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Old 03-21-2013, 03:21 PM   #1
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'03 325ci power window switch wiring

I just bought my first BMW and of course not knowing anything about them and not doing a "complete" test drive I am now dealing with the fact that both front window switches are missing the "button", I can still activate the switch by sticking my finger into the hole but that hurts my big ol' fat fingers. I am wondering if it possible to rewire the switch so that the back/vent window switch operates the front windows? I know that I can just replace the switch panel but they are fairly expensive at $45 each ( i need both ) and I have other maintenance/issues that are requiring my $$ at this time and it would be nice to roll the windows down with ease.
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Old 03-21-2013, 04:33 PM   #2
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Hate to solve my own post but after some examining of the switch I figured I could just disassemble the switch and move the "button" from the back to the front..After some very careful time with a precision screwdriver I was able to relocate both rear buttons to the front switches ( after reading some posts on a similar issue apparently I was lucky not to break the buttons during removal ). This is just to say that it can be done if you have the same problem that I did, I never use the rear vent windows so I wont be missing the ease of opening them.
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:44 PM   #3
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Hate to solve my own post but after some examining of the switch I figured I could just disassemble the switch and move the "button" from the back to the front..After some very careful time with a precision screwdriver I was able to relocate both rear buttons to the front switches ( after reading some posts on a similar issue apparently I was lucky not to break the buttons during removal ). This is just to say that it can be done if you have the same problem that I did, I never use the rear vent windows so I wont be missing the ease of opening them.
I assume you want to do this because the buttons are broken, open the switches up and see what the issue is. If they're just dirty, clean it up and see if they work. This worked for my lock/hazard switch..
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Old 03-22-2013, 09:15 AM   #4
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Yeah that's what i said in my first post, the front window switches were missing the buttons but the buttons for the vent windows were in perfect shape. Originally i was thinking about trying to rewire the switch but after looking at it i figured i could just move the buttons from the back switches to the front, so i did that and now i am able to roll my front windows down with ease and still have the ability to open the vent windows by sticking my finger into the switch opening like i originally had to do with the fronts.

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