The maintenance for a 2007-5 series BMW will vary depending on the specific model, engine, and transmission, as well as the driving conditions of the vehicle.
BMW maintenance system
The BMW maintenance system supports the preservation of the traffic and operating safety of your BMW. The service schedule also includes operations related to the vehicle’s comfort and convenience features, such as replacement of the filters for the inside air.
The ultimate objective is to ensure economical maintenance by providing the ideal service for your vehicle. Should the day come when you decide to sell your BMW, a complete dealer service history will prove to be an asset of inestimable value.
CBS Condition Based Service
Sensors and special algorithms take the different driving conditions of your BMW into account. Condition Based Service uses this to determine the current and future service requirements. By letting you define a service and maintenance regimen that reflects your own individual requirements, the system builds the basis for trouble-free driving.
You can set the Control Display to show remaining distances and times of selected maintenance intervals and legally mandated deadlines.
- Engine oil
- Brake pads, front and rear separately
- Brake fluid
- Vehicle check
- Legally mandated inspections depending on local regulations
Service data in remote control
Your vehicle stores the information required maintenance continuously in the remote control during driving. After accessing the data stored in the remote control, your BMW Service Advisor can suggest precisely the right array of service procedures for your own individual vehicle. You should therefore hand over the remote control you last used to drive to the BMW Service Advisor when you take your vehicle in for service.
⚠Make sure the date is set correctly, otherwise the effectiveness of CBS Condition Based Service is not ensured.◀
Service and Warranty Information Booklet for US models and Warranty and Service Guide Booklet for Canadian models.
Please consult your Service and Warranty Information Booklet for US models and Warranty and Service Guide Booklet for Canadian models for additional information on service requirements.
▶BMW recommends that you have service and repair operations performed at your BMW center. Take the time to ensure that these service procedures are confirmed by entries in your vehicle’s Service and Warranty Information Booklet for US models and Warranty and Service Guide Booklet for Canadian models. These entries verify that your vehicle has received the specified regular maintenance.◀
Socket for OBD Onboard Diagnostics interface
Components which are decisive for the exhaust-gas composition can be checked via the OBD socket with a device. This socket is located to the left on the driver’s side, on the underside of the instrument panel under a cover.
The lamp flashes under certain conditions. This is a sign of excessive misfiring of the engine. In this case you should reduce speed and drive to the nearest BMW center as soon as possible. Heavy engine misfiring causes serious damage to the emission-relevant components, especially the catalytic converter, within a short time.
▶If the fuel filler cap is not properly tightened, the OBD system will assume that fuel vapor escapes. Then a display lights up. If the cap is then tightened, the display will go out within a few days.◀
Event Data Recorders
Your vehicle may be equipped with one or several measuring and diagnosis modules, or with a device for recording or transmitting certain vehicle data or information. If you have also signed a contract of participation for BMW Assist, certain vehicle data can be transmitted or recorded to enable corresponding services.
Important information on the care and maintenance of your BMW is contained in the Caring for your vehicle brochure.
The onboard toolkit is located in the luggage compartment lid. Loosen the wing nut to open.
The onboard toolkit is located in the left side panel of the cargo bay.
Wiper blade replacement
- Fold the wiper arm out and grasp firmly.
- Press the safety tabs together while sliding the wiper blade toward the front to disengage it.
- Mount the new wiper blade and slide in until it is heard to engage.
- Lift off the wiper arm completely and pull off the wiper blade, refer to arrow.
- Mount the new wiper blade and press on until it is heard to engage.
Lamps and bulbs
Lamps and bulbs make an essential contribution to vehicle safety. You must be duly diligent in replacing them. BMW recommends having your BMW center perform any work that you do not feel competent to perform yourself or that is not described here.
▶Never touch the glass of new bulbs with your bare fingers, as even minute amounts of contamination will burn into the bulb’s surface and reduce its service life. Use a clean cloth, napkin, etc., or hold the bulb by its metal socket.◀
A selection of replacement bulbs is available at your BMW center.
