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God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 10-15-2012, 02:23 PM
deanclarke911 deanclarke911 is offline
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so today i bought myself a E30 sedan and havent had much luck so far ....hopefully someone on here can help me out ..

i drove home and it worked fine , i shut it off and all was good ...i decided to make sure everything was in order and fired it up once more before heading in ... when i went to shut it off nothing happend. Everytime i would turn the key to OFF position my idle would jump back and forth preventing shutdown .. figuring it was just a bad ignition cyl/switch i stalled it .
my lights and power were still on for some reason even with key out so i unplugged the battery ...soon after i came back outside to tinker with it ; i hooked my battery back up and noticed smoke coming from the dash so quickly unplugged it.... i then took the stereo out (aftermarket tape deck which was poorly installed) and noticed a thicker black wire had melted on the connector (stereo to vehicle) . now my car wont start at all (still gets power because lights come on) but wont even attempt to turn over ... someone please give me a hand . what steps should i take? anyone have these problems before?

if you can include pictures or links...anything would be greatly appreciated
thanks in advance guys

also... could this have anything to do with the alarm system ? i chcecked under the dash and the orange plug was already disconnected so idk ... is there a direct fuse i can unplug to disable the alarm?

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Old 10-15-2012, 03:33 PM
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It depends on the Alarm. I used to install alarms, remote starts, and audio.

For Alarm:
Constant 12V+ Red Ignition Switch Harness Starter Black/Yellow Ignition Switch Harness
Ignition Green Ignition Switch Harness
Accessory Purple Ignition Switch Harness
Tach Black Diagnostic Connector
Brake Switch Green/Red Brake Switch
Trunk Pin Brown/Black (-) Trunk Light
Parking Lights Left = Gray/Yellow, right = Gray/White Gray/White R at Light Switch
Head Lamp Yellow/Green (-) Light Switch
Hood Pin n/a
Factory Disarm n/a
Door Trigger Brown/Purple (-) Driver's Kick Panel at Dome Delay Relay
Door Lock Yellow/Blue (-) Driver's Kick Speaker KEEP Relays UPright
Door Unlock Green/Blue (-)
Horn Wire Brown/Yellow (-) Steering Column
For the stereo:
Switched 12V+ Purple
Ground Brown
Illumination n/a
Dimmer n/a
Antenna Left Rear
Front Speakers 5 1/4" Kick Panels
Left Front (+) White
Left Front (-) Black
Right Front (+) White
Right Front (-) Black
Rear Speakers 5 1/4" Rear Deck
Left Rear (+) White
Left Rear (-) Black
Right Rear (+) White
Right Rear (-) Black

I would say any "extra" wires going to any of these underlined wires.. disconnect. But it almost sounds like your ignition switch may not be making full contact.
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