BMW 3 Series E46

since 1998 release

Repair and operation of the car

BMW 3 Series E46
- BMW 3 cars (E46)
   Identification numbers of the car
   Acquisition of spare parts
   Technology of service, tool and equipment of a workplace
   Poddomkrachivaniye and towage
   Start of the engine from the auxiliary power supply
   Checks of readiness of the car for operation
   Automobile chemicals, oils and lubricants
   Diagnostics of malfunctions
   Governing bodies and methods of operation
   Governing bodies and devices
   Gas station
   Keys, uniform lock and anticreeping system
   Security alarm system *
   Window regulators
   The hatch with a lifting and movable cover *
   Adjustment of provision of a steering wheel
   Systems of safety
   Lock of ignition and start of the engine
   Parking brake
   Manual Box of Gear Shifting (MBGS)
   Automatic Transmission (AT) *
   Lever of the switch of indexes of turn / light signal
   Screen wipers and windscreen washers
   Heater of back glass
   Tempostat (automatic equipment of maintenance of the set speed) *
   The alarm system of emergency rapprochement at the parking (PDC) *
   System of automatic stabilization of stability with the regulator of torque of the ASC+T/engine System of dynamic control of stability of DSC *
   The air pressure control system in tires (RDC) *
   Lighting and light devices
   Heater, ventilation and conditioner of air of salon
   Equipment of salon
   Running in
   Features of driving of the car
   Catalytic converter
   Anti-blocking system of brakes (ABS)
   Disk brakes
   Brake system
   Luggage compartments
   Automobile phone *
   Readjustment of headlights
   Unlocking of a cover of the filling hatch manually
   Drive of a lifting and movable cover of the hatch manually *
+ Current leaving and service
+ Engine
+ Cooling systems, heating
+ Power supply systems, injection and release
+ Engine electric equipment
+ RKPP and transmission line
+ Automatic transmission
+ Coupling and power shafts
+ Brake system
+ Suspension bracket and steering
+ Body
+ Onboard electric equipment
+ Schemes of electric equipment

Equipment of salon

Heating of seats *


For heating of a pillow and a seatback it is necessary to turn previously the ignition key in situation 2.

Consecutive pressing of a key allows to choose one of three operating modes:

Control lamps do not burn: heating of seats is switched off.

One control lamp burns: normal mode of heating. Heating is switched off automatically.

Two control lamps burn: bystry heating. Switching to the normal mode of heating is made automatically.

Sun-protection curtain of back glass *


For turning on of the drive of a curtain press a key. The drive works after turn of the ignition key in situation 1.

On an illustration the arrangement of keys at a full complete set is presented. This arrangement can be other depending on car complete set volume.

Radio receiver and audio system of the class Hi-Fi *


Hi-Fi harman kardon audio system

With each pressing of a key the system joins or, respectively, is switched off.

At the included system there is an acoustic effect of spatial increase in salon at simultaneous improvement of effect of stereosounding on all places.

At bad quality of reception the system often switches from the stereo mode to the mode mono and back. In this case switch off system.

Radio reception

Quality of reception and reproduction of a sound the automobile radio receiver depends on remoteness of radio station, and also on position of the car at reception and orientation of the antenna.

Despite faultless protection against the hindrances created by systems of the car in the course of inclusion in time of the movement there are extraneous noises caused by external influences which sources are high-voltage power lines, structures or natural obstacles in a way of radio waves. Natural influences (big intensity of sunlight, fog, a rain or snowfall) can also prevent radio reception.

The automobile or portable phones which are not recommended by BMW can also be sources of hindrances. These hindrances are shown in the form of low-voice-frequency buzz of loudspeakers.

Installation and order of the handling of the radio receiver are described in the instruction attached to them.


Ranges of average, long and short waves provide big range of reception as radio signals extend not only as the superficial waves which are bending around Earth but also as the spatial waves reflected by an ionosphere.

In VHF the range (FM) it is provided the best quality of reproduction of a sound, than on any other waves is considerable. However the radius of action of the radio stations working in this range is limited owing to rectilinear distribution of very high frequency.

Certain restrictions in reception are partially compensated by "smart" systems.

Radio Data System provides the automatic choice of frequency with the highest quality of reception if the radio station conducts broadcasting at several frequencies.

The method of a razneseniye of antennas means that several antennas for reception of very high frequency are built in back glass. Thus, in the car there are three antennas independent from each other. The built-in processor automatically chooses that antenna which provides the best reception of very high frequency. Switching from the antenna to the antenna is made for only a few milliseconds and is absolutely imperceptible for the listener.

Ware box



Pull for the handle. At the same time box illumination will join.


Slam a cover the movement up.


For locking of a box it is necessary to use a key from the uniform lock. After that it will be possible to unlock it also only a key from the uniform lock.

If you, leaving the car, for example, on the parking in hotel, transfer serving only a key from a door and the lock of ignition (address the Section Keys, the uniform lock and anticreeping system), then access to a ware box will be impossible.

In order to avoid injuries at accidents it is recommended not to leave a ware box without need open.

Portable lamp *

The lamp is at the left in a ware box. Thanks to existence of the device protecting its accumulator from a recharge it can be stored constantly included in the socket.

It is possible to insert a lamp a fork into the socket only in the switched-off state, otherwise there is a danger of an overload and damage of a lamp.

Compartments for small things


To the left of a steering column there is a small box. To open it, cast away a cover down.