⚠Only replace bulbs when cool, as otherwise you may be burned.◀
⚠Whenever you perform any work on the electrical system, turn off the systems/ consumers involved to prevent short circuits from occurring. To avoid possible injury or equipment damage when replacing bulbs, observe any instructions provided by the bulb manufacturer.◀
For care and maintenance of the headlamps, please follow the instructions in the separate Caring for your vehicle brochure.
▶For bulbs for which changing is not described, and for checking and adjusting headlamp aim, please contact your BMW center.◀
Light-emitting diodes LEDs
Light-emitting diodes installed behind translucent lenses serve as the light source for many of the controls and displays in your vehicle. These light-emitting diodes, which operate using a concept similar to that applied in conventional lasers, are officially designated as Class 1 lightemitting diodes.
⚠Do not remove the covers, and never stare into the unfiltered light for several hours, as irritation of the retina could result.◀
The illustration shows the left-hand side of the engine compartment.
1 Cover cap for low beams
2 Cover cap for high beams
To remove the cover caps:
- Low beams: press the detent, arrow, and remove the cover from the guide.
- High beams: turn the cover cap to the left and remove.
⚠Always wear gloves and eye protection – the atmosphere within the H7 bulb is pressurized. Otherwise there is a danger of injuries if the bulb is accidentally damaged during replacement.◀
H7 bulb, 55 watts.
1. Turn the bulb holder to the left and remove.
2. Remove and replace the bulb
H7 bulb, 55 watts
1. Turn the bulb holder to the left and remove.
2. Remove and replace the bulb.
Parking and roadside parking lamps
In the event of a malfunction, please go to your BMW center or a workshop that works according to BMW repair procedures with correspondingly trained personnel.
The service life of these bulbs is very long and the probability of a failure is very low, provided that they are not switched on and off an unusual number of times. If one of these bulbs should nevertheless fail, it is possible to continue driving with great caution using the fog lamps, provided traffic laws in your area do not prohibit this.
⚠Have work on the xenon lighting system performed only by your BMW center or a workshop that works according to BMW repair procedures with correspondingly trained personnel. Due to the high voltage present in the system, there is a danger of fatal injuries when work is carried out improperly.◀
Access to lamps
The illustration shows the left-hand side of the engine compartment.
1 Cover cap for parking and roadside parkinglamps, daytime running lamps
2 Sealing cap for turning lamps*
To remove the covers:
- Parking lamps and roadside parking lamps, daytime running lamps: turn the cover cap to the left and remove.
- Turning lamps: turn the sealing cap to the left and remove.
Parking lamps and roadside parking lamps, daytime running lamps
H8 bulb, 35 watts
1. Turn the bulb in the direction of the arrow, in the opposite direction on the other side,
2. Remove the connector and replace the bulb.
H3 bulb, 55 watts
- Remove the sealing cap, refer to Access to lamps.
- Push the locking bar to the side out of the anchor and fold upward.
- Remove the connector and take out the bulb.
- Replace the bulb and reinstall.
- Fold down the locking bar and engage it.
- Reconnect the connector.
- Mount the sealing cap. Watch the markings on the bulb when doing so.
Turn signals, front
21-watt bulb, PY21W
1. Turn the bulb holder to the left and remove.
2. Apply gentle pressure to the bulb while turning it to the left for removal and replacement.
Side-mounted turn signals
5-watt bulb, W5W
- Press back against the front edge of the lamp with the tip of your finger, then pivot it out.
- Turn the bulb holder to the left and remove.
- Remove the bulb for replacement.
Side marker lamps, front and rear
To replace, please go to your BMW center or a workshop that works according to BMW repair procedures with correspondingly trained personnel.
- Turn signals 1, tail lamps 6 and side marker lamps 7 are designed using LED technology. In the event of a malfunction, please go to your BMW center or a workshop that works according to BMW repair procedures with correspondingly trained personnel.
