past a resistance point, if needed. The selector lever returns to the center position in each case.

To prevent the vehicle from creeping after you select a drive mode or reverse, maintain pressure on the brake pedal until you are ready to start.

A selector lever lock prevents the inadvertent shifting to selector lever position R or the inadvertent shifting from selector lever position P.

Engage selector lever position R only when the vehicle is stationary.

Releasing the selector lever lock

On the road

Press the button.

Engaging P

Engage selector lever position P only when the vehicle is stationary.

On the road

Press button P.

Steptronic transmission, Sport program and manual mode

On the road

Activate the Sport program/manual mode: Press the selector lever to the left from selector lever position D.

Manual mode:

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

End the sport program/manual mode: Push the selector lever to the right.

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