Originally Posted by Diane
Good morning everyone!!
My 2003 325ci drivers window switch(the buttons) are broke.I understand that I need to purchase the complete window switch. Does anyone know any sights that will explain how to access the console to replace this switch? I've searched th internet with not much luck!!
Your BMW is a 2003 model year, however, the procedure should be rather similar. When referring to locations of components, I try to make them in relation to their installed position:
Lower Dashboard/Console Switches, replacing:
-Remove shift knob by pulling knob straight off the gearshift lever. NOTE: Removal of the shift knob will require about 90lbs of force. Do not twist knob or locating key can be damaged.
-Pry up on rear of shift boot/bezel to unclip, then remove boot from front retainers.
-Remove retaining screws under transmission selector boot/trim located at the rear of the opening.
Power Window Switches, Replacing:
-To remove the left or right ganged
Shifter Bezel: Lift up by prying gently.
Shifter Boot: Unclip bottom of boot from center console trim by pushing forward. Pull boot up around shifter, but DO NOT remove.
-Unclip the switch retainer from the rear and pull out switches from under the console trim. Detach the electrical harness connector from the bottom of the switches.
-Installation is the reverse of removal.
Source: BMW 3 Series Service Manual, Bentley Publishers, Page 612-7