Things to Remember When Driving BMW 2006-6 Series

There’s something special about driving a BMW 2006-6 Series. It’s a car that commands attention and exudes power and sophistication. But with great power comes great responsibility, and driving a car like this requires a certain level of knowledge and expertise. Whether you’re a seasoned driver or a new owner of a BMW 2006-6 Series, there are important things you need to keep in mind to ensure a smooth and safe driving experience.

Driving a BMW 2006-6 Series is a unique experience that offers a blend of performance, luxury, and style. It’s a car that demands attention and delivers an exhilarating ride. However, it’s also a car that requires careful handling and attention to detail. From maintaining proper tire pressure to understanding the car’s speed and acceleration capabilities, there are several key things to remember when driving a BMW 2006-6 Series.


Moving parts need time to adjust to one another. To ensure that your vehicle continues to provide optimized economy of operation throughout an extended service life, we request that you devote careful attention to the following section.

Engine and differential

Always obey all official speed limits.

Up to 1,200 miles/2,000 km

Drive at changing engine and driving speeds, however do not exceed 4,500 rpm or 100 mph/160 km/h. Avoid full-throttle operation and use of the transmission’s kick-down mode during these initial miles.

From 1,200 miles/2,000 km

The engine and vehicle speed can gradually be increased.

SMG Sequential Manual Gearbox

Do not use the acceleration assistant during the break-in period.


Due to technical factors associated with their manufacture, tires do not achieve their full traction potential until after an initial break-in period. It is therefore important to drive reservedly during the first 200 miles/300 km.

Brake system

Brakes require an initial break-in period of approx. 300 miles/500 km to achieve optimized contact and wear patterns between brake pads and rotors. Drive in a reserved manner during this break-in period.


The function of the clutch is only at its optimized level after a distance driven of approx. 300 miles/500 km. During this break-in period, engage the clutch gently.

Following part replacement

Observe the break-in instructions again if components mentioned above must be replaced after subsequent driving operation.

General driving notes

Closing luggage compartment lid

⚠ Only drive with the luggage compartment lid completely closed, otherwise exhaust can penetrate into the passenger compartment.

If special circumstances should make it absolutely necessary to operate the vehicle with the luggage compartment lid open:

  1. Coupe: close both windows and the glass sunroof. Convertible: with closed top, close all windows.
  2. Increase the air volume of the automatic climate control to a high level.
Hot exhaust system

⚠ As in all vehicles, extremely high temperatures are generated in the exhaust system. Do not remove the heat shields installed adjacent to it, and never apply undercoating to them. When driving, standing at idle and while parking, take care to avoid possible contact between the hot exhaust system and any highly flammable materials such as hay, leaves, grass, etc. Such contact could lead to a fire, and with it the risk of serious property damage as well as personal injury.

Mobile communications devices in vehicle

⚠ BMW advises against using mobile communications devices, e.g. mobile phones, inside the vehicle without a direct connection to an external antenna. Otherwise, the vehicle electronics and mobile communications device can interfere with one another. In addition, there is no assurance that the radiation emitted during transmission will be conveyed out of the vehicle interior.


⚠ When driving on wet or slushy roads, reduce road speed. If you do not, a wedge of water can form between tires and road surface. This phenomenon is referred to as hydroplaning, and is characterized by a partial or complete loss of contact between the tires and the road surface, ultimately undermining your ability to steer and brake the vehicle.

The risk of hydroplaning increases as the tread depth of the tires decreases.

Driving through water

⚠ Do not drive through water on the road if it is deeper than 1 ft/30 cm, and then only at walking speed at the most. Otherwise, the vehicle’s engine, electrical systems and transmission may be damaged.

Using handbrake on inclines

⚠ On inclines, do not hold the vehicle with the clutch; use the handbrake. Otherwise greater clutch wear will result.

SMG Sequential Manual Gearbox

⚠ Start off quickly on slopes. Do not hold the vehicle on a hill by applying the throttle, but engage the handbrake instead. Otherwise overheating can occur in the transmission region.

Starting assistant

The starting assistant enables you to start off conveniently on slopes. The parking brake is not required for this purpose.

  1. Hold the vehicle with the footbrake.
  2. Release the footbrake and immediately drive off quickly.

⚠ The starting assistant holds the vehicle for approx. 2 seconds after releasing the footbrake. Depending on the load, the vehicle may also roll back slightly during this time. After releasing the footbrake, immediately start quickly; otherwise, the starting assistant no longer holds the vehicle after approx. 2 seconds and it begins to roll back.

Braking safely

Your BMW is equipped with ABS as a standard feature. In situations that require it, it is best to brake with full force. Since the vehicle maintains steering responsiveness, you can still avoid possible obstacles with a minimum of steering effort.

