BMW 7 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 7 Series: General driving notes

Closing the trunk lid

Safety information


An open trunk lid protrudes from the vehicle and can endanger occupants and other traffic participants or damage the vehicle in the event of an accident, braking or evasive maneuvers.

In addition, exhaust fumes may enter the car's interior. There is a risk of injury or risk of damage to property. Do not drive with the trunk lid open.

Driving with the trunk lid open

  • If driving with the tailgate open cannot be avoided:
  • Greatly increase the air flow from the vents.
  • Drive moderately.

Hot exhaust gas system


High temperatures can occur underneath the body, for instance caused by the exhaust gas system, while driving. Contact with the exhaust gas system can cause burns. There is a risk of injury. Do not touch the hot exhaust gas system, including the exhaust pipe.


If combustible materials, such as leaves or grass, come in contact with hot parts of the exhaust gas system, these materials can ignite.

There is a risk of fire and injuries. Do not remove the heat shields installed and never apply undercoating to them. Make sure that no comcombustible materials can come in contact with hot vehicle parts in driving operation, idle or during parking.

Climate comfort windshield

Climate comfort windshield

The marked area is not covered with heat reflective coating.

Use the marked area for garage door openers, devices for electronic toll collection, payment systems, etc.

Climate comfort laminated safety glass

The vehicle glass provides full protection against the harmful effects of UV radiation on the skin.

Mobile communication devices in the vehicle


Vehicle electronics and mobile phones can influence one another. There is radiation due to the transmission operations of mobile phones.

There is a risk of injury or risk of damage to property. If possible, in the car's interior use only mobile phones with direct connections to an exterior antenna in order to exclude mutual interference and deflect the radiation from the car's interior.


On wet or slushy roads, a wedge of water can form between the tires and road surface.

This phenomenon is referred to as hydroplaning.

It 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.

Driving through water

General information

When driving through water, follow the following:

  • Deactivate Auto Start/Stop function.
  • Drive through calm water only.
  • Drive through water only if it is not deeper than maximum 9.8 inches/25 cm.
  • Drive through water no faster than walking speed, up to 3 mph/5 km/h.

Safety information


When driving too quickly through too deep water, water can enter into the engine compartment, the electrical system or the transmission.

There is a risk of damage to property. When driving through water, do not exceed the maximum indicated water level and the maximum speed for driving through water.


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