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Old 03-26-2005, 09:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So my airbag light is on... Ive heard its "common". Is it most likely electrical...? or are my airbags not going to work if i crash??? The dealer told me it could be many different things. Does anyone know what they think the problem is and how much to fix it? used
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Old 03-26-2005, 10:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I heard from this forum that your airbags won't go on in case of an accident because your airbag light is on. I have had this problem, I got it fixed from the dealership they replace the seat belt tensioner. But after 1 year or so the problem came back, so I said screw it.
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Old 03-26-2005, 11:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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My 1996 328 has the same problem. I find it very wierd because my car has never been crashed. I dont really know what to do besides pretend it isnt on, and pray that my airbags go off if I crash
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Old 03-26-2005, 11:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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same thing with my '97 328I, dealer said the system is INOPERATIVE if the light is on. I was not willing to bet on him being correct and having it fail during an accident. They replaced the drivers side seat belt tensioner. $300 - $500 if I recall correctly. Light is out.

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i dont know what could have caused this but for me it went on cuz i unhooked the battery... sorry i dont know how to fix it other than going to the dealer
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hmm, seat belt tensioner, it doesn't sound too complicated to fix... anyone ever fixed that on their own?
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Most likely the seat mat and sensor, it senses if somebody is occupying the passenger side seat, very common in an e36.
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I had the same problem about a year ago. I took my car to the dealership and they replaced the seatbelt tensioner. The light went out, but the cost of the replacement was about $350 Parts and labor

A few months later the light came back on and so i said "ohh well"... I need to take the the car in for inspection by the end of this mth, so i went to my mechanic and he read the error codes... turns out to be 4 errors
1) Tensioner
2) the airbag control unit
and two other things that i cant remember.

The light went out and has remained out up to the present time. This is such a common problem that to try and fix it and then refix it again would be a waste of money and time.. but hey if you have both then
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Based of what ive heard, im going to assume its my passenger airbag sensor, or the seatbelt tensioner. But the airbags will work right...?
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Based of what ive heard, im going to assume its my passenger airbag sensor, or the seatbelt tensioner. But the airbags will work right...?
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Just signed on as a new member. I had the same problem on my '95 325is. Dealer advised it was a dirty sensor (my light went out after a minute or so). Had the sensor replaced. 2 months later....light came on. Still goes out after minute or so. Airbags are not defective and will deploy in collision (so I am told). Ill head back to the dealer to see what they wil do......
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