Pulsation at the brake pedal combines with sounds from the hydraulic circuits to indicate to the driver that ABS is in its active mode.

⚠ Do not drive with your foot resting on the brake pedal. Even light but consistent pedal pressure can lead to high temperatures, brake wear and possibly even brake failure.

Driving in wet conditions

When driving on wet roads or in heavy rain, it is a good idea to apply light pressure to the brake
pedal every few miles. Monitor traffic conditions to ensure that this maneuver does not endanger other road users. The heat generated in this process helps dry the pads and rotors to ensure that full braking efficiency will then be available when you need it.


⚠ To prevent overheating and thus reduced efficiency of the brake system, downshift to a gear in which only minimal brake applications are needed when descending long or tent pedal pressure can lead to high temperatures, brake wear and possibly even brake failure.

The braking action of the engine can be further increased by downshifting in the manual mode of the automatic transmission, possibly as far as first gear. This prevents an excessive load on the brakes.

⚠ Do not drive with the clutch depressed, in idle or with the engine switched off; otherwise, there will be no engine braking action or power-assisted braking and steering. Never allow floor mats, carpets or any other objects to protrude into the area of movement of the pedals and impair their operation.

Corrosion on brake rotors

When the vehicle is driven only occasionally, during extended periods when the vehicle is not used at all, and in operating conditions where brake applications are less frequent, there is an increased tendency for corrosion to form on rotors, while contaminants accumulate on the brake pads.

This occurs because the minimum pressure which must be exerted by the pads during brake applications to clean the rotors is not reached. Should corrosion form on the brake rotors, the brakes will tend to respond with a pulsating effect that even extended application will fail to cure.

When vehicle is parked

Condensation forms in the automatic climate control during operation, and then exits under the vehicle. Traces of condensed water under the vehicle are therefore normal.

Before driving into a car wash

To prevent the exterior mirrors on this vehicle from being damaged, always fold them in by hand before entering an automatic car wash.

With comfort access and automatic transmission

Insert the remote control into the ignition lock. The engine can be switched off in the selector lever position N.

Cargo loading

⚠ To avoid loading the tires beyond their approved carrying capacity, never overload the vehicle. Overloading can lead to overheating and increases the rate at which damage develops inside the tires. The ultimate result can assume the form of a sudden blow-out.

Determining loading limit
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  1. Locate the following statement on your vehicle’s placard*:

⚠ The combined weight of occupants and cargo should never exceed XXX lbs. or YYY kg, otherwise the vehicle
may be damaged and unstable driving conditions may result.

  1. Determine the combined weight of the driver and passengers that will be riding in your vehicle.
  2. Subtract the combined weight of the driver and passengers from XXX lbs. or YYY kg.
  3. The resulting figure equals the available amount of cargo and luggage load capacity. For example, if the XXX amount equals 800 lbs. and there will be four 150-lb. passengers in your vehicle, the amount of available cargo and luggage load capacity is 200 lbs.: 800 lbs. minus 600 lbs. = 200 lbs.
  4. Determine the combined weight of luggage and cargo being loaded on the vehicle. That weight may not safely exceed the available cargo and luggage load capacity calculated in step 4.
  5. If your vehicle will be towing a trailer, part of the load from your trailer will be transferred to your vehicle. Consult the manual for transporting a trailer to determine how this may reduce the available cargo and luggage load capacity of your vehicle.
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The permissible load is the total of the weight of occupants and cargo/luggage. The greater the weight of occupants, the less cargo/luggage can be transported.

Stowing cargo
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  • Load heavy cargo as far forward and as low as possible, placing it directly behind the bulkhead behind the rear seats.
  • Cover sharp edges and corners.
Securing cargo
  • Use the luggage net* or securing straps to hold down small and lightweight luggage and cargo.
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  • Heavy-duty cargo straps* for securing larger and heavier objects are available at your BMW center. Four lashing eyes mounted in the luggage compartment are used to secure these heavy-duty cargo straps, refer to arrows.
  • Please observe the special instructions supplied with the heavy-duty cargo straps.

⚠ Always position and secure the load as described above. If you do not, it can endanger the passengers during braking or evasive maneuvers. When fastening lashings, use only the lashing eyes, refer to illustration; otherwise, the lashings could come loose or you could damage the vehicle.

Never exceed the approved gross vehicle weight or either of the approved axle loads, as excessive loads can pose a safety hazard, and may also put you in violation of freeway safety laws. You should never transport heavy or hard objects unsecured in the passenger compartment, as they could fly around and pose a safety
hazard to the vehicle’s occupants during abrupt braking or evasive maneuvers.

Pad on bottom of luggage compartment

You can use the pad as needed, for example to transport soiled objects. The rubberized side is washable and has an anti-skid effect.

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