- Backup lamps: 16-watt bulb, W16W
- Other lamps: 21-watt bulb, P21W
1 Turn signal
2 Tail lamp and brake lamp
3 Backup lamp
4 Brake lamp
6 Tail lamp
7 Side marker lamp
- Turn signals 1, tail lamps 3 and side marker lamps 7 are designed using LED technology. In the event of a malfunction, please go to your BMW center or a workshop that works according to BMW repair procedures with correspondingly trained personnel.
- Backup lamps: 16-watt bulb, W16W > Brake lamps: 21-watt bulb, P21W
- Backup lamps: 16-watt bulb, W16W > Brake lamps: 21-watt bulb, P21W
1 Turn signal
2 Brake lamp
3 Tail lamp
4 Backup lamp
5 Brake lamp
7 Side marker lamp
Center brake lamp
This lamp uses LED technology for operation. In the event of a malfunction, please go to your BMW center or a workshop that works according to BMW repair procedures with correspondingly trained personnel.
The illustration shows the left-hand side of the cargo bay. All the bulbs are integrated into a central bulb fitting.
1. Lift up floor mat.
2. Undo the quick-release fasteners of the side panel and pull out the panel.
3. Turn the lock to the left and remove the bulb holder.
4. Backup lamps: Remove and replace the bulb. Other lamps: Apply gentle pressure to the bulb while turning it to the left for removal and replacement.
- Right side: Unhook the retaining strap*
- Open the side panel.
- Turn the bulb socket to the left and remove.
- Apply gentle pressure to the bulb while turning it to the left for removal and replacement.
Lamps in luggage compartment lid
License plate lamp
5-watt bulb, C5W
1. Insert screwdriver into the slot and press to the right, refer to arrows. This releases the lamp.
2. Remove the lamp and replace the bulb.
Sports Wagon: Brake lamp and backup lamp
1. Turn the locks to the left and fold down the trim.
2. Fold down the foam insulation.
3. Pull out the bulb holder for the backup lamp 1 or brake lamp 2 downward.
4. Backup lamp: remove the bulb for replacement. Brake lamp: apply gentle pressure to the bulb while turning it to the left for removal and replacement.
Safety precautions in the event of a flat tire or wheel change: park the vehicle as far as possible from passing traffic and on solid ground. Switch on the hazard warning flashers. Have all vehicle occupants get out of the vehicle and ensure that they remain outside the immediate area in a safe place, such as behind a guardrail.
If a warning triangle* or portable hazard warning lamp * is required, set it up on the roadside at an appropriate distance from the rear of the vehicle. Comply with all safety guidelines and regulations. Change the wheel only on a level, firm surface which is not slippery. The vehicle or the jack could slip to the side if you attempt to raise the vehicle on a soft or slippery surface such as snow, ice, tiles, etc.
Position the jack on a firm support surface. Do not use a wooden block or similar object as a support base for the jack, as this would prevent it from extending to its full support height and reduce its load-carrying capacity. To avoid serious or fatal injury: never lie under the vehicle, and never start the engine while it is supported by the jack.
What you will need
To avoid rattling noises later on, note the positions of the tools before removing them, then return them to their initial positions after completing work.
2 Vehicle jack*
3 Lug wrench*
The tools are located in the mount under the floor mat or floor panel flap.
- Lift up floor mat or floor panel flap and cover located beneath it.
- Take out the required tools.
- After using the tools, return them to the storage space.
▶With run-flat tires, no tools are provided for wheel changes. They can be purchased as accessories at your BMW center.◀
Sports Wagon: removing and installing floor panel flap of storage area package
1. Unhook the roll-up cover at the rear.
2. Raise the floor panel flap.
3. Unhook the two catch straps at the top.
4. Unlock the gas spring strut, refer to arrow, and remove.
5. Fold over the floor panel flap toward the front to release it and remove.
6. Open the front floor panel flap.
7. Swing up the spare tire cover and hook the hooks into the upper frame of the tailgate opening.
8. Take out the cross support upward.
When installing the floor panel flap, proceed in the reverse order and press down the hinge covers.
- Unscrew the wing nut 1.
- Remove the washer 2 laterally.
- Take out the tool mounts 3.
- Remove the compact wheel.
Preparing wheel change
- Observe the safety precautions above.
