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Old 06-11-2014, 03:22 PM
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Glove box wires in a 2003 3.0i

I am trying to find a way to have my GPS plugged in all the time. I have read elsewhere that I could adapt the flashlight plug, but I don't think the 3.0i came with a flashlight. I have found a plug in the glove box with two wires (Orange and Purple) running out of the back. The plug itself had a cover on it, and it has three circular holes. The two on the outside have a metal interior, while the one in the middle is just a pin. Can I do anything with this? Does anyone know what it is?
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Old 06-12-2014, 06:24 AM
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What is wrong with using the cigarette lighter in the ash tray?
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Old 06-12-2014, 06:26 AM
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Since it's a 2003, it doesn't turn off with the ignition. It's always on.
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Old 06-12-2014, 07:18 AM
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Since it's a 2003, it doesn't turn off with the ignition. It's always on.
And the GPS can't be turn off manually, or you can't just unplug it?
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Old 06-12-2014, 07:19 AM
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I didn't want to, but that seems it's what I'm going to have to do.
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Old 06-13-2014, 08:16 PM
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... I have read elsewhere that I could adapt the flashlight plug, but I don't think the 3.0i came with a flashlight. I have found a plug in the glove box ...
Whether the flashlight/torch is still there...the socket is...and why "adapt" the wiring... BMW used to sell an aux power adapter that plugs-in to the existing socket, which allows you to plug electrical devices into the adapter...it's all plug-n-play.

Although I believe this item is no longer being made...if you search using the 11 digit BMW part nbr...you may find some of the remaining stock being sold...or may even find a used one:


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2006 E53 X5 4.4i (Sterling Gray) 12/05 mfg date <<~>> 97 740iL (Arctic Silver) 3/97 mfg date
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99 540iT (Orient Blue) <<~>> 95 525IT (Alpine White)
91 735iL (Schwarz Black) <<~>> 85 325e (Bronzit)

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