BMW 3 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 3: System limits

Safety information

Warning The system is designed to operate in certain conditions and circumstances. Due to conditions or other factors, the system may not respond.

There may be a risk of accident or risk of damage to property. Actively intervene as warranted. Refer to the information in this Owner's Manual regarding the scope of the system's operation and limitations.

No parking assistance

The parking assistant does not offer assistance in the following situations:

  • In tight curves.
  • For diagonal parking spaces.

Functional limitations

The system may not be fully functional in the following situations:

  • On bumpy road surfaces such as gravel roads.
  • On slippery ground.
  • On steep uphill or downhill grades.
  • With accumulations of leaves/snow in the parking space.
  • With a mounted emergency wheel.
  • In case of changes to an already-measured parking space.
  • With ditches or edges, for instance an edge of a port.

Limits of ultrasonic measurement

The detection of objects with ultrasonic measurements can run into physical limits, e.g., in the following situations:

  • For small children and animals.
  • For persons with certain clothing, for instance coats.
  • With external interference of the ultrasound, for instance from passing vehicles or loud machines.
  • When sensors are dirty, iced over, damaged or out of position.
  • Under certain weather conditions, e.g., high relative humidity, wet conditions, snowfall, cold, extreme heat, or strong wind.
  • With tow bars and trailer couplings of other vehicles.
  • With thin or wedge-shaped objects.
  • With moving objects.
  • With elevated, protruding objects such as ledges.
  • With objects with corners, edges, and smooth surfaces.
  • With objects with a fine surface structure such as fences.
  • For objects with porous surfaces.
  • With small and low objects, for instance boxes.
  • With obstacles and persons at the edge of the lane.
  • With soft obstacles or obstacles covered in foam material.
  • With plants and bushes.
  • Low objects already displayed, for instance curbs, can move into the blind area of the sensors before or after a continuous tone sounds.
  • Cargo that extends beyond the perimeter of the vehicle is not taken into account by the system.

Parking spaces that are not suitable may be detected or suitable parking spaces may not be detected at all.

Malfunction

A Check Control message is displayed.

The parking assistant failed. Have the system checked by a dealer's service center or another qualified service center or repair shop.

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