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  1. 7 Series - E38 (1995 - 2001)
    Some of the most bizarre electrical issues can be put down to a failing ignition switch or a light control module, but in my experience these can be triggered by deliberately operating features. I'm seeing something I can't think what to do with... The car starts normally (750 iL, so presumably...
  2. E28 (1982 - 1988)
    Hi everyone, I'm sorta new to the 80's BMWs and see all the electrical gremlins. I've worked most of my E28 issues out but recently when I've been driving around my brake lights randomly stop working at the same time the clock light that gets brighter with the dash dial stops working at the...
  3. X5 E70 (2007 - 2013)
    Hi All, I bought my 2010 X5d with Premium, Technology and Cold Weather package as a CPO with 35k miles on it back in Jan 2013 for a very reasonable $36k. I now have 72k miles on the odometer. This is my first BMW after only ever having owned Japanese/Korean cars. I've had the car for 3 years...
  4. E39 (1997 - 2003)
    DSC, Brake, Air Bag, ABS Light ON Ok these lights came on after installing after market m5 auto fold mirrors. I went with the switch mod route. So when I was trying to route some wires through the door panel under neath the glove box going out to the door panel passing that wire connector...
  5. X5 E53 (1999 - 2006)
    Hi, need some help with a seriously confusing electrical gremlin! :mad: (The only faults I've had before was the radio stopped working a week before - which I fixed by disconnecting the earth off the battery.) Two days ago the wife was driving to the shops when the X5 'juddered', every light...
  6. E30 (1982 - 1993)
    Hi, I have an 88' 325ix with evolving electrical problems. First it started with the right turn signals going fast. It still does, even after replacing the bulbs. Now when my headlights are on the left turn signals stay lit up solid. Also, on the overhead check panel it lights up with license...
  7. X5 E53 (1999 - 2006)
    I have a 2005 X5 with 147,000. Has my X5 reached the end-of-life stage ? What year have you got and how many miles? See Electrical Nightmare post below on my recent $3,200 in repairs for basically engine electrical issues. Many thanks.
  8. E39 (1997 - 2003)
    ive searched all over and cant figure this out. i have a 2003 bmw 525i with roughly 150k miles. when i first start the car both of my xenon headlights flicker like once or twice. when driving the lights will flicker randomly and the radio shuts off for a sec. now the whole time my driverside...
  9. E34 (1989 - 1995)
    Hi Everyone! My 1993 5351 (177k) needed a jump because I carelessly shut the trunk lid and it didn't shut all the way and the light stayed on and ran down the battery. I couldn't get it jumped until the next day, and it started right away, it hadn't completely run down as clock had the right...
  10. F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016)
    BMW NA has offered a few alternatives to address electrical problems I have experienced on my 2011 550i Sport. Without getting into a lot of detail on the history, the car is well within my states lemon law criteria. During the last prolonged service they agreed to give me my full purchase...
  11. E30 (1982 - 1993)
    unlock the door and button goes up. relax the key it goes down then up then down then up then down and is still locked. Then it stops. Then unlock again and before relaxing key grab the handle and open door. Does not happen all the time. Have developed superstition and voodoo like approach...
  12. E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002)
    Since I got my car in January the cruise control has worked when it feels like it. Fortunately it feels like it most of the time. When it is not choosing to work, it will not work no matter how many times you try to engage it or how long you drive. But if you stop and restart the car it may...
  13. E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002)
    Hello, I have a 2001 Z3. I have noticed lately that when the RPMs are around 3K or higher, the radio loudness increases and decreases when I have stopped or when I am below 3K. Is this the voltage regulator going bad? What is the stock alternator's amp output, is it 80, 120 or 140 amps? Any...
  14. 7 Series - E65 / E66 (2002 - 2008)
    I just bought my new (2002) 745i and have a couple issue I need some help with. The rear right door seems to not have power as far as window and shade controls. Also the window control light seems to not be on. Where should I start? Second issue... the digital speedometer read 40.2 mph all the...
  15. E39 (1997 - 2003)
    Hello everyone, Got a tricky one that I'd like some guidance on if that's OK. I have a 1998 E39 523i. Australian Delivered. I've had it for about 9 months. The turn signal bulbs in the Dash have never worked although they work fine outside the car Now periodically the instrument cluster...
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