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Old 04-20-2004, 06:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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how do you set the window wipers on auto? also,there is a long light looking thing on top of my back windshield. what is that? is that a break light? my car is a 2003 330ci. thanks for all the help.
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Old 04-20-2004, 09:35 AM   #2 (permalink)
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uh, can't tell you about auto wipers until i get out of school today and get a chance to look at the manual myself. i just happend to get lucky with setting it when i did.

as for the long light looking thing. my guess would be the rear brake light. it is for me.
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Old 04-20-2004, 02:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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thanks ice,any help would be welcome.
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As quoted per the 2003 release of the 320i/325i/325xi/330i/330xi manual

"The rain sensor is positioned on the windshield, directly behind the interior rearview mirror.

To activate the rain sensor:

->With the ignition key in position 1 or 2, move the lever to position 1. The wipers will make at least one sweep across the windshield. You can leave the lever in position 1 at all times. With the ignition key position in position 1 or higher, all you then need to do to activate the rain sensor is ..
-> Breifly turn the rotary dial 5, or
-> clean windshield 1, refer to page 69.

To adjust the sensitivity of the rain sensor: turn rotary dial 5.

To switch off the rain sensor:

Return level to position 0.

<Notice> Turn the rain sensor off in automatic car washes. Failure to do so could result in damage caused by undesired wiper action.<-"


To clarify positions. the lever alll the way down is labeld as 4. one up is 0, then sequentialy up one position is 1, 2, and 3 respectivly. dial 5 refers to the .. dial. you'll know what it is. also, by "cleaning the windshield" they mean use the washer fluid that sprays your windshield. =)

Hope that works for you.
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thanks again ice,but im still not sure what the dial is.
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it's on the lever for controlling the wiper. just a rotary dial kind of in the center.
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hehe, this might help. very quick scan, but still legable.

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hey thanks man,that helps a lot. hey,if you wouldn't mind doing me one more favor. can you tell me what the maintenance schedule for a '03 330 is? no manual so i have no idea when i am suppose to change what. thanks
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If you register in the owner's circle at www.bmwusa.com, you can download your owner's manual to your computer.
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