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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 03-30-2005, 02:51 PM
martynick martynick is offline
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Unhappy Air conditioner/heater & display panel goes off and on for no reason at all

I have a 1996 328i and when im using my air conditioner or heater it goes out for no reason and the display panel goes black. Nothing I do or press turns it back on.
And then all of a sudden it comes back on all by itself. Like a sensor or something is messed up. A local shop I called said I possibly had to replace the Push Button Controller Assembly and it may cost up to $525.00.

I wondered if anyone has has this happen to them.
Need Help!
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Old 03-30-2005, 05:49 PM
ImperialDuckM3 ImperialDuckM3 is offline
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Easy repair, you just need to replace one of the resistor. Here's a link on how to do it yourself and would only cost you like $10 bucks

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Old 03-30-2005, 07:51 PM
scott41258 scott41258 is offline
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it works

i did just what it said to do and my has worked like new ever sense. it cost me $11.00 and only because i had to buy a soder iron. the part only cost $1.00.
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Old 05-08-2007, 06:32 PM
Bohi@e36 Bohi@e36 is offline
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Wow - Thank You!

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Old 05-09-2007, 03:47 AM
Sirhcrod Sirhcrod is offline
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525?? You can buy a new one for less than that lol.

I'm having this same problem but not with the automatic climate control. I have the older one with the knobs. Would it be the same fix?
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Old 10-08-2012, 05:46 AM
natalieshaw natalieshaw is offline
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Mein Auto: e36 1.6
i have a BMW E36 1.6 and when i bought the car my heater was fine and now all of a sudden it comes on when it likes and goes off when it likes. Some days it wont come on at all.
I need to get it sorted really asap as its coming close to winter
someone please help.
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