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Old 06-01-2019, 08:55 PM
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[HELP] My M3 is smoking like a microwaved hot pocket

Hello friends! I own an E36 M3. Today I started driving down the road and suddenly my car starts smoking like hell. I began to smell electrical **** and whipped to the side of the road and turned my car off. After getting out of the car and standing away shortly to prepare for a possible fire; the smoke just stops... I get back in and start it and it cranks up as normal and the smoke comes back. I did a test and turned my AC and heater completely off but the smoke is STILL coming in through the vents and trim into the cabin.

Note, the car started smoking in the glove box. Later on, while driving back to my house the car starts smoking towards the driver side where the steering wheel is and the glove box. It then stops and doesn't do it anymore. Every time I start it now, etc. It doesn't smoke. Could anybody suggest what I can do? I suppose remove the entire dash and pinpoint the problem? I'm not really an electrical guy.

Nothing is wrong with the engine bay. It seems to be an interior problem. Any support? Trying to avoid my baby M3 burning to the ground.
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Old 06-01-2019, 08:57 PM
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Curious if anybody has had this problem before. :\
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Old 06-01-2019, 09:30 PM
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I wouldn't drive it again until I'd (1) found which wire(s) were smoking, and (2) FIXED it.

You can probably figure out which circuit is failing by checking the fuses. It probably stopped smoking because a fuse finally blew.
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Old 06-03-2019, 04:16 AM
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Do not drive it until you get it sorted. Actually bmw have been known for the more than average amount of lelectrical fires, but generally in newer models. Its very possible whatever smoke is voming in from the engine bay through the air system that takes air from the cowl.
But still, being trapped in a car on fire is not an acceptable scenario. I wouldnt think thale car catching on fire would be either. That car would be a total loss.
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