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E36 (1991 - 1999)
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Old 07-28-2014, 09:40 AM
Kiasis Kiasis is offline
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Mein Auto: 1993 325is
Window and cigarette lighter

1993 325is
1) Passenger window: Stuck down. Grinding noise when I try to raise it. Know I need to replace/fix components. Question: Is there a manual roll-up? I can't find one on vehicle nor mention of one in Bentley's. Any way to get it back up while budgeting/planning for more permanent fix?

2) Cigarette lighter: Hole is too big for phone charger or radar detector power cords. I don't know if BMW lighters are bigger than everyone else's or if mine has enlarged over time and if I replace it, then power cords will fit nice and snug. Anyone got experience with this?

Thanks very much.

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Old 07-28-2014, 09:55 AM
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Nope, no "emergency up" provision like on the E30s/E24s. You'll have to take it apart to get it back up. Might as well fix it then.

Cigarette lighter socket too loose for a cell charger/GPS plug is a common BMW problem. I tightened mine up in all four cars by judicious use of a very small screwdriver to pry the spring "legs" inward.
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Old 07-28-2014, 11:36 AM
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What are the diameters of your lighter plugs?

I have a new, unused socket in front of me with a 21 mm inner diameter with two spring fingers that squeeze-in to roughly 18 mm. It was pretty inexpensive.
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