- Prevent the vehicle from rolling: Place the chock behind the front wheel on the other side of the vehicle, or on inclines, in front of this wheel. On steeply inclined roads, always secure the vehicle against rolling.
- Loosen the lug bolts a half turn.
Jacking up vehicle
- Position the vehicle jack at the jacking point closest to the wheel so that the entire surface of the jack base rests on the ground perpendicularly beneath the jacking point.
⚠The vehicle jack is designed for changing wheels only. Do not attempt to raise another vehicle model with it or to raise any load of any kind. To do so could cause accidents and personal injury.◀
- Guide the jack head into the rectangular recess of the jacking point when cranking up, refer to illustration detail.
- Jack the vehicle up until the wheel you are changing is raised from the ground.
Mounting a wheel
- Unscrew the lug bolts and remove the wheel.
- Remove accumulations of mud or dirt from the mounting surfaces of the wheel and hub. Also clean the lug bolts.
- Position the new wheel or compact wheel. Secure the wheel by screwing at least two lug bolts into opposite bolt holes. When you mount wheels other than Genuine BMW light-alloy wheels, different lug bolts may also be required.
- Screw in the remaining lug bolts. Tighten all the bolts securely in a diagonal pattern.
- Lower the vehicle and remove the jack from beneath the vehicle.
1. Tighten the lug bolts in a diagonal pattern.
⚠To ensure safety, always have the lug bolts checked with a calibrated torque wrench as soon as possible to ensure that they are tightened to the specified torque. The tightening torque is 88.5 lb ft/120 Nm.◀
2. When stowing the wheel and tools in the vehicle, execute these steps in the reverse order.
3. Check and correct the tire inflation pressure at the earliest opportunity.
▶Protect valve stems with valve stem seal caps against dirt and contamination. Dirt in valve stems is a frequent source of gradual air loss.◀
4. Initialize the Flat Tire Monitor, or reset the Tire Pressure Monitor.
5. Replace the damaged tire as soon as possible and have the new wheel/tire balanced.
Driving with compact wheel
Drive reservedly and do not exceed a speed of 50 mph/80 km/h. The driving characteristics change, for example reduced track stability on braking, extended braking distance, and altered self-steering characteristics in the limit range. In conjunction with winter tires, these characteristics are more pronounced.
⚠Only one compact wheel may be mounted. You should re-equip with wheels and tires of the original size as quickly as possible.◀
The battery is 100% maintenance-free, i.e., the electrolyte will last for the life of the battery when the vehicle is operated in a temperate climate. Your BMW center will be glad to advise in all matters concerning the battery.
Only charge the battery in the vehicle via the terminals in the engine compartment with the engine switched off.
Have old batteries disposed of by your BMW center or hand them in to a recycling center. Maintain the battery in an upright position for transport and storage. Always restrain the battery to prevent it from tipping over during transport.
After a temporary power loss, the functioning of some equipment may be limited and require
reinitialization. Individual settings are also lost and must be updated:
- Seat, mirror and steering wheel memory The positions must be stored again.
- Time and Date The values must be updated.
- Radio Stations must be stored again if necessary.
- Navigation system Wait until the system starts.
⚠Never attempt to repair a blown fuse and do not replace a defective fuse with a substitute of another color or amperage rating, as this could lead to a circuit overload, ultimately resulting in a fire in the vehicle.◀
Spare fuses, plastic tweezers and fuse allocation diagram are located in the compartment for
the onboard tool kit.
Spare fuses and a pair of plastic tweezers are contained in the onboard tool kit. A fuse allocation diagram is located in the cargo bay behind the right-hand side panel.
In glove compartment
1. Release both quick-release fasteners.
2. Fold the cover forward or remove.
Sedan: in cargo bay
- Lift up floor mat.
- Release the quick-release fastener of the right side panel and pull out the panel.
Sports Wagon: in cargo bay
- Unhook the retaining strap*
- Open the right-hand side panel.
Giving and receiving assistance
Conditions for an emergency call:
- Full preparation package mobile phone. With this equipment, an emergency call is still possible when no mobile phone is paired in the vehicle.