In order to avoid getting injured at accidents do not leave a box open.


The box in a forward dividing armrest * opens pressing of the button (it is shown by an arrow). Its cover leans back up.

You will find pockets or niches for small things on forward doors, and also on the average console over пепельницей*. On the back of backs of front seats are located сетки*.

Ashtray in front



The ashtray opens simple pressing in the direction shown by an arrow.

You extinguish a cigarette in a reception nest of an ashtray without excess effort, previously having shaken ashes.



Press edge of a cover (as shown an arrow). The ashtray will move up then it can be taken from a nest.

On cars in a complete set for non-smoking the cap which is standing still ashtrays is removed similarly.

Lighter *

Drown the lighter in a nest. As soon as it is pushed out back, it can be taken out.

You hold the hot lighter only for the handle, otherwise there is a danger of receiving burns.


The lighter remains in operating state and after extraction of a key from the ignition lock. Therefore never leave in the car of children unguarded.

Lighter nest

This nest can use as the plug socket for connection of a portable lamp, the vacuum cleaner and other consumers of current with a power about up to 200 W and with working voltage of 12 V. In order to avoid damage of a nest of the lighter do not try to insert into it an improper fork.
On cars in a complete set for non-smoking the boss of the lighter is in the same place.

Ashtray behind *



Shift a blind.


Press, as if continuing to open an ashtray, on edge of an open blind (as shown an arrow). The ashtray will move up then it can be taken out.

On cars in a complete set for non-smoking the cap which is standing still ashtrays is removed similarly.

Transportation of lengthy objects *


The back of a back seat is divided in a proportion 1/3: 2/3. For laying of lengthy objects you can cast away each of these parts of a back.

For an unblocking of a back pull the corresponding rychazhok (it is shown by an arrow).


The unblocked back slightly moves forward. Having pushed a hand in a crack, undertake a back and cast away it down.

At installation you watch that the back was reliably recorded on the place. Otherwise when braking or sharp maneuvers freight can get from a luggage carrier to salon and put injuries to passengers.

For fastening of the cargo holding grids * or the tension belts used for fixing of things in a luggage carrier on its corners special loops are located.

Address also the subsection "Loading" below.

Cover for transportation of skis *

In a cover it is possible to transport, without being afraid for their safety and purity of salon, to four couples of skis or to two snowboards.

Taking into account length of a cover and additional space in a luggage carrier it is possible to load skis up to 2.10 m long in the car. When loading skis 2.10 m long the capacity of a cover is reduced so it can include no more than two couples of skis of the specified maximum length.



1 Cast away the central dividing armrest, remove the facing panel fixed on "flypapers", and put it on an armrest.
2 Press the button shown by an arrow 1. There will be an unlocking of a folding cover of the hatch in a luggage carrier.
3 Having reduced the clamps shown by arrows 2 cast away a cover.
4 Straighten a cover and lay it between front seats. The fastener like "lightning" is intended for simplification of access to the things loaded into a cover, and also for its accelerated drying.

5 Fix a folding cover of the loading hatch from a luggage carrier on the magnetic holders who are available from the lower side of the shelf behind a back seat.

You watch that skis were loaded into a cover only pure, and avoid damages of a cover by keen edges.


The skis or other lengthy objects loaded into a cover have to fasten the belt strengthened on a cover which drags on by means of a buckle.

To remove a cover, it is necessary to work in the return sequence.


In combination with the device for transportation of lengthy objects

1 Cast away the central dividing armrest, remove the facing panel fixed on "flypapers" and put it on an armrest.
2 Press the button 1 and cast away a cover.
3 Press the button 2. There will be an unlocking of a cover in a luggage carrier.


Placement of freight

If you transport freights, then observe instructions below:

Place heavy freights as it is possible more deeply, that is at once behind backs of front seats or a dividing wall of a luggage carrier, and put them in the bottom.


Close keen edges.

Freight should not settle down above the top line of seatbacks.

In transit heavy objects and absence of passengers on a back seat latch side seat belts in opposite locks.

Fixing of freight


Small and easy objects should be put on the party of a rug rubberized, interfering sliding in a luggage carrier or to fix them by the cargo holding grid * or tension belts (address the Section Luggage compartments).

For bulky and heavy objects you can get on HUNDRED BMWs special lifting средства*. For their fastening the loops placed on luggage carrier corners serve (such loop is specified illustrations by an arrow).

Observe instructions on use of lifting means.

Always place freight correctly and take care of its reliable fixing, otherwise when braking or sharp maneuvers it can put to passengers a trauma.

Do not allow excess of values of the maximum full weight and permissible axial load (address Specifications). Otherwise traffic safety cannot be guaranteed what is in a conflict with requirements of traffic regulations.

It is possible to place heavy and rigid freights in salon just as it is described above. Otherwise when braking or sharp maneuvers they can move and injure passengers.

Sign of an emergency stop *


The sign is in a niche, at the left in a luggage carrier.

Follow the established rules concerning existence of a sign of an emergency stop on the operated car.

First-aid kit *


The first-aid kit is located under a seat of the forward passenger.

To open the first-aid kit, pull for the handle and cast away a cover down.

To close the first-aid kit, slam a cover, having lifted it up.

The period of storage of some medicines in the first-aid kit is limited. Therefore regularly check contents of the first-aid kit and in due time replace medicines with the expired period of storage with new. These medicines can be bought in any drugstore. Follow the established rules concerning existence of the first-aid kit on the operated car.