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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 08-23-2011, 11:17 PM
02540ijohnson 02540ijohnson is offline
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Power seat and steering wheel.

Recently in my 02 540 my power drivers seat and power stering wheel (telescoping and tilt) stopped working. The fuses looked good and I can't figure out why they just stopped.
Any help would be apreciated.

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Old 07-23-2012, 07:48 AM
reo11 reo11 is offline
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My '99 528 just did the same thing. Passenger seat is not affected. There has to be a relay somewhere that is cutting out. At first it was intermittent, but now both have quit altogether.
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Old 05-02-2013, 05:03 PM
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Hey guys this happens to me all the time. The fix is stupidly simple! The plug that goes to the controls. From the seat has come loose on both your cars. Pull on the control panel a little bit andd you'll see the plug. Just push it back in. For some reason the steering wheel is also affected when this happens. Re plugging will fix both problems. Wow. Finally a question I had the answer to.
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