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Old 11-24-2009, 01:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hello has anyone done a push button start install on their E34, I have a 1993 525i Touring, if so any help with parts and install would be great. thanks xavier65
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Old 11-24-2009, 02:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Here's e36 DIY BMW E36 Start Button

It's gonna be pretty much the same.
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Old 11-24-2009, 05:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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hey Torque thanks for the replay, what about parts, and is the color wiring the same on the ignition switch, between E36 and E34, what do you think would be a good location for button. xavier65
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nearly everyone i have ever seen do this install has replaced the cigarrette lighter with the push button. Just seems to be a logical location.
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Old 11-24-2009, 10:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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my C- lighter is on of those pull out ones not cool ones like the E36 let me take it apart and see how it looks thanks
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just pull the cassette (the long tube that makes the lighter housing) out of the console, and pop the button in in it's place. Should snap right in or attatch with a retainer ring.
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Old 11-25-2009, 06:22 AM   #7 (permalink)
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thanks dude i didn't want to use the C- lighter because of my cell phone charger i have another C-lighter in the rear, I'm looking a Z8 button I'll go my local BMW dealer today. Xavier65
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well in that respect you could always mount the button on a bracket, perhaps in a center console.
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Hey that was my next choice , i had to special order the Z8 button, wiring. and the housing. thanks agian
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or you could go all stealth and shite lol mount it in the ashtray, so that you can close the cover and no one would know.
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hello i hooked up the wiring , i already had a harness and a relay and an button and when i pushed the button the car started , when i pushed the button again the car did not cut off , i hit it once more and heard THAT STARTER NOISE !! what did I do wrong what is a good ground the body, or another brown ground wire, i grounded mine to aluminum on the shifter. thanks xavier65
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The body is the best ground. Just make sure the connection is good. Scrape off the paint if you need to, to get the best connection. Brown wire is also a good choice, but I would consider what else is connected to it, and the distance from your gadget (button?) and the point where that brown wire connects with the body of your car. Shorter is better.
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The body is the best ground. Just make sure the connection is good. Scrape off the paint if you need to, to get the best connection. Brown wire is also a good choice, but I would consider what else is connected to it, and the distance from your gadget (button?) and the point where that brown wire connects with the body of your car. Shorter is better.
thanks man for imfo, i have 1993 E34 525, would you wire it up any different I'm still waiting on my Z8 button, i used this one to see if i done right
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hey man i checked out your DIY what is the reason that you jumped 85 and 87 on the relay what if i already have the harness and relay thanks xavier65
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