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BMW Condition Based Service Explained
 
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BMW Condition Based Service Explained

Nick Czerula

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1 hour1 hr

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Varies depending on service

Applicable Models:

BMW E90 3-Series (2006-11)
BMW E91 3-Series (2006-12)
BMW E92 3-Series (2007-13)
BMW E93 3-Series (2007-13)

Parts Required:

Service and maintenance parts

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Store this in your owner's manual

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Understanding your vehicle maintenance needs

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Use this article to modify service intervals

In this article, I'll explain condition based service (CBS) and what it means when servicing your BMW E90. CBS is the maintenance system BMW created to manage regular service intervals and maintenance items. Service intervals and maintenance items are no longer services solely based on mileage or time, but now a combination of items. CBS utilizes sensors, vehicle driving conditions, and time to determine the service intervals.

Maintenance items monitored by CBS can be viewed via the dashboard information center (early models) or via the iDrive screen (late models). The displayed maintenance items are: engine oil, front and rear brake pad service, brake fluid and cabin microfilter. You can access these items and view remaining time / mileage until service. If the State you reside in requires emission or safety inspections, this information may also be programmed and displayed.

Service information is stored electronically in your remote key. When you bring your vehicle in for service, the service center will read this information via a key reader to determine needed service.

Checking service information via your instrument panel display

Turn your ignition ON but do not start the engine. Be sure doors are closed.

Service information will be displayed in center of instrument panel.
Figure 1

Service information will be displayed in center of instrument panel. (green arrow)

You can navigate service information by using the turn signal stalk toggle to locate menu (green arrow) then select using the BC button (yellow arrow).
Figure 2

You can navigate service information by using the turn signal stalk toggle to locate menu (green arrow) then select using the BC button (yellow arrow). If you do not press the BC button within 15 seconds of locating desired menu item, the center display will revert to time and temperature.

Scroll through menu items using the toggle.
Figure 3

Scroll through menu items using the toggle. Service information will be displayed in order of priority. This photo shows all the screens that can be displayed. Use your owners manual to determine when your specific service items are ready to be replaced. Checking service information via your central information display

If you have iDrive screen or navigation, you can check your maintenance items via the iDrive controls.
Figure 4

If you have iDrive screen or navigation, you can check your maintenance items via the iDrive controls. (green arrow)

Call up menu on iDrive screen, then navigate to Info Sources, then select Service Info.
Figure 5

Call up menu on iDrive screen, then navigate to Info Sources, then select Service Info.

Use iDrive knob to navigate to Service Info menu, then select it by pressing iDrive knob down.
Figure 6

Use iDrive knob to navigate to Service Info menu, then select it by pressing iDrive knob down.

You can now select each service item and display the remaining time until service.
Figure 7

You can now select each service item and display the remaining time until service. Resetting service lights Turn your ignition ON but do not start then engine. Be sure doors are closed. Check that center display in instrument panel shows clock and temperature.

Press and hold odometer trip reset button (green arrow) for 5 seconds until CBS icon is shown in display.
Figure 8

Press and hold odometer trip reset button (green arrow) for 5 seconds until CBS icon is shown in display. Then release reset button. Press BC button on turn signal stalk (yellow arrow) to navigate to service item. As you scroll, each item will have the word RESET displayed. When you reach the item you want to reset, press and hold the BC button until a small clock symbol is shown. Reset is complete. Confirm reset worked by scrolling through cluster and double checking.

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Comments and Suggestions:
PPFR Comments: Hello. I had to change my BMW 320i E90 2011/12 instruments cluster. I bought a pre owned cluster and installed it. No problem. The issue is that now I have a different odometer info higher than the original one and all services info front and rear breakes, oil etc are blanked ----. Is there a way to retrieve the original car information?
October 10, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Unfortunately not. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Muzi Comments: Hi Nick I recently bought a BMW 3 series 320i 2009 model

I just need a brief description on the dos and dont's I ve noticed that the car has no diep stick to check the oil so do I only have to rely on the computer for an update or??
September 28, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, check oil level through the instrument cluster only. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
George Comments: I have a 2011 328i E90
My car does not have the cabin filter or spark plug icon.
the rest of the icons are the same.
How do I reset the service interval for the spark plugs or cabin filter?
thank you
August 28, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If you don't have icons, you do not have to reset it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
FedorK Comments: Followed your instructions to the letter.
Does not reset on 2011 E93 328i.
What I ma missing?
October 29, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: May require a scan tool then. Some vehicles won't reset without maintenance items being reset via scan tool. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
FedorK Comments: How to do reset work on a 2011 328i?
Be sure doors are closed, is that critical?
Thanks
October 28, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, shut doors. Follow instructions in repair manual.- Nick at Pelican Parts  
Brian Comments: Great info, particularly the reset.

Like Chris, my 2009 335i definitely doesn't have the spark plug minder, whether accessed from the instrument panel or idrive.
May 9, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Bk Comments: My BMW 320i Oil check says inactive so I can't see the oil level
April 27, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check the DME for fault codes. You may have a sensor issue. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
rpeebles97 Comments: When/Where do we find information on a 2011 328i???
March 19, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: What information are you looking for? - Casey at Pelican Parts  
Joey Comments: When I try to reset the oil life with the BC button, everything appears to be normal. I get the little clock after holding the BC button to reset, but the mileage resets to "0", therefore the "i" indicator for service never goes away. Do you think this is because of the oil condition/level sensor? 2006 330i with 230k.
November 24, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It shouldn't read zero after reset. It should go to the mileage that is set in the vehicle. You may need to use a BMW scan tool to reset the data manually. It may have been scrambled. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Joe Comments: I have an 07 335i. Is there a mileage where the CBS stops working? My car has 110k miles on it and the Oil "miles remaining" seems to be staying at 13,000 for a very long time.
October 30, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No, CBS works as long a the vehicle does. there may be a fault with the sensor. I would check the vehicle for fault codes. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Chris Comments: I have an 08 335i w/o NAV but I don't recall seeing the spark plug minder. Is this a NAV-only feature?
August 27, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No, it will pop up in the dashboard display as well. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
jyant Comments: Does the procedure described above work on a 2011 328i? Thanks
April 2, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No, your model is later than the ones covered here. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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