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Old 02-19-2015, 11:59 AM
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Tiny issues in one thread: passenger belt, window lock, and door. BMW 323i 2000


So I've owned a BMW 323i 2000 for the past 4 months. I bought it for $3600, and it actually runs like a charm! It lives outside, and starts up even in 0 degree weather!

However my windows kept freezing shut, and I ended up either breaking the motor or removing the glass from the window regulator seat. Either way, my drivers side window doesn't work anymore. I read up on how to fix it, and ordered the parts but now I am thinking maybe I should attend to a few other tiny issues that have bugged me since I bought the vehicle as I am going to be messing with the internals slightly. I would appreciate any suggestions or answers you have!

1. My passenger belt light is always on. The airbag light isn't on, so my passengers are safe. I messed with the yellow MOLEX connector box under both seats until the passenger seat matched my drivers seat, but to no avail. The used car lot seems to have left a connector out, but plugging it in doesn't do anything. Would this be a case of having to fix that sensor that is IN the seat? Does that "cheat" that allows you to mess with the computer codes show me which sensor would be out?

2. My drivers side door doesn't stay open if you open it all the way. All 3 others do. What is the name of the part that will fix this issue?

3. My window lock doesn't work, windows all work fine no matter which way it's pressed. I think they just failed to reconnect the button, should I remove the center console first?

4. This was already answered.

5. When I went to get my snow tires and stuff, the guy ran my VIN. I had run it through carfax, but his VIN system tries to tell me it's an E36, which isn't right because the VIN comes up with BMW 323i 2000. What would cause this?

Thanks for your help!

Last edited by Theory5; 02-19-2015 at 05:13 PM.
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Old 02-21-2015, 06:34 AM
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Hi. I can help with No.2 as I had to fix mine. The part is the door brake No.5 in the link-
You have to take the door card off (torx screws) and partly remove the vapour membrane to gain access to the brake. The bolts (torx I think) are easy to remove the hard part is getting it out the door as the edges of the inside of the door are very sharp as I found out to my cost. Very simple fix but make sure the vapour barrier is well sealed to stop water ingress. Jim
The older I get the wrong bit gets stiff!!
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