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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 03-22-2015, 09:48 AM
brieder brieder is offline
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Mein Auto: 2003 530i (E39/M54)
2003 530i Sunroof - Doesn't move, cranks fine, rails fine, switch fine.

So it manually cranks fine to tilt up and to slide back. Tested the switch and it's fine. The only switch position that does anything is slide back and then the motor will give a single click. Is this a bad motor? Some sorta reset needed? Thanks.

I've googled and searched the forums here but haven't found anything exactly like this.


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Old 03-22-2015, 11:58 AM
occhis occhis is offline
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There is a reset procedure. Happened to me not long ago. Don't remember the exact sequence, but search and you will find it.
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Old 03-22-2015, 12:46 PM
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To reset push the switch to close position and hold for 30 seconds.
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Old 03-23-2015, 12:55 PM
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I seem to recall its the tilt position where you hold the switch for 30 seconds. not close
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