- BMW Assist is activated. Activating BMW Assist.
- Radio readiness is activated.
- The BMW Assist system is logged on to a mobile phone network.
- The emergency call system is operable.
Once your service contract for BMW Assist expires, the BMW Assist system can be deactivated by a BMW center without you having to visit a workshop. Once the BMW Assist system has been deactivated, emergency calls are not possible. The BMW Assist system be reactivated by a BMW center after signing a new contract.
Initiating an emergency call
1. Briefly press protective cover to open. Depending on the vehicle’s equipment, the arrangement of the switches and indicator lamps may differ somewhat.
2. Press the button for at least 2 seconds. The LED in the button lights up. As soon as the voice connection to the BMW Assist Response Center has been established, the LED flashes.
Even if you are unable to answer, the BMW Assist Response Center can take further steps to help you under certain conditions. If conditions allow, remain in the vehicle until the connection has been established. You will then be able to provide a detailed description of the situation.
If the current position of your vehicle can be determined, it will be transmitted to the BMW Assist Response Center. If the LED is flashing but the BMW Assist Response Center cannot be heard over the hands-free system, it is possible that the hands-free system is malfunctioning. You may still be heard by the BMW Assist Response Center, however.
Under certain conditions, an emergency call is automatically initiated immediately after a severe accident. The automatic emergency call is not affected by the button being pressed.
⚠For technical reasons, the emergency call cannot be guaranteed under unfavorable conditions.◀
▶You can also use other services of BMW Assist with this button.◀
The warning triangle is located in the luggage compartment lid/tailgate.
Loosen the wing nut to open.
Release the two quick-release fasteners and fold down the trim piece.
Some of the articles contained in the first-aid kit have a limited service life. Therefore, check the expiration dates of the contents regularly and replace the contents concerned in good time if necessary.
The first-aid kit is located in the luggage compartment lid. Loosen the wing nut to open.
The first-aid kit is located in the right side panel of the cargo bay. Before opening the side panel, pull the retaining strap* toward the rear by its rear end and unhook it.
The Roadside Assistance of the BMW Group offers you assistance in the event of a breakdown around the clock, including on weekends and public holidays. The phone numbers of the Roadside Assistance in your home country can be found in the Contact brochure. With BMW Assist you can contact the Roadside Assistance of the BMW Group for assistance in the event of a breakdown directly via iDrive.
When your battery is discharged, you can use two jumper cables to start your BMW with power from the battery in a second vehicle. You can also use the same method to help start another vehicle. Use only jumper cables with fully-insulated clamp handles.
⚠To avoid the risk of potentially fatal injury, always avoid all contact with electrical components while the engine is running. Carefully adhere to the following sequence, both to prevent damage to one or both vehicles, and to guard against possible personal injuries.◀
- Check whether the battery of the other vehicle has a voltage of 12 Volts and approximately the same capacitance in Ah. This information can be found on the battery.
- Switch off the engine of the assisting vehicle.
- Switch off any electrical systems and components in both vehicles.
⚠There must not be any contact between the bodies of the two vehicles, otherwise there is a danger of shorting.◀
Connecting jumper cables
⚠To avoid personal injury from sparks, follow this sequence when connecting jumper cables.◀
In your BMW, the so-called jump-starting terminal in the engine compartment serves as a positive terminal for the battery.
1. Fold open the cover of the BMW jumpstarting terminal. To do so, pull the tab.
2. Attach one end of the jumper cable plus/+ to the positive terminal of the battery or a jump-starting terminal of the vehicle providing assistance.
3. Attach the second end of the cable to the positive terminal of the battery or to a starting-aid terminal of the vehicle to be started.
4. Attach one end of the jumper cable minus/– to the negative terminal of the battery or to an engine or body ground of the assisting vehicle. Your BMW has a special nut as body ground or negative terminal.
5. Attach the second end of the cable to the negative terminal of the battery or to the engine or body ground of the vehicle to be started.
