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Does my 530i need an exorcist or an electrician

Old 12-30-2016, 04:47 PM
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Hello,

I have a 2002 530i with 112,000 miles. Runs great. Two evenings ago as I left the market the headlights started turning off for a second and then back on over and over. Fortunately, I was only driving a few miles. The next day, the lights were fine again, but the dashlight for the airbag comes on and off, the radio turns itself on and off, the horn doesn't work or any of the controls on the steering wheel. Is this a crazy thing or a common thing I just haven't encountered before? Any suggestions on where I should start?

Thanks for your help,

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Old 01-31-2019, 10:43 AM
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Hello , i just joined (january 31 2019), start the same problem as yours, any idea .? How you fixed.?

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Old 01-31-2019, 11:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Losmanolos View Post
Hello , i just joined (january 31 2019), start the same problem as yours, any idea .? How you fixed.?

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Hi,
Honestly, that was a few years ago, I don't remember exactly. I do remember that it was a quick and easy fix that wasn't very costly. Like something needed replacing, but it was minor. Just take it to your guy and you'll be in and out without too much suffering. Good luck.
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Old 02-08-2019, 12:46 PM
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Iíve had that with headlights going on and off. Only if car is left not driven for a few days. Originally started after away on holiday and battery went flat. Weather was cold and wet too. I have an hour drive to work and after one long drive with air conditioning on. Cars fine now. I put it down to damp getting into electrics.
So seems battery or damp issue. Iím more on the side of damp and cold as the issue. Air conditioning drying out things seems to solve it for mine.
My car is 2003 525D touring 250,000 miles. Been well looked after by previous owner and me.

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Old 02-08-2019, 12:51 PM
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https://www.newtis.info/tisv2/a/en/

Wiring info in here, if you need it. Plus battery checks info.
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Old 05-04-2019, 12:20 PM
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Originally Posted by 2old4technology View Post
Hello,

I have a 2002 530i with 112,000 miles. Runs great. Two evenings ago as I left the market the headlights started turning off for a second and then back on over and over. Fortunately, I was only driving a few miles. The next day, the lights were fine again, but the dashlight for the airbag comes on and off, the radio turns itself on and off, the horn doesn't work or any of the controls on the steering wheel. Is this a crazy thing or a common thing I just haven't encountered before? Any suggestions on where I should start?

Thanks for your help,

2old
I had a very similar problem with my 99 528. Dash lights would come on, the radio would go out and the light on the vanity mirror/visor would not work. Stalk controls and airbag light would go on and off.
Solution; I was told to change the ignition switch. It is apparently a common problem. Lots of youtube videos show you exactly how to do it. The first time took me 90 minutes but after that, I did it in 45 minutes, because I am a cheap SOB and I learned a hard lesson and became good at changing switches. DO NOT buy aftermarket switches. Get genuine BMW replacement and save yourself a headache.
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