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Tailgate wiring harness replacement??

Old 04-12-2009, 12:47 AM
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Originally Posted by garychairson' post='844099' date='Apr 11 2009, 08:13 PM
Chesney72: I have got it fixed.. as i promised, i will post you a step by step how i went about fixing it attachment for your information. and for all of you have the same or similar problem and trying to fix it yourself.. please use this guide for your information only. i will not take any responsiblity of you harming yourself and/or your vehicle. it is fully at your own risk.

Once again thanks Whitestone for your cut and join concept and scrap yard spare cables idea.
Excelent write up Gary. I see you took far more time over it than I managed and that guide will help a lot of others. It's not a difficult job to do and the savings are HUGE over the dealers/BMW repair. And bear in mind if you pay for BMW to repair this they will simply replace the loom with the same one so eventually that will break too!!!
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Originally Posted by chesney72' post='844560' date='Apr 12 2009, 09:47 AM
Excelent write up Gary. I see you took far more time over it than I managed and that guide will help a lot of others. It's not a difficult job to do and the savings are HUGE over the dealers/BMW repair. And bear in mind if you pay for BMW to repair this they will simply replace the loom with the same one so eventually that will break too!!!

Chesney: yeah. that took me 5 hours to complete, plus 1 hour to get to halfords for the extra lengths of cabling. I know it took all in all 6 hours. but i never work 6 hours to save ?800 before.. it was well worth it. Please give ourselve applause..!!! i can see my rear number plate again at night... they were off for nearly 2 months.. hahahahaa... i wont laugh if i get caught and fined.... lol..
have you got your E61 remapped? i am considering it now.. and i have been reading other topics about it.. it sounded very advantagous than just lots more power...
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Those of you who have had problems please post the build dates of your cars and how much use the tailgate/window gets - curious if there are any patterns. My Oct 04 car has been problem free in this area but I'm not a daily user of the tailgate/window either.
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Originally Posted by phelix' post='846726' date='Apr 14 2009, 12:34 PM
Those of you who have had problems please post the build dates of your cars and how much use the tailgate/window gets - curious if there are any patterns. My Oct 04 car has been problem free in this area but I'm not a daily user of the tailgate/window either.
Hi,. I use my boot every time i use my car, i have special equipment for work that goes in the boot. (not my lunch box ok.) it was built 2005, june. i dont really use my glass lid much.
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Old 05-03-2009, 11:15 PM
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Originally Posted by phelix' post='846726' date='Apr 14 2009, 01:34 PM
Those of you who have had problems please post the build dates of your cars and how much use the tailgate/window gets - curious if there are any patterns. My Oct 04 car has been problem free in this area but I'm not a daily user of the tailgate/window either.
I also had problems, and mine is dec 2004.
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Originally Posted by chesney72' post='843383' date='Apr 10 2009, 10:54 PM
...Fix the wires and put it all back together.
I was getting a fog light housing replaced today at the dealership, and the E61 next to mine was having this exact same surgery on the tailgate wiring harness. It looked just like your pics - wires hanging down from the headliner, roof spoiler off.

I asked the Tech about this failure, and he said that it happens all the time. "Poor design" was his comment.

Something else to look forward to!
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Hi there,

Greetings from Holland. This is my first contribution to this forum. I already saw many very interesting items about this magnificent car. It'll take some time for me to catch up with reading all the items

Last week I bought a 2005 e61 (525D) and have exact the same problem as garychairson (my both rear number plate lights stop working, rhs reversing light and rhs rear fog are not working). I guess my advantage is that I have a 3 month guarantee period. However I'll print out the excellent DIY instructions made by garychairson and hand them over to the mechanic.

Again many thanks and I'll let you know how things worked out (the repair is scheduled for this week thursday).


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Originally Posted by Brains' post='875336' date='May 11 2009, 10:25 PM
Hi there,

Greetings from Holland. This is my first contribution to this forum. I already saw many very interesting items about this magnificent car. It'll take some time for me to catch up with reading all the items

Last week I bought a 2005 e61 (525D) and have exact the same problem as garychairson (my both rear number plate lights stop working, rhs reversing light and rhs rear fog are not working). I guess my advantage is that I have a 3 month guarantee period. However I'll print out the excellent DIY instructions made by garychairson and hand them over to the mechanic.

Again many thanks and I'll let you know how things worked out (the repair is scheduled for this week thursday).


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Hi Gerry

Welcome to the E60 Forums for E61. sorry to hear your problem which like mine. not to worry, it is not a major problem to fix. We have lots of member here are very good in sorting out problems. what out for the rear suspension air pump failure. it is also a common problem with E61. again, if you have that problem. dont panic. it is a easy job to fix too, but will cost you a bit more, you will need a new pump. no harm to source one now if you are planing to keep your car for another 2 yrs. apart from that. it is a great car.. read some remap infor. it is superb!!..

see you here around..

good luck.. Gary
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Originally Posted by Carterena' post='867454' date='May 4 2009, 09:15 AM
I also had problems, and mine is dec 2004.

And problems again

Now I can open "glass" bootlid only when the engine is running, otherwise I can't open it? Checked the wires, and I can't finde a broken wire (checked all 4 cabels, spend a whole day in my trunk )

Could it be something with the SW?
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Originally Posted by Carterena' post='877088' date='May 13 2009, 02:06 PM
And problems again

Now I can open "glass" bootlid only when the engine is running, otherwise I can't open it? Checked the wires, and I can't finde a broken wire (checked all 4 cabels, spend a whole day in my trunk )

Could it be something with the SW?
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did you have the entire cable in the hinge unwraped all the way in and check??

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