- Start the engine on the assisting vehicle and allow it to run at idle for several minutes at slightly increased speed.
- Start the engine on the other vehicle in the usual way. If the first starting attempt is not successful, wait a few minutes before another attempt in order to allow the discharged battery to
- Let the engines run for a few minutes.
- Disconnect the jumper cables by reversing the connection sequence.
⚠Never use spray fluids to start the engine.◀
Tow-starting and towing
⚠Observe applicable laws and regulations for tow-starting and towing.◀
⚠Do not transport any passengers other than the driver in a vehicle that is being towed.◀
Using tow fitting
The screw-on tow-fitting must always be carried in the vehicle. It can be screwed in at the front or rear of the BMW.
It is located in the toolkit in the luggage compartment lid.
It is located in the toolkit behind the left side panel in the cargo bay.
⚠Use only the tow fitting provided with the vehicle and screw it all the way in. Use the tow fitting for towing only on roads. Avoid lateral loading of the tow fitting, e.g. do not lift the vehicle by the tow fitting. Otherwise damage to the tow fitting and the vehicle can occur.◀
Access to screw thread
Press the arrow symbol on the cover in the bumper.
⚠Make sure that the ignition is switched on, otherwise the low beams, tail lamps, turn signals and windshield wipers would not be available. Do not tow the vehicle with the rear axle raised, as otherwise the steering can turn to the left or right. When the engine is stopped, there is no power assist. This then requires increased effort for braking and steering. Active steering is deactivated and larger steering wheel movements are required.◀
Switch on the hazard warning flashers depending on the local regulations. If the electrical system fails, mark the vehicle to be towed, e.g. with a sign or warning triangle in the rear window.
Gearshift lever in neutral position.
Automatic and sport automatic transmission
⚠Before towing, manually release the transmission lock, even if there is no malfunction in the transmission. Otherwise there is a risk that the transmission lock will automatically be engaged during towing.◀
Manually unlocking and locking transmission lock.
⚠Do not exceed a towing speed of 45 mph/ 70 km/h and a towing distance of 90 miles/150 km, otherwise the automatic transmission may be damaged.◀
⚠Do not lift vehicle by tow fitting or body and chassis parts, otherwise damage may result.◀
In some countries, towing with tow bars or ropes in public traffic is not permitted. Familiarize yourself with the regulations on towing in the respective country.
With tow bar
⚠The towing vehicle may not be lighter than the vehicle to be towed, otherwise it
will not be possible to reliably control vehicle response.◀
The tow fittings used should be on the same side on both vehicles. Should it prove impossible to avoid mounting the tow bar at an offset angle, please observe the following:
- Clearance and maneuvering capability will be sharply limited during cornering.
- When mounted at an angle, the tow bar will exert lateral forces, tending to push the vehicle sideways.
⚠Only attach the tow bar to the tow fittings, as attachment to other vehicle parts can lead to damage.◀
With tow rope
When starting off in the towing vehicle, make sure that the tow rope is taut.
⚠To avoid jerking and the associated stresses on vehicle components when towing, always use nylon ropes or nylon straps. Only attach tow ropes to the tow fittings, as attachment to other vehicle parts can lead to damage.◀
With tow truck
Have the BMW transported with a tow truck with a so-called lift bar or on a flat bed.
With tow truck for 528xi, 535xi
⚠Do not tow a BMW with xDrive with just the front or rear axle raised, otherwise the wheels could lock up and the transfer case could be damaged.◀
Have the vehicle transported on a flatbed surface only.
Do not tow-start the vehicle if possible, but instead start the engine by means of jump starting. With a catalytic converter, tow-starting should only be carried out with the engine cold, and ith automatic transmissions, the engine cannot be started by towstarting.
- Switch on the hazard warning flashers, comply with country-specific regulations.
- Switch on the ignition.
- Shift into 3rd gear.
- Tow-start with the clutch completely depressed and slowly release the clutch. After the engine starts, immediately depress the clutch again completely.
- Stop at a suitable location, remove the tow bar or rope and switch off the hazard warning flashers.
- Have the vehicle checked.