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Old 11-14-2005, 06:51 AM
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E36 Cruise control retrofit help

Hi, does anybody have the installation manual (PN 01 29 9 789 216) for E36 cruise control retrofit kit (65 71 9 404 609)? I ordered some parts from the kit, but couldn't get the manual separately. I'm doing a retrofit into '95 318ti CS with manual and I have the cruise control main module (65 71 8 375 498) and switch (61 31 8 360 421) ready. So far I ordered the following parts.

07 11 9 915 502 (x3) Hex nut $.12 ea.
13 54 1 747 519 (x1) Bearing accelator bowden cable $.33
61 13 1 367 599 (x10) Cable strap $.30 ea.
61 31 8 360 421 (x1) Clutch switch $8.66
63 21 1 371 401 (x4) Hex nut $.28 ea.
65 71 1 387 003 (x1) Actuator supporting plate $2.61
65 71 8 353 068 (x1) Bracket f. bowden cable $2.19
65 71 8 360 043 (x1) Cruise control actuator $136.64
65 71 8 366 496 (x1) Actuator supporting plate $1.10
65 71 8 380 078 (x1) Bowden cable f. cruise control $17.93
61 12 9 404 605 (x1) Wiring set (euro part) $57.78
61 13 1 383 903 (x1) Protection cap (euro part) $.67

And I added this to the order just today.
65 71 8 380 078 (x1) Bowden cable for cruise control

What I'd like to know is
1) Where does the wiring harness connect to, apart from a) the stalk-mounted switch, b) the main module, c) the actuator in the engine bay, d) the clutch switch, and e) the brake switch? I assume the main module will require some sort of engine rpm or vehicle speed feedback, in order to maintain speed.
2) Do I need to take the car to the dealer and have it DIS recoded?

Any help or input would be appreciated and please correct me if I'm mistaken in my assumptions. Thank you very much in advance.
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Old 11-16-2005, 09:42 AM
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Help needed on E36 cruise control wiring harness

I received the all parts in today, and I'm facing three problems. I would greatly appreciate anybody who can help me on this.

1) The wiring harness is missing the twist-on plug housing that connects to the actuator. If anybody has E36 with cruise control, please open the hood and check the part number of this twist-on plug housing for the cruise control actuator. The CC actuator is located next to the air filter box. It comes off when you twist the plug body, and has seven female pins inside.

2) Since the female plugs mentioned above came without being fitted into the plug housing, I do not know which pin connects to which connector on the CC actuator. If you look inside the connector of the actuator, the male pins are numbered from 1 to 7. If you could help me with the task 1), please list the number of the connector and corresponding wire color on the harness. This task would actually be far easier if I had the Bentley manual.

3) I found out that the wiring harness provides connections to a)main control module under the glove box, b)clutch switch, c)CC switch on the steering column, d)actuator in the engine bay, and e)several mystery female connectors. There are several (I have counted, but forgot at the moment.) If anybody has Bentley manual for E36, please help me on the wiring diagram for the cruise control. I assume these must go in to the fuse/power distribution box in the engine bay, but have no clue which one goes where.

I know there are members who are handy with these kind of retrofits, and have access to E36 wiring diagrams. It'd be great if you could spare few moments helping a fellow enthusiast. Thank you in advance.
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Old 11-16-2005, 09:59 AM
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I believe the instructions for adding cruise control are on the Installation (EBA) CD. If you are on good terms with a BMW dealer they can print out a copy for you.
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Old 12-07-2005, 11:06 AM
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I added cruze control to a '96 318ti last summer. I no longer have the car but I do have the instructions somewhere. Send me a PM or email and I'll look for them.
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'95 318ti - my daily driver
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Old 05-08-2008, 11:48 AM
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Mein Auto: '98 MRoadster '97 E36 323
'97 E36 323 Auto

I'm trying to find out what parts are needed and any instructions available to fit cruise control to the car. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated

The dealers here say it can't be done but i'm sure it can

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Old 02-13-2009, 01:38 PM
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Cruise control on E36

Is there a manual or instructions how to wire the cruise control to a steering wheel buttons on E36. I am adding st. wheel control buttons on my 3 spoke M and would like to know how to wire the right tab buttons so cruise control can be set from the buttons on the st. wheel.
Can I use the stock E36 cruise module or have to replace with 5 series E39 or E38 module.
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