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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 06-10-2004, 11:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have an 89 325i and for some reason a few lights dont work. The cluster panel lights (I had to attach a gay looking light so I could see my speed etc), the interior lights dont work when you open the door, none of the lights come on the uh middle panel? the thing with the cd player and air controls.

first of all. ive replaced ALL of my fuses regardless if they were burnt or not (some of them were the original from the 80s...). I have resoldered the insides of the cluster panel on my own for other reasons (speedo not working). I know what im doing when I solder so I really doubt thats the issue. Any ideas of how to fix it?
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Old 06-11-2004, 03:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Did u change the little light bulbs
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i just had this problem. Check the light board that is inside the OBC. Its a pain in the ass to get to but thats probly the problem.

Edit. If this board is blown it will only effect the Tachometer, engine temp, defrost, hazard lights, and OBC backlighting. Not spedometer and fuel gague
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It could be your dimmer light switch. Check it out first. With out it working, no dash lights will work.

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Ill try the OBC thing when it stops raining. I already tried the dimmer switch and somewhat broke it :-p but its def not the dimmer.
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By chance, have you replaced your factory stereo with an aftermarket head unit? I have run into interior light problems with the fader switch disconnected... reconnected the two wires required for the thing to light up, and now all my lights work again (except, of course, those that are truly burned out)
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could it be a blow Relay...my dads car blew oe and the interior lights didnt work..he changed it and it works fine now. We thought it was the fuses...but i guess it turned out to be the relays
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