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Old 10-24-2010, 01:13 AM
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Where is the unit on a touring car

Hello, I have a 2002 530D touring in the UK and have the same problem as this thread, but on this car the final stage unit is not under the panel in the passenger side footwell as noted in the photo's. Does anyone know where it is on my car ????
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Old 10-24-2010, 04:26 AM
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Blower resistor replacement on UK E39 M5

There are good threads that cover this topic, so I am adding this for right hand drive models.

1. I got the part from GSF car parts. It was a genuine Valeo part and cost 62 after some discount.

2. The blower resistor is accessed from the right hand foot well. You need to remove the side trim panel (one screw) to the left of the clutch pedal and the cover between the dash and pedals (3 screws, 2 tabs).

3. The wiring comes off by squeezing the two tabs on the end of the plug.

4. The blower resistor is removed by pulling out while pressing down on a plastic tab that holds it in.

5. Fitting is the reverse of removal.

This is a slightly trickier job on a UK car because the clutch pedal gets in the way. Good luck!

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Old 10-27-2010, 01:54 PM
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Thank You so Much!!!!

I am a disabled Engineer with 2002 E39. I am a lot slower than I used to be, and take so many meds, that I seldom know if this is "Planet Earth" (but with a BMW, it might not be planet earth).

Anyway, I swapped a $70K per year job for a Disability Check........and it would likely take my entire disability check to pay for just one Dealer BMW repair.

I followed your instructions for the Blower Motor Resistor "swap-out" and it worked like a charm. Took me longer than most of you for sure.........but there is really no way to describe how much your help meant to a guy in my position.

All I needed to do was buy the part; everything else came together beautifully.

Thanks Again,

Steve in Virginia
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Old 10-28-2010, 11:17 AM
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I'm not sure if it has been discussed in this epic thread, but this thread today describes one successful diagnostic hint for the FSU/FSR depleting a battery overnight.

The owner simply felt the FSU after the E39 sat idle for 6 hours and the FSU was apparently blazingly hot to the touch (which by all accounts, it should not be).

In addition, EAC Tuning has a good price for replacement FSUs if you're in need.

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Old 10-28-2010, 12:19 PM
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2002 530

Based upon what I have read on UK cars, the FSU is on the drivers side.
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Old 10-29-2010, 09:05 AM
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MAny Thumbsup followed the step by step and it now works beautifully! CHEERS.
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Old 10-29-2010, 11:21 AM
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What Goes Around, Comes Around

Somebody else helped me, only appropriate that I help you my friend.
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Old 10-30-2010, 11:09 AM
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Well, left to me, to be the one who still has issues. I bought a replacement, and went the DIY (great job by the way!), put the new one on, went to test and the blower just runs high all the time now. Put old one back on, and I have 1/2 speed blower at most. Wondering if I have a bad replacement?
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Old 10-30-2010, 11:12 AM
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Thanks all, I managed to find it on the driver side and change it, heater blower now working fine.
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Old 11-01-2010, 08:43 PM
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This DIY was very helpful and saved me big $. It was a bit difficult to install the replacment part (very tight fit) but ultimately I got it in and the blower in my E39 was immediately operable again. Thanks!
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Old 11-02-2010, 05:05 AM
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Glad it worked for you.......but I am not due any thanks. These instructions have been on the site for years as I understand it.
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Old 11-02-2010, 05:45 PM
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two weeks now and the battery is still holding 12.5 , I might mention that I never heard the blower running with the key off and it always worked fine , could have been a internal problem with the FSU , also when you remove the little bugger it is posible to get your finger behind it to push it out from behind.
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Old 11-02-2010, 06:59 PM
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Glad this is helping some.......but I am not due any thanks. These instructions have been on the site for years, as I understand it.
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Old 11-05-2010, 11:02 AM
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I just paid my mechanic US 300 to find the problem and fix it. My battery died two weekends ago. Changed the battery and the new one died too. Had to tow the car to the shop as it was during the working week. No I know
I just had the same thing to my 2002 525i. The battery died, AAA replaced the original battery, and 30 days later, battery died again. They said that I had a 2.4a drain.

Took it to my local independent BMW guys, and they said that it was the blower motor resistor (final stage).

I figured, I can't do it myself, so they charged me $115 for the part, and 2 hours labor ($160)...it could have been worse. Was I charged too much?
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Old 11-05-2010, 12:22 PM
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yes.........you can do it in about 15-20 minutes and pay only $75-80 for the part.
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Old 11-05-2010, 12:27 PM
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THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.....

Here in TX, we MUST have AC... it gets hot. My GF (... her small girly hands) were able to do it. It took a LONG time for us (2hrs or so)... but it worked, and we now have AC.
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Old 11-08-2010, 04:34 AM
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Lol , will be replacing mine today , and boy it was sure cold this morning in upstate new york driving with no heat hahaha !!! Thanks for the how to do pics too , this will save me from getting shafted at the dealer also.. Big ups to everyone on here helping each other too.. thanks...
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Old 11-08-2010, 05:16 AM
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Fsu

when you remove the side carpet panel, it is also helpful if you remove the panel on the underside of the glovebox........it basically just "clicks-in-and-out".........makes access to the FSU abit easier as well.
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Old 11-09-2010, 03:31 AM
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Was a pretty easy fix, I GOT HEAT !!!! LOL thanks everybody for the posts on here..
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Old 11-09-2010, 05:08 AM
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glad it worked for you!
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Old 11-09-2010, 07:06 AM
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Many thanks, i have a BMW E39 523i. The blower just stopped completley one day and read this brought the part off ebay for 35 including delivery fitted on my lunch break at work and "Bobs your uncle" fixed!!!! Thanks again!
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Old 11-12-2010, 12:53 PM
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Hey -

I registered just to say THANK YOU to the OP. I figured the instructions for a 5 series would work for my 2003 X5 as well (E53) and it did! Instructions are almost exactly the same, remove one screw and slide the cover back.

I bought mine from ECS tuning - the rep there was excellent.

The part # I used was 64116923204 which is the 'OEM' version (most expensive one) - figured I didn't want to do this twice!

Thanks again.
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Old 11-12-2010, 02:57 PM
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Hey -

I registered just to say THANK YOU to the OP. I figured the instructions for a 5 series would work for my 2003 X5 as well (E53) and it did! Instructions are almost exactly the same, remove one screw and slide the cover back.

I bought mine from ECS tuning - the rep there was excellent.

The part # I used was 64116923204 which is the 'OEM' version (most expensive one) - figured I didn't want to do this twice!

Thanks again.



Really a piece of cake, isn't it..........Dealer charges over $350 to do it!

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Old 11-12-2010, 02:59 PM
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Really a piece of cake, isn't it..........Dealer charges over $350 to do it!
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Old 11-14-2010, 05:36 PM
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Blower motor or Final Stage?

Thanks for this great information.

Any suggestions as to whether my Final Stage or the actual blower motor needs to be replaced? Obviously the final stage replacement would be much cheaper, but how do I know the blower motor itself isn't the problem?

For several weeks I heard intermittent high-pitched chirping/squealing noises coming from behind the middle vents in the dash when air was blowing; turning the air off eliminated the noise. Then one morning it just stopped blowing entirely...

Any thoughts would be much appreciated.
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