Originally Posted by PulgaLouka
I will go and check my wiring today, good to know. this can be very serius if a spark starts and can realy start a fire. thanks for the info man
I can only encourage EVERYBODY with an older E36 to do this. I just bought a 1994 BMW325i, and started reading on this site.
However, I did not "feel" like cutting into that beautiful rubber-insulated piece between the opening in the rear end an the trunk lid.
However, I noticed one of my license plate lights was out.... bulb OK, measured for voltage, none.
Now it got interesting. Looking at this thread, I decided to rub the insulation of that wire before that nice rubber piece inside the driver side trunk, and there was voltage there.
I immediately started checking I found out it is actually several piece rubber insulation connectors; after pulling from the top end down, I saw the problems:
1 wire completely cut
2 larger ones (blue and white) about to be cut; just hanging on threads
several of the smaller wires had burn marks and were exposing the copper
I would really want to exchange that entire wiring loom; however, I can not seem to remove the plastic cover inside the trunk (like 4 black plastic push-in lock buttons....
Any help/ideas about this?
Thanks for making us aware of this issue, and for making it "sticky" so it's easy to find for the noob's in the BMW world!