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Old 02-02-2014, 11:05 PM   #1
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Interior lights come on while driving??

So I have a 2000 323i and I just purchased this BMW a few weeks ago and it seems to drive great minus vibration at 50-55mph+ and I turned my car on and let it sit there while I was talking to this girl in the parking lot at work. Sat and ran for awhile and then the interior lights came on and then off an then did it quick almost like it flickered and so I checked gauges, nothing wrong and turned car off...today gettin in the car and driving too and from work, the lights went off when I shut the door or a little after like normal and then while driving they came back on. It shows my door is ajar on little gauge but nothing's ajar!! And it's randomly doing this. Anyone ever see this before?


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Old 02-03-2014, 12:51 AM   #2
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Have you checked to make sure the door closes properly? Alternatively, it could be the switch itself.
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Old 02-03-2014, 01:07 AM   #3
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We'll I've looked at it, and no problems closing it, and it looks super flush like it has, so idk. And the switch?


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The contact switch is probably bad. Is it the same door lot on the dashboard every time the lights come on?
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Also, if it's the driver'a door, go around a right hand corner and see if the lights come on. That would mean the door is loosely closed.
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Old 02-03-2014, 01:32 AM   #6
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Yeah it shows the drivers door...that will need to e replaced. Easy fix? You know a lot about these? I know nothing! New addition for me. Can I pm you with a few other random questions about my 323?


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I don't know specifically about the door contact switch not do I know for a fact that is your problem but I'm taking an educated guess that it is. But I would recommend searching this site to see if this problem has been covered before. (There is a 99% chance it has been.) as far as your other questions, ask away. I will try my best to answer them. It would be best to post them openly rather than pm so that others can help out as well although this isn't quite the correct subgroup for it.
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Old 02-03-2014, 01:55 PM   #8
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Thanks for the tips and info...I think you could be right although my guess is as good as yours. It shows my door ajar on the dash although I know it is not, just by looking and feeling door. It is closed tight and flush so I will try and see if in fact I can find anything to do with the door contact switch


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So I had a look around for a part number and I don't see a door contact switch. I would try searching for your issue on your site. I'm not familiar with this specific issue but I'm just providing some ideas, sorry about that.
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