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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 11-08-2004, 01:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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#1 I have a 325i 1988, with power doors and windows. One by one, my power window switches have failed. I am down to one working switch (out of 7). Does anyone know of a cheap place to buy switches? Bavauto has them for $30 each new, and ebay has used for cheap, but I'm afraid there is either something wrong with the electrical system that is zapping them, or they have a tendancy to fail after a certain life span.

#2 Both the passenger and driver side door locks are broken. I have to lock and unlock from the trunk. The key turns just fine, but nothing happens. I don't know if I need a new lock, or a new motor ($$$$$) is there any way to convert the electrical lock into a manual lock, so I won't have this problem again?

Any help or referral is greatly appreciated.
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when u find out exactly what u need, lemme know. i have all the switches from my other car just sitting in a box. i have the motors too.

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Old 11-08-2004, 03:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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#1 I have a 325i 1988, with power doors and windows. One by one, my power window switches have failed. I am down to one working switch (out of 7). Does anyone know of a cheap place to buy switches? Bavauto has them for $30 each new, and ebay has used for cheap, but I'm afraid there is either something wrong with the electrical system that is zapping them, or they have a tendancy to fail after a certain life span.

#2 Both the passenger and driver side door locks are broken. I have to lock and unlock from the trunk. The key turns just fine, but nothing happens. I don't know if I need a new lock, or a new motor ($$$$$) is there any way to convert the electrical lock into a manual lock, so I won't have this problem again?

Any help or referral is greatly appreciated.
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Now this one i can help you with, dont even need to spend money. My window switch for my window decided to wrk some days and die others. So i decided to take it apart to figure out wtf was wrong with it. SO i took apart the button, switch what ever the hell it is, and cleaned the connections and it works. (or so i hope i just did it today during 4th period) but when i took it apart it had black stuff(burnt) on it from shorts. SO i cleaned it all off put it back together and it should work. Try it. If that doesnt work, buy from Speedy, cause hes the man.
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ok success...it works.


just take apart the switches and clean them of burnt metal, or what ever that stuff is.

switch works like a charm now.
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yup, all you need to do is pull the switches apart and clean them. a wire brush and some contact cleaner is best. the bulbs pull straight off so you don't damage them.
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