BMW Cars 1999-06

Cruise Control

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The cruise control is electronically activated and controlled using the vehicle's speed sensor as input when the system is activated. The system is activated and controlled by either a right side steering column mounted switch, or by a series of switches on the right side of the steering wheel pad. The steering wheel mounted system has an activation button located at the bottom of the row of the switches which is used to activate and deactivate the system. On these models, when the system is activated, an indicator light in the control panel is illuminated. In addition to the activated/deactivated selections, the cruise control system features switches for acceleration, deceleration and resume.

The system is also deactivated if:



The brake pedal is pressed
 
If equipped, the clutch pedal is pressed
 
On automatic transmissions, if shifted from Drive to Neutral
 
If the vehicle speed is less than the minimum activation speed
 

The operating parameters of the systems are as follows:

Cruise controls with steering column mounted switches:



Activation speed: 25 mph (40 km/h) or greater
 
Activate and set speed: Press stalk forward
 
Accelerate: Press the stalk forward and release increases speed by 0.6 mph (1 km/h)
 
Accelerate: Press stalk forward and hold pressed, accelerates until released and sets to current speed
 
Decelerate: Pull the stalk back and release decreases speed by 0.6 mph (1 km/h)
 
Decelerate: Pull the stalk back and hold, decelerates until released and sets to current speed
 
Resume: Press stalk end inward toward steering column, resumes speed to last programmed speed
 
Off: Press stalk up or down
 

Cruise controls with steering wheel mounted switches:



Activation speed: 20 mph (30 km/h) or greater
 
Activate: Press l/0 button (lowest button)
 
Set speed: Press the + button and release sets current speed
 
Accelerate: Press the + button and release increases speed by 0.6 mph (1 km/h)
 
Accelerate: Press the + button and hold pressed, accelerates until released and sets to current speed
 
Decelerate: Press the - button and release decreases speed by 0.6 mph (1 km/h)
 
Decelerate: Press the - button and hold, decelerates until released and sets to current speed
 
Resume: Press Speedo icon button (top button), resumes speed to last programmed speed
 
Off: Press l/0 button (lowest button)
 



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Fig. The cruise control throttle actuator is located on the left front fender well just forward of the shock tower on E36 models



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Fig. The throttle is operated by separate cables for the cruise control and the accelerator

 
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