Incorrect fuels can damage the fuel system and
the engine. There is a risk of damage to prop‐
erty. Do not use fuels with a higher percentage
of ethanol than recommended. Do not refuel
with fuels containing methanol, e.g. M5 to
Fuel that does not comply with the minimum
quality can compromise engine function or
cause engine damage. There is a risk of dam‐
age to property. Do not fill with fuel that does
not comply with the minimum quality.
Recommended fuel grade
BMW recommends AKI 91.
Minimum fuel grade
BMW recommends AKI 89.
If you use gasoline with this minimum AKI Rating,
the engine may produce knocking sounds when
starting at high external temperatures. This has
no effect on the engine life.
Even small quantities of the wrong fuel or
wrong fuel additives can damage the fuel sys‐
tem and engine. There is a risk of damage to
Follow the following for diesel engines:
▷ Use only Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel.
▷ Do not refuel with pure methyl ester.
▷ Only refuel with biodiesel with a maximum
of B5/5 % according to ASTM D975.
▷ Do not use gasoline.
▷ The vehicle manufacturer recommends
only using diesel additives which have
been classified as suitable.
Do not press the Start/Stop button after refuel‐
ing with the wrong fuel. Contact a dealer’s serv‐
ice center or another qualified service center or
The engine of your BMW is designed for diesel
with low sulfur content:
Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel ASTM D 975-xx.
xx: comply with the current standard in each
Use only Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel.
The fraction of biodiesel in the fuel must not ex‐
ceed 5 %, referred to as B5. Do not use gaso‐
line. If you do fill the tank with the wrong fuel, for
instance gasoline, do not start the engine as this
may damage the engine.
In the case of incorrect refueling, contact a deal‐
er’s service center or another qualified service
center or repair shop or Roadside Assistance.
If the fuel pump nozzle does not fit in the filler
pipe of your BMW, please check to ensure that
you are refueling at a diesel fuel pump that is
equipped with a diesel fuel pump nozzle.
In the event the Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel fuel can‐
not be fully inserted into the fuel filler neck,
please contact BMW Roadside Assistance for in‐
structions on how to add fuel. For more informa‐
tion on Roadside Assistance, refer to page 345.
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