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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 03-17-2005, 10:43 AM
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headlights intermittently not working?

I'm wondering if anyone else has seen a problem like this. I have a 2004 330Ci coupe. Yesterday when I was driving home at night the headlights went off by themselves. I had the switch in the auto position. I flipped it to the manual on position, still no lights. The fog lights and the brights didn't work either. I jiggled the switch back and forth a few times and the lights went on for a minute but then off again.

This morning the lights still weren't working when I started the car. Well, fuse, I'm thinking. But then as I started driving they came on again and now they work. I didn't think fuses could rise from the dead, so I think maybe something else may be wrong.

Has anyone else expererienced a problem like this?
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Old 03-17-2005, 11:17 AM
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Just curious... do you have adaptive Xenons? Also when you said "The fog lights and the brights didn't work either" how about the parking/taillights? Just trying to get a better fix on your problem.



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Old 03-17-2005, 11:28 AM
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Just curious... do you have adaptive Xenons? Also when you said "The fog lights and the brights didn't work either" how about the parking/taillights? Just trying to get a better fix on your problem.
I didn't check the taillights, but the orange parking lights were working. I do not have the Xenon lights.
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Old 03-17-2005, 12:58 PM
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Bad relay or headlamp switch? I will look at wiring diagrams tonight and see if there is a common link.
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Old 03-17-2005, 07:04 PM
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Seems like all exterior lighting functions are controlled by the module on the back of the headlamp switch (it is quite deep). Maybe a problem here, especially since they do not come on in manual on.
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Old 03-18-2005, 07:18 PM
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Chopper, thanks for checking! I'mgoing to bring it in to the dealer, but I wanted to check on the forum to see if it is a well-known issue.
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