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  1. E46 (1999 - 2006)
    Preface: in my 2001 Z3 I installed an AUTOMATIC (brand) OBD reader which sent information to my iPhone via Bluetooth. I was informed if the system pulled a code. Installed in a socket on the passenger side of the central console and used successfully for several years before I finally sold the...
  2. X3 F25 (2011 - 2017)
    I'm a new owner of a 2016 X3 iDrive28i . Love it. Strange problem though. The front cigarette lighter socket between the cupholders wasn't charging my phone, so I had the dealer look at it when I had it in last week. The BMW Genius kid confirmed that the armrest socket worked, but the...
  3. E39 (1997 - 2003)
    I bought end links and bushings for the rear sway bar after I found out that my passenger side sway bar links is totally broken at the lower ball joint. It rejoiced me a bit because this could definitely be the cause of my passenger rear clunks on uneven roads. Onto the job itself. I was...
  4. Do-It-Yourself H.Q.
    Dear all, Hello! And thanks for welcoming me, I am a happy owner of an f22 220i. I have broken already my rear light and got it fixed, now I have a spare rear light that I want to transform in a lamp. The problem is that at the back there is an 8-pin male connector that collects all the wiring...
  5. E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013)
    So I'm connecting a parrot kit to my e92 (2009), I have all the required cable etc including a ignition sensor. What I need to do is splice into the 12v cable on the cig lighter as it controlled by the ignition and wire this up to the ignition sensor. I've never done this before, pretty new to...
  6. E36 (1991 - 1999)
    I'm trying to replace a failed alternator on my 96 328is with a new one I purchased online. I got to the step where I now need to turn the tensioner so I can remove the belt. From everything I found online the removal is supposed to be done with a 16mm socket. When I attempted to use the 16mm...
  7. E46 (1999 - 2006)
    17MM? Deep well? 12 pt or 6 pt? Does it have to be a special lug bolt socket, or just a deep well? Using a 1/2" drive Craftsman torque wrench. Thanks!
  8. E39 (1997 - 2003)
    Hi guys.. need some help. I absolutely love my 528i.. there are 2 things that bug me.. 1) the cup holders.. easily resolved with aftermarket stuff 2) the cigerette lighter socket... Currently the cigerette lighter socket draws power whether the key is in the ignition or not.. I hate this.. is...
  9. E46 (1999 - 2006)
    Hey Guys, thank you for all the nice pictures of the Spark plug DYI. Especially KrisL's (http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=213711&highlight=spark+plug+diy). Thank you Kris. I printed out this DYI for a good 6 months now but didn't start till this Christmas eve. Well, I have a...
  10. E46 (1999 - 2006)
    hi all, I have just got a GB 2004 3181 SE. At the weekend I plugged my (previously working!) TomTom into the cigarette lighter, programmed up a route and set off. After about 2 mins I noticed an acrid burning smell coming from said lighter socket, stopped and found the TomToms recharging...
  11. X3 E83 (2004 - 2010)
    My 2008 X-3 came with a flashlight that is supposed to charge while in its socket inside the glove box. Whoever detailed the car before delivery didn't install it in the socket, and it can fit lens-in or lens-out (it's cylindrical). So, two questions: 1) which way should it slide into the...
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