BMW Frequently Asked Questions

Founded in 1916, BMW was originally a manufacturer of aircraft engines, and by 1928, the company had started developing automobiles. Since that time, it has grown to become one of the most recognizable brands, not just in the automotive industry, but in the world. Today, a leading manufacturer of premium cars and SUVs, the BMW name is synonymous with performance and luxury. The company continues to thrill long-time fans, while garnering new ones every day. It's no wonder people want to know more about The Ultimate Driving Machine. Here are a few of the questions we hear most often.

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  • What does 'BMW' stand for? BMW is an initialism for Bayerische Motoren Werke, or, Bavarian Motor Works; Bavaria being the German state in which the company's headquarters are located.

  • Which BMW's are four-wheel drive? BMW's all-wheel "xDrive" system is available across the lineup, on cars like the 3 Series and 5 Series, and SUVs, like the X3 and X5.

  • Which BMW's have three rows? The BMW X7 features standard three-row seating for up to seven passengers.

  • What is BMW Assist? BMW Assist is a subscription-based emergency services system that puts the driver in contact with a response specialist in the event of an accident or other emergency.

  • Does BMW Assist track my location? No. Though the system does require GPS to locate the vehicle, it only transmits your location when the Automatic Collision Notification service is activated, the driver manually initiates communications, or the Stolen Vehicle Recovery service is activated.

  • What are the differences between X Series SUVs? The main difference is in vehicle size. Lower numbers typically mean a smaller, more agile model. Higher numbers mean a larger model, with a more powerful engine, more cargo capacity, and greater seating area. The X1 and X2 are subcompacts, the X3 is a compact, the X5 is a mid-size, and the X7 is a full-size luxury SUV.

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  • What is the BMW X6? Technically, the BMW X6 is a mid-size crossover similar to the X5. However, BMW terms the X6 a Sports Activity Coupe, noting that it features a sloping roof, giving it a distinct and sporty fastback look.

  • What does BMW M mean? "M" stands for motorsport. The M line of BMW models represented the companies racing program in the 1960s and 1970s. Now, BMW M models are available to the public as high-performance variants. M models features stronger engines, upgraded sport-tuned suspensions, aerodynamic body tuning, and unique interior and exterior styling cues.

  • When should I service my BMW? To keep your BMW operating like the Ultimate Driving Machine it is, regular maintenance is essential. Fortunately, with newer BMW models, it's easy to know when service is required thanks to the BMW Condition Based Service (CBS) system. The system monitors high and low speeds, total mileage, and trip distances, and calculates service intervals based on these metrics. When maintenance is due, a Service Interval Indicator System alert will appear on the iDrive  and instrument cluster.

  • Do BMW vehicles have advanced driver aids? Without advanced driver-assistance technologies, can a vehicle even be called a luxury model anymore? BMW models come standard with features like forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and BMW Assist emergency communications. Other features like adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and an automated parking system, can be equipped with certain available packages, or come standard on specific models.
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