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Old 02-11-2011, 05:47 PM   #1
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Mirror Switch not Working

The powered side view mirror switch isn't working on my 2005 325i. I had a mechanic look at it and he said that all the fuses were fine and they thought that the switch needs to be replaced. Does anyone know where I can order that part? I would like to try and fix it myself.
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Old 02-11-2011, 10:43 PM   #2
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Old 02-11-2011, 11:52 PM   #3
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You need either of the two that I have indicated...depending on your application.

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Old 02-12-2011, 12:46 AM   #4
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#13 is what I need, is there anywhere to order it online?
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Old 02-12-2011, 12:50 AM   #5
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try bimmerspecialist.com They've worked well for me in the past...not sure if they will have that part or not...just search by part number
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Old 02-12-2011, 12:57 AM   #6
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http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-330...9058/ES165037/

or this

http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-330...3691/ES168205/
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Old 02-12-2011, 01:11 AM   #7
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Cool, the bottom link looks like a winner. Any idea on how to install it? How can I pop out the broken switch?
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Old 02-12-2011, 08:53 PM   #8
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use flat screw driver /hard thin plastic pry on top & bottom of switch, pull it out, pull out the wire, insert new one.
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Old 02-12-2011, 11:38 PM   #9
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use flat screw driver /hard thin plastic pry on top & bottom of switch, pull it out, pull out the wire, insert new one.
Sounds easy enough. Do I need to unplug the negative power connection on the battery first?
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Old 02-13-2011, 12:41 AM   #10
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Sounds easy enough. Do I need to unplug the negative power connection on the battery first?
I would.
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Old 02-13-2011, 12:59 AM   #11
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I have a spare switch. PM me.
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Old 08-22-2011, 07:14 PM   #12
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im sure curious to know whether or not this was the actual problem solution. There's so many threads with this issue and no one has ever posted what their final fix was (if they ever did fix it).
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Old 08-23-2011, 02:08 PM   #13
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I had trouble finding the right part online and the one delmarco had is the wrong part number. I am gonna have my rear brakes changed soon and I'm gonna have that same mechanic order the part for me and install it. I let you know if the new switch fixes the problem or not. I'll maybe take care of it in a few months.
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Old 08-23-2011, 02:23 PM   #14
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I had trouble finding the right part online and the one delmarco had is the wrong part number. I am gonna have my rear brakes changed soon and I'm gonna have that same mechanic order the part for me and install it. I let you know if the new switch fixes the problem or not. I'll maybe take care of it in a few months.
You hadn't happened to have had that window regulator fixed sometime prior to the switch not working, did you? If so, bet it's just a loose connection.

It can be a pitb if you don't loosen the wires first to install...and if they didn't do that, the connection might have just wiggled out because it was never really in well.

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You hadn't happened to have had that window regulator fixed sometime prior to the switch not working, did you?
Not sure, bought the car used like that.
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Old 08-23-2011, 03:45 PM   #16
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Not sure, bought the car used like that.
Lift up switch and see if the connections just beneath seem all the way.

I used hemostats the first time, since there was very little play between switch and the wires.

Easy enough to lift up and push up on the connections if you don't yank it up too hard. If you can't get them in, open up door and feed yourself a little more play in the wires.

Didn't read everything in detail, but you did check its fuse already, right?
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Old 11-22-2012, 06:57 PM   #17
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did anyone actually fix this issue?

i have the same problem right now.
it tilts when i put the car on reverse.. but no action when I am trying to switch the mirror position...
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:02 PM   #18
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I'm having same issue. Bought the car in Novemeber. Passenger side mirror moves down when I put it in reverse, but can't adjust mirrors with the switch. I like the info and will check it out next weekend. If I'm able to fix it, I will post.
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:03 PM   #19
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I'm having same issue. Bought the car in Novemeber. Passenger side mirror moves down when I put it in reverse, but can't adjust mirrors with the switch. I like the info and will check it out next weekend. If I'm able to fix it, I will post.
great.. i have a 2004 coupe also.. please let me know if you figured out how to fix it.. thanks!!!
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hmmm... found this old post:
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...=871823&page=2

check out the post #30.. it makes sense that the issue could be more of the ribbon (wire) that goes into the mirrors.. one of them must be shorting.. seems like 2003 to 2005 cars have a exposed wire ribbon.. and it was fixed in later models with rubber insulators.
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