BMW X3 Owners Manual: Determining the load limit

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1. Locate the following statement on your vehicle's placard:

  • The combined weight of occupants and cargo should never exceed XXX kg or YYY lbs. Otherwise, damage to the vehicle and unstable driving situations may result.

BMW X3. Determining the load limit

2. Determine the combined weight of the driver and passengers that will be riding in your vehicle.

3. Subtract the combined weight of the driver and passengers from XXX kilograms or YYY pounds.

4. The resulting figure equals the available amount of cargo and luggage load capacity.

For example, if the YYY amount equals 1,000 lbs and there will be four 150 lbs passengers in your vehicle, the amount of available cargo and luggage load capacity is 400 lbs: 1,000 lbs minus 600 lbs = 400 lbs.

5. Determine the combined weight of luggage and cargo being loaded on the vehicle.

That weight may not safely exceed the available cargo and luggage load capacity calculated in Step 4.


BMW X3. Load

The maximum load is the sum of the weight of the occupants and the cargo.

The greater the weight of the occupants, the less cargo that can be transported.

Stowing cargo

  • Cover sharp edges and corners on the cargo.
  • Heavy cargo: stow as far forward as possible, directly behind and at the bottom of the rear passenger seat backrests.
  • Very heavy cargo: when the rear seat is not occupied, secure each of the outer safety belts in the opposite buckle.
  • If necessary, fold down the rear backrests to stow cargo.
  • Do not stack cargo above the top edge of the backrests.
  • Use the trunk partition net, to protect passengers. Make sure that objects cannot penetrate the trunk partition net.
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