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#1 (permalink) Old 05-15-2004, 10:00 AM
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I am new to this list and have recently acquired a 1992 325 IS in nearly mint condition. 57K original pampered miles, conforti chip, Kand N filter cold air induction, anti roll bar, and ansa exhaust. my question is i have a dash indicator warning of a rear brake light failure. i know the bulb holder is somewhat fried so i will replace that but I also understand that these cars have an issue with brake circuit failing. any suggestions on solutions?

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welcome to the forums, nice miles on the nice car!

definetly get the fried brake light holder first, and a brake light circuit is probable. My brake light circuit comes on every once in a while but the lights all still work. The circuit may have too much resistance with the fried holder and that could be the problem.

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Very common it's nothing to worry about. Personally I couldn't stand the light so I fixed it. And it seems like every other day another bulb burns out. Yesterday was headlights.


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another issue with the brakes on the e36 (not common, but not rare either) is for the actual brake pedal sensor to go out itermittently. I fianlly had mine replaced. I think it was something like $40 parts and labor and my indie shop.

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My holders were giving me hell for a couple weeks, jiggled them around to no avail. I swapped the left one with the right one and it quit bitching and hasn't bothered me since. Go figure, lol.

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