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Old 09-27-2004, 03:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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First of all i have a 96 328is. i bought it this summer and have only used the ac probably three times. I usually just ride with the windows down. Well today it was raining so i went to turn on the ac and nothing happens. The fan wont come on, defrost, heat, nothing works! NOTHING. also today it said my Coolant was low. Could this be a reason why the ac will not work? I will be extremely pissed if i have to pay for this. DAMNIT Thsi happen to anyone else
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Old 09-27-2004, 04:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have a 96 328 and I had the same problem. I fixed it by following the instructions on this link:

Climate control fix

This fix worked for me but to each his own.
Try it at you own risk.
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Old 09-27-2004, 05:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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how long did it take you to complete? hmm this may be a rainy day job
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Old 09-27-2004, 09:43 PM   #4 (permalink)
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i drive a 96 328is as well and had the same problem. What i did was found a guy off of ebay and for about $50 i sent the climate control in the mail, he fixed it, and sent it back.

Yea if i had of used the web site listed above it would of cost me much less, but this is assuming i could do it right without causing even more problems that wouldn't be repairable, so i would have to buy the part from bmw for about $400

If you think u can do it yourself, go for it, but if not id go with the ebay guy, just search "bmw digital climate control" and it should come right up
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In total this took me about 2 hours and cost $15.25 CAD.
I didn't feel comfortable doing the soldering so I had someone do it for me (15 minutes and $15). The capacitor was $0.25.
What took me the longet was taking the circuit board out of the plastic housing...that was a bit of a pain.
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