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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 12-15-2011, 02:55 PM
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Question Radio and Dash Lights will not go out!

1997 528i, Car is turned off, Key is out. Radio and Dash lights stay on permanently. Any idea why? Previously mentioned a possible General Module issue but dont think this is the case as no one else has seemed to have had the same problem with the radio not being able to turn off. Any Help would be much appreciated!!!!!
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Old 12-15-2011, 05:27 PM
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You do the "failed" ignition switch test? Start car, turn on some electrical items (headlights, radio, rear elec shade, etc)...then reach over and pull down the passenger sun visor, then open the cover on the mirror. If this causes other strange electrical gremlins (steering wheel moves, horn doesn't work, interior lights come on, headlights turn off, etc)...then the issue is more than likely your ignition switch.
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Old 12-15-2011, 07:01 PM
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Hey thanks for the reply. Tried the ignition test, none of the telltale signs. Still just the radio, and the dash and shifter lights not going out. The remote key will still not work as well. Its almost as if the car is not registering that it has been shut of/ key taken out etc. It did stop by itself for about half an hour and then the same problem came back. Any other suggestions tips much appreciated!!
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Old 12-15-2011, 08:59 PM
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Swap the ignition switch and report back.

Check realoem.com using your VIN.
But for 1997 528i, the PN is 61326902013 (about $70).
At 15 years old, the car will likely need a new ignition switch.
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Old 12-16-2011, 10:18 AM
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Awesome thanks for the info! Will switch out this weekend. Any thoughts on the potential for a general module issue?
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Old 12-16-2011, 10:21 AM
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Common problems are common. Ignition Switch goes dead after 12-15y/150K or so.

Gen Module lasts a looong time and is rarely an issue.
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Old 10-20-2013, 08:40 PM
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Did the ignition switch cure the problem?
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