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Old 06-30-2009, 11:39 AM   #1
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Service Manual, let me know what you want to know.

I've noticed at least one person asking for the manual for the E46. I have it, and although I do not plan to part with it, I am offering to aid those in their repairs.

So, let me know what you want to do, I'll look it up and type it out in here. If it's alot of typing, a PDF may be made. Manual covers all US-Spec pre-facelift E46 models (1999-2001) except the M3.



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Old 07-03-2009, 01:37 PM   #2
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Center Console Window Switch Replacement

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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 window switches:

Shifter Bezel: Lift up by prying gently.
OR
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

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Old 07-07-2009, 07:26 AM   #3
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You're the best !!! Thank you so much for the repair procedure, it all went well and the windows work just fine. I apprecaite your help! Oh, by the way.... now the drivers tail lamp is out... any ideas on how I change that? Anyway, you have a great day and once again ...Thank You !!
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Old 07-09-2009, 04:06 AM   #4
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How to replace rear quarter window molding

Hi. I've been trying to figure out how to remove the thin rubber molding that fits around the rear quarter windows of my 2002 330i sedan. It's #7 in the following diagram:

http://="http://www.realoem.com/bmw/...3&hg=51&fg=05"

I've been told that the rubber seal that fits around the top and side of the rear doors and the vertical trim piece that covers the thin pillar between the quarter window and window of the rear door needs to come off to access that seal. I was wondering if you could tell me if the manual shows how to remove those pieces. If you could post those instructions, it would be great, but even just letting me know if the manual shows these steps would be helpful because I would be willing to buy it myself. Thanks!
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Old 07-22-2009, 10:45 PM   #5
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hi i need the repair procedure for this code p1188/p1189/p1250 thats from 323i 2000. I change the oil separator(ccv) with all the hose / spark plugs / mass air flow and the check engine light still on .please let me know thanks .

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Old 08-25-2009, 10:35 AM   #6
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Hi. I've been trying to figure out how to remove the thin rubber molding that fits around the rear quarter windows of my 2002 330i sedan. It's #7 in the following diagram:

http://="http://www.realoem.com/bmw/...3&hg=51&fg=05"

I've been told that the rubber seal that fits around the top and side of the rear doors and the vertical trim piece that covers the thin pillar between the quarter window and window of the rear door needs to come off to access that seal. I was wondering if you could tell me if the manual shows how to remove those pieces. If you could post those instructions, it would be great, but even just letting me know if the manual shows these steps would be helpful because I would be willing to buy it myself. Thanks!
Sorry for my delay, seems I did not subscribe to this thread...

Anyway, Joseph, the Bentley manual that I have is for model years 1999 to 2001. Your 2002 Coupe (I assume) is not covered, however, the following is what Bentley recomends as far as the rear window is concerned in '99 to '01 Coupes:



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Old 08-25-2009, 11:05 AM   #7
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hi i need the repair procedure for this code p1188/p1189/p1250 thats from 323i 2000. I change the oil separator(ccv) with all the hose / spark plugs / mass air flow and the check engine light still on .please let me know thanks .
Again, I'm sorry for the delay.

The Bentley manual does not show a listing for the codes you mentioned. The appendix does have a listing of a break down of codes, according to the nomenclature:

P = Powertrain
1 = BMW sanctioned issue
1 = Air/Fuel Injection System
88, 89 = "individual circuits or components"

P-1250 would be the same as above but for Fuel Injection instead of Air/Fuel Injection.

Here is the Bentley Appendix: Click Here

Best I can do, sorry.

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Old 08-25-2009, 11:16 AM   #8
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You're the best !!! Thank you so much for the repair procedure, it all went well and the windows work just fine. I apprecaite your help! Oh, by the way.... now the drivers tail lamp is out... any ideas on how I change that? Anyway, you have a great day and once again ...Thank You !!
Your welcome.

To access trunk lid taillight bulbs:


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Sorry for my delay, seems I did not subscribe to this thread...

Anyway, Joseph, the Bentley manual that I have is for model years 1999 to 2001. Your 2002 Coupe (I assume) is not covered, however, the following is what Bentley recomends as far as the rear window is concerned in '99 to '01 Coupes:

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Hi. I appreciate the response! However, I have a 330i Sedan, not a Coupe. I think the 99-01 models and 2002 models are similar in respect to most of the body parts, from what I can see. Does the Bentley manual address the rear quarter window for the sedan? Thanks again.
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I have a 2000 328i I'm needing to know how to remove the backrest portion of the back seat. I think I have the same service manual but there is nothing about backseat removal in it. Thanks
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Old 08-25-2009, 06:51 PM   #11
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Hi. I appreciate the response! However, I have a 330i Sedan, not a Coupe. I think the 99-01 models and 2002 models are similar in respect to most of the body parts, from what I can see. Does the Bentley manual address the rear quarter window for the sedan? Thanks again.
I was afraid of that, unfortunately, there really isn't anything substantial for that window. On page 512-7, the manual details how to remove the anti-trap strip around the rear window.

For most of the procedures involving windows, the manual states to remove the door panel (being careful of any airbags, disconnect battery). Then detaching the window frame molding strip between the rear window and the fixed corner window by peeling the strip off being careful to not tear the strip at the top by the anti-trap strip. Once removed, it can be assumed that you would be able to remove that fixed glass and sealant. Beyond that, there isn't anything else. Sorry.

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I have a 2000 328i I'm needing to know how to remove the backrest portion of the back seat. I think I have the same service manual but there is nothing about backseat removal in it. Thanks
If you have the same manual (ISBN: 0-8376-0320-X), see page 520-7. It's a single pager, not much information, but gives you a few steps to go through. Let me know if you need it.

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Hi, if possible i need the wiring diagram of the E46 318i (same as the 328i) for the ignition key general power diagram.
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