BMW 5 Series Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 5 Series: Steptronic transmission

Engaging selector lever position D, N, R

  • Drive mode D.
  • Neutral N.
  • R is reverse.

With the driver's safety belt fastened, briefly push the selector lever in the desired direction, past a resistance point, if needed. The selector lever returns to the center position in each case.

To prevent the vehicle from creeping after you select a drive mode or reverse, maintain pressure on the brake pedal until you are ready to start.

A selector lever lock prevents the inadvertent shifting to selector lever position R or the inadvertent shifting from selector lever position P.

Engage selector lever position R only when the vehicle is stationary.

Releasing the selector lever lock

Press the button.

Press the button.

Engaging P

Engage selector lever position P only when the vehicle is stationary.

Press button P.

Press button P.

Steptronic transmission, Sport program and manual mode

Activate the Sport program/manual mode:

Activate the Sport program/manual mode: Press the selector lever to the left from selector lever position D.

Manual mode:

  • To shift down: press the selector lever forward.
  • To shift up: pull the selector lever rearwards.

End the sport program/manual mode: Push the selector lever to the right.

High beams, headlight flasher, turn signal

High beams, headlight flasher

Push the lever forward or pull it backward.

Push the lever forward or pull it backward.

  • High beams on, arrow 1.

    The high beams light up when the low beams are switched on.

  • High beams off/headlight flasher, arrow 2.

Turn signal

  • On: press the lever past the resistance point.
  • Off: press the lever past the resistance point in the opposite direction.
  • Triple turn signal activation: lightly tap the lever up or down.
  • Brief signaling: press the lever to the resistance point and hold it there for as long as you want the turn signal to flash.

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