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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 07-19-2015, 07:39 PM
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When I open the rear door on the passenger side, the interior light does not come on, is it normal? It has been like this since day one I purchased the car 5 years ago.
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Old 07-20-2015, 05:03 AM
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Check the activator switch on the door frame.

Edit: it's located on the chassis where the door latches on. it's that little button.
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Old 07-20-2015, 07:48 PM
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I located the switch and pushed it, but it's still off.
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Old 07-20-2015, 08:29 PM
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then you will have remove the latch and see behind it.most likely wire or switch itself is faulty

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Nobody has thought to check if the bulb is shot first?
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Old 07-20-2015, 11:34 PM
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Is there a fuse that controls the interior lights?
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Old 07-21-2015, 04:00 PM
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I don't think it is the light bulb, the other three doors have no problem. All the interior lights came on except opening the passenger rear door.
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Old 07-21-2015, 05:15 PM
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I don't think it is the light bulb, the other three doors have no problem. All the interior lights came on except opening the passenger rear door.

Most likely it's the switch.

I would take off both rear door "latches" from the chassis and try the drivers rear in place of the bad one.

If it work then you need a new door thingamajig. If it's not then there's probably some wiring issues.
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