BMW 3 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 3: Through-loading system


The cargo area can be enlarged by folding down the rear seat backrest.

General information

The rear seat backrest is divided at a ratio of 40-20-40. The side rear seat backrests and the center section can be folded down separately.

The rear seat backrests can be folded down from the cargo area. The center section can be separately folded down from the rear.

Safety information

Warning Danger of jamming with folding down the backrests.

There is a risk of injury or risk of damage to property. Make sure that the area of movement of the rear backrest and the of the head restraint is clear prior to folding down.

Warning If a rear seat backrest is not locked, unsecured cargo can be thrown about the car's interior; for instance, in the event of an accident, braking or an evasive maneuver. There is a risk of injury.

Make sure that the rear seat backrest is locked after folding it back.

Warning The stability of the child restraint system is limited or compromised with incorrect seat adjustment or improper installation of the child seat.

There is a risk of injuries or danger to life. Make sure that the child restraint system fits securely against the backrest. If possible, adjust the backrest tilt for all affected backrests and correctly adjust the seats. Make sure that seats and backrests are securely engaged or locked.

If possible, adjust the height of the head restraints or remove them.

NOTICE Vehicle parts can be damaged when folding down the rear backrest. There is a risk of damage to property. Make sure that the area of movement of the rear backrest including head restraint is clear when folding down.

Reclining the backrest

From the cargo area

Cargo area

Pull the corresponding lever in the cargo area to release the rear seat backrest.

  • Left lever: fold down the left and middle rear seat backrest.
  • Right lever: fold down the right rear seat backrest.

Folding back the backseat backrest

Return the rear seat backrest to the upright seating position and engage it.

Folding down the center section

1. Fold down the center head restraint.

2. Press the button and pull the center section forward.

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