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BMW 3 Series 2020-2023 Manual idle state User Manual


BMW 3 Series 2020-2023 Manual idle state User Manual

Manual idle state

To establish idle state in the vehicle after completion of trip:BMW 3 Series 2020-2023 Manual idle state User Manual1

Press and hold the button on the radio until the OFF indicator on the instrument cluster goes out.

Standby state


When standby state is switched on, most functions can be used while the vehicle is stationary. Desired settings can be adjusted.

General information

The vehicle is in the standby state after the front doors are opened from the outside.

Display in the instrument cluster

OFF is displayed in the instrument cluster. The drivetrain is switched off and the standby state is switched on.

Drive readiness


Turning on the drive-ready state corresponds to starting the engine.

General information

Some functions, such as DSC Dynamic Stability Control, can only be used with drive-ready state switched on.

Safety information

If the exhaust pipe is blocked or ventilation is in‐sufficient, harmful exhaust gases can enter into the vehicle. The exhaust gases contain pollutants which are colorless and odorless. In enclosed areas, exhaust gases can also accumulate outside of the vehicle. There is danger to life. Keep the exhaust pipe free and ensure sufficient ventilation.

An unsecured vehicle can begin to move and possibly roll away. There is a risk of accident. Before exiting, secure the vehicle against roll‐ing.
In order to ensure that the vehicle is secured against rolling away, follow the following:

  • Set the parking brake.
  • On uphill grades or on a downhill slope, turn the front wheels in the direction of the curb.
  • On uphill grades or on a downhill slope, also secure the vehicle, for instance with a wheel chock.

Repeated attempts to start the vehicle or repeated starting of the vehicle in rapid succession can cause the starter to overheat. This also results in unburned or inadequately burned fuel, and can cause the catalytic converter to overheat. There is a risk of damage to property, among other potential damage. Avoid repeated starting of the vehicle, particularly repeated starting in rapid succession.

Turning on drive readiness

Drive-ready state is switched on via the Start/Stop button.BMW 3 Series 2020-2023 Manual idle state User Manual1

Steptronic transmission

  1. Depress the brake pedal.
  2. Press the Start/Stop button.

The ignition is activated automatically for a brief time and is stopped as soon as the engine starts.
Most of the indicator/warning lights in the instrument cluster light up for a varied length of time.

Gasoline engine
Depending on the motorization, the full drive power may not be available for approximately 30 seconds after starting the engine. In this case, the vehicle will not accelerate as usual.

  1. Additional information:
  2. Instrument cluster with enhanced features:
  3. Power gauge, refer to page 160.

Display in the instrument cluster

The activated drive readiness is indicated in the instrument cluster, depending on the equipment, by the display of information required for driving or the READY display.

Turning off drive-ready state

Steptronic transmission

  1. Engage the selector lever position P with the vehicle stopped.
  2. Press the Start/Stop button.
    The engine is switched off. The vehicle switches into the standby state.
  3. Set the parking brake.


Vehicle features and options

This chapter describes all standard, country-specific and optional features offered with the series. It also describes features and functions that are not necessarily available in your vehicle, e.g., due to the selected options or country versions. This also applies to safety-related functions and systems. When using these functions and systems, the applicable laws and regulations must be observed.

Operating concept

iDrive is the operating concept of the infotainment system and includes a large number of functions.

General information
These functions can be operated as follows:

  1. Via the Controller.
  2. Via the touchscreen.
  3. Via the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant.
  4. Depending on the equipment: with the gesture control.

Safety information

Operating integrated information systems and communication devices while driving can distract from traffic. It is possible to lose control of the vehicle. There is a risk of accident. Only use the systems or devices when the traffic sit‐uation allows. As warranted, stop